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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: Slow goings in our first home UPDATE P.2 on: July 24, 2009 01:15:20 PM
I now have the photos of our living room when all the furniture is in and we can actually live in it!

The mantle is currently a mess because we are going to have a friend strip the paint for us. We just don't know when. It is the only evidence of the horrific red in our living room. (weehoo!) You can see my boxer mix puppy, Maccabeus, checking out what is making all those light flashes.

Our new, fancy ceiling fan that took forever to install because of this hole:

(the former fan was a flush mount, so the over-sized hole didn't matter. but this one isn't flush mount, so it mattered greatly)
and because the instructions were HORRIBLE.
But it is a 100% upgrade from the old one. I don't even want to describe it.

Here's a close up of how our floors look in the corners of the room:

Love it! Why would the former owners hide that under hideous carpet?!

And a picture of my cat, Tempy, enjoying the way things look:

2  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: Slow goings in our first home (good amnt of reading) on: July 24, 2009 10:27:46 AM

So we have finished a lot.

First we ripped up the disgusting carpet to see what treasures awaited us underneath it. The wood is beautiful, but stained and badly in need of refinishing.

We moved everything out of the living room:

And proceeded to clean the floors:

How I wish the floors looked like that when not wet!

We later called some friends over to help us prime over all the red:

And then after what seemed like a month later, I spent my days finally applying the new wall and trim paint:

Pictures of our finalized living room (minus refinished floors and mantle) and our in-progress dining room!
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: Slow goings in our first home (good amnt of reading) on: April 30, 2009 02:09:10 PM
blushingbluegrass - We definitely are not going to paint the brick. It works with our color scheme and I just don't like it painted, y'know?
We would do one room at a time, but I think since my husband works all day, I'm going to do the smaller projects in every room while he's working and then when he gets home we'll tackle the big ones together.

We're not sure what's under the paint. Probably just more paint. The owners before our previous ones had the whole house painted... pink... everything was pink... we see it in little chips... sick...
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: Slow goings in our first home (good amnt of reading) on: April 30, 2009 11:14:19 AM
It was an attempt to fix drafty windows. They are the original windows to the house, or at least to some other long ago era. We are so replacing these windows soon. I'm glad to know it will work on this residue, too.

Three layers of wallpaper?Huh sheesh
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: Slow goings in our first home (good amnt of reading) on: April 30, 2009 10:45:17 AM
roccstarr75: We are fully prepared for carpeting or something if these floors aren't too good. The purple floor is really nice and in good condition, just... purple. They used the room for storage for a while so it didn't get too damaged. And the linoleum floor... who knows what's under that. I've ripped up a few tiles and there seems to be a bit of discoloration. Thanks for the cleaning product recommendation! I had no idea where even to begin finding something to clean that up with.

Do you think it would work on packing tape (ugh!) residue on on window frames from when they covered the windows with plastic?
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Slow goings in our first home UPDATE P.2 on: April 30, 2009 08:03:52 AM
Yus. We bought our first house. An upgrade from a one bedroom apartment to a three bedroom house with formal dining, two baths and a huge basement. Even better, it wasn't a foreclosure so it was able to be lived in immediately.
As is usually the case, we completely disagreed with the decorating choices of the former home owners. (It worked for them though.) Sooooooo we are on the long route of renovations and decoration.
(slow goings are from the husband being in school and having papers to write... but school is over soon!)

Bookmark us and watch us as we go! Give any tips or inspirations! We sure need them.

Before = the night we moved in
During = "limbo" or the stage we rest in before we can get serious

First off is the living room. You should know that I hate red... so this place is a bit of an eyesore to me.

  • rip up horrible carpet, try to salvage wood floors
  • paint, paint, paint, paint. we're thinking semi-glossy espresso for the fireplace and all the wood trim (no energy to strip the paint...), matte gray for the walls, cream ceiling
  • accumulate more free furniture or thrift it (there's a whole other side of the living room you can't see that has our falling-apart couch

Next is the dining room. Same story... red!!!

  • rip up carpet (the wood is incredibly beautiful underneath but needs a makeover)
  • get a bigger table/more furniture and stuff
  • paint. we were thinking a gray-blue but lately I have had an inkling to have a burnt orange color scheme. any ideas on what colors would work well with that?

Next up is the acting study and guest room/future guest room alone/future-er kid's room alone. Take note that I am so mad at the former homeowners for this room... It had beautiful hardwood floors which... they... they painted PURPLE! Good golly, miss Molly, that can't do!

There's the husband, slaving away at writing his paper.

  • fix that darned floor... restore it's natural beauty
  • pick a wall color and mean it... no more changing my mind a lot (help???)
  • turn into the guest room alone (involved completely remodeling the third bedroom (pic below) and bathroom)

Now I will show our third bedroom a.k.a Blue Room, Smelly Room, Don't Go In There. Acting Store-All-The-Painting-Supplies room, future study, future-er study/guest room when purple room is used up by kids.
Former owners seemed to use this room as a work-out room/guest room or something. So it smells. And vinyl sticky tiles over hardwood? ...tisk, tisk, tisk. That's going to be a PAIN to remove and refinish. Any tips on how to get rid of the sticky residue? And how to quickly remove these tiles without spending hours on our knees, peeling?

  • get rid of that tile, finish floors
  • repaint  (hopefully repainting and getting rid of the tile will also get rid of the smell)
  • when the bathroom is re-modelled(sp?) it will cut into the size of this room a bit, so the feel of the room and space of the room will be drastically changed

Anyway... I will post more rooms as we come to them. I'll just start off with these bits. Inspire me, please! We have a lot of work to do.  Shocked[/list][/list][/list][/list]
7  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: LLAMA! (Slightly wonky) on: September 12, 2008 12:54:01 PM
This. Llama. Is. Incredible.

I have tried so many times to make a llama, but it always looks like the Lochness Monster. Great job!
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: My dollar store asian-inspiration - 3 projects for $7! (IMG HEAVY!) on: July 15, 2008 09:03:56 AM
Ours was a hand-me-down of a hand-me-down of a hand-me-down and is also falling apart. We have a box and a sideways leg to keep up one of the corners.

But yes, like you said, it is so comfortable. Just cover it with a slipcover and all is well. (Too bad those things are so darn expensive ugh)
9  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: WIP - redecorating the master/only bedroom on: July 08, 2008 11:08:48 AM
Thanks so much for the tips so far, guys! I'm really excited to get this going, and I hope my husband will offer some help here and there/input.
I'm already really happy with how I just moved the furniture. It's pretty cool how much of a change that makes.

Thanks for the bed-making tip, snips and snails. I've pretty much decided that I'm going to try to make a quilt or something to add some life to the bed and some pattern to the room.
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / unflattering dress and skirt = awesome shirt! on: July 08, 2008 09:51:22 AM
This used to be an odd, old, really tight reallllllly short dress. I loved it because of the sunflowers.
The skirt used to be really short and tight and yeah. I loved the blue.
So the other day I decided I wanted to make something out of something I have but don't wear, and though of this.
I now love it and want to wear it all the time.

Plus, as a bonus, I made that skirt out of old American Eagle capris that were horrible. (And also sooo hard to take the seam ripper to, sheesh) The skirt was unfinished at this point. I hate it. And apparently it was crooked while I was wearing it  Cool

P.S. Those were my first darts, and I think they turned out pretty darn well.
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