Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Family Room

Let's start with a before photo because it makes me giddy.

I told you in my last post that there would be a lot of progress this week. I was right. Out of the blue my brother came to stay and asked if he could help out. I put him straight to work. He filled out the rest of the upper half of the old wood paneling. Then my hubby and him sanded like crazy.

Then Mr Brick ranch convinced me it'd look even less like paneling if I let him texture the upper half.

The next day my baby brother primed the textured walls.

And put the first coat of paint up :)

My hubby is currently finishing the texture on the other half of the room while my brother is painting the bottom half white on the finished side. I can't believe how much it actually looks like wainscoting! The lighting in this photo is terrible so you can't see the color accurately. But it's Sherwinn Williams Bonafide Beige in Harmony.


Friday, March 18, 2011

Family Room

That's the name for us. We've been putting off this room for an entire year.
But.... we've finally realized that in order to turn this office I'm sitting in into a nursery, we really have to make the family room liveable. Plus I'm just plain sick of owning a huge house and only utilizing half of it!
Stay tuned for some exciting progress.
There's going to be a whole lot more of this going on in the following weeks!

If you haven't been paying attention, this room used to have electric blue carpet. We're just now getting around to scraping up the old carpet padding. Then we need to do some patching of the concrete and reseal it because last summer we noticed some ants coming up through the carpet! After all that, paint and new carpet!!!


Monday, March 14, 2011

DIY Nursery

I suppose it's been long enough since I blogged. Since then we've found out we're having identical twin baby girls. In previous posts you have probably read I wanted to do a fun nautical/sea theme in the nursery. This hasn't changed, but it's moved more towards pretty starfish and mermaids and a bit further away from nautical. We have a very small budget, so I've been having a lot of fun crafting all kinds of things myself.
We'll start at the beginning. Here's a picture of the room when we moved in. We painted it Krypton by Sherwin Williams. And I installed those neat clip art rails which I stole from here.

We have since found a great oar at the antique store to use as a curtain rod. Please excuse the messy garage. It wasn't quite long enough so we cut it in half and added a dowel in the middle to lengthen it. Unfortunately trying to match the paint/distressing isn't working for me. Especially since my husband won't let me do it myself while I'm preggo. So I'm kind of stuck right now on this project.

I started sewing the baby quilts this week. Here you can get an idea of my color range.

We also chose baby names and I decoupaged the letters for above their cribs.

We bought a new printer and in the packaging were these super sturdy hollow cardboard tubes. I am ultra thrifty (cheap) and decided how cool would a mobile be made out of them? I had my hubby drill holes and I strung them up with fishing line. Then I collected some shells, starfish and sand dollars at the beach and hot glued it all up.

We got this great dresser off of craigslist and I love it. The problem is it's missing a knob. I took another knob off to go try and find a matching one, but that wasn't happening. Today I got the idea to maybe try starfish pulls instead? But I can't decide.

I love the shape of these knobs. But I'm really not a gold person so I'm not sure how comfortable I am with this idea.

Found here.

I really love the antiquey feel of this one.. but I'm not sure it matches anything else in my house at all.

Found here.

These two are on the top of my list but are a bit spendy. I usually love silver, but I'm afraid they won't stand out very much.

I really love it in oil rubbed bronze though. Again, too expensive!!!

Found here.

Or I could go this route...

Found here.

I'm obviously very undecided!!!

Lastly I really really want to find or make some of these.
I originally saw them over at The Lettered Cottage.
But they are sold by White Flower Farmhouse. And are incredibly out of my price range. Guess I'll just have to get thrifty again!!!


I've also commissioned some art from a lovely friend of mine Tara who is a kick ass mom, photographer and artist. You can check out her etsy page here. Her facebook page here.

I can't wait to see the nursery all put together. Unfortunately at the moment it's a huge heap of extra stuff I can't figure out what to do with and our computer Ar moire is taking up a huge portion of it.