Hi sweet friends! I’ve so much to share with you soon, including new quilty holiday projects, an upcoming giveaway from the Electric Quilt Company (!!!), and details on the 2014 Sugar Block Club (yes, it’s happening!), but first, I thought I’d take this cozy weekend to share about some fun progress we’ve made on the house.
We are gearing up for a good old fashioned Christmas party this year…the oh-so-awesome melding of neighbors, co-workers, old friends, new friends, quilty friends, crafty friends, church friends, school friends, oh and our crazy family…needless to say, we are EXCITED to be hosting one this year. So the pressure is on to finish all of the lingering house projects!!! Thought I’d share about a few of my favorites. :)
SO- the eat-in kitchen area. Mm, yes. This has been quite the delightful transformation. Here’s an old shot from the first day we toured the house…
Tough to see much, but perhaps this super classy flooring shot taken by my smart-phone-wielding 3yo will give you a clearer idea of the previously not-so-awesome vibe.
And here it is today…
I have plans to hang some pretty vintage windows on that blank yellow wall, but, sigh, one day at a time.
Here’s that table set before…a lovely, yet somewhat boring Craigslist find.
And here it is after some chalk paint magic…
Took me months to build up the energy to do all of those chairs, and I’ll admit- it was by far the most tedious furniture redo I’ve ever attempted. It was so mind-numbing, in fact, to paint, sand, and wax all around each of those little intricate spindles, that I pretty much pooped out halfway through the first chair. My husband will attest- we had 3 oak colored chairs around that table for literally months, and one halfway done, lonely in the garage. Finally, this week I couldn’t take it anymore!
They all have a different personality…one didn’t get sanded at all (I got too excited and just started waxing…oops!), another has streaks of chartreuse peaking through from a previous makeover attempt, and yet another got LOTS of sanding so he’s super shabby-looking. But alas, I love them all.
Hmm, what else? I was in the chalk paint store this week when I spied a completely delectable shade of green that I simply couldn’t resist. Mr. Antibes Green, you are coming home with me. Turned out he was the perfect shade for my great grandma’s old frame (that bright orange was so 2011), as well as the base of my boring black dining room table. We’ll have to see where Mr. Antibes turns up next!
Ah, yes, and we can’t forget about the LAUNDRY ROOM! This might be my most favorite makeover of all. Why? Well, when you live in a household of six, and 2/3rds of the crew can’t seem to go a day without mucking up at least 3 outfits and peeing or puking all over the bed, well, you spend a lot of time in the laundry room. And who wouldn’t want to spend lots of time in THIS laundry room?
Wha?!? You aren’t in love with that kiwi and purple combo? This organization system doesn’t make you swoon? To it’s credit, I’ll admit, these purple outlets probably added 6.4 minutes of laughter (or was that weeping?) to each and every day that they graced the view in this room. Thank you for your service, purple outlets. You fought bravely.
First things first- goodbye hideous linoleum floor. Thank you HGTV for saving my life with this awesome hair-dryer idea!
And here is the new laundry room!
Granted, it’s a windowless cave at the end of a very long, dark hallway, so lighting is at a major shortage, but I think it’s feeling much happier! And more organized.
I just love how that pretty wall stencil just smiles at me from all the way across the house, beckoning me “Come on in, Miss Amy! How about washin’ up a load?” Don’t mind if I do.
Well, I hope you’ve enjoyed this little peak at what we’ve been up to here on the home front! Oh, how I adore cozying up the house. Thanks for stopping by, and wherever you are, do stay cozy and warm this week!