Friday, June 21, 2013

Reading & Rocking


There's a new (to us) rocking chair in town thanks to my nephew.  He has long outgrown his wooden rocking chair, so my sister passed it down to Charley girl.  It's perfect size for her to climb into and out of independently, which she loves.  Turns out, it's perfect size for her to stand on, too.  In fact, she steps right up to the ARM of the chair and peeks her cute little head over the couch.  She's been removed from the situation on multiple occasions and the rocking chair has only been with us a few days.  Welcome to toddler-hood, eh?


When Charley chooses to, ahem, sit and read in her chair, it's seriously precious.  See for yourself.


Excuse me, little lady, but when did you get so big?


I'd say this little corner of the family room is shaping up to be one of Charley's favorite spots in the house.  I kinda like it, too.  There's just something about a child size chair and a basket of books that gets me every time.


P.S. I should probably mention that I'll be taking a little hiatus from the ol' blog next week.  I'll be galavanting in NYC.  No doubt I'll be instagramming along the way, though @lifeinprojects. 
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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

White Out

Some people might say I've gone a little bit nuts with white spray paint the last few days.  I can't argue that.  I knew when I painted our dining room walls dark pewter, it would be in need of white accents to bounce around some light.  Most of the natural light gets blocked by a big birch tree and tall bushes right outside the window, so anything reflective is welcomed into this cozy, dark space. 

This big mirror has been hanging in the dining room ever since we lived in this house.  The dark wood just wasn't going to cut it against the dark walls.  It would just fade away.


This small, ornate mirror was a yard sale find a few weeks ago.  I actually don't mind the gold finish on it, but white will just work better on the dark walls.


I had to take some time to tape around the edge of the mirror and cover it with newspaper before I could start the actual painting.  The prep and the clean up are my least favorite parts.  I'd like an assistant for those annoying tasks.  I'm talking to you, sweet husband of mine.

When I see the after pics, it makes all the tape, newspaper, and clean up worth it, though.  It's oh so crisp and clean.


Here's a quick glance back at the dining room before this makeover began.  I'd say things are looking a little more fresh around these parts.




The library dining room is moving right along.  I'm hoping for a full on reveal soon.  In the mean time, I have some other little projects to share with you.  I could get used to this summer break thing, how about you?

***Psst...did you notice my life in projects dropped the "my" and is straight up life in projects now?  AND did you notice it dropped the .blogspot.com and is straight up .com?  B.J. can never remember if my blog is called MY life in projects or just LIFE in projects.  He said it's just all so confusing because the web address was different from the blog title and my twitter handle was different, as well.  Okay, okay, I got the memo.  Life in Projects, it is. :)  Click here if you want to follow life in projects on Bloglovin. Pin It

Monday, June 17, 2013

Goodwill Hunting: Upholstered Chair

It occurred to me that I never shared this thrift shop gem I found a while back.  Probably because it's been buried underneath a 60 pound dog who decided it made a good bed.  The only furniture Libby's allowed on is our bed, so why she thought it was okay to hop up on the chair is beyond me.  It's Libby's world, we just live in it.


Anyway, I saw this chair (at the Treasure Barn in Monroe for all you local peeps) on sale for 60 dollars and passed it up the first time.  I went back a second time and luckily it was still there.  I offered 45 and it was mine.  Well, Libby's.  

I like the color and the shaped and the tufting but I'm not totally in love with the fabric.  I've never reupholstered something like this but I thought I might try this summer.  At least, that was my plan when I bought the chair.  After painting the dining room and making plans to give it a library feel, I've decided to keep the chair as is for now.  This chair has a cozy library look, no? 




Since the reupholstering is being put on the back burner for right now, I decided to give it a simple, quick  update instead. 


See the flap of fabric that hangs to the floor?  It kind of ages the chair, don't you think?  It's time for this chair to show up some legs.  I'm sure you agree.  This simple project requires two things:  scissors and a staple gun.  Cut the fabric leaving enough to wrap around to the bottom of the chair, pull it tight, and staple.


I told you it was easy.

I'll let you know if I decide to make any bigger changes to this thrift shop find.  But, for now, you can find Colonel Mustard in the library with the candlestick. 
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Friday, June 14, 2013

2 Naps + 2 Bedtimes = A Painted Dining Room!

On day two of my summer break  I got down to business on my "things I want to accomplish this summer" list.  I wasn't wasting any time apparently.  I knew if I didn't start tackling some big projects I would waste all kinds of time doing nothing and I'd wake up one sunny morning and realize it was August.  We can't let that happen.  So on day two during Charley's first nap I started prepping the dining room for the dreaded trim painting party that was about to begin.  There was a lot of furniture moving and trim cleaning going on before I could start painting.  Fast forward through three more naps and two bedtimes and the trim AND walls were done.  Done!

Let's first take a peek into the dining room before.  Wood trim and brown walls ring a bell?


And now for a few pics of the process.








Even with all the madness that's happening in the dining room right now, i.e. the furniture in the middle of the room and the piles and piles of books, etc., I already know I'm in love with the color.  I wanted a moody gray, green, navy and that's exactly what I got.  The paint color is Benjamin Moore's Dark Pewter.  I was totally inspired when I saw Dana at Housetweaking use it in her daughter's nursery.  It gives the room the perfect cozy feeling a library dining room should have. 

I've already been busy making changes to a few accessories for the room that I can't wait to share with you soon.  Here's a hint...white spray paint and a staple gun.  Have a great weekend! Pin It

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

The Mail Station

Anyone else have piles of mail taking over their kitchen counter?  I couldn't take it anymore.  We were in need of a designated area to drop mail until we are B.J. is ready to tackle the craziness.  The end of our kitchen peninsula just wasn't working for me anymore. 

We have a little counter nook in between our pantry and fridge that is perfect for a mail station.  It's relatively hidden so the piles of crap shouldn't bother me quite as bad.  Especially since it will be a place actually dedicated to mail, keys, sunglasses, etc.  Real people need places to drop their crap, am I right?

Once upon a time this counter space was a little coffee nook.  It had our regular coffee maker as well as our Keurig machine.  After a little rearranging a few months back, it wasn't a coffee nook any longer but it still housed our Keurig.  I tucked that under the counter (because we only use it for guests usually) and this is what the space was looking like.


That's when I took a little trip to T.J. Maxx in search of a mail organizer.  A place like T.J. can be hit or miss, luckily I found exactly what I was looking for.



The organizer has two large slots, perfect for mail, receipts, and important papers.


And yes, I said receipts.  My husband is one of those crazy super organized people that save receipts and write them in the, eh hem, check book register.  I bet you didn't even know check book registers existed anymore.  Moving on.  I used some washi tape to make labels on the cardstock that came with the organizer.  Super quick and easy.


I but a small plate in front for B.J.'s wallet and keys and a basket for sunglasses and headphones.  There's also a charger here for our phones or iPad.



So far I'm loving our new mail station.  B.J. said I can't make it too pretty or he'll forget the mail is even there.  Can't let that happen. Pin It

Monday, June 10, 2013

Roll Out the Red Carpet

I take that back.  Roll out the charcoal and ivory carpet.


Some of you may have noticed in Friday's mini house tour post that there's a new rug in town.  I bit the bullet and FINALLY bought a new family room rug.  I'm justifying this purchase a couple of ways.  1.  It was 65% off on Memorial Day with free shipping.  2. We had a garage sale and made a little extra dough.  Mostly the 65% off sale got me good.  I'm a sucker for sales. 


Before I officially fell victim to the same, I thought hard about the pattern on this rug, wondering if it would be too crazy for the space.  And, word on the street is that chevron is on it's way out.  In the end though, I decided I like what I like, whether it's in or out.  I wanted a bold rug that would make a statement.  I think it does just that.


Now that I've welcomed this new crazy rug into our lives with open arms, there are a couple slight changes I'll need to make.  For starters, the fabric on the coffee table will need to be replaced with something, well, a little less chevron. 


It's a little much, don't ya think?  Let me just add a trip to Joann's to the to-do list this week and I'll let you know what I come up with.

Let's all take a walk down memory lane (as in, two weeks ago) and remember what the family room looked like with the cream shag rug.


And, of course, here's the new one, fitting in beautifully.  I think I kinda like it.


Anyone else justifying big purchases with crazy good sales or still attached to 2012's favorite chevron pattern?  Hopefully I'm not alone here.
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Friday, June 7, 2013

Summer Tour of Homes

Gina at The Shabby Creek Cottage has been hosting The Summer Tour of Homes this week, where 26 bloggers featured their gorgeous, amazing, creative, I-wish-I-could-live-there, homes.  I've been bouncing around from blog to blog and I'm on inspiration overload.  Each home is so unique and I just love looking at all the details.  To wrap up the week of tours, Gina decided to have a link party on her blog, where other people could share their homes.  I haven't done a house tour on my blog so I thought it would be fun to join in the par-tay.  (And by the way, I'm ready to party because I officially closed up my kindergarten classroom for the summer today!)

But, back to the house tour.  This little bonus Friday post is a mini house tour, just for fun.  (I graciously left out the rooms that aren't even close to picture worthy, as in, the master bedroom, the office and the dining room.)  Let's get this party started.



















Hop on over to The Shabby Creek Cottage to see lots more!  Happy weekend!
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