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Thursday, April 26, 2012

stylin stripes

I am so excited to share the accent wall in my office with you!  After much deliberation, I decided to go with horizontal stripes, and by following these steps, it was seriously, so easy!
Since I painted the rest of the room charcoal, I knew I wanted to have crisp white stripes to go along with the charcoal.  The walls were all off-white, and I really didn't want to waste a lot of paint, to paint the whole wall, so I took some quick measurements and painted a few quick white stripes.  

Our walls are 8' high, with about 94" of that being just the wall (above the woodwork) so I did 9 stripes at 10.5" tall.  The bottom stripe is slightly smaller than this by a teeny bit, but you can't tell at all.  I opted to do an odd number of stripes so that the grey would be against the ceiling (because our ceiling is off-white as well), and against the woodwork, so that the crisp white floorboard would stand out from the grey stripe.
I did not realize how not-white our walls were until I painted bright white on top! Next I taped off with  1" blue painters tape.  

I started at the top, and measured 10.5 inches in three spots: on the left, the center and the right.  Then, I put my first piece of blue tape on the wall.  Starting with the left mark, I placed the tape below my pencil mark, and then taped to the center mark.  I didn't press the tape all the way down until I pulled my tape all the way over to the right pencil mark.  Then, once I checked to make sure it was level and looking good, I pressed the tape down, nice and tight.  

Next, I measured from the top of the tape, 10.5" down, and placed the tape above my pencil mark.  It is important to remember to alternate below the pencil mark, and above the pencil mark for each stripe.  Once you are done taping, the stripes where you still need to paint will appear two inches larger than the stripes that have already been painted, because 2" of that stripe is under two pieces of tape.
The next step is the most important step to getting crisp stripes!  Using the same color as the stripes that are already painted (white on my wall), paint over the blue tape to seal the tape down .  
I waited for this paint to dry, and once it was dry, applied the grey paint.  Then, right after painting, while the paint was still wet, I removed the tape.  This is also key to getting crisp lines.

I'm not going to lie, because I have textured walls, the tape has a hard time sealing completely, even with the paint application.  So, when I removed the tape, this is what my stripes looked like.
Not bad, huh? Using some white paint, and a tiny paint brush, I was able to clean up these lines in no time, for a very crisp finish.
And then, with my NYC picture that Matthew gave me for Christmas a few years ago.
How cool? Even now, I'm sitting in here typing this post, in awe of how much I love my office now!  

Check out the before and after:
Office Checklist
  • Paint Walls
  • Paint Woodwork
  • Paint Accent Wall
  • Paint Hardware
  • Organize Files on Bookshelf
  • Add Curtains
  • Keep Cornice/Move Cornice?
  • Add Art/Accessories
  • Add something to front of desk

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

working away

Any guesses on the sneak peak the other day?
If you guessed this is my office, and I'm painting it Charcoal...then you were right! :)

My office is wonderful.  It is right off the kitchen, it is the perfect size (8' x 9') and it has a gigantic window (5' x 6') looking into the backyard.  But the problem is that I have off-white walls, white furniture, and a GIGANTIC window! It gets so bright in here, sometimes it makes my head hurt and I have to close the blinds.

Remember how in other posts (like the refurbished dresser, and the guest room nightstands), I had extra paint from another project that I used the left over paint on those projects?  Well, I technically had the paint left over, but I hadn't started the project the paint was purchased for yet! ha!  I used Behr Premium Plus Ultra - Eggshell in Cracked Pepper, and I can say that this paint is amazing!  
This paint is about $5-$10 more than I usually spend on a gallon, but it is definitely worth it! For once, I only had to do one coat, and (because I can't stand painting with a roller), I painted this entire room with a paintbrush.  It takes longer, but doesn't hurt my arm so much and I was determined to paint this room all on my own.  For a bold, deep color like this, I would definitely recommend this paint.

Remember what the office used to look like?

Of course, I didn't take a picture of the wall with the window before, but it was boring and off-white, with the terrible oak woodwork, just like the rest of the house.  I put together a list of tasks to make this office my own.

Office Checklist
  • Paint Walls
  • Paint Woodwork
  • Paint Accent Wall
  • Paint Hardware
  • Organize Files on Bookshelf
  • Add Curtains
  • Keep Cornice/Move Cornice?
  • Add Art/Accessories
  • Add something to front of desk
I finished up painting the walls (well, 3 of them), and the woodwork.
This paint color is interesting, because sometimes it looks grey, sometimes black, sometimes blue, and sometimes purple.

Typically, when you paint a room a dark color, it feels smaller.  But, between the crazy amount of light in here, and painting the woodwork a crisp white, the room doesn't feel any smaller, it just feels more cozy.  But, I really need to get something on these walls!

Check out this picture of half of the french doors completed (minus the hardware, that will be next). 
Here's where I'm at on the list:

Office Checklist
  • Paint Walls
  • Paint Woodwork
  • Paint Accent Wall
  • Paint Hardware
  • Organize Files on Bookshelf
  • Add Curtains
  • Keep Cornice/Move Cornice?
  • Add Art/Accessories
  • Add something to front of desk

Next up is painting the accent wall, and then the hardware.  Just trying to decide exactly what to do with this wall...

Office Checklist
  • Paint Walls
  • Paint Woodwork
  • Paint Accent Wall
  • Paint Hardware
  • Organize Files on Bookshelf
  • Add Curtains
  • Keep Cornice/Move Cornice?
  • Add Art/Accessories
  • Add something to front of desk


Monday, April 23, 2012

our weekend

Hello all! I made progress on my little sneak peek, but not even close to completion! But, with my lack of work on this project, I was able to get a lot of other things done!

We started out our weekend by going to Fort Collins with our friends Kris and Michelle. We met up at Raising Cane's for dinner (yum), and then went to Holiday Twin for a double feature.  Holiday Twin is a drive-in theater and we opted to go see The Lorax and Mirror Mirror.  The Lorax was super cute! I loved that the little bears looked like Teddy Grahams!  However, it was very cold and windy, so we didn't make it through to the second movie.

Saturday, we headed into Longmont for an eye appointment, and dropped the pups off at Mom and Dad's until we were done.  After my appointment, we completed a lot of wedding tasks...bought programs, decorations for guest table, and centerpieces.  We are having an intimate wedding on a budget, and I can't wait to share how we put everything together, after the big day!

We spent the rest of Saturday at my folk's house.  We came home that evening and I worked on my sneak peek project a bit.  While I was working on this, our pups were looking ever so cute.

Sunday was great, too! We went to church, took the dogs on a walk around the neighborhood, did some yard work and then continued our Bones marathon on Netflix.  We just started Season 6, and I am still loving this show!  After our walk, Bailey quickly took up residence on the cool kitchen floor (she was extremely exhausted!).
The craziest thing about this weekend being over?  We only have 4 more weekends until our wedding weekend! Woo!!! I'm so excited to be a bride, and more importantly, Matthew's wife. :)

Thursday, April 19, 2012

making progress

Sorry for the radio silence the last few days! Just another incredibly busy week in our house! Wedding prep, weeknight engagements, etc.  But, check out a sneak peak of what I have been working on
I hope to have this completed this weekend for a full reveal, but we'll see how it goes...

Sunday, April 15, 2012

creation

I am constantly in awe of God's creation; the clouds were exceptionally beautiful this morning.
It has been raining off and on all day, and it is such a beautiful Sunday.

And check out this little beauty :-) I love her, and am so happy to be her aunt.


Friday, April 13, 2012

quick fix

When we moved in (over 3 months ago), we were overjoyed to be in our own house, and super excited about our 5-piece master bathroom.  Double sinks, soaking tub, beautiful tile in the shower, etc. Plus, we finished painting a few months ago, and we love the color
 
But, the first morning we were in the house was January 5th, (hello, winter!) and we quickly realized that our bathroom was FREEZING. We took a quick look around, and realized that there was no vent in the bathroom.  "HOW IS THIS POSSIBLE?"  I finally move to a house that has central heating (vs. baseboard heaters), and my bathroom does not get any of this heat?  Then, after further inspection, we noticed a spot on our linoleum that was oddly discolored in the shape of a vent.  So clearly there was supposed to be a vent, but the builders didn't cut the hole, or install it.  

My next question is "how in the world has this issue never been addressed?"  Our house is 11 years old, and no one ever noticed that there was no heat in this bathroom, or that the floor was discolored?  Ugh.  

I failed to take the picture of the floor discolored before Matthew cut a hole for some immediate heat.  But here is the hole; and if you look really closely, you can see the discoloration.  
So, this is where it gets embarrassing.  Matthew cut this hole that first day that we discovered that the vent was missing (January 5th), and we did not purchase a vent ($4.97) until last month when his parents were in town and we were at Home Depot with them. Then, this vent did not get installed until last night!  We were cleaning upstairs and finally just got the utility knife and got to work.  

I'm not kidding when I say this is probably the easiest home improvement project I've ever done.  All we had to do was cut the hole with the utility knife to the right size (and our flooring is linoleum so it was E-A-S-Y).  Plus, it was even easier, because we had an outline from the discoloration.  
Two minutes later, the hole is cut, and we pop this sucker into the floor.  Done! And so much better to have real air flow in the room (and no silly looking hole anymore)!

Monday, April 9, 2012

easter weekend

I hope everyone had a wonderful Easter weekend! I can tell you, we did!  We were so busy, but looking through all the pictures from this weekend, it makes me so thankful for the blessings in my life.

Saturday was Roxy's puppy class graduation.  I am so thankful this is over because she (and we) learned so much; and our Saturday mornings are free once again.  She even got a cute mortar board for this picture.
Since spring time is here in Colorado, we set our eyes on our lawn.  And boy is it looking rough.  The grass is dry and brown, we've got dandelions coming up and overall it just needs a lot of work.  Step 1 was getting the sprinkler system going.  Thank you, Dad for coming over to help us figure this out.  Neither of us is familiar with sprinkler systems, so his assistance was essential!

However, we do have some beautiful elements of our yard, including one of our front trees and a new friend.
On Sunday, we left for church early to get there by 8am.  I was helping out with the egg hunt, and Matthew played electric guitar in the worship band.  The services were fantastic, and it was so much fun to see all the kiddos in their cute Easter outfits going for all the eggs.
One of the my favorite things about our life is our church.  We go to LifeBridge Tri Towns, held in Frederick, and we absolutely love it.  It is a great place to worship, and has a wonderful family atmosphere where everyone knows everyone and it has been such a wonderful experience for us.  Matthew and I are both involved in different ministries and we have made some of the most amazing friends.  

After church, we went over to my folks' house in Longmont.  My Aunt and Uncle live in Englewood, so they drove up to celebrate with everyone as well.  One of my family's traditions is to make homemade pizza each year and eat it on my Mom's fine china.  My Mom also makes her famous Jello parfaits each year.  This year, the food was so amazing, and it was so nice to be with my family (it had been 4 years since I'd been home for Easter).
And, I got some family shots through the day as well!
It was such a special day, and a wonderful weekend!  

Sunday, April 8, 2012

happy easter

Jesus paid it all
all to him I owe
Sin had left a crimson stain
he washed it white as snow

How amazing is it that we have a God that loves us so much that he sent his son to die for our sins?  I am constantly in awe of how God works through my life, and am thankful for all the ways he has blessed me.

I hope everyone has a wonderful Easter celebration with family and friends.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

pop o' color

Any guesses from the last post on the change in the office? Here's the picture from last post again...

Do you see it? If not, here's the full shot of the bookshelf.
I decided that my plain white bookshelves were just a little too boring, so I painted the back of them teal!  Unfortunately, the color is reading much more blue in these pictures, than it is in real life.  The color I used is Behr Peacock Feather, which I also used on the shoe shelves in the master closet makeover (the color is actually somewhere between what you are seeing in the pictures, and this paint chip from behr.com:
I am super happy with how they turned out, and am even more excited now to paint the office...sometime in the next 2 months.  Unfortunately, I spent so much time painting these because I didn't have the foresight to know I wanted to do this when I put these shelves together.  If I had, and if you plan to do this, I would recommend painting this part of the shelf before putting assembling the whole thing!
Also, check out this amazing chevron tray my Mom got me for my bridal shower.  The teal stripes in this tray match the teal on the bookshelves.  And please excuse the very sad looking shamrock plant.  I just bought this new pot and transplanted it today, so it will take a couple days to get back to its normal perky self.
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