Thursday, February 10, 2011

Fresh Start

Things have settled down here now that the trim is all finished and my parents are back home safe and sound, so I thought I'd go ahead and share some thing I had been doing around the house before I started the huge trim project .

Knowing that I'd be painting the trim while my parents were on vacation I started packing away the Christmas stuff somewhat early this year so that it wouldn't be in the way for the project. After I removed everything I felt really excited to have a fresh pallet. There was nothing set up anywhere, and the house felt really open and clean. Almost that feeling you get in a new house. No clutter, no mess, just an empty room to explore creatively in, and that's just what I did.

I decided not to put all the stuff back where it was before and, instead, took all my decorations and literally put them in a pile on the couch so I could see all that I had. I set up this, took down that, set up something else, replaced it with this and kept on in that way until I came up with something I liked. It's still not perfect, of course. I'm almost never 100% satisfied with my work, but I thought I would share what I came up with with all of you (don't you hate using double word's like that? "with with." Sounds so stupid.)

Please forgive my excessive picture taking, sometimes I can't restrain myself. :P

A few things have changed (for the better, I think) since I took the above picture, but you get the general idea. You can actually see the part-way-painted door in the background. Oops!

This is my favorite frame in the house!

I love these old books to death! Just look at that faded gold lining!

I decided to go with a sort of travel/beach theme in this room, hence the shells in front of a framed map.

You can see here that I've flipped all the books on my bookshelf so that the pages are showing rather than the spines. I saw this on some home decor site, but I don't recall which one.

I think it gives the books more uniformity. Don't get me wrong, I love book spins, I just didn't think they went with this particular room's feel.

This is the travel themed buffet. A suitcase, two pieces of driftwood, some shells, a glob and a couple of books.

So that's about all from me for now, but I'll definitely have some stuff coming your way in the next few days! If the sun will come out and give me enough natural light to shoot the living room than I'll be sharing that, and I have some lamp redo's that I should be able to share soon too. So definitely check back, if you want, subscribe.

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Thursday, February 3, 2011

Trim Reveal!

It's been quite a long 13 days, but it's finally done! I feel so relieved and accomplished! I knew painting the trim in all three of our major rooms would be a huge job but, I have to admit, I still underestimated how much work it would be. I'm just exhausted from it all! It becomes so extremely tedious to be painting the same thing 13 days straight, esp. when there are complications and hiccups along the way. Of course, it didn't help that I got sick part way through.

Luckily I'm fully recovered now, and feeling great about the finished trim. Parents will be home in a few days, I'm a super excited to see what they think. Particularly my mom, because my dad will probably just say "Aaaaalright," in his signature way, which usually means he approves, he just isn't that into it. :P

Okay, so, of course, before I can show you the new trim, I have to show you some before pictures. After all, what would blog world be without before pictures?
Nothing...the answer is nothing. So here's a peek at the trim/doors before:

And a nice detail shot so you can see how beat up it was:

Yeah, pretty nasty! Although, admittedly, not all of it was as beat up as the trim in the picture above. Even so, the color was really bad.

Alright, now unto the afters!

I feel like I'm in a new house, seriously! Everything looks so fresh and new!

Our blue front door looks so much better without that ugly tan framing it!

It's still not perfect, as you can see from the picture above. There are still nicks and such, but they aren't really noticeable unless you get really close.

Overall I'm incredibly satisfied with how it turned out! I love waking up and seeing the new trim as I come down the hallway. It brightens my morning.

There is one room I purposefully didn't show you the trim in, and you'll find out why in a couple of days here. I'm pretty excited to share it with you all, but as it's not quite finished just yet I'll have to wait. So stay tuned for that!

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