Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Christmas Hall Table

It's that time of year! Time to start decorating for Christmas! I love non-traditional colors and simplicity when it comes to holiday decor.
Here is what my hall table looks like.....I love it.

I went to the Home Goods store (TJ Maxx) and scored!

I love this....it's filled with pine cones, Christmas tree decorations and natural items. I sprinkled some cinnamon oil on the contents and now the entryway smells inviting and 'holiday-like'!

You can find the most unique items to decorate with. I love this dear deer! The silver placemat was only $3!!

I bought a box of these silver ball ornaments (4 per box) and used these 3 to hang from ribbon. It was so much fun fending off the cats as I cut ribbon and tried to hang each one!!

This 'icy blue' votive holder was a last-minute find and I love it. Again, a very inexpensive item....gotta love a bargain!!!

I hope you are enjoying putting up your decorations, chasing the critters away from your tree, and remembering the reason for the season!!!

Saturday, November 26, 2011

New Paint for Bedroom & Bathroom

I finally painted the master bathroom & bedroom! It only took me over a YEAR to choose a color. I thought, at first, of using a neutral color scheme....taupe, beige, bone, etc....
The room was painted a golden color ("Spool" by Martha Stewart) and I was so tired of it. In looking at paint swatches, I decided to move completely away from the beige and 'yellow' tones.
After months of staring at the beige paint swatches~~~taped to the walls~~~I moved onto 'greens'. Those color swatches stayed taped to the wall for a couple of months before I grew tired of them.
I then experimented with gray tones. I love that gray is the 'new' neutral. My guest bathroom is done is gray and red. I was afraid that the gray would be too dark in our small bedroom and bathroom, so those tones were also put aside.

I then started leaning towards the blue/gray family of colors. After months of indecision, I had finally whittled the swatches down to two colors. At this point, I desperately needed help choosing, so----I called in the hubby!!
His favorite ended up being "Tradewinds"~~~a paint from Lowe's. So---before I changed my mind, to Lowe's I went!!! Here are some photos of the end result....I haven't hung any artwork yet.....ugh.
More decisions....what to hang and where to hang it!!! :)

We did hang the mirror and the wallmount LED fireplace.....that's it for now!

Yes, the kitty is already snuggled up on the bed!!

This is the quilt colors.

I love how the mirror reflects the window!

I removed the big ol' mirror and like this smaller, white mirror much better! I also took the wicker baskets that I use for 'everyday' items and spray painted them with a nickel spray paint!

So, it's now onto hanging pictures and deciding what to edit. *Whew*.....so glad the hard part is over with!!!

Saturday, November 5, 2011

One of many BLUNDERS!!!

I am working on the master bathroom. I have painted the sink cabinet/vanity white to cover the ugly "contractor special" medium oak.
The wall paint has FINALLY been chosen, and the big mirror (just a huge 'slab' of mirror) has been taken off the wall.
I have ordered (and received) the new mirror, some new shelving and also ordered some beautiful depression glass knobs and pulls for the cabinet.
The cabinet never had any knobs or pulls on it, and I have always wanted to add them. I gave up on the hubby ever installing them and bought my own drill and 'cheater' template to install them myself.
{this is where the fun begins}
I drilled 8 holes and properly and put the new hardware on. See below.....
I had just said to myself...."Hey! I can handle this!" *Ahem* Famous last words, right???
So, on the LAST cabinet door, I drilled the top hole----no problem. As I was drilling the bottom hole-----------------
YEP!!! The daggum thing split!!!!! Must've hit a long grain in the wood. I cursed myself by thinking I was just cruising right along.
I promptly threw the drill down and walked out of the room. I guess today, the door will have to come off and use some wood glue and clamps to put the door back together again!!
Oh well.....just another day in DIY'ing!!!! How do you deal with blunders & mistakes????