Monday, October 13, 2014

Workspace - Office Before & After


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I finally took photos of the work-space all finished. I'm really happy with the results and love having everything organized and finally in its place. 


I started out with a blank canvas for sure! 

BEFORE



AFTER



The first thing to go was the carpet.
I'm not a carpet fan. At all. There was a beautiful terrazzo floor under it, funny how people cover things up like that. Well, they needed a cleaning and shine job, but they turned out great.  I also painted the accent wall first, which was a mistake because the soap slung all over the walls from the buffer machine. Oops

Restoring Terrazzo



Then I replaced the door. It is one of those cheap hollow doors, so I replaced it with a more *office looking* door. Painted them black.  
(In the process of painting all of my interior doors black) 




New door turned out great.






When you walk in, this is the wall to the right in the pic above.  This is the area where I do general things, make jewelry, mend things, work on anything not office/computer related.
The oar on the wall, I found in the attic, which belonged to the previous owner.
I just sealed it with butcher block sealer to bring out the color. 
Chair is an old antique bankers chair my best friend gave me.

The desk is from Ikea. 

It came unfinished, so I just stained the top.






On the other side of the room is my office area where I keep all the office related things. I'm sitting at it now writing this post.  :)  

I recently heard that in 10 years from now that offices will be obsolete.  Since everyone is always on the go and taking their laptops with them and iphones/smart phones, there will be no need to keep papers (everything will be electronic by then), no need for most of the office supplies we have today.  Have you heard this?  Seems interesting, but for now, I have office things that need organized! This office space does the trick.

Mail supplies


Another view, where you walk in. 



I love this little charging area I have set up right when you walk in the door.
It helps me keep track of everything and I just put them here when done.






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Next I will post pics of the master bedroom.  Coming soon!




Monday, October 6, 2014

Refinishing the Kitchen Table




I said I would post more pics of the table I touched up. It was really old and just needed a little love put back into it. The table is probably close to 20 years old and is from Pier 1. When I lived in Atlanta, a neighbor of mine was moving and she just gave me the table and 2 wicker chairs, plus a matching hutch. Score! I recently just bought the other 2 chairs for it and finally got around to re-staining it.

I thought it had a tad bit of a country look to it with the color of the stain, which was fine in the last house I  lived in because it had more of a cottage vibe, but it just didn't feel or look right in my new place.


I sanded down the top and sides, 
there were a lot of stains and marks on it
because there was no sealer on it before.


I stained it with Minwax (which I'm not a big fan of)
but they had a new color and I wanted to try it. 
Espresso.  It's not as dark as walnut and doesn't have any red tones at all.
I don't think the built in sealer is that great.
If you know of a better brand, please let me know.

Stained the legs with Minwax black wood finish.




BEFORE


AFTER


Look how removing the original stain and putting a fresh new coat on brought out the grain in the wood. It's so pretty now, almost doesn't even look like the same table.


Gives the room a different vibe from cottage-y to beachy.





Office photos coming very soon!
It's finished, will take pics today.



Friday, October 3, 2014

Breakfast Nook




Here is the little breakfast area right off the kitchen. It looks out onto the patio and backyard. 
There was a tiny little area inside the kitchen for a small table when I first bought the house, but I knocked out part of the wall and put cabinets there instead. I like the table here much better, it is also right next to the living room. 

  • Sliding glass door bamboo shades - Pier 1
  • Table and chairs - Pier 1
  • Round jute rug - Pottery Barn
  • Teardrop plant holder - antique store
  • Pots for plants - Ikea
  • Antique ironing board - Mom  :)





This old vintage ironing board is perfect for my plants.  I try to get easy to care for plants and so far, these are the most sturdy ones I have been able to find. I love having plants everywhere.

  • Snake plant
  • Aloe vera
  • Rubber plant
  • Succulents
  • Spider plant





The teardrop hanging plant holder is a find from an antique store. I started seeing them in home decor pics and stumbled onto this one by accident, only $10.  





This is a shot so you can see the kitchen.  The little bar stool area is something I've always wanted, so I had my handyman put that in when I first moved in. Knocked out that part of the wall and added an oak counter.  The aqua walls are so calming.  All the walls were a yellowish cream color, but the aquas and whites are so much more crisp and peaceful looking to me.  So glad I did it.

Bar stools- Ballard Design
Wall art- by Rick Piper
Paint color- Glidden Bonar Blue

BEFORE


I refinished the Pier 1 table and it looks so much better than before. I will post that in a separate post soon because there are a lot more pics. 

My office is also finished, so now I just need to take pics and will try to get them posted soon. Office turned out great! The master bedroom is 99% finished, so those pics will be posted shortly after the office pics.

The last room I have left to remodel is the dining room, so it will be a while for those pictures.  Oh and I also redid a bunch of things to the living room, so I should repost living room pics, too!  See, I'm back on the ball and rolling again!  :)





Friday, August 29, 2014

An Organized Garage


The garage is finally cleaned out and organized.
Let me just say, I wish I had done this project first before I started anything else.
It would have made all of my other projects so much easier, instead of hunting all over the place for the right screwdriver or tool I needed.  My advice if you're remodeling a home and just moving in, organize the garage and tool sheds first!  :)

Here is how the garage looked when I first purchased my home last year.

BEFORE
(All these items were from the previous owner, but he came over and removed everything, letting me  keep what I wanted.)


AFTER


I didn't like the way the wood shelves were, so I removed one and stacked it under the other two.  There was also an extra shelf so I cut it and put it on the wall for organizing my tools.

It looks like these shelves were made from some old crate. I live by NASA's Kennedy Space Station so the crate may have contained a top secret project. haha The sticker says Critical Space Item, notice the date is from 1972. I wonder what the LEM project was? Well, I thought it was pretty cool and didn't want to just throw it away, so I made my own project out of it.  


I just added my tools. These screw driver holders my dad  had made so I brought them with me so I could use them. They worked out perfect.




Then I found some scrap wood at Home Depot and nailed them up over it. HD offers scrap wood at the very back of the store for 70% off. 


The wood top of the cabinet is the sink area that was cut out of my butcher block counters in my kitchen, so I put that to use, too. 



BEFORE

When I had my kitchen remodeled, I removed the oak cabinet from over the stove. I needed to re-purpose that, too, of course, so I just attached it to the top of this red shelving unit my mom gave me with some screws.  Then I painted it black, added hardware and the butcher block leftover piece for the top and I have a free cabinet.  

AFTER






I remembered watching my dad put up my peg board in the tool shed of the last house I lived in, so I did what he did and I was able to put this up myself. He had nailed a 2x4 across the bottom and rested the peg board onto it while he nailed the rest of it onto the other boards.
Then remove the 2x4 and there you have it.  I used a long level to make sure it was straight.
I felt so accomplished after doing this myself.  :)  


Some of the tools in the garage were my dads, I inherited a bunch of them. The table that the saw is sitting on, my dad made that. When I am working in the garage and smell the smells of sawdust and wood in the air, it feels like my dad is right here with me.

I also put some of his old toy tractors out and his weight scale.



I love how the garage turned out.
Everything in it's place and easy to find.

I also have a little garden area set up in my garage, 
but I will post that later, it still needs a little bit of tweaking.


I will try to get up the pictures of my master bedroom next,
it's very close to done.


Friday, August 22, 2014

New Front Yard - Before & After



Sorry, I know it's long overdue for an update on the house. The new sod is finally in and it finally looks like a real home that is part of the neighborhood. Before I had pretty much the ugliest yard and now it's so refreshing to pull up in the driveway and have a homey feeling when I get home, because the grass and new landscaping is alive and thriving.


Here is the house when I first bought it last year.




So sad looking.  :(


By the summer of last year this is how my yard looked.

So many bald spots all through it and the rest is crab grass.

Here is a close up, so many crushed seashells all over, it's hard for anything to grow.



So I hired C&S Landscaping to come in and dig up
 all of the ugly grass and put in St. Augustine grass. 

After they took the grass out, they let it stay like this for 3 months,
they had to keep spraying the weeds to make sure they killed the majority, 
since my yard was mostly weeds before.
This is weeds and crab grass all coming back after it was removed. 




Such a HUGE difference!

BEFORE


AFTER





Home Sweet Home



I have also finished cleaning out and organizing my garage, so I will post that in the next few days.  My master bedroom is 95% finished and my office is about 90% finished, so those pics will be coming shortly, too.


Sorry for being MIA so much, but it's summer,
 and well, you know, the beach won't stop calling me.




Wednesday, May 14, 2014

How To Grow A Pineapple >:)

I love pineapples!
When I use to live in FL a while back I was growing pineapples and since I have moved back I am excited to start growing them again. 

It's so easy to do. 


Just chop off the top of a pineapple.




Peel away all the edible part until you can see little brown dots or squiggly things on the stalk. 
Those are what grow out to be the roots.





Put them in any jar with water and let the roots grow. 
You don't have to let them grow as long as this, just an inch or 2 is fine.




Then plant them in a pot with soil.





Then one day in the far away future, 
your plant will grow a little pineapple out the top.





Mine aren't old enough to have a pineapple yet (It takes 2 to 3 years), so I took this last pic from a garden center.
These plants are quite pricey if you buy them with a pineapple already on them,
but they are so cheap to grow yourself.


Here is a fun little recipe that you can also use a pineapple for.









Thursday, May 8, 2014

Patio Love

Here is a picture of my patio that I posted a year ago.  
I spend a lot of time outside and on the patio, so I really wanted to make this area nice.
The best thing to do to make it feel like another living area of the house is to tile it.  So the tile is finally in and with a few shopping trips for patio furniture, plants and a picnic table makeover, I finally have my patio finished.



BEFORE


Hand me down picnic table mom gave me.
I stripped and sanded down the reddish paint that was on it, 
stained the top and painted the bottom teal.





AFTER



The tile really transforms the space.
I love it!




Patio furniture from Pier 1.
I wait until they have their summer clearance sales and get a bargain.



Striped pillows are from Ebay, 
but I saw some like them at Walmart yesterday for $10. each.





The fountain is so relaxing.


The patio looks just like I envisioned.
I'm happy with it and my handy man did a great job putting the tile down.


I'm going to put some outdoor curtains on the patio, too.
In the evenings, the sun shines in and blinds you, 
so I will post the final pics after I find some decent outdoor drapes.

My To Do list is getting shorter!
Today I painted another coat of black on my interior doors 
and stained some shelves that I'm putting in the office.
So more coming soon.  :)







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