Monday, May 19, 2008

a crown moulding virgin no more!

I'm beginning to tackle the kitchen cabinets. I can't dive right in because too many other things are on my plate, but I try to sneak in some progress here and there. Today, for the very first time, I put up crown moulding. Just me, an old swear-word inducing miter box, a saw, a drill, finishing nails, and a ladder resulted in a pretty fair job. I'll use some painter's caulking to neaten up joints etc. I'm going to paint the cabinets right up to the moulding to give the kitchen some height. You can see a previous blog entry here where I found a good before/after example.

Off to fill the holes with wood filler I go...

Monday, May 12, 2008

inspirational and eclectic walls

I love this wall!!! I wish I had the capacity to do something like this, it's so lovely and eclectic. I guess I'd better start hitting the yard sales, and thrift stores. You can click on the image to be taken to it's original source at Flickr.


This is cool too, by the same person. Love the retro furniture. I have a similar lamp.

new wall

Thursday, May 8, 2008

pillows and tables

I popped into Winners this morning "just to look". I don't really shop there much, heck I don't really shop anywhere much, but I do love Winners. I found some pillows I had admired a week or so ago and they were marked down to half price. I couldn't leave them there. I also found the cutest side table for $39.99tx and I'd have been a fool to leave that behind too!! With my fireplace makeover and these new colourful additions, this is beginning to look like a very joyful room. I need to start prepping the walls to receive their nice new green hue.

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

fireplace progress pics

Before I say anything, I must give credit to my sister for helping me narrow down the colours I used. I had initially planned to use a much lighter tone with a white mantle. Here's a pic below that I sent her when I was trying to figure things out. Ah technology! I copied and pasted the colours from the photo of the paint chip below.

My sister suggested colour #3 but without a white mantle. We decide 2 shades lighter than the main colour would work better. Here's proof:


(owner's stuff, not mine!)


Big difference no?! Next up: painting the walls Glidden's "Ionic Green".

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

fireplace makeover

I posted about my ugly propane fireplace quite awhile ago, which included a great makeover plan from my genius decorator sister. Since then I decided to take the simple route and paint it. My sister could pull off something much more significant, but alas I'm not my sister!

Here's a photo of the fireplace as it was with the previous owners, as it was primed, and now with one coat of the main colour:

I'll post more progress pics as I, well, make more progress!