Monday, October 31, 2011

OMG...I've been featured!!!

I'm a relative newbie to this whole blog thing, but have to admit it's a bit addicting.  I've recently started linking some of my projects to various linky parties (OK, so every linky I can find!).  I got an email this morning showing that my link was one of the top 10 links viewed by party goers...I can't believe it!

Go see my Hallway Before & After and give Delightful Order some love!!!



Friday, October 28, 2011

Giveaway over at Crazy Wonderful

If you haven't been over to Crazy Wonderful...don't walk, run...  Shelley is amazingly talented, and not afraid to tackle any project.  I'm lucky enough to call her a friend outside of blogland, but she is also my blog buddy and her blog is A-MAZ-ING!!  I don't see you running yet...GO!

Shelley is giving away an adorable burlap clutch, two personalized mugs and some insect magnets...


Sunday, October 23, 2011

Getting Started Is The Hardest Part!

I've finally started on some projects around the house! I've been sitting around contemplating (while being overwhelmed at the sheer volume) what needed to be done for some time...not sure where to start.  Well, last week I jumped in with both feet. 

This is the back hallway in our house.  There is a laundry area (not really a room), a closet, a bathroom, a door to the pool, and a door to the garage.  Most of our house has a maple colored wood paneling, so needless to say there is a LOT of painting in my future...and after seeing how good it can look I am motivated to keep going.

Hall Before:

I had already pulled off the vinyl grasscloth wallpaper, so all that was left was to spray the walls with wallpaper remover and sponge off the wallpaper glue. 
This process was pretty easy, which doesn't seem to be my luck!

Hall During:

I primed both the walls and woodwork with two coats of Valspar Muti-Purpose Primer.
Above, the walls were painted BM Galveston Gray colormatched to Behr's Eggshell Enamel (latex), and the white woodwork was painted with BM Chantilly Lace color matched to Behr Semi-Gloss Enamel (latex) paint.  The type of paint was a tough decision, because I've always used Oil Based paint on woodwork, but because of the amount of wood I have to paint, I thought I would try the quicker drying latex version...Finger's crossed.

Hall After:

The floor is still taped off, because the white still needs another coat, and if you notice the bifold doors on the right...those will eventually be replaced by new bifold doors and painted the same BM Gray as the other doors.  The other thing you might notice is the lovely turquoise speckled laminate tiles we have on the floor.  We will replace the floor at some point, but it's just not in the budget yet.

I'm so pleased with how the gray doors turned out!  I am planning to paint the rest of the paneling the same white and all of the doors on the first floor with the darker gray.  I am also thinking this is the color I will be painting my kitchen cabinets...but those are down a little further on the list.

I hope you like them too!

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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

The Garage Sale was a Success...and New Ovens!!!

A bit rainy, only open 5 or 6 hours, but $600 later...not a waste of a day!
Plus, I went on Monday, Columbus Day (a bank holiday and my day off) and ordered our new ovens...
I sure look forward to having both ovens work!

JKP75SPSS GE 27" Built-In Convection/Thermal Wall Oven - Stainless Steel
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Now, I just need to save up for a new dishwasher, stove, hood,
and probably new washer and dryer! 
Oh the joys of home ownership...oh and speaking of, I've started pulling down more wallpaper...I have a list of projects and a deadline... I've been asked to host a party in just over 2 months! Awww...  I'll keep you posted!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Garage Sale Time

So, I'm having a garage sale Saturday... It amazes me that year after year I have enough stuff to have a garage sale, much less the energy.  Garage sales are a lot of work!!!  If you've ever had one you know what I'm talking about.


A few years ago I changed my tactics...I stopped marking things.  This is the part I've always hated the most, so I just stopped.  I realized that if something is marked $2.00 and a shopper thought that was too much, they would just walk on.  As people walk up to my sale, I tell them to make me an offer, we're ready to bargain...and you know works.  I really think I make more money doing it this way, than when I took the time to mark stuff... 
At least that's my theory!

Tips for trolling those Estate Sales
Wish me luck!

Big money, big money, big money...mama needs a new oven! 

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