Saturday, September 22, 2012

Musical Chairs

With the furniture.  And it's getting old!  We've moved our furniture around so many times we've lost count.  I am so ready for cleaning and organizing!

Here's our foyer.  We're still working on the door.  It needs another coat and so does the trim.  We haven't started on the floors, but the walls are finished and look sooo much better.

 This was before we began:

Goodbye red. And hello mess.  The paint on the door is Valspar, Fired Earth. The wall color is Olympic, Toasted Almond.  

Saturday, September 15, 2012


LAST BIG ONE AT LEAST!  Lots of odds and ends left to do.

FOR A LITTLE WHILE ANYWAY! We have a few trips planned.  Surgery is more than likely in my future (not certain but will know more about the reality of it after I see the surgeon next week).  If I do have the surgery, I should recover just in time to get ready for the holidays.  Hopefully we will be ready to tackle the exterior of the house next spring.  

Here's my project: THE FOYER

The plans are: (1) Paint the door and trim (2) Paint the walls a neutral color (3) Paint the floors

I know it defeats the purpose of spending money on oak just to paint it, but I did not know when purchasing it twenty years ago how REALLY tired I would become of looking at this door. 

Way past time for the red walls to go!

The floors are wood, but I do not like how they look next to the laminate flooring we put down.  The two floors join going into the dining room and the living room. I hope I like what I have planned for them. 

I can't wait to see this room come together.  I'll post pics as we go.  Right now I'm off to prime this bad boy!

Friday, September 14, 2012

Seven Swans A Swimmin

How About Two Swans A Hangin?


I bought this pair of corbels in an antique shop in Alabama over a year ago and have had great plans for them. They are finally in place!  Here's some close up shots:

They appear to be very old but we can't figure out what they were used for.  The knob on top of the heads and the front of the heads were extremely dirty so that gave us a clue that they may have been door pulls.  I have wished a million times I had asked for the booth owners name and phone number to see if they knew the history.  They are very unique and I can't find anything like them on the internet.  They were $35.00 each, so I'm not confident the booth owner knew what they had.  You cannot buy new corbels this size for this price, much less antique ones.

My "handyman" (aka: husband) had to do some repair work on the feet.  Both swans had a section of its foot chipped off.  He was able to repair one using wood filler, but the other one required a piece of wood glued on and then some actual carving.  

I cleaned them, sanded lightly, and then painted them with chalk paint.  They look great now.   I have some pics of them before painting, but I will need to find them.  Will post when I do.

They are hanging in the new opening between the living room and dining room.  Here's a pic, but please excuse the mess you can see and the poor lighting!!  We've gotten a lot done in the house, but still have a lot to do.  Curtains and a chandelier are on my list for future updates!

And here's their view from above:  My new floors!  Bye-bye nasty carpet!