Staying Out of the Way

15 July 2013

Jes and I decided to go our separate ways on the projects. While he's is finishing up the powder room, I had to look for new tasks. The next logical step was to start working on the dinning room, since this is the next project on the list.

The main floor of our house is a fairly open concept, therefore we had to come up with our overall design objective for the floor before I can pick a paint color for the dining room. We decided since we both like being in the mountain and the city, why not combine those to thoughts for an "urban cabin" feel. Since we have the chair rail through out the main floor, I decide we would wallpaper the bottom half in Cole & Son's Woods Wallpaper in a gray finish. The top of the chair rail will be Benjamin Moore's Revere Pewter. 

I started painting above the chair rail & I'm really happy with the color! At the same time, I found the perfect home for the candle holder the prior owner had left behind for us!

The dining room has a lot of little "weekend" projects, here is what we have to do: 
(1.) Hack the Ikea Hemmes Cabinets (Pinterest inspired project) 
(2.) Extend the wall under the stairs so it can accommodate the Ikea Hack. 
(3.) Remove the archway between the living room and dining to make even more open
(4.) Add a decorative backing to the current Ikea Norden cabinet
(5.) Wallpaper below chair rail
(6.) Paint ceiling
(7.) Pick a trim paint & paint trim and doors

Since we are cutting out the drywall and extending an area, I've painted all the Revere Pewter I could without moving the bar cabinet. Therefore I needed to look for additional work.

In the meantime, I found a home for Jesse's Grandmothers art in the spare bedroom and came across a chair left out for trash!

x, Shan
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Weekend Warriors... I think not!

13 July 2013

It's been nearly one month since my last post.... By now I had hoped to shared my completely finished powder room and tell you all about my next great project. However, I've come to realization that  HGTV "lies" to you. Projects take MORE than a weekend or three days when you are not professionals. Home projects are not easy, despite what is shown on tv.

I've also come to the conclusion that Jesse is not quite as clam and collected as he seemed before we purchased the house. We learned that he is not the skilled laborer he thought he was... He really just likes buying and playing with power tools. One day he'll figure it out... At least lets hope! 

So what have we done since my last post? We managed to hang the wallpaper in the powder room. It's not entirely straight, but after all the heart, sweat, tears and words we had over this paper... It's staying bloody up! Lesson learned, Jes and I can not work on wallpapering as a team. I am too much of a perfectionist in aligning patterns. We also started in the wainscoting in the powder room. This is where we learned we shouldn't let "ego" get in the way of a project and that it's smart research project before starting. With how many smart devices we have in the house, it doesn't help if we don't use them. 

In frustration with the wainscoting, Jes & I needed to take on different projects. Working together is not as fun or joyful "as seen on tv". Therefore, I jumped a head to the next logical project.

Current status of the powder room:

Items left to do:
(1.) Finish wainscoting/trim work
(2.) Fix oddly cut crown molding
(3.) Chalk seams
(4.) Paint
(5.) Hang toilet paper holder

x, Shan
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