Sunday, July 27, 2014

The big paint reveal and some minor sewing projects

It's been a while, and our great room has been in various degrees of disaster as hubby has worked around the room, painting the walls and alllllllll the trim.  We've learned a lot.  First, let's remember what this place used to look like, shall we?  This is what we walked into when we very first looked at the house...


And initial painting, keeping that original trim color, left us with this...



Well, #1, don't believe any blog that says you can just prime and then use latex on wood surfaces in your house that were previously oil.  Hubby got done painting those shelves with oil primer and latex paint, and it started popping off.  ARGGGHHH.  It's pricey, but Benjamin Moore makes an alkyd paint that is water-based.  This means it's low-VOC and wifey-friendly!  So, I could breathe throughout this entire process - yippee!

OH, one more thing before the big reveal.  We looked into replacing the slider and side windows.  Hubby wasn't looking forward to painting it.  Renewal by Anderson came out - the quality of those windows is impressive.  And HOLY SMOKES THEY SHOULD BE.  In fact, I believe they should clean my house every day for the rest of their lives.  The door is in really good shape at the moment, and it is a true double-pane.  We decided we ain't fixing what ain't broke.  He painted the door.  Looks brand new.

 

Seriously, doesn't that sliding glass door look brand new now (and so does the like $8K we didn't have to shell out)?
 

And that contrast of white and navy is so much prettier...
 

The glassed cabinet now holds stuff you can actually see (and check out our new fancy knobs!)...

 

And, hopefully, the other side of the bedroom door looks a bit more organized and less "hey we're trying to hide a router".

 

 And the front entrance is so much brighter and inviting.


So, if you look closely, you'll see the the couch now has some new pillows.  We found them at Theodore Alexander the other weekend, when we went to show friends around the High Point furniture places.  Well, we found three of them there, anyway.  We wanted to pull the blue in from the kitchen, and yes, I am giving in (for now) and letting Grandma's chair remain blue and salmon...


One of those pillows, though, is an Alexis creation!  I had some leftover fabric from the kitchen and decided to make a couple of pillows.  One is on the couch, and the other is in our chair...

 

We were checking out some of the other old pillows, and hubby suggested we re-purpose the old grey pillows in a smaller pillow with cording.   I picked up the cording yesterday and got to work today.  This is my first attempt at cording on a pillow. 


I am so proud of myself, I'm even willing to share a closeup of this beauty...

 

So, we've been busy watching paint dry, which is why the blog has been a little quieter.  We shall see what August holds!  

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