Monday, June 27, 2016

Living room painted

Ed and I spent our weekend painting the living room. When you look at the room you don't realize just how long it will take or how much paint it is going to take. Ed started out Saturday morning priming the walls. I hadn't planned to help but I decided it was best I did and lucky I did or he would still be painting. Here is what the room looked like back in February. 


The wall color is just too dark and looks too dirty for us. 

Ed had already painted the ceiling so at least that part was done. 

By Saturday evening we had 2 coats of primer and almost 1 coat of paint on the walls. I say almost because in the end we ended up running out of paint and the store was closed. 


FAIL!

It was kind of annoying but in the end we needed to do two coats of paint anyway. We have very thirsty walls. Must be the Georgia heat. (just kidding, lol) 

Here is the final product. 



We also did the trim and it looks so much better now. 

That's 4 rooms done; the living room, kitchen, breakfast room and dining/school room. Now we have the 2 story entry, upstairs hall, five bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, mudroom, laundry room and 14 closets to go. All rooms need to have the ceilings painted either the new wall color or white and the ceilings are either 9ft or vaulted except in 2 bathrooms and the closets. That's a lot of paint. And time. Goal is to have it all done by June 1, 2017. Wish us luck. We are gonna need it!

Thanks for stopping by!
Chris

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Father's Day

This would have been posted Monday but the computer I use to take pictures from my devices (phone, camera, etc.) crashed. I had not backed them up to our cloud drive yet so I had to wait until Ed could recover them. Technology. 

I hope everyone had a great Father's Day weekend. I spent Saturday watching Edward paint the coffered ceiling in the living room. I am not allowed to paint or do much due to some issues with my back so I get to sit around and watch. That is just boring. Anyway...Edward painted the ceiling on Saturday. Two coats of primer and 1 coat of Sherwin Williams Agreeable Gray. I love this color. It just works in this house. 




Isn't that better? The color the builder put on the walls is just depressing. It looks dirty too. Ick. The walls are still the original color. It took Edward all day to cut in and roll 3 coats of paint. I did the dining room a few months ago so I know how difficult and time consuming it is. I wish I could have helped him but I really want my back and hip to stop hurting so I will follow doctors orders. 
  
I did make a cake for Father's Day on Saturday. From scratch. Cake and frosting. It wasn't the best cake I have ever had but it wasn't the worst either. I think I may just stick with box mix. lol The frosting was delicious though. I have plenty of experience with frosting. 



Sunday morning we gave Edward his gifts. We got him a fire pit with accessories, a rotisserie for the grill and a blue tooth meat thermometer. Since dinner was already planned we didn't get to use the grill accessories yet but he did light up the fire pit and we roasted marshmallows. 

(Please excuse the state of this room, it still isn't put together since the walls aren't painted yet)




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And for dinner Sunday I made one of Edwards favorite meals, Apple & Sage pork chops. The recipe is from McCormick and we really like it. I served it with white rice. So yummy. 


Recipe coming soon.

Thanks for stopping by.
Chris

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Giant Jenga

Ed and I made a giant Jenga set for us to play with. I just finished it today and we played our first game tonight. Please excuse the way I look. It is hot and humid here today and I spent hours outside waxing the Jenga blocks. It was worth it. Now I need a shower. lol 




Thanks for stopping by. 
Chris

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Mini vacation

Ed and I took the boys to Daytona Beach Shores for a few days last week. We were there before the storms went through over the weekend and beginning of this week. Originally we were going to be there this week but we saw the weather and moved our trip up a few days. 

We basically spent 2 days laying on the beach and around the hotel pool. The hotel we stayed at is right on the beach and the view is beautiful. 

This is the view from our room. It was almost high tide. 


Here are some more pictures from our stay. 









After a long day at the beach we cleaned up and took the boys to Barnes and Noble. I swear it's their favorite store next to Toys R Us! They each came out with a lot of new books. I am so proud that they love to read. 



We each came home with a slight sunburn. The boys on only their faces, Ed and I also burned on our backs. I guess we didn't apply sunblock as often as we should have. We will know better for next time. 

Thanks for stopping by. 
Chris 

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Pallet wall art

I have some found really cool DIY wall art ideas on Pinterest so I thought I would put two of them together for some art for the breakfast area.

The first one is the pallet from from Wife In Progress. I followed her instructions and bought enough wood to get 21 pieces 22 inches long (7 pieces for each frame). I had Ed cut them for me and I stained them using Classic Gray and Dark Walnut stain from Minwax. I did some of them gray only or dark walnut only and others I mixed the two colors. I also varied the time I left the stain on before wiping it off. I wanted them all to be different and I think I achieved that goal.


After they dried I played around with the pieces until I had 3 sets of 7 that I liked together.



I glued 2 pieces of scrap that went almost all the way across all 7 boards to the backs of each frame and set a case of soda on them until they were dry. Sorry no pics of that. lol

I got the butcher prints from The Mountain View Cottage . She has a whole set of them available for free download.  I went to Michael's and picked out burlap colored card stock to print the chicken, pig and cow on along with 3 black 11 x 14 picture mats. I printed the butcher prints using my home printer then taped them to the back of each mat and glued one on each front of the pallet frames.

And here they are.


I really enjoy making art and I think that homemade art adds so much warmth to a home.

Thanks for stopping by.
Chris