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Domestic Bliss – At the Farmers Market

We stopped by the Farmers Market to pick up some ingredients for pear relish, see some vendor friends and get my Saturday lunch fix. I’m so happy that I was able to try the tofu today as we usually get our lunch after the rush and they’re out. Grace’s breakfast sammies make us last past the normal lunch time.

On the left is the pork Bahn Mi sandwich and on the right are my tofu tacos. We had sweet black jasmine tea as well.

We stopped by a quasi-new thrift store on the way into town and scored lovely framed print that we’ll repaint, replace the image and put it in the bedroom. I’m thinking we’ll put it where the Jane Avril poster lives and move that to where the Chat Noir currently resides. That’ll help address the ‘red’ problem in the room.

Bon Weekend – Flurries of activity.

We’ve finished several projects over the last couple of weeks and I think we’re good to say that the entry/stairs are finished for the moment. I’m happy with how everything looks right now and I’m sure we’ll add a few things down the road. We also need to add the rocks to the boot tray (which was purchased from Crate & Barrel).

I do have some touch-up work on the kick plates as taping appears to have been a giant fail on several steps.

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Knock! Knock!

I’ve been trying to post an update but we’re finishing several long standing projects in preparation for guests tomorrow afternoon (more details on that) and it was my birthday on Monday. It’s either throw a party or have company over to really light a fire to finish projects in limbo. Anyway, we finished the last details on the stairs and poly’d them this morning. The quarter rounds will be seated later.

I likey.

Bon Weekend – The next steps

You betcha, I went there. Here’s a sneak peek at the latest step in the painting project. These were done by Michael and he decided to mimic wood grain with the brush pull effect. I think they look pretty awesome. We have one more effect we’re trying to accomplish before applying the polyurethane.

Have a safe and fabulous weekend!

Pretty in pink

Or… you really can teach old broads new tricks!

Last month we migrated mom over to our family plan and got her an iPhone. She’s been mesmerized with ours and we knew after we bought her a Nook last year that she would catch on quickly. She’s not a fan of loud colors but we chose the case so that it would be easy for her to spot when it isn’t with her. The second is the new Nook Color. Her birthday was on Monday and we decided to upgrade her and all I can say is wow, what a difference between first gen and this! We also got her a matching atomic pink cover. We’re hoping the Nook will be able to stream Flash soon and that they’ll get apps for Netflix and HBO so she can kick back and watch movies on it. In the meantime, it’s mahjong to her heart’s delight!

Stairway to…

Please fill in the blank. This project doesn’t want to end apparently. Let’s start from the beginning…

Just like a box of Cracker Jacks, there was a surprise inside!

After the kick plates were painted white, on went the Paradise Green. Too light! We took the paint can back to Lowe’s and they mix a slightly darker shade (of course I don’t have the paint chip and the computer didn’t put it on the top of the can). We liked it better.

But still, it doesn’t seem finished. Michael came up with an idea and bought some colored glaze. We’re starting work on that portion next. Stay tuned…

The great cover up.

A comment on the D*S post reminded me that we did indeed need a breath of freshness in our bed linens, especially the bed cover. I searched high and low and of course, I found *the one* at Anthropologie, the Laelia quilt. I shared it for my birthday request but still had a lot of guilt about the cost. The quilt and shams bring it to just under $400 and I could have gone for the quilt only, but the shams do add some flavor. We were at Home Goods yesterday and found this beautiful quilt featuring peonies, butterflies and bees. I cannot resist peonies. I really love it but I’m trying to decide if it’s competing with the red elements or if I should embrace it.

New quilt

Bed Wall

New quilt

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Bon Weekend – project finished!

finished

New shade of red and the magazine rack is finished!

I have one more photo after all of the rust was sanded off… (more…)

Puttying about

Oh dear, I do believe I sounded a tad cranky yesterday! I finished sanding the magazine rack and got a coat of spray paint applied. I have no idea what I was thinking when I picked out the color, so we picked up another shade of red while we were on a supply run at Lowe’s tonight. Good thing as I borked the paint in a couple of places. Seriously though, I should leave the spray painting to Michael. He worked for Sherwin Williams while in college and is the spray master!

I got the sanding and filling done on the stairs and will do another round of light sanding before painting. Hopefully we can start that tomorrow night. We’re doing white kick plates and steps will be Paradise Green by Valspar.


The photo on the left was taken just after I pulled up the nasty carpet runner.

I’m also going to paint the banister/railing white.

Peeling back the layers

There’s a reason this lovely little magazine rack was pretty cheap. Oh the rust, oh the sanding! I hope to have it painted by the end of the week as we’re also working on the stairs and finishing the entry nook during the same time.

The color will be a lovely red satin.

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