Monday, February 19, 2018

Wine cork project update

A little update on my wine cork project that I am doing on the wet bar in our basement.  I was to get to work on it for a little bit on Saturday and Sunday.  I have now gotten about half of it done.  I wish that I could say that it has been easy but it has really been a challenge.  Not only do I have to be careful not to cut a finger off with the scroll saw but I have burned my fingers numerous times with the hot glue gun.




Here is a close up on a section of the wall.  The problem that I have been having is that not all of the corks are the same size so it makes the lines look a little crooked at some point.  It does look better when you look at it at a distance.  The bar stools will cover up most of the wall anyway.


Here is a recap from the previous weekend when I only got to work on it one day.  As you can see I didn't get very far.  It takes time to cut the corks in half and that is what I was mainly doing the previous weekend.  The scroll saw makes it much easier and faster then trying to cut them with a knife or razor blade.





I am thinking that maybe I will stop at this point.  We had the furniture delivered on Saturday I need to get it arranged and get the basement organized.  It looks pretty neat at this point anyway.



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Saturday, February 17, 2018

A Bit of Spring Color

Since I am going to be busy today and tomorrow with my wine cork project in the basement I thought I would do a vignette on my kitchen table.  My hubby got me some beautiful flowers for Valentine's Day that I wanted to show off.  I recently bought a new bunny from Tuesday Morning the other day and place him with the flowers.


I added a touch of greenery and some faux grapes to the tray also.


The bunny is dark brown like a chocolate bunny.


This gave a touch of Spring that I needed right now with the yard covered with snow.  This weekend is going to be nice but starting Monday it is suppose to snow again and be cold for the next week.

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Thursday, February 15, 2018

My new project

I have been wanting to do something with our curved wet bar wall ever since we moved in a little over two years ago.  I wasn't sure what I wanted to do.  I didn't just want to paint it.  I wanted it to be focal point in the basement family room.


I had already painted the basement and made the curved wall next to the bar a dark brown while the other walls are a tan.  I thought about using tile, stone or even doing a textured technique to it.  I finally came up with the idea of putting wine corks on the wall.  I have hundreds of corks that I bought many years back plus what I have accumulated myself over the years.  The wall looks small in the picture but it is actually quite large.



Now I wasn't sure how I was going to use the corks.  I decided it would be best to cut them in half so I would twice as much and I thought it would be easier to glue them to the drywall.  Next problem, how to cut them in half.  My hubby said I should use the utility knife.  My first thought was that would take forever and I would probably cut myself and would have to be rushed to the emergency room.  My idea was to use my scroll saw.  Yes, I could still probably cut my finger off but as least it would be faster and I could concentrate better.  So I brought my scroll saw in from the garage as it was 20 degrees that day and I was not going to freeze using it in the garage. 


So I set it up in the foyer.  It was a great idea but I could only use it for about 30 minutes as my fingers were cramping since I had to hold onto the corks very tightly.  I was able to get about 200 corks cut in half and I got started later that afternoon with the gluing.  Here is what I got done on Sunday.


I know that it doesn't look like I got that far and I did not use all the corks that I cut day.  Between being down on my knees for a few hours and getting my fingers burnt from the hot glue I had to throw in the towel for the day.  I think that it is looking pretty good so far. 


I am going to try and get a lot more done this weekend.  Last weekend was more of a trial and error as not all of the corks are the same length and I was wanting to stagger the seams. Now that I know what I am doing it should go faster. After this weekend I am pretty sure that I would have wished that I just painted the wall instead. 

This Saturday we are finally getting the furniture delivered for the basement.  We ordered two power reclining loveseats.  I was hoping to have this done before then but I wasn't able to get started on this project any sooner.  Here is a picture of the area where the furniture is going.  Please excuse the mess.


I have been throwing stuff down here that I am wanting to decorate with but I have been waiting to get furniture.  I can't wait to get this area done.  I will be doing a post on the weekend showing the furniture and my progress on the wall.  Wish me luck.

Monday, February 5, 2018

New Look for the Dining Room

Now with all the Christmas put away it is time to freshen up the dining room.  Keeping a neutral theme that I can add some Spring and Easter to later was the goal.


A few touches to the corner shelf.  Check out my new metal chicken on top.


The hubby got me this for Christmas.  I think he did a great job of picking it out.  It even coordinates with the curtains.


The table top centerpiece.  No dishes yet.  I will add them when I change out a few items for Spring.


I added my new candle holders and candles to the buffet.


I love to use my scale in this room.



I added my everyday bunny in here to give it a touch of Spring.



I pretty much have the first level of our house done.  It has only taken me two years and 3 months to get it done.  I still have to do a few touches to a couple of bedrooms upstairs and the basement.  We are still waiting on the furniture to come in.  My next project is going to be the basement bar area.  I have already painted the cabinets and now I need to focus on the curved wall of the bar.  Be sure to check back for all the details.

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Sunday, February 4, 2018

Formal Living Room Part 2

I am so happy to say that I finally have the formal living room done for now.  I still need to find some curtain panels or worst case scenario I will be forced to make them myself.  I apologize ahead of time for the quality of the following pictures.  Today is cold and cloudy and since this room has no over head lighting these are the best I could do. This is the southwest side of the room where I have my table that I do puzzles.  Right now I am doing my Thomas Kinkade "Gone with the Wind" puzzle.


The table by the windows I have set up to be my snack area.  I have three glass containers that I will be filling up with goodies that are bad for me. Right now the largest container has some salt water taffy in it.  You know how you need to keep your energy up when putting together puzzles.


I also tweaked the southeast side of the room by adding some stacking suitcases in between the chairs and one more accessory to the table in the corner.




This room is my most difficult to get pictures of.  There are large columns when you first enter my home that block the view to this room.  Here are a few pictures that I took at the top of the stairs.



This next picture is from the first flight of stairs.


I was in front of the family room entrance for this last picture.






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Monday, January 29, 2018

Formal Living Room Part 1

I am excited that I have finally got one side of my formal living room done (except for a few touches like curtain panels, etc.).


I have been having a hard time finding yellow and red decor.  It seems like every store that I go to (Hobby Lobby, HomeGoods, Gordman's, Ross and Marshall's) only have farmhouse decor.  Now don't get me wrong, I am not knocking farmhouse decor but my house just does not support that type of decor with all the dark wood trim and doors.  My home has more of a Tuscan look to it inside.  So does a girl do?  She has to shop the other rooms in the house and resort to thrift store finds that can be painted.  I found two of these at the Salvation Army thrift store.  They are about 8 inches tall and they cost $4.24 for the pair.

So one went yellow and other went red.

 They both found a home on my hutch.




Can you see where they both are?  The yellow one is easy to see but the red one is more difficult in these pictures.  I have it on it's side on the top shelf in front of the silver candlestick holders.  I have definitely decided to paint this hutch a dark brown but leave the lighter brown the way it is.  I love the way the top of the hutch turned out.  I have always wanted to get a clock for this room and I think it fits perfectly above the hutch.


My newly made over table got some decor also.  I was lucky enough to find the plate and the metal red vase at the thrift store too.



I also got the other two cornice boards done on the other end of the room.  Now all I need to do is get that side decorated and of course I am still needing those curtain panels.



On another note is anyone else battling the Ghost of Christmas Glitter?  I love all the Christmas decor that is glittered but it seems that no matter how many times I vacuum and mop the floors it keeps showing up.   What I find strange is that the floors look free of glitter when I get done cleaning  them but the next week when I clean them the glitter mysteriously reappears.  It seems that it takes many months for my home to become glitter free.

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Monday, January 22, 2018

Table makeover

This table has been in my family for as long as I can remember.  I am pretty sure that is older then me.  As you can see it has been used a lot.  It is suppose to be used for a kitchen table but since the sides fold down it works perfectly as a side table.  It received a makeover this weekend.


Here is how it turned out.



It received a dark brown paint and a lighter brown on the top.  I also used some stain on the light brown color which helped bring out the wood grain.

We got some new chairs for the family room so I moved the old ones here in the formal living room.  I am still working on this side of the room getting it redecorated.  Here is what I have done so far.


I still need to get panels for the cornice boards and I am thinking about painting the white hutch a dark brown.  I still need to add the final touches to this room.  I was going to get most of this area done on Sunday but this is what happened.  A little bit over a foot of snow.



 I spent most of my day doing snow removal.  It didn't help that my hubby was gone for the day so I had to snow blow the driveway twice.  Our driveway is over 5000 sq ft and I can only use the small snow blower.  The big one I think weighs as much as I do and I just can't handle it.  So needless to say I had to snow blow it once in the morning and once more in the afernoon as it snowed another 5 inches in between.  Let's just say that my whole body is sore today and  could barely walk down the stairs this morning. 

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