Trent and Julian

Trent and Julian

Friday, December 31, 2010

Project list for 2010

I am looking back thru the blog and realized we accomplished a lot!!!! Of course there are still projects to do but that is for 2011!!!!! The biggest project we did was opening up the wall from the original dining room into a small bedroom. This was really time consuming and messy!!! We love how it turned out!!!! Another mini project was adding  wood to the floor where the original wall was .That was a first for us!!!!
  In the basement we had a see  thru staircase so we added wood to the steps.That helped with the laundry not falling thru!!!!! It"s the little things that make me happy!!!!! We also went to Hawaii!!!!When we returned it was back to business!!!!    We installed our light and new electric in the old dining room(it had been a hole up there for a while.In July we started the painting of our house. Added shutters!!!!(we are not done painting outside)WE made awesome  bunk beds(still working on boys room) I finished painting my lockers.( a two year project!!!!) And the final big project of the year was installing the barn door track and putting up the Victorian french doors that were on the front enclosed porch for two years!!!! This one was really special to me!!!!! Also a first for us ,it was really scary and a little more complicated than we thought. It has been a great year!!!!! We are looking forward to 2011 !!!!! I know we will have a greater year next year greater than we could ever have imagined!!!! Happy New year!!!!!!!! I am linked to this party!!!top-projects-2010

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Christmas sales

I love the week after xmas almost as much as the holiday!!!! I started buying some for next year!!!!! LOL!!!! I had to go to Pier One and see if they had some of their peacock ornaments with a clip attached.I bought the last two turquoise  and I bought some purple ones also!!!! I have attached the blue ones to my curtain rod in my living room since it has blue curtains and for fun I attached the purple birds to my curtain rod in my bedroom.My accent colors in there are brown and eggplant. I am really liking the look very opulent so I might keep it up all year!!!!

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Merry Xmas!!!!!

Hope everyone had a Merry Xmas!!!!! We stayed home this year.Usually we travel to Chicago and Indiana to visit family on Christmas Eve. Christmas day we open presents and have a family dinner at our house. We ended up having our family dinner on xmas eve.It was very casual but it was fun.I feel so tired!!!!!! Today I been trying to slowly clean the house!!!! You know how that is!!!! My xmas present from hubby  was installing the blue french doors!!!!! It really made me happy to see them up!!!! I also received a very cool pink toaster  to add to my pink kitchen accessories!!!! The kids gave me Santas to add to my santa collection!!!! I am happy that all my children were here for another holiday!!!! Happy Holidays!!!!

Monday, December 20, 2010

Mercury Glass

My new favorite look is that of mercury glass.I have been searching for mercury glass light bulb covers for my bathroom for a while now.I had the idea that mercury glass would look perfect in the bathroom .We will be redoing the whole bathroom soon and I have been searching for my vision to take effect.Well,yesterday I had the idea that I could make my own mercury glass light covers!!!!!!  I bought glass covers for the light fixture at Lowes. They were $4.95 a piece. Then I bought a can of Valspar spray paint in silver metal. I have to say the Valspar spray paint didn't smell too bad!!!!! I first sprayed the glass covers with water and then quickly sprayed the silver. I also took a cotton ball to lightly dab at the drip marks. Here are the before and after photos. I really love it!!!! It looks really authentic in person better than the photos!!!!!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Hardware photo

I was so happy yesterday I went to pick up my handles for the french doors and they were 50% off!!!! I love when that happens!!! I started painting the handles for  an antique verdigris look.They were originally a wrought iron dark brown color. Here is a look.Also I sanded off some paint and added a little bit of gold.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010


Today I am picking up some cute door handles for our french doors.I found some at Hobby Lobby and only bought two.Today I am off to buy two more!!!!! It is really cold out and am not too excited about braving the cold, LOL!!!! Yesterday, Trent and I had to stack a face cord of wood in our minivan and go home and unload it ( and re-stack it).Then we had to make a second trip because it was too much wood and weight for the minivan. All this at 5:00 at night and below 0 weather!!!! Now it is off to buy groceries and door handles!!!!!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Victorian French Doors

I am in LOVE with how the doors turned out!!! My hubby Trent did a GREAT job!!!!!!!  I asked Trent to put up my doors as my X-mas gift. I am beyond happy!!!!! It was a difficult project for us because we had no clue how to put up this track.It also was very heavy to lift and Thank God everything turned out!!!!!! My husband and I both picked out the paint color together for the doors( we didn't want the white).We really wanted the glass on the doors to stand out. The french doors are leaded Victorian style with wavy glass. This was worth waiting for!!!!! Here are the photos.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Sneak Peek

We  put up  the doors!!!!! I am so happy !!!!!! We still have to do some finishing touches, but they are up!!!!! Here are some photos. I have to paint the doors,clean the glass,fill in some holes in the wall and it will look great!!!

Thursday, December 2, 2010


Our progress is slow.We ran into a few problems with installing the barn door track. We figured out how to install this thing but needed wood to attach it to .I convinced my hubby to "look" at Lowes for wood and we ended up buying it there. We loaded the minivan and had 12' of wood in the van,since it was a bitter cold day we didn't want to leave  the back trunk open ,so when we closed our back trunk door  and one of the pieces of wood cracked my windshield. I should have taken this as a sign!!!! I wasn't upset (hubby was) but will have to replace the windshield. I just look a little ghetto driving my van until we replace it. Oh well. So we finally get this thing put together and are ready to install.I call my daughter to come over and help us lift it up on the wall.She brings her boyfriend  to help. I was so excited ...... until we all lift the track and it is too long for the wall!!!!!!! I couldn't believe it!!!!! Both my husband and I were in shock!!!! It was almost 6 inches to long!!!!! WE both measured together ,I don't know what happened. I think Trent thinks I was bending the tape measure, not sure how that happened. So that is where we are at!!!!! We have to wait until this weekend to cut off the extra and try again. On the bright side,I  was  able to paint the wood that the track is attached to the same color as the wall. If it was installed first it would have been a pain to paint.

Monday, November 29, 2010

French Doors

I have a fabulous pair of french doors that we bought two and a half years ago!!!! We are finally installing them!!!! We are putting them up on barn door tracks. I have had the"vision" in my mind for so long, I am excited to finally have them installed.Today we moved an outlet to a different wall and lets just say nothing in our  100 + year house  goes easy!!!!! It took a lot longer than we expected.We moved the outlet where our refrigerator was plugged in to the adjoining wall . The original outlet would be in the way for the french doors. We still have one more outlet to change but we hope that one will go smoother,LOL!!!! Also we bought the flat track and now need to buy some wood to install it. So tomorrow we are off to Menards again. Today I also painted part of the wall behind the refrigerator. I couldn't move the refrigerator by my self when I originally painted the room so I am happy it is now done. Stay tuned for photos tomorrow of our progress!!!!

Friday, November 26, 2010

Thanksgiving Day!!!!

We had a wonderful Thanksgiving Day!!!! It was just our family this year. I was so thankful to have  all my children around the table celebrating together. My hubby Trent did most of the cooking.He is our chef and I am his assistant, lol !!!!! I made the cornbread casserole and the desserts. I am also in charge of putting the table together. I have been slowly collecting robins blue dishes and serving platters from Marshalls and TJMAX. I mostly buy them when they are on sale. These are photos of my table . I am still trying to find the perfect chairs for my dining room table that hubby and I both like!!!!!!  I am happy that we had a great dinner and we didn't have to travel!!!! I almost forgot to add that this year we had Thanksgiving in our new dining room!!!!!  It was an added bonus because last year our dining room table was set up in the living room while this room was under construction!!! Hope everyone had a great day with their friends and family!!!!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Craft project

Today I helped the boys make a Thanksgiving project. They made turkeys from manilla folders and used odds and ends to decorate them. We have a lot of crafty stuff around the house ,such as felt,feathers, buttons and glitter !!!!!  I brought out my hot glue gun but quickly found out we had only one glue stick left!!!!  Luckily we have an abundance of white Elmers glue!!!! It was a quick and messy project but it was fun and now we have decorations for tomorrow!!!!!!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Dinner Bell

I was lucky to receive a vintage bell from a friend who found it in her house when she moved in!!!! She said she didn't like it but my boys thought it was cool so she gave it to us!!!!! I almost bought one at TJMAX a while ago, so I was thrilled to have it!!!!!! My boys love it when I ring it instead of yelling to come and eat. We attached it to a cabinet that is temporarily by the copper sink. It actually matches the sink!!!!!!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Xmas trees

Today my boys and I decorated our xmas trees!!!! Yes,we have more than one.We have three!!!!! One green,one pink, and a small lavender/pink. Usually we wait until after Thanksgiving but this year I thought it would be nice to have our trees up for the holiday since we are having dinner here. It was a lot of work.We only broke two ornaments in the process!!!!  I actually broke one of them!!LOL!!!! Here are photos of two of the trees.

Friday, November 12, 2010


View from the kitchen sink. I love when the sink is all clean and shines!!!!!