Monday, June 27, 2011

the landing

Since we removed our carpet last week, I thought it'd be fun to show a before/after of the landing...

 when we purchased the house in 2008
before we removed the carpet
so much better!

ideas for this? like the idea of grass here, but need a planter

Sunday, June 26, 2011

modularity tiles in the kitchen?

We received our Modularity Tile samples! They are thicker than a traditional stick down tile with no texture. I like the modern look, though I'm aware it will show dirt. I hope we go this route so that we can move on with our kitchen! Here are a few concepts using the "modulizer" tool. Not focused on scale yet...

A traditional checkerboard pattern:

This image from Pinterest (originally from here, a Kate Spade store) caught my attention and inspired the next two. The stripes would be made of 12x12 squares so would look much thicker than the image. Unless we cut them in 1/2...

And the last 2...I liked last night. But this morning remind me of scrapbooking paper...

Opinions? Favorites?

Thursday, June 23, 2011

staples + nails

We worked our way down the hall and last night pulled up the remaining carpet on the landing. It was a mess...they didn't remove the staples from the original carpet (2x the fun for us!) So far we've pulled carpet off 2 stairs and there are staples EVERYWHERE. 

Monday, June 20, 2011

vintage car ramp

We stopped by a garage sale this weekend. I had $2 and wasn't sure what it would buy...then I saw this fisher-price car ramp. Made in 1970 it is SO much stronger than the modern car ramps we've tried. A lot of fun details, oh and best of all, no batteries required!

Friday, June 17, 2011

lighting side project part 3

the breakdown:
Lamp Bases              $10
Primer                       free (already purchased)
Spray Paint (2 cans)   $20
Gloss coat                 $10
Lamp Shade               $12
Current Total           $52

To check out the original bases and inspiration... Part 1 and the spray paint... Part 2

Saturday, June 11, 2011

modularity tiles

photos: modularity tiles
Libby from My So-called Blog is pretty much at the same stage as us with our kitchen flooring. She just shared about Modularity Tiles-- a new modern stick down tile. They come in a range of colors + shapes and I'm pretty excited about the prospect.

I have questions like--do they have a warranty (how many years will they last)? And how strong is it? But at around $2 a square foot (and easy diy installation) we might just try it. Will keep you posted as I learn more and hopefully order a sample.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

big girl bed

Our daughter graduated from her crib last week! We are teaching to sleep in her bed the same way we did with her brother--a twin sized mattress on the floor.

 Once she is comfortable sleeping there we'll probably get the IKEA malm bed to match her brother's.

Though I secretly love this Jenny Lind bed from Land of Nod...

Monday, June 6, 2011

lighting side project part 2

We painted the lamps! Lee and I each took one and painted it according to our own style (for example, he wanted drip marks + laid the paint on thick) where I took my time and sprayed lightly. We ended up with Montana Gold in Dolphin, around $10/can.

We didn't sand, wood fill, ect and went straight to primer. Since we don't have a paint booth I've seen some dirt flecks. But its been such a fun project that we're okay with that...

This afternoon we'll spray a gloss clear coat and then we need to find the right shade. I noticed that new shades usually hang from the base of the light and ours connects at the top so we might need an older shade...

Friday, June 3, 2011

lighting side project part 1

Our living room lights are leaning, literally. We bought them from IKEA a few years ago and I guess they are tired! I've been inspired recently by bloggers who use spray paint to create a new looks. I'm especially excited to follow mod nest's tutorial. I picked these up today at our favorite thrift store for around $10. 

I then drove to Wal Mart thinking I could find an inexpensive shade + spray paint to mimic the Mariposa lamp from Z Gallerie ($140). But after trips to both Home Depot and Wal Mart I'm realizing this color is not standard. And I've got to hunt for the right shade.

The next steps? I remember using auto paint in college on design projects so I'll check that. I've also discovered Montana Gold sold at art stores and available in 204 colors (!) Any other advice before I get started?