Look Who’s Making Changes Now

Spare time is a hot commodity around our house lately. Busy is good, but it makes finding the time to concentrate on and complete in house projects difficult.  Our dining room redo project came to an abrupt halt when the first and second paint sample choices on the wall fell short of decorative expectation. It’s taken a while to bring this dining room redo to fruition, but look who’s making changes now.  Two gallons of Valspar Creme Fraiche and decorative determination lead the charge to change.

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Lantern love has made its way from outdoor fixture to dining room focal point. To glass pane, or not to glass pane, that is the question bugging the &#$! out of me.

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I’m going to bring you all into the loop, answering the question of why I work around the dark (very dark) dining room furniture.  For those of you who do not know, my parents live with me and Dave the Builder. The dining room furniture belongs to my parents, and under the circumstances surrounding the reason why they live with us in the first place, Dave and I have made many concessions regarding furniture.  One of my recent Facebook posts includes the Franklin D. Roosevelt quote, “Peace, like charity, begins at home.”  I can attest to the truth in that statement!

lantern-fixture1That’s Better!

Coming back around to topic- the combination of the dark wall color, the absence of natural light, and the dark Mahogany dining furniture brought me to my this has got to go moment.  As much as I hate to do it, an impending breakup with an old favorite, Sherwin-Williams Fired Brick, is a must.

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Going with a different fixture and repainting the space in a lighter shade of gorgeous did wonders to light the way to change.  Now we are getting somewhere.  Repurposing and editing from within gave me the idea to replace the Chippendale captain’s chairs with a matching set of upholstered arm chairs. The look is looking like it will strike the right amount of both visual and style mix balance.

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As it is with interior design and interior decorating projects, accents and accessories often must be introduced in stages as the install advances. Trial, error, patience and two coats go with the territory.  Stay tuned.

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18 Easy & Elegant DIY Chandelier Ideas

I received the nicest email late last week. They’re the best kind, don’t you think?  My bird feeder chandelier project recently posted on Hometalk opened the door to me being asked if I would like to curate a  DIY Chandelier Ideas clipboard on Hometalk’s Facebook page.  Being a person who loves any opportunity to show, tell, and talk all things house that make a home, I could not hit the send button fast enough to the gracious folks at Hometalk with my answer- a  huge home talking yes!  Hometalk is a community for those who love to create, share, and help with everything home and garden. Ideas and inspiration abound within this wonderful community!

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DIY talent runs deep throughout the blogosphere. I am constantly amazed and impressed by DIY projects born out of ideas, eyedeas, and the spark of inspiration that fuels the desire to create and replicate.

Dixie Delights via DIY Chandelier Ideas Board on Hometalk

From repurposed beauties to reinterpreted garden genius, these and countless other inspiring  DIY Chandelier Ideas are hanging around Hometalk for your viewing pleasure.

Anythingology via  DIY Chandelier Ideas Board on Hometalk

These are just a select few of the range of tastes, styles, and examples of DIY chandelier ideas to inspire. Want to see more? Click on any image in this post to view my entire Hometalk DIY Chandelier Ideas clipboard. It’s full of good ideas, great looks, step-by-step DIY how-to tutorials, and talent galore!  Inspiration awaits.

Deja Vue Designs via  DIY Chandelier Ideas Board on Hometalk

Bargains,Thrifting Finds And Imperfections

A good bargain, the perfect find, and a successful Goodwill run is the lagniappe of my day, and I like lagniappe.

Thrifting, flea market, or auction finds aren’t usually free, but if the find is really good or exactly what you’ve been looking for it’s both a gift and a bonus! When we walked into Goodwill I didn’t know I was looking for a triple switch plate cover, but evidently I was. A bargain archaeologist I am not. I do not like to dig through, over, or under anything looking for something- that’s Dave the Builder’s role.

The switch plate cover was sitting between two other items- a decorative box and some item I can’t recall. The first item Dave picked up was the box. He opened it up and loudly proclaimed, “there’s a hundred dollar bill in here!”  Now I’ve known this man and his brand of humor for 35 years however, the two gentlemen standing next to us have not. Bless their hearts, they almost broke their necks looking to see if in fact a Ben Franklin was up for grabs. By the way, Dave’s comedy routine at our local Goodwill got a huge laugh.

Back to the switch plate. I consulted with Dave to get his mechanical and electrical opinion. With a thumbs up things started to get interesting. I noticed a piece of the bottom banner was chipped off.  I reasoned if I could not live with it I would simply chip off the intact piece on the other side. The persuasive pot was sweetened when I realized  the store was having a special sticker something or other additional 40% off sale bringing the total price to $2.17.  Ring- it- up, baby!

The breakfast area toggle light switch situation was updated to the new and so very improved rocker style.

I darkened the plate with a thin coat of Americana acrylic paint in raw umber. What areas a foam brush can’t get to and the initial coat won’t cover a Q-tip dipped in paint will.

The color deepens the details and camouflages the imperfection. I’m debating leaving the switch plate in its present form. Would performing decorative surgery by removing the detail on the left side in order to smooth out the imperfect edges make such a huge difference to the finished look, or would it not move the needle enough to matter?

As odd as it sounds, the story is found in the imperfection. That’s the wonderful thing about certain items and objects we use in our decor. The story, the memories, and the tales of the hunt that go along with the bargains, thrifting finds and imperfections is often what is so appealing.

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Cucina Construction: A Kitchen Remodeling Project

Oh my decorating & designing goodness, this kitchen remodeling project was a doozy!  Our home is my childhood home and I realize I’ve gone full circle in my house to home life.  Familiarity and fabulous memories from the past, the nail & hammer present, and the next generation future offers a comfort we can, and are, easily living with.  Design tweaks, adjustments, and repurposes have been met and mastered.

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Eight foot ceilings I love to hate have been embraced, especially when the architect gave us his bid on raising these puppies two feet.  Heavy, and I mean h-e-a-v-y five figures later- that’s a big negatory!  Please excuse the fact that I can’t help myself with the homage to Convoy.  Casey Kasam’s Classic American Top 40 is on the radio. Between the before pictures and the tunes I’m swimming in the 70’s.

outdated kitchen

The kitchen is a multipurpose high traffic area of the home and ours is no different. When my parents built the house in 1965, the kitchen was a design marvel among the ranch house set. It underwent two decor remodels that simply did not stand up to the test of time or design. When we took our first real look at the kitchen as the present homeowners, we realized this space needed some space. To give you some idea of what we were working with, I am posting before and way,way before pictures of the space in question.

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First order of demo was to take down the wall at the end of the first picture of me and my paternal grandparents.  Immediately after first demo we tore down the breakfast bar, broom closets, and cabinet built ins shown in the second picture of a dinner with family, our preacher, and his wife.  My thought process was to incorporate the formal dining room.  I’m all about removing walls to open up a space.  We are picture deficient of the demo process.  Just imagine dirt, dust, and chaos.

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We  salvaged, saved and strategically placed existing cabinets in with purchased solid wood prefabricated cabinets.  We took the door and drawer fronts off both the old and new cabinets. Dave the Builder ordered 60 MDF cabinets doors and 29  MDF drawer fronts. Dave primed all with oil base KILZ interior oil stain block and primer from Lowe’s. The cabinetry color is a standard favorite of ours,  Sherwin-Williams Pure White. The wall color is Sherwin-Williams Anjou Pear. Counter tops were born by sheeting the new cabinet tops with 3/4 ” CDX plywood as the base.  I selected MS International 12″ square granite tiles for the counter tops.  For the backsplash we went with 12 X12 ceramic paired with 6″ copper half round rope metal molding wall tiles.

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Slab granite was definitely a consideration, but the $$$ difference between the two is money we can spend elsewhere. Dave won the “discussion” of bull nose vs. wood trim for the counter top front edging.

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We dressed up the upper cabinets, existing fluorescent light fixture, and ceiling molding with decorative molding from Home Depot.

sub zero refrigerator

The Sub-Zero refrigerator was moved from our previous home and repainted to match the new cabinets on site.  A casing was built to house the refrigerator to match the new cabinets.  There were several left over cabinet doors.  Dave repurposed the doors as side casing decoration, adding them to the refrigerator casing.

painted kitchen cabinets

We removed the original windows and installed Pella replacement windows from Lowe’s. I knew from the get- go I wanted 13″ X 13″ ceramic floors with the tiles laid diagonally, and I am thrilled with the result. I was adamant the original Baccarat crystal chandelier my mother selected forty years ago fit into the overall look.  The breakfast area chandelier is from Lamps Plus, and the pendant light from Home Depot.

decorative corbels

Amerockcabinet hardware was purchased on clearance from Lowe’s. Let’s build something and save money while doing it together, Lowe’s!  Both the corbels framing the window above the sink and the ceiling medallion were purchased from Wish I Had That.  And now, without further ado, may we present a preview picture of our new kitchen.

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****UPDATED****

kitchen-B-WClick on the picture to begin the updated kitchen remodeling project tour

Remodels, Redos, And Renovations In Pictorial Preview

Remodels, redos, and renovations are the three R’s ruling the past two weeks at Casa de Places In The Home.  I’ve had a few things on the creative part of my brain (this could be trouble), and there’s no time like the present so here we go.   Let me share a in progress preview pictures with you.

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and now we have…

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Are we having fun yet?  You bet we are!  More details and pictures to come.  I have added the Our Home page with pictures of the spaces recently completed.

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Have Ideas, Will Repurpose: Our Home Improvement Ideas

My husband and I now live in the house I grew up in.  The house was built in 1965 by my parents, underwent two major renovations under their ownership, and recently challenged us to our own up-to-date home improvement ideas renovation.  The standard issue formal living room/dining room combination of the 1960’s ranch house served its entertaining, special occasion shower or tea and makeshift photography studio for homecoming and prom pictures purposes for many years. Thankfully, my mother received the all good things come to an end memo and did away with the design relic during the great renovation of 1986.  Let me show you our home improvement ideas.

My mother had the design idea to turn the formal living room into a formal dining room, and repurpose the small formal dining space into a sitting parlor.  What designs worked for the previous homeowners is not working for the current homeowners.  Here’s the new home improvement ideas plan:  keep the formal dining room space in place, but with one major design modification. I’m a huge fan of taking down walls and opening up a space to new design and decor possibilities, so taking down the wall between the sitting parlor and the kitchen it is. With the home improvement ideas flowing, it’s bye-bye swinging ’60s,  get down tonight ’70s, and don’t you forget about how you hated the decorating trends of the ’80s interior design.

As soon as the subject of home improvement ideas came up, Dave the Builder read my mind.  “The wall is coming down, isn’t it?”  Call me Mr. President, because we’re taking down that wall.  It was really the only option. Running the numbers through my head convinced me even more  I was on the right track.  It would be much more cost efficient to repurpose the existing rooms to emphasize function, relaxed formality and flow.

Though the eight foot ceilings are not exactly a hot design favorite, they are not a design deal breaker either.  We vaulted the ceiling in the foyer and added the decorative molding to accommodate our modern day taste.

As I snapped the shot the bulb went out. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it!

For less than $200 we added the beveled glass panes to the front door unit.  The five figure estimate we got from the architect to raise the ceilings throughout the house put a big “that ain’t happening” damper on that idea real fast.

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Subtle replacements, salvaged fixtures, deeply discounted flooring and wholesale lots helped to make this a cost efficient update.

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Two and a half rooms down with a few more to come.  Stay tuned.