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Cabin Red

Here is a little insight into how Jason and I work.

One Sunday morning, as Jay and I sipped on our coffee we both came to the conclusion that our living room had “no flow” and it was driving us nuts. Remember, our home that was built in 1890ish was a single family home converted into three apartments, converted into two apartments and now back to a single family home.  Yeah, that could make the flow from one room to the next just a little awkward.

The picture below shows just how many doors we had leading into this one room that is in the center of the house. There is one for the basement, office, game room, and bathroom (which you can’t see in the picture below).

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On the opposite wall you have a doorway into the dining room  which looks out of place.

So what do you do? Grab your tools and get to work. Note: things are about to get really messy!

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After much deliberation, we decided to open up the room more and that meant widening the doorways that were already there. This was easier said than done due to the stacked plank walls that were poplular way back when.  It also meant moving a light switch further down the wall. This is where it is super handy to have someone (i.e. Jason) who knows a little something about electrical wiring.

Next came the dining room area. This is where we were torn on what to do: widen the doorway, center it? There were so many possibilities, all of which would be an improvement. We decided to move, widen, and center the opening on the wall. Our thought process being that this would look better with the dining room table centered in the room and again open up the “flow” of the house. With fingers crossed, Jay got to work started tearing down drywall.

Next came the taping and joint compound. Wow…things are starting to come together. 🙂

Now what colour to paint the room?  Ahh decisions, decisions. After much deliberation, we chose to go with Cabin Red from Valspar.  It looked like a pretty colour that wasn’t too dark and a nice change from the antique white walls that were painted over 5 years ago.

Eddie Bauer Colors by Valspar 8 oz Cabin Red Interior Satin Paint Sample

They say you should always test a swatch on the wall before you piant.  Did we?….Nope, per our usual way of doing things, we dove right in and got to work.  And now for the unveiling……

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WOW! That is one red room. As you can tell, the colour didn’t look anything like the colour sample above. I guess this is where the swatch would have come in handy.  As the saying goes, live and learn. 

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Red is defintiely a commitement but we actually really like it. The red is rich and warm.  These pictures don’t do it much justice since I took them in the morning with no natural light.

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 Now comes the fun part: DECORATING!!! We have a ton of pictures to put back up on the walls to break the red up a little.  More DIY to come so stay tuned. Oh and by the way….

Wednesday

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Old To New Again

This past weekend was Yard Sale Days in my little town; which is basically a village wide yard sale which culminates with the Fire Department’s ‘famous’ chicken BBQ.  All in all, it is a good time.

With a $8.00 burning a hole in my pocket little man and I set out looking for a bargain. Before long, we were hauling our loot back to the house. I don’t want to brag (okay I sort of want to brag) but we got some great deals:

  1. A pair of practically new high heals for 50 cents (seriously, how can you go wrong with that)
  2. A set of 4 tea cups with matching saucers for $1.00 (Pinterest Challenge material maybe 😉 )
  3. A container of blue decorative beads for a $1.00
  4. A pair of picture frames for 50 cents
  5. Toys, toys and some more toys. Seriously though, little man was an awesome bargain hunter. He was able to get a  toy bat, three action heroes and the Joker Playhouse (a $30.00 value in store) for $2.00. That’s my boy!

I have a ton of DIY projects planned but for this post, let’s go back to those picture frames I mentioned.

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This not so attractive pair cost me a grand total of 50 cents. They had some nicks and dings in them, but I thought that added some character so I snagged them up. Now comes the fun part.

Step one, dismantle and give them a quick clean. Then I laid them out on some newspaper to dry while I prepped for step two.

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Step two, pick a beautifully bright spray paint. Easy peasy!

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This particular brand said it had a primer in it and bonded to plastic, wood, wicker, etc.

Step three, spray, spray, spray.

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It took several coats to cover up the darker frame. When I do this again (and I definitely will) I am thinking I am going to prime the frames first. Anyways, as my beautifully yellow frames laid drying in my yard, I had a tough decision to make; what was I going to put in them…pictures, a cute saying, a letter….the possibilities were endless.

I managed to narrow it down to four possibilities.

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And here is the finished product.

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I haven’t decided where I am going to hang these beauties yet, so for right now I have them propped up on a desk. I must say, I am quite smitten with the yellow frames. They are so vibrant and bright, you can’t help but smile when you look at them.

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Let’s do one more before and after.

Before:

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After:

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What do you think? Do you like the colour? Would you do this for your home? Have you done this?


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