Archive for March, 2009
Nigel, my brown Boston Terrier, was asked to pose in a photo shoot last week! Here’s one of the outtakes in his “professional debut.” He was really working that camera. Haha!
Update: One additional outtake. I couldn’t resist. The little critter is such a natural ham.
Wow! How awesome was it to wake up this morning to find out that Apartment Therapy wanted to feature my kitchen again?! Very cool. Thanks to Leah over there, I’m glad they liked the renovation so much.
Today has provided us with a huge rainstorm, and hail the size of acorns. At least the clouds and light were spectacular.
As I mentioned previously, it’s been almost a year since we first started the bannister scraping process. We got seriously discouraged after using Peel Away because although it did help remove the paint, it also created a bigger mess/hassle than it was worth. A goopy slurry (as we called it) ended up on the floor and lots of other places too. And at the end of the day, the scraping process was kind of becoming a smearing process. Ugh. Yuck.
So after our long winter hiatus, we tackled it again…with nothing more than a little elbow grease this time. And I’m proud to say that it turns out that just a plain ole scraper + some muscle was the best combination for quickly removing the paint.
Our main tool of choice was the one shown in the first photo. It was really able to get the majority of the paint off and done really quickly. The second spackle knife (second photo) was smaller and better at detail work in the curvy parts. Now we’ve basically gotten the entire bannister railing paint free. We just need to sand it down and polyurethane it. (I’m considering using tung oil on it since it worked so well for my kitchen floors. Not sure yet which way to go on this one.)
Anyways…that’s the update. I felt compelled to give a final analysis of it. My friend Marisa also swears by the heat gun, which I’ve not used before…but may consider borrowing next time I have a lot of surface area of paint to remove.
Once we get the whole thing sanded down and finished, I’ll post final pics.
I realize this has nothing to do with my (or anyone’s) house, but I happen to adore a great handbag. What girl doesn’t, right? Well, THIS Etsy seller makes bags that are definitely drool-worthy. I adore the striped jute strap, and the colorful fabric is fun & quirky! But best of all, it has a pocket big enough for a magazine! Now THAT is definitely the perfect travel bag!
Go here to check out her bags. They’re pretty reasonably priced to boot! (All photography via DrikaB…and it happens to be quite lovely as a side note.)
(via Elle Decoration SA) There are so many things I love about this photo. First, I love the simplicity of it as a product shot. It’s hard to make clear glass look beautiful, but this shot does it wonderfully. But mostly I love that designer Thomas Kral manages to create something stunning out of something from the recycling bin. I wish I knew how to etch glass. I’d reinvent all those old salsa jars.
A friend of mine, who is looking for a house in the neighborhood, posted a link to a home for sale with interior design that would make Liberace weep with joy. There really aren’t words to describe these interior shots, so I’ll just let the pictures do the talking.
Wow. Right? I mean, am I right?! A custom made ROUND satin bed?! Holy crap! The cajones of the owner of this house is astounding. I’d love to meet this person because that is A LOT of look! I mean, it’s not for everyone, but if you are into that kind of thing and want to buy a new house, here’s the LINK to the listing.
On another note, I have to say that I really miss the process of buying a house. Getting to look into other people’s houses is extremely intriguing…especially if they have really out-of-the-ordinary decorating skillz like this one.
I seriously love almost everything Etsy designer sohomode does. Her choice of prints is wonderful. Her styles are figure flattering. I don’t know why I haven’t actually purchased any of these items yet, except that I’m a woefully terrible apparel shopper. However, I’m determined that the next fashion purchase that I make should be one of these items. Check out sohomode’s shop HERE.
While watching 20/20 on Friday night, we saw a piece about a small town east of Detroit that’s in the center of the housing crisis. Houses here are totally abandoned and going for cheap. It’s exciting to me though that there are some pioneers that are willing to move in and rehabilitate it. And they’re able to buy a piece of property for only $100 – $500 bucks. Here’s a LINK to the original story on the ABC News site.
It also takes me back to my Abandoned Houses post about the Detroit area housing situation. I’m glad to see that there are some people trying to change this.
I haven’t had a lot of time to post anything lately, so this post is going to play catch up to get you up to speed on where we are at the moment with all things house-related. Here goes in short order:
I never showed pictures of the final framed versions of the vintage Cuban posters I bought before Christmas. So here’s what they ended up looking like on my wall.
I bought Ikea frames, but had professional mats cut at the local frame shop. It saved alot of money and I love how they look going up my stairs! The one BAD thing you’ll notice is my un-finished paint removal on the stairs. It’s been a super slow painful process. Trying to get paint off the curved bannister is trying my patience. I was considering trying to remove the bannister itself and just get it sent out to get dipped, but I think that would end up damaging it…so in a few weeks I’m going to have to hit the paint removal tools again. This time, I probably WON’T be using Peel Away. If any of you have tips [specifically] on removing paint on curvy surfaces, I’d love to hear it!!
On a separate note, N and I upgraded some household tools, finally! While we were in NYC last week, we went to Home Depot for something completely un-related, but ended up getting a new power drill & saw combo kit. This 18V set was on sale for only $89! The guy working in the tools department was both really knowledgeable and extremely helpful and he recommended it highly…so let’s hope we’re happy with it once we actually get to using it.
Also while away last week, a friend gave me 2 rolls of Graham & Brown wallpaper! I’ve decided to use it in the back of my dining room wall cabinet. (Photo via Graham & Brown website.) Don’t you just love it!!!?!?!
Then on the fun side of things, we went flea marketing today at our favorite haunt! Cedars Flear Market in Skippack, Pa. It’s small and local, but I always manage to walk away with a few good things. Here’s today’s bounty.
For only $30 we got four vintage 50′s refrigerator dishes, a sweet little yellow creamer, and an awesome stitched deer in a carved wooden frame. I was thinking about Shauna’s post on thrifting when I was buying these items, and proud of myself that all my items went together in color scheme. Lots of fun bright colors! (And as a side note, I’ve been looking for refrigerator dishes like these for ages, so I’m thrilled that I finally got a set!!)
Lastly, I’m on the hunt for a rug for the yet-to-be-finished guest room. We drove all over the place today looking for rugs for both me and N’s mom, but neither of us could find anything. We’re both picky and cheap. Haha. So after a day with no reallllly great deals, I decided to hit up Craigslist and ebay. So far I’ve found some really great stuff. I sometimes forget just how great Craigslist is.
Okay guys…that’s it. I’ll try to be better about posting and not wait so long until next time. Until then, don’t forget that it’s spring time and you need to start planning for those monthly flea markets!