Friday, July 31, 2015

Project (after) Project (after) Project ...

I cannot believe how fast this summer is flying by.  It seems that all we've been doing is {much needed} projects.  But, Dan & I are really feeling good about the way things around our house are coming together. 
I finished painting our kitchen/dining room area (that included our "chocolate" wall as Lucy & Tag call it)... and then it was on to our sunroom.  We were pretty tired of the cream-colored walls, so we went pretty drastic with the color.  And we learned something new too... you can actually tint primer -- most people already know this, but since it's been years since we've gone with a darker color, we hadn't a clue!  It sure would have saved several extra coats of paint had we known.  But, now we know!

Kitchen/Dining --
Bronze Amulet {Chocolate} ...
Wild Porcini
Sunroom --
Bold Sangria

 And then our next project that we've had for a few months on the back-burner... Dan worked from home last Friday so that we could {finally} install our backsplash!

We had gotten the tiles a few months ago during tax season, but just could not get a full day to install them until a week ago.

And we're very pleased with our
12 hour project!

Tomorrow marks the end of Lucy's summer dance class.  The big Summer Showcase!  This fall she will most likely be with us a couple more days a week since she received a "by invitation only" spot in a new pre-intensive class that will be 2 days a week
(Mondays & Wednesdays) ... so, I'm looking at the last couple of areas that need painting -- living room and hall/staircase.  Not sure what colors yet ...
but since I'll have a few days next week to myself ......

Have a blessed weekend!
{{This weekend we also have to load-up my laptop & send it off for repairs that will take a couple of weeks.  Sure hope I can hop on Dan's home office one to check in with my blogging friends!}} 

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Granny's "Movers" Week

This is one of our family's most favorite television shows of all time ---
Imagination Movers
These guys are from Louisiana and they have one of the most creative television shows ever!  They encourage kids (and adults) to use imaginations to figure out solutions to problems and various situations.  If you haven't seen
Imagination Movers, check out some videos on YouTube and get inspired!
Well, this week the four kids are on their family adventure! It seems like for the past 3 1/2 years since Michael was WIA, they have hit one obstacle after another with his medical treatments, income, insurance, housing ... and this family adventure almost did not happen up until a few hours before they left our house to hit the road southbound.  And it's exciting and good -- I will share more later when I get the go-ahead!

Dan & I had talked about us having a little get-away when they all took this trip, but we just couldn't get out of town this week. Too much at his office and too many projects going on at the house.
So, if you haven't guessed from my Imagination Movers video... Granny is painting some more! And I must admit that cannot stand to prime walls ... I want to just jump right in with a roller and a gallon (or two) of paint and just get it done!  But, since most of our walls haven't been painted in 15 years, I must prime first.

My house is a disaster area when I paint... but I think the finished product will be worth the extra day of priming.

And this week I'm doing the hall, rest of kitchen & dining areas AND the ceiling in these areas... along with our sunroom
(but no ceiling repaint on this!)

I plan on having everything completed and put back together by the time the kids come back through this weekend.  And then this ol' Granny is taking a painting break until this fall. I still have some more summer projects to do, and we still have our living room, foyer hallway and stairway (and all ceilings) to prime and paint. 
And I will... this fall.
So, until next week when I can actually have time to sit down to catch up on my dear friends' posts ... I think I'll turn on YouTube to listen to the Movers ...
I'm gonna paint... paint... paint... paint... paint... paint
Paint the week away! 

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

The Lazy Days of Summer ...

Where are you, Lazy Days of Summer???
 Dan & I have been getting projects done that we haven't been able to get to for the past few years... so the "Lazy Days of Summer" has pretty much skipped our house for a while.
And that's okay.  We've actually been getting quite a bit accomplished ...

Dan has wanted for several years to lay down outdoor carpet around our pool deck... we are half-way there!  He & I laid the biggest parts down and then the weather turned too hot & humid.  So, the rest of the carpet will wait until cooler weather arrives.  

We've also transplanted some of our shrubs from the front of our house to our rock walls along the driveway.  It's been challenging uprooting some of these, so we are still "babying" them to make sure the roots get grounded in their new soil. 
And we've been busy creating a new look in front of the house ...

Still a work-in-progress, but our new landscape is taking shape! 
And then ... the inside of the house that has not been painted in about 14 years (we moved here on July 1, 2000).  So, we decided on some colors ... then changed our minds.  This is one side of the wall in our open dining room-kitchen area. Changing to a darker color is not as easy and smooth as I had wanted it to be.  But, the results are well worth every moment I spent up & down the step stool!

Tag asked if we could leave up the green tape because it is his favorite!  I almost hated letting him down...
it took Dan close to 2 hours to get the tape off. 

Now I just need to find a few new switch-plate covers. 

And we're already starting on the corresponding walls too ... new paint and a backsplash! We've never attempted a backsplash, so we are planning on several days to get that project done.  Thankfully it won't be too big of an area to cover.
I'll post some more pictures soon of a little summer fun with our little ones...
they had a spectacular July 4th celebration!
But for now, more wall preparations await ...
Have a blessed week, my friends!