Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Well as things often tend to turn out with old houses things sort of took a turn for the worse. While he was removing the old grout a couple of the tiles broke! It appears that some of the old tiles weren't even glued to the floor. There was no adhesive on the tiles at all. The good thing is we found the SKU number on the tiles which meant, at least theoretically, that we could find the tiles. Anyway, imagine my horror when my husband told told me that he had broken "a couple" of the tiles. How was I ever going to find tiles to match the old tiles? This is what the floor looks like now:
We tried to find the tiles by the same manufacturer but they had been discontinued by Home Depot. However, we found tiles by the same manufacturer, in the same color, with a slight variation in the perimeter design (ours was rugged and the new one was smooth).
Hopefully, some time this week we can remove the old adhesive, lay the new tiles and finish re-grouting the floor. I need my kitchen back!
This has resulted in all my other projects being put on hold. I haven't worked on the backyard, I haven't started spring cleaning, and I haven't finished lining the kitchen shelves. On top of all this Kiran's birthday party is in three weeks. Thankfully the invitations are done (and they've been mailed).
Thursday, March 26, 2009
This is the progression of the dining room:
View from the living room into the dining room
We had to demo one wall in the dining room and fix the plaster on the other two walls. This is a pic of the dining room after we removed the wall on one side (with the lathes). Also on the left of this picture we discovered wood paneling underneath the wallpaper and drywall.
This is what the dining room looked like after we installed the dry wall on the one wall.
This is a picture of my husband while we were putting our first layer of primer on the wall (we put on two layers of primer and two layers of paint).
As you can see in this picture we removed the blood red carpeting and restored the original wood flooring.
You can see the pine doors we installed in this picture. This is the door that leads into the basement.
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
We bought the house on April 30, 2007 and didn't start doing anything to this room until mid April 2008. I think we were avoiding tackling this room because we couldn't decide what to do with it. My husband wanted to make the kitchen bigger and I wanted a room for myself. Anyway, the problem was solved because the connecting wall is a load bearing wall which would have made the removal of that wall very expensive...so I got my room! When I was nine months pregnant with Kiran, my husband and my father- in-law demolished the faux wood paneling, removed the carpet and pretty much everything else in the room. Then the original doorway was closed out and they put in the door that opens straight out into the backyard. We had to put drywall up and then my husband installed the wood flooring. Yes it is real wood and I am pretty amazed that he figured out how to lay the wood.
We bought this mantel at a thrift store in Philly. It was love at first sight. We bought it even though we didn't have a fireplace! (You can see a little bit of the ugly carpet in this picture). This room was used as a storage room while we renovated the rest of the house.
Monday, March 23, 2009
This is the window in the kitchen. The rest of the kitchen needs work. We are working on re-grouting and sealing the kitchen tiles. I really want the kitchen to be done. I love to cook and ever since we started the kitchen project I haven't been cooking. I need a clean and beautiful space to cook! I will post more pictures once the grouting is done. This is the view from the kitchen into my room.
The kitchen needed the least amount of work when we bought the house. The cabinets had brass hardware which I switched out for silver hardware from Home Depot. Other than that I changed the light fixture and painted the kitchen in Ultra Pure White from Behr in high gloss. The kitchen like the rest of the house gets tons of light and it is very cheerful.
I love the fact that the kitchen is separate from the rest of the house. We do a lot of cooking so having an open floor plan would have meant that the grease from the cooking would get on everything. I also like the fact that the kitchen is small. It is really hard to clean a large kitchen, especially if it is used all the time.
Friday, March 20, 2009
This is a picture shows a close up of the yellow shelves:
I am also going to install two shelves in my room. I have a tiny room in the back of the house that I am going to use as my office/art room. I am super excited about getting that room finished.
Thursday, March 19, 2009
I bought the lamps on ebay for about $45 for the pair. They had to be re-wired which was easy to do. The shades were a little bit more expensive and are from Restoration Hardware.
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
I want the backyard to feel like an extension of the house. This is what I want my back yard to look like this summer:
I have some wrought iron patio furniture that we picked up at a thrift store in Pennsylvania. I want to re-upholster a set of cushions that go on the love seat. I have been trying to buy outdoor fabric in a geometric pattern but I haven't found anything that I like that's not ridiculously expensive. So I've decided to buy six yards of fabric (three yards per cushion) from Ikea and sew some slip covers. I've never done any sewing other than hemming a few things so I am not sure what the covers will look like. The way I see it anything will be an improvement over the blue floral cushions that are currently on the love seat. I bought two yellow lounge chair cushions (made from Sunbrella fabric) last year for the two side chairs last year which are great. I love all the fabric in the pictures below:
I would love to be able to hang a chandelier outside like the picture below:
Monday, March 16, 2009
This is an awful picture but I can't seem to take any decent pictures with digital cameras. I will post more pictures of the bed (with a mattress) soon.
The picture below shows an Afghanistan rug that I got on ebay for about $50!
Saturday, March 14, 2009
The bathtub had really ugly doors on it. We recently removed the doors and I installed a shower rod with this fabulous shower curtain (Marimekko print).
This is the linen closet in the bathroom:
I love having a window in the bathroom. This window faces south so the bathroom is always drenched in sunlight. This is a picture of the window sill in the bathroom:
The picture below shows the bathroom after we had painted it but with the shower doors and original light fixture.
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
The picture below shows a closeup of the wood. What can I say other than that I totally scored. I have no idea who the maker of this fabulous furniture is other than the labels on all the pieces say that they were made in West Germany. I would guess that they are from the 1950s.
You can see a little bit of the chifforobe in the picture below. I don't generally like all my furniture (or plates, or mugs) to match but I love this furniture all together. I am so glad that all these pieces fit in our room.
I will post some pictures of the dressing table this week. The picture of the bed room is a little outdated but the furniture arrangement is the same. The furniture weighs too much to move around.
Monday, March 9, 2009
This picture below shows the original pine floors that were sanded and re-finished. This floor was covered in greenish carpeting and beneath the carpeting there were two layers of linoleum tiles. The first layer of linoleum was made to look like wood...I am totally baffled that someone would want to cover up these amazing floors with something that looked remotely like wood!
This is what the room looked like when we bought the house:
There were three layers of wallpaper and crumbling plaster behind the wallpaper. It took us an eternity to remove the wallpaper and re-plaster the walls. The side of the wall that can not be seen in this picture is beautifully curved.
I will post some pictures this week showing what the bedroom looks like now.
Thursday, March 5, 2009
I love this front door. Blogged at http://www.desiretoinspire.blogspot.com/
(image from http://www.nyspacesmagazine.com/)
This is what our front door looks like now:
It is a solid wood door so I don't want to replace it but I hate the boring wood color. I want something bright and eye catching.
This is what the back room looked like when we bought the house. We were originally planning on using this room as a tv room/office. The floors were covered in beige bleach stained carpet. However, compared to the rest of the house this room needed very little work. Unfortunately the wood in this room was completely damaged so we had to install new floors. We had someone install wood planks and stained them a natural color to blend with the floors in the rest of the house.
The back room was used as a storage room during the renovations in the rest of the house.
The back room after the new wood floors were installed.
This is what the back room looks like now. It is now Kiran's bedroom.
The windows in this room face south and west and the room is always filled with light. I love hanging out in this room.
Lanterns and garlands over Kiran's bed.
Kiran playing in his room.