Sunday, March 11, 2012

Upstairs hallway, work in progress...

On Tuesday, the skies over Tennessee decided to soak us.  So, since I couldn't possibly enjoy the day doing any projects that required time spent outdoors, I painted on my stairway beadboard. 

For the last month and a half I have been working on adding beadboard to our staircase walls.  We had previously added new baseboards and beadboard in our upstairs hallway and I wanted to continue it down the stairs.  It has been very slow going.  Mainly because I have been working on it here and there - when I get extra time. Plus, I am notorious for starting about a million projects at once.  When something pops into my head...I gotta get started on it.  Finishing it...well that's another story.  Anyway, now that I have it all up I have to paint it.

Here is what the staircase/upstairs hallway looked like when we moved in...

 As you can see it was very dark.  It gets hardly no natural light, so the lighter I can get it the better! When we created the opening at the bottom of the stairs, it did help bring in some light.  You can read about that here.

Although I am not completely done painting/caulking/trimming, I thought I would show a few pictures of the progress.  It is amazing how much lighter this whole area is.    Paint is some amazing stuff! 

We installed this light when we moved in.  I got it from for a steal but hated the color so I spray painted it using Rustoleum's Oil Rubbed Bronze.  I got the shade covers from Lowe's and I plan on getting some wax covers to replace the plastic ones.

I am slowly working on a gallery wall of old and new family photos in the hallway and I love seeing them displayed like this.  We are also in the process of replacing all our old interior doors.  So what you see here are the old ugly doors... but like everything else in our house, it is a work in progress.

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Friday, March 9, 2012

Ace Hardware free paint tomorrow...

Did you all know Ace Hardware is giving away free quarts of paint tomorrow, Saturday, March 10?  I just found out tonight and thought I would pass this little tidbit along.  You have to go here to print off the coupon.  There are limited quanities and I am not sure all stores are participating, so you might want to call your store to check. Hooray for free paint!! Thanks Ace Hardware!

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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Pining for Lilacs...

The weather has been so wonderful here for the last few days.  As a result, I have been pining for my lilac bushes to start blooming.  I know it will be a while, but I adore the smell of lilacs.  Fresh lilacs have the most amazing fragrance and always remind me of spring! Plus, they are lovely to look at.  Last year was hard on our lilac bushes and they were very sparse.  Hopefully, they will comeback nice and full this year! In the meantime, I have will put the pining on hold and instead start pinning...on Pinterest.  Honestly, what did we all do before Pinterest?!

Here are a few of my faves...

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Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Liebster Blog Award....

After enjoying this beautiful (Spring like) day, I came home to find Chris, from Freckle Face Girl, had chosen me to receive a Liebster Blog Award.  How exciting! After Googleing (is that a certified word yet?) the award, I found the word Liebster to mean "darling" or "beloved"...isn't that sweet! 

The award started as a way to spread some blog love to those with less than 200 followers.  Chris' blog is amazing! She has some awesome style and an adorable family! If you haven't visited her should! Thanks again, Chris, for the Liebster!

On to the tough part..I had to pick blogs I think are deserving. There are so many great blogs out there!!
There are a few simple rules to follow.  In order to accept the award, the recipient will:

1.  Thank the person who gave you the award.
2.  Link back to that person's blog.
3.  Copy and paste the award to your blog.
4.  Present the award to 3-5 blogs of 200 followers or less that you feel deserve this recognition.
5.  Let those blogs know by leaving them a comment.
Here are the blogs that I have chosen:
1. Becki @ Curious Details
2. Michele @ Summersoul 
3. Ashlee @ A Prairie Cottage 
Such great blogs that really inspire! Check them out! :)

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