Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Seriously, you can come stay with us.

To prepare for our big fat Thanksgiving family extravaganza, Joel and I decided to tackle the guest bedroom which also turned into complete renovation of the guest bathroom. We had 3 weeks to do it, while juggling work and squeezing in a 2-day trip to my parents' house for some family time and a 5K (which I proudly jog/walked). I think we may have been suffering temporary insanity, but the finished result was worth the stress.

I initially wanted to do one post with both rooms, but have since realized each room deserves its own time to shine. So without further ado, I give you the guest bedroom.

Before

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This color is so much worse in person. It's this bright baby blue that screams, "A toddler used to live here!"

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We also had a serious built in and some bi-fold closet doors to deal with...

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...and not to mention nasty carpet in the bedroom and in the bathroom.  I want to know who thought carpeting a bathroom was ever a good idea. So gross.

During

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Joel started out texturing while I tackled priming the built ins, trim and doors. That included filling in knicks and holes, sanding everything down and cleaning all the surfaces with a damp rag. Then I applied 2-3 thin even coats of Kills Low VOC and moved on to helping the Mr. with all that texture. Next Joel painted the ceiling a nice crisp white while I started to clean up.

Then we let things dry over night.

The following day we ripped that nasty carpet out prior to painting. I'll spare you the horrors of what was lurking in that carpet pad. Let me just say, it was scary. Really scary.

After recovering from the trauma of pulling up old carpet, I painted them trim while Joel started painting the walls. We chose Martha Stewart's Artichoke Heart and had it mixed in the Behr Paint and Primer in one and let me tell you - that stuff is where it's at. One coat. One coat people. That was all. Then we were ready for new floors.

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When it came to picking out carpet, we were just ready to do it. Immediately after wrapping up painting, we went to Lowes and found a fairly inexpensive Smart Strand Mohawk looped carpet we liked and without research just took the plunge. Being the crazy, type-A, we-have-to-research-everything planner that I am, this was difficult. But we were on a time crunch. I didn't have time to second guess or overanalyze and it worked.  And also I happen to still love the carpet we picked.

After

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Ahhhh. Sometimes I just come in here and sit on the bed and relax. Our master bedroom is a mess right now so I like being able to come in here and pretend that the rest of the house is in just as much order as our guest bedroom.

I didn't have any artwork on hand, so I cut out some squares from a couple of paper grocery bags and doodled a poem we read at our wedding on one and a favorite Beatles lyric on the other. I used frames we received as wedding gifts. It works for now until I find something more permanent.

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The window treatment consists of a $25 bamboo blind from Walmart (it's the same one I used in our dining room) and two $10 panels from Target. The curtain rod was in the room before. The two bedside tables were thrifted in OKC last year and ran me about $15 each.

Spoiler Alert: You can see part of the bathroom. This is all you're getting for now though.
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The bookshelf was another $15 thrift store find from last year. I sanded it down and painted it but am thinking of repainting it a softer color. The painting and the chair are also - don't be shocked - old thrift store finds

We hung some gray curtains from the inside of the closet to avoid dealing with the doors. it's easier than messing with those squeaky bi folds. We did keep the doors though. Someday we plan to sell this house and you never know what someone else will prefer.
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And there you have it. Our guest bedroom is mostly complete. I'm still considering painting the bed frame a fun color, or even just an Oil Rubbed Bronze and am looking for more permanent artwork and perhaps a compact chest of drawers for storage, but for now, this does the trick.

Just let us know when you're ready to come over. We'll provide the wine and a cozy place to sleep.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

So Thankful.

I'm back and blogging again. A four-day weekend will do that to you. Time to upload and edit photographs, time to think about posting something and time to actually do it.

For Thanksgiving this year, like the adults we are, Joel and I embarked on hosting one big thanksgiving for our entire family - both sets of in-laws - and you guys, we actually pulled it off.

I think I should first disclose that I am no cook. I always tell myself that if I wanted to be one I totally could take the time and learn, but at this point in my life I am completely content with cereal for dinner. Martha Stewart my mom came up to OKC the night before to show me the ropes of this whole cooking Thanksgiving dinner for 15+ people, and boy was I lucky to have her here. With her help we managed a beautiful and delicious turkey (cooked by me - with guidance of course) and an overall amazing meal. She put together some desserts that were sinfully delicious.

Everyone had a fantastic time and we finished off the night with a lively game of wine-influenced Rock Band. Few things in life are as fun as watching your parents figure out how to work a plastic guitar.

Anyway, here are some photographs of the house. I didn't take any photos during the meal and fun - I was too busy enjoying it. And get ready - I have a HUGE renovation post coming up soon. We have been very busy.


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I kept the mantle simple with some thrifted and spray painted candle sticks topped with tapered candles and pine cones, book ended with fun wire pumpkins. They had inexpensive fall arrangements at Sunflower Farmer's Market and I couldn't resist picking up a couple for the fireplace.

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For our table setting, I pulled out leftover burlap from my wedding and used it to make a runner and some small placemats. I threw on some mini ghost pumpkins and moss and threw in some silver tea lights for that candlelight ambiance. We kept the dishes clean and white. To keep the tables simple, we served dinner buffet style which worked out really well.
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This was my mom and I's breadstick cornucopia.  A completely edible centerpiece that no one actually ate. I cut some rosemary sprigs from my herb garden (they're all that's still alive after the first frost) and set out some olive oil and cracked pepper for dipping. We had fun making it and you know what? It's not very difficult.
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We didn't have room for 15 at the big table, so we also created a very similar table setting on the pub table in the kitchen.

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And to end this post-Thanksgiving thankful post, I leave you with my adorable husband carving our first turkey as a married couple. I'm pretty lucky to have him, don't you think? Also, this is what happens when you refuse to take a serious picture to capture a special moment - I put it on my blog. Love you baby!