Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Bathroom Update!!

Hello world...I am back!!!  And I am so excited to be rejoining the  cyber world.  I think that I actually have a headache from blog/pinterest withdrawl. :)

I am a little ashamed to tell you that I didn't make it as far as I thought that I would on the basement bathroom.

I don't know if you watch Jersey Shore or not but they have a saying on that show that is something along the lines on "time to G.T.L" which stands for Gym. Tan. Laundry.  well around my world it is Gym. Dishes. Laundry.   So I have been very busy with the usual mom stuff, time spent at the gym, and cleaning...unfortunately that hasn't left a great deal of time for the bathroom.  Plus I am not sure exactly how I feel about it so I am living with it for a while.  I may need to make some tweaks. 
The good news is that the Hubs likes it... so that is step number one!!

This is what I am ultimately wanting.

 I started by selecting an Eddie Bauer color from Lowe's called Labrador.  I thought that I had asked for the paint plus primer...but when I went back to pick it up it was just regular Valspar paint.  I didn't want to make a big fuss so I took it.  The problem being that when you tint paint so dark it really lowers its coverage abilities.  BOO!  So I had to do two (in some places three) coats.  That includes cutting it took a while.  But I LOVE the color.  When I originally painted it brown I really knew that it should have been dark chocolate but I got scare to go so dark so I wimped out and went with a watered down milk chocolate and I was never happy with it.  It looked horrible with the wood work and was just a bad choice...the good news is that I finally have the right brown and it looks soooooo good!  Yay!
Don't you just love it?  Well I do!!!

Yes!!  I do believe in child labor.  Actually there is something about painting that children are fascinated boys are like a moth to a flame.  I wish I shared their enthusiasm!!!
After I got done with the brown I got out some of my artist brushes and some off white paint plus primer and painted a few trees.  I think that for this step it is super important that you use paint plus primer, just for the coverage needs.  Especially white over brown, you wouldn't want to have to go over the lines several times.

At first I was unsure how I felt about it so I have been giving it a few days to marinate, I think that I like it so I think that I will continue.  I know that I said that I was going to stencil the trees, but I never found a stencil that I loved.  Plus the ones that were decent were a lot of $$$$.  So since I have experience with painting I thought that I would just save my money and try it myself.  I figured that if I couldn't pull it off I could always paint over it and order a stencil.  But now that I have tried it I am glad that I choose not to get a stencil.

So what do you think?  Have you done any wall muralling?  If so I would love to hear about it.  Am I the only one who is so excited about "springing up" the house.  I think that we are going to get a whole new spring/summer look!!!

Friday, February 17, 2012

Technical Difficulties.

So here at The Home Place we are experiencing so technical difficulties.
Sad Face!
Anyhow I will keep working on it, and Operation Birch Bathroom and hopefully get an update soon.
If you are wondering, I am blogging with my phone. Cause we are high tech!!
Do you love how I keep referring to "we" like I have a team of computer experts working around the clock to solve the problem? Yeah, it's just me.
Since a post without pictures is sad here is a little something from my phone.
Who doesn't need a little light saber action on a Friday?
Have a great day!

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

I Am SOOOO Excited.

So my kids and I are off from school for the next two days...AND...Monday is Presidents day...SO...if you are doing the math, that equals 5 days off.

Can I just say HOLLA!!!!

So you will have to tune in over the next few days because Operation Birch Bathroom commences tomorrow.  YAY!

I am just so excited that I am finally getting some time to play in a little paint.

So tell me, what kind of projects are you working on?  Are you looking forward to enjoying a long weekend?  Have you ever stenciled?

I have to admit that I am a little nervous...wish me luck.


Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Not Exactly What I Was Thinking...

So do you remember the other day when I was whining about discussing my mantel and how I didn't know what to do with it in this in between season?  

Well this last weekend my Hubby did a little redecorating of the fireplace...and I am not sure that this is what I had in mind for the mantel...

Hmmm....Now I really don't know how to decorate the mantel.  This guy is named Steve, and we just got him back from the taxidermist on Saturday.  He is my husbands trophy from 2010. 

I am happy that my husband is so happy, but Steve doesn't quite fill up the space...not to mention that it kinda lends toward a lodge look in my house (not exactly my thing).  This is not Steves final resting place, he really lives in the man cave in the basement so in a few weeks he will be leaving.  But the Husband is so proud that he just wanted to display him prominently for a while.  Meanwhile, I just cannot help but chuckle to myself.  I guess it is a small thing to make the Hubs happy...right!?!

Have you ever had to make any design sacrifices for the significant other?  Are there any animal heads prominently displayed in your living room?  Are you a fan of taxidermy? 

Have a great day!!


Monday, February 13, 2012

Look What I Found This Morning.

This is what I found when I went outside this morning.

Which made me very happy for what I bought last week.


It is the Columbia Whirlibird Parka.  It comes in many color options, but I got the black plaid. 

I have had the same Columbia coat for the last 11 years.  I bought it in college and have loved the way that it has performed.  But like most things I don't still like the same things that I liked 11 years ago.  So the past couple of years I have been wanting a new one, I knew that I wanted a dark color (my last one was sage green with light gray accents) I just couldn't find the perfect one.  Until this year I found the one shown was the perfect one!!  I found it in the black Friday sale ads and I SOOOO wanted it.  The problem was that spending $200 on a coat just before Christmas didn't seem like the most responsible thing for me to do.  So I waited...I thought maybe Santa would bring it for me, but no.  Don't get me wrong I totally got spoiled, I got a new DSLR, table saw, and miter saw. 

So all through the month of January I lusted after the perfect coat, I wanted it so bad...but I didn't need it.  Then last week I was having an exceptionally bad day when I walked into a sporting goods store and there it coat in my size....on SALE!!!  It was thirty percent off and it was the last one.  I quickly called the Hubs (knowing full well that I would be leaving the store with that coat) and of course he said yes!

It all seemed so it had been a part of a divine plan, and that got me thinking.  There are a lot of times that I want something really bad for my home, and it used to feel so painful to have to wait to get it.  Sometimes I feel like I will never get all of the things that I want....but here it what I have realized.  I always get what I want, I just have to be patient.  My entire life I have always mystically been provided for.  It doesn't always come in the time that I think that it should, but I always get it.  The best part is that I usually get it at a bargain simply because I am willing to wait. 

So does that ever happen to you?  You find the exact thing that you have been wanting at the exact moment that you are able to obtain it?$$$  Have you been lusting after anything lately?  Or have you recently gotten something that you had to wait a little while for?

Have a great day...I think that I am going to not do house work and just take a nap with the little man on this snowy day.


Thursday, February 2, 2012

House Hunters

Ok... maybe it is just me but I kinda think that HGTV should change their name to House Hunters TV.  I feel like everytime I turn that channel on it is always House Hunters. 

Don't get me wrong I like that show, and in college I used to watch it a lot.  But there comes a point when it is a little much right?

I have been watching HGTV since I was like 17...which was only like last week.  Just kidding ;)  But it used to be that there was shows about gardening, and crafting, and decorating and I could watch for hours.  (By the way did I mention that I have been obsessed with all things home for ever?)  But now I would be totally set if I were say house hunting in Barcelona, or California.  I got a house I want to see new and cool things to do with it.

I wish that they would bring back some of the other things.  Like gardening would be good.  I totally need help with the gardening thing.  More Candice, Sarah, Genevieve...more delicious interiors.

I am in no way saying that they should take it away I still enjoy a nice House Hunters too, I just want a little more of other things.

So what say you?  Do you think that the House Hunters has taken over, or do you think that it is just right?  Do you secretly pretend that you are Sarah Richardson?  No...thats just me?  OK.  Do you hate it when bloggers roll off on some strange tangent?

Have a great day!