Friday, April 29, 2011

I've been super busy!

I have been working on a ton of stuff this week!!  I can't wait to reveal it next week :)  So for fun sake and the fact that I have not hardly blogged at all this week.  Let's look at some inspiration :)

The lovely homeowners left us a ton of stuff, most of it junk that had to be hauled to the dump.  But, some of it's super cool!  Mr. TSL was cleaning out his big garage and happened upon 2 old paddles-I have big plans for these!!

He also found an old Emerson Fan!  I brought it in to clean it and cut the cord off- it was going to be more of a decorative element than a working fan.  Before I cut the cord, I plugged it in.  IT WORKS!!!  I tis a really good fan, so now it has more than just a decorative purpose!!  :)

We also scored other cool stuff, more on that next week.  

Remember how I said I was going with green dining chairs?  I have been perusing Pinterest and came upon one of my favorite blogs pictures, you know what blog it is.  Don't you?  That's right it's Layla's blog at The Lettered Cottage!

And guess what?  She has a green dining chair!  LOVE IT :)

-Make your life beautiful!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

My painted stairs are such a hit!! Check out all the love!!

I love blogging!  I love all the comments that come in and how lovely everyone is to each other! In a world that is sometimes to "Negative Nancy" (btw sorry, if your name is's a lovely name :) ), it's so nice to hear from all the "positive Patsy's"!!  Yes, I use these terms in my everyday life!

I have to thank all of these people, because I am so excited the stairs went over so well!!

I loved her fabulous comment that she was crushing on my stairs!  It's so nice to hear that other people crush on my stuff-because I TOTALLY CRUSH ON EVERYONE"S STUFF :)

Second, I was featured over at Sunshine and Chaucer!

Then fourth, Michelle over at The Lazy Novice Crafter awarded me the Versatile Blogger Award!

The tasks from the award are to:
  • Thank the person who gave you the award and link back to their site in your original post.
  • Tell us seven things about yourself.
  • Pass along the award to 6 newly discovered bloggers.
  • Contact these bloggers and let them know they got this award.

Thank you Michelle!!!!

7 things about me:
1.  I have decorating ADD!  My house is a constant stream of a number of projects all at once :)

2. I tell the longest most drawn out stories EVER- if you weren't present during the event I am telling you a story about, you will feel like you were when I'm done!  I have actually had people tell me my own story as one of their own and they genuinely believe that it was their original story.  I am that good :)

3.  I love turtles :)  I have a lot of random little turtles around my house and Mr. TSL and I are turtle savers.  Yes, when you see the lunatic picking up the turtle out of the road while you are trying to hurriedly get some where-it's us!

4.  I love old rusty things that I can make into fabulous new decorations! My style is a miss mash of Old Farmhouse, beach cottage, and log cabin! 

5. Jon Bon Jovi is my boyfriend!  No, he doesn't know it, but he is!!!!

6.  We recycle almost EVERYTHING.  When people ask why, I just reply, "I am saving the world silly!"  If everyone just recycled even a little the world would be a prettier place!

7. Last but not least, I love my family more than anything in the world!

-Make your life beautiful!!

Monday, April 25, 2011

Painted Stairwell and bathroom remodel part 1ish

We got so much done this weekend!!

Mr. TSL and my parents all had Friday off.  Because of this, I took the bull by the horns and dove in to the front bathroom remodel!   Then, let my decorating ADD kick in and worked on some other projects too!!

My mom painted the super scary, very vaulted, I'm not getting on the freakin' ladder, stairwell!  I couldn't figure out how she was going to paint up so high with a lack of scaffolding or the adjustable gorilla ladder.

Didn't have one of these :(  

Here is the stairwell being painted!!
Here are some before pics of the stairwell:

Here is my super-cute-no-fear-having mom painting it:
It actually made me dizzy just looking up there while she did this!

The mess to the left of my dad is his contribution :)

Yes, that is the cinder block we used to hold the ladder at one point-I didn't get any pics of it in use because I may have been having a mini panic attack from the fact that she was so far up with no net or anything (but my dad) to break her fall!

I will post the after pics later this week because I have to touch up the blobs of paint I dripped on the stairs handing her the paint brush/roller/edger. :)

And now for the Bathroom Remodel Part 1ish
Looked like this before:
before we bought the house
You can read about my inspiration here.

I painted stripes in the bathroom before we removed the vanity, the old light and the toilet.  I am a little impatient :) So, I had to do a little paint work and patching-no biggie!

We took apart the old vanity and took out the old toilet with a little help from the girls :)
That's my girl!
Vanity is gone and the new one is a little smaller-have to fix the paint!
This is behind where the toilet was---YUCK!
The walls in this bathroom when we moved in were nasty!!  In an attempt to get by I had half a can of Stratton Blue left over from our old house's bathroom, so I painted it 3 days before Audrey was born while Mr. TSL was at work :)  
We tore up the nasty old linoleum and decided on a tile pattern and rocked it out! 

Hopefully we'll have the big reveal early next week!!  As for now, I have 2 little girls home from school and a baby that are beckoning my attention!

-Make your life beautiful!

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Thursday, April 21, 2011

So, I'm thinking green dining chairs :)

I would love 8, okay while we are at the "money is no object" stint of this blog lets say 10 of these:


 I would take these in any color, chippy or freshly painted.  New or old.  
I don't discriminate against Tolix Chairs.  We are a Tolix freindly house!
If you find yourself with a set of these and decide to let them go-please contact me!!!!!!!

With that being said.......

Now back to reality-ville!  When we moved in to our new house, I lacked a dining table.  Mr. TSL and I were attempting to redo one, when we took a break from the redo to find that termites had gotten the top of the table and it had warped.  So sad :(  After that debacle, I got the green light to buy a new table.  Should have just looked on Craigslist-Craig and his List are AWESOME for finding deals!  But, I bought a new new one!  I love it, it's planked and dark wood, it has a leaf and is awesome, but the dining chairs are a mis-mash of what we've got. 

As I was blogstalking perusing Layla and Kevin's blog at the Lettered Cottage, I found where they had redone some dining chairs: 

I thought, self, that's a cute idea for you to blatantly copy draw inspiration from!
 Her dining set originally looked like this:

To Craigslist I went and started looking!  I found an antique set for $75!  The chairs need some gluing and clamping and sanding and stripping.  I'm currently working on that.  The table has almost the same leggy pieces that Layla's has underneath.  Someone-I'm sure it was cool at the time-painted the set yellow with no primer and then glazed or stained over the top of it.  It looks awful and is all chippy-and not in a good way. 

I plan to paint them green and cover the seat with a drop cloth and add some super cute numbers to the seat with fabric paint.  Like these:
As for today, I am going to go finish the trim in Hayley and Morgan's room.  Go grocery shopping and make a run to Lowe's! 

This weekend we are going to: (my mom, dad, Mr. TSL and I)

1. Redo the front bathroom
a. demo-it's small won't take to long
b. tile the floor
c. install a new white toilet-currently it's almond
d. install the new vanity
e. hang the mirror
d. install a new light

2. Paint the super scary, very vaulted, I'm not getting on the freakin' ladder, stairwell.
Mom is actually doing most of this-I am way to afraid to do this. 
If she didn't do it-it would never ever ever get painted!!

3. Painting Morgan and Hayley's room pink :)
Then moving them in together and Audrey up into Morgan's room, so she is out of ours and I can sleep!!

Later Gators!

-Make your life beautiful!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Painting Trim-things I loathe...

Audrey has decided that mommy sleeping at night is not a necessity.   Mommy thinks it is!  She is teething really bad and is having a hard time sleeping more than an hour and a half at a time and only nurses for like 5-10 minutes before she is back to sleep...skip to 5 nights of this and mommy is suffering from that ancient Chinese syndrome-Dragon Ass (draggin' ass) :) -that's a Mr. TSL joke-gotta give him credit for that one. 

I don't think I have put on make up or done my hair in 5 days-I just shower and let it dry and go.  She won't nap either and when she does, I can't sleep because Morgan and Hayley are home from school. 

After last night, I can't take it anymore!!  She only makes little whinny noises and then falls back to sleep.  Unfortunately, I wake up every time she makes a noise-she has got to be in her own room.  I can't function anymore!!!!!  I went to bed last night at 10, and didn't actually fall asleep until around 2:30 am....blah!

I just need sleepy!!
I did get the trim at the top of the stairs around the door painted and all the trim in the kitchen and dining room primed.  I have been working on the fandeliers for the girls room.  They are coming along.  I have an old jug, I am covering in jute.  Painted some brassy light fixtures black (Mr. TSL hung one for me-more on that later!)

I have also been working on the office area and plotting the bathroom renovation.

I am abandoning all that to work on Hayley's room so Morgan and her can move in together-Audrey is being banished to Morgan's room.  It's for the best, she's 7 months old and needs her own space and I need my sleepy!

I do have some inspiration pics for the trim though- I tried to find some that were similar to our wall color.

for the love of thornhurst
via Apartment Therapy
Well, Sergeant Teething Baby is yelling at me!

-Make your life beautiful!

Monday, April 18, 2011

Painted Stairs- The BIG REVEAL!!!

 I love them!  I keep walking by them and smiling!  The walls haven't been painted up the stairs yet, that's on Friday's TO DO List!  My parents are coming over on their day off to help Mr. TSL and I redo the bathroom and paint the vaulted stairwell-I am super afraid of heights...... and roller coasters, well any carnival-type ride really.

If you will recall the little stairs looked like this to begin:
This is the BEFORE WE MOVED IN picture!

This is after I tore the carpet off-I love the Harley, our border collie's feet at the top!
After thinking I could stand them like this for a long long time, it took about 2 weeks and I needed to do something with them.  So, I decided to paint them with porch paint!  I looked for lots of inspiration. I decided that I am keeping the palette of our house in Ralph Lauren Cobblestone, black, white, and shades of green.  I decided the stairs should be green-I found a fabulous shade of green, but flubbed that up!

Then they looked like this----GAG!!

 I rushed back to Wal-Mart and exchanged the color for a fabulous shade of Army Green!

Here are the little stairs redone-please disregard the kilz primer on the wall-it will be painted over soon!

And now for the big stairs!!

They looked like this:

After much inspiration and quite a few back aches, I am proud to present my new stairs!!

So, what do you think?  Do you love them?!?

Cost- $19.97 for porch paint (I only used 1/2 gallon, still have 1/2 gallon-what to do?:) )

-Make your life beautiful!!