Thursday, January 8, 2009

Top Projects from 2008

Rhoda from Southern Hospitality is hosting a party! It's a "show your top 10 projects you accomplished in 2008" link party. I just started blogging in August so I don't think I have pics of 10 projects, but here is what I have. Sorry I don't have before pics on some of them.

2008 started with a bedroom redo for our youngest daughter. It was a surprise for her 11 birthday. Her bedroom wasn't bad looking before, she just wanted a change. It went from a Hawaiian Surf theme with bunkbeds to this:

SW Sassy Green paint on the walls. She wanted a canopy, but due to low slanted ceiling it was not I used swivel curtain rods on the side of the bed to give the bed some drama that she wanted. We bought her a full size bed but the posts were brown (we needed them black) so out came the trusty black spray paint. All of her pine furniture was primed & painted black as well. Oh and see that rug by her bed...we made it! If you want one like it or any custom rug, contact us.

We bought the wooden letters for her name and painted them in the colors of the room and hot glued them to the mirror. Great effect!

Knobs of the desk and all her furniture was handpainted by me in a zebra stripes. Oh and that chair at the desk we recovered with zebra fabric. The pencil holder was a large soup can or something like that which was transformed to match the room. See that trash can, couldn't leave that plain...painted the wicker trash can and hot glued hot pink feather boa to the rim for added glam!

I wish I could say I sewed the window seat cushion, but I'm not the best seamstress so I hired a lady to make the window seat cushions, but I did manage to make the pillow on the left from a top sheet I bought off of ebay that went with the bedding. The zebra pillow we scored at a garage sale for $3.

We found the original artwork from a art gallery while vacationing in Destin, FL. It was on sale for $30 completely matted & framed!! What a deal!!

Could'nt let the mirror on the back of the door go without some glam! Hot glued 2 hot pink feather boas to the frame of the mirror.

We started working on remodeling/updating our kitchen last year, but because we got so busy with our custom rug business we didn't get much accomplished. We are now back to work on it and hopefully will finish the kitchen spring of 2009!!

Here is the kitchen before:

We stripped the wallpaper and painted the walls SW Clary sage. Sanded the cabinets, primed, sanded some more, primed some more, painted them a cream color, sanded between coats, and painted some more. Then I added a mocha color glaze and sealed with a polyurethane.

Here is a section where the cabinets are finished. Hubby will be adding moulding around the cabinets as well as installing crown moulding. Oil rubbed bronze door knobs were added. Oh and we added hidden hinges on every cabinet door. more unsightly exposed hinges!

Under cabinet lighting was installed. Hubby will be finishing the edge off with trim.

Decided to add something unexpected to a few cabinets so removed the cabinet doors from the cabinets above the refrigerator & microwave and put in baskets.

We will be ripping out the tile on the counters and adding a mahogany stained butcherblock, a new sink & faucet and a stainless steel refrigerator to match all of our other stainless appliances.

Last year our oldest daughter decided that she wanted her bedroom redone for her 20th birthday too. Her room before wasn't bad at all, she just wanted a change. I don't have a photo of before, but here is after;

Walls were painted with SW Essential Gray. Hubby & I made the padded's very thick & cushy!

Added these pretty door handles to her closet doors, but first painted them black & dry brushed on whie to bring out the details.

I added photos of some of the caribbean islands we've been to and added one of Bora Bora (that's where she wants to go on her honeymoon...someday) Made sure all the photos had the aqua color to match her room.

Had the body pillow cover made in a tan microsuede with button detailing on the ends.

Armoire was painted black and I added crystal knobs.

Found some aqua tassels and found a seashell and with some hot glue added the two and ...voila..a seashell tassel.

Dresser with black round mirror. I found this vanity mirror at the Salvation Army in an ugly, dusty gold. Cleaned it up and spray painted it a glossy white...better than new!

Rattan blinds were added as well as nice white flowy drapes.

Ok, so that is about all I have to show you as far as 2008 projects go. Hope you enjoyed the photos. Now I gotta get back to work on that kitchen!!


Reynie said...

Wow! You did a lot this past year! great pixs.

And a happy belated b-day to your daughter!

Susan said...

I bet your daughter LOVES her room!

Looks like we both have similar slow work-in-progress kitchens! We are working on our kitchen a little at a time... I wish we could do it faster!

Kristen said...

Wow your blog title definately fits! You guys are amazing and so cool you make rugs!
What a score on the zebra artwork I would love to have a smaller one like that.
Wow I just had to say it again!

Becky said...

Hey Darlene, I love all your redos...WOW!!! I especially love your kitchen cabinets. I am trying really hard to talk my hero into letting me paint mine white. It just makes the room sooooo much brighter.

the pleasures of homemaking said...

Love how you used the curtains rods to form a 'canopy' in your daughter's room and the kitchen looks great too. Love all the black furniture!


Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Hi, Darlene, I finally found my way to your blog! I've been wading through projects for 2 days. I do remember your DD's rooms & they are both as cute as can be. Love that Sassy Green. Can't wait to see the rest of your kitchen, it's going to be fab! Thanks for playing along with the party. Look forward to lots more fun in 2009.

Judy @ In His Grip said...

Great makeovers. I love the girls room with all the bright colors and animal prints, I bet she just loves it.

beth at aunties said...

Your daughter's room is so colorful and pretty. Loved the zebra accents! I bet she loves her space:)

Huge difference with your kitchen and it looks beautiful. I just love the before and afters and yours was a Big WOW!

Melissa Miller said...

~WOW~ Darlene!
You and your husband are really good at this stuff.

Callie's bedroom is so vibrant and amazing.
Well done. I'll bet she loves it!

Haven't I seen your older daughter's bedroom before? Did you post it on RMS once?
If so I actually remember loving it then. You had a really great rating on it didn't you? If not I'm having major deja-vu. LOL!

The kitchen is looking gorgeous as well. Love the cabinets and baskets.
~Melissa :)

Melissa Wertz said...

You certainly did a great job on all your projects. I love the makeovers in the girl's rooms. I have a 10 1/2 yo. She is wanting a make over and you gave me some ideas.

jenjen said...

I LOVE all of your projects! Your daughter's bedroom is so fun and whimsical. I also love the white cabinets with the contrast of the dark baskets and the green-blue paint color you chose.

Everything is wonderful! Thanks for letting me drop by!


michele said...

Fabulous re-dos!! Your house looks fantastic!

Bella Casa said...

Wow, you were busy and everything is that girl's bedroom, wow! Wonder if my dh would go for zebra stripes??? ;)


Jill said...

Hi! I just found your blog today, courtesy of Bella Casa! LOVE, love, lOvE all of your projects... it all looks great! I can see you will have to be a daily stop! :) How hard of a project was the kitchen cabinets? I'm itching to get mine started but I'm afraid it's going to be a bigger project than I am ready for! They look awesome!


Hadley Coble said...

What fantastic makeovers!! You're inspiring me!

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