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More bang for your buck

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On the journey of becoming a homeowner, it is very likely that you’ve picked up a heafty mortgage on the way.  We are no exception to that rule, so we get very excited around these parts when we find inexpensive ways to spruce up the place.  Our latest projects do not involve paint (hallelujah!), are cheap (or even better- free!) and quick, but make a big impact on a room

Let’s talk hardware.  Most of the window and door fixtures in our house are black and we really like the way it makes the house look.  It adds charm and makes the house feel old, but in a good way.  Our hallway built in’s had icky silver (I have nothing against silver, but in the case of our built in’s, they was a definite ick factor goin’ on) handles that did not fit in with the rest of the house.

Before (well, the upper right is after but the rest are before)

Before (well, the upper right is after but the rest are before)

$30 dollars later… How fabulous does that look?!?

After (ignore the shelf clutter)

After (ignore the shelf clutter)

As mentioned, the door knobs in our house are all black.  When we first moved in, the bank that owned the house had removed all the deadbolts on the doors and put in ugly brass door handles.  Esthetics aside, it’s actually quite sad to think about the brass door handles being put on because the previous owners were kicked out.

Sad foreclosure deadbolt

Sad foreclosure doorknob

A set of 2 dead bolts and 1 door knob comes in at around $60.  The original door knobs are actually quite nice, we were told by some hoity toity door knob store that a matching dead bolt would cost $180!!  So we went the less expensive home depot route, which means the dead bolt doesn’t match exactly, but if I hadn’t told you, you probably never would have noticed.

After

After

And now for the best kind of home upgrade: repurposing items, cost = free!  Our dining room table was looking a little sad and bare, so we put two hurricane vases with candles (leftovers from our wedding) and a glass filled with corks (every time we open a bottle of wine of champagne, we write on the cork the date and occasion) as centerpieces.

Viola!

Viola!

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It’s here!

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We almost had our dining room table yesterday, but some shenannies ensued (cheap husband strikes again!) so it had to spend the night in the basement.

I’d like to send a special shout out to Cesar and Jason for helping Chris to carry the ridiculously heavy table up the stairs after work today, you made my day!

Glamour shots of the new table, check out those gams!

IMG_8784IMG_8786I am so in love with this table.  Elegant, but not over done, traditional, but not stuffy.

Now the only problem is that our living room furniture is shabby in comparison.  The couches especially, which have become more oversized scratching posts/beds for the kitties and various houseguests…although to my knowledge the guests have done more sleeping than scratching.

Due to budget constraints, there are no new couches in the foreseeable future.  Instead we will trim where the cats have clawed and take the cushion covers to the dry cleaners.  I’ll let you know how it turns out…if you’re lucky I’ll even post some before and after pics.  Everyone loves a good before and after, right?

Finally a post not involving paint.

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We’ve taken a bit of a break from painting (hallelujah!) and have moved on to more fun things, namely, buying furniture.  Our most recent purchase was made with our future house guests in mind.

If you know me at all, I’m sure you won’t be surprised to hear that I have already started planning a housewarming party in October (oh who am I kidding, I started planning it in June…) and we were concerned that our guests would have no where to sit outside.

Voila!  Problem solved!

Roses are Blue.

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My first blog post in my new office, how exciting!  For me anyways, probably not for anyone reading this.

Sunday we painted the office Rhythmic Blue and my goodness is it blue!  I wasn’t sure about it at first, but it’s growing on me.  It’s just so…blue.

See for yourself:

Blue.

Blue.

The foreman (moi) let Chris paint this time cause foremie needed a breakie.

The foreman (moi) let Chris paint this time cause foremie needed a breakie.

Obviously the doors and trim still need to be done, so that might make it look better.  And once we get some more furniture in here and stuff on the walls it might help break up the color overload too.

Speaking of furniture…

Gorgie desk with painted walls

Gorgie desk with painted walls

Desk with drawer pulled out.

Desk with drawer pulled out.

Ok, time for less blog and more food.  Ciao!

Special Delivery

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Our gorgie new desk came today!!  Hooray for our first piece of new furniture!!  (well, besides the mattress, so I guess it’s number two then, but it’s much more beautiful than the mattress, although not quite as comfortable…)

New desk!  We decided on Rhythmic Blue for the office color, third from the left.

New desk! We decided on Rhythmic Blue for the office color, third from the left.

The walls are primed and ready for paint, which we plan on doing first thing tomorrow morning, so the grand unveiling (it’s currently wrapped in 20 boxes of saran wrap) of the desk will be tomorrow.

New bed!!

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I don’t think you can fully appreciate a nice new mattress until you’ve slept on a Costco mattress for 10 years.  Our bed was fine until this behemoth with a foam topper showed up, but now that we have our fancypants mattress I can’t believe that we ever slept on our old one.  Maybe that’s why I have insomnia…

Here it is in all it’s *King Size* glory:

Chris in Heaven

Chris in Heaven

And here is our old bed in our guest room (Any future visitors, this is where you’ll be staying!  What do you think?  Pretty nice, eh?  I was just kidding about it being uncomfortable, it’s actually quite nice.)

Guest Room

Guest Room