8.21.2012

Like a Rock

Hi Friends!

Dont worry we haven't forgotten about you :) We've actually been quite busy with work and a few other things lately and have to deal with some unfortunate family things this week, but we'll be back next week sharing some projects and "How To's" with you all :)

I wanted to show you how far we've come with our patio beside our deck. Ian worked many many hours on this, and Im happy to say its finally done!

Let me remind you of the before:


and after many hours of carrying INSANELY heavy rocks back and forth from the car to the backyard, hours of cutting and levelling and and only a few injuries, here's the after:


Ya, can you see Ian poking out beside the house on the left? Oh wait, I'm sorry, you're probably focused on the MASSIVE DUST CLOUD that filled our backyard while Ian cut the rocks/stones. Even his eyelashes were white.


However, it looks pretty good doesn't it? :)



I love the side-by-side comparison:

So its much cleaner, the space is much more usable and once the deck and shed are stained/painted it will allllll match. Finally :D Im excited for that. We'll be posting on the process we went through to get to the final patio reveal, next week.

p.s LOVED reading all of your comments on our last post....TGIF really WAS the best, wasn't it!?  :)

8.10.2012

TGIF Sneak Peek

TGIF! Friday is my favorite day of the week. Not Saturday, Friday. Why? Its like the week leading up to a vacation...all the anticipation and excitment to come...I love it.

I also have fond memories of Friday nights as a child. Did you ever watch the Friday night family tv line-up?  Family Matters, Boy Meets World, Full House, Dinosaurs, Step by Step?! Ya. Best night ever! Not only did my younger brother and I get to watch those shows and stay up wayyyy past our 8:00pm bedtime, but got to pop homemade popcorn (in the popcorn maker of course), and drink pop...Wink used to be my favorite ;)

So ya I love Friday's. This weekend I am in a wedding for a very good friend of mine, so we wont have much time to work on projects however, I wanted to show you a sneak peek of our guest room headboard I just finished this week....


I wanted to touch it up a bit and I'd like to even out the paint, but Ian seems to like the patchy look. We'll see. So there you have it- a sneak peek for a Friday.

Happy weekend everyone!

p.s Readers Choice results from our last poll are in! You wanted us to pain the sidetables in this room. So guess what? We're gonna do it! Check out our Facebook Page to get your vote in for the colour we paint them ;)

8.09.2012

Loungin'

As LL Cool J would say, we are loungin people! Yes I grew up in the 80's and yes I probably listened to a few LL Cool J songs in my day...common Mamma Said Knock You Out....you know it ;)

Anyho, the true topic of this post is to fill you in on some tips for buying patio furniture, or in our case, patio loungers. We had been looking for loungers to match our patio set since last summer, and hadn't had any luck. We got super lucky with the rest of our patio set- totally scored at HomeSense last year.

I saw this dark blue/navy/black resin wicker set one day and convinced Ian it was a great find. He eventually agreed, and we lugged the entire set home somehow. I like to think its navy, but everyone else tells me its black...the wicker and colour looks pretty similar to this:


However, our dining table is square and so are our chairs, and its not from Pottery Barn's gorgeous collection...Pottery Barn considers this set to be "black" too...so I guess they win. I will finally admit ours probably is black.

Anyho, we wanted to find matching loungers, but struggled to find the right ones.

We first came across these babies from DOT Furniture...


However the money tree in our backyard hasn't sprouted yet and $775.00 EACH was definitely not in the budget.

Then we came across these ones from Overstock:

Which I actually liked better, but were still $528.00. Nope.

We found these at Target, which looked great:





They were $199.00 each, but we would have had to take a trip to the USA, find 2 of them in the store and somehow get them back over the border...riiiiiight.

Somehow last weekend we just happened to look on the right site at the right time. We were checking out the DOT Furniture site again, and came across these:


They're the right colour (black of course), have the same metal base as our dining table, and were on SALE. Regular price was $425.00 each, and they are on sale for $170.00 each. SOLD! We went out there on the holiday Monday and they happened to be open. They had 2 left in the warehouse. Now tell me that isn't super lucky, so we bought them- I think I practically threw my credit card at the sales lady...in a nice friendly way of course.

Im SO happy we found them. Now I dont need to to try and spray paint our old plastic loungers...which to be honest, Ive been avoiding ever since the little I-found-a-honeycomb-in-the-chair-and-can't-clean-it-since-I'm-having-a-panic-attack, incident happened.

So there you have it. We're loungin' peeps.

I honestly have to say though, that I absolutely love the resin wicker. Its very durable, looks great and has a clean, modern look to it.  Since we practially look at patio furniture every time we go out lately, we've learnt a few things along the way about purchasing patio furniture:

1. Try to buy something that has an aluminum frame. Steel will rust and platic bends and doesn't last as long. Aluminum might cost you a bit more, but its worth it in the end when you aren't using CLR to get rid of all the rust on your furniture every year.

2. Wait for a sale or buy at the end of the season. We bought all of our furniture at the end of the season last year and this year got the loungers and an umbrella hugely on sale.

3. Think of your patio furniture in the same way you would furniture for your home. If you spend a lot of time outdoors, then you should be able to relax and enjoy as much as you would indoors. You might consider buying a table, dining chairs and a seating set if you plan to sit outside a lot.

4. Pick a colour that will stand the test of time. We like grey's and whites (obviously!) so when I saw the dark navy black set, I loved it right away. I envisioned a dark set with white cushions and a grey deck, and thats exactly what we are going for. It goes with the colour scheme on the inside and what we'll eventually have on the outside of our home.

5. Make sure you have room for storage. We put some of our furniture in our pool shed for the winter, but I wanted to keep some things inside over the winter. Thankfully we had to space in our basement for that, but if you dont have a lot of extra space in your home or garage, consider that when you are buying.

Lastly, make sure you enjoy it! This year, once the deck was finished, we moved our furniture around so we now have a dining area and a seating area (pics to come later), and we love it. We sit outside more (when we do actually sit down to relax!) and have made better use of our space.

Hope that helps with your patio furniture shopping ;) Have any of you bought resin wicker or aluminum? How have you found its been keeping?

8.01.2012

Projects Update

We're in the middle of multiple projects, but for some reason we're finding it hard to finish any of them right now...maybe its because we're not getting home from work until 8:30pm or something like that...not too sure? Anyho, I wanted to give you a bit of an update on everything we're in the midst of.

1. Finishing up the Guest Room Headboard



You all voted on us making this change to the guest room, so we did! Here's where we're at...not much change from a few weeks ago, but they are coming along:

Once they're done we'll fill you in on how we did them with the whitewashing process we began a few weeks ago...its a very time consuming process, but creates a really nice effect.

Our next project for this room, was also voted on by you...our fabulous readers! We'll let you know what we plan to do next, once this first project is complete ;)


2. Staining the Deck

So we finished off re-building the deck:



Our next steps for the deck, are to wait for it to dry out completely and then stain it. Its been quite the undertaking and we can't wait to share the before and after of this project with you. We're planning on staining it a light grey, and then painting our shed to match, which brings me to project #3...

3. Painting the Shed

This is the shed right now:



Its pretty much a light tan colour with bright blue trim. Our plan is to paint the tim this colour:

and paint the main parts walls of the shed this colour:


and of course match the shed wall colour to the deck.

4. Making a Roman Shade for the Kids Bathroom

I have this fabric...well actually its 2 curtains I picked up a while ago:



but I have enough fabric to work with, to make it into a roman shade. It works well with the colours in the bathroom:


I've found a great tutorial on how to creat the shade, but I think it might be a bit more difficult than I'm anticipating, so we'll see!

5. Shelving in the main Master Bedroom Closet/ Wallpaper in the smaller closet

We've been living out of 3 closets in different bedrooms for the past 6-7 months. We've gotten used to the idea of our underwear being in one place, pants in another and shirts somewhere else, but its getting a bit old.

Right now our closets look like this:



So after they're done, we know they're going to look pretty awesome. VERY excited for the day when most of our clothes are in one place!

6. Finishing off the Guest Room:

The curtains have been completed:



However, there is still a LOT to do. Headboard, lamps, sidetables, accessories and artwork. Lots to go in this room!

7. Gardens, gardens, gardens.

The planting never ends around here. We're working on fixing up all of our gardens, and planting everything in the fall, so this project is going to be on the go for a while:


So there's our project update: lots to think about, lots to share and lots to do! Hope to share one of these completed projects with you all soon :)
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