Saturday, January 8, 2011

Upcoming projects...

First up today, I need your advice! :) This is the entry from the back door at the home we are in the process of buying. I was thrilled when I walked in the door and saw this! We have 4 kids in school, so it works perfect! They will each have a place for their book bags, coats, etc. The mural is not my style, so I would like to spiff this up pretty quickly when we close. I have visions of molding, bead board and paint.......

Here is my dilemma: I want to paint it, but what color? I don't want it to be the same blah color as the walls. (The next picture below shows the current wall color in the kitchen-it will be changing- which is visible from the entry area.) Any suggestions on how to paint this up?
Here are my current thoughts on what I MIGHT do:
White-this one is where I am leaning right now. It will brighten the area, and flow with the moldings through the house since they are white. I am concerned it will get dirty and dingy quickly. If I paint the framework white, should I paint the back wall a different color to make it pop?(In the bottom I plan to use black or dark brown baskets)
Black-the surround over the cook top is black, and since this area is visible from the kitchen it would also work ok. The entry area is about 4-5 feet wide, and does not have a lot of natural light. The floors are already dark. Painting it black would darken the space considerably. (For the bottom i will use either vintage locker baskets in coated white or canvas baskets.)
Blue-I LOVE blue and would probably use a color similar to what i have used on other projects. My kids may protest b/c until we have the kitchen painted a color other than orange, it would resemble Auburn colors and we are a decidedly Crimson Tide family. :)
Seriously though, I am worried I will tire of the blue quickly, but it would be fun until I got tired of it. If I do the blue, the baskets for the bottom will be either a deep brown or the vintage locker baskets I have that are coated white metal.

Those are the three colors I am chewing over right now.
The kitchen is also a can see in the above pictures that the walls are a glowingly bright orange. This color is carried from the kitchen into the dining area and into the attached hearth room. The ceilings are also this lovely shade of pumpkin. The floors in here are wood. The cabinets are distressed/glazed cream. The look fine except the clear coat is yellowing considerably. The counter tops are granite tile. I am considering painting the bottom cabinets black to match the cook-top surround. Not sure about the upper cabinets.I was thinking of leaving them a lighter color? Thoughts????? Seriously, I want to hear your opinions!
Is it sad that I had a dream about that tub last night? I am quite certain I will be soaking in it our first night in the house if all goes well!
And now, this is what I am working on today:
I've only had it on my list for like 4 months (maybe longer, but denial is a wonderful thing). I am sanding now! I got this desk for 7.50. The drawers are in need of repair, so they are in the garage getting some first-aid.
Check back Monday for the finished results! :) And don't forget to leave me a comment with your opinion on the paint dilemma!

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

New Year, New Projects, New Posts!

Happy New Year! I am blowing the dust off the blog and have a lot of fun projects planned!
I had hoped to keep posting through the holidays, but we were so busy, I had no time. Here are a few of the fun orders I had over the holidays.
We took old cabinet doors and made stocking/picture hangers. They looked so good! I was tempted to make one for my home, but ran out of time and cabinet doors.
Teacher's gifts.......aren't these fun!
A nod to patriotism.
These next 2 smalls signs look great hanging on BIG wreaths! Or just as they are....

And another cabinet door.
The holiday season was a busy one! Fun and busy! Our vinyl business heats up from Sept. through Christmas, but now we will have a lull until about March..
This is good because......we are buying a house! It is a Bank Owned property and there are things to be done! Lots of fun things! :) The inspection is today, so as long as it passes inspection..this blog will be hopping with lots of projects for both homes!

Don't ya love the front door!!!! (That is my dad looking at the missing entry lamp....I am going to put him to work!)