Nothin’ like a little Jake Owen to get a blog post goin’…you know…”The One That Got Away”…the song…by Jake Owen? Do you guys get the country pun-ie titles? Or is that just a I-grew-up-in-Northern-Maine kind of thing? Anywho…let’s talk about our one that got away…enter our dream home:
So I have a point here, give me another minute and I’ll get there. So after letting go of the old farmhouse we realized something. Our current home, as much as we would like it to be, is not our forever home. In fact, we’re aiming to sell it either this spring or more likely the following spring, and either look for our dream home or another fixer upper to build a little more sweat equity. But just in case dream home in a dream location pops up, there are definitely things we could be doing in the meantime to prep our house for a quick sale. Enter the porch makeover plan. When we first moved into our home, the front porch looked a little something like this:
So basically we have a blank canvas for a front porch and the porch makeover wheels are spinning! But before I commit to certain design decisions we have a few things to fix in here, which we’re planning on starting this weekend, you know, since we already have about a dozen half finished projects going on. Why not start another one?! And because I love lists here’s the porch repairs list:
- Repair the windows (they’re supposed to open but don’t, we need to remove the stops, take them out, shave the sash down and reinstall them)
- Repair the door (same problem as the windows, it just doesn’t close right and it lets all the rain come in)
- Repair the rotten floor boards and feather in some new boards with the old
- Refinish the floor (I’m thinking sanding it all down and staining it a nice, rich, dark stain to help hide all the wood imperfections)
- Fix the hole in the ceiling
The first project we intend on tackling is fixing the ceiling. You know, start at the top with the ceiling and then work our way down to the floor. We’ve already decided that the bead board is coming down. Although we are salvaging it for other potential projects since it’s old and real bead board, not the giant MDF sheets we usually use. So…ceiling options:
- Option 1: Loft the ceiling and reinstall the bead board kind of like in this picture
- Option 2: Loft the ceiling and install the salvaged bead board between the beams like this
- Option 3: Loft the ceiling and keep the beams au naturale like this picture
- Option 4: Loft the ceiling but keep the collar ties and just paint them white like this
Do you sense a “loft the ceiling” theme? We’re hoping to make the tiny space feel a lot larger with a higher ceiling. And honestly, option #4 is probably the one we’ll end up going with since it’s the easiest. We know there are collar ties (the beams that go across the porch ceiling parallel to the floor) to deal with up there and we could theoretically remove them but that’s beyond our skill set. We would rather the porch didn’t cave in on itself during a heavy snow…or slight breeze…or when Goose barks. So option #4 is our game plan (fingers crossed). And now it’s demo time! It seems like forever and a day since we’ve demoed anything! I’m off to grab my crowbar! And make a mess!
Pssst…I know it’s early to be thinking weekend plans, but what are you guys up to? Any house projects penciled in the planner? Demoing a porch ceiling like us?
Well, I guess since September is just around the corner, which means snow season in Maine is just around the corner (yup…I said it…you’re welcome for that happy memory of winters of yore), that it’s about time that I hopped to it and rounded up our July projects and general shenanigans. Here we go.
Rock Removal 101: Note to self, when the city repaves the sidewalk and tears up the GINORMOUS piece of granite from your walk way then does not put it back, a year’s worth of angry phone calls will not, I repeat, will not get them to fix your granite walk. So we called in the big guns…aka…our neighbor who knows a guy that knows a guy and finally got the piece of granite removed for FREE. I sense a front walk makeover in our future!
Pssst…Now’s my time to challenge y’all to put your memory caps on as I ask, “what did you all tackle in July?” Bueller? Bueller?
Psssssst…HUGE shout out to Beckie from Knock Off Decor for featuring our West Elm Inspired task lamps which you can read about on her blog here. Eeeek! So excited! So excited!
Let’s set the record straight. We have this room in our house with multiple personality disorder. It started off as an “office” and then turned into a “craft room”, but when we decided to turn our “then guest room” into an “Etsy office” the “craft room” became the guest room. So for the record, I’m calling this space the craft room/guest room. Although a better name for it might be “Goose’s room” since this is where he sleeps every night and is pretty much the only person/dog using the room. Regardless of what we call it, the room is a mess.
Messes like these are the kind that send me to my spinning place. I start cleaning up one corner and then I find myself washing the windows which leads to vacuuming up all the Goose hairs and questioning how so much hair can come off one little dog, and three hours later I’m still in the room cleaning, reorganizing and spiffing things up. General spinning. But the big problem area of the space…the ginormous pile of blankets hanging out in the corner. There used to be an equally ginormous basket there to corral the mess but that has since been relocated to the Etsy office. So when I found a $5 basket at a local antiques store, I brought it home with a purpose.
It’s not often that I pass by a basket in any store that I don’t like, but I really dig the pseudo falling apart-ness going on with the basket. And for $5 smackers? Pssshhhht…purchase! Even if it falls apart in a year, that’s still five bucks well spent.
The one thing I didn’t dig was the color, which is something I could easily rectify with my itchy spray painting trigger finger. So out came my new best friend, liquid deglosser, to give the entire basket a good wipe down before spray painting.
I love liquid deglosser. Seriously, liquid deglosser companies of the world, sign me up for blog sponsorships. I accept payment in forms of liquid deglosser and liquid deglosser only. Deal? The stuff is amazing. Not only does it do what it says and degloss a surface to make it easier for paint to stick to it, it’s also an amazing cleaning agent. It’s like sanding AND cleaning all in one step! It cleaned up the basket so well that it was actually stripping the green paint right off of it.
After deglossing, I layered on about four super thin and even coats of paint using our paint sprayer, which we’re still loving FYI. Although, more often than not we find it annoying when we have to water down our paint before spraying.
Once the basket was painted, I let it cure and harden for the next two days before plopping it back upstairs in the guest bedroom. I packed up all the extra sheets, pillows, and the feather bed that we use to make up the guest bed, and put them in the attic. Since we have guests stay over so infrequently, it didn’t seem necessary to keep those out. So a Grandma Gert quilt and a pillow is all we really needed in here.
And with that, a refreshed guest bedroom/craft room.
The extra Princess Goose blankets got the boot and we tucked his bed underneath the couch/fold out bed. At night when we tuck Goose in bed for the night (I wish we were kidding…he gets a nighttime cookie too…go ahead…judge…no wonder he’s a princess), we can just pull out the bed and plop it on the couch. No floor sleeping allowed for Princess Goose. Then the pillows can just get tucked into the new basket to avoid drowning in Goose hairs again.
I didn’t realize our Bob Ross, happy little accident until taking pics of the room. Notice the coordinating Goose bed fabric with chair recovering fabric? I wish I could say I meant to do that, but no.
I do have a couple of little refreshes for this space coming down the pipe including a light fixture revamp and some artwork. It’s been so long since we’ve done anything to this room that it seems like a good time to give it a little makeover. Small tweaks and small victories.
Pssst…Any small victories in your neck of the woods? Did any of you also tackle some much overdue cleaning this weekend?
Pssssssst…So I’m trying to jump back in the blogging every day saddle this week. I’ve been a super slacker blogger lately thanks to a day job and essentially a second full time job with the Etsy shop. But I have plans to rectify that situation which I CAN’T WAIT to share with you! Very exciting things happening here at the Campbell house. So check back tomorrow for another brilliant post! Oh, who am I kidding, more like sub-par, full of bad puns, is anyone really reading this kind of post. Until tomorrow…Angie…out.
I am sooooo behind on things. Like I’ll be shopping for Christmas presents for all my friends and family in May kind of behind on things. And yes, I said Christmas. It’s coming folks. Only 125 more shopping days left . Did you know there’s a Christmas Countdown Clock website?! Now you know. Anyway, back to my point. I’m WAY past due on recapping the Inspired Design Challenge with my four lovely co-hosts.
That’s Jennifer from Brave New Home, Lindsay from Life Of Splendor, Kristin from Bliss At Home, and Sara from Embrace My Space. I’m surprised they didn’t call collections on me! For the past five weeks, we’ve been working on projects around our homes inspired by some of our favorite stores including Target, World Market, West Elm, Anthropologie, and Urban Outfitters. Each week, we posted our inspiration pic along with our project how-to. It…was…fan-tabulous people…FAN-TABULOUS! I tackled so many projects around our house (read all about all my Inspired Design Challenge projects back here). So we figured the series deserved a proper ending…a recap of sorts. So I picked my favorite project from each of my bloggie buddies’ sites to highlight here, but you can check out all of our projects which I corralled in a Pinterest board here.
First up, Jennifer from Brave New Home. Jennifer is absolutely adorable. I love her sweet personality and she has the most amazing eye for style! I fell in love with Jennifer’s blog back in the day for her love of minty spaces. Oh mint, oh so adorable mint! My absolute favorite Inspired Design Challenge project she tackled was the Anthro inspired tassel pillow.
Swoon! It’s so adorable and so budget friendly! The pillow is a $3 Ikea pillow cover and the embroidery floss (sarcastically) broke the bank at $10 for the lot.
Next up, Lindsay from Life of Splendor. I adore Lindsay, not only for bohemian style that she pulls off seamlessly, but also for her beautiful personality. We finally got to real life meet at Haven this year and Lindsay has to be one of the sweetest people I have ever met. Lindsay knocked off soooo many great projects during the Inspired Design Challenge but my favorite was how she took inspiration from a Nate Berkus basket for painting a light fixture.
It’s just one of those super original, I wish I could pull this off in my home, kind of projects. I love Lindsay for how she experiments in decor without fear.
Next up, Sara from Embrace My Space. When the challenge started, I was new to Sara’s blog. So new to her blog that I didn’t even realize she was expecting. That sweet little baby is so lucky to have Sara as a mom, if not only for the nursery space she has lovingly crafted. Although she made my uterus ache with her nursery projects, my favorite was the jewelry organizer she made inspired by some bedding and hardware from Anthropologie.
I love how she captured the granny chic-ness that Anthro exudes. It’s such an adorable project. And Sara’s jewelry? Could she live closer to me so I can raid her jewelry? You know, just borrow a few pieces here and there?
And last but certainly not least, Kristin from Bliss At Home. I always drool over Kristin’s house projects…every…single…one. She has one of those fearless styles where she can mix materials seamlessly and make it look so effortlessly put together. AND she uses gold like a champ! Seriously, Kristin can you teach my how to style spaces? Vignettes? Maybe just a nightstand or two? I need help! My favorite project of Kristin’s was the West Elm inspired DIY artwork.
My favorite part of her project was how she involved her boys in creating the art. AND how spot on that art was!
I’m not gonna lie, I’m pretty sad that the Inspired Design Challenge is over. I really enjoyed working on all the projects I tackled for the challenge and the motivation that came along with the challenge to finish those nagging projects, like spray painting a switch plate cover that we’ve had kicking around for nearly three years. Procrastinator say what?!
Pssst…Seriously, who is watching Duck Dynasty right now?! I could watch that show all day. Si and Mountain Man are killlllling me!
So you remember a week-ish ago when we “played pillows“? Probably not. Heck, I almost don’t remember it it’s been so long ago! Bad blogger…bad bad blogger. But I have a reason! Goooooood things are happening around these parts…super good things which I can’t quite spill the beans on everything just yet but come back later this week for some of the biggest news! Eeek! Anywho, after playing pillows I realized I wasn’t 100% happy with the turquoise curtains which have been with me since my first apartment circa 2005. So I traded them in for some sheers and shades…bam! An updated living room!
I love the final result, although it took as few steps to get there. I originally thought I would nix the turquoise-competing-for-attention-with-the-pillows curtains for some white sheers.
The shears came from Target…naturally. Where else do curtains come from?! The best part of the curtains is that they’re el-cheapos. We’re talking $7.99 for an 84″ crinkled, sheer white curtain panel.
After hanging the curtains it still felt like something was missing, and the sheers weren’t quite as good as the turquoise curtains in the tv glare blocking department. The window behind the couch is directly across from the tv which makes early evening movie watching a bit more difficult. Our Caddyshack watching ability is clearly compromised.
So I went on a
man hunt shade hunt. We had gotten woven shades from the Home Depot before (they’re the shades we installed in our master bedroom), so we started there. But alas…they only had 60″ wide woven shades and they were in the clearance section. The Depot did however have some bamboo shades there but at $35 a shade, they were a bit out of our budget. Next stop Lowes, where we found almost exactly the same shades for $13 each. It pays to shop around some days.
So we adopted them. Three of them to be exact, in the lighter of the two shades.
We had intentions of hanging them inside the casing of our window, which meant shaving down the 30″ wide shades to fit our 29-1/2″ window. But shear laziness set in (that happens when you spend all your waking moments when you’re not at your day job building iPad stands for your Etsy shop). And we experimented with hanging the shade on the outside of the window.
It was a perfect fit. I was a bit worried that they would look out of place or awkward hanging out outside the window, but once the sheers were layered back on top, it would soften the harsh edges and mask the awkwardness.
So we measured, marked and screwed in a pair of sheet rock screws (we always have those laying around) into the window trim to hang the blinds, which had a pair of triangle hooks attached to them for hanging purposes.
Up went the shades and the sheers were returned to their rightful position for an updated living room and parlor.
I’m not gonna lie, I absolutely adore how adorable the bamboo blinds look when combined with the white sheers in our living room. It gives off this easy breezy
beautiful Cover Girl coastal vibe in our living room. Between that and the hula girl postcard ledges, Maine Cottage style media cabinet, and lobster art, we’re bringing the Maine coastal vibe in here. Ironically not on purpose.
Total cost of the project, dressing up three windows in two rooms, a whopping $87 ($48 for the curtains and $39 for the shades). Now I’m really starting to feel this room come together. If only I could work up enough energy to refinish that living room floor in a dark walnut stain like the rest of the floors around it. Small victories, folks, small victories.
Pssst…Coming down the pipe at you this week here at the Roost, we’ve got a big old Inspired Design Challenge recap coming at you along with a roundup of all our July projects and a couple spray painting projects. Tis the season for spray painting! But enough about us, how you doin’?