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this is very strange and my DIY headboard

it is pouring down rain. again! i know you might not find this strange, but this is indeed very strange. it NEVER rains like this in denver. i feel like it’s been raining for a month straight. and i’m upset, because one of the great perks of living in denv-o is that it is always sunny! i want a refund for the month of may. i’m not paying taxes or something….

i guess one thing the rain will be good for is to see if our basement floods. that will be helpful to know about before we finish that sucker. hopefully someday soon, as i think mr. hutch’s back problems are from having to watch tv on our kitchen counter.

anyways, on such a rainy day as this. i thought i should tell you about my adventures in the DIY world. let’s start with the door turned headboard.

i’m not even really sure where this door came from, but i saw it in our basement one day and thought, i should turn that into a headboard. it’s not one of the original 1920’s doors to the house i don’t think, but probably came on the scene when ardie finished the basement – possibly in the sixties? i don’t know, who cares anyways…

ok so the door when i began this project (back in march!?) was covered in about 10 coats of paint. and my original plan was just to strip off the paint, sand it, and stain it a light grey color. easy enough. i went to home depot and bought a can of stripper.

this stripper committed the same crime as denver’s weather – false advertisement. it says as you can see – it removes multiple layers of paint and that it is fast and easy. false.

i used this multiple times on the dumb door and after the can was completely emptied, there was still a ton of paint to be stripped. and that was annoying to me, so i gave up on the project for a while. a little insight into my personality if you will.

so then the door sat in our yard. where it snowed, rained, etc. not sure if these were essential steps to the final outcome, but you should know them just in case.

about six weeks after what we can call the “weathering stage” of the project, i decided to try something else. maybe i could just sand the paint of the door. so i sanded it for like an hour (i want to say four hours because that is what it felt like). welp – sanding paint doesn’t reallllly work. and i basically ended up with the door looking like it had patches of paint on it. hmph. i swear i took pics of this but i can’t find them.

so i obvi got bored and tired of sanding. so i stopped. and just decided to paint the thing and see what happened.

so i diluted some light grey paint so it looked more like colored water (i never got around to buying the stain and thought maybe stain was just like watered down paint…). and slopped it on (litterally). and despite the water consistency… it still looked like paint. so i took a wet rag and wiped it off. i like how that turned out. so i basically did a few coats of that – water paint plus wet rag. until finally i was reallllly over the project and decided i would wait for it to dry and see how it turned out.

and….i loved it!

my brother in law once told me if you put man hours into something your brain likes the outcome a lot more than if you just bought or saw something (something like that anyways). so maybe it’s the fact that i spent probably six grueling hours on this project over the course of two months (hehe). and that’s why i like it so much, but i really do. especially since the door was free (well came with the house) and the i probably spent 20 bucks on the paint and stripper. not bad for a headboard!

i still have some plans for it too. i want to put on an antique door knob, and maybe hang a little bitty vintage-y love sign from it. so that will probably take me another couple of months…and i’m sure you’ll get the update by christmas.

and just for the record. it’s still raining.

ps – my next DIY project did not turn out as well….perhaps i’ll share that when it’s still raining tomorrow.

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romantical natural heaven

so as promised, i picked up my dirty laundry and made the bed. all so that you can see how our romantical natural heaven (aka our bedroom) is shaping up. here’s a few pics and then we can chat about it.

so that’s the room thus far. whadda ya think? i am in love with how the headboard turned out. i’ll tell you how i did that later because i’m late for work and still have to shower. the hutch is fun too. tho i don’t love the bright white so i’m going to figure out a way to dull it down. by the way – that is like a grey suedeish fabric covering the door panels (not a chalkboard! as some have thought….). let’s see. i also love my pebble rug from west elm. super soft and it was cheap too. the bedding is also from there (their parachute collection). not as cheap, but exactly what i was hoping for in that room. my little window frame is a one of a kind, ghost town special. so i guess it’s technically stolen. don’t call the police. or do, but vic will protect us.

who is vic you asked? he’s our neighbor. we hung out with him on saturday night and to say he is a character would be the understatement of the year. so that will have to be a blog post in an of itself.

back to the room. tho now i’d rather talk about vic….

i still have some plans for it. we need another dresser for the back wall (where oscar bear’s bed is right now). i want a super natural looking dresser most that’s short and fat. and then i think i want to do a cluster of vintage mirrors above it. i also want to get another rug for in front of that dresser (probably the same exact one that is in there already). i also want to do some sort of bench (worn leather would be nice, but doubt that will happen) at the end of the bed. and some long bright white flowy linen curtains. oh! and the headboard is missing it’s doorknob. i want it to be obvious that is a door, but that door came with a crappy brass handle unlike the cool (tho not well functioning) original door knobs on all the other doors in the house. oh and new nightstands are in order. i want non matching ones. i’m thinking a glass night stand for me and i really want a tree stump night stand for mr. hutch, but maybe just some old crates stacked or something?

ok. excuse the verbal diarrhea this morning, told ADD, and impressive use of the run-on-sentence. i’ve had a lot of coffee and it’s still early. and i’m late for work and still have to shower remember?

tell me what you think!? does it scream romantical natural heaven??

*** i just reread that and i sound like i’m on crack. i’m not i promise. happy monday!


stealing (paint colors)

it’s time to pick out paint colors.

here’s the thing. i’m not that good at envisioning how things will look. i neglected to steal my mom’s artistic genes on the way out of the womb. i hate boring (read white and beige) but am scared of over doing it. i don’t care about being original. and there are 103,924,587 different colors of paint to choose from.

i’m hyperventilating just thinking about it. that leaves me with one option.

steal other people’s ideas.

so after stalking blogs and shamelessly asking people for the names of the paint colors on their walls while at their house – here’s what i’m thinking stealing….

for the main floor living area (kitchen, dining, and living) i shall go with this scheme in one way or another:

maybe a bit more olive on the brown one?

for the bathroom i point to these colors:

i want to paint wainscot that blueish color??? and i love the idea of a pop of orange somewhere.
i want to paint wainscot that blueish color??? and i love the idea of a pop of orange somewhere.

for the guest bedroom i shall be the most daring:

i really want to paint at least a couple of the walls the really dark blue, maybe even darker

for the master i shall sneak in some romance:

master bed = romantical?

whadda ya think?

here’s what i think. i think i’m screwed. on the other DIY/home renovating blogs/people with more time than me  – i see them buy paint samples and paint walls and sit and think about it for days. then slowly they narrow it down (like an art) one by one, til choosing the perfect color and then live happily ever after with it. gag me.

i’m serious. one blog i stalk (and trust me they don’t read mine so i can  be jealous of them mock them) literally stuck up tons and tons of paint chips on ONE wall in their house and day by day eliminated chip by chip until they ended up with the perfect color. it took them weeks to decide.  i ain’t got no time for that. (i’m too busy reading their blogs.) i want it done last week.

the bottom line is that we’ve got to choose paint colors and we’ve got to choose them now! we’re going to cali for the weekend for a fabulous friend’s wedding  and when we get back we have to paint.

i’ve never been one to think things through or make rational decisions. i’m impulsive. hence the fact that we sold our house in a day and landed in this mess a renovation project to begin with. so i’m fine with being irrational about choosing paint colors as well. however – it’d be nice if someone put a stop to the madness.

so this is your chance to help the irrational naive home renovator. give me some feedback ’cause the color schemes/walls will be these colors if you don’t stop me now.

stop me.

i don’t know what i’m doing!!

p.s. – mr. hutch what do you think? i know we haven’t talked about it yet. you got an opinion or what?