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SHUT the Front Door!

April 15th, 2010

You will never believe what I came across today courtesy of Christina over at Full House.

It’s the Mirror I want for the dining room!

Check it out in a side by side comparison with the one that Jenny over at The Newlywed Diaries has!

Pretty Dang Similar Aren’t They?!?!

The most surprising part is where it is from….

wait for it…..


I know, shut the front door.  I am as surprised as you!

Check it out here.

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Dining Room Update

March 24th, 2010

Thought it was about time I updated you guys on the progress of the dining room makeover.

New Rug- check, baseboards sanded and repainted- check, radiator cover- check, window treatments and accessories- a work in progress

I’m not ready for a full blown reveal, but here is a sneak peak!

The New Rug- On recommendations from my gals Jennifer and Adrienne I checked out Lowe’s for a new 8×10 Seagrass Rug.  I shopped it around and it was the best price in town.  Plus it had free shipping to the store!  A must see if you are in the market for a new area rug!

Remember the gorgeous pink and navy BEFORE Rug?

And here is the NEW one…

Baseboards- Finished! Hooray!  I was NOT looking forward to sanding and painting all the baseboards, but it had to be done.  It really is amazing what a coat of fresh white paint can do to make things look cleaner!

Once they were all dry, we pushed the China Hutch back against the wall and put all the breakables back in! Then we reclaimed the sitting room as an actual room and not the catch-all space!  Yes we still had it packed with all the items that had to be packed up when we got the floors refinished.  Pitiful I know.

Radiator Covers- While I was slaving away painting the baseboards, Mr. vB was busy designing and constructing the other radiator cover.  This radiator was much taller and skinner than the one in the living room, so we knew they weren’t going to be identical.  But I think Mr. vB did a really good job matching them as close as possible.



Window Treatments and Accessories- I still haven’t found the right fabric to make the panels for the windows.  I am still in love with this chevron fabric, but it is like $50 bucks a yard and I need 10 or more yards!!  YIKES!! So I am still on the search.  But I did pick up this cute lamp last night at Secret Marshall’s.

Wasn’t sure what Mr. vB would think of the coral, but he liked it!  And I liked it!  SCORE!  I then informed him that I wanted to hang some white plates on the wall over the radiator.  That is where I lost him. Instead we have compromised on a mirror or artwork.  Whatever comes about first.  I am loving this mirror over at The Newlywed Diaries- I just can’t figure out where she got it!

SOURCE-The Newlywed Diaries

If anyone sees a mirror similar to this around town, please give me a shout!

Last but not least, once the fabric for the windows is selected, I also want to recover the dining room chairs with a coordinating fabric.  Then, I think we will be done.

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Dining Room Makeover, Home Improvement

It’s All in the Details…

February 22nd, 2010

Mr. vB and I haven’t started any {major} projects since we powered through finishing up the kitchen a few weekends ago.  Instead we have been focusing on finishing all the little details that have sprung up from getting our hardwood floors refinished. {remember that fun experience?  For a reminder click here.}  It’s been a slow process, but we are in no rush.  The living room remains empty, but that’s okay with me- I’m really starting to like the minimalist look! {ha-ha}

Speaking of the empty living room, did I mention that we have decided to leave the big 3 piece sectional sofa in the basement?!  We have gotten quite accustomed to hanging out down there for the past 6 weeks and decided we wanted to make it our den. {more on that later} So we did a bit of rearranging and it actually fits quite nice! BUT, this means we now need to get something to put in the living room.  I’m thinking something very simple- a small sofa, 2 side chairs and an ottoman/coffee table.  Oh and I want to try to find most of these things from a 2nd hand/consignment shop or thrift store.  I have already started looking, but I know it’s going to take awhile to find the right thing.

But back to the details..

We did muster some energy this weekend to start making Radiator Covers for the ugly radiators in the living and dining room.

I found this great DIY tutorial here.  Mr. vB normally likes to build things by the seat of his pants, but I thought these might come in handy. (and they did!)  The covers still aren’t totally finished, but are looking good.

We still need to prime and paint it, but I already am in love.  {I’m hoping once we paint the metal screen the radiator will be less visible.}  The best part of this project was that we had all the wood on hand and only had to buy the metal screen!

And last weekend we finished adding the shoe molding to our base boards and repainted them all with a fresh coat of white paint.



Another project that makes my heart go pitter-patter.  So nice and fresh looking!

I also asked Mr. vB if we could add a few pieces of picture molding to the exterior walls of the living room. These walls are a mixture of brick and plaster and nails crumble at the site of them.  Hence the reason we have not hung any artwork in the living room, except for the one piece of artwork on the interior wall.  Hopefully I can get him to hang them at some point this week!  {Pictures to Follow}

So once those are up we will be back in business! I can start to put back the bookcases, console tables, and lamps.  Also hang a picture or two!  Then maybe visitors will stop asking if we just moved in or are moving out!

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Remind Me Why I Did This- Day 1

January 15th, 2010

One day down, Seven more to go….

Mr. Sanders got to work bright and early yesterday morning, and like he promised, had the majority of the floor sanded by early afternoon.

Here’s a before and after shot of the cool transition inlay that Mr. vB installed.

{Since there are Oak Planks in the Living Room, Dining Room, and Hall and then Pine Planks in the Kitchen, we have had to get creative with the transitions and the stain.  We want it to look as seamless as possible}

Mr. vB stopped at home during lunch today and Mr. Sanders painted several stains on the floor for us to examine.  I am pleased with the stain we chose even though it is not the original one I had in mind.

In the meantime we will continue to hang out in our Basement Getaway.  It was a brisk 62 degrees in the basement when we went to sleep last night. I told Mr. vB just to imagine that we were camping.

{This is when I need you to remind me why we did this!!!}

Also thought you guys would get a chuckle out of our make shift kitchen.

Here is the fridge/microwave/coffee center conveniently located with inches of the tub and toilet.

And our Entertainment/Bar/Food/Utensil Center.

It may not be the Ritz, but it’s free.  Can’t beat that!

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Another Face-lift??

December 17th, 2009

Per normal vB style, I have begun to day-dream about another room face-lift without finishing the ones I have already started. {ie. the Kitchen, the Master Bedroom, and the Guestroom.}  Mr. vB’s thought process of “starting new projects is more fun than finishing them”, has certainly worn off on me! ha-ha

But in my defense, there was a catalyst to jumping into this new room redo.  Let me explain..

My good buddy  Sarah “Sauce” Elliott has been doing a little home improvement of her own and was looking for somewhere to store her antique dining room table and 6 shield-back chairs.  She no longer had room for them and wouldn’t need it until they moved into a larger house with a formal dining room.  I casually said to her as my heart was racing, “You can just store it at my house.” {side note- Mr. vB and I have yet to acquire our own dining room set.  We are currently using a friend’s antique round table with 4 chairs.  It has been a great table to us, but doesn’t allow for more then 4 people to sit at it.  Normally Mr. vB and I only use the table when we have family over and that is always 6+ people.  Now you see why my heart was racing as I hear a friend is looking for a home for a great table that can extend up to 8 people!} Without skipping a beat, Sarah said “sure- that would be great!” Now to ensure that Sarah wouldn’t change her mind on me stealing borrowing her dining room table and chairs, I actually took a chair home with me that same day as collateral.  I figured it would be harder for her to change her mind if she knew I already had a chair! {how terrible of me- I know!}

When I spoke with Sarah the next day, she was still quite excited that I was giving her table a new home.  She even helped load the remaining chairs into the back of my SUV.  Now I just need to borrow my brother in law’s pickup and some brute strength to get the table home.

Dining Room Chairs- Back of car

Here’s the breakdown on what I for see happening during the Dining Room Face-Lift of 2010{Again all is based on a tight budget and making “the Benjamins” stretch as far as they can!}

Totty Curtains1. New Window Treatments: I have already asked Santa for money to put towards floor length drapes that look similar to this pattern (Southern Living- November Issue), but maybe in black/cream or red/cream.  Just your basic pinch pleat on a thick drapery rod.

2. A New Rug:  I feel like I have posted before about the pink/navy oriental rug that currently resides in our dining room.  It is another great freebie that was lent to us by Mr. vB’s father who found it for $99 bucks at an Estate Sale.  Great Price- Hideous color combination!  DSC_0131

I am envisioning a basic sea-grass/sisal rug with a colorful border.  I figure the sisal will wear well, won’t show a ton of dog hair, plus won’t fight the living room rug that will just be a few feet away!  Maybe something similar to these.

sisal rugs

3. New Artwork: Mr. vB and I created this sculptural piece when we first moved into the house.  The circles are actually old records that I painted and then drilled holes into to hang.  As you can see we had a causality with one of the records.  Another reason it might be time to move on to something else.


Maybe we could frame up some maps, or print some black and white photos of the monuments around Richmond.  This one I am going to have to think about a little more.

4. New Built In Cabinet/Booksleves: Mr. vB’s original design for the dining room called for 2 alcoves that would house cabinetry/built in bookshelves.

DSC_0142So far we have only filled one of the alcoves with our “bar” area.

DSC_0143We are still debating if we want the other side to match exactly or if it should be more of a bookcase scenario.  Either way, added space to put things in or on is a PLUS!

5. New Wing Chairs:  I have always been a fan of getting 2 wing chairs to use at each end of a dining room table.  Since my dining room is a tad on the small side, I might have to opt for just one, but we shall see.  I have been thinking about searching the local thrift stores/craigslist for a slightly worn chair.  Then I could try my hand at upholstering it myself!  Here is a photo of a house that crashed that has the exact style that I am going for.

wing chairs

But before I get too ahead of myself, how am I gonna get this table home?!?!

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