August 8, 2013 1 Comment
This is the work of a typical Wednesday evening. Digging out dirt around plumbing… let the renovation continue!
Learn. Collaborate. Inspire.
March 1, 2013 Leave a comment
A friend shared this color scheme with me.. planning on painting with some of these ‘butes soon! http://inthelittleyellowhouse.blogspot.com/2010/06/paint-colors.html
Which can you see in a living room?
April 11, 2012 Leave a comment
This weekend marks the last before summer holidays, BBQs, and weddings hit full throttle. Time to tackle the closet of doom. You know, that looming cabinet you tremble at the thought of opening because it’s stuffed-to-the-brim full. Spring has sprung people, time to clean on out! Feeling daunted? Ask a friend or family for help, crank up some good dancing tunes, and let the cleansing begin.
Check out easy donations like: freecycle.org, Goodwill, Craigslist, or a good old fashioned garage sale.
Another route is consignment. It’s not an immediate payoff, but it puts the work in the retail store’s hands. Check out TurnStyle Consignment, Buffalo Exchange, Crossroads Trading.
Dedicate a little bit of time to the clean out and bring on the stress-relief. Plus, you now have room for other treasures!
June 28, 2011 Leave a comment
Does your wood floor have wear spots or water stains? Did you have carpet and now that it’s removed, the glue and aging have darkened the wood? Sounds like it’s time to refinish!
If you’re hiring out a sanding and refinishing company, ask them to come over. They’ll sand a small patch & brush on the stain and finish you’re thinking of going with. Better to get an idea of what the final product will look like and be sure you love it than to spend all that time and money only to wish you could go back. Consider the type of wood species, the wall colors in your home, other flooring type and color. If you choose to stain, different wood species react and absorb differently. Ask questions from those that have done it before!
There are a slew of various finishes available, most common are water-based and polyurethane finish. Water-based has a lower VOC (volatile organic compound) and are less stinky than solvent-based sealers. However, water-based is less durable and usually more expensive than polyurethane finishes.
Professional sanding machines usually have a vacuum attached so suck up the wood dust. This isn’t a fool proof system and dust will still get around the house. Be sure to plastic sheet anything you don’t want to get dusty (built-in bookcases, knick knacks, etc.) before sanding begins.
Be prepared to wait it out – between the odor & dry time, you may need to vacate your home or block off the area for a day or two. If you live in a state with high humidity, it takes longer to dry. Safety tip: pets and children are more sensitive to smells, and they’re noses are closer to the floor! If you need to leave your pet at home during refinishing, be sure they have a source of fresh air and they do not have access to walk on the tacky floor until it’s dry.
These floors are original from 1922. Previously covered by carpet, they were stained dark, were scratched and covered with stain spots from wear and tear. Look how beautiful they turned out!
April 28, 2011 Leave a comment
Carpet provides comfort and safety– no slipping down wood stairs in sock feet, please(!) not to mention some serious sound proofing. Home improvement stores generally have plenty of affordable options for carpet and padding. If you’re going to be walking on it, you may as well try it out for real. Take off your shoes and step on it!
Details to consider:
The look: waterfall method- is one single piece of carpet used to cover stairs from top to bottom. Cap and band method- individual pieces of carpet are cut and is secured on every single tread and riser. Runner – more of an aesthetic look to see the wood stairs along the sides. Full step- pretty obvious here. Left to right, totally covered.
The feel: Padding. All different materials, cost, and durability. Compare details to cost like anti-microbial, moisture barrier. Bend the carpet as a test. Less pile means that when the carpet is bent, say on the edge of a stair, you’ll see the backing of the carpet. Pay attention to the “thread count” of carpet. Think like nice sheets, you get what you pay for.
The deal: Warranty. Look for the years of wear covered, stain coverage. Always ask questions and read the fine print.
This stairwell has a runner with waterfall method that is bound along the edges. Stairway masterpiece!