Adventures in Decorating...

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"The painters are like magicians!" I concur, Big Brother!  They are indeed!  And these magicians transformed our house with a wave of their magic brushes.  The morning we closed on our new home, Bo and Ramon were already waiting on the front porch, ready to tackle this big job of painting... everything.

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It is always said that "the easiest way to makeover a room is with paint".  True. In theory.  Not so much when there is more pine in a home than there are walls.

Before

Baby Girl and I had a blast putting together our and color pallet.  I'm not so sure the painters were quite as thrilled when they saw my design board.

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The Brothers and I smoothed things over with weekly treats; Jimmy Johns, homemade cookies, and my Dad often stopped by with surprises for the contractors too!  They were, after all, magicians.   First, they began by sanding every inch of trim, door, cabinet, mule post, hand rail, you get the idea.  We pulled up the old 1986 carpet to help speed the process.  Then came primer, and then the paint.

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The Brothers and Baby Girl and I came to the house every day to marvel at the progress.  And little by little the pieces of cocoon fell away, and the transformation was revealed.

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And then... I became obsessed with painting anything I could get my hands on.  Brick, air vents, old vases, brass, even bar stools from Target weren't safe.  I was often seen aimlessly wandering the house with a can of Rustoleum Oil-Rubbed Bronze in my hand, hunting for my next victim.

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The kids had fun new activities, like... sanding and priming.

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A little leftover paint and some fun distressing transformed these $15 Target bar stools...

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Then I locked myself in the pantry to paint it.  Literally.  They were installing carpet and kept walking by with roll after roll of materials.  So, I spent my afternoon in a tiny little closet full of sticky August air and paint fumes.  Totally healthy, I'm sure.

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It was a whirlwind summer!  We would actually grow bored if we weren't expecting the carpenter, plumber, electrician, carpet guys, granite guys, painters, or anyone from Lowes.  It was quite the adventure.  Common things heard echoing through these halls... "How are we going to fit the oven in? We are going to have to cut that granite!"

"Why are you closing the garage door on the minivan?"

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"How many men does it take to move a concrete block onto a trailer?"

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"Ummmm, why doesn't the dryer even turn on?  It's brand new right?"

"You expect me to poop in this bathroom?  There isn't even a door!  What kind of house did you and Daddy buy?"

Never dull.  Always fun!  And, always an adventure in progress...

Before and After - The Bar.

A few moments inside my head upon truly getting to see our new home for the first time after a lightning quick "showing-offer-bidding competition-accepted" situation... "This kitchen has 2 ovens!!!  Wait.  What is that?  That isn't an oven is it?  Is that a microwave?  Is this the movie set for Sixteen Candles?

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Can we get rid of that oven?  What I would really like is a little bar area?  Like a little Butler's Pantry.  Maybe a book-case, a place for drinks, and beer.  Y'know, something I would actually use.  Definitely not that microwave.  I think I will donate it to the Indiana Historical Society."

So,we talked to our trim carpenter, Jerry Sawyer.  Even though he already gave us a great quote and has an amazing reputation, I had to definitely say yes when Baby Girl let him hold her and she smiled.  This is opposed to her usual reaction to, well, pretty much everybody... ferocious screaming.  With the stealth of a professional jigsaw artist, Jerry had dreamed up a plan and before we knew it, kitchen demo was under way.

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The microwave and oven was removed.  A book-case was put in its place.  Bo, our painter patched the drywall.  'Yours truly' removed the glorious linoleum flooring that lines every. single. shelf. in the entire kitchen.  After a good 20 minutes hacking away at the top shelf linoleum with a putty knife, I decided that the tiles throughout the rest of the kitchen cabinets would remain and be hidden beneath new shelf liner paper.  I had run out of elbow grease.

Linoleum in a cabinet???

Linoleum in a cabinet???

Next came new counter tops.  New wall and cabinet paint(more on all these transformations later).  And to complete my vision, Jerry made a wine rack to fill the vacant top cabinet and hung stemware.

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Voila!  A new bar/butler's pantry!

After!

After!

Complete with a bookcase full of breakable decor items for Baby Girl to destroy.  As long as she doesn't hurt my "Chinese Lucky Cat", (Maneki-neko) from my days working for PF Changs.  It has brought much luck to me in 6 kitchens across the country.  We pray this is the cucina where it retires.

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Cheers!

Before

Before

After!

After!