Here is a little of what we've been up to.....more updates to come.
We painted the trim on our house black and added some black shutters. No more jungle green!!! Yay!!!
After: (maybe we'll get around to a new porch next year....)
I got kind of really bored with the curtains I made out of drop cloths sooooooo I painted them! Most affordable window treatments ever.
During. I know it doesn't seem like a big deal, painting a few curtains, but you have to remember that I have 7 windows in my living room/entryway. 7. So that was a lot of measuring and taping and whatnot.
After: I love them.
Danny redid the upstairs floors ALL BY HIMSELF in July while Ava and I escaped to GramGrandpa's house (because of the fumes). When I say redid, I mean he sanded, vacuumed, mineral spirited, stained, and polyurethaned SINGLE HANDEDLY. THIS MAN DESERVES AT LEAST A BAKED GOOD OR SOMETHING.
Our room before: (pretty bad, eh?)
Annnnnnd after: (sorry for the blur. Also, I will mention that this room got repainted in this past spring and I looooove the color).
Ava's room before:
And after (this room was also repainted this past spring):
I still cannot believe what a HUGE difference refinishing the floors made up there. My husband is kiiiind of the best.
THEN. While Danny was in Las Vegas
Shannon started off with the built-in bookshelves in my living room. I have hated the "shutter doors" on them since we moved in and Shannon was itching to do a project.
After painting the insides white and the back green (sorry about the night picture, but that's like, apparently the time of day when projects get completed around here):
All the books in. I still need to arrange everything in an aesthetically pleasing configuration of books that humans go nuts over annnnnd figure out where to put all my Let's Play Music stuff, but you get the idea. So much better.
And for our last before and after of the evening we will TURRRRRRN BACK TIIIIIIIIIIIIME.
To the year 2011.
When these were my stairs:
You can't really tell the armpit-stain-off-whiteness from that picture but it was there. Trust me.
So, for our other project, Shannon and I refinished the stairs whilst Daniel was off gallivanting. It was a pain in the butt. More sawdust everywhere, only being able to do every other stair at a time, sanding the banister, removing the railing and sanding it, and, oh yeah, the SAWDUST EVERYWHERE. AGAIN.
Buuuuut, as of this evening, this is what my stairs look like:
Totally worth it, don't you agree? Even with the big belly.
Man, remembering how much we've done has exhausted me.
Look for the second installment soon.