beach house – before and after

So what I was really digging through my back up drive for were the before photos of the beach. Unfortunately it looks like some of the files have been corrupted in the last 2.5 years, but I found a fair amount of them. Since we’re doing some more work down there in the next few weeks (projects that I am so excited about) I thought I’d remind myself of what it looked like before. I don’t think I ever shared any of these, but here’s the downstairs bedroom:


and after

Now that things are mainly done, and I have the before pictures again, I’m going to try to match some more shots to get some more before/afters (including, I think, re-shooting this after, which I’m not super happy with.)

bedroom peek 2

My bedroom is finally approaching being done (I switched directions kind of drastically half way through, which didn’t help) This is the small(ish) dresser that I’m using as a bedside table – I picked it up on Craigslist for $25, partially because it looked like this:

Some hardcore cleaning, re-staining, and waxing/polishing later (no sanding, I wanted it to still look kind of old and beat up, and liked the almost-but-not-quite perfect paint stripping job that someone had done in the past) and, voila! Also, behold the awesomeness that lemon juice, salt, and 000 steel wool works on brass:

(above: before, below: after)

bedroom peak

My bedroom is (finally) approaching being done, and I figured this one corner is now finished enough to share, although I’m still thinking about painting the chair black.

The wall color is Benjamin Moore’s Temptation (1609) and I *love* it. It’s a charcoal gray with a lot of pink, purple, and blue undertones, and is gorgeous both during the day and at night. I was a little nervous about such a dark color, but my room gets so much light, especially in the morning, that it never really feels too dark. I’ve lived with it for about three months now and continue to be really happy with it.

The art on this wall is: [lower left] screenprint by Cricket Press, [lower right] painting by Annie Galvin, [upper right] painting by Zachary Johnson (whose website doesn’t seem to be up right now.) the clock is from IKEA.

(click on the photo to see it larger)

Paint Job

I’m still alive, really. Just in the middle of about a million projects all the time. But I’m working on getting my schedule more organized which will *hopefully* include carving out time to come back to this space more. For now, some hastily taken before and after shots of what will be the new bedside tables in my in-progress totally overhauled bedroom



I got a great deal on these (this is one of a set of two) at my local second-hand furniture shop last weekend – I loved the shape, but the paint job was a little too, um, whimsical for me. Spray paint to the rescue. All the drawers got a new coat of gloss white (I’m partial to Rust-oleum Painter’s Touch – it has the easiest ever to use nozzle and dries quickly and evenly) and the hardware got several coats of gloss black enamel. I love how they turned out, and I’ll now have an excess of storage in the bedroom, which is pretty much a dream come true.

Pictures of the entire room hopefully coming in the next few weeks – I need to get a handyman/plumber over to remove the non-working but very large radiator before I can finalize furniture placement.

painted headboard

Another recent project to share with you.



Our newly painted headboard. It’s just a rectangle painted straight onto the wall done one shade darker than the walls (the walls are Benjamin Moore’s Sweet Pear in Aura eggshell, the headboard is Benjamin Moore’s Golden Delicious in regular semi-gloss.)

It’s very subtle and I’m really happy with it. I had a hard time capturing it well in a photo (I may try again in different light,) but it really just emphasizes the bed enough, very clearly acts as a headboard, but still gives a sense of continuous space. It took about 30 minutes to do, which in my book makes any project great.

Two more newly painted things around the house to share this week (I’ve been busy lately,) and then I’m going to *finally* get back and finish that encyclopedia . . .