Color Correction

fullsizerenderSometimes you’ve gotta live and learn. That has certainly been the case for me, especially when it comes to paint colors. The first thing we did when we moved in was paint. We’d spent the past four year living in white/cream walled apartments and I couldn’t wait to get some color up on the walls.

We started with the living room and for reasons I can no longer recall, I thought it would be great to make it feel like a cozy cave. I chose two shades of brown (Behr’s: Basketry & Toffee Bar) and went to town. To top it off, I chose faux stone faceplates for the light switches and electrical outlets. Peddy had politely questioned my decisions at the time but, there was no swaying me.

Six years later I decided it was finally time to correct my mistakes. Now, don’t get me wrong, I actually still somewhat like the colors they just don’t fit our space. Our house is surrounded by trees and doesn’t get a lot of sunlight, the little bit that does come through is sucked up by these four dark walls which has certainly achieved that cave-like-feel 24/7. At first I had no complaints, but as the years have gone by it’s become apparent that they are not only drain the room of light but also of life… especially during the light deprived winter months.

So a couple weeks ago I decided it was time to brighten things up a bit. I decided to use a color we already had on hand (Behr’s Cafe Cream). It went a little something like this….

I was pleased that it only took two coats to cover both walls. (Thats why I love Behr’s Premium Plus Ultra paints!) Once we do some repair work on front wall, I’ll be painting that one too. The “TV wall” however, will be retaining its brown color.

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I won’t be hanging up the paint brush anytime soon though. Our hallway is screaming for a color change. So stay tune for more updates!

New Beginnings

Well after almost two years of silence I’ve decided it’s time to start writing again. A lot has happened since my last post and I could write for days trying to catch you up, but for now here’s what you need to know. (I’ll fill you in on the rest later!)

Over the past two years our project load has been extremely light. Not only has Peddy been traveling for work the majority of the past three years, but we’ve also crossed off a couple big (expensive) projects during this time. Seeing as I am not considered to be the handiest of persons, even simple things (like putting up new curtains) were pushed off and I fell into a rut.

So whats in store for the future? Well, I’m still trying to figure that out. While I still plan to post about our home projects (starting with playing catch-up on some of what we’ve completed to date), I’d also like to expand into some other topics as well, including fashion, travel, food, etc. I’m not sure how this will go, as I don’t consider myself an expert in any of these areas, but I’m taking a leap of faith and keeping my fingers crossed that the internet trolls are somewhat kind to me!

I also hope that you continue to enjoy my posts and find the new content interesting. I look forward to hearing your feedback and am excited to get back into blogging!

Until next time,
K

Buh Bye Bush

This year we were able to cross-off a couple projects that have been on our to-do list for a few years. And this year has been all about curb appeal! Not only are we having our siding replaced but we also said goodbye to the ugly bush encroaching on our magnolia tree.

Bush Before

My uncle, who was over repairing a piece of broken furniture for us, graciously took it upon himself to remove the ugly eyesore that greeted anyone who drove by. You can (just barley) see him here cutting off the branches. (And in case you were wondering, he used a reciprocating saw.)

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I helped by untangling and piling the branches, leaving them to be trimmed later.

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Once all the branches were off it was time to start digging up the stump. This turned out to be a rather difficult process since the soil was hard and dry due the lack of rain we’d had. So he dug a shallow moat around the stump and left me to soak it overnight.

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That evening I cut the branches to acceptable ‘pick-up’ size and added more water to the moat.

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The next day I did some more digging and thankfully soaking it overnight had made it quite a bit easier. However even after an hour of digging I couldn’t get the stump to budge even an inch. So, I decided to call it a day and soaked the stump again. (Zeak was very curious and made for a great size comparison!)

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While I was at work the following day my uncle came over and finished digging up the stump! It was a nice surprise to come home to, to say the least. That evening I leveled the soil where the stump used to be and admired my uncles hard work.

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A couple days later I threw out some grass seed, but unfortunately after a week or so of drought the rains came and washed all the seeds away. I was going to try to plant some again but since our siding project was suppose to be getting started I decided to leave it be for the time being and will try again in the spring. But even with the patch of dirt I still think it looks a lot nicer than it did!

Bush After

Eventually we will tackle:
-Paving the driveway
-Rebuilding the porch
-Adding some nice plants in front of the house
-And other landscaping to improve our curb appeal

 

What have you done to improve your curb appeal?