Friday, September 10, 2010

at a snail's pace


we moved into our new house over a year ago, and i still have lots of decorating to do.  and every time i walk past this little powder room that's tucked under our staircase,  i'm reminded that i really, really want to give it a bit of a facelift.  so this past monday (day one), that's exactly what we decided to do.


the dining room became our makeover headquarters......it wasn't long before we had every tool in the house, cans of paint, saws, hammers, nails,  boards and trim, rulers, and pencils sprawled all over the place.  and my handy little dutch sweetie was on hand to do the sawing.....


so we could nail all of those lattice strips to the walls.


on days number two and three i hung this gorgeous silkscreened wallpaper above the wall trim.....


then yesterday (day four) i filled all of the nail holes, caulked, and painted everything underneath to match the baseboards!  now i need to find some new artwork, hang a new mirror over the sink (don't you think this one would look great?!!), and add all of the finishing touches.....

{and now for the confession:  after watching all of those "makeover" shows on tv, i really thought that all this work would be finished in about two days (or maybe 30 minutes in tv-time).....next time i'm going to ask their team of three professional carpenters,  the behind-the-scenes people who make all of the extra trips to the home depot, and the interior decorator to come over and help!!}



35 comments:

Ludid said...

i could use some help with decorating :-). it is great work you are doing there. have a wonderful weekend.

debi said...

Ooooo, love that wall paper!!! I'm glad that wallpaper is a good thing again!

presious said...

Wow! That is absolutely adorable! You did a wonderful job! You even made it look so simple...lol. Yes, I agree with you about the time frame.

Have you ever thought about being a home interior designer? I really think you'd be quite good at it!

Martha Lever said...

OMGoodness! Adorable!!!

Nancy said...

WOW girlfriend, you should turn this into one of those redo shows on TV....You and your DH did a great job....love the paper and under the paper.....

Martina said...

What a great job you did here - really gorgeous!

Patty S said...

BEAUTIFUL!!!!! i love the colors and the wallpaper - very pretty! (and you can never go wrong with pottery barn!)
have fun with the finishing touches!!! :-)

SweetbriarStudio (Christie) said...

Geez, only 4 days? I was thinking that was pretty dang fast! Obviously, I don't let the TV lightweights intimidate me :). Your 'new' powder room is awe, awe, awesome!

Cathy Bueti said...

That looks great! Nice job! And I had to laugh at your last line! They have quite a team on those shows! :)

sara's art house said...

I LOVE this!!!!!!!!! SO much! I really want to try wallpaper in my house.

Good job- it looks great!

Mary said...

Lori, great job!! It looks wonderful, and yes, that mirror would be perfect!!

Love your dining room rug!! Is it Pottery Barn???

Lancerika said...

Those "makeover" shows on tv make seem so much easier.."done in 30 minutes",yeah,let's do it..
right? really funny..
However, you both did a fine job:))
need some new artwork?
Have A FuN w'end!

Elena said...

OOOOOH Beautiful! Also love your dining room. What kind of floor is that in your bathroom? It's very nice.

Doda said...

gorgeous! Well done to you both!

Tara said...

looks great! love that wallpaper. so pretty.
have a great weekend.
hugs,
tara

Dolores said...

Made me laugh. It's not everyday the people I follow post a photo of a toilet. Great makeover and I do like that mirror. Your Dutch boy should get treat.

aimee said...

i LOVE you lori! in the nearly three years i've been posting commentary i have never been greeted by a blogger's toilet. that is awesome. and the room looks great!!

nacherluver said...

How absolutely adorable! Either you have one heck-of-a wide staircase, or that photo makes the room look bigger than it is! Either way, Great Job!!!

chrissy said...

you are stupendous.
and oh such a talented duo you make.
i need a dutch sweetie over here to saw and paint because my german honey is oh so sweet, but not oh so crafty with the tools and such.
love him though.
happy powder room to all!
c

Eden said...

Lori, gorgeous mirror you picked out!! Beautiful bathroom you've created, I vote for putting up some of your own artwork in there!!

Lisa Holtzman said...

Great job! You and your hubby make such a good team. I think that mirror would be PERFECT!

Createology said...

I love love love your bathroom makeover. Lovely and well worth all of your efforts. Yes, if only we had teams of experts to do it for us...but then we wouldn't have the incredible pride of having done it ourselves! Well done...

rachel awes said...

& snails ARE pretty!
ooooh, i love what you've done!
you've made this room
into a sweet treasure!
that wallpaper is sooo lovely!
xoxox

Julie Bagamary said...

Very cute!

Sara said...

Looks great Lori! What an amazing facelift! You and your dutch sweetie make a good team :-)

Marie aka Grams said...

You've accomplished an ambitious project. Wahoo and congratulations!
I hope you hang all of your own original art, which is wonderful.

DymphieM said...

great work, love the outcome! You are a darer, putting all those paint cans on the carpet, I would for sure stumbled one all over the place :)
Pottery Barn doesn't let me look at their website, i'm in the wrong country (netwise that is *lol*...) I'm sure you will post another pic when the mirror arrives ;D

shibori girl said...

Haha! Your comment about thinking the job would be done in two days reminds me of how convinced I was that it would only take a week to paint the kitchen and the cabinets. A month later I was finally done.

Great job on the powder room - love, love, LOVE that gorgeous wallpaper!

xoxo,

Kate

Beedeebabee said...

Hi Sweetie! Your powder room turned out so, so pretty! I love that wallpaper AND what you and your handy Dutch Sweetie did with the bottom half of the walls also! The mirror your thinking about is gorgeous! It's so much fun to change things up a bit...especailly after it's all finished! xo's Paulette ;)

PeaceSeeker said...

Wow, you guys did a terrific job--it definitely looks and SOUNDS like it was a lot of work. Yeah, those makeover shows can make it sound like a snap! But you worked hard and prevailed! ha!

Kelly Warren said...

this looks great! i must admit to being an hgtv junkie, and i always wish that yard crashers guy would find me in Lowe's. they just don't come to Florida, do they!!!?

Jeff said...

Two snaps up, girlfriend!!

Jane Farr said...

Your guests are never going to leave the powder room - it's beautiful Lori! You two did a great job!!

spencer said...

Looooks awesome!

Now all it needs is a statue..

Jennifer DeDonato said...

That wall paper is wonderful...great job.

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