I’m slowly working my way around the dining room, finishing one section and then moving to the right and finishing the next. It feels pretty good, since I usually don’t finish something before I move on. I call it ‘new project enthusiasm’…my husband calls it something very different. So far I’ve finished the chalkboard, the pantry door, the plate wall, and now the windows. I have one more area to finish after this and then we will have nothing left to do besides actually finish the kitchen. The horror!
This isn’t the most creative or innovative post by any means, but it needed to be written because the windows needed some TLC. They looked fine in pictures, but I knew better.
They were painted a kinda yellowy white, were chipping, and seriously needed some caulk. So we sanded them (not well, just enough) caulked all the cracks and gave them a fresh coat of paint. Ahh, much better.
Next came the blinds. The blinds we had were plain Jane white plastic ones, they’ve been there since we moved in an I’ve been itching to get rid of them the entire time. Oddly enough we have gotten new blinds for every window in the house except these, and these are the ones we see the most. We are gluttons for punishment, I suppose.
Wayyy to much white. I need texture! I need warmth! Or as Adam would say…I just love to spend money on things we already have!
I chose to spend Adams hard earned money on these woven wood shades from Select Blinds (the color is Franca Walnut) and have no regrets. They look amazing.
Just in that picture we have cottage-y white planks, industrial galvanized rod, trendy blue chevron and rich warm wood blinds. Is your heart pitter pattering, cause mine sure is.
This is not the end though. How could it be…nothing has gone wrong yet. I don’t want you to get confused and think your on the wrong blog. Here it is…
Allow me give you a little advice.
Always, always, ALWAYS pre-wash your fabrics. Always.
I knew that -I did – but I chose to ignore it because I was in a hurry and liked the way the crisp new fabric looked. Besides, how much could it actually shrink?
Almost a foot. Blah.
So we lowered the entire four window curtain rod, patched and painted the holes, and let out the hem. And guess what…it was enough! I still had to hem them again but didn’t want to mess with taking them down. So I didn’t.
I asked Adam if he would take a picture of me working and he gladly obliged…he even got all up in my makeup-less business for some close up action shots.
Here they are! So pretty :)
(Don’t judge the baseboards in any of these pictures. They are either leaning against the wall or missing, we’re not going to finish those until after we replace the floor.)
Here is the before shot as a refresher. Actually here is all of them – we have so many ‘before’s’ that I’m not sure which one to use.
And the after! Also, let me apologize for the pictures looking over edited It is impossible for me to take a decent picture of a window, so I have to make up for it with my photoeditor. Trust me, over edited is better than the alternative.
On a completely unrelated note…did everyone vote today? I hope so! I’m super excited/nervous to start watching the results roll in tonight – it’s going to be close! Anyone want to be brave and guess who I voted for?