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Friday, June 28, 2013

Glass Table Catastrophe

We have had a beautiful Ikea glass table top.  I fell in love with it and had to have it!



It's been in our house for at least 2 years now although I can't say it's been in one spot...lol!  Recently I moved it into our master bedroom where it looked awesome (wish I had a picture, but who could guess their table would explode!).

After hearing a gigantic explosion/crash (it was crazy...I had no idea what could have made that noise) we searched the house and found this...




What a mess!  I still can't believe it...I loved this table and am sad to see it go, but am relieved nobody was in the room when it shattered.  The glass was everywhere...under the bed, into the hallway and even into the master bath.

Anyone else have a glass table top shatter for no apparent reason?

No more glass table tops for this house...no matter how much I love it!

Thursday, June 20, 2013

More Kitchen Paint

Honestly I really despise the space in my kitchen between the upper cabinets and the ceiling.  What do you do with this space?  Here was my first attempt at some kind of decorating...needs. to. go. 


In the last post I painted the island Benjamin Moore Moonshine and love it!  What better time to paint since I had everything out already.  I started by taking all of the junk decorations down.  Guess what I found...gross!


Wow...that's a lot of dust!  Before I could even paint I had to clean up the entire space...yuck.  I have to say painting above these cabinets was not the easiest thing.  I thought my arm might fall off or worse I might come crashing down off the ladder.  Luckily the boys didn't have to call 911...I survived!


You can see the previous color over on the far left and little behind the fridge.  I am seriously in love with Benjamin Moore paint.  The coverage is awesome!  Here is the shot of the before pic again and then the after so you can see them next to one another.

Before

After
What a difference a little paint makes.  The new color makes me smile...so fresh and clean. 

Not sure what I am going to do above those crazy cabinets.  It screams for something, but I just need to figure out what.  Check out behind the fridge...since I am standing on the couch I can see the old color behind the fridge.  I didn't have the energy to pull it out to paint behind it!  Guess I better get on that in case someone decides to stand on my couch...ha! 



Thursday, June 13, 2013

Painted Island

I have been dying to see how the color I chose in the living room will look in the kitchen and family room so I decided to tackle painting the island.  The boys were playing nicely together (summer is going so. so. so slow, but on this day I got lucky) so I just went for it!

Here is what I started with...



Very yellow and very dirty!  Look at those baseboards...eeeewwwww.  I took a scrubber and scrubbed the baseboards before I started and I taped along the edge of the island near the cabinets.


Then it was time to get painting!  The color I used is Moonshine by Benjamin Moore in the Matte finish.  I love that the paint is not shiny, but is still washable.  We currently have paint that is not washable...boo hoo!  Since the paint has been on our walls for about 7 years that is not a good thing (especially with kids).  What were we thinking??!!

I did not tape along the baseboards or around the corbels (since I paint so much I can free hand those edges).

Awesome is all I can say about the color!!


Out with the yellowish tone and in with the grayish tone.  As I stared at the island for about 20 minutes something just wasn't working for me.


The corbels just didn't look good with the black stools or the new paint color.  I am pretty sick of our cabinet color so that probably doesn't help.  Just. Too. Orangy.  I can't change the cabinets right now, but why not paint the corbels?


I taped around the edge and got out the primer and paint.


Starting with a sponge brush I primed the corbels first.


If I did it again I would probably do another coat of primer, but I guess I was hurrying and was running out of patience...ha!  After 2 coats of paint it still needed another.  Wait, wait, wait...I waited about 45 minutes to an hour in between each coat.


It took 3 coats of Behr White Zero VOC to complete the project.


All finished!


Loving how fresh and clean it looks (the last pic has a glare from the stools that I could not seem to get rid of!). 



Should I have painted the corbels?  What about the wall?  I guess we'll see more when the entire room is done, but so far I really like the change...yippee!