I just thought I would share with you a few before pictures of the dining room. I am working on the windows and curtains right now, so that's what I am focusing on.
These curtains are AW-FUL. They are from Ikea and were cheap, cheap, cheap. I thought I would find something to hold the place of curtains while I was searching for something I really wanted.
When I put these up, I didn't realize how sheer they were. Sheer is the wrong word. They were basically fishnets.
Yuck. Just looking at them grosses me out. I also got cheap white curtain rods, as I was getting like, 10 at one time. Well, they aren't my favorite either, but they were $1 each, so I was willing to just deal with it.
The curtains were so long that I had to tie them up. Hideous.
Just about the only thing I liked about them were that they were bright and white. I knew I wanted something similiar to replace it.
Here are the two windows together. Please don't mind the mess on the table. Like I said, I am remodeling so it's a bit messy.
I will be doing a curtain tutorial this week to show you the "after" curtain products!! If you've never attempted to make curtains because you don't have a sewing machine, you should really try my way. So easy, no sewing required!
Here are our lamps. The lamps and I have had a love hate relationship.
I've painted the shades three different colors. Red, black, now ivory, to match the furniture. I like the ivory. I am not a huge fan of the shape of the shade, but it works for now.
I do like the lamps themselves, though. I just knew that silver wasn't going to cut it anymore. Not in this room.
I knew I wanted to paint it in Krylon's Oil Rubbed Bronze. It's not the easiest thing to find. Most places don't carry it. I did eventually find it at Ace Hardware. My curtain rods and light fixture will get the same paint.
Well? Better, I think.
I can't wait to get this whole room done. It's taking a while, for sure. But I think it will be worth it in the end!
Our trip to Roswell was a success! We made it there and back again, so that's success, right? The trip there was much better than the trip back. Avery slept about an hour on the trip there and was just fine being in the car. The way back was a different story. I think her tummy was hurting and she just didn't want to be in the car seat (who can blame her!) She was really fussy and sometimes, she just plain wailed and cried. We were ready to be done!
My boss let us borrow a power inverter that allows you to plug in a regular plug into a box that is plugged into the car lighter, so we could watch the laptop as much as we wanted. What a lifesaver. I don't know what we would have done if Avery couldn't watch movies. This was our set up in the back seat...
(I just love sleeping babies and there gooey chubby cheeks!)
We stopped to grab some dinner on the way. If this doesn't describe the trip, I don't know what does...
There really were aliens everywhere in Roswell! There were at least six shops selling alien memorobilia, an alien museum, the McDonalds and hotels had alien ships and aliens, and an alien store that had a place to take lots of pictures with aliens doing funny things. We opted not to take the time to do this, as we were ready to stop shopping!
We took a day trip to Ruidoso to take a look at the camp grounds. We stopped and had lunch at the Smokey Bear Restaurant in Lincoln, NM. The front of this store was funny, but there were so many stores along the way that looked just like this. There was just, stuff, everywhere! Bright colors and, well, junk. Good photo op, though.
Shari's name is Nawni and Grandma. Nawni to our kids, Grandma to Faith's. I know, I know. Apparently Shari wanted to go by Grandma but when Jordan was born, his mom insisted that he call her Nawni. So, now, ten years later, that can't be undone, so Jordan and Soph keep calling her Nawni. Well, Shari called Avery "punkin." She would say, "Hi punkin!" and Avery would reply and say, "Hi Punkin!" Well, it just kind of stuck. So every time Shari would walk in the room, Avery would say, "Hi Punkin!" We were all laughing so hard because Shari might end up having THREE names!!
This is one of my MOST favorites....
Nawni and Poppy were so happy to see Avery. She loved being there. She ran around all over the house and just had such a great disposition the whole time! Their dog just had puppies a few weeks ago and they were oh-so-cute! Avery was fascinated by them, but wasn't ready to play with them just yet. She kept calling them "Bella." We kept trying to tell her, "This dog's name is Cindy!" But it didn't matter. She still called her "Bewwa."
We were so glad we got to go, but we were so glad to be home!!!
Ok. What I really meant was hot, dusty, brown Roswell. But at least we get to see Nawni and Poppy! But not before we had a tire blow out and a need for four new tires on my car. So, five new tires today. Sheesh. If it's not one thing it's another!
My dining room is getting a makeover! This is how it looked when I started.
Actually, the truth is that it looks a little different. I painted the lampshades black and put up some horrible curtains that are still in my house.
But as you can see from this picture, the transformation is taking shape.
I think I had mentioned this, but that table and chairs was a hand me down from my parents. We've had that table as long as I can remember and now, it's mine! It's a really pretty set, but I've had some ideas for how to redo it for a while. If you look in the above picture, it's a wash of brown, what with the hardwood floors and wood paneling. So, I started thinking about what I want to do.
I bought some Ivory spray paint and will be painting all of the chairs and base of the table. It will then get some glaze to bring down the brightness of the color and bring out the detailing. The top of the table will get stained a deep brown. My hope is to find a buffet or something similiar for the wall and a corner hutch that will be painted to match.
Here is the look I am hoping for:
I also started a plate wall and will be using burlap for curtains. Which I am super excited about.
Tell me how good that will look against the paneling! (White burlap is cheap and has a good texture, it's a great option for a curtain!)
I can't wait to be finished, but this project is one that will take a lot of time. So far, it takes about one can of spray paint to paint one chair and it takes me two nights after work to do one. I started the day after Mother's Day and have done three so far. (I am also working on another project). I haven't even started on the table, which will need some repairing. But when it's done, it's going to be SOOO worth it!
I cannot even believe I am saying this, but...guess who is 18 months old??
Avery Grace is 18 months old. Here is the last picture taken last night, where she is closer to one than she is to two today. (she's sure got the 60's shaggy do going on, doesn't she?)
Avery has grown so much in the last six months. She is currently wearing a size 5 diaper, a size 6 shoe, and 2T to 3T clothes. I have a feeling before the next post I do like this (her 2 year!) she will be using the potty. She is very tall and I would guess weighs about 30 pounds. She is a big little girl! Of course, Jason and I are both tall, so I think we expected that.
Avery can run now, she can climb, she can almost jump, and she can spin (pretty fast!). She has no fear and will try anything we tell her. Or she will just want to be a daredevil on her own! She loves to be upside down, she loves to be thrown, she loves to be tickled, and she loves to try new things.
Avery can say alot of words. Just guessing, I would say she has a vocabulary of about 70 words or more. Here are some of my favorites...octupus, elephant, oh man! love you, kiss, hug, bubba, sissy, balloon (or, baoon), flower, and rainbow. Avery can (kind of) count. She knows 2 comes after 1, and can say a few numbers when we count to ten. She loves to sing and dance. LOVES it. She loves to sing Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, ABCs, B-I-B-L-E, and just any other song that comes in to her head. She is just like her sister in that way!
She loves to hug everyone now. She puts her arms around your neck and just squeezes!! I love it. She is also starting to really use her imagination. That is a cool thing to watch. She will play make-believe and play with her dolls. She understands where things go (babies go in their stroller, she will put toys together that belong, that sort of thing). She helps us clean up and can follow directions very easily. She loves to give fives!!
She is just pure joy. She hardly ever gives us any discipline problems (although the whining is still there and can sometimes test her boundaries, but she is supposed to do that!). She is getting into a hitting phase, so even though she doesn't do it often, she will hit one of us and watches what we do. Most of the time, if we tell her to stop or as her to follow directions, she will do it. She is incredibly fun and is just so much fun to be around! I just can't believe she is now closer to being a two year old than a one year old. This has gone by way too fast!!