The Project House – Construction Week 17

December 27th, 2013

Even with this week being Christmas, a lot still got done on the house (mostly due to Mr. Project working at the house every day except Christmas).

Doors were mostly installed we have 3 different styles in the house. Here is a narrow 3-panel door looking all fly. This is the “media closet” in the family room. I just love long narrow doors. 
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All the 6’8″ doors in the house are this 1-panel style. Super simple and a nod back to the early 19th century. They are going to look beautiful all painted up and with pretty door knobs.
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I wanted light to flow through the hallway. So I had a skinny french door made for the reading room. Right now it has a film on it to protect the glass. but after everything’s painted, the panes will be clear and really let the sun shine. We have 3 sets of these in the house and I love how much character they have.

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Mr. Project has been HARD at work on lots of finish carpentry projects around the house. Each of these could warrant a blog post, but things are moving so quickly, I think it would be impossible to keep up. So we’ll get a quicky update post now, and maybe after we’re moved into the house,  I can break down some of these projects into individual posts.

After the drywall was done, the first thing he tackled was the fireplace wall in the Family Room. This was one project that I didn’t expect to do until after we were moved in. But because of how it’s all put together, it was best to get it done now before paint and flooring.

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This truly was a massive undertaking. I wanted him to plank the entire wall. But I didn’t want the perfection of MDF, I wanted the character of wood. The knots, the grain lines, to make it feel like a very organic space. So he bought rough lumber, planed it all, and cut it down to size – this part alone took nearly an entire day. AND it’s kind of silly, because I’m going to paint the whole thing. Which is sad… it’s so beautiful all natural wood. But we are planning a similar style for the upstairs fireplace that will be natural wood, so I didn’t want repetition there.

theprojectgirl_mantel_detail_shelvingWith all this work, Mr. Project was lucky to have some help from my Brother-in-law and one of our new neighbors for parts of this project. Even with all the help, it took him a good 3 days to finish.

 

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Front Door Fab Color

December 22nd, 2013

I love bright, bold color, AND I love white and black and all the neutral grays, greiges, taupes, and everything in between. Because I love so many different color palates, it’s so hard for me to choose color for important things… like the front door.

Mr. Project and I designed the front door with a farmhouse feel to it. Bringing in the X motif that we’ve sprinkled throughout the house in various built-ins. It turned out perfect, and I absolutely love it.

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But now it’s almost time to pick a color. Scary!! The whole house is going to be painted white, so that’s easy – any color goes with white.

Whenever I have to pick, well, anything, I look at a million images to help me narrow down what I love and don’t love.  Here are my favorite front door fab color inspiration photos (via houzz).

A very classic and timeless black door.

Navy is on trend this year. Like black, but more friendly and hip:
 
Especially if you have dogs hanging around.
And close to Navy, but definitely more of a personality color – teal (my leading favorite right now.)
This peacock green version of teal is my to-die-for color. Do you think i can pull it off?

Brass is back!

December 12th, 2013

If you didn’t know that gold is trending (trending BIG), then you’re probably hiding in somewhere or at least you’re not on instagram, I have to say that I might be completely obsessed myself. Of course that means that gold & shiny Brass hardware is back in style. I have been planning antiqued brass hardware in parts of my kitchen. But as much as I love gold, its a little hard for me to just JUMP back into shiny brass hardware (hello 90s!) But a little bit of warm bling never hurt anyone. So I’ve picked out and ordered a few unique hardware pieces that I’m going to use in my own home. The first three will go in my Linen Niche, and the label holder will be going on my craft room cubbies.

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Now I just have to decide if I’m going to paint the linen niche white or black, and what I’m going to paint the craft room cubbies. Decisions decisions!! I’m always scared to pick out paint!

So what do you think about the GOLD trend, and how do you really feel about BRASS hardware?

1. Van Dykes – Restorers 3/8 Inch Offset Cupbord Latch

2. Amazon – Round Flush Ring Pull 

3. Amazon – Large Recessed Chest Handle

4. Amazon - Brass Label Holder