The Project House Construction – Week 6

October 6th, 2013

My week 4 update ended with the main floor framing being completed, and the garage framing started.

We are still waiting for our Trusses to come in (hopefully this week), however, The front and rear gable are all stick framed in:



And the garage is now framed up as well.


From the inside of the garage you can see Mr. Project’s shop (kind of hidden back in the breezeway)


Also all of the internal walls are all framed out. This is a view of the main hallway.


A view into the family room and kitchen. If you look close you can see PLUMBING sticking out of the ground.


Pretty much all of the plumbing is done. now, just have to put it through the roof once all the trusses are on.


The plumbers even got all the bathtubs in – here’s our master soaker tub and they did a dry fit with our beautiful bath faucet (that we got for a killer deal).


And my pretty view out the windows above the tub:


Here’s the kid’s bathroom bath installed as well. It’s so fun to see actual stuff in the house!


The entry space looking towards the front porch (which they should pour tomorrow).


A cool shot of Mr. Project’s Office – all the studs are supporting the ceiling while they pour the concrete over the top. We call this the Sketch Bunker.

This week we also got our window wells for the front part of the basement. We only have 3 windows that are buried!


Thats pretty much the progress on the house itself. Tomorrow should bring concrete pouring of the deck/porch areas, and HVAC starting in the basement spaces.  We’ve measured for all of our cabinets and built-ins, so I’ve got a lot of final planning to do on the design front. The build is going so fast, we’re both so nervous about getting everything done/bought/picked out etc. in time! Lighting and paint colors are what stress me out the most.

Speaking of designing though, Mr. Project is hard at work building the cabinets for the pantry space. Here’s the sink part of the pantry with a pull out garbage, and 4 cute little drawers. We decided to do a V-groove style door on all the doors in the pantry. I wanted the space to feel a little bit more country than the rest of the house.


Here’s the rest of the grooved drawer fronts waiting to be put on:


And here’s the rest of the base cabinets waiting for drawer fronts:


I’ve always wanted these fancy pull-out baskets. They are perfect for storing produce, and extra perfect for a pantry space.


I’m still trying to decide what color to paint the pantry cabinets… Right now I’m back and forth between a golden yellow and an aqua blue.

Here’s some yellow inspiration photos:

 And some blue cabinets:
Or maybe I should just go crazy and do this awesome jade green:
What color would you paint your pantry if it had cabinets and open shelving?

Barn doors – to paint or not to paint… that is the question

September 24th, 2013

In preparation for our framers, I combed over our floor plan to make any last minute internal framing changes. Initially we had the playroom downstairs with just an opening instead of a door – I want to be able to hear whats happening down there – and sometimes kids get rowdy with doors. Anyway we decided to go ahead and frame it for a door and then thought barn doors would be a fun solution for when we do want to close the space off (guests staying in the room, or kids grounded from the toys!). We’ll make sure they aren’t easy to move – so a grownup has to close and open them. I still wanted a large opening, so we framed for a 60″ space. This leaves me space on each side for barn door – something like this:

west elm barn doors

(via west elm)

I personally love the pop of color that you can get from a feature like a barn door, This citron is gorgeous:

tracery interiors(via southern living)

But a subtle gray is beautiful too:

(Seattle General Contractors)

And I always say that aqua/turquoise is the answer to any question… These doors can be both playful and elegant, right?
meyer davis studio inc blue barn doors indoor interior(via meyer davis studio)

Or a lighter more beachy blue looks super fresh and homey.

(Viridian Homes)
And here is an even brighter version, which I definitely LOVE. I’d say something like this is a front runner for me:
(via slate design)
I like the boldness of the red, but don’t think I could go that bright!
(Echelon Custom Homes)

Now this is an old fire door (what I wouldn’t do to get my hands on one of those!), but it could be somewhat replicated by finding an old chippy door – or going crazy with a sander.  I love the wall in the back with the traditional green chalkboard. I can’t get away with that in our main living space… but maybe on the other side of the doors inside the playroom. Where does one even find old-timey green chalkboard paint??

via country living(via country living)

And since I’m completely in love with black painted things right now, I know a set of gorgeous black doors would really pop in the space. I’m doing all of my interior doors black though – so it’s a bit redundant. Still love it in this photo though.

(Melinda Faranetta)
And then there are all those other colors – these melon doors are so sweet, and who knows a perfectly chosen shade of orange or emerald might be just what the room needs!
But…. the house is going to be somewhat rustic – a lot of reclaimed wood. I know Mr. Project would prefer wood doors. This one is great – just simple vertical planks with supports. A barn door like this would look amazing on any wall of the house.
(Fiorella Design)
This one is framed out, and the wood is oiled to bring out all those rich hues.
(Nampa Doors)
This one is just super simple – we could use our pallet wood for it. I love how the thicknesses of the wood changes from one row to the next and how smaller pieces are patched in etc. This is probably my favorite.  Very industrial looking.
 (The Ranch Mine)
Or for something a bit more refined and stable-esque, these ones are just the right mix of rustic and elegant.
Bonin Architects & Associates)
So which doors do you prefer? I definitely prefer a bright fun painted door, but the rustic/industrial doors also get me pretty excited. I’m going to have a really hard time choosing!

Halloween Decor DIY – Stenciled Tea Towel

September 14th, 2013


Being in (very) temporary housing with almost everything we own in storage it’s kind of hard to get the motivation to create projects and decorate for holidays. However, I just can’t stand the thought of not decorating at all for Halloween, Fall & Christmas. And I definitely want to do some fun (and easy) bloggy projects for my readers as well. I’ve mentioned my crafty landlady Katie who previously created a father’s day silhouette project for me. She has been so kind as to help me create projects and she’s back again with an awesome Halloween DIY project. She made this amazingly cute spooky Tea Towel which I am considering just keeping because it’s pretty sweet. Here are the few quick steps:


All you need is a Tea Towel – this one is from IKEA (awesome), a tree branch stencil (Hobby Lobby), black fabric paint and paint brushes.


Using washi tape (or any removable tape) to position the stamp just right, I carefully painted in the stencil using a small detail brush.



Once the stencil dried I peeled it off, and extended some of the beaches so they didn’t look like the stopped so suddenly.



I just eye balled the trunk, and wanted more branches off to the side so i made sure the stencil was dry and placed it over my tree so i could make some more beaches coming off the trunk.



Once it was all done I wondered about putting a saying on it like, Happy Haunting or spooky, but I loved how simple it was so i just added a small stamp from MME that said Happy Halloween!



Such a cute way to bring halloween decor into your kitchen or table.

halloween_tea_towel_11Or you could do this to a table runner, placemat, table cloth etc.

Well I hope you enjoyed Katie’s project. She also created an adorable pumpkin, and I’ll feature that in a few days.

Here’s my last year’s Halloween Apothecary Mantel and my Decopage Pumpkins DIY if you’re looking for more Halloween inspiration.