Thursday, April 29, 2010

Projects & More Projects

It's been busy around our house with Spring projects. How about at your house?

Remember this room? I posted it recently in my exercise post.

I decided to give it a bit of a redo. You see--hubby just officially retired--which means he needed a little get away space to read, study, make calls, watch his sports and take an occasional nap. lol
This chair was not very comfy and a little "girlish" for him. I moved this chair back into our bedroom.

So, I picked out some material and got out the sewing machine and made a few changes.

I got out my paints and brushes and went to work.

I took apart a print we picked out in New Bern, NC when we went sailing there. I needed to change the mat colors. Yes, you can paint your mats. I do it all the time. This was a little difficult since it had been professionally matted but still doable. Just take off the paper on the back very carefully and you can glue it back on.

This is what it looks like semi-put together.

Glue the paper back and screw the wire on.

New gingham checked curtains that are simple to make, new cushion on the hope chest, a couple of throw pillows, and new chair cover and oh--let's not forget the new recliner for sweet hubby. It glides, swivels and reclines. He's in his glory. lol
He gave me that hope chest on my 16th birthday and Ceekay @ Thinkin' of Home would kill me if I got rid of it. She 's a real sentimental gal. (smile)

It's still a multi-purpose room that I use for exercising, sewing, painting or ironing. We rarely are in there at the same time.

We have nautical accents and anything red, white and blue in there.

I had an anchor monogram put on the pillow and tufted the cover with red buttons.

Hubby hasn't had much time to use his chair--- yet. I'm keeping him busy with a list of projects, like the one below.
He just finished scraping all the wrought iron patio furniture and repainting it.
After a couple of years it needs to be done again. It gets those little rust areas or starts to peel.

He really is a hard worker.

There was furniture everywhere. lol He sprayed my hooks, big urn, clock etc.

Today, we were on to another project--the patio. It needed to be cleaned and resealed. What a job. Thankfully we had help. That's for another post.
Hope your week has been a good one!


Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

I need to do some of that outdoor paIinting too! I like the red, white, and blue...and just in time for Memorial day!!

Happy@Home said...

The room looks great. I would have never thought to paint a mat, but I will remember that good idea. Thanks for sharing. It doesn't look like your husband will be bored in his retirement :-)

Dawn said...

Your re-done room looks wonderful - you are very clever and ambitious. My dad would love your patriotic look in the room.

Yes, he will have a busy "retirement!"

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

Looks great, you always do a wonderful job!


Shelia said...

Oh, your room, well, your hubby's room looks great! Love the colors of red, white and blue. Now isn't he the sweetest one painting all of the iron things for you! Now did his finger fall off? I always get such a sore finger from spray painting.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Kristens Creations said...

Hi Rose! Thanks for checking out my bumble bee tablescape. I bought the container at market. It was actually on a sample sale. I wish they would have had more... I bought one with a ladybug and a dragon fly too. You have really been busy with your projects. Your room looks great and how nice of your hubby to paint your outdoor furniture! I hope he's having a great start to his retirement! I just posted our little raised garden if you would like to take a look...Have a great weekend! Kristen

Bringing Pretty Back said...

You inspired me to move some things around today! Thanks! What a great blog you have!

Bringing Pretty Back said...

Thank you so much for taking the time to visit my blog! Yes , I am a brand new blogger! I am so excited to start. You are so right about your comment on my blog! Have a fabulous weekend!

Bringing Pretty Back said...

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Melissa Miller said...

Beautiful photos of your home Rose! Your backyard is a dream and your newly redone study looks fantastic. I love the chair material. It all looks gorgeous!

Thank you for entering my blue giveaway! You have always been such a supportive friend to me and I really appreciate that. I'm so happy to hear we have the cleaning and organizing gene the same. It just feels right to have a clean and ordered home.

Have a great weekend. ~Melissa :)

Walking on Sunshine... said...

I need the shutters on our house painted. Do you hire hubby out?? Everything looks so good!

Beautiful pear tree lane said...

What a beautiful job, you did, this explains where you have been lately. I love the colors too. But you answered my question, I was going to ask you if your husband was reclining while you were exercising. lol
We are so blessed to have husbands that help us. God is so good.
Thanks for sharing.

Heather said...

love the new chair and the "new" room look! i bet he'll enjoy it once winter comes and he's indoors more, lol.

Jennifer said...

Looks great! You mentioned Occoquan in your comment! How cool!! Before moving to this new home (in Nov.), we lived about five minutes from Occoquan and, yes, I was a "regular" at the Occoquan Days craft a buyer!!:) What type of booth did you have??

We now live a bit further out...but I still like to make it over there to browse - esp. on a pretty day like we have been having lately!!

Make sure to let me know if you are ever in this neck of the woods again!!:)

Carol............. said...

The room looks inviting! I'm very partial to the red paint since my kitchen is painted in a similar shade.

Beautiful job all around!

Miss Janice said...

I'm constantly spray painting outdoor furniture...just did it day before yesterday! Btw, your backyard is gorgeous!

Celestina Marie said...

WOW what amazing redos you have done. I love it all. Your red, white and blue is wonderful and I like what you did with the art work painting the matt. I have always painted them too when I change decor etc. It saves money and getting the right size.

I am always so inspired with your decor.
We too have been extremely busy inside and out.
I am having a giveaway if you'd like to stop by.
Hope all is well and you are enjoying the Spring time and warmer days.
Have a great afternoon.
Hugs, Celestina Marie

Joy said...

Wow, great re-do! I bet he loves his man cave now ;) Have fun with the retirement! Can't wait to get there myself in about 15 yrs or so..ugh!

Beautiful pear tree lane said...

Hi Rose,
Just checking in to see what you have been up to, hope all is well.

kim said...

Work around a house is never done. That is great that you made the room work better for him, too. I almost dread the day my husband retires, but at least he has his car restoration hobby down in his garage.

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