Thursday, December 3, 2009

Busy busy

Sorry we have not posted much lately but life has been a bit busy and...


Kitchen tease

We will post more about our kitchen redo soon. In the meantime, here is a preview of our kitchen with knobs from Rejuvenation.

Out with the old in with the new.

According to Susan I am something of a lamp tramp. So I am sure you will see a lot of posts about lights from me on here. My latest find happened when I was walking around Handy Ace Hardware. Handy is one of those hardware stores that has things on the shelves from years ago. So it's always fun to see what you can find there.

I was excited to see they had curved glass lights with retro patterns on them. Usually when I see these lights they just have a white glass. So I had to get this as soon as I saw it. I painted the base of the light silver to fancy it up a bit because the original white was not doing it for me. I also got a chrome fastener for the glass because it came with a cheap looking white plastic nut. This light will be a big improvement over the single light that was there before. Enjoy the before and after shots.

Saturday, October 31, 2009


We are spending our first Halloween in the house giving out candy, something we were never able to do in our apartments. I'm looking forward to seeing how many trick-or-treaters we get!

Happy Halloween from Northcrest!

Monday, October 19, 2009

I almost forgot

This is the light that the Nelson lamp replaced. I don't think I need to express how ugly we thought this thing was.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Let there be light.

So even before I owned a house I always knew I wanted a George Nelson bubble lamp. Today that dream has come true thanks to my bosses Mark and Loren. This was a wedding gift for Susan and I. I am lucky to work with such good people and even luckier that they have good taste. Now on to the pictures! Oh, and apparently it is a bad idea to take a picture using the flash when a person is working with live wires. Sorry dad, but thanks for the help.

I already find myself just standing there staring at the light with a smile on my face. I'm sure Susan thinks I'm a weirdo.


We just had our first garage sale at the house and we did great. Most of what we sold was old junk stuff of my mom's but we did have some new in the box kitchen items that were wedding gifts to my parents in the early 70's. We kept a few of the nicer items for ourselves they go so well with the house. Hopefully the next neighborhood garage sale will be just as good.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

A New Banner!

We have a new banner! That is all, really.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

A Quick Tour

I figured since this is a new blog it would be best to give everyone a tour of the house when we purchased it. These are all "before" pictures.

I always wanted a house with lots of windows and now I have it! However, I am sure I will be hating them when winter comes around since they are pretty much just glorified storm windows.

We instantly fell in love with the tongue and groove pine ceilings. Even after a couple of months of living here I still find myself sitting around and staring at them in awe.

This is looking into the dining area from the living room. We have acquired some great furniture since this picture was taken.

As you can see in the picture above, I quickly removed the kitchen cabinet doors. They were original to the house but some things are better left in the past. We just recently finished a big kitchen project. It looks great! I will do a post soon about the joys of our kitchen renovations.
(This is a realtor's picture. That awesome coffee pot is not ours)

Here is downstairs den where we do most of our hanging out.

This fireplace is also in the den. The fire place is another of my favorite features. I realized after some poking around that the wall to the left of the fireplace is brick as well and was covered up by the original owner. We are debating about taking the drywall down so the brick will be exposed again. Many changes have been made to this room as well. Stay tuned!

"After" pictures coming soon.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Our den!

We just got done snazzing up the kitchen. We'll post pictures once we get them together. While you're waiting, a look at the den! Before and after...ish.

We love the den. It's the room we hang out in the most. It has a wet bar and an awesome fireplace! When we first purchased the home then den was a bit.... dark.

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Maybe they were trying to mimic the original wood paneling?

Behind the wet bar wasn't dark. Just kind of blah
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(While we're on the topic of the wet bar lets discuss the counter top. It most certainly needs an upgrade, but to what? Any thoughts are welcome!)

I decided I could not handle the cave-like atmosphere so the first day in the house we did some priming.
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After much debate and a million of those cute little sample paint cans we decided on this blue:
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Those are all the shots I have currently. We have made some other den improvements recently. Very exciting.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Hello there!

Welcome to the neighborhood! This is our 1962 split level of awesome. As you can see there is work to be done...

...and as you can tell by how good we look in this picture we have been doing it. In this blog we hope to chronicle the trials and tribulations of restoring a mid-century home on a tiny budget.
Check back soon for more pictures!