Tuesday, June 29, 2010

All Quiet On The Western Front

I've been quiet as a mouse recently because free time has been scarce and hard to come by. Looking at my calendar for the next month or so it seems I have something going on every weekend and almost every day. I'm not sure if that's a good thing or a bad thing!

This past weekend we began a much-needed renovation of my grandmother's kitchen. About fifteen years ago, when sponge painting was all the rage we painted my grandmother's kitchen.

We also thought we were being ever so creative by adding a wallpaper border. In all honesty, it was a very pretty border (reminiscent of an English tea garden) but it definitely needed to go (by the time I took these pictures we'd already spent about three hours taking it down).

Out with the old! My one requirement for this remodel was that my grandmother have new, working ceiling fans. As you can see we had to do a bit of repair work around the old ceiling fan. After that was done, we set my cousin to the ever-so-fun job of cleaning the ceilings. About a gallon and a half of 409 later, the ceilings were freshly scrubbed and ready for primer.

Progress! First coat of paint on the walls and new ceiling fan fixtures going up.

Our activities director (a/k/a Papa). He made sure everybody was working hard!

The finished project. It's rather hard to tell, but the walls are a pale ice blue ("Cool Sheets"). It's a very refreshing and peaceful color.

Somewhere in the middle of all this madness my grandmother found the time to bake a mouth-watering, delicious pound cake. Yum!!!

And you know how one project always leads to another? Next up:

new kitchen floors, and

having the bar room painted! Just in case you're wondering, yes, that's a Christmas tree. No, don't ask.

Many thanks to Cheryl, Alex, George, and Mike Green for their help in making this project happen.


Meredith said...

You need to post pictures of your pink-on-pink bedroom from back in the day ;)

bankrgrl said...

I'm sure I have pictures of that somewhere but no idea where. That would be hilarious!!!!

Anonymous said...

Great pictures and narrative Brandi... almost like getting to be there, but not quite.

@Meredith...hey, that bedroom was a work of art! Pepto Bismol Pink as I recall... besides, she insisted on the color choice despite being told that it would be much darker on the walls. Live and learn!

bankrgrl said...

I've always had a penchant for hot pink. Fortunately I've found out that it looks better in my hair than it does on my walls!

Anonymous said...

I love projects like that. Looks great!

Cristy said...

I love projects like this. Looks great!