Wednesday, June 30, 2010

WhisperWood Wish List: Wooden Lockers

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OH...MY...GOODNESS!

Look what Meridian Road uses to store her linens! Unbelievable!

She calls them her "lucky lockers." Why? There's a story...


I wish these were MY lucky lockers! I would certainly feel lucky to have them.
I completely adore them and am adding them to the WhisperWood Cottage Wish List.
If anyone has a set or knows where I can get some, please let me know!

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Fireplace Makeover: Before & After

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I took some a lot more photos of the new fireplace corner for you. I put a few together in a fun game for you. So get ready to...

MOVE THAT MOUSE!
For the next couple photos, move your mouse over the image to see the before and after!
(NOTE: If you are viewing this in a reader, you'll have to visit the post to view the effect.)

See how the fireplace looked before...



Now, turn on the light!...




Aaaaaw, yeah! Now, wasn't that fun?

More photos to come!

To see the entire process, you can check out these previous posts:

Linking up to these parties...

 

Monday, June 28, 2010

Fireplace Makeover: Phase 5 (The Reveal)

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Well, here she be! The fireplace reveal. I apologize for the dark, moody photos in this post. I will be sure to take more on a bright and sunny day so that you can see the details of the fireplace area better. I hope you can get an overall idea of what we were going for. 

Here she was before...

first an okay corner, then a hole in the wall...


and after...

a functional wall with added storage and a touch of cottage character...

Framed by two cabinets with extra storage, the fireplace and flat panel tv work together to create a focal point.

Thrifted chairs received handsome new slipcovers (courtesy dear Mom) in an inexpensive fabric with a linen look.

Lights were added to the cabinetry to spotlight unique collections and favorite finds.

Shapely vintage fans form a collection in the right-hand cabinet.

Footed urns from Home Goods & an heirloom German clock are at home in the left-hand cabinet, which also holds those necessary but not so attractive electronic components.

Blues, whites, and browns make for a summery color palette.

To see the entire process, you can read these previous posts:
     Phase I: Demolition
     Phase II: Installation
     Phase III: Construction
     Phase IV: Paint

We still have some things to finish off...a slab of stone for the hearth and one for atop the mantle. I'm think marble...something akin to carrera...white with the black/gray striae. It would coordinate with another marble tabletop that I have in the room. Do you think that would work?

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Fireplace Makeover: Phase 4 (Paint)

Pin It Okay, here's where we've been so far...


After demolition, installation, and construction came PAINT...

Phase IV: Paint

We used the same white as the rest of the cabinetry and trim in the house: Behr Swiss Coffee. You'll notice that the doors from the cabinets are missing. At this stage, they were out having their center panels removed and glass installed. In the upcoming final reveal, you will also see crown molding, baseboard, a mantle, lighting, and the items that connect to all those wires!

Stay tuned for...
Phase V: The Reveal! 

QUESTION FOR THE READER: In the ever-wise words of Niecy Nash..."Can you STAND to see more?"

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Fireplace Makeover: Phase 3 (Construction)

Pin It Phase I was demolition. Phase II was installation. After demolition and installation, came...CONSTRUCTION! This included studding out the wall around the fireplace insert, wiring for electricity and technology, and putting up the actual wall. Oh, boy! With the ceiling angle and the crazy corners, it was not a simple task. We spent several months before starting this phase, because we weren't quite sure what approach to take. Here is what we went with...


After the studs were up and the wiring in, there was a lot of discussion to determine the material for the wall. Drywall? Beadboard? Tongue & groove? We opted for the same 8" horizontal tongue and groove pine board treatment that we used on the master bedroom closets...


Here it is with the tongue and groove installed and the outlets and wiring in place...


You'll notice that the tongue and groove is pine, while the cabinetry is oak. Not a problem! That all gets remedied in the next phase...paint!

Let's recap, shall we?...

  
            Before                                     Phase I: Demolition

 
 Phase II: Installation                                                  Phase III: Construction

Stay tuned for...
Phase IV: Paint

NOTE TO READER: We're getting there! Thanks for staying with me. It took us 8 months to complete it, so it will take a few days to show the entire transformation. It was definitely a process!!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Fireplace Makeover: Phase 2 (Installation)

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Here is Phase II of the fireplace makeover. Phase I was demolition. Phase II was installation of the new high-efficiency fireplace insert and cabinetry. Here is the insert...all shiny and new...


Here are pre-built cabinets we installed on either side of the fireplace for added storage of media components, firewood, and display...


Let's recap, shall we?...

  
   Before               Phase I: Demolition             Phase II: Installation

Stay tuned for...
Phase III: Construction

NOTE TO READER: You didn't think I'd show you the final project already, did you? No, no, no, my little grasshopper. You have much to learn. Only 12 more phases to go. Kidding! I think I'm kidding. I haven't actually counted the phases. Man, I hope you can sleep this week with all the anticipation! 

Monday, June 21, 2010

Fireplace Makeover: Phase 1 (Demolition)

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It's been 8 months since we started our fireplace makeover. I am glad to say that there has been significant progress. Let me remind you of what the fireplace looked like before...

BEFORE WE STARTED...


MANTEL REMOVED...

 


SURROUND GONE AND WALL COMING DOWN...

 


DRYWALL GONE AND FIREPLACE REMOVED...

 

That was Phase 1 of the fireplace makeover. Stay tuned all this week as the full transformation is revealed one phase at a time.

READER CUE: {This is the part where you feel suspense and eager anticipation. Then you rush below to comment about how you can't wait to see what it looks like now. Go on. I'll wait...}

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Creating Myself: Life Lessons from a Half Marathon

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Today, I ran my first half marathon...a total of 13.1 miles. Why would anyone want to run that long? I have no idea, but it was on the list of things I wanted to do in my life.

It was quite the experience...full of highs and lows...and lows and lows and lows. It was a very challenging day...physically and mentally! It started when the alarm went off at 4 am...after a few hours of poor quality sleep. I can never sleep when I have a big event or when I am concerned that I might not hear the alarm. So, up and at 'em at 4 am.

I parked at one of the bus pick-up locations and got on board a bus right away. I shared a seat with a girl named Jenny, who had run the race before. She was very informative and it was great to have someone who knew what she was doing. The bus took us to the starting line area, where Jenny showed me where to drop off my sweat bag (a bag where you store your stuff during the race) and (more importantly) how to navigate the seemingly endless crowd in line for the ever-favorite biffies.


Here was my view near the starting line.

At 6:30 am, the race started and 5000 runners moved as one. The first 10 miles were actually okay. Initially, I felt like I could have gone harder. The competitor in me was ready to pass each person in front of me, but I wanted to pace myself so that I did not burn out at the end. Luckily, my common sense was louder than my ego, and I used my heart rate monitor to keep a steady pace. 

It was during the last three miles that things started to get rough. The very last mile was THE longest mile of my life. I just wanted to call it quits. But I kept plodding on, and I met my goal: to finish. 

While there were many times I questioned my sanity of taking on such a challenge, I was inspired by the people along the entire 13.1 miles that came out to cheer, the bravery of the people who were running beside me, the athletic prowess of the elite runners who finished in unbelievable times, and the event organizers who made everything run so smoothly.

After the agony in my legs subsided and I took a much needed nap, I can say that I am experiencing a great sense of satisfaction. Not for breaking any record or changing the world in any great way, but for setting a goal, dealing with the self-doubt, and pushing through to cross the finish line. It is a metaphor for life and how we live each day. 

I've realized it is the choices make in those difficult moments that have such an impact on how things play out in life. Whether it is a physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual challenge, dealing with them head on is so important. From daily choices of what we eat to dealing with major crises, each moment is an opportunity for personal growth and positive change. We need to deal with things in each moment, each step, each thought. In that, we have the power to change our world and the world around us.

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"Life is not about finding yourself.
It is about creating yourself."

–George Bernard Shaw
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My favorite quote above is an eternal source of reflection and inspiration for me. Today, I created a stronger person. I reinforced that fact that I have the power to set a goal, question myself, experience difficult emotions, move forward through the unknown, and seize the opportunities that such challenges provide me. It has inspired me to reflect on the other decisions, events, and relationships in my life and ask the question, "Who do I want to be today?" 

Who are you creating today?

Friday, June 18, 2010

Win $125 in Prizes: Plan Your DIY Club July Project!

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Did you know you can win $125 in prizes
from these fabulous DIY Club Inc sponsors?

HERE IS HOW YOU CAN PARTICIPATE FOR THE CHANCE TO WIN...
  1. Do one DIY project that uses at least one product from one of the sponsors above. You can click on the images above to see all the products that each sponsor offers.
  2. Post a tutorial about your project on your blog.
  3. Include a photo of the sponsor product(s) you used.
  4. Link up to the July DIY Club Inc party on July 9.
HOW A WINNER IS DETERMINED...

From all the projects that followed the four steps above, 10 top projects will be nominated by the DIY Club Inc team. Voting will determine the July winner and who wins the $125 in sponsor products.


THERE'S A PRIZE DRAWING, TOO...

Another winner will be randomly drawn from all the project links (that follow the four steps above) to win this fabulous prize from Topsy Turvy Shop.



Want to find out whose project won
the June contest & prize pack?