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Well, it's almost 5 am and I've been up for a couple of hours with Reesie throwing up (meds from neuter?) and after reading about Lady Kate and Jes remodeling, I thought why not go ahead with this.  Why don't we discuss diy stuff?

My question, which I posed as a joke over in the other thread, is an actual need.  We have a living room/hallway with this rough wood paneling.  Not just paneling, but rough wood.  Someone came over and said "That's in the pottery barn cataloge".  Where???  Anyway, anyone tried anything that works?  We were afraid paint would soak in - there are lots of knots I thought might discolor. So I haven't done anything yet! 

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It sounds like something I have in veranda, I will take a picture when I have a daylight and post it later to see if that's the same thing as you have.

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How soon did he eat after surgery and how much?  Sometimes because they'd been fasting they scarf too much of food and water and make themselves sick.  I bet it was more from the anesthetic than the pain meds, but try and avoid the pain meds.  I don't think neuters typically need them, especially bigger dogs.  But I guess I'm a bit stingy when it comes to the pain meds... 

Have you tried sanding the wood down and staining it to a color that will match your house?  Can we see pictures?  

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What''s DIY?? Oh wait.. is it Do it Yourself?? AhhaH .. I got it..

Yes a picture would be helpful..

do you want natural color or an antique effect.. You can get a sealer that will keep the stain or paint from soaking in too much. Lightly brush the wood with a color and then go over it a couple of times with another for an antiques effect.. I'm going to attach a picture of an armoire that's being built for us... actually the man who is standing beside it is the artist and he's standing on a stool.. the armoire is the size of a refrigerator.. Has SEVEN coats of different paint on it to get that ancient look..

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P.S. How is Reesie doing??

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I love the armoire!

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LOLA!  I thought she'd been hiding, but now I see that she was just getting...  cosmetic'd (not a word but I'm using it anyway!)

Love that color of blue!

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Hey  Marti.. Yeah.. Lola is  happily wrapped and crated sitting in the unfinished guest room. She came out just the way we hoped she would.. got to love these Mexican artisans!! I'm going to post a picture of a spoon rack designed and created by our local carpenters... It's to hold those swirly chocolate makers and wooden utensils they used way back when.. The measured ME.. my arm length and where to place it on the way in the kitchen.. The guy on the far right is Leo the owner of the woodshop and the little one holding the shelf is the designer and creator of this wonderful piece..  It's so amazing to watch the craftsmen here.. They take incredible pride in their work and enjoy it as much as we do.. (Gunna have to get more spoons.) Trying to decide whether to paint it, or just stain a rich dark walnut to match the rest of the woodwork.. maybe stain first.. then paint????

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I know you don't know me from anybody, Lady Kate, but would it be too forward if said we need to have a dobie retreat at your casa - it is incredible. :-)   Every detail....amazing. 

I would love to post pics of this horrid stuff if I could figure out how.  I have tried to follow the directions, but I fail.  I read some posts on it, but maybe I'll revisit them with my husband looking over my shoulder - things seem to always work out for him!!!  I don't know what I want to do.  The room is dark, so I thought maybe paint it a light color.  I do lots of pottery (blue and white) and there is a LARGE brick fireplace/hearth/wall :-) in that room also.

Reesie - well, he's had a hard night.  He was throwing up all night and had really bad diareah.  I called the vet immediately this morning and they wanted to see him by this afternoon.  He hasn't thrown up since 3:30 this morning, but stools continue to be loose (although, if you compare to what I had to clean up last night, not too bad.).  He wasn't drinking at all and hadn't eaten, but then he seemed to turn around at lunch time - drinking and eating with earnest.  I called the vet - they said just watch him and come if I felt I needed to.  The vet didn't think it was the meds - anti inflam. and pain.  I took him both just to see if it was adverse reaction.  He's been doing so good, I'm not sure he really needed them anyway.  Thanks for asking Jes.  Sorry I got back to dogs on this thread!  hard not to sometimes!

What are your projects Jes?

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diarrhea - what an awful word to spell and think of.  Sorry!!!  I had one of those I'm in a hurry, I'll spell check it b/c I can't think of how to spell it.  Forgot.  Oh well.  We learn a lot about each other here, don't we???

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Hey we are first and foremost here because of the dogs -- I'm glad to hear he turned around.  It is concerning when you have explosive vomiting, diarrhea, and you can't help but panic because they can't tell you what happened up until that point.  Very stressful!!

Well, we did our yard:  this picture makes it look like it was just dirt but it had weeds as tall as me and garbage everywhere.  I didn't think to snap a picture of that!  So we had to get that out, till the dirt, install sprinkler systems, put in lawn.  the fence along the back was brand new but they didn't stain it so I stained it.  We have since put in a little vineyard... but the ground is covered in tarps so the dogs don't get muddy so I'll save that picture for maybe after we tackle it (if the weather permits) to try and finish it up.

Our sunroom was this hideously sterile white color that I repainted during my winter break... it has tons of windows, with tons of trim, and it took me forever.  I'm horrible! Not even a picture for this hard work.

Our next big project is the bathroom (to paint) and time willing, maybe making the table I had mentioned we wanted.  But our niece is due in May and Matt & Lacey are the woodworkers of our family so that might be put on hold for a little while.  :)

Other projects?!

Here are the pictures:

(Steve and Axel added their "finishing touches" one morning)

Eli had a blast with Steves helpful antics when he was younger.

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Oh my Jess. how I laughed at those pupper pics.. how can they NOT lend a helping hand.. If they could, you know they would.. Great redwood fence.. love it.. I can see a pretty growy sumpin ( Carolina Jasmine) IF Steve will allow it to get above three inches...

Geez Blue.. I am so glad Reesie is doing better... that's scary...Seems I've read that something they get a little sicky after surgery.. Of course it would be wonderful to have a dobie-retreat... enough room and attention.. although.. you might not get them back LOL. If you can manage photos of your wall.. I'll betcha we can figure something out. hey if we can name other people's Doberpups.. we sure as heck can fix a wall..

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Oh dear were you talking about the plant by the fence? I killed it because I didn't want something I didn't know about growing.. And these people were nuts.. So I had visions of puppy chomping leaves and death!

Yes yes I am paranoid..

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Noo. I was suggesting you plant something viney and green to crawl up the fence... I was wondering if Steve would chomp it down before it had a chance to become a vine..

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I'm lovin the DIY pics!  Jes your backyard is looking awesome, landscaping on your own can be SUCH a pain in the butt!  I can only imagine the garbage you had to clean up, gross.  Kate I love all the custom pieces you are getting for your new home, it will really make it feel like YOUR house!  I bet you can't wait to move in :)  Blue we look forward to seeing your paneling!  I will have to post some of my diy projects when I get home and can access my pictures.  So much fun!

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When in doubt just plagiarize the heck out of everything. Sunset magazines have so many good ideas..just know your climate and light.. what grows in sun or shade etc. Home Depot and Lowes offer classes on DIY projects and the staff is usually willing to help with any and all questions. Plus (and it's a HUGE plus..) they are dog friendly.

Personally I like potted plants.. you can move them around to suit your mood and if something withers.. it's easy to replace.. Had a wonderful vegetable garden last summer.. all in pots..

P.S. Pots can be put up out of dober-reach too.

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Not only classes, etc, but usually H-D & Lowes offer a 1 yr guarantee for most perennial plants 

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Hmmm is that a limited warranty.??I mean.. what if I bring my begonias back and the leaves have tooth marks in them.. big giant dobertooth marks??

Just sayin'

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Jess, I cannot imagine how much work you put in to get your yard - did you say a vineyard?  How do you keep Steve out?  I had great plans for the beds out front - but now I'm thinking mulch and sticks looks good!

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Can't wait to see your pics Sweetpea...

Hopefully I can figure this out.  I'm back at it again.

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Jess.. Beware of the grapes..They can be toxic for our kids

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Ummmm...  Kate, begonias are annuals here in GA - they would probably re-seed themselves in Baja tho'.

And, just like my cell phone company wouldn't accept doberman teething time as a reason to replace my chewed up phone, I somehow don't think dobertooth marks would work.  But it might be worth a try!

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This was my latest project, I reupholstered a chair during my reading week.  It was quite the job!  I'm not as crafty as I think I am lol.  It was Dakota's idea actually, as you can see she tried to remodel it for me :p 

I got this chair for $10 at a thrift store and the fabric and paint cost around $40.  I'd say it worked out pretty well!

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Hey.. that's a great job.. ( I like the customized tailoring by Lady Dakota almost as much) Isn't it fun to 'nest'?

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So cool on the chair and all the "improved" items. Lacey got a lot of her new furniture for free on craigslist and freecycle and added her "fix up" touches and you'd never know it's used.

When the rain stops I will get a picture or maybe if we work on it this weekend. And yes Kate I was reminded thankfully by you on the grapes, but if anything I can chop that part of the vine off after they flower because they are too young to use for wine making. My parents are do-it yourself people and they had a vineyard they wanted to size down to extend their dog fence.

I'm contemplating a fence addition in the back because my dogs are spoiled and lazy and think it's totally okay to do their business on the concrete despite knowing better. I can work with them on peeing on their allowed "posts" and pooping in their "poo garden" (rock area) but if I'm not out there they give me the "who cares!!"

Blue try photobucket.com I think they have a easy walk through on how to :)

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Phototbucket...I never knew.  Next stop:  find camera.  Sweetpea - love the paint color with the black and white.  Really pretty! 

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Thank you Kate, Jes and Blue!  (What is your real name btw?  If you are willing to share :)

It is very fun to "nest" lol...I could spend hours strolling through stores looking for things for the house!  Just today I was in Michaels getting supplies for a model I have to build for school, and ended up spending an hour total in the 3 vase and candle aisles, how bad is that! 

I can't wait for gardening season, but with miss Destructo around what are the chances anything I plant will live past July do you think?  Good to know about the home depot warranty, that could come in really handy!  Right now we're renting so I just have things in pots outside, no sense in planting a whole huge garden yet as much as I'd love to.  The only thing that survived last year was one poppy, and I'm surprised it did considering SOMEBODY ate all the leaves off! 

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That's funny Sweetpea!  I never knew Dobies liked to eat green stuff so much until I got one.  I've given up on houseplants.  I do like to give him a strawberry top or two sometimes - he loves them so much!!  I had thought of sharing my name - Chris.  That's nice of you to ask.  I guess I've missed yours somewhere...I get confused with whose I've read and not. :-)  I am attempting photo bucket.  Let's see what happens.

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Nice to meet you Chris, I'm Janelle :)
 

Strawberry tops!?  I never would have guessed they would be such a prized item to a dobe!  Well whatever works!  They do seem to love the green stuff.  I'm sure most people wish they could say the same for their kids!  ;)

I'm looking forward to seeing those pictures! 

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Do you guys have any suggestions??  I tried to load my pictures several ways.  I can get them on the computer, but when I try to use the file browser here on the gentledobie website, they always fail to upload.  It says they exceed the upload somthing er other.  Is there another way to get them into the thread??  Do I need to reduce the quality of the pic I'm taking with the camera (pixel size)??  I'm pretty ignorant about this kind of stuff and behind the times.  I don't even text!!!!  I try to stay away b/c I find it consumes my time.  Gentledobie is the only one I allow myself.  It's killin' me to not ever get any pics in here. 

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Oh, Janelle nice to meet you too!  I love it on here! 

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Hi Chris,

If you don't mind, I will put together a little step by step tutorial and email to you.  What type of computer do you have?


btw...my name is Donnilyn.

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I DID IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Here is Reesie chewing "his" shoe in the living room.  This gives you an idea of the paneling (SP???) and the brick wall!  We thought maybe about painting the brick, but yikes!  You can never go back!  and there's so much of it!  I'm so excited I got a pic in here!!  Wow!  That's made my morning.  You can see I'm not a great at with the "nesting" thing - I just don't have the extra money right now to put the "extras" in - I have a dobie instead!  Love to hear what you guys think.  Any and all suggestes accepted.  I'd be willing to paint the white armoire thing - It used to be country blue!!  Oh, and I hate those little lights on the brick.  I don't know why anyone would do that.  What can do about it??  What do you think about the pic?  I love those pics, but do they just look blah up there and not go with the decor??  That really isn't orange in them, although it seems like - it's more burnt red in "real life".

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Oh!  Donnilyn, bless your heart!!!  Once I lowered the pixel size everything went smoothly!  That's so sweet of you, b/c I know that would have been time consuming.  Thank you so much!

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Chris.. I LOVE the rustic look you have.. OMG what you can do with a couple of buckets of paint.

First of all.. the bricks are wonderful... They give a nice, warm feel, surrounding your fireplace which definitely is the main focus of your room..  Take one of the lighter shades of the brick into your Pittsburg Paint store and get a gallon on it and paint the armoire standing in front of your problem wall.. accent the the rim of the doors with the a darker shade to bring out the design of the cupboard doors. Next paint the pine walls with a darker shade ( some shade between the dark and the light shades of the armoire.. It's going to seem very dark to you at first... sooo....  brighten it up with pictures ( I love that one over your fireplace.. it's big enough to cover part of the wall and brighten it up.) a lot.. maybe family portraits with black frames.. maybe b&w pictures of Reesie

Next look for wrought iron 'pretties' to place on the side of your fireplace.. a sconce, or two.. and you can move that light that is now existing over to the wall to light up that corner.

A new picture with contrasting colors can be placed over your fireplace and think potted palms.. If you added greenery on either side of the armoire.. it will make the room seem totally different. The pots can be bright and fun.. and a throw rug in front of the armoire will add to the ambiance of the cozy room

thoughts?

P.S. So glad to see Reesie.. look at those gorgeous legs!!

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Wow, Lady Kate!  Want to become my interior decorator?  Great ideas.  I can visualize once I get the idea, its coming up with ideas that stump me.

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Don't paint the bricks, you'll regret it.  When we bought our house the brilliant people painted my fireplace.  Granted it's hideous porous 70-ish rocks, but white on porous rocks is just hideous.  I'm going to eventually have to rip them out and either reface with rocks or bricks.  You could always cover the bricks if you want to do rocks, my parents did that.

I had paneling like that in my sunroom.  I primed it, painted it, primed it and painted it again.  The room is too small and narrow to pull of dark stain so I went with a beige/yellow that matches the green kitchen.  Only problem is getting the crevices between the boards to look good.  That was time consuming.

Steve had a water bottle he "stole" and was obsessed with for a week.  They are so funny.

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Jes...( one "s" or two?)

 I like your idea of staining the problem wall beFORE painting.. once painted.. you're kind of stuck unless you want to go through a horrid hassle of stripping..  Stains come in lots and lots of pretty colors and would be a softer look for behind the armoire.

Painted bricks..  good idea that can go bad quickly. I like a washed look to bricks to make them look old.. maybe that;s what the previous owners had in mind..  Jess.. can you acid wash the rocks on your fireplace??

I'm not afraid of color.. Lord knows the Oxacan influence here in Mexico is all over and just as happy and brilliant as the sun.. I have always preferred natural colors and added the spots like throw rugs, and pillows, potted plants.. giving the rest of the house a neutral back drop for the 'jewelry'

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LML.. I know what you mean.. I'm the same way when I write..I need a muse... My current 'muse' is waiting for her morning 'stroll' her dad is at work til 9 tonight.. so I get her all to myself.

Bring me your pictures and what you like in a house.. what makes you happy to look at and will enjoy living with.  Size of the room is important..If it's a large room, you can always paint just one wall a deep rich color .. moulding can do wonders.It can be painted a contrasting color and 'frame' a wall. (and is fairly cheap at H.D.)

The ceilings at the new (?) place are 25 feet high.. so I have to be careful about color.. most of the house has glass sliders that open to the courtyard, making it visable from every room.So that is our focal point.

 Fountains... hanging ferns, potted palms..bringing the outside in.  Seeing as the house is so historic, we're trying to stay faithful to the Hacienda style. Here's a picture of my poor kitchen.. oh so sad right now.. the fawcett will be replaced with a dark bronze.. black appliances and some day.. I might be in there cooking. The windows above what looks like it's supposed to be a sink will be pass through as we plan on spending a lot of time in the courtyard

Probably looks weird to you right now.. but I PROMISE it will someday be a kitchen!!

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Look at all that light!!!  That is amazing!!  I hope you keep us in pics as you make progress, Kate.  You have a natural gift.  You know, you had great advice, and Donnilyn I totally agree - I can't get an orig. idea if my life depended on it!  Thanks for pulling me way back on the idea of painting the fireplace Jes.  I'll drop that. 

Now, about color, let me add that there is NOT ONE window in that living room.  Can you believe we bought a house with no window in the living room???  But it fit the price range, and I have a dobie now (lol) and the yard and hardwood worked for us.  Anyway, I hope to get a new front door with a window in it.  What direction would you take color in that room since there is no natural light?  I would love to put pams in there - have 2 in the house which Reesie has snapped the tops off of and flossed his teeth with what's left!!  Don't know if I have enough light for them.  THis is so helpful.  Hope everyone else gets in on this great advice.  Jes, how did your project over spring break go.  I can't remember what your goals were...   

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Ooohhh a dark room.. yay! what a challenge.. Mirrors.. mirrors open up a room and reflect what ever light they can find.. the traditional placement is of course over the fireplace.. but EVERYONE does that.. why? Because it's a good idea...and has been for years... You can also get track lighting that will help your plants.. but you're right.. palms need more light than what you can offer.. a great substitute is the beautiful Peace lily. It will grow in a closet and offer gorgeous blooms year round. Spathipyllum is it's real name.. called 'spath's for short.. and peace lily for people like me who can't pronounce it.

Colors for a closed in space: go bright.and light.. Dark might make it feel dingy and closed in.

Have you thought about white washing that problem wall? Then you could do the armoire in a cathouse-red..change the hardware, stick a tassel on the knobs...oooohh the knobs.. hardware stores have GORGEOUS decorative knobs.  it's a square box... gift wrap it!! Did you see the parrot armoire we had done?? That started out as a square box.. Do you know anyone who can draw?? maybe they would like to do a picture of something on it.. How do you feel about fish? ( LOL) I'm kidding about the fish.. but you could  make the armoire a conversation piece.. top it with some ivy ( ivy does pretty well in the dark.. or even a silk arrangement of something growy and green ( Michaels has some awesome silk arrangements.. )

Will Reesie eat the plants??? Best be careful as some can be toxic.. those pretty dieffenbachia are... ( also called the Dumb Cane as it affect the larynx) might think about plant stands high enough to keep them out of reach of the Doberjaws..

Maybe cat-house red isnt' your favorite color.( I think I just heard you cringe.). how odd. I thought everyone loved it.. Hhahhaha

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You know, I hadn't thought of red.  Would that go ok with the blue/white pottery thing?  I feel like maybe I'd need to throw in a flag or something (lol).  But I like red.  Maybe a rustic old kinda red.  I have an artist friend that would maybe do something for me.  Antique it or something.  Mirrors.  Ok.  I can work on that.  Thanks so much!!!!!  How was the walk with the Diva today??

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Oo yay you figured out the pictures!

That brick is beautiful, please don't paint it!  And as if there isn't a window in the living room!  You have to wonder what some people are thinking when they design a house.  Dark rooms are definitely a challenge...Kate you do have great tips!  Is there natural light reaching the room from anywhere else in the house?  I know it's pricey but if you're planning to be there for a while I would consider putting in a window at some point down the road. 

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Hi Chris..uh huh.// it does sound a little uh... patriotic no? I forgot you told me about the blue and white pottery.. LOVE it.. I know the armoire used to be country blue.... You probably got tired of blue and are looking for a change..?? have you thought of yellow? If you antiqued your wall with a bluishish white.. you could base coat the armoire a sunny yellow and have someone paint flowers on it. or decals.. there are wonderful decals.. hey.. what do you think about going sort of Tuscanyesque ( it's a word) with sunflowers and blues and yellows and whites?? You could even leave the armoire white and paint beautiful sunflowers on it...and trim the panels with the same blue as your pottery...  

Chris.. we had a nice walk.. I'm still getting over this stuff that everyone in Mexico has come down with.. so it wasn't very long, and nothing like her marathon runs she gets every day with her dad.. I told her she  needed to let her muscles rest for a day.. can you show us a picture of your pottery? i see a darling crock pot by the armoire.. is that it?

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Ah! Such fun things. I love the whitewashed walls, it'd help brighten up and you could add color with paintings and the mirrors.

We are on the way to the dumps ... Sun came out and we tackled our yard. Almost done weeding, took out this weird lopsided sidewalk in the middle of the yard (I've given up asking why????) and we will rent a compactor probably tomorrow and then lay down crushed granite.

I bought paint samples for the bathroom too! I'm feeling ambitious this week :)

Pics by Thursday! Then we are heading to the mountains.

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ooooh Jess.. finally you get to play... You've worked so hard all semester.. glad you have a bit of a Spring Break coming up.. The mountains are calling.

Can't wait for pictures!!

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I love mountains...I live in some small ones!!!  You folks out west might call them "hills"!!  I am liking this whitewashed idea - I pitched it to my hubby tonight (since he does all the painting) and he really liked it.  But I do love the Tuscany idea - I used to have one of those Monet posters of sunflowers and I loved it.  Most of my pottery is just your run of the mill antique pottery with stripes or milk churns.  I did get a little tired of blue. 

Thanks Janelle - The kitchen has a lot of light and it connects through a large open space (double door size).  I thought maybe skylights.  But I don't know.  There is actually no wall to put a window in!  There space where the front door is, is the only place connected to the outside.  The upside is we have a family room with one wall of floor to ceiling windows - so the whole house is not that dark!

You guys have really inspired me!

What colors for the bath, Jes?  It sounds like you guys had a lot of projects just on the outside!

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Eli likes to work in the yard, so when he takes his vacation time at home... that is all he wants to do.  It feels good when the sun is out, but I hated getting our vineyard in this winter because it was damp/cold.

I went with a coastal blue.  I'm a big fan of colors, Eli not so much.  ;)  I'm hoping to get to it this week but at the very least, I have the color picked and supplies purchased!  Its been the trend in the summer that I only manage part-time work, so I should have time to paint a bunch of things in the house if I don't get to it this break.

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Can I borrow Eli PLLEEEEEEAAAASSSEEE!!!??   With all this rain, the weeds have gone in turbo warp speed in the back yard.  It's a nice day today and I really should get busy.....yeah, maybe tomorrow  LOL.  Maybe I'll turn the pool pumps on and call it good.

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Outside work sounds good.  I think your paint color sounds great Jes.  As Janelle noted in another post, I'll point out just for kicks that I have the same exact brick and wall in the schoolroom and living room.  But, they made built in bookcases with the brick in the family room (aka schoolroom).  That room has a lot of light, so maybe when I can actually see more of wall. I'll do some of that color Kate was suggesting!  What's your project Happydance?  Pool, eh?  Sounds like fun!

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I love that!! We have built in bookshelves too :) so fun!