Sunday, January 23, 2011

His and Hers Projects

This weekend has been a flurry of activity around our house.  Both my husband and I have been working separately on projects.  His project is still in the works, as is mine, but I am just so excited about his, I just had to share it with you too.

Do you see this wall full of insulation?  My husband just built this wall this past weekend.

It is at the foot of the stairs in our garage basement.  We have wanted to do this since we moved into this house but always put it off or changed our minds on how best to proceed with this improvement.

Here is a better view of it from the inside of the basement looking towards the stairs.   

Because this is a garage/basement we have always gotten a draft at the top of the stairs that opens into our kitchen foyer area.

Since we have an extra refrigerator down here we have debated on how to close in this area at the foot of the stairs or if we should close in a larger portion of the basement to use for another room.   Our garage basement is large and could essentially fit four cars if we didn't have so much junk in it.

After seven years in this house we have finally decided we would not enjoy an extra room down here as much as we do having the extra space for storage and parking all the cars in when the weather is really bad.    So, we are finally resolving the draft issue by installing another door and wall before entering the stairwell. 

The Mr. had to relocate all the electrical that holds the light switches and garage door openers.

He moved them on the outside of this wall and one on the inside too.

I know this doesn't seem so pretty and interesting but I am just thrilled with this.  I will show you more later when it is completed.

Now on to my project. 

I have done a little change on my dining room chairs.  This is how they used to look with the scroll work and the cane edge painted a dark gold tone. 

 First, I painted the scroll work and cane trims black.  It looked okay but did not go with the fabric on my chairs.  I debated about getting new fabric and found some but then decided the black was just too dark and making my dining room look too formal.  I am just not so formal.

I forgot to take a picture of the whole thing in black.  Here is a glimpse of it after I decided to go in another direction.

I changed my mind and decided to just paint the scroll work off white and give it a mocha glaze.

This was much more calming to me and fit in nicely with the rest of the room.   I don't have to recover the seats, which is good because I still like my fabric that I already have on my chairs.

Since I had painted two chairs in the black, and they needed repainting again anyways, I tried something different on one of them.  I wanted to see if maybe I would like having the cane trim painted also in off white with a mocha glaze.

Here is how that looks.  I cannot decide if I like it or not.  My choices are to either change all chairs to look like this or to have them with just the scroll work painted off white and leave the dull gold cane trim as is.

Here are the two choices side by side.  Which way do you think looks best?  Please don't tell me you think I should paint the whole chair, as I am really not ready to commit to that.  So out of the two which do you like best?

I would really love your input.
I hope you have enjoyed a wonderful weekend too.  I am sharing this post with the following parties;
Kim's Before and After
Transformation Thursday
Thanks for stopping by!


  1. Your enclosure is going to be wonderful. Sure wish we had that much garage and storage space. Your chairs look fabulous. I love them. Great job. Hugs, Marty

  2. Your household has certainly been busy. I imagine cutting out the draft in your kitchen will be a big plus.

    I like the chair on the right.

    Have a great week! La

  3. I chose the chair on the right, love it, you'll have to show a picture of the whole room when done!

  4. Mary, that is so exciting about getting your garage enclosed that way. I need to add shelves to ours because I keep seeing space for more storage and thinking china storage. It would be great to have!

    Now, as to the chairs, I like them both, but maybe the one on the right. I'm not sure because when I look at the other, I like it, too. I think either way you decide will be fine. But my initial thought was the chair that was fully trimmed. Hope that helps!


    Sheila :-)


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