Most girls dream about becoming a princess, not me, I dreamed of the castle. (I realize this is not your typical artist.) But besides art, I have an obsession with real estate and design. My first experience with real estate was my dollhouse (I loved designing it but hated dolls), as a kid I loved to on showings and to open houses with my mom (she's a Realtor), and when I was a teenager a whole network devoted to real estate called HGTV took over our television. So buying this house in the community where I get to teach art all day means everything to me. Some pregnant woman nest for nine months, but I have been nesting in this house for three years! Now that the baby's coming many of our projects are being completed (nothing like a deadline), I want to take a little time to celebrate our hard work!
Sometimes I get a little too gung ho about doing projects. It's my best quality and also my worst! Here is one that I started at three months pregnant. . . I decided to strip the wall paper in our hallway! Only to find mold under it. Not to be defeated, I ran to home depot to buy a $100 ventilation mask and started scrubbing. When Nick, my husband, got back from his job at midnight (he's a cook) I must've been a sight. Wallpaper all around, a Darth Vader looking and sounding mask on and going on five hours of scrubbing glue off of the walls. I broke down in tears and he helped me finish scrubbing all the high parts I couldn't reach without getting on a ladder.
|This is what the wall looked like after I pulled down all the wallpaper.|
The middle is where I started scrubbing.
|I tried to use my dress steamer but a hot washcloth did the trick.|
|Painted the trim and Nick took the doors off to be painted!|
|We love our block window (very vintage) but it needed a coat of paint too.|
|After I prepped and primed everything inch of that hallway I ran out of steam.|
Not to mention the Darth Vador mask (that keeps out the fumes) is very uncomfortable!
I hired a friend to paint a beautiful taupe on the walls.
|View from our living room.|
This wall is craving something beautiful!
Maybe a reflective mirror? Family photos?
|We painted the attic fan too and nick installed a new smoke detector!|
Guess he's nesting too!
|My favorite, the jewelry, beautiful hardware!|
I'm a door knob snob.
So there is the first sneak peak of my nesting posts. Thanks for humoring me while I take a little time to put down the paintbrush, broom or bucket celebrate this hard work.