This is why I would never agree to be on a Renovation TV show. This is what I looked like when we started painting our living room with a sprayer. Eyes protected...check, hair protected...check, lungs protected...check. Safety first....fashion last...obviously. The title to this picture is what my husband said once he stopped laughing...LOL
We took an outdated 80's fireplace, stripped and started over. My husband built a surround out of MDF and used Fiberglass to reinforce and smooth out edges. We changed the fireplace out
to firetubes and used fire glass instead of gas logs, and I coated the surround in white venetian plaster, tinting it for multiple layers to give the look of carerra marble, then used a feather to add veining. It's polished and shines like marble, and is even cool to the touch, and I even fooled one of my subs who handles marlble and granite every day.
As mentioned on a previous post, our back yard was trashed when he bought the house. What in the world can I plant in these tight areas? We're painting the walls and I have the great
Asian panels in the picture below (enough to cover the entire back wall), but I'm horrible at plants and what to use in planting areas that range from 1' - 18" wide, in horribly hard dirt, for plants that will not damage the pool decking or root deeply enough to seek out water from the pool. Keep in mind we are in the desert in Las Vegas with regular 110 degree Summer days and need something that won't make a mess in the pool. Something narrow and tall would be great for privacy from the 2-story house behind us that overlooks our yard. Bamboo would be a difficult option uinless we build curved planters and line them because of its running roots and potential pool damage. Any suggestions would be appreciated!
We've been so busy with the inside of our house that we've completely neglected the equally trashed exterior. With a visit from the Mother In Law looming, we had to do something. A
little paint, sewing some straight lines, some electrical conduit for curtain rods, painting a design on a $19 outdoor rug, and a few plants, it turned this trashed space into a nice place to sit for about $100 in a day's time.
Our finished living room with price tags on everything. It took us 3 years to finish this because the room was used for storage for our kitchen cabinets/materials when we redid that space, and we both hold full time jobs and can only work on weekends. By bargain shopping and doing the work ourselves, we came in at $3990, and it's so nice to be able to open the front door without being embarrassed by a building supply warehouse in our front room! The complete remodel and additional pics are on a previous post.
My husband and I love mid-century design, but it's so expensive, and sometimes difficult to find. We found this old sofa and chair at a garage sale for $75. Still had good bones, so we
took it to a reupholstery shop, and for $275, they recovered them (including fabric!). Now we have a really cool mid-century set, of much better quality than the new reproduction stuff you find today. Reupholstery isn't as expensive as you think, and we now shop with that in mind.
After debating over using tile, paint, wood, etc., to dress it up, we opted for a layered venetian plaster design, which ties in with the venetian plaster on the family room walls. Just finished and ready for base moulding.