Sunday, May 10, 2015

Home Office Makeover

One of the house projects we had on our to do list when we first moved into our house almost 3 years ago, was to update the home office room.  Since I get to decorate most of the house to my liking, Jason claimed the office for himself, and he wanted it to look more masculine.  I like light and bright rooms, but he wanted this room to have dark walls and dark wood.  So here is our process of updating our office.

 Here is a picture of the office before we bought the house:
 We had replaced the fake wood floors with engineered wood floors when we first moved in, so that was already done. 

First thing was sanding.  Boy did I sand and sand and sand and probably should have sanded some more.  After sanding the built-ins, cabinet doors and shelves, Jason said "what if we just painted it?", I said "WHAT?  After all this sanding I just did?", at this point painting was no longer an option!

I first put on a coat of Mini-wax oil stain, 1/2 Walnut and 1/2 Ebony mix.  Some parts absorbed the stain better than other parts, probably from lack of sanding good enough.  So I debated whether to use General Finishes Gel Stain, but if I did that we wouldn't be able to see the wood grain, it would make it more of a solid paint like look, so I decided to use Mini-wax Poly-shades (a polyurethane with stain color in it) over the stain to help even it out.

 You can see the difference on the photo above with me putting the Poly-shades over the stain on the shelves.  And below you can see how uneven the doors took the stain, so I had to put on thicker coats of the Poly-shades to even it out.

 Next, we decided to get rid of the current desk and start over with a newly built one, about a foot longer.  We used plywood and casing molding around the edges.  Then we stained it just like everything else.

I really liked the X pedestal legs I've been seeing on Blog-land and decided that it would be a nice modern touch to the room and something that we could build ourselves.

 Next, choosing a paint color.  I just kept thinking of a slate blue and I couldn't imagine anything else.  I found the perfect color called Foggy Day by Sherwin Williams.  We all really like it and Jason is really happy with it, and since he's my client, his opinion mattered the most!
 We put everything back together.  Almost all done but a couple things left to do, we want to put up trim around the window and get new office chairs and I need to put black and white photos in the new frames on the wall.  So here are the after pictures before we installed the computer and printer onto the desk.

 I hope you like it too!

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

I'm so Way Behind

Well, I am still here and fully aware that my poor blog has been greatly neglected.  I started Real Estate School last Fall and got my Real Estate License, so that has occupied a lot of my time.  But I put together some things that we did in 2013, and some in 2014.

We were guests with HopeKids at an ASU Hockey game.  We got to go in the locker room and meet the players.  The kids got all their autographs.  What a smell too in that locker room!

The boys got to hang out with Sparky at the game.  Sparky tried to take Preston away with him.

Tanner played the saxophone for his second year.  As a 7th grader he had concerts throughout the year and they did a great job, I was impressed.

Logan and Preston played flag football.(tilt your head to the left, I couldn't rotate the pic)


Tanner and Logan were Kip and Napoleon.  Preston a Purple Minion.  Spencer was The Doctor.  Very homemade costumes this year.

Logan participated in a few races and placed each time.

Tanner, Logan and Preston all did a wrestling camp.

We were guests with HopeKids at a Coyotes Ice Hockey Game.  One of the players donated a private suite.

My brother got married to a sweet girl and added her cute little boy to our family.


Preston turned 8 and was baptized by his Dad.

I got my beach trip that I look forward to every year.  We went to Newport Beach, CA.


We visited Tombstone with Jason's parents.

We went to The Renaissance Festival.  It was fun, hot, and entertaining.

That's all I have for now.  Hopefully I'll be posting more soon.

Friday, August 30, 2013

Our Trip to Washington State

I wanted to blog about our trip back home to Washington, but I have so many pictures I didn't know how I was going to do it.  I made a bunch of collages to try to condense a handful of them.  Now about our trip in a nutshell, we visited and stayed with family and friends, went to the beach, and did a lot of driving.  We had so much fun!  We miss all our friends and family there and it was so nice to see everyone again.  We spent some time at Jason's parent's home in Castle Rock, where they have a lavender farm.  It's such a great place to take pictures.  We spent some time at our favorite place, the beach.  We camped at the KOA and had a family reunion there.  On our way home we visited my Grandma and stayed with friends.  But most importantly Jason and I celebrated our 16th wedding anniversary.  In the photo above we had dinner at a nice restaurant in Astoria, Oregon right on the Columbia River.  We have been through a lot together and I'm pretty lucky to have such a great guy as my companion in this life and forever!