That's how I *wish* I was spending my New Year's Eve...dressed up, some dinner, some dancing, so on...but no, here I am at home. We were invited to a friend's house for a party, but we couldn't find a sitter. So, its me, my hunny, a roaring fire, and The Thin Man on DVD. Now there is a sophisticated movie....Nick & Nora Charles, living the high life in the 1930's, and solving a few mysteries on the side. And, as Glenn pointed out, it really is a holiday movie, since the story takes place the week of Christmas & New Years.
I'm SO proud of my accomplishments today. I've been so inspired by my favorite blogs to totally freshen up our decor. I realize that I've been trying to be very safe in my decorating & that while it looks fine, it doesn't neccessarily reflect who I really am. I'd really like to display more of my vintage finds and lighten up the feeling in the family room/kitchen area.
But, first of all, I need to get to those projects that have been nagging in the back of my head forever. So, I did two projects today that have literally been in progress for years. The first is this chair:
This is the "after" picture, I neglected to take a "before". I found the chair, if you can believe this, by the garbage cans behind my bachelorette apartment. It didn't have a seat and the finish isn't perfect, but who would throw it out? I snatched it immediately (yippee!) and it has been sitting around waiting first for my husband to cut out a wooden base for the seat & now, for me to cover the base. Today, I covered the base and rubbed the entire chair with Old English dark scratch cover. It made a huge difference & I'm so pleased with the result.
I also (I had an unusual burst of energy, probably fueled by the Grande Latte that I drank!) painted the new doors to our bathroom cabinet & also painted all of trim to match. We just have to wait for the paint to dry & then Glenn will attach the doors. We have been working on some bit of that bathroom or another since we moved in. First, I tore down the wallpaper & painted it what I hoped was a "cheerful" yellow. I soon realised that it was actually a headache-inducing yellow and repainted it a much softer shade, which I love. Then, we replaced the light fixture & meant to get a new faucet right afterwards, but that somehow didn't happen until a few months ago. Then, we finally got the replacement doors about the same time & we are FINALLY getting the room finished. The sad thing is, its not like we did major work in this room. Its all pretty much cosmetic. In light of how long it has taken us to get this far, I knew that I needed to seize my burst of energy & get as much done as possible today! I'll post photos of the bathroom once we get the doors up. Hopefully, that will be in the next few days, but I'd better not promise anything!
I have to give a call-out to one of the blogs that has been a huge inspiration to me this week, Daisy Cottage. As I posted in her comments today, I am head over heels in love with her style! Her place looks like it was done by a professional stylist, but it looks very cosy & livable. If you like the cottage/vintage style, I urge you to check it out.
Have a wonderful New Year's Eve everyone! Here is to a fabulous 2007!!!