Friday, October 25, 2019

Repainted Fireplace

Repainted fireplace in black and white. The after picture.We have done another paint job — we repainted our fireplace mantel and brick. Above is the finished version.

Repainted fireplace. Different angle. The after picture.While we enjoyed our fireplace, we thought that it might be improved from an aesthetic point of view.

Painting the fireplace. Work in progress.The mantel is old-fashioned and we didn’t want to get into changing it. White paint does wonders for it.

Brick painted in shiny black.The brick was old and very dirty and it was pretty much uncleanable.

Old and dirty brick.We decided to paint it black to match it with the glass door insert. The insert was kind of clashing after it was installed.

The old look. The before picture.I think it came out stellar. We also are planning to turn that single wall into a contrast wall with some greige paint in a near future. And we’re still considering options for the bottom section of the fireplace.

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Sunday, October 20, 2019

Painted House

Repainted house. New door and shutters colors. Heritage Red and Raccoon Gray by Benjamin Moore.After really thinking about our house colors and knowing that we can’t really repaint the whole thing we decided to do what we can — we repainted the shutters and the door. Above is an end result photograph. We’re very happy with how it came out.

Original burgundy colors.I was never a fan of a burgundy accent colors that the previous owners have chosen. It made the house look drab and old fashioned.

Repainted setting from with the whole lawn.After a good amount of consideration with picked a bright red color for the door and fairly dark gray with some hints of blue color for the shutters.

This is how it looks with no shutters. Really off in our opinion.We also considered taking the shutters off completely, but raised ranch houses really do not look right without them. We saw how that looks in the process and it looked really wrong and boring.

Power washing the shutters.It took us six day of hard work to get everything done. And then some to actually finish the accents off. We took the shutter down and gave them a good power washing. We took the door down as well. We acquired a paint gun for the job as it was way too much work for a brush and an end result would’ve looked much worse.

Priming the shutters.We primed everything at first. Then we put several coats of paint on. Two coats for the shutters. And three coats of paint on the door.

Door prepared for the primer.With the door we had a bit of a color debacle. The first color we picked looked red on a sample, but turned out to be quite orange. Then we went for a plain red and that turned out to be orangy as well when combined with the first layer.

First two coats of paint on the door.And then finally we put a third coat of paint called Heritage Red by Benjamin Moore and that really did the trick. Perfect color in the end that we were going for. Even though it looks darkish on the sample it comes out just right.

Painting the shutters.The color for the shutters is called Raccoon Fur, also by Benjamin Moore. It really has a nice subtle blue hue even though its a fairly dark gray. We’re quite happy with the choice.

New hardware on the door.We also got rid of ugly gold old fashioned hardware on our door and replaced everything with silver colored modern looking locks.

A sleeping bat.On a side note we made an interesting discovery. When I took one of the shutters off I almost jumped off the leader. There was a pair of bats sleeping under it. They left for the hunt in the evening and didn’t come back. We bought a bat house that we’re going to attach to the house and hope for their return.
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Friday, February 8, 2019

Kids’ Rooms

Aaron's room.As the time goes we’re getting more and more settled in. The house has became really nice and cozy.

Aaron's room.This week we’ve got the bedrooms of our kids finalized. The last touch was a pair of Kallax shelves from Ikea.

Aaron's room.The only things that have moved with us from these rooms are the beds. And while Anna’s bed came with a nice foam mattress, Arosha’s old spring mattress was totally destroyed from all the jumping that has commenced on it. So he’s got a nice new Casper.

Anna's room.Anna’s curtain are from our old bedroom. Aaron’s are new. She also has a mega collection of dogs on her wall.

Anna's room.Aaron has a venetian mask on the wall from our recent trip to Italy and Venice specifically. He also has a laminated world map which was his new year gift from a couple of years ago. And this year he got his own set of Nanoleaf lights.

Anna's room.
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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Old Painting

Painting by Takefumi Hori.Last weekend we finally decided to hang an old painting that we had up in our old apartment in the living room. Ever since our move it’s been rolled up, collecting dust behind our couch.

Custom frame.After the redesign in the living room that space on the wall in the hallway seemed empty and it proved to be an ideal spot for our painting. And it looks good with our old custom frame.
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Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Paintings by J.C. Kugler

J.C. Kugler PaintingsWhen we went to Virginia Beach for the first time in 2004 we stumbled upon a small art gallery. We usually check those places out to see if they have anything that we would like to have in our apartment. I’m a big fan of contemporary, abstract art, but I haven’t seen anything that I would like as much as the work of J.C. Kugler that we saw in this gallery.

The father of J.C. Kugler is also an artist, and had his work at the same gallery. However we found that the work of the son was more to our taste, even though J. Kugler’s (father) work is equally impressive.

Anyhow, the first time we were there, we couldn’t really afford to buy anything, since it was the time when Alёna just lost her job. When we were there for the second time we didn’t really have any more empty space in our apartment, but we still stopped by the gallery again, to look at what they had there at the moment.

This time around however we had a new apartment, and a wall that was just asking for something like that. There were several different pieces and we picked out 2 that we thought would work the best for us. We ended up paying $450 for both of them framed, but we feel it’s worth it for a pair of original art works by a known artist. We wanted to get them for a long time now, so we finally did it.
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Takefumi Hori PaintingПошли в магазин, попросили плексиглас. Добавили по 2 инча на каждую сторону картины (сама картина 40 х 29 по-моему, а стекло 44 х 33). Дома отмерили по 1.5 инча от каждой стороны, просверлили по дырке. Приложили стекло к стене, отметили места где сверлить. Просверлив, вставили в стену якоря. Между стеной и стеклом — гайки высотой инча в 1.5. Прикрутили, получилось красиво. Надо будет сделать фотку, а то так ничего не понятно. )

Кстати, я думаю может мы ещё одну картину купим. В этот раз красную и длинную. Повесим ее горизонтально над диваном, а фотки перенесём на какое то другое место.

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