Monday, October 11, 2010

A Project (6 years!?) in the Making

I decided this weekend to finally finish something I started 6 years ago!
Sadly, it's the first thing people see when they enter my home.
Do any of you have problems finishing things?

Six years ago, this cubby had no shelf,  just drywall. I begged  my sis-in-law's carpenter- building her home, to router a piece of mdf for me in return for cinnamon rolls. I glued and nailed it into place unpainted and unprimed.
2 1/2 years ago, Nicole helped me paint my house (my poor sister!) and we painted the back wall of the nook a darker shade of paint.
One year ago, I glued and nailed on a piece of trim underneath the shelf....still unpainted,
just primed.
This weekend, I was determined to finish it until the end...even if it didn't look exactly as I imagined. 
I painted the entire wall and the nook,

Then  I FINALLY painted the shelf!
Using this awesome Purdy brush I won from Gail at My Repurposed  Life.  I have been saving it for some real painting and it worked wonderfully.  I believe Gail is one of the nicest diy bloggers out there.
  Look...she even left a note! :)
BTW...Gail, I cleaned the brush properly and put it back in the original package for safe keeping! 
But...the weekend of painting did not go so smoothly. My little monkeys are what keep me from tackling the painting projects.  Half way into Saturday, my husband was with one son at football,  my younger boys were running around playing guns while I was distracted painting.  One knocked the little one over into a corner of a baseboard and one hour later we were in the Quick Care getting his head "super glued" or Dermabonded back.  That stuff is really cool...I think all mothers should have a bottle of Dermabond in their first-aid supply.  Although, there's always the risk of it being used IMPROPERLY..... he,he :)
The last step was hanging the mirror. That always puts the fear into me! 
 I found the studs and one anchor and I think it's solid.
I added a few decorations...and I'm done! 



JC's Loft said...

Oh so pretty!!!! Good job!

Daisy said...

Great job! It looks so nice, I'm sure your guests love it!

Natasha in Oz said...

You did a fabulous job-well worth the effort and wait.

I hope your little one is feeling a bit better now-Boys will be boys!

Take care and best wishes for a great week,

gail@My Repurposed Life said...

*big smiles* except for the part about the boo-boo.
I'm so glad you finally used your Purdy brush! :) also glad you are taking good care of it. (thanks for the kind words and the shout out) how sweet!
Hope the boo-boo is good as new in no time. as Natasha said. boys...

Anonymous said...

That looks great! It took me 1 1/2 years to finish painting my bathroom long ago.

moblomeley said...

Oh my goodness! Looks great!

Nana's Fun Stuff said...

I love how it turned out :) You did a beautiful job on decorating it also. Great job :)

Sarah said...

It looks so finished! I hate how boring those nooks look in newer homes. this really makes it look like it has character, like its been there forever. Great job!

Momma Button said...

So pretty! I love the mirror and the fabulous little finishing touches.

Kim and Jim said...

I love decorating with mirrors- it makes a small space seem so much more open! I wish I had more spaces like this one in my house!

Mama Thompson said...

It looks awesome! Good job on getting it all done!

Emily and Dallas said...

Wow! It looks great! I love the fall look!

Kelli said...

Looks beautiful, you did a great job!!


Lynn Kellan said...

Saw you at Todays Creative Blog and I enjoy your posts so much that I'm a new follower! Looking forward to being inspired by your creativity!!

Heather Johnson-Family Volley said...

The shelf looks beautiful. Saw you on Today's Creative Blog. So excited to start following.

Jen@Notes From the Heartland said...

WOW!!! That looks super duper AWESOME! I totally feel your pain of not finishing projects to complete. I think it has something to do with motherhood. ;-) Great job. You'll have to show what you do with your nook at holiday time too!!

willowbird35 said...

Looks fabulous!! And, it's not a weekend project unless someone gets a boo-boo!! It's usually me and my accident prone self! LOL - Karen

Unknown said...

Hi! I just found you guys through your feature today {I'm your newest follower}. Your blog is amazing- you create such wonderful stuff! If you have the time- stop by my blog and check me out! I'd love to be blog friends :)

Etcetorize said...

Looks great! I have the same fear of hanging large, heavy objects. I still try to find the stud, etc but I also add the 3M removeable strips to the back of my frame or mirrors to ease my mind and add one more layer of security. They work wonders. Can't wait to see what you come up with next!

lfhpueblo said...

You did an awesome job.
I just read a great review about Crafty Sisters over at
I just thought you'd like to know that.

GREG said...

Thanks for the slime recipe ,now i know what to fill the water balloons with this year in stead of water ,lol.Great site keep up the good work ......Greg

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