Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Blue Ikat

Here is a sneak peak of a couple bedroom bargains I found this week.

I picked up this throw pillow at Target for $3.24 on clearance
(it's actually indoor/outdoor) but who will know!  Who doesn't love target clearance???
And my favorite is this blue ikat fabric I found at Hancock Fabrics on clearance for $4/yd.

We are still diligently working away at The Corson Cottage
on tons of new updates I can't wait to share with you soon!


Sunday, July 17, 2011

DIY Weekend at The Corson Cottage

Here is a little sneak peak of what's been going on at The Corson Cottage.

We have been working on refinishing our hardwood floors.

Our Office

Lucy had to be the first to check out the finished look of course.

Our Maser Bedroom

Here is quick look at the condition some of our floors were in before the refinishing project.

Here is the How to Guide.

1. You need to remove all of the old finish from the floors.
We used a drum sander for this step that we rented from Home Depot.
Be sure to get one with a bag to collect the dust and keep it moving constantly as not to create grooves in the floor.  You will also need an edge sander to get close to the wall and corners.
(We started this step about a month ago.  Little bigger project than we anticipated.)
It is really messy. 
I recommend lots of plastic to block off the area you are working on from the rest of your home.

2. You will need to get quit a bit of sandpaper for the machine.
(36, 60, 80, 120 grits) 
Use the smallest grit first and work up to the highest towards the end.
It will take several passes.
Tip: This is where the cost can begin to add up!
Check into this cost before beginning if you are on a tight budget.

3. Be sure to run the sander with the grain of the wood.
Do not go against the grain.  Use a shop vac to pick up loose dust as you go as not to pick it up on the sand paper.  The paper will last longer this way.  It is helpful to have one person run the sander and one for clean up along the way.

4. You will need to repeat this with each grit of sand paper and until floors are clear of all old stain and down to the original hard wood.

5. Once the floors are completed you are ready to add a stain if you choose or a clear coat of poly.
We chose the clear coat of poly.  It saved us a bit on time and budget.

6. We added the poly using a long handle attached to a pad. 
You add the poly then let it dry for about 3 hours and repeat this step 3 times.
On the third coat let it dry for 24 hours before walking on it and up to 3 days before placing furniture back on it.  (Honestly, we cheated a bit on the furniture and so far so good.)

So that's what up around here. 
Getting closer to the fun stuff, decorating!

Summer Sunday Drives will return next weekend for anyone who's interested.
It's been crazy busy here.


Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Thank You to Layla from The Lettered Cottage and Design Star!!!!



SERIOUSLY.............NO WAY!!!!

YEP........IT'S FOR REAL!!!

We WON!!!!!!!!

Thank you to Design Star and Layla from The Lettered Cottage!

Check It Out!

Layla and Kevin Palmer
The Lettered Cottage all rights reserved

Thank you!  Thank you!  Thank you!

I'm so excited!!!  I can hardly contain myself.
We entered to win Layla and Design Star's $100 American Express Gift Card
WE actually WON!!!

Did you watch the premiere of Design Star on Monday night?
I sure did!

I know I have my favorites.  Let us know who are your favs?
Check out the Design Star Blog.

Thanks again to Layla and Design Star from your Huge Fan!!!


Don't forget to set your DVR for Monday nights!!!

Saturday, July 9, 2011

I was blog surfing this morning and came across this AMaZIng home
I had to share with you.  I'm sure some of you in blog land may have seen it. 

It was featured by Erin at House of Turquiose
This is actually the home of Cristi and Jeff one their readers.
They built this home in Lindon Utah.
They were fusing Hawaii with Coastal Hamptons style. 
It is beautiful!
Cristi owns a photography business in Utah Hiya Papaya.
Obviously she is extremely creative and has great style.

I must say I never realized Utah was so stylish!
After living the blogging life...........Utah seams to have it going on if you know what I mean!


Saturday, July 2, 2011

Happy 4th of July





Hopefully your 4th will be blessed with all the best.

and look something like this........

photo Southern Living
or this.......

photo Pottery Barn



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