Friday, April 22, 2011

Slowly, Very Slowly, But Surely...

Seriously, I had thought the dining room would have been done by now. But it isn't, and that is okay. I'm not going anywhere...


The most recent challenge has been to remove paint from this brass fixture. After my scraping method proved to be too time consuming, research suggested a blow dryer would do the trick, melting the paint. Okay, that didn't work. I don't know what kind of blow dryer would get the paint that hot, but if I had one I wouldn't be showing my hair anywhere in public!
So I've moved on to the next possibility, Smart Strip by Peel Away. I chose this product because of the below claims:

Smart Strip™ by Peel Away® Paint Stripper is user friendly and does not contain methylene chloride, caustic or toxic chemicals. Smart Strip™ by Peel Away Paint Remover will NOT Burn Hands. Water based paint stripping formula. 100% biodegradable paint stripping product. Works wonders on painted brick, all kinds of wood products, metals, stone, plaster, concrete, fiberglass and much more! Great for Acrylic Paint, Latex Paint, Lead Based Paint, Oil Based Paint, Shellac, Stains, Urethane and Water Based Paints. AMAZING RESULTS.

Okay, we'll see. A quart is on its way to my home, as are the below brass bobesches! LOVE! They should be here the first of next week.


As should the grasscloth wallpaper, which I ordered the first week of January!!


And another order has been placed for nail head trim, so I can eventually finish the bench redesign, after the first order arrived bringing me the wrong style.


So if you are ever discouraged, wondering "why isn't this room just falling into place?", remember my dining room!


In the meantime, while all this waiting is going on, I had fun giving Max a long overdue haircut. He does NOT like getting his hair cut, I can beg and beg only to be refused. But the other evening he asked, "can I get my hair cut before my first baseball game?" Sure, why not now? This picture doesn't show it, but I cut off inches! Then everyone got a good laugh (including Max) at his "Man Sweater". Yikes...

31 comments :

  1. Oh...I know rooms take a long time to finish. What causes my delays are the mistakes I've made with my choices. Once the element comes into the room, then I can see it's the wrong thing. Drives my husband crazy when I have to start over.
    I've heard grasscloth is hard to hang. Will you be doing it or will you hire someone to do it for you?

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  2. awwww hes adorable! Man sweater! he he

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  3. Girl that was funny about the blow dryer!!! Yeah, I feel you on the room coming together slow...Sometimes everything just flow...Then, sometimes it feel like you have been in one room FOREVER!!! I know that feeling right about now. I still haven't finished the boys car room. And I'm trying to start on the family room. I swear, in design, patience is a virtue!

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  4. Oh yeah, We need to see the final haircut:) Max is just so cute!

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  5. The man sweater is hilarious! Aren't kiddies funny? Right before a game he wants his hair cut!

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  6. ah, the best laid plans of mice and men...of course your projects will take longer...and so sweet of Max to ask for a haircut before his first baseball game of the season... :)
    maureen

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  7. I think almost every project I do ends up taking longer than expected. It is best always to do them the right way, though as in the end the extra time is always well worth the effort. I am looking forward to seeing your light when it is finished. Keep at it and it will be done before you know it!

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  8. I tell my remodel clients to add 20% to the time and money estimate! There's always something that the project hangs on, and it's usually someone else's fault, too! I'm learning to check stock and availability before I order to save some of the angst. You're space is going to be beautiful. About grasscloth...be very careful not to get glue on the edges and front of the paper. It will discolor and show when it dries. Good luck!

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  9. This is a big project, you are changing a lot, so it takes time! ...I am like you, I want it done now...patience is not my forte...Hang in there it will be done soon! Really looking forward to seeing this done...I have a dining room makeover coming up, I am not even as close as you.....thanks for sharing!

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  10. I am NOT hanging the wallpaper myself, I have a fabulous guy that I've used in client projects that does the best job and is very affordable. I'll take lots of pictures and take notes, then next time maybe I'll do it myself. Maybe!!
    Janell

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  11. Wow- that grasscloth wallpaper is incredible! Can't wait to see it.

    And thanks for keeping it real. I had a goal to get our master bathromo reno done by March 1 and, well, here we are on month six of the reno! BUT thank goodness, it should be complete within the next week!!! It is fun when the rooms finally come together, isn't it?! :)

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  12. That picture of Max makes me itch! I am going today to get inches cut off my hair too. I have a fantasy about what I would look like with long hair. The reality is Not. What I envisioned,ha. Wish me luck .


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  13. Ahhh hahaha!!! Man sweater... that cracks me up :D

    I feel like all of my rooms take FOREVER to come together, and now that I've said that, I don't ever really feel like they're complete.

    Shelley
    www.westermanfam.blogspot.com

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  14. Hehe...the man sweater so made me giggle- my little guy is the same- hates haircuts! These projects may all be taking a little time but I know they are all going to be FABULOUS! I seriously can't wait to see that brass beauty brought back to life and of course, the bench...very excited for that one. Have a great long weekend! xo

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  15. Cute picture! I am looking forward to seeing your dining-room...we are thinking about using grasscloth in our formal spaces of our renovated house...love the look of it! Happy Friday! Caroline

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  16. I consistently grump about my projects taking so long, but as my husband points out, it would be a terrible thing to 'finish' the house and have nothing left to keep me out of mischief ;)
    Happy Friday, all!

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  17. NOT a blow dryer but a heat gun!!!!!! They are made especially for this and cost about $25.00 at your local hardware.

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  18. Dianne, yes...that may be option number 3! I don't want to spend the $ for something I may never use again, so tried the blow dryer first, which was actually a recommendation I found when researching how to safely remove paint from metal. One way or the other, it will get done! Thanks for your tip...Janell

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  19. You crack me up...you tackle it all, even haircuts! That light fixture is beautiful...black or brass! Do you remember where you purchased it? It will turn out perfect...all your projects always do. Happy Easter - blessings, Julie

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  20. Ha, if I waited for Max to step into a place to get his hair cut it would be down to his waist!! :)

    The light fixture was a floor model sale item at C&B about 2 years ago. The salesperson about had a heart attack when I told him I was going to paint it. I should have taken a clue!!

    Janell

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  21. My culinary torch could probably do the job too! If it can caramelize sugar, it can probably take off paint! Ha. Love the man sweater comment. Have a great Easter, Janell!

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  22. When we are creating it always takes a process. Your results are always so spot-on and all the details are covered that is why your projects always end up looking so beautifully done!!! Keep chipping away, I always say!!! Too funny about Max!!! Can you imagine if he really did have a hairy back? OH mY!!! Tell him congrats on his hits at his game!!! Kathysue

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  23. *** I "KNOW" you, Janell... NOTHING goes by UN-noticed or IMPERFECT... not E*V*E*R, which is probably W*H*Y I absolutely ADORE the end results of ANYTHING you choose to take on!!!

    A note to Mr. Max~~~ KUDOS to you, kiddo! It takes a "REAL" man to let his Mom share such a DELIGHTFUL PIC of you!!! HOPE your team WON!!!

    As always, all my best to ALL of you,

    Linda in AZ *
    bellesmom1234@comcast.net

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  24. They did win! Max's first game ever, three times up to bat, three hits! So proud...though it did go on FOREVER and I started to freeze! Good thing it was fun! Janell

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  25. Great things take time! I'm sure it will turn out great :)

    -Forever Lovely

    foreverlovelydesign.blogspot.com

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  26. Loving the lines and shape of the light fixture. I'm sure it will look great and be worth the time and effort. I can relate to the time issue, we've been renovating for 4 years now and it still has a long way to go!

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  27. As far as I'm concerned the hard part is done - making the choices! It is so very difficult to do that part. Not that the waiting is fun, but you have made such wonderful selections. I cannot wait to see the end result. Sweet Max. How darling that he will allow you to give him a haircut! Roxanne

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  28. it's going to look fabulous !
    I love the wall paper ! where did you order it ?
    thanks so much
    love your blog !

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  29. This is the reality of real life undertakings. I"m constantly trying to plead to my clients to not allow HGTV to warp their perspective on the real journey of any makeover. It'll be great in the end!! Love your son's hair shirt, very cute.

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  30. Man sweater- haha..so cute! have a lovely weekend, janell! xx meenal

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  31. Hi there saw your problem with the brass light fitting a,d possibly the paint remover ,, did you check that it will not affect the brass if you wish to leave it brass ? there is often a sort of varnish finish on brass to keep its color and perhaps the paint remover will take this off also.I live in France and yesterday saw a gorgeous 1950's to die for chandelier in really fine black iron, really design but huge and only 60 euros !! so wished I had the right place to put it ,, was about 1 meter high ! good luck with your project. Love your blog. best wishes Stephanie

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