; World of Dennifer: October 2009

Saturday, October 31, 2009

And then there was light!

My Hubby recently installed the new light fixture we purchased for our main entryway. Nothing too exciting, but it definitely makes a big difference.

Here are a couple befores:

Ewww...old, gold/brassy fixture that was almost certainly original to the house, which was built back in 1994. I HATE brass - it is my mortal enemy & I am slowly waging & winning the battle of the brass in this house. Literally EVERYTHING is brass - I mean the fixtures, door knobs, towel bar in the powder room, door/cabinet hardware on the kitchen cabinets...everything. So, we are slowly, but surely switching out everything for things with a shiny nickle/silver finish.

So, without further adieu - here are the afters:

Light, woot! PS - please ignore the outline of the old fixture on the ceiling - I have a request in to my uncle to paint our ceilings. He is a professional painter & frankly, I just REALLY don't want to paint the ceilings...I'm a little scared & a lot of "I just don't feel up to it". Contrary to what one might think, I hate painting altogether really. Anywho, the fixture was from Lowes for like $30 & I like it a lot more than what we had before - it's a lot more modern, uses energy efficient bulbs & is much brighter!

In other D&R news, we are hard at work (at least we will be come tomorrow morning) on our MBath re-do! I got the over the toilet storage nook in from Overstock the other day & I'm excited for everything to come together.

Happy Halloween!!! Stay safe tonight. :o)

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Pumpkin Carving!!

I don't know about you, but I LOVE the fall! The look, smell, food, everything about it is great...especially anything related to pumpkins! Ever since I was a kid, we used to carve pumpkins for Halloween & I so looked forward to it! And even though I am far from being a kid anymore, I still love carving pumpkins into jack-o-lanterns! This year the hubbs & I decided to do two jack-o-lanterns:

The spooky ghost...I named him Harry!

And a J - for our last initial!

Here are some others of us carving the pumpkins, which btw, we got for $4.99 each at our local grocery store:

Please note my husband's critical pumpkin carving tools: 1) design template, 2) pumpkin carving tools, 3) BEER - a must have when performing domestic duties requested by your wife (according to him anyways, lol). ;o)

And the last with Dizz greeting at the door:

I would love to see your jack-o-lanterns, please share in the comments section of this post if you have links! Also, in other World of Dennifer news - a VERY exciting development coming soon (& no, I'm not pregnant...yet, lol). Now I'm off to go make some yummy pumpkin spice cheesecake - try the recipe, it's divine! Happy Halloween!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

I have been such a bad blogger!

It has been nearly 3 weeks since I updated the blog - the reason?? I have been SUPER busy & unfortunately not with D&R work - I have had a lot going on. I am ashamed to say that we have not even begun our big master bath makeover project. We have been slackers, but I promise pics later this week/this weekend of some sort of progress - hopefully the walls will be painted. In the mean time, here are a few items we bought for the big makeover:

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I sent the Hubbs to Home Depot to buy something small (I can't even remember what it was), but he came back with all these beauties - new shower caddy shelving, a double towel bar & double shower curtain rod! We also plan to buy a new shower head, new faucets (haven't picked those out yet) & replace the vanity lighting with something like this from Lowes:

I also attended a friend's candle party last weekend & bought this "Change-O-Luminary" for the counter top in the bathroom. I heart it because you can change out the screens for each season.

I got a coupon in the mail yesterday for free shipping from JCP, so I want to buy that over toilet storage tower I mentioned in my last post & get it shipped for free. Free is always good! My husband is going out of town on a boys trip to Las Vegas next week, so I really want to get all of the painting done in the bathroom before he leaves. That way I can paint all the trim & prime the vanity to be painted & then he can put up all the new stuff when he gets home.

Stay tuned for this year's Jack-O-Lanterns - we have gotten a late start & plan on carving them tonight when my hubby gets home! Eeeek - I LOVE carving pumpkins! OH & I got my new lap top on Monday!!! I love it & am still playing around with it, trying to figure out how everything works on HPs (I have always owned/used Dells) & to get all my old files moved over, but all in all, it's GREAT! Anywho, hopefully I will have more to share between tonight & the next few days. Thanks for stopping by! :o)

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Plans for my Master Bath

Since we finally finished our Master Bedroom, I think it's time to move on to our Master Bath. I have convinced my H to go to Lowes today to pick up the paint. We also want to pick out the paint for his mancave AKA the basement (more to come on that project soon). I want to paint our Master Bath the same color as our bedroom ("Granite Dust" by Valspar) since the two are connected & I heart the color. Then I want to pmb do exactly what Mrs. Foot over at The Proudfeet did with her vanity/mirror area:

She painted her vanity black, added hardware to the vanity, replaced the sink hardware & framed the large mirror with crown moulding (also painted black). Our Master Bath vanity/sink is exactly like hers & I have been lusting over this project for a while & now that the major rooms are done for the most part & the house is all decorated for the Fall, I think it's time to finally get to it!

I also want to buy the Spacesaver & Hamper Bench in black from the Louvered Bath Furniture Collection & some monogrammed JCPenney Towels in seascape at JCP. During my little shopping spree last weekend, I bought this piece of inspirational wall art from Kohls:

I think it's going to look great against the wall where the towel bar is. I also want a new tension rod shower caddy because ours is getting a little rusted (we have had it for 2 years & it's time to replace it), I like this chrome one at Target & it's a reasonable price, so that's probably what we will go with. Finally, I plan on getting some baskets to organize under the cabinets.

Here are some before's of the bathroom:

Stay tuned for the after's...I am so excited to finish this project. Oh & before I forget, guess what I just ordered yesterday?!? A *NEW* lap top, woo hoo...it's this little beauty:

It's the HP Pavilion dv6t series & I added a few extras, including Microsoft Office/Student & Adobe Photoshop (which I have never used, but hear is amazing!); we also bought a all-in-one printer/copier/scanner from HP. I am so excited - my current personal computer is a 2002 Dell desktop - it's ancient & SLOW (printer is just as old), but still works so I am giving it to my little brother to play computer games on. Anyways, my new baby gets shipped on October 12th & I am thrilled!!