Saturday, February 9, 2013

A Paintbrush, A Peek And A Party

I've been missing in action from my blog over the past several days - for good reason.  My sweetheart and I have been working hard.  Day and night.  Working on long over-due projects that need to be finished.  This is the first time we have been able to work on them since he retired.  Over the past few years life came at us and often took us away from the plans we had for our little home.  And my sweetheart's employment became more intense, requiring longer and longer hours.  Most of the time there was nothing left to give at the end of the day.  Now we are making progress again.  Slow, but progress.  We work well when there's a deadline.  A goal!  And we have one.  More about that later.  Here's what we have been doing.  Our home was built in the nineteen sixties.  All of the trim and cabinets were birch with a honey stain.  Over the years we began to change the look of each room as we could.  Paint was the way to go without the expense and tedious work of adding all new trim.  A few doorways and windows had not yet been finished.  What used to look like this. . .
Now looks like this!
I've been busy doing all kinds of things, including the transformation of a cute, little piece of furniture I found awhile back.  It has been in a spot in my living room - untouched - and, may I say, a bit ugly not looking too good!  For much too long.  It's not completely finished but it is much more presentable.  Here's just a peek.  Soon I'll share more - from start to the almost finished!  Then, when the final touches have been added you will get to see it again.
And the best news is - the reason for all of this flurry of activity!  My dear, little mother will celebrate her nintieth birthday in a few days!  Tomorrow we are having a small open house here at our home to honor her and share part of the celebration with very special people in her life.  I'll share more about the 'party' after it happens, complete with some photos.  There is more planned over the next days - and weeks - but it all begins tomorrow.  I must get back to work.  I have things to do.  I'll return soon with much more to share.

16 comments:

elizabeth said...

I am so excited to see your full reveal! I pray your mama's celebration is lovely and blessed.
I do so want to get together. Life is quite crazy with the family staying here. Monday my Hubs, daughter and son-in-law go to Ghana for the well project so I'll have the kids by myself for the next couple of weeks...then maybe we can finally get together!

Marilyn said...

How nice to get the painting done and ready for the party tomorrow. Enjoy the open house too.

Cathy said...

It looks very pretty. I know your dear mother will be happy with all of the parties. :)

La Tea Dah said...

Happy birthday to your dear mother!!!!!!! God has blessed her with a long and happy life. I'm so glad she has been able to bless you all these years. Please pass on my best wishes for a wonderful year ahead.

And --- things around your house are perkin' and lookin' good!

La Vie Quotidienne said...

Now that you have tantalized us with these hints of what you have been doing I can hardly wait to see the results...exciting!

Congratulations on your mother's birthday ~ I hope it is a wonderful event!

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/From Harvest To Table said...

Looking forward to seeing the finished projects! Happy Birthday to your Mom!

Brenda @ Its A Beautiful Life said...

Oh my, it's been such a long while since I've been to see you. Enjoyed a wee catch up visit.

What a joy to have things updated and fresh again. And just in time for your mom's birthday celebration.

Many wishes for a splendid day and happy wishes to your mom!

Brenda

Kathleen Grace said...

The trim looks sooo much better! I know it just kills some people to paint wood trim, but that orangey honey color from the 60's doesn'y go with any of the bright fresh colors we paint our walls now. I've done my share of hiding the old trim too!
Happy birthday to your dear mother, I know how much you love her and what a sweet celebration this will be:>) ♥

Gayle said...

It is beautiful! I admire a good paint job because I tell you, NOTHING exhausts or challenges me more than painting. We are going to start painting our little guest cottage soon and I have been bracing myself. But doesn't it feel wonderful to have it all looking so nice? I got a new kitchen faucet tonight and I feel like I have a whole new kitchen. I walk in just to look at the change in the kitchen. It is the little things that thrill me!

bj said...

ooo, Happiest Birthday to your mama...how wonderful this open house will be for her. You are such a sweet daughter. :)

I know all about how hard it is to paint...climbing up and down ladders just about did me in last week..better now, tho. :)

Have fun at the party...

Mary Ellen said...

Oh I wish I could be there to help celebrate you sweet Mom's birthday! How blessed to get to party at 90!!!

Bill had his 59th Sunday but we had 2 funerals, a hospice function and spoke at a church in Pueblo this weekend so we haven't celebrated yet. I hope to really surprise him next year on his 60th!

bee blessed
mary

Jenny the Pirate said...

First, happy birthday to your mom. What a blessing to have such a long life. I love birthday parties so I'll check back for the photos. And I agree that nothing transforms a room like a coat of paint. Painting our kitchen a few weeks back gave me a whole new lease on life. Thanks for dropping in at IHATH again ... I hope it won't be the last time.

Angela @ Cottage Magpie said...

Oh my goodness, how exciting! Painting all that trim -- and do I spy a new wall color, too? Ooooh,I can't wait to see it all! Many happy returns to your dear mother! ~Angela~

Stephani - A Defined Life said...

Adrienne, how are all the projects coming along? We are in the middle of a house renovation on our little 1948 house. It's a lot of work, but fun and worth it. My husband is building a new porch right now. I'm hoping that will be done by Easter or my birthday at the latest!

Donna said...

How wonderful that you are catching up with household improvements!

Barbara said...

Interesting that you call the door frames a trim! We are divided by the same language!!