Wednesday, May 2, 2012

This Has Got to Stop

...and by "this" I mean "adding projects to the DO BEFORE BABY list".

I looked back and here is the original list:

House Stuff:

1. Have the hallway/trim/ceiling painted.
2. Ceiling in the family room/kitchen is also going to be painted since we've been living with a big patch mark on it for 2 years. Oops.
3. Finish the laundry room by installing hooks and buying cute stuff to fill the shelves :-)
4. Complete the 'lightening' of our dining room. Put the frames up even if we don't have art to fill them.
5. Replace the rotten wood in our front garden. We originally thought of doing something more major out front but I've decided to pick our battles and just make it look pretty again.
6. Paint our front porch. The weather has taken its toll on the paint so some sanding and painting is definitely in order. The spindles also need replacing but I think that should be an easy enough job (for J) to do.
7. Let J have ONE MORE kick at the can with trying to grow grass in our backyard. He bought some fancy full shade seed so if we can beat the raccoon problem, grass MAY grow.
8. Randomly decide to rip carpet off stairs and spend weeks painting said stairs (added now :-)

Baby Stuff:

1. Figure out the whole cloth vs disposable diaper issue and make a decision.
2. Buy STUFF for baby. We have a stroller and some clothes...that's it so far. Oh and a baby monitor. We have one of those. We are trying to keep the 'stuff' under control as we don't have a lot of storage and I don't want the house to get too over run with primary colours, but I know that there are things that aremust haves.
3. Have a baby.

So friends, I think we've done well so far! The garden is going to be taken care of this summer and will likely happen post-baby which is fine. In my state, I couldn't have helped anyways!

Anyhoo - I'd like to add something to the list. Once we added the stair project, I turned my mind pretty quickly to our vestibule. I know I've been talking about re-doing the vestibule for a while, but now seems like a pretty good time to get it done.

Here is a photo of it prior to painting:


We've since painted the walls white. That's about it. So what I'm thinking about now is TILE. We are not big fans of the existing tile. Sure, it does the job, but it could be so much more interesting!! I'm actually having a hard time finding inspiration, but here is a photo from my Pinterest:

Here is Brooklyn Limestone's vestibule - love the moulding (I could add some) and she kept her original tiles (you can see a bit of them)

Door Sixteen's tile:



With the stairs going black and white, we did think that adding some black and white to the vestibule would be nice. Not necessarily this vintage looking, but something like this. Or maybe all black?


So what do you guys think? Any ideas? Suggestions?

In other news, I won a great giveaway over at Cozy.Cottage.Cute and will be getting a $50 credit over at Royal Design Studio!!! My plan has been to stencil the upper portion of the vestibule walls (wallpaper might ruin my marriage - not worth it). Just an idea :-)

So there you have it - another project to add to the list. Am I crazy?!


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30 comments:

Kerry @ First Time Fancy said...

I'd say if you really want to do it... go for it now! ;) After baby comes you will have less time and interest in these things (at least for a little bit). It was so hard going through that bathroom reno at our place with Halle.... and now look, we don't even get to enjoy it! HA! Best of luck though lady... and be sure to enjoy some time of just you and J too! :)

LipstikEvents said...

I love the last picture. The tile is neat and not something you'd see everyday. I really like the number. Good luck!

Shadi said...

wow! you guys are brave to have such a a long t-do-list pre-baby and so organized to get it done so nicely so far. I like all the options for your foyer, my only question is if you use a rug during winter in your foyer or not. The size of the rug should be taken into consideration so that all these nice tiles and patterns don't get covered by it. Bon Courage!

Cozycottagecute said...

You can do iiiiiiiiiiiiit!  (That's a pep talk. Haha.)

Just curious, did you hear from the folks at Royal Design Studio yet? I sent over your email so just checking.... :)

Elizabeth Baumgartner said...

Huge fan of penny tile and the black and white would look killer. Go for it!
Elizabeth @ The Little Black Door

Life Begins at Thirty, Right? said...

Yep - just need to pick the stencil!! Thanks again!!

Alison said...

Hey Janice ... your due next month :)

You're so lucky you have a finished nursery AND that both of you have creative DIY juices running throughout. 

I know nothing about mudrooms, so good luck!

Life Begins at Thirty, Right? said...

I know - due date is technically 7 weeks away. OMG. Retiling the vestibule is probably a little out of reach but you never know!

Life Begins at Thirty, Right? said...

Nope - the vestibule is quite tiny so a rug doesn't fit (and the door wouldn't open). That is one of the reasons I'd like to use a tile that is more durable than marble. The rug is going to go over the hardwood floor just past the vestibule.

Amelia @ House Pretty said...

Have you seen the black tile in Suzanne Dimma's old front hallway? Gorgeous! http://houseandhome.com/design/suzanne-dimmas-front-hall

Lisaroy said...

Oh my! The penny tile would look so pretty! I wouldn't go solid black though - it will always look dirty - go for a bk/white mix or beige like the first pic. swoon!

Life Begins at Thirty, Right? said...

Well her hall was my inspiration :-) My only concern with going full black (or even close to it) is that I would maybe have to paint my front door (which is currently blue). I don't really want to do that because the other doors on the main floor are also blue and I really don't want the tile to roll into a massive paint job!! You know? I'm not sure what to do...

Heather @ InteriorGroupie said...

ooooh love that last one!! And I totally agree with Amelia - Suzanne's tile job is to die for. And Mrs. Limestone can do no wrong. Can you tell I like penny tile with some sort of border??

Heather @ InteriorGroupie said...

Maybe you can find a dark charcoal or some sort of grey (hides dirt??) that won't clash with your door

Sara @ Russet Street Reno said...

I love all your inspiration pics, but you probably should just leave this project off the list for now, mama!  You're so funny.  

Kim @ NewlyWoodwards said...

I love the black tile. In fact, I'm obsessed. Also really digging the house number in tile.

Also, your baby list progress is much better than us. I'm totally impressed.

Maggie {Okay, now what?} said...

I like the last one a lot. But really all of them look great. It's totally worth doing at some point and now is as good a time as ever :-)

Kelly @ A Swell Place to Dwell said...

What about something like this? 
http://www.decorpad.com/photo.htm?photoId=82616
I don't have any black tile in my house. Do you think it would show too much dirt/dust?

sundeep @ designwali said...

I like the last one too (and the Suzanne Dimma one). If you guys are in a zone and getting things done I say do it...b/c after baby...different world!

Shannon Fitzpatrick said...

I really love the Brooklyn Limestone moulding, but I think my favourite is the last one with the penny tiles and house number! Good for you for getting all these projects done. I have a list, but we'll see what happens with it :)

Katie Keefe said...

Oh wow, how funny to see a pic of our front entryway on your blog (thought I was seeing things for a minute!) and the ugly faux painted cabinet that needs a new paint job stat! The tile in our entryway is orginal to the home (1909). I love that it's still in decent shape...I'm not sure how easy or inexpensive it would be to replicate these days! But is it wrong that I prefer the tile in the last pic?!

Life Begins at Thirty, Right? said...

Katie! thanks for the comment - I've added the source now :-) I love your vestibule as is. Is that wallpaper?

Life Begins at Thirty, Right? said...

Ooh I like that, but the vestibule is so tiny that maybe the effect would be lost? Maybe if I could find smaller tiles...good idea!

Life Begins at Thirty, Right? said...

haha I know. We'll have to wait till the stairs are done. They are SLOW. Hubs might want to throw in the towel after those are finished that is for sure!

Katie Keefe said...

Thanks! Yep, that's wallpaper! It's a pattern I found at Sherwin Williams, but I believe they have it at Lowe's too.

Sam said...

Throw in the towel! Take it from the person who is 1 week away from her due date and has just had the first non-reno day in months. I have filled all my free time with renos and feel super burned out...so I hope I have a few easy days before the baby comes. The flip side is that it's next to impossible to get stuff done once baby comes - we have one already and so that's what made us push ourselves so hard. If it's going to really bother you, I'd take it on now but it could be a fun project to dig into closer to the end of your mat leave, once the baby is napping and life is more normal. Just try to leave some free time for yourself at the end - you seem to already have quite the list going!

Life Begins at Thirty, Right? said...

Gorgeous!! Do you have any more pics of the whole vestibule?

Nicole said...

Old Town Home has some nice looking tile in their entry.  Check 'er out:
http://www.oldtownhome.com/2011/6/15/Vestibule-Renovation-Part-2-Installing-the-Tile-In-Our-Tiny-Room/index.aspx 
Their whole vestibule renovation is breathtaking.

Tim@DesignMaze said...

love the mosaic tile carpet idea!  Have always been a big fan on that and would love to do that in my own home. .. . one day when I have a house to play with!

See you soon Janice!

Carrie said...

Is it sad I immediately know Ms. Limestone's vestibule without looking at the source? Seriously I swoon. I want a house with a vesibule so bad!
I love the black tile. It would likely show dirt (but what doesn't really? I want my entire home to have whatever flooring doesn't show dirt and dog hair!)
I used white (why oh why I will never know!) octogan tile in my bathroom and really wish I would have used a gray. It shows everything. Dirt, my red hair, my dogs black hair, dust... ugh. It's pretty, for like 5 seconds after it is mopped.
I think it's feasible to retile prebaby. 4 day job if you are doing a few evenings and a weekend. It might take longer to stencil. :)