Thursday, May 31, 2012

Hair-dos and Hardware and Chairs, Oh My!

Things have been happening around here in the Caranci household! Seems we are on a roll with getting stuff done. Here is a recap of the last week:

First topic is rather vain on my part, I admit. Here is the back story: my friend Deanna showed up at a baby shower last week with the cutest hairstyle - her hair was curled and in a side ponytail, with the top pinned back. I thought it looked so pretty! Now, any of you that know me know that I cannot do a thing with my hair - not one single thing. It is either down and a hot mess or in a ponytail and a hot mess. But her look inspired me to try it. Jason and I were going to a movie last Friday night with some of our closest friends and I took the opportunity to try it out. Wasn't too hard, but it took some pinning. Here is the front:



I thought it looked pretty good, at least what I could see. I asked Jason what he thought and he couldn't seem to understand why it wasn't centered, haha. I told him that was the way it was supposed to be and he said if it was supposed to be off-center then it looks good, but I still don't think he got it. :) As it was, I fidgeted with it the entire night, trying to get it to stay to the side and worrying that the pins would come out. But all in all, it was a nice experiment to get out of the box of my normal boring 'do. We had a great time at the movies though, and I highly recommend The Avengers!

Enough about me, on to more exciting things! Next up is a project concerning light fixtures in the hallways (one upstairs and one down). I really dislike these lights - not just the gold, but the shape:

Since we can't afford to buy new fixtures at this point, I knew I could at least get rid of the goldtastic parts. Out came my favorite spray paint and voila! Not great, but better: 

Next, I had bought some hardware for the drawers in our bathroom and just now got around to putting them in. Makes a HUGE difference on the practical side of things! I hated having to try to get the drawers open with no handle - this makes it much better. 

A shot of the whole bathroom (notice the curtain is actually hanging in the correct place now and no more gold door knobs! Still need to iron that shower curtain though...):

We also had hardware for the kitchen cabinets that Jason and his dad started putting in on Monday and I finished up yesterday:

It is amazing what a few little handles can do! I think it helps the kitchen not to look so builder-basic. 

Next up, we ordered a chair from Dynasty Furniture in Winston Salem (yay for groupons! This one was a $150 gift certificate for $49 and I snagged it last fall). The music room needed some extra seating in a bad way so we decided to get a side chair for the little wall between the piano and stairs. Of course Eden had to help Jason put it together:

She approves!

Now we have one more place for someone to sit comfy and visit. :) 

Keeping on the theme of chairs, a while back I posted pics of the new desk in the music room but was so embarrassed by the chair we were using for it I didn't even have it in the pictures. It was one we got from our alma mater when they upgraded to new furniture. I forgot to snag a before shot, but the legs and arms were basic brown wood and the upholstery is a gray/pink shell-like pattern. We do not like it, haha. But it was free and an extra seat so we took it. Jason mentioned the other day in passing that we should just spray paint the arms and legs and re-upholster it. Although I am not sure I can do the re-upholstery part, I know I can spray paint! :) This is how it came out:

Still not great, but at least the legs match the room now and the upholstery kinda blends. I am considering just getting a throw to put over it and cover the pinky material. Any thoughts, suggestions?

After I removed all of the grocery bags I used to protect the fabric while painting, I did notice a little spot I missed on the arm near the back of the seat. Darn, guess I will have to break out my spray can again. 

So that's it for our little round up! Been busy, but we are marking things off of our list. This week I am tackling some other things too: re-painting the banister, starting on the trim around the house, re-arranging Eden's room, etc. Everything is still a long way from done!

Just as a bonus, here is a shot of the kids "practicing" - I love Eden's expression here, like she is thinking "he is not doing that right"...she is a just a tad bossy. :) 

Lastly, my favorite shot of the week, no explanation needed. <3


  1. I love your hair!!! It looks beautiful!

    And I cannot believe how amazing the difference is after some spray paint on that hardware. WOW!

    And that new chair is fabulous!

    Lots of good stuff!

  2. Love the hair!! I'll come fix your hair anytime. I love playing with people's hair.
    And your hallway lights--well, I've heard them called boob lights. That's probably why you don't like them. :-)
    And I think you could totally reupholster the chair. But I've had one waiting on me to reupholster it for a year, so I won't think less of you if you don't. haha!!

  3. Oh, and could you just use a black sharpie on the part you missed on the chair rather than re-taping everything?

  4. YOur hair looked amazing!! I absolutely LOVE all the changes you are making around your house. Looks beautiful!! I still need to hire you to help me turn our house from plain drap to fab!! LOL You rock!!

    1. Aw, you are too sweet! I really do enjoy it. It is fun to make things over! :)