August Acronym

Hello and happy Labor day to those of you in the U.S.  Hope you’re having a great long weekend!

Almost done: This is the story of our lives, nearly finished projects.  In August, we made a lot of progress in the main bathroom.  We’ve added a Sky Tube for natural lighttrimmed out theroom, and got everything painted.  Just have to build false drawer fronts and we can call the bathroom a wrap.

Uprooted:  A few walls and a floor.  One load bearing wall in the garage which we replaced with a beam, and the wet bar in the pool house is seeing a little demo, too.

Getting into sewing: I busted out my sewing machine to make drop cloth curtain panels for the living room and dyed them for a moody look.  Then I turned plain striped fabric into an X patterned pillow.

Unveiled:  The finished roof, shiny new garage doors, and how I make mood boards in Photoshop.

Small projects:  Adding the tops to our entertainment center base, fixed our broken couch, and V started tearing off the kitchen wallpaper.

Tried new things:  Norwex cleaning cloths (love those!) and a new Mohawk Home rug (also love!).

And now we’re in September.  Where does the time go?

What did you cross off your list in August?  What are your plans for September?   Are you excited for hot cider and apple crisp?  I know I am!

Worse for Wear: Painted Rug

Wow, it’s been a while since our last Worse for Wear post.  Let’s visit the chevron rug I painted for the boys’ bedroom.  Just after I painted it in the summer of 2010, it looked like this.

Way back then, I admitted I liked the look of the rug, but not the feel of the crunchy paint.  Because of the crunchiness, I thought we’d have peeling paint and more flakes than a dandruff shampoo commercial.  Surprisingly, the painted rug has held up wonderfully.  Sure there are a few small spots, but still nothing terrible.  Like this little dot.

And this slightly larger patch where a little boy had an accident.  Ben scrubbed the rug (hence the slightly worn paint), then poured baking soda to help with the smell (thus the white circle).

If you recall, I got the rug for $13 because there was an extremely run down section.  I’m happy to report the paint is actually helping this part.

So, it’s staying in the bedroom until it’s trashed or we find a better rug.

If you’re thinking about a similar project, I can say this holds up better than anticipated.  I think the key is using a darker rug and oil-based paint.

What’s your worst rug experience?  A spill?  Wear from use?

P.S.  Ben moved into this house eight years ago today.  Two and a half years after that, we got married and I started taking over the house.  Haha.