Before & After

Courtyard Resurfaced!

Monday, April 23rd, 2012

So I’ve been dreaming of resurfacing our courtyard space for years and years and years.  Long story short, after our home’s expansion and remodel six years ago we were left with hodge podge pieces of old and new concrete surfaces that never matched up.  Over the years, I covered it up and diverted attention with outdoor rugs and furniture and pots in places, but oh heavens it was not an attractive scene. 

We went back and forth on how to remedy the whole problem.  Rip out the concrete and repour new?  Cover it with travertine or slate?  All the solutions we could think of over the years ended up too costly and too big of a headache, so it sat and sat for season after season. 

After the back breaking job of adding stone to a smaller circular patio last year, we knew the large courtyard was a job we wanted to hand over to professionals. A few months ago, Matt found the perfect solution: a company that offered concrete restoration that would completely resurface our existing courtyard and unite it all together without any removal at all, and that was exactly what we were looking for. 

Here’s our rear courtyard before the work began, it measures roughly 20’ x 20’. 

courtyard before

 

Here’s how it looks now after the resurfacing.  Much improved!

resurfaced courtyard after

 

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That Last Corner of the Living Room

Thursday, April 19th, 2012

I’ve never confessed it out loud here, but I’ve always wanted a mirrored piece of furniture somewhere in my house. It must be because having just one piece of mirrored furniture adds a little glam to a space.  I also had this dilemma in my living room where the former barely gray dresser sat for many many months.  (You can see it in the Christmas tree post from last year.)  The dresser, while nice, was not the proper fit for the space, it was too thick and since it sat behind the door I could never open the door wide enough to allow for proper flow of traffic. 

As I was looking for something more narrow that would fit that little corner much better, I spied this Cosmopolitan Apothecary Chest on Joss & Main a month ago and thought, “That’s it!  The perfect fit for that last corner of our living room! And mirrored too!”  So I took the plunge and ordered it.  The mirrored chest was finally delivered and I sat there staring at it for several days.  Then I decided while I liked the shape, I wasn’t crazy about the all black color.  So naturally, being me, I changed it.

apothecary before

 

This time I used the ‘French Linen’ chalk paint with its mid tone gray color that goes with everything.  Last Saturday morning over coffee decided to change things up and gave the piece two coats of the French Linen.   

chalk paint and coffee

 

I almost painted it all, but then decided to step it back and not paint the drawers for a two tone look.  There’s a black piano in this space, and the black trim on the drawers plays well with it. 

Here’s the mirrored chest, redone in French Linen chalk paint.

cg mirrored apothecary chest

 

The best news is the door now opens all the way now that the new mirrored apothecary chest is more proportional to the space.  Score one for me!

open living room door

 

The mercury glass bottles are from Pottery Barn (I know, coulda done a DIY, but fell prey to their beauty).  Inlay boxes from Marshalls.  That’s the Kitchler mirror in antique silver.  I moved the DIY paint stick sunburst upstairs – I still love it, but wanted something slightly more elegant in the living room.  The flowers are budding viburnum from my yard.

mirrored chest and mirror cg

They’re both a nice upgrade to this last corner of our living room I’ve been meaning to complete for oh, I dunno, a year?  I think I might be close to deeming the living room “done”.  “Might” being the operative word! 

For anyone who’s interested in the dresser that used to sit there, it’s for sale in my friend Jessica’s space at Summer Cottage Antiques on Kentucky Street in Petaluma! 

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