Once You Go Black...

4/21/2014

You become absolutely obsessed and want to paint everything in your house black; or at least that's how I'm feeling!
Thanks to all your input, I stuck with it and finished the second coat of black, and I absolutely love it!


It seriously makes the house look much more modern. Also helps that I pressure washed the siding and front porch last week. I looooaaaaathhhee pollen.

Next on the list to replace is that dinky door knob and those tiny lights! Ooh and new rocker cushions!
xx, Shannon

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Help! Front Door Paint Color?!

4/10/2014

Hi all! With the warmer temperatures lately, I've been itching to get outdoors and work on sprucing up our patios, flower beds, and the yard in general (though thats mostly Aaron's realm, I really just dump the wheelbarrow lol).

Our front door's paint job has definitely seen better days. It's faded, chipping, and overall I was just ready for a change.



So I messed around with the Sherwin Williams color visualizer tool (seriously, so cool!) and decided that I wanted to paint the front door black. We're kinda limited with colors since the roof and trim of our white house is a dark green. I thought black would be a nice, modern touch and would help tone down the red in the faux brick on the patio.

This photo is after the first coat, and I'm second guessing myself.



I threw in the new doormat, wreath, and basket/hydrangea to try and better visualize and I'm still not sure... Do I paint the second coat and see if it's just that throwing me off? Or do I switch this up completely?

Here's a few other options I liked. I'm really digging the 3 darker blues (Honorable, Loyal, and Naval).








The Tanager is kind of funny to throw in there since the door was originally red, lol.

So what do you guys think? Paint the second coat of Black (BM Onyx) or switch to one of the blues? Or did you like a different color better?

HALP!!!!!

xx, Shannon

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New Faucet in the Kitchen

3/24/2014

I recently enlisted my Dad and Aaron's help to install an awesome new faucet in the kitchen! National Builder Supply was kind enough to send me their Danze Parma Single Handle Kitchen Faucet. I absolutely love the industrial look and feel that it lends to the space.



Installation of the faucet itself was easy. We did have to lift the super heavy sink up just to remove the old faucet (which was a pain in the booty but totally worth it!). Also, since we went from a faucet with 3 holes down to a faucet with only one hole, I had to plug the other two holes with sink hole covers. There was also a great deal of rust around the holes that was visible even with the plugs in place so I remedied that with some porcelain touch up paint (I bought mine at Ace Hardware but that's the kind I used and I definitely recommend it. It was really easy to use and self-leveling). :) Looks good as new!



We've been using the faucet now for about a month or two (I wanted to make sure I loved it before I blogged about it) and I am so happy with not only the look, but the function! The old faucet was not only ugly, the spout was so low that I could barely put a large pot under it to fill it with water. Now I have more than enough space to fill the sink with dishes fill a pot of water with ease. :)


My only complaint is that now I want to start working on the kitchen, HA! I keep telling myself, I need to finish that freakin' chicken coop first!

But, it doesn't hurt to just look, right?

Here's some kitchens I'm absolutely loving right now!





All really different, but all so beautiful! Can't wait to get started!!
xx, Shannon

 

Thank you to National Builder Supply for providing me with the fun, new faucet. They did not ask me to write a positive review of their product. All opinions expressed are my own.
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Building a chicken coop is hard work

3/09/2014

You guys. I suck.

I've been a little quiet on the blog front. This probably has to do with the fact that I am trying to plan my wedding (which, by the way -- holy crap!! -- is a lot of work). You've got tastings, consultations, bridal shows, a bajillion phone calls and emails to keep up with; basically, it's insane and I don't recommend it. Okay, I'm kidding, it's freakin' crazy but it's also SOOO exciting!!!

I can't believe I get to marry my best friend in 7 months!!!!

I owe you all a wedding update.

BUT!

I am writing this tonight to tell you about something else I have been working on like a crazy person.

If you follow along on Instagram (@fabvintage) you've already seen the cutest/newest members of our family!

BABY CHICKENS!!!!!


I KNOW. ADORABLE. I'LL HAVE 1000 MORE PLEASE.


About two weeks later... Getting bigger! But still SOOOO cute I want to stare at them all day.


And taken today. Uhm, still cute but in a motherly love kind of way. HAHA!


My velociraptors chicks need a home. So instead of buying an overpriced, tiny one off these great internets, I decided to build them a chicken coop mansion. From scratch. With wood and screws and power tools.

I had a vision, looked at photos of coops for literally hours each night for a week, and then drew up some sketches and went to town. I really had no idea how the thing would turn out (let alone if it would collapse the first time I stood inside of it), but guys... this thing is the real deal!

Framing out the walls with 2x4s


I literally was thinking to myself "holy crap I actually built this" as I took this photo


Power tools YEAH!



And taken today! Run is taking shape!


Ahhh I can't wait for the coop to be done! :) It feels awesome building something like this with your own hands!

So that's where I've been. I'm hoping to have the coop done in the next week or so, so I'll be sure to check back in then with some more pictures!

Until then, your best bet is to catch me on Instagram sharing pictures and videos of the chicks and coop updates. :) @fabvintage

Any of you guys have chickens or built something like this before? I'd love to hear about it!

xx, Shannon

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A Fancy Chandy in the Foyer

1/28/2014

After we painted the foyer my absolute favorite paint color -- Gray Owl -- and hung my favorite flower prints on the wall, I knew it was time to add a little bit more schnaziness and overall glam to the space. Basically I wanted to up the WOW factor because 1. I like to be WOWed, 2. I'm trying to embrace my inner fancy person (pinky up as I type) and 3. Since this is the first space you see when walking into our home, it just seems right!

The original chandelier (can I really call it that?!) was okay. It served it's purpose of lighting our entry but why stop there? Why should that light only fulfill it's one purpose in life?! Why shouldn't that light try to go above and beyond?! That light should be glamorous and fabulous in every way possible! I DEMAND THAT LIGHT TO SPARKLE AND SHINE!

Enter a Lamps Plus Open Box email that reminded me to do my weekly check of their inventory to see if there is something I just can't live another day without (and probably do not need!).

And there it was. It was sparkly. It was shiny. It was like 75% off and only $200. 

The next few minutes were a blur, but I faintly remember them happening like this.

I removed my imaginary spectacles, like so:
Then, I looked over at Aaron like this:

Then he looked back at me, like this:

NO?! I could not take no for an answer. Time to bring in the heavy artillery:


Suddenly his demeanor changed, and he looked like this:
And basically that's how I got my new chandelier. :)

Here's a few more glamour shots!


View from the living room.

View from the dining room.

Close up!

And as a reminder, the old chandelier and how the foyer looked when we bought our home:
It doesn't look like Lamps Plus sells this light anymore (probably why it was being sold heavily discounted in Open Box). Here's the closest thing I could find on their site currently. This light looks to be much smaller and with less crystals (ours has 90). Ours also has 7 halogen bulbs and this one only has 5.

So to update the foyer to-do list:

Paint -- Benjamin Moore Gray Owl
Hang flower prints that used to hang over couch in townhome
New light fixture (already ordered something!)
Find a console table
Paint door? No idea on what color.
Rug that better fits space
Finishing touches

We've made some additional progress here so stay tuned! :)

xx, Shannon 

P.s. Aaron loves the light and is quite thankful that I batted my eyelashes at him and begged and pleaded for it to become mine. :)

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Our Engagement Photos

1/27/2014

Okay so back in June my main squeeze popped the question.

YES, THE BIG ONE! YES, IT WAS AMAZING! YES, I WAS SO EXCITED! NO, I HAVEN'T PLANNED ANYTHING.

Oops.

Well, seeing as we plan to tie the ol' knot in October of this year, guess it's about time I start planning this thing!

I had this realization about a month ago when family was visiting for Christmas and everyone kept saying "Next year is going to be a BIG one!!" and then looking at me with big smiles or sending me a little wink. That's when it really hit me that I am supposed to be planning a wedding and getting married next this year!

So we got our engagement photos done! Nothing like getting them done 7 months later, am I right?!

Our friend Sam did the photos for us and I couldn't be happier with the results! If you need a creative photographer in the Tampa area, check her out! Here's a few lots of my favorites. :)












Thats the bench where Aaron proposed. :)


Ahhh I love them all! Seriously, these photos were just the kick in the butt I needed to start planning! I would love if you guys had any great wedding resources that you wanted to share! Wedding blogs, magazines, etc! I've been on Pinterest like crazy pinning ideas, feel free to checkout my wedding board here

We'll be touring some venues and securing the church this week. :) I think to keep me on top of things I'm going to share my wedding plan updates on the blog every once in awhile. GUYS, HELP A SISTER OUT! PLEASE KEEP ME IN CHECK!! I don't want to wake up on October 1st thinking that there was something I was supposed to do HAHAHA!

xx, Shannon

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