Thursday, July 16, 2009

Happy July 16th!

Well, it's already Thursday again, and I'm so excited to blog about what's transpired around these parts this past week!

Kevin's out shooting some custom-ordered photography for a client of ours right now, so I don't have access to the disc which contains all the photos we've taken of the headboard bench- or the newly-finished beadboard panelling. But when he gets back, I'll be sure to post them here, for all to see.


The bench is divine!
He really outdid himself this time.
It all started this past Sunday, with a simple, extremely rough sketch I scribbled on the back of an old envelope I found in one of the kitchen drawers.

First, I drew a rectangular-shaped box, which I explained to him could be made from some old 2x4's we had out back. Then while I drew, I described how the box could be clad in pieces of leftover beadboard panelling. Finally, some leftover trim would be the just the thing to cover up any imperfections. We always have lots of those- thank goodness for trim and caulk. :-)

While I made my way to Market in Atlanta on Monday morning, he got to work on the wooden box I had enthusiastically rambled on about the night before.
Sweet thing even videotaped a tutorial! I could hardly believe it when I came home and found the camera sitting atop its tripod, aiming directly at the almost-finished bench he'd slaved over all day long.

Kevin made taco salad for us Tuesday night, it was delicious as always. Within minutes of finishing mine, I plopped down on the floor in the Kitchen, and began to paint. The unfinished wood box had been begging me to paint it the entire day, and I just couldn't take it anymore.

After a coat of polyurethane on Wednesday, the bench really came to life. When we finally slid the new furniture into place, Kevin and I leaned against the kitchen counter, on the opposite wall, and admired our handy work.
It always amazes me what we can pull off if we just put our heads together, and let our dreams take the reigns.

40 comments:

Blanca said...

Can't wait to see the results. I'm about to do something similar with a headboard/foot board and would love to see the design.

Josh 'n Katie said...

I love how you both work together to accomplish a common goal! What a fantastic marriage!

Anonymous said...

Any updates on the "scary" bathroom? :)

tale of many cities said...

can't wait to see!

Jacqueline said...

You are obviously soul mates.....in most things you do. Can't wait to see the photos. XXXX

Anne said...

Can't wait to see the finished projects! No doubt they are wonderful. It seems like everything you two touch turns out gorgeous!

And I am just tickled by what a Renaissance Man Mr. LC is. He gives hope to moms of aspiring musicians everywhere who fear their future rock stars will fall into pits of depravity.

Paige said...

Can't wait to see it! I love your creativity.

TRICIA @boutellefamilyzoo said...

Can't wait to see the finished product! My goodness! Carpentry, cooking dinner, and making a tutorial! You lucky girl!
XOXO
*Tricia

Sarah said...

Can't wait to see the pics and video!

The Un-Organized Mom said...

Can't wait to see it all!!

TanyaLea said...

Very excited to see the photos! You know, your blog is more than the Lettered Cottage...it's also about a very 'cool' couple modeling their great marriage partnership...and I LOVE it!!

God bless! <><
~Tanya

Darlene - Our Creative Life said...

Can't wait to see it! Hey Layla I know how much you love seeing kitchen redo's...come check out mine. We just finished it. Just posted photos on my blog of before & after on monday's post.

Take Care
darlene-our creative life

SweetMelissa said...

You just can't leave us hanging like that!! We need pictures! Sounds like you are a great team...wonderful!

Missy

paperjunk-lc said...

Keep it coming! I love your little videos! Can't wait to see the pictures.

Annelies Dease said...

I am SOOOO grateful for you and your sweet husband. My dear daughter and her husband just signed papers for their first home. Are we all EXCITED or what??? They are newlyweds, teachers and on a budget....but are SOOO inspired by all you do.
So thank you sooo much for all you do. It is truly a precious gift of inspiration....better than any magazine or tv show around. XXX Annie

Tiffany said...

You're just about the cutest thing!

Rebecca@Harmony and Home said...

Awwww! What a sweet thing to do! Aren't you lucky!

KK said...

I was envying it as a King Size Headboard. I can only imagine how I'll feel about the bench! Can't wait for the reveal...

Frippery said...

Can't wait to see the finished product. I am posting about your blog, specifically the last post, on my blog tomorrow. Once again thanks for all the inspiration.

Kimm at Reinvented said...

I can't wait to see what two talented people come up with when they work together!! Sadly, I'm the only creative one at our house... ;)

diana said...

your kitchen/ dining room ...looking fabulous. Such an inspiration to all of us!

Denise @ Life on Stepping Stone Lane said...

Can't wait to see it!!

Cindy said...

Oh, I can't wait to see it! The rest of your house is looking so very nice. Cindy S

Alicia said...

Cant believe you were at Market on Monday! I work in one of the market buildings!

Tom and Cheri said...

Can't wait to see the pictures. You have great vision for what something can look like after you fix it up.

Tom and Cheri said...

Can't wait to see the finished project. You have great vision for how something can be used or what it can look like!

Leigh of Bloggeritaville said...

There's nothing like good help! Cant wait to see the pictures!

My name is PJ. said...

You guys are inspirational because you do it together! Now, if you're still creating things together in 25 years, you will be inspirational and exceptional!

Lynn from For Love or Funny said...

You and Mr. LC are terrific partners. And thanks, Layla, for responding to my email question. I'll let you know what I come up with for our fireplace. :)

Ashley said...

Ya'll are so creative! And he cooks, too? Wow! What a catch!!

Vikki said...

Love your blog, Layla! I am trying to decide which room I am going to send you to help me with -- I purchased a virtual design -- and cannot decide!! I may do it today though and cannot wait to see what you come up with.
Vikki in Friendswood, Texas (suburb of Houston)

Mrs.Snip said...

I think your husband sounds amazing! I love that he made you dinner, and took the time to video. He's a keeper.

Now I'm dying to see what you made!

Holly said...

Can't wait for the reveal!

Tammy said...

O.K. Lalya--We're all dying to see this!! Show us the goods--te hee!

Carol said...

"It always amazes me what we can pull off if we just put our heads together, and let our dreams take the reigns."

That is so romantic!!! Can't wait to see it!

Jennifer A said...

You are totally killing me!!!! I am ready for some photos. Getting geared up for a big weekend of "projects!!"

Cristin said...

First time at your blog. It's great! I'll be back.

xo,
cristin
www.simplifiedbee.blogspot.com

Nicole said...

Love the bench! You always have such amazing and inspirational ideas! Thank you!

Wondering if there's any updates/new photos of the Half Note Cottage. How is it coming along?

Philigry said...

blog is beautiful! so glad i found you. i will be back.

Rachel Casey said...

I'm from Springfield, MO! Thought that was interesting! Love your blog, I read it daily! Best of luck on the new adventure!!