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Snapdragon DIY: fortune eggs for Easter

Chris

Here's a fun little DIYer that we worked up for our guests over Easter weekend. We wanted more subtle colors so we sprayed the plastic eggs gold (taping some off for cool patterning). Then we filled them with chocolate and typed up some special wee notes for each. Then we hid them in the guest rooms. Egg hunts shouldn't just be for kids! We are already thinking on how to expand for next year.

Fall at the Inn

Chris








( action shot-- tinfoil, masking tape, sprain paint & patience)

Fall is here and we have embraced this gorgeous time of the year with some chic fall decor. We got some inspiration online and pinned them to our Inn decor board. Then we got some masking tape, tin foil and spray paint and had some QT with our pumpkins. We had some glorious big white ones that look amazing as is but experimented with some of the others. It is time consuming but they sure look cool. We mixed it up with a few metallic ones as well.  After we worked on ours, we saw the cover of Country Living and couldn't help but think that perhaps we had our finger on the pulse of the 2012 pumpkin trend. We love the way they turned out and think they fit right into our Snapdragon style. We suggest listening to the new Mumford & Sons album while you tape your patterns. 

We can't wait to welcome all of our guests this colorful season. 


July 15, 2010

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Remember moving these radiators? Lucky everyone made it out alive!

Room 3 was coming together

Room 2 as the fabric station

and the library was still a bit of a mess!

These progress shots from July 15, 2010 make us so thankful that the Inn is open and the pillow making, lamp procuring, reupholstering, final furniture refinishing, blind installation, curtain hemming, radiator refinishing, and on and on and on is complete. Well the job is never done, but we are so glad to be welcoming guests and receiving such wonderful feedback:
I would advise anyone going to Vermont to stay at the Snapdragon Inn. It is a lovely Inn run by lovely people. It has the best of everything, is immaculate and the breakfast buffet is SO good! We have never stayed at a place we liked more. more on TripAdvisor

Also:

Looks like we have lovely weather for the weekend. Get out and enjoy it! And if you are in the area, check out the One Drum Festival happening down at Path of Life Garden in Windsor,  tomorrow July 16, 2011.

Snapdragon Tip: Organizing paint colors

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We have over 20 different colors/types of paint in the Inn when you add all the common spaces, 9 guestrooms, baths, and various trim paints. (Remember all those posts on painting? Phew!) Some of the colors are used several times but it makes for a lot of cans and buckets when it comes to do touch ups--which is much more frequently than you might think. It is a constant process keeping up a 200 year old home!

Paula had the idea to make the touch up process a bit easier by filling some baby food jars with a bit of each color. We have a master list of colors and have all our cans and buckets labeled but now all we have to do is grab a small jar and a q-tip which we have found work perfectly for the tiny touch up and BAM, done! Gone is the hassle of prying open the paint cans, accidental spills, and cleaning out of brushes.

It's also a good way to keep a sample of the paint you are using in case you need to go color match it. Do you have any clever ways to do touch ups?

Warmer, lighter weather means working later

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Some trim needing a clean, a prime, and final coat

Our sweet outdoor paint station

the final pieces

If you are on the lookout for a great paint bucket, cut the top off a laundry detergent or similar plastic jug. Easy to do and easy to hold.

Some things we've learned about painting (trim):
-Work in an area long enough for the trim pieces so you aren't banging it into the walls etc. Not that we've ever done that :) That's why outside is great.

-After painting, do a final check for drips by running fingers along the edges. This saves you on having to sand hard drips off and then re-prime and re-paint bits.

-Always work with a partner--this goes for any painting project--the time goes by faster, the work gets done faster, and it can actually be relaxing and fun, especially on beautiful spring night in Vermont.

Since it is staying lighter later now, after the kids bed time is becoming the most convenient time to get work done. Yesterday was also unseasonably warm here in Windsor (mid 80s) so we set our trim painting station up outside in the breeze. Painting 20 odd pieces of shoe moulding may not seem like such a big task but several hours later they were gleaming white and ready to be installed in all of the bathrooms today. We've got Southface construction back helping us with some of the final bits and pieces so there will be more progress shots here and there. The library is primed and ready for color so that should also be coming up in the next week.

The Brothers DIY

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We sure are acquiring some mad skeels through this project! From painting to sanding - gardening to seeding - stair fixin' to gutter fixin', we are trying to do it all.

Brig was out in the sun on Saturday fixing the gaping holes and rotting wood we called the front entrance stairs. Didn't know you could do that? Good to know.




Later (into the evening) N8 and Brig were found on the roof above the front entrance installing a new gutter. Didn't know you could do that either. Good to know.


Yes, this is our first time doing many (most) of these projects but we are trying our darnedest to do it ourselves and do it right (as best we can).

I thought this site was particularly funny when it comes to DIY projects, There I fixed it. Scroll
though, there are some doozies, like this, this, or this.