Hello there!! You settling into 2014 smoothly? We’ve hit the ground running with everything the new year has brought our way and am already looking forward to more company coming soon. My dad and his girlfriend are coming back for a “project” trip. How cool is that? Remember when they combined a bit of projects with their first Key West vacation a few months back and when they heard I had to reel back a bit on house projects to move full speed ahead with book projects my dad was all “why don’t we come down just to work on projects?”. And I said “I’ll start making your list right now”. So that’s pretty cool. And prioritizing some of the next-step things that we want to accomplish got me thinking about this house project as a whole. I mentioned when I told you about our little closet updates that our house guests are pretty surprised at our high ceilings and tall closet doors, well they are also enlightened by the in-real-life walk through of the house because man it’s hard to put some of our awkward little spaces into perspective on this here blog. So I made you guys a floor plan! Pretty cool, right?!?! I may be having way too much fun with this little program. It’s from HGTV and it’s available on Amazon for anyone interested (aff link to the program here). They have no idea I’m using it, and I’m not getting paid for this post. A friend of mine had the program and helped me come up with some space planning for a really awkward closet/hall/bath area we currently have, more on that in a bit, and I thought it would be helpful to have as we delve into some of the more complex updates we’re … continue reading
So, you all know that Joel and I have the perfect relationship, right?!?! We never fight and always speak in loving tones. And we live in a land full of unicorns and rainbows.* *Consider everything I’ve said so far to be a lie. Turns out this whole process of making and hanging our first ever DIY wood closet doors gave me some good insight into that husband of mine and some useless information about myself.
Oh yeah! We’ve actually “finished” a wall around here. :) And it’s a feature wall with board & batten even. And the feeling is … well, awesome!
I want to start with a note to express my deepest concern for everyone affected by the events yesterday at the Boston Marathon. Many of you know I am originally a New Englander and part of my heart will always reside there. I had a dear friend run in the marathon who, thankfully, finished before the explosions happened. And I’m incredibly grateful that two of my cousins who were at the event are safe and sound … and proud to say one was able to stay and provide help to the injured. That sports medicine degree is already coming in handy, Taylor. Seriously, my first post title thought was ‘my yard is manscaped’. As in, my yard was put in order by my man … but we all know that’s not really what that collection of words says, now don’t we. :) But, to refocus here, I really need to brag on my man for just a minute. Usually I’m more about mocking him, that’s no secret. But for anyone who knows us in real life there are a few things that are for sure.
Now, that title doesn’t really leave much to the imagination. I was trying to come up with something fun and came up with squat. :/ Because seriously, when I think of mold it’s hard to be all fun and jokey and hahaha. That stuff sucks! There’s really no two ways about it.
We’re going to be gearing up to make some major changes in the kitchen of our new house, what they will be I can’t even get my mind around yet, but I’m back in Maryland now trying to wrap up some things with our rental houses. Seems like a good time to me to take a look back at our first do it yourself kitchen we tackled in the house we call “The Tank”.
That’s right! I found the lazy easy way to do something new. Shocking, I know. Tuesday we talked all about front door paint color choices and empty pots, dead trees and lights without light bulbs. And today we’re talking about painting door knobs … without even removing them. That’s right!
Back in December, when I was on my little DIY trip to get some work done on rental properties we have in MD, it was freezing! Well, it actually wasn’t freezing outside but it was down right frigid in the house. (You can see more of my lovely cold weather DIY outfit here.) That’s where I’ll start to explain that I really did think I had taken some better pictures. I guess the foggy mess I saw on the camera wasn’t just my breath … but a not-totally-focused or properly exposed picture as well. Sorry about that! But that doesn’t put a damper on my excitement of the transformation I was able to make in this worn little kitchen in about a week. We started with the counter transformation, then we updated the cabinets … and left most of the cabinet doors off, and then updated the hardware on the cabinets we kept AND then we backed the newly open cabinets to give it a wood slat look on a $32 budget. Let’s remember what the cabinets looked like before …
Thou cabinetree most fair and lovely. But, let me tell you, the cabinetry was not always that way. Yowza! Thanks to one of our tenants we found ourselves with light pink cabinets in the kitchen at one of our rental properties. No really, thank you previous tenants.
Note: The girls and I have arrived safely in Key West and I’ve already started the house hunt! If you want to see some of my first impressions and pics out and about check us out on Facebook, Twitter and our brand spankin’ new Instagram account. As Annie would say … “I think I’m gonna like it here”. :) So, they say the rooms that make the biggest impression on a person are kitchens and bathrooms. Do you agree? I think I do. I mean, there are so many ways to make a statement in a kitchen or a bath. Appliances, a fancy motion activated toilet, a rain shower. You know, the big ticket items. But what do you do when you’re trying to get the most bang for your buck and aren’t really in the market for over the top amenities? Heck, what if you’re starting with this?
Happy Wednesday to you. I’m not sure if you’re following along on our Facebook page, but I’ve been posting some random pics of the projects I’m tackling at one of our rental properties. They are pretty scary beautiful! If you want the sneak peeks, follow the fun here. Now, do you remember that 16 foot long board I drug home from the beach back in February and then finally made into a desktop in September? #efficiencyismymiddlename And did you happen to notice the shoes and is that a hanger on a pair of sneakers and even an orange shirt strewn about behind the window? Totally great, right?!? Or not. :/ So when Wallpaper for Windows contacted me to see if I wanted to try out some of their product I said “why yes, yes I do”. And then when they asked if I wanted to give away a $75 gift certificate to use on their website I said “Fruitcake Yes!”. Unfortunately, I think only Robin is going to get that … but it’s a pretty emphatic YES! And, can I just say, this product was so easy to install, and made such an immediate impact I was inspired on the spot to make my first video tutorial. Unfortunately, that spot that I was so inspired in was a first thing in the morning spot, a without any make-up spot, and a spot that had never seen the video option on my camera before. But, more on that later. Let’s take a look at that immediate impact I’m talking about. Pretty great, right?
This is it. My first ever, one and only, Halloween craft.
Hey, hey! We are ticking along in the ol’ blog room.
Today we’ve got a quick side table before and after for you before you head over to the real business at hand at Jamie’s, the 4th day of Organizing 101: Back to Basics. This is a transformation of a little side table we’ve had sitting outside for a few years. A side table we bought at the same auction we got our frame and couches at a few years ago.
Happy Monday!! We’re talking an easy peasy, super simple, the power of paint type of It’s a Cinch project today. Thank goodness, because I accidentally crashed my own blog yesterday. And getting it back together is still a work in progress that is testing my sanity not an easy task. #notfunatall If you happen to see anything that looks weird, loads funny or doesn’t work please don’t hesitate to offer to fix it let me know. ;) Today is also the kick off of our Organizing 101 Series. Free Stylin’ Beth is talking menu planning today! Pay her a visit to learn all kinds of great tips!! And check this out.
You know when your husband goes away on a business trip. And you’re just itching to get a project or two done around the house. And you have about a half a dozen projects already in mid-stream. But then you can’t seem to take your eyes off a little eye sore that’s been pulling at the back of your brain for a few months now.