Goals for April!

April is fast approaching, and I have a lot on my to-do list 🙂  Here’s what I would like to tackle in the next few weeks:

  • Tidy up our front yard (landscaping, mulching, planting)
  • Paint the front porch
  • Paint the patio doors
  • Finish ALL painting inside (touch ups add up!)

I always seem to put off those little finishing touches, but they really do make all the difference.  Most of the projects I have for the house are complete, except for the ones where we would need to hire professionals.  Installing new floors and building a screened in deck are a bit out of my comfort zone.

I have some big projects that we are planning on completing ourselves, but I want to get all of the little things out of the way before we start something big.  I would like to have built-ins in my bonus room.  I would like to remove the carpet from my stairs to reveal the wood underneath (painting the stair risers and staining the steps included).  I would like to  paint my banister and replace my stair spindles.  These are all costly and time consuming projects, so right now I’m happy to do the remaining smaller projects until we make our way to the big stuff 🙂

I’m estimating that we can have all of the small things done by May.  We still need to replace the damaged window screens (there are several).  I want to paint the mailbox and stain our mailbox post.  I’d like to replace the doorbell button (it seems silly, but I really don’t like ours).  Our garage could use a fresh coat of paint too.  The people who owned our house before decided to paint a weird blue and white design all over the walls, so it would be so much nicer to see just one color.

Anyway, we are getting there.  We have lived in our house for almost 2 years now (our house-iversary is in July!) and it doesn’t even look like the same house we moved into.  That, my friends, is a success ❤

Until next time….cheers 😉

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Our New(ish) Coffee Table 

Anyone that knows me is aware that I love to bargain hunt.  My favorite place to shop for furniture is on Craigslist.  I have been looking for a square coffee table for quite some time and when I came across this one for $60, I couldn’t pass it up.

The only problem I had with it was the finish.  Most of our furniture is dark wood, and our couch is dark brown leather, so the orange-y color wasn’t really doing it for me.  My MIL turned me on to her technique – putting wax directly over wood.  I wasn’t sure how it would turn out, but I have to say I love the results.  Here is the table after I brushed on a coat of the wax on the edges and sides of the table.

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Here is the wax I used – I found it at Joann’s

And here it is finished 🙂  I LOVE how it turned out.  It looks perfectly imperfect with a little touch of rustic farmhouse ❤  I finished the entire table in two days and didn’t have to sand anything.  I would say that is a win!

Until next time….cheers 😉

Fireplace Makeover

I am so excited to show off our fireplace makeover!  When we moved in, our fireplace was surrounded by marble, which was pretty.  Just not really us.

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Enter Airstone.  This is a material we found at Lowe’s that you can cut without fancy power tools and finish in a weekend.  We had great results with it 🙂  Here is a shot during the whole process.  As you can see, we rigged up some scrap wood from the garage to hold things in place while the first few stones dried.  

And here it is finished!  I love it ❤ We are so happy with the way it turned out.  On to the next project now!

Until next time….cheers 😉

Goals for March!

Okay, so it is 7 days into March so I am a little late posting this.

Last month we were able to complete our closet project 🙂 I have been shopping around for wall art and a comforter for the guest room, but I have not found anything I like in my price range. We also are not 100% finished with the third bedroom I started working on in February.

Due to that reason, my goals for March are pretty simple:

– Finish 3rd bedroom

– Lose 5 more pounds

– Fireplace project

The only things left to complete the third bedroom are pretty small: touch up paint, put up wall art, buy a lamp or two, etc.

The fireplace project has been on my mind for a while and we are finally getting that done! Right now we have a cream colored marble stone all around the fireplace, which doesn’t really fit our decor. We are replacing the marble with airstone, which is a lightweight stone material that is proving fairly easy to use:) I hope to be finished with that this weekend!

February turned out to be a busy month for us; we traveled to Chicago for my husband’s paternal grandfather’s funeral. We also celebrated his maternal grandmother’s 80th birthday. Between spending time with family and driving through multiple states, we didn’t have a lot of free time 🙂 Hopefully March will be less hectic so we can get our projects finished! 

Until next time….

Cheers,

DIY Closet Makeover!

I am proud to say we have finished our master bedroom closet!  My favorite addition so far has been my new vanity.  I now have a place for all of my makeup & hair products ❤ It has made getting ready so much easier and efficient!

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In addition to my new closet vanity, we also added some new closet organizers. We used to have the generic white wire closet shelves, but these cube style organizers allow us to sort all of our clothing and accessories in a much better way.

Here is a run down of everything we did:

– paint walls
– paint trim
– remove wire shelves
– install new closet organizers
– assemble vanity
– replace hangers
– buy fabric bins
– label fabric bins
– buy new mirror
– buy makeup organizers
– declutter items in closet

We were going to add an outlet inside of the closet so I can easily plug in my hair dryer, but the electrician quoted us over $300! I decided to just use an extension cord instead 🙂

Until next time….

Cheers,