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Sometimes its all I can do to get out of bed.  Sometimes I can clean the entire house in one day.  Here’s what I did today:

I woke up at 9 am and had my coffee & yogurt with berries.  I watched the news & texted my husband good morning (he’s away on business this week).  I sat in bed until noon watching tv and browsing the internet.  Then I heated up my lunch in the microwave and unloaded the dishwasher while I waited.  I washed some pans and knives that are hand wash only.  Then I ate my lunch, which consisted of baked sweet potatoes, steamed broccoli, and 3 oz of ground turkey.  I then convinced myself to caulk some nail holes in the baseboards upstairs.  I have been putting this off for weeks.  Actually, months.  I hate caulking; its messy and I am too much of a perfectionist to be happy with less than perfect results.  So I choose to put off these types of tasks until I can muster up the courage to try.  It took me about 15 minutes to get all of the nail holes filled.  After I finished, I couldn’t understand what took me so long to get the job done in the first place.

The answer is: me.  I’m the reason why it took so long.  I couldn’t get started because of my own fears.  I knew the outcome wouldn’t be perfect, so I didn’t even want to try.  I recognize this is silly; no one is perfect.  So why should I expect perfection from myself?  Maybe one day I will learn to care less and accept myself, flaws and all.  Maybe today was a step in the right direction.  

After finishing up my little project for the day, it was time to go to work.  I couldn’t bring myself to caulk the gaps in the baseboards today, so maybe I will get to those later this week 🙂

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 😉

Monthly Goals: An Update!

I am so happy and excited to announce we are 99% finished with the closet update 🙂  My husband put in some shelves today, and I have been busy organizing all of our new fabric bins.  I also ordered some awesome labels at Target so we will know where everything is; I am just waiting on them to arrive!  I am organizing everything into categories, so I will have a dedicated home for all of our belts, hats, jeans, etc.

I am most excited that my vanity is almost finished as well!  I now have a place for all of my makeup, perfume, and hair tools.  Once my labels come in from Target, I can add those to my bins 🙂  The last thing we need for the vanity is a big mirror.  I’m not willing to spend an arm and a leg, so I will shop around this week for an affordable one.  I am hoping to reveal everything this weekend, so get ready!

Our third bedroom is also in the midst of a transformation 🙂 I painted the closet doors and bedroom door so far, and the trim is almost done!  I still need to paint the windowsill and the trim around the bedroom door.  Once that is finished I can start on the walls.  Since this is ultimately going to be my husband’s hobby room, I want to convey a masculine feel.  I am planning on painting an accent wall a darker color called Intellectual by Behr.  Then the remaining three walls are going to be painted our favorite grey color, Perfect Taupe by Behr.


So far we have accomplished a lot this month!  I still need to find some wall art for the master bedroom and guest bedroom, pick out a comforter for the guest bedroom, and pick out some throw pillows for the master bedroom.  I was able to declutter the guest bedroom closet this weekend, so that is one more thing off the list!  If we can keep up this momentum, I think we will definitely meet our goals for February.

Until next time, cheers 😉

Goals for February

Tomorrow is already February 1st!  I can’t wait for spring; I need some sunshine in my life ❤  I have several goals in mind for February that I would like to accomplish and share with you:

*Lose 5 more pounds
*Finish all bedrooms
*Make time for Friday date nights
*Work on developing a cleaning routine that I can stick to

As far as finishing up the bedrooms, I really only have one left.  We live in a three bedroom house, and you may remember I posted our master bedroom and guest bedroom reveal a while back.

For our master bedroom, we still need to finish up the closet (add new organizers and a makeup vanity 🙂 ) Then there are just a few small details, like adding some wall art or pictures.  I would also like to get some cute throw pillows for our bed.

The guest bedroom could use a new comforter (I accidentally spilled paint on our current one) and some wall art or pictures would really spruce up the space.  I also thought maybe adding a DIY blanket ladder would be cute to display some of our extra blankets for potential guests that may stay the night with us.  I also need to clean out the closet and come up with a good system for my craft supplies and gift wrap.

The REAL task will be our third bedroom, which still needs quite a bit of work.  Once finished, it will be my husband’s hobby room.  It’s a blank slate right now, but we have at least replaced the light fixture, blinds, doorknobs, hinges, outlets, switches and added a new doorstopper.  We will still need to paint the walls, trim and doors.  Once that is all done, we can put up some of my husband’s pictures and maybe some shelves to display his models.  We will also need to clean out that closet and organize all of his craft supplies as well.  We are just a crafty bunch at my house 🙂  We will probably also put together a DIY folding craft table similar to this one:

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DIY craft table

I know my husband will be excited to finally have a hobby room, and I am excited to be one step closer to being finished with painting!

As far as establishing a cleaning routine:  its great in theory.  I can come up with routines all day long.  My problem is sticking to them.  I don’t know how other people always keep a perfectly clean home.  I will do really well for a day or two, but then I’ll have a really stressful day at work or an appointment that throws off my usual schedule, and then my cleaning routine is out the window.  Perhaps I need to adjust my routine each week to make room for unexpected times where I may not be able to clean that day, or just give myself a day off.  I will have to experiment to find out what works best for me.

Until next time…..cheers 😉

Presenting our Biggest Project Yet….the Kitchen!

We have been working hard to finish the heart of our home: the kitchen 🙂 When we bought our home almost two years ago, we had dated cherry cabinets with gold hardware, a breakfast bar we never used, and appliances that were almost 20 years old.  When our refrigerator went out over Thanksgiving (that was NOT fun) we decided to go ahead and just replace all of the appliances in the kitchen since Lowe’s was having their annual Black Friday sale.  The new appliances really motivated us to get everything else finished, and I am so pleased with the outcome!

Here is a run down of the changes we made:
Paint walls
Paint trim
Paint pantry door
Paint cabinets
Extend cabinets to ceiling
Replace hinges
Replace door knob
Replace cabinet hardware
New light fixtures
New outlets
New switches
New blinds
New appliances
Replace garbage disposal
New countertops
Remove breakfast bar

New faucet
New sink
Add tile backsplash

Add under cabinet lighting

Here are the before pictures of our kitchen when we first moved in:

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And here is our kitchen now:



Seeing the before pictures really gives me a sense of satisfaction.  It doesn’t even look like the same kitchen to me.  Everything was painted with Behr paint, which is our favorite paint.  We used a shade called Perfect Taupe for the walls, and the cabinets were painted with a shade called Burnished Clay.  The only thing we haven’t changed are the floors, which will come later 🙂  I can’t wait to have family dinners here and really enjoy our new space.

Be Our Guest (Part 2)

So, you might remember my guest room…

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The words boring, beige, and empty come to mind.

Well I am proud to announce that we are finally done with the guest room! Looking at it now, it doesn’t seem like we changed that much, but here is a run down of what we did:

Painted walls – I used Behr Mineral – LOVE!
Painted trim
Painted doors
Installed new ceiling fan
Installed new outlets – since all of the old electrical outlets were COVERED in paint – yuck!
Installed new switches
Installed faux wood blinds
Installed new smoke detector
Replaced all door knobs
Replaced all door hinges
Added a door stopper
Removed weird hook from ceiling

I already had the curtains, bedding, and wall decor, so that saved a little money 🙂  I found the cute little lamp at HomeGoods, one of my favorite stores for home decor.  You may remember the nightstand from Be Our Guest (Part 1).  Seeing everything finished is a good feeling, and I love how it all turned out!  The only thing left to do now is replace the carpet, but thats not happening for a while.  In the meantime, I think the guest room will be just fine for any of our houseguests!

DIY Barn Door (Part 2)

As you may remember, my husband and I built a barn door recently.  Well, I have an update…it’s up!!  That’s right, my barn door is officially functional 🙂

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I am obsessed.  Originally, our closet door was a regular interior door that swung IN to the closet, which was a huge nuisance because we lost so much closet space.  Now that the door slides, there is so much room!  (I’d post a picture but my closet is currently a disaster area.)  Plus, it’s pretty 🙂  Added bonus:  this was a project we completed together, and had a fun time building <3.

All that’s left is adding a handle.  I ordered a bronze one from Home Depot a few days ago.  As soon as it comes in, I can screw that baby in and our DIY barn door project will be complete!

DIY Barn Door

I’ve been lusting after sliding barn doors for a while now.  Unfortunately, they are really expensive!  Like, $500 expensive.  When I saw a DIY tutorial online over at Jenna Sue Design, I knew I had to build my own 🙂

This past weekend, my husband and I borrowed my dad’s miter saw and got to work!  We had Home Depot cut all of our boards to size, except for the cross-piece that we would have to measure and cut ourselves.  I was surprised how quickly everything came together.

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Boards assembled!
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Waiting for stain to dry

I LOVE how it turned out!  We applied one coat of Minwax stain in Jacobean and let it dry overnight.  I can’t wait to install it in our bedroom!  It will add the perfect rustic touch 🙂 You can read about the install here.  As always, I want to give a big thank you to my husband for his help and patience with my never-ending to do lists ❤