Closet Makeover Update

As you may remember from my last post, one of my goals for February is to finish all three of the bedrooms in our home.  It sounds daunting, but we are 90% finished with two of them already, so we really only have one full room to do.

To start the month off right, this weekend my husband and I started the work on our master bedroom closet 🙂  We ripped out everything and added some new organizers from Home Depot and a DIY makeup vanity ❤  We are still working on the finishing touches, but I can’t wait to show it off.  We got a lot finished, but we still need to add some shelves for our shoes, buy a cute mirror for the vanity, and switch out our plastic hangers for velvet hangers (since they save so much space.)  I ordered some fabric bins from Amazon, so once those come in I can finish up organizing my folded items and accessories.  We also went through all of our clothes while we had everything out of the closet.  Between us both, we filled up 2 garbage bags full of clothing and accessories to donate to our local goodwill store.

I know it sounds crazy, but I LOVE decluttering.  There is something about purging unwanted items that just makes me happy.  Its like a fresh start.  My husband does NOT love decluttering, but he still makes an effort for me.  He’s great that way ❤

This week after work I am going to try to start painting the trim and doors in the 3rd bedroom.  Its hard to get motivated to work on the house after working all day, but I am going to try 🙂 I will be so glad once we are completely finished painting.  When we moved in, almost every room was either an ugly honey mustard yellow color, or just a blah beige color.  The third bedroom is the LAST room we need to paint, so I am going to use that as my motivation this week.  I am also looking forward to trashing all of my “paint clothes” once and for all!

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!

Pause

It’s been a little while since I’ve posted anything.  I have been (slowly) working on painting my kitchen and finishing up my guest room.  We had some family issues come up and I had to put my projects on hold for a little while to help out.  Thankfully everything worked out and things are getting back to normal 🙂  I should have the guest room AND kitchen finished in the next few days, so expect a big post soon!

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 🙂

Yay!!!
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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!

Wordy Wednesday

 

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“Be soft.  Do not let the world make you hard.  Do not let pain make you hate.  Do not let the bitterness steal your sweetness.  Take pride that even though the rest of the world may disagree, you still believe it to be a beautiful place.”  – Kurt Vonnegut

I find this quote so relevant right now.  With all of the violence going on around the world, it is important to remember the good.  There is always something to be happy about and to be thankful for, even in the worst circumstances.