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,

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 😉

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.