Sunday, September 14, 2014

The Temptations of Fall

We just got home from a trip and the house is chilly, slightly moldy smelling and one of the fire alarms is beeping because the battery is dying. It is just like old times.

We are coming up to one year in the house and we've done so much but have so much left to do. B and I look at the calendar and fret. At the beach we'd wake out of our lazy stupor and one of us would say to the other, "How will we get it all done? When will we find the time?"

The summer was busy and we finished many small projects but with the new chill in the air we are reminded that winter is on the horizon. The forecast is another frigid and wet winter so we'd like to have everything ship shape and ready for the elements by then. A glance at our calendar reveals a yard sale, the state fair, a wedding and various other good times that we don't want to miss. On top of that are school trips, camping and football. The weekends simply aren't long enough.

We've resolved to enact a two part plan:
1. Buckle down.
2. Triage.

We're going to do the things on the need to do list and then simplify some extravagant projects we were hoping to do before the winter. I'll keep you posted.

My camera/phone died so it's been tougher for me to take pictures but we've finished some little things that I will try to post about soon!

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Weekly menu

I keep forgetting to take pictures. Here is the first in what is supposed to be a series.

Thursday, August 28, 2014


I have two tickets to one day of the Downtown Raleigh Home Show to give away! (A $20 value!)

The home show is September 5-7 and features decorators, DIY ideas, outdoor living showcases and a TINY HOUSE.


Not to mention visits and workshops by HGTV stars Ty Pennington, Matt Muenster and Chris Tice.

Just leave a comment about what  part of the show you'd be the most excited to visit to enter.

PS: We have tickets too! So if you won you could totally go with us. :)

Photo Credit from: Wishbone Tiny Homes

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Where are all the floor pictures I was promised?

Man, ok, that's a valid question.

Here's the thing though....ever room is so close to looking 100% awesome that I don't want to post a 95% awesome picture.

So like, my office just needs a little bit here and a little bit there and some doors on the closet to be a, "Wow. What a transformation!"

And the bedroom just needs some pictures on the walls so it doesn't look like a monastery.

And the den just needs some furniture scooting.

And the kitchen, well the kitchen is running at about 75% done...not gonna lie about that.

It's hard for me to post a non-perfect picture.

Add to that back to school/work, the shed and siding projects in tandem, gorgeous summer weather, my phone dying with a hundred pictures on it, reading the entire Divergent series in one sitting and a million other tiny things and we're scooting and hanging at a slower rate.

Getting all of the floors in the entire house done at once is exactly like moving into your house all over again. Everything was in shambles and it's finally getting back to normal. We are trying to organize more and find "forever" homes for things. It's about as fun as it sounds.

So...instead of an's another, "before" to remind you of the bad old days.

With a three day weekend this weekend we're hoping to get some stuff done!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Redoing the Yellow Thing

A few months ago we scored this china cabinet from the TROSA store. Buying it was cheaper than building shelves and I really liked all the curly cues and flowery details. However, it's very 70's-y. "What are we going to do about the yellow thing?" was a pretty common phrase when we talked about the kitchen. 

My mom pointed out that it might be nicotine stained and not yellow at all! I tackled it with some Murphy's Oil Soap to see. I figured it would either look so good I wouldn't need to paint OR it would be gross and need to be washed before I painted anyway.

The left door is clean. The right door is original.

Turns out the "yellow thing" is more of a "cream thing."


Look how happy that drawer is to get scrubbed up!

Now that it was nice and clean I decided that it would look better with a coat of paint. There was no way I was going to sand this thing with all of the nooks and crannies so I decided to prime and paint.

I used some primer we had laying around. When you prime don't forget that it's not going to look nice. You just need a layer of primer for the paint to stick to. It'll still be sheer in some parts and thicker in others. You don't have to hit every teeny spot.

Since I still had some Benjamin Moore Advance in high gloss white from doing the cabinets (the best stuff ever) I used that to paint the thing. I had to use a teeny tiny paint brush to get into all the curlicues and flowery bits. It took fooorrrreeeevvveeeer. But it was worth it because now it looks like this!

Obviously I still need to replace the drawer pulls.

Before and After:

Friday, August 1, 2014

B's office

Yes, the manliest man in the house has a purple office. And yes, this room is generally used as a shed so you can't even tell it's still purple....but the times...they are a changin'. 

Tuesday, July 29, 2014


#ooh #aah

When we toured the house.

After tearing up carpet and removing staples and tack strips. 

After painting the hall.

After getting the new floor! Scott refinished and stained the stairs and they look incredible!