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House Update: Craft Room Reveal

Today’s the day! 
After 3 yrs of living in our house, I am FINALLY revealing my craft room with all of you! 
And let’s be honest, if our house wasn’t on the market, I have no idea if I ever would have gotten around to sharing my room with you even though I have wanted too because the room was always crazy, unorganized mess! 
 Would you like to see what I am talking about?
I shared this photo on Instagram last year before I decided I needed to do a massive purge and organize this room. Granted, this was at its worse because a suitcase full of stuff wasn’t always in the room. I took these shortly after returning home from SNAP and I had my suitcase in there waiting for me to empty all the swag.
But anyways…. everything was a mess! Every surface was covered, the floor was covered, it was ridiculous! 
Before I show you the room, let me show you what it looked like when we bought the house. 

The walls were painted a light baby blue with carpet on the floor.
This room was used as a guest room by the previous owners but I definitely had other plans as soon as I saw it.
Now let me show you what the room looks like today and all clean! 
My craft room is nothing fancy and over the top but I have loved having this space and a designated room where I could actually close the door. haha
As you step into the room, this is your view. 
White cabinet to the right, large hutch straight ahead, table to the left along with lots of other storage options and that other door it my large closet.
Stepping in and to the left, is a large white cabinet that is full of stuff!
Next to the cabinet, I have a small table with our printer on it with some art work I painted on the wall above.
 On top of the cabinet I have some fun little projects that I created and this frame for a little encouragement for this room.
Swinging around to the left is my large hutch. You may recognize this piece from past posts on our house or photos on Instagram and it was previously painted beige. When I started my whole craft room purge, I finally got around to repainting it to this super fun bright teal and I LOVE this pop of color in the room.
 This piece is the perfect place for my cutting machines as well at tons of supplies and even some decor items.
I have a large walk in closet in this room. It is under the stairs but it has a large amount of shelves and still tons of space for lot of things. I have a small cabinet in the closet along with way too much stuff. haha Past projects, fabric totes, boxes with old memories, supplies and so much more! 
I even have a side where I have wrapping paper hanging and a tote full of gift wrap supplies. 
See! I told you this closet was huge! 
Right outside the closet, I have my small little painted bird shelf I made years ago and it holds canvases, embroidery hoops, small pallets, and then I have a tv sitting on top of it. 
I use a large, long folding table as my craft table in the room. I always had/have the best intention to make it cute by adding a skirt but I’ve never been able to get around to it. But it works great at a work space for me. I have a carousel on the end full of scissors, pens, markers, glue glue, rulers, and tons more along with a small tool box, paper pads, and baby wipes. 
On the left side of my room as you walk in is this large storage cube system, along with a roller cart and decorations.
I bought this rolling cart at Michael’s and have paint, markers, canvases, and some random supplies on it.
I had a small little space between the door and the storage cubes and this cart fit in perfectly in that little space so it doesn’t end up as a drop zone for clutter.
I’ve had these storage cubes for year and I still love them! They hold scrapbook paper, paint, painting supplies, glitter, glue, and well, you can probably name it and it is somewhere in this area. lol
I created a gallery wall above the storage cubes and just went surfing my craft room and house for items that I already owned to put on it. I love how it turned out with it’s mix of projects I’ve created, photos, and quotes to keep me motivated in my space.
Then, between the storage cubes, and the window wall, I have this small shelf with more supplies. On each side I have some canvases I’ve painted or are waiting to be painted. Not really the most ideal spot for these but they are out of the way so it works. 
Lastly, here is a shot of my curtains. They are one of my favorites things in this room. 
I actually bought two sets of these curtains on Joss and Main but have seen them on other sites as well and since they are actually too short for the windows they are on, and the fact that I love them so much, they are coming with us when we move. haha
And if you noticed the rug in the room I bought that at Wayfair and I love it as well.
 So that’s my craft room reveal in a nut shell! 
Like I said, nothing super crazy and over the top but I love this space and will miss it when we move!

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Kitchen Makeover Reveal

We began our kitchen makeover at the beginning of July. 
It was done in phases, mostly because we had to wait for certain things to get complete before we could move on to the next thing, but as of Friday night, our kitchen is complete. YAY! 
I am thrilled it is complete! 
This is a long, picture heavy post, SORRY, but I wanted to warn you! 
This was our kitchen when we moved into our house.
Literally when we moved in- see that giant mess?! lol
Oak cabinets, dark laminate counters, linoleum floors in a faux brown tiles, and yellow, or well mustard walls. 
It was all… VERY BROWN and totally lopsided!! 
EVERYTHING was on this end of the kitchen and to the left of this photo was nothing at all even though there was room for something. 
This area of the kitchen was the only somewhat bright spot with white bead board on the wall where the table sits. I wish the previous owners carried the bead board onto the left side of the kitchen but nope just plain painted yellow walls.
And here is the kitchen now. 
Still the oak cabinets and linoleum floor, though I would LOVE to change it, but much brighter and still a big difference. The biggest difference comes to the wall that you don’t see. 
But before I show you everything as a whole, let me show you what we did to get to this point.
We began with the walls. 
Here is a better shot of the breakfast nook area before.
It has the real wood version of bead board but it was super beat up and really didn’t look that good in person. 
 Here is a shot of the other side of the room. Totally plain and empty.
So we ripped that all off the wall for a whole new wall treatment plan.
We also painted the upper portion of the walls.
It was then time to install our new wall treatment, board and batten, throughout the whole room.
We began by replacing the base boards back in the nook area and then we placed a piece of 1×2 an inch from the top of the baseboards all the way around the room where we were doing the board and batten. 
This was our tricky way of not having to replace the old baseboards.
Then the fun began of doing all the board and batten itself. 
We began by installing the top board all the way around at the height we wanted, 70 in. high.
Then we installed a second row of boards down 10 in. from the top board.
And we finished it out with the battens down the wall spaced the 17 3/4 in. apart. Why we picked such a random number I haven’t the faintest at this stage but that is what we did. lol
 Once the boards were all attached, it was my turn to take over. I caulked around all the boards and primed them with 2 coats of primer.
Then the whole room got painted with a few coats of ultra white paint to make it nice and bright in the room.
The unified look throughout the room looks so much better and the room isn’t quite so lopsided anymore. 
Once the walls were complete, it was time to move on to the lighting.
These were the old pendant lights above the island. There were 3 of them and they weren’t that great. 
I knew what I wanted to replace them with , it was just a matter of finding them for the price I wanted. 
After searching EVERYWHERE, I finally found this version, of all chrome or nickel or whatever they are and snagged them in a heartbeat. I spent slightly more than I wanted since we had to buy three but still got them for a good deal. 
Have you ever had to look for lights for the same room the coordinate and goes with the idea you have in your head? Holy cow, that is a heck of a feat!! 
Then I found this handsome fella to go with the pretty ladies for over our table.
The old light was a fake stained glass looking light, it was plastic, and gave off terrible light. I found this light  for the best price and ordered immediately! 
 It has a white bottom on the inside so it gives off much better light and we can actually see our food now, which is good! 
Then came cabinet hardware. 
 The previous owners had these round white knobs on the cabinets. 
Their kitchen was decorated VERY country and these knobs went with their decor but NOT mine! 
They stood our from the cabinets immediately when you looked at the kitchen and I hated that. 
I found these great hexagon nickel knobs at Wal-Mart, yep, Wal-Mart and snatched them up. I needed 42 so I needed a lot for a good price and they are so much better!
Once the walls were complete, knobs were changed and the lights were installed, we had to play the waiting game. 
We ordered new counter tops and they weren’t going to be stalled until mid August which meant everything else had to be stalled.
Finally counter install day was here so we took out our old sink and removed the old counters the night before.
So the counter guys arrive, we ordered a white quartz from Home Depot, and as they are bringing them in and they placed the large sink piece in place, the sink hole was cut in the completely wrong place!! AHHHH! So they had to take the entire main part of the counters and recut them. 
This was the only section that was installed that day which meant that we were without a sink or a counter in our kitchen for another week.
Thank goodness for a small bar sink in our island.
Here is a super up close shot of our quartz. I can’t remember the name for the life of me but it was in Group A. We wanted to upgrade the counters but didn’t want to pay the price we paid in our old house, especially knowing that we had more counters in this house. We are both really happy with how this one looks in our kitchen. 
And a week later, the rest of the kitchen counters and our sink was finally installed, the right way this time. 
Next up, giving our island a little makeover to make it different from the rest of the cabinets.
The counter on the island was already actually a nice counter, I think possibly plain white quartz but not sure since the previous owners installed it, so since the top is different then the rest we wanted the island to completely make it different from the rest.
Travis installed bead board to the back side of the island since it was just plain. 
We also replaced the old pointy corbels that we would always smack our knees on it these, much smoother corbels.
Then I gave the entire island 2 coats of gray primer. Thank goodness the Olympics were on during this so I had something to watch and listen to in the background during my multiple coats!
 Next it got painted 3 times with the dark gray main coat of paint. Turned out great! 
And the very last thing we added was we put in a bead board back splash throughout the main kitchen as well as on the island back splash. We bought 2 large pieces of bead board from Home Depot for $30 a piece and we had enough for the back of the island and all of the back splash.
I gave it the a few coats of the same ultra white as the board and batten and it looks fantastic! 
I love how it looks and so happy it is complete! 
I will say that I would change the floors in a heartbeat but we just don’t have the time, money, and we probably wouldn’t get the money back when selling the house, so that did not get done. All well. 
And we had debated on painting all the cabinets but once the back splash was installed we decided it looked good as it so we weren’t going to spend more time on money on that either. 
I’m thrilled with how much brighter the room is now and of course less brown! 
 We kept our old table and chairs and rugs in the space. The table and chairs did get a little messed up on our move here to WI so they may get a makeover as well but we’ll see! 
I may change out the rugs at some point as well but that will be if I find something I really like for a good price.
I still enjoy walking in here and taking in the room.
The island turned out great. 
The bar stools were left by the previous owner and I hope to redo those at some point. We’ll see if I get to that this winter. 
The board and batten helps balance out the room.
 We moved our bar over under my vintage plate wall and it made this side of the room really come together. 
This bar has been on the makeover list since we bought it 6 yrs ago. Perhaps some day I will get to it! lol
The new lights go so well above the newly painted island. 
I love the new counters and the new sink.
The old sink was, well, I have no idea what it was made from, but I hated it! I’m so happy to have a stainless steel sink again.
 We even got ourselves a new stove.
Our previous stove had a black faced door and still the coil elements on top which makes it so hard to clean so we found this at Home Depot and decided to bring it home as well. 
I even sewed new valances for all the windows. 
I found this fabric at my local Wal-Mart and immediately knew I wanted to use it in the kitchen! I love them! 🙂 
We probably won’t be in this house much longer but I am so happy this project is complete and we can enjoy it until it is time to move on once again. 

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Girl’s Bathroom Makeover

I am pretty excited to finally show you the makeover we gave the girl’s bathroom!
We started this a few months ago, and was pretty much done, but there were a few small things that we just kept putting off finishing and I’m thrilled that we finally got them done.
I’ll start with a before picture of this, uh, lovely space.
 To say this space was beige is an understatement.
It was horrible! 
Beige tub/shower, beige walls, beige and mauve floors, horrible old vanity, dry woodwork…. oh this poor room needed so much help! 
Let’s take a closer look at the horribleness shall we?
The previous owners installed these horrible tile floors when they bought the house in the early 90s. The grout was disgustingly dirty and it just grossed me out!! 
They also took off the original wall sink and put this beat up vanity in the room. It may have been in much better shape when they first installed it but it is definitely showing it’s age with the chipped sink top, worn out door, and much more. 
The only thing going for this sink was that it did match the originally wood trim in the room.
I do love that original wall vanity mirror though! Best thing about the place but the poor wood was so dry and thirsty! 
There is also an awesome linen closet in the corner which provides a ton of storage! Another good thing! 
And then this super heavy curtain was left behind by the previous owner. It was so covered in dust and just bad for this little space! 
The room was so dark and again, beige, it so needed to a makeover! 
So let the makeover begin!! 
I began by painting a quick coat on the walls of a bright blue. It is pretty much the same color I painted in the girl’s bathroom in CO and I knew it would be perfect in here too. 
Then Travis began by removing the vanity and toilet so we could rip out those floors. 
This was when we discovered that there was an original wall sink.
 Thankfully, the tile wasn’t put down that well or was so old, it just popped right out which revealed the lovely original teal linoleum.
 
 After doing some research to see if this flooring would have asbestos in it, we figured out it didn’t and that it was just backed by burlap and we could remove it.
Then we threw down some concrete board on the floor for a good new surface for the new tile.
And after Travis completed the tile floor and put the new vanity in, I got to do the painstaking job of painting all that trim white and finish the walls.
This definitely help to fully brighten up the room.
Ready to see the room now?
Here ya go! 
Isn’t it so much brighter?! 
I seriously love how the room turned out! 
 We put down new cream and white long tile floors. They look like marble but are porcelain.
Since we were keeping the cream tub/shower and toilet, we had to find something that had white and cream in it to tie the whole room together. They turned out perfectly! 
I found some fun fabric that I liked and just whipped up a new, much lighter curtain for the window.
The new vanity is actually a cabinet we found at an antique store. It wasn’t in the best of shape and was actually not the proper depth so we had to add a little but of wood to the back to make it work for us.
I gave it a coat of paint with some chalk paint in cream and it works great in the space.
Bought a bigger sink top from Home Depot to fit the new bigger vanity and it was a match made in heaven! 
We just reused the old faucet because that was in great shape and I loved the look of it.
The vanity mirror looks great in white and we kept the old lights that were in the room but gave them a facelift with some metallic spray paint since they were previously painted and not looking so hot anymore.
The vanity definitely works great with the medicine cabinet.
The newly painted linen closet sure brightened up this corner as well. 
And that’s it!
Definitely a MAJOR improvement and I love the finish results!

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Our Playroom

Slowly but surely I am sharing house photos with you guys. 
The playroom has pretty much been done since we moved in but I literally just got the items on the walls so I thought I’d finally show the room to you guys.

This is the way the room looked like before when we moved in.

 Brown walls with stenciled branches and chickadee birds.
On the darker side like much of the rest of the house. The previous owners used this space as their tv room.

And here is the room now.

 Here is the room as you enter the door coming up the back stairs by Miss S’s bedroom.
At the top of the stairs you either go left into her bedroom or go right to enter this room.
This room is actually a pass through to the bathroom and other bedrooms on the second floor.
If need be, it could be a bedroom but we didn’t need it as that so we made it a playroom.
I wanted to brighten up the space so we began by painting the room a super light jade/mint color before our furniture even arrived at the house. 
We placed our loveseat that was in our formal living room in our old house up in this room. I found the rug at Home Goods like many other rugs in the house. Our old coffee table went up into this space as well. The drawers are filled with color books and crayons. The baskets on the shelves have puzzles and all the food and dishes for the kitchen.
As for the table next to the couch, we just used the stacked drink crates with a piece of glass on top that we’ve used in a few other houses.
Since we do have to walk through this room, we had to keep that in mind while figuring out the set up.
I found this console on Amazon and it worked out perfectly. It was skinny enough to be placed on this wall with the tv on top and then it has drawers and shelves along with the totes full of toys. 
I then placed one of the toy baskets in the corner next to it.
 And now I am standing in the other doorway.
There is a closet in the corner and with the entrance straight across from it, we just placed our old trunk in this space with is filled with puzzles and games. On top we just placed the toy bins I created using diaper boxes, which are full of books.
Bean bags sit in the corner in front of the closet waiting for use.
 On the wall above the trunk, I hung the safari painting that used to be in Miss P’s bedroom. Travis brought this painting home from his deployment in Haiti.
 I found this super cute playroom rules canvas at Home Goods and had to get it.
I hung it on the small wall above the table by the couch.

 On the only large wall in the room I hung a few different items creating a gallery wall.
 The small hot air balloon photo and the large blue frame also used to be in Miss P’s old room.
 I hung the string art frame that I created and decorated it with some fun prints and photos, and art from the girls.
Then I framed another print and hung it with it as well. All the prints are from Pen and Paint.
I plan on creating and adding a few other items to this wall just need to figure out what! 🙂
 And this is how the room usually looks. Table is always shoved out of the way and normally the floor is covered in either legos, kitchen toys, dress up clothes, you name it!! 
I still plan on changing up the window treatments. Currently they are
just beige tie up curtains left over by the previous owners. I want a
fun pattern- just need to decide on what!
We enjoy this room. 
Nice to have a room to hide most of the toys!

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Living Room and Foyer Reveal

I hope you aren’t tired of house posts yet because I have one more for you today.
I already shared our dining room with you and then the construction portion of opening up our downstairs area to the stairs last week but I never shared the full reveal of our foyer and living room so today I am doing just that! 
I will back track a little bit first.
This is our living room when we moved into the house. Beige walls, olive green carpet, lace treatments on the windows, and closed up wall.

 And this is the other side of the room.
Even though there were a good amount of windows, it felt kinda dark to me in here. 
We ripped up the old carpets to find this mess of the original hardwood floors.
So with the help from my parents, we sanded those bad boys down in preparation to refinish them.

Plus, we painted the walls the same white as the dining room because as I mentioned before, white was just calling to me in this house for some reason and I wanted to keep the walls light and airy with all the woodwork throughout the house.

When it came time to finally stain the floors, I had to get creative with the floors that were in the closet that would be opened up to the foyer.
Since the floors ran under the wall that was coming down, I couldn’t just stain the whole floor in there because when it came time to meet the stained area, it would be hard to blend so I taped off certain boards so they wouldn’t get stained and that way everything would blend much better once the wall was torn down and all the floors refinished.

And then it came time to stain the floors.
Luckily, we learned some tricks from redoing to dining room floors. We still had a touch up a few spots before applying the second coat but we got them done!

They are a lot darker than I wanted to go but in order to hide some of the large gaps we had to fill in the dining room, we had to go dark.
They do look good though!

Here you can see what the floors in the entry and my taped off area looked like before they were stained.
I had to sand the foyer floors and then they were ready to stain.

I was super nervous if they would blend in well, especially after how light they looked after the first coat but after the second coat was applied, they blended right in seamlessly! What a relief!
We ripped the carpet off the stairs. Still need to paint the risers and clean up the treads. We are still debating if we are going to add stain to them to darken them a touch.

Remember that vent that was in the wall, the metal was cut down so we could place the vents into the floor. There was a tiny bit of floor missing that was at the edge of the old wall so we had to figure out what to do about that. One of the guys working on our house had this idea to trim down the wood on the long sides of the vent and then frame out the vent to fill the gap. Worked out well!

Again, we got a new front door for the house. We reversed the swing of it so it will be much easier to open and greet guests.
Originally when the construction crew replaced the door, they put the old molding back around the door. It was a light color, and a totally different style than the rest of the molding downstairs since that molding was added when the upstairs was added. We decided to take that molding back down and replace it molding that was around the old closet door that was taken down. We stained it darker to match the finish of the door and it looks so much better now that it matches the rest of the downstairs trim.

We also replaced the old light fixture which was practically just a bulb in the ceiling and then added the little shelf by the door. That also has to get painted out still and then we are going to added a few hooks to it so guests can hang their coats.
And the plan is to restain the trim around the window as well to match better to the rest of the downstairs.

We left the little closet that was inside the old closet. Right now it is as it was but I plan on painting it out white as well to break up so much wood in this small little area.

I am really happy with how the whole project turned out!

Now onto the living room!

Standing at the front door, this is the view of the living room.

And here is a glimpse of the living room if you were coming down the stairs.

When you first walk through the arch, our entertainment center is on the small wall to the right. We mounted our tv on the wall and then I placed out gallery wall above it to help break up the giant black hole that is our tv. Normally the tv is turned into the room for better viewing. And then the toy basket is shoved in the corner by the entertainment center.

 This is the angle the tv sits most days.
We sold our old sofa and loveseat before we moved and decided to use the sleeper sofa that was in our loft in our old house as our main sofa. Then Travis just had to get leather chair for himself.
I actually bought another chair to from a cute little store in town that still needs to be redone. That will sit on the other side of the little round table next to his leather chair. I have the fabric for it but it has a TON of tufting and I haven’t decided yet if I am tackling it myself or taking it to upholstery that lives down the street.

I bought gray and white curtain panels online at Target along with the rods and they look great in the space. No more dirty, dusty lace not letting light through!

Here is the view from the couch of the tv corner. The shelf is the faux mantle I had Travis build me to put up for Christmas and well, it is still up even though it wasn’t suppose to be still. lol

Standing next to the Leather chair, there is a view of the whole opposite side of the room plus foyer.
Here is another new rug that again was found at TJ Max/Homegoods. Every rug in this house was bought there or Target! lol We placed our old living room rug in our master bedroom so we needed a new one. When I found this one we both agreed on it and liked the color tones so it came home with us.
I also had to buy a new coffee table. The old yellow one got a little banged up in our move so it got moved up to the playroom and I found this one on Amazon. Looks great!

Just because I really love the way this space is opened up now, you can see this view again.
That cool mirror by the porch door was also a Homegoods find. And the little table under it used to be in our formal living room and was white. I painted it up gray to fit in the space better.
Between the couch and chair is another new little table. Got it at the same shop as the chair that will eventually be in the room. Then hung my “Life’s an adventure” pallet art in the corner.
I am really happy with how the room turned out!
It works well for our little family!
It is definitely a big change!

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Dining Room Reveal

We will be in our house a year in June and I am just now finally sharing our dining room with you guys. 
The room has been done for quite some time now but with construction, holidays, crazy schedules, I just never got around to taking pictures to share it with you.
I know it is just a dining room so it isn’t super exciting but it has changed a lot since we moved in so I definitely thought it was worth sharing. 
First I will remind you what the room looked like before.
 This is what it looked like while the previous owners still lived here. 
And here is the room the day we moved in. This is the view standing in the mudroom looking out. 
And this is what you see looking in from the living room.
Olivey green carpet and beige walls that resembled Travis’s brown military uniform shirt WAY too much for my liking.
We knew as soon as we bought it, the carpet had to go and we wanted to save the hardwood if possible.
My parents came to visit about 3 weeks after we moved in and they helped us paint and begin the large task of redoing the floors.
We ripped up the carpets to find this. UGH! 
This is actually a picture of the living room floor but the dining room looked identical. 
Apparently at some point someone decided to add poly to the floors but only around the outside, and did this twice with different poly finishes. Awesome… 😛
My dad, mom, and I worked our butts off sanding the floors down to the bare wood.
My dad used the large floor sander and my mom and I were on our hands and knees with hand sanders getting any small spots or grooves in the wood that the large sander didn’t get. 
With the help of my parents, the entire living, dining, and my craft room got sanded and the living and dining also got painted. 
Later, Travis and I stained the floors, beginning with the dining room, then gave them a few coats of poly.
These were definitely a pain in the a** to say the least. I will leave the nightmare of our hardwood floor refinishing job for another post because it is WAY too long, but in the end they look great! 
And here is the dining room today…
The room now is bright white with dark floors.
For some reason, white walls were just calling to me for this house. I think with all the stained woodwork, I just really wanted to keep things light and airy compared to all the heavy wood. 
I was nervous at first and I think Travis thought I was crazy but I love it! 
I also knew we had dark furniture that was going into this space so the white definitely helps keep it light.
And as for the light, we kept what the previous owners had. I am not a fan of it, it is not original to the house, in fact, it is plastic, so that will probably get changed out at some point when I find something I like and money permits. It gives out terrible light and I can’t wait to change it out.
We found this buffet cabinet at a local furniture store in town and fell in love with it. We snatched it up and it fit well on this wall. 
Above the buffet, we hung this old frame we’ve had for years now. It is eventually suppose to be in Miss P’s room but in the meantime, it fits well in this space. 
I then hung our silver plates around it. 
I am not sure if this will stay like this or not, I may changed them out for some china plates, but we’ll see.
 Under the table is this new rug I bought at Homegoods.
Our old rug was too little for this space and this one fits the room, and the space under the table, much better.
I like the bold pattern on it but that the colors are muted with a white background and grays.
 If you were standing in the back hallway by the guest room and downstairs bathroom, this would be your view. Three large windows with bench and a glimpse of the living room.
And now here the view from the mudroom.
I had to get rid of the old lace curtains that were too heavy for the space and I replaced them with these panels. I found curtains I liked at Target that were kinda sheer but had a pattern on it. I bought two panels, cut them shorter to fit, and actually cut one panel in half for the two smaller outside windows. Then I just made a little tie with the fabric I cut off to tie them in the center but can easily be removed if we want a tiny bit more privacy. Worked like a charm! 
It is hard to see due to the light, but the pattern on the curtains is very similar to the one in the rug. Which worked out so well. I actually bought these curtains weeks before I found the rug. 
And lastly, in a corner right before the living room, I just stacked the old crates we already owned and decorated them with objects we already had as well. I then hung the painting I created on the wall above it. 
In the corner on the opposite side of the window, behind me in this pictures, I just placed the large bucket of faux flowers that has been with us for… 9 years now. lol
But that is our dining room! 
Stay tuned for the full construction post on our living room and the living room reveal, hopefully this week as well! 🙂

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Master Bathroom Reveal

Today is the day. I am finally sharing our bathroom remodel. 
It has been a long time coming and I am so excited to be sharing one of two construction projects that went on in our house last year. 
  Just a warning, there are a TON of pictures in this post! 🙂 
 I will start back at the very beginning and remind you what this space looked like before this project began.
It was an old former kitchen stuck in 1940.
 And the other side was a make shift closet from the previous owners with the old broom closet from the kitchen space. 
It wasn’t a very bright space and it was very… brown! 
I took the design in the complete opposite direction, bright white with a pop of color and I LOVE IT!! 
So without further ado… our kitchen turned master bathroom. (And trying to take pictures of this space made me realize how I desperately need a wide angled camera lens!)
This is the view of the bathroom from the bathroom door. 
I’ll work my way around the room sharing some details as I go. 
As you walk into the room, the first thing you see is our large walk in shower with glass and floor to ceiling tile. I shared a close up of the tile in yesterday master bathroom post.
 We had a problem with the glass. The metal finish was suppose to be chrome like the rest of the fixtures in the bathroom but it was ordered in brushed nickel. Again, we weren’t thrilled but since it would take over a month for a new one to arrive, we just had them install it and luckily we got money back from the place we ordered it. 
The shower door faces the main bathroom door and it can swing both ways for easy entry and exit. 
We went with chrome shower fixtures and the little nook in the wall is great for holding all the shower essentials. 
There is even a chrome drain cover in the center of the shower floor with is small hexagon tile.
The floor of the entire bathroom is this lovely gray and white hexagon tile. 
I love it but unfortunately, it isn’t perfect. It is bad when you hire someone to do a job for you and you think “hmmmm, I think we could have done it better ourselves!” Some of the tiles are spaced farther apart than others. Some of the gray tiles popped out of the mesh backing and weren’t placed in exactly like they should have been as well. For a perfectionist like me, it bugs me! But it is what it is!
From the left of the shower is the dual flush toilet we bough from Home Depot and in the corner is the linen closet we had made by an Amish carpenter that lives in a town south of us. 
I bought this print from Minted and I love it!
It fits great above the toilet and it goes so well with the wall stencil.
When we ordered the linen closet, we didn’t have them add any knobs for us.
I found these, also at the Home Depot, and loved how they tied into the faucets so they came home with us and Travis installed them. 
Swinging to the left again is the window.
We hung a double towel rod under the window since this was really the only place it could fit.
I found the coral towel on clearance at Target and snagged them up.
The trim around the window was originally natural wood and I painted it out white. Then we applied frosted contact paper to the lower windows to give us some privacy but still allow plenty of light in during the day time. 
I bought a curtain panel at Target that I liked and cut it up and resewed it into two valences. I’ve done this trick a few times in this house and it is so easy! 
And now for the vanity wall.
As I stated in yesterday’s post, I found this vanity on Amazon after looking everywhere for something that Travis and I both liked. It also came with the two mirrors so that was nice since that was checked off the to buy list. Then between the two mirrors we hung a towel holder.
I just kept the white rugs we used in our master bathroom from our old house and just bought 2 new large ones, one for in front of the vanity and one for the closet.
 Above the towel rod between to mirrors I hung this fun hummingbird print also from Minted 
.And above those mirrors hang these gorgeous lights that I again found at the Home Depot.
 The vanity came with this pretty Carrera Marble top on it.
It has beautiful veining and helps tie in the gray in the tile on the floor. 
We also used some remaining subway tile to create a back splash for it .
The jewel of the vanity are the faucets with the white handles. The spout if swivels to help you easily rinse the sink.
This vanity is seriously so awesome with its soft close doors and drawers and I will be so sad when we move! 
We kept the original light that was in the room we just had to recenter it in the room since we built a wall for the closet.
And swinging to the left once more, you will see the new wall and the bathroom entrance.
We kept the original door and I just painted the outside trim white like I did the windows.
And in the new wall, we added a pocket door into our new closet.
Here’s a quick tour of the closet now. 
Open the door and you are greeted by my side of the closet and my clothes. 
We carried the floor tile all the way through the closet and into the small broom closet. 
I painted out the old broom closet white and then we built our own closet system that worked for us and our space.
Travis has a small double hanging shelf on the short wall and then another double hanging shelf unit on the large wall. 
He plans on building a drawer and pull out for his pants as well. 
For my side of the closet, we built another double hanging shelf on the large wall.
Then on the short wall we built a tall shelf for my dresses that has a small shelf on top of it. 
And that old broom closet?! 
It makes the most PERFECT shoe closet!! 
There was already the top shelf in the closet so we just added a four more to make it totally functional.
And since this space was open previously we had to add a light in the closet.
I found this little track light per say that works perfectly. We aimed the lights towards Travis’s side of closet, one toward my side of the closet, and the third ones goes into the show closet.
Awesome!!
And that’s it!! 
Our former kitchen turned master bathroom! 
From dark and brown to bright, white, and cheery! 
I love everything about our new bathroom!

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DIY Mudroom

I have another house update for you today, yay!! 
You know how I was complaining that if the sun would just come out long enough, I would take pictures of the mudroom we completed back in November to share with you? Well, the sun finally came out! 
So here is our new mudroom addition.
 Every since we toured the house when we were looking to buy one, we knew that we would build a mudroom area in this location. 
Here is the house the day we closed on it. As you can see it was like an olive green color on the walls. This was the original kitchen of the house before the previous owner added the huge kitchen addition. The original kitchen cabinets and counters are still on the left side of the room flanking the entrance into the “now” kitchen and then the right side of the room was one giant blank wall which was where the appliances used to sit in the old kitchen.

The closed door in the back leads to the stairwell that goes to the basements and to the door that heads out to our driveway and garage so this is the perfect location to drop your boots, coats, and hats coming in from the cold.

My parents arrived here at the end of October for a week visit. They asked what they could help us with and we joked that we can do the mudroom. Well, that joked turned serious by that evening and my dad drew up detailed plans and him and I were at Home Depot the next 3 days in a row. 
While my dad was in the workroom in our basement, my mom was upstairs sanding the floors of the mudroom.
Here is Travis adding the floor conditioner to the floor before I came through and stained them.
I stained the floors the same as the rest of the house. 
They turned out rather blotchy, as you can see, because after being 110 yrs old, they aren’t exactly flat boards anymore AND we only used palm sanders to sand them. 
Travis and I talked- do I sand and try to add another coat of stain or could we live with them? I touched up a few spots and then decided that we were happy with them. They feel like they were in a factory or something at one time and we liked the look, plus I knew I had a rug to go over them. 
As you can see, we left the corners of the floor where the cabinets would be unstained. We first did this because we were ONLY going to sand the floor and then install the built in but we decided let just get it done so we did. You won’t see that it is unstained anyways.
As I previously said, my dad built the entire thing downstairs. 
All the cabinets, bench, doors, cubbies, were built in the basement workroom.
This was the bench all together. 
Then things got real. Floors were done so my mom, dad, Travis, and I all quickly primed everything in the basement before taking it up to install.
I also stained the bench before installing it. 
The installation began by installing the planks on the wall that sit between the two large cabinets.
We opted to do larger boards, the size of shiplap, instead of smaller planks. These were created using MDF that we had Home Depot cut into the width that we needed.
 The two side cabinets were installed next, followed by the cubbies on top.
This was no easy feat when dealing with a house that is 110 yrs old and not having a single straight, level surface in the entire house, but we got them in successfully! 
The bench was installed last and it came together perfectly.
This was all installed the night before my parents left and then it kinda sat this way for a week or two.
Travis and I then added small pieces of wood down the side of the center to cover any gaps that were left between the cabinets and the planks. We also placed a board through the center for the hooks. We didn’t want to place the hooks in just the MDF because they may pull out. 
 We also placed a small piece of wood on the face of the cabinets along the walls. Like I previously stated, this house is no way straight or level, so we had a gap that changed widths so we just covered it up cutting the wood to match the wall.
And then this sat like this again. I knew I was going to be the one that would be caulking, filling holes, and painting the entire thing that I wasn’t in the mood to tackle it. 
I finally got things kicked into gear before Thanksgiving and finished it! 
I polyed the bench and I painted the entire thing, twice, with ultra white paint.
I used the same stain on the bench as we’ve used on the floor.
Under the bench there is room to store some of our shoes and boots.
There are 4 cubbies along the top, one for each of us.
And since taking these pictures I added little chalkboard signs to each basket, each with the first initial of the owner’s name on it.
I found these wire baskets at Target to use in the cubbies to hold our winter hats, gloves, whatever.
These hooks are literally ALL OVER our house. Whoever bought them must have gotten a deal on them but we love them. They are bent metal into the hook shapes. We used 6 along the board for a place for our coats.
 I bought these door latches that you would see on Hoosiers or Ice Boxes from D. Lawless and I LOVE them!! 
If you look at the original cabinets from the old kitchen, you can tell that this was what used to be on them originally so it was no question this is what I had to buy. I even bought enough to put them back on the old cabinets too.
Onto the inside of the cabinets.
We have a large vacuum and had no place to store it since we took away the closet in the living room to open that wall up to the front door and stairs, so the left cabinets is just a big open cabinet for our vacuum and a few other mops and brooms.
The small top cabinet has a fixed shelf and I currently store the extra parts to our vacuum.
The right cabinet I wanted for storage like cleaners, paper towel, whatever else, so it has adjustable shelves in it. 
Then the small cabinet on top is just like the left side, with a fixed shelf.
It sure adds a lot of great storage!! 
And that’s it!! 
As you can see we painted the dark olive green walls to a bright, almost granny smith apple green and it made the room so much brighter! 
I found this awesome green, teal blue, and white rug on Target and snagged it for a great deal. 
I am still debating on how I am going to decorate the area up top. I just put that mail center on top to throw something up there but it won’t stay there. 
We love having this area complete! 
It gets a ton of use already! I literally had to take off a ton of coats, the girls and Travis had a ton down here, and move a ton of shoes just to take these pictures. Apparently I’m the only one in the house that uses one coat and hasn’t had to pull out anything to place in my basket yet. lol
It is definitely worth it and we are so thrilled my parents came and helped create this space for us in a whirlwind week! 
NOW, I need to get my act together and paint the original cabinets on the other side of the room for this space to REALLY be complete! It’ll will happen… eventually!

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House Tour: Front Porch

I am back sharing another house tour today and I am sharing one of our favorite places in our house, the screened in front porch. 
 We have a large screened in porch on the front of our house. 
We loved it as soon as we saw it knowing that many evenings would be spent out here. 
Come this way. I’ll show you around.
 Entering the porch from the screen door, you will see that I wanted to add some fun bright colors to this space. The porch definitely needed it since it has original wood white siding, white ceiling and white porch walls with beige linoleum flooring and green accents on the wood holding in the screens and around the windows.
We used the outdoor furniture that used to be on our patio in CO on the porch and then bought two new outdoor red chevron rugs from Target for a big bright punch of color. 
What’s nice about this porch, it has a ceiling fan so if it is rather warm and humid out you can flip that one and get the air moving to help cool you off.

 The love seat sits in front of the large windows of our living room looking out onto the street. I bought the fabulous pillow fabric at JoAnn’s and sewed those right up to add some color to the couch and chairs.
On the opposite end sit our two chairs. They are near the door that enters the house and luckily they fit there perfectly! 
I would still like to find a small table to place between the two chairs but that will come at some point. 
 The sun sets on this side of the house and the previous owners installed this large roller sun shade to help with the glare as it is going down. 
We haven’t used it very often so far but it was because on the other side of the screen is what will finally be the main front door of the house again and there used to be a HUGE vine that grew on the outer side of the porch. This helped block the sun but it was so out of control that is also attacked you if you tried to walk onto the porch so needless to say that got completely taken out a few weekends ago so this screen will be put to good use now I’m sure.
Above one of the chairs, hangs a sea glass wind chime just in case a good breeze comes through the screen. And then just outside the screen on the far column of the porch we hung a red bird feeder so we can sit out on the porch and watch the birds. The girls and the cat love it! 
Moving down the porch now for a little more color.
Next to the couch, we placed the coffee table that went with out patio set since it couldn’t sit across from the couch with the size of our porch. I just placed a little lantern and a candle inside it on top for now and will probably throw a little pot with flowers on it next spring summer.
Above the table I hung the ombre wood initial that I created and then on the door I just quickly hung up the cream linen wreath a with welcome sign on the door to the house. And then next to the door, I hung the wire star we have but that was just for something quick so not sure if that will actually stay there.
I was desperate to decorate something since our house is still unfinished inside so I just grab what I could find to hang up. lol
I LOVE our old door! It is so pretty with all it original glass but also makes me nervous with ALL the original glass and two small little ones that like to run around and slam doors! Eek! 
Swinging around to the other side you will see the door to the screen porch over on the opposite end of the porch. I hung a hanging planter my uncle made up in the corner with some succulents in it for now.
I also want SOMETHING in the corner over there, like a table or small chair or something but haven’t quite found it yet. 
And lastly, we hung up some fun cafe’ lights all around the top of the porch for those fun evenings just hanging out on the porch.
That’s our porch! 
We enjoyed it during the summer and don’t see us being back out here too much until spring rolls around unless it is to walk through it to let the dog out but it sure will be a cheerful place to walk through!
 

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House Tour: Miss S’s Room

I’m back today with another house tour post, this time sharing with you Miss S’s new room. 
Her room is rather small. The previous owners used it as a guest room/office.
It is to the left of the stairs as soon as you walk up the back stairs of the house.
  Here is her room before. Wood floors, light beige walls, and some crazy curtains with an ivy accent.
We immediately painted her room as well as soon as we closed on the house to try to get her room set up quickly.
We painted her room a light purple. Looks kinda pink in this picture but it is a light purple and actually matches the light purple in her existing curtains really well which was a nice surprise since we just picked the color on a whim. Miss P thought purple would be a good color for Miss S’s room and we agreed since there was so much purple already in her room decorations.

We were able to reuse the curtains from our old house and tucked her little chair with books and toy basket under the windows.
We placed her dresser on the wall right as you walk in by the door. I then placed her wreath, large frame and small owl above her dresser.
Her room doesn’t have a closet and the previous owners had that large shelving unit in the room and we bought it from them and adapted it so we could use it as a wardrobe for her clothing and then I placed totes on the very bottom for blankets and sheets. I am still debating on painting this piece and placing fabric behind the glass to hide all her clothes but that is way down on my priority list at this point.
I tucked her night stand over in the corner with her lamp and a picture frame on it and then placed a few things on top of the wardrobe itself.
Her crib is on the main wall of the room.
I placed her wood monogram back above her crib and then placed all the frames that were over her dresser at our old house all around her monogram. (Ignore the sideways photo. I need to update all the photos in her frames.)
You can’t see it in any of the pictures but on the floor in front of the crib, ok really centered in her room, we bought the same white rug that is is Miss P’s room to add a little softness to the hard floor.
And that’s it! Super fast room tour since her room is so tiny! lol
Stay tuned for more home tours as rooms get completed!