It is time to renovate the kitchen.

Whaaaatttttttttt!

After a little debate, as to whether we wanted to live in this kitchen for a year, we decided to pull the trigger and renovate.

The floor plan of the existing kitchen is just not cutting it for us. We thought we’d want to stick it out for a little while and see if we could get used to the layout…but no. We’re just going to go for it.

As a reminder, our current kitchen looks like this:

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There is so. much. brown.

We’ve also got a few things going on that we hope to change.

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  1. The desk space takes away SO MUCH STORAGE. I don’t often hang out right beneath the microwave so we’re going to fill this whole space with cabinets.

2. The illusive kitchen work triangle it totally hosed here. We’ve got a kitchen creature. The range is on an island that blocks your path to the fridge. My hips are bruised from banging into the corner so often. Yes, I could look where I am walking, but who has time for that?

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We also see a missed opportunity with the oven placement.

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It is further away from the cooktop and fridge and is a hefty cabinet to have on the end of the kitchen.


How will we fix this you ask?

I am so excited.

We worked with Home Depot to design a new layout.

TA DA!

We’ve missed the counter seating we had in our old place. The floor plan of the kitchen has enough room to accommodate an island for cooking and a peninsula for counter seating. It should also increase our storage situation which has been a really big challenge.

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Only thing not featured in the mock up is the countertops. We’re doing a waterfall edge (yayyy!!!) along the countertop seating area. We found a quartz with some cool veining that should add some subtle drama. What everyone looks for in their kitchen, right?

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We’re further adding storage on the other side of the room. We’re flipping the desk area into a pantry and moving the ovens over to this wall.

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Cabinets are due to arrive in 4-5 weeks. In the mean time, we’re tackling the living room. Which is a post for next time.

Things are about to start happening!

We’re about to make some big changes to our house in the coming weeks!

We’ve tackled some smaller things-

We covered the darrrrkkkk brown with a nice, not too bright, white. (White Gallery at Lowe’s)

We covered the darrrrkkkk brown with a nice, not too bright, white. (White Gallery at Lowe’s)

Painted the foyer (that’s almost done…just need to get up on a ladder and paint the dumb ceiling. Whyyyy do people paint ceilings tan?)

Painted the living room

Hung ceiling fans in the bedrooms

But now…we’re moving on to the big stuff!

We’re ordering cabinets for the kitchen renovation TODAY! I’ve got a post on our new kitchen floor plan coming up on Monday.

We’ve bought unfinished hardwood for the living room that we’d like to get installed, stained, and finished before we start on the kitchen…we kind of need to do it because the new kitchen will jussst go over into the current living room.

We’re picking out tile today to use for the fireplace surround. We’ve got a few ideas about how we want to put the space back together..

We’re thinking we need cabinets to help corral all of our baby toys.

We’re thinking we need cabinets to help corral all of our baby toys.

We’ve got some odd dimensions (45in wide and 14 in depth) so Phil is going to build the base cabinets for the shelves.


It’s feeling exciting to take big steps!

We like the look of shelves going all the way to the ceiling- I think it helps to make the room feel bigger.

We like the look of shelves going all the way to the ceiling- I think it helps to make the room feel bigger.

Hello new home!

Ready for a tour of our new house? BOYYY do we have plans for this baby. We’ve been here for 15 days and have already made some progress…with so much more to go. I just need to keep reminding myself everything takes time. There is value in going slow. Basically, everything that goes 100% against my nature.

Without further ado- please meet our yet to be named residence.

Hello Madam!

Hello Madam!

We’ve got a lot of foyer space to figure out. First order of business was to paint the walls ’ White Gallery’ which is still a work in progress but served to brighten the place up significantly.

We’ve got a lot of foyer space to figure out. First order of business was to paint the walls ’ White Gallery’ which is still a work in progress but served to brighten the place up significantly.

Oh look! The sight of our future library! The ceilings are 10 ft tall which will be SO COOL with some bookshelves installed. Also thinking we want to go bold on the color in here since the foyer will be white.

Oh look! The sight of our future library! The ceilings are 10 ft tall which will be SO COOL with some bookshelves installed. Also thinking we want to go bold on the color in here since the foyer will be white.

Ahhh the dining room. It’s a bold color combo working in here. I think some board and batten around the walls would look awesome. I also want to attempt wallpaper but Phil isn’t sold on it. We’ll see!

Ahhh the dining room. It’s a bold color combo working in here. I think some board and batten around the walls would look awesome. I also want to attempt wallpaper but Phil isn’t sold on it. We’ll see!

Ahh this kitchen. We were so spoiled in our last house. The storage and layout of this kitchen is really bumming us out. This went from being a ‘next year’ project to a ‘we’re ordering cabinets next week’ project. We’re an impatient couple.

Ahh this kitchen. We were so spoiled in our last house. The storage and layout of this kitchen is really bumming us out. This went from being a ‘next year’ project to a ‘we’re ordering cabinets next week’ project. We’re an impatient couple.

Before we do the kitchen, we want to install hardwood in this room to match the rest of the house. This will be our first time installing unfinished hardwood and then finishing it ourselves. I’ll keep you posted on how that all shakes out.

Before we do the kitchen, we want to install hardwood in this room to match the rest of the house. This will be our first time installing unfinished hardwood and then finishing it ourselves. I’ll keep you posted on how that all shakes out.

Here we have the future home of the craft room! On the main floor in this house, this guy will be getting a wood floor treatment as well. There is also a big lack of storage so I think we’ll attempt some IKEA PAX wardrobe hacks.

Here we have the future home of the craft room! On the main floor in this house, this guy will be getting a wood floor treatment as well. There is also a big lack of storage so I think we’ll attempt some IKEA PAX wardrobe hacks.

Phil’s office will live in the loft space again. The carpet currently installed is offensive so we dream of swapping it out pretty quickly.

Phil’s office will live in the loft space again. The carpet currently installed is offensive so we dream of swapping it out pretty quickly.

The master bedroom is weirdly long. We hope to figure out how to configure the space over time to align with our lifestyle.

The master bedroom is weirdly long. We hope to figure out how to configure the space over time to align with our lifestyle.

The master bath will get an overhaul eventually as well. The amazing thing in here is the DOUBLE WALK IN CLOSETS. I don’t have a picture of them but ohhhhhhh my goodnesss do they make me happy.

The master bath will get an overhaul eventually as well. The amazing thing in here is the DOUBLE WALK IN CLOSETS. I don’t have a picture of them but ohhhhhhh my goodnesss do they make me happy.

This is a…special room? I appreciate the time and dedication those stripes took. The movers called this room the ‘peep room’ because it has all of the colors of marshmallow peeps. It needs paint.

This is a…special room? I appreciate the time and dedication those stripes took. The movers called this room the ‘peep room’ because it has all of the colors of marshmallow peeps. It needs paint.

This room is doing pretty well! It will be our guest room and has an en suite bathroom.

This room is doing pretty well! It will be our guest room and has an en suite bathroom.

Unfinished basement will be getting some love down the line!

Unfinished basement will be getting some love down the line!

We’re pretty excited about the back yard! Big yard (for Denver) and big patio mean a lot of outdoor time for us this summer!

We’re pretty excited about the back yard! Big yard (for Denver) and big patio mean a lot of outdoor time for us this summer!

We’ve got a hot tub! Now we just need to learn how to take care of it…

We’ve got a hot tub! Now we just need to learn how to take care of it…

And there she is! We’ve got so many ideas/plans/excitement around the place and can’t wait to get started.

Goodbye to our Dollhouse

While living in the Dollhouse, we touched every part of the home except for the master bathroom. It was a true labor of love. Some projects were well documented on this blog, while others fell by the wayside.

Before jumping into our new house, I wanted to say a proper goodbye to our first home…

Welcome to the final tour. If you missed the first tour, check it out here.

Doesn’t she look like a sweet little doll house? It might be a future DIY for Holly if i’m being honest..

Doesn’t she look like a sweet little doll house? It might be a future DIY for Holly if i’m being honest..

It was a life goal of mine to have a library. This was one of the first projects we tackled. The bookshelves are an IKEA Billy Bookshelf hack. I want to build another library in our new home, but think i’ve learned more about how we’ll use the space so have some modifications in mind.

It was a life goal of mine to have a library. This was one of the first projects we tackled. The bookshelves are an IKEA Billy Bookshelf hack. I want to build another library in our new home, but think i’ve learned more about how we’ll use the space so have some modifications in mind.

Across the hall from the library lives the dining room.

Across the hall from the library lives the dining room.

I really love the light we had in this room. West Elm still sells it so we might get another for the new house… This space was a favorite because from a renovation perspective, we only had to paint and swap out the floors. It was one of the first rooms that felt ‘finished’.

I really love the light we had in this room. West Elm still sells it so we might get another for the new house… This space was a favorite because from a renovation perspective, we only had to paint and swap out the floors. It was one of the first rooms that felt ‘finished’.

Ah our kitchen! I love love love love this space. Our new home doesn’t hold a candle to this beautiful space. I miss it so much, even though we’ve only been apart for a week.

Ah our kitchen! I love love love love this space. Our new home doesn’t hold a candle to this beautiful space. I miss it so much, even though we’ve only been apart for a week.

Storage for days…

Storage for days…

The kitchen opened up into the living room. We removed a half wall next to the garage door the first day we moved in. It helped make the whole space feel more open and helped with the flow of life.

The kitchen opened up into the living room. We removed a half wall next to the garage door the first day we moved in. It helped make the whole space feel more open and helped with the flow of life.

Upstairs, Holly’s room was a favorite of mine. We brought the yellow curtains with us to the new house and I think they’ll work well in her new room.

Upstairs, Holly’s room was a favorite of mine. We brought the yellow curtains with us to the new house and I think they’ll work well in her new room.

We redid the upstairs bathroom in preparation for Holly’s arrival. Phil made the cherry countertops and frame for the mirror. It looked beautiful in the room and felt like such a special touch for our baby girl’s bathroom.

We redid the upstairs bathroom in preparation for Holly’s arrival. Phil made the cherry countertops and frame for the mirror. It looked beautiful in the room and felt like such a special touch for our baby girl’s bathroom.

We finished the basement! It was crazy how much larger it felt once the drywall went up. We had enough space for a bathroom, bedroom, storage area, and rec space.

We finished the basement! It was crazy how much larger it felt once the drywall went up. We had enough space for a bathroom, bedroom, storage area, and rec space.

This was the only bathroom that got brass finishes all the way through. The shower set was, unfortunately, a piece of crap. But it looked realllll good!

This was the only bathroom that got brass finishes all the way through. The shower set was, unfortunately, a piece of crap. But it looked realllll good!

No styling, just plain ol’ basement furniture.

No styling, just plain ol’ basement furniture.

Two large dogs in our teeny tiny back yard was a challenge. We ended up installing pet grade turf since the grass kept dying. I liked it a lot more than I thought I would!

Two large dogs in our teeny tiny back yard was a challenge. We ended up installing pet grade turf since the grass kept dying. I liked it a lot more than I thought I would!

We threw ourselves into building a home here. We learned so much along the way.

Can’t wait to do it all again!

Up next, tour of our new house!

Guess who's back...

Hiiiiiiiiiiiiiii there!

It’s been a minute!

I’ve had a few life changes since last checking in which, to be honest, led to the pause of the blog.

I have a daughter! Her name is Holly and she just turned a year old a few weeks ago. I also got my master’s degree in organizational leadership to build working knowledge for my day job. These life events kept me busy for awhile..

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BUT, as it relates to this here blog…we moved! Having a baby and two dogs shifted some priorities for us real estate wise so, we committed fully to the burb life.

Quick note about the burbs of Denver- the grocery stores are amazing/overwhelming/full of anything and everything one could possibly need. In the prepared food section alone, they have meal kits, frozen fresh meals, hot and ready now, AND a counter to order whatever the prepped areas didn’t have. What is this new life?

The home we bought was move-in ready but Phil and I have a pretty significant wish list.

Wish lists mean more DIY projects! WOO HOO! I like looking at home content online so much, I would feel remiss if I didn’t document home #2 the same way I did the last. So- buckle up! I’ll be back Monday with the whole series of ‘before’ pictures.


WHOA! FOREVER 21 SHOWED UP THIS SEASON!

Hear me out- I was scrolling instagram and liked 3 posts of fashion bloggers with the dumb #liketoknowit blocker on there.

If you haven't succumbed to creating an account just to learn where they found the ADORABLE pineapple wedges- here's how it works:

After you create an account...

1. You like a photo on instagram

2. Liketoknowit emails you with a picture of the post you've liked and links to buy whatever the person is wearing in the photo.

Anywho.. all 3 of the photos I had liked had clothing from Forever 21! It's been a few seasons since I even glanced in that direction. My faves these days tend to be Everlane, Zara, Asos, and many more I'm not thinking of right now.

BUT FOREVER 21. OH MAN. This season is GOOD. A fact which I will extensively prove to you right now...

I'm right, right?

Dump the lot in my cart and I will be SET for the season.

Let's Make Mondays Interesting


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Happy MARCH!

This is the best/worst week because we FINALLY have sunshine past 5pm but MAN does my alarm clock go off extra early. I'll take the necessary evil if it means we're in SPRING.

Warren Buffett has a daily breakfast allowance.

These people had a photoshoot in Lowes and it looks awesome. 

Stacey London had a rough financial year... love the candor in this article. 

Just bought this jacket to celebrate spring and I LOVE IT. I got a small for size reference.

Phil made this sous vide corned beef recipe and it was INCREDIBLE. 

HAVE to see this movie in theaters.

The hunt for the adorable alarm clock

Who knew finding adorable digital alarm clocks was so hard?

We've renovated our basement (pictures coming soon) and I wanted to find a cute, adorable clock for the new guest room. HOLY SMOKES it was a challenge. Affordable was probably the biggest thing. Who are these people spending $60 on a digital clock?!

My criteria:

Not offensive to the eyes

Under $30

Visible with the lights off

 I found 5 after roughly 4 hours of searching (I need new hobbies). Am I missing something? A super clock store where everything isn't red or black? I've identified a market gap- get me on the phone with the patent office.

In the mean time...

Let's Make Mondays Interesting


Florence, Italy at sunset. A shot from our vacation back in May.

Florence, Italy at sunset. A shot from our vacation back in May.

HAPPY MONDAY! 

Can you believe this week we pop into FEBRUARY! The month where I hear my 1st-grade teacher in my head EVERY time I write the month.. Feb-RU-ary. Yeesh.

Anywho..

Realistic birth announcements. I laughed out loud on a few of these.

MERYL STREEP will be on Big Little Lies- season 2!

I really want this new top for my spring wardrobe.

Inside America's last pencil factories. LOVE the photography in this article.

Famous women on their strangest habits. Makes me feel a little more normal...

Subtle way to get festive for v-day.

 

Have a wonderful week!

I'd like to sing the praises of eye lash primer..


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On a whim, I picked up some eyelash primer at Ulta the other day. I was lost in the world of brow mascara (a conversation for another time) and in Tarte's section, the two sit close together.

A few years ago I discovered the magic of lip primer. I've been a steadfast user of Mac's product for the last 3 years. While a little expensive, my first tube lasted me 2 years with use 1-2 times/week. I accidentally tried to replace it with something else when my first tube ran out and BOY was that a mistake. I didn't see any added benefit from using Two Faced, NYX, ELF, or Covergirl. By the time I tried all of those, I should have just bought my dang Mac one. Lesson learned.

ANYWAY- marketing has really been getting to me on the eyelash primer. An article in Man Repeller that I can't find after spending 5 minutes looking, talked about this mascara with built-in primer. The total combo is $9! I will obviously be trying this as soon as my others run out. Amelia (I think) said she was so happy with this mascara she stopped getting fake lashes. STOPPED. GETTING. FAKE. LASHES. It was enough to sell me. 

Soo, back in Ulta about 2 days after I had read about that, I picked up primer. Holy cow it makes a difference. When I blink, I can feel the tips of my lashes touch my browbone? Eyelid bone? Whatever that thing is called. They're so long! 

I tried to get a picture of how long they are but the pictures are really terrible. I look cross-eyed and am so distracted by the fact,  I can't point your attention to the mascara. 

There we go, I've added a blue circle around the primed eye. That makes things SO MUCH better.

The eye withouth the circle doesn't have primer! Can you see the millimeter difference?

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You can?!? 

Me too.

Prime your eyelids ladies. It changes everything.

On The Nightstand: January


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Oh, we have some GOODIES this month. I've already gotten to 3 out of the 4 of these and I would recommend every. single. one. You'll also notice 2 of the 4 books are from Book of the Month. $15 hardcover new releases every month. I'm going 2 years strong on my subscription and have yet to be disappointed by a month's selection. I highly recommend it.


The Light We Lost by Jill Santopolo: This one is a love story. I'm not always one for this genre but it hooked me right away.

" Lucy and Gabe meet as seniors at Columbia University on a day that changes both of their lives forever. Together, they decide they want their lives to mean something, to matter. When they meet again a year later, it seems fated—perhaps they’ll find life’s meaning in each other. But then Gabe becomes a photojournalist assigned to the Middle East and Lucy pursues a career in New York. What follows is a thirteen-year journey of dreams, desires, jealousies, betrayals, and, ultimately, of love. Was it fate that brought them together? Is it choice that has kept them away? Their journey takes Lucy and Gabe continents apart, but never out of each other’s hearts."


Final Girls by Riley Sager: "Ten years ago, college student Quincy Carpenter went on vacation with five friends and came back alone, the only survivor of a horror movie–scale massacre. In an instant, she became a member of a club no one wants to belong to—a group of similar survivors known in the press as the Final Girls. Lisa, who lost nine sorority sisters to a college dropout's knife; Sam, who went up against the Sack Man during her shift at the Nightlight Inn; and now Quincy, who ran bleeding through the woods to escape Pine Cottage and the man she refers to only as Him. The three girls are all attempting to put their nightmares behind them and, with that, one another. Despite the media's attempts, they never meet.
 
That is until Lisa, the first Final Girl, is found dead in her bathtub, wrists slit; and Sam, the second, appears on Quincy's doorstep. Blowing through Quincy's life like a whirlwind, Sam seems intent on making Quincy relive the past, with increasingly dire consequences, all of which makes Quincy question why Sam is really seeking her out. And when new details about Lisa's death come to light, Quincy's life becomes a race against time as she tries to unravel Sam's truths from her lies, evade the police and hungry reporters, and, most crucially, remember what really happened at Pine Cottage, before what was started ten years ago is finished."

I really didn't see the killer coming in this one. Let me know if you do?


Goodbye Vitamin by Rachel Khong: I LOVED how this story was written. Really strong and relatable voice.

"Freshly disengaged from her fiancé and feeling that life has not turned out quite the way she planned, thirty-year-old Ruth quits her job, leaves town and arrives at her parents’ home to find that situation more complicated than she'd realized. Her father, a prominent history professor, is losing his memory and is only erratically lucid. Ruth’s mother, meanwhile, is lucidly erratic. But as Ruth's father’s condition intensifies, the comedy in her situation takes hold, gently transforming her all her grief.

Told in captivating glimpses and drawn from a deep well of insight, humor, and unexpected tenderness, Goodbye, Vitamin pilots through the loss, love, and absurdity of finding one’s footing in this life."


The Bright Hour by Nina Riggs: After reading her 'Modern Love' column, I knew I had to get the book. Anticipating heartbreak and tears but also some bright spots along the way.

"Poet and essayist Nina Riggs was just thirty-seven years old when initially diagnosed with breast cancer—one small spot. Within a year, she received the devastating news that her cancer was terminal. 

How does a dying person learn to live each day “unattached to outcome”? How does one approach the moments, big and small, with both love and honesty? How does a young mother and wife prepare her two young children and adored husband for a loss that will shape the rest of their lives? How do we want to be remembered?

Exploring motherhood, marriage, friendship, and memory, Nina asks: What makes a meaningful life when one has limited time? “Profound and poignant” (O, The Oprah Magazine), The Bright Hour is about how to make the most of all the days, even the painful ones. It’s about the way literature, especially Nina’s direct ancestor, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and her other muse, Montaigne, can be a balm and a form of prayer." 

 

Happy Reading Friends!

Coat + Key Rack DIY


Coat + key Rack DIY

Much to my chagrin, we don't have a mudroom/entryway in our house. It's #2 on my wishlist for our next place right behind a yard bigger than a postage stamp. 

When you come home, there isn't a great place to put bags/keys/purses/coats etc. SO I decided to create a makeshift one along the wall.

Jenny, from Little Green Notebook, posted this photo which had my heart fluttering.

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Photo from her post here.

I've held onto this image in the back of my brain and it seemed like the perfect solution for what we were working with.

Jenny's post has THE BEST instructions for how to make this beauty. I couldn't come up with a single missing piece in her tutorial. She's a genius folks.

It took about an hour to cut/assemble and then 3 coats of white oil-based paint.

When we screwed this into the wall, we made sure to hang it on 2 wall studs because we knew it would get some USE. We needed the shelf to be able to support 35+lbs. I believe Jenny recommends this practice as well but, I'll reiterate it :)

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I was having trouble finding hooks I loved that weren't $1,000,000. I ended up finding these beauties at Target that share a similar profile to my kitchen hardware. I unscrewed them from their plastic mount and installed them on my new beautiful shelf!

I'm really happy with it. It's been hanging now for almost 6 months and has withstood heavy daily usage.  

Go build yourself one!

Let's Make Mondays Interesting


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HAPPY MONDAY!

I've missed you! 

Even though I haven't been posting, I've been collecting things for Monday posts. Here are some of my favorites if you'd like to check them out..

A year of no shopping... could you do it?

Most underrated places in every state. I don't really agree with Missouri. On the flip side, I've never been to Colorado's call out.

I love me some royal family ( I really don't know why though.) Here are some bonkers rules they always have to follow.

Flat winter hair? This stuff has been SAVING me. 

What I've learned. I liked this one- "two ice cubes is the right amount to immediately bring a fresh cup of hot tea down to a more drinkable temp.

Fun personality test- which animal did you see first? I saw #5 ( I don't want to tell you the animal in case that sways what you see!) I don't know that I agree with it, but fun all the same.

 

HAVE A FANTASTIC WEEK!

 

Dreaming of a Fall Wardrobe

Much to my chagrin, it would seem the first day of fall is today. Harumph. It's not fall so much that I mind. It's more the end of summer. My beloved, favorite season.

To get over my grump, I've rounded up my shopping escapades in the hopes that they cheer you up as well. 

Everlane Suede Heel Bootie

Everlane Suede Heel Bootie

J.Crew Sweater Blazer

J.Crew Sweater Blazer

Draped Mock Neck Blouse

Draped Mock Neck Blouse

Taupe Long Cut Blazer

Taupe Long Cut Blazer

Wrap front top

Wrap front top

Paige Hoxton Denim

Paige Hoxton Denim

Amazon Plaid Blanket Scarf ($12!!!)

Amazon Plaid Blanket Scarf ($12!!!)

Mini Dotted Dress

Mini Dotted Dress

Printed Slides

Printed Slides

What have you found to drown your summer's ending sorrows? Share with me!

A Hidden Swan: Dresser Rehab


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I'm really proud of this gal. I was late night craigslisting and saw it. I'm kicking myself now but I don't have any 'before' pictures. :( It's a pine dresser and its original state was yellow and glossy. Very cabin-esque with wooden knobs on it. The closest I can find online that looks similar is here:

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Not my taste. But I really loved the lines of the dresser I found and it was an affordable $60!

The day we brought it home, I started to sand it. And sand, and sand and sand. I spent some time googling how to get a professional finish. In the past, i've found my DIY wood projects still look very homemade. Turns out its all in the sanding. I used 80, 100, 150, 220, and 320 on every part of the dresser. It equated to about two weeks of sanding after work. I'm pretty sick of it.

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I would do it again though. 

After sanding, I used wood conditioner. I've never used it before but I think it really made a difference in how smooth the stain went on the wood. I'd recommend it. 

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The conditioner only sets for 10 minutes before its ready for stain. I used Minwax Early American and REALLY love the color. Even on pine, it does a great job of giving the woodgrain depth.

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I found new knobs at CB2, which could be my second soul sister behind West Elm. I think they could pair well on bedside tables as well..just need to figure out where/what those will be. 

I'm SO happy with the end product. It turned out better than I thought it could WITH the added bonus of extra storage that my previous dresser didn't offer.

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I think the moral of this story is, if you see a dresser with good bones for under 100 bones, go for it.

Also, it could have been by addled sanding mind but doesn't this woodgrain on the side of my dresser look like an elephant profile? Tell me you can see it?

Also the cactus on my dresser is FAKE! FAUX! PLASTIC! Hobby Lobby for the win there.

We built a lofted upholstered bed.


Ohhh my goodness, do I love this thing. We've never had a bed frame before.  I love how it makes the room feel more pulled together. We still need to sort out nightstands and bedside sconces but I was too excited about the bed to wait to share. 

It's hard for me to get the color captured in the photos, but the fabric is a navy twill. It's a nice deep true blue. 

You might also notice the mattress comes up to my waist. We lofted it for our dogs. If you would have told me I'd do something like that a few years ago, I would have thought you were nuts. But it's us. We're nuts.

Since getting Pippin, our second dog, our bedroom started to feel crowded at night. They sleep on two big dog beds on the floor that take up most of the walking room. We noticed that some nights, they would squeeze themselves underneath our bed. Both of them were just barely able to fit under there and more recently had been getting stuck when they tried to leave.

When I decided we should build ourselves a frame, we talked a lot about what we could do to help our space situation and came up with a lofted bed. It's really not hard to get into. It takes a little hop to pop up there- nothing more. 

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Building the bed was pretty straightforward. We used a tutorial by Jenny from Little Green Notebook to construct the base.

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We didn't know what to do about our box springs. Keeping them in one piece would have made the bed WAY too tall and so we would have had to cut down the legs which really defeats the purpose of a lofted bed. 

We ended up cutting apart the box spring and keeping the structured surface it sat on. I wish I would have taken pictures of what it looked like while we were deconstructing it but, alas, I seemed to have skipped doing that.

Upholstering the head and footboard went quickly as well. I watched this tutorial by Design Sponge to get an idea of the process. All in all, I ended up using 12 yards of fabric between the head and foot board and wrapping the sides.

The tutorial suggests using upholstery foam. That stuff is EXPENSIVE. So, instead, I used egg carton bed foam from Walmart. I used two per head/foot board and flipped them so the bumpy sides faced each other. 

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I am really happy with the result. In a previous headboard I made, I used upholstery foam and I truly can't tell the difference between this implementation and that one.

With such a dark frame, I wanted to make sure everything else in the room felt lighter. 

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I made a body pillow out of fabric I had been hoarding for a long time. We're not big decorative pillow fans so anything more than one pillow would just sit and collect dust. I think it could still use some tassels on the corners...

The duvet is from my dear love Schoolhouse Electric. I pine for most things in that store. Everything is all so beautiful.

The dogs love the bed too! As I was shooting this, they snoozed beneath.

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I'm so happy. 

But now the questions keep coming-

Sconces or lamps?

Dark or light nightstands? Wood or paint?

I just redid a dresser for this room that I found on craigslist for $65. That's coming tomorrow!

Let's Make Mondays Interesting


Our eclipse viewing spot during the eclipse last Monday in our friend's beautiful backyard.

Our eclipse viewing spot during the eclipse last Monday in our friend's beautiful backyard.

Happy Monday friends! Let's kick the last week of August off right!

Tricks for starting conversations. I'm the worst at coming up with conversations at networking events and typically default to blurting out weird things...these are better.

Bodies on Mt. Everest are used as landmarks.

My favorite online shop, Everlane, is opening up a flagship store! YAHOO!

CVS is carrying Korean beauty products! Give me all of the face masks.

A writer answers questions about dying.

If you didn't see this Pixar film short, you're missing out.