7.02.2014

Hutch REdo

Our new house doesn't have a pantry and doesn't ave very many cabinets, so we started looking for a little armoire or some salvage cabinets we could use as a pantry. I was talking to my sister when we visited them in Baton Rouge and she said, "Wait! I have something that you can just have!" I said, "Are you sure? Whatever I get, I am planning on painting it."
She confirmed that she didn't care and then we set off to tell my husband that we needed to load this treasure and take it home on the same trip that we were supposed to be picking up the wood and kit to make our murphy bed in Little Rock. Needless to say, said husband, was not very enthusiastic about this. /it wasn't ideal, but it was a FREE PANTRY people! How could we pass that up!??
I took off the hardware and sprayed it with oil rubbed bronze spray paint. I have had awesome luck with metallic spray paints on knobs and pulls. I did a black dresser a while back and haven't had any issues. I haven't used it in door knobs yet, so I can't speak to that.

 
 This is the after before I had anything in it. My friend Carrie had the genius idea to put baskets on top for more storage. I am in love with this little hutch!

 I painted it and then distressed it, so that it would look nice and old. I love old things. : )
I also replaced the door inserts with chalkboard so that you couldn't see inside it. Not that it's not perfectly organized behind there (cough--sarcasm--cough). ha!




6.29.2014

RENOVATIONS ("The Neverending Story")!

As soon as we closed, we went out to dinner to celebrate and then straight to the new house to get started. 
We took out the tile in the entry
ripped out the carpet with our awesome helpers
 
 flexed our muscles and TRIED to look tough  : )
 See that trim...I had the bright idea to paint the trim white before we did the floor, which was a good plan, but I wasn't taking into account the fact that I had about a zillion other irons in the fire and only 1 more week to get it all finished. I also didn't realize how much trim and how many doors I had to do. Thank goodness we have a small house! Had it been any bigger, I might have cried. ha! I finally finished at 4 am on the very last night.
 
 I removed the gold back splashes in both bathrooms and the kitchen, spackled the wall, and sanded them.

 check out those random patches of wall paper : )

 I worked with our friend Bryan to get ready to knock out the kitchen wall. It was load bearing, so I didn't want to take chances! He also helped me rewire the electrical so that I wouldn't electrocute myself. We were so thankful for his help!! We couldn't have done it and stayed on budget without him.
 I got to help knock out a wall for the first time ever. So exciting!!! I could barely move the next day, but I was happy to be able to do it and the soreness eventually went away.
 

 Dasun installed new toilets
 and installed our new flooring in the main areas (kitchen, living room, hallway, and bathrooms. You can see a glimpse of what the floor looked like before. We decided to go with a vinyl floor plank. It looks like real wood, but it's waterproof, so you can install it in kitchens and bathrooms without worrying. It's also much cheaper and it's a floating floor, so you can install it over any sub floor.
 I also sanded, primed, and repainted all of our cabinets....bathrooms and kitchens (I'll post before and afters soon). I was super sore after this too. ha! This whole thing was like a REALLY aggressive physical therapy program. I am SO thankful that I was able to do things though. This is my happy...working hard, making a contribution, DIY projects, making a fun home for our family, and especially seeing the before and after pictures. : )
 I also go to sheet-rock for the first time (by myself) and had ABSOLUTELY NO IDEA what I was doing.  Yea for winging it!
 and it was meeeeeesssssssssssssssyyyyyy! I have never, in my entire life, done anything this messy. I looked like a snowman. It was all over the floor, all over the counters, trim, inside the cabinets. etc... This was only after 10 minutes of sanding. I sanded much longer than this, then the next day, I sheet-rocked and sanded again. I used a "low-dust" formula. I don't even want to know how bad a regular dust formula would have been.
 Then I started painting the kitchen cabinets. I wanted to at least get this part done before we moved in, knowing I could finish the doors later. The cabinets were all in rough shape, so they needed to be redone anyway and I love white kitchens. : )
 starting to shape up
 here you can see the bar I built. This will eventually look like it's part of the counter top once we redo the counter tops. I plan to use a concrete overlay system that will cover it all. It will be a darker shade, so it won't be too overly white then.
 We've done a little more than this, but this is at least a little update. : )
I'll hopefully have some before and after pictures up soon. : )

6.15.2014

Father's Day Fun 2014

We have a father's day camping tradition, but this year we were all a little overwhelmed. We found a house and were closing/ starting renovations in 2 days and my dad had just sold his house and was moving in about a week. Now this is something that's stressful even when we're able to help each other, but the timing of both of our moves, meant that we all had about more than we could handle. ha! We were both super thankful and very stressed out, so we decided to have a camping DAY instead of a whole weekend. We had such a good time.....

playing

 being goofy
 fishing

 swimming
 and of course, eating!
This is Dasun making our new tradition...The Bader Peanut Butter Bomb
The Bader family taught us one of their favorite ways to do s'mores.

RECIPE:
Double up your foil, add chocolate, marshmallows, and a dollup of peanut butter.
Close the foil and stick it in the fire or even hot coals until it melts.
Stir together and then dip your graham crackers in the goodness!
My husband LOVES peanut butter and chocolate, so he is a BIG fan!
Thank you Baders!
Happy Father's Day to two of the best dads I have ever known! We are so very blessed to have you in our lives!!

6.11.2014

14 years!

Today is Dasun and I's 14th anniversary!
How did that happen?! It flew by so quickly.
It's another example of God's provision in my life.
I am so thankful for Dasun and the wonderful husband and father he is.
We aren't perfect by any means, and have had to grow a LOT, but after 14 years, we're still laughing, still loving, and yes, still forgiving each other for our "moments." ha! He's made me a better person and I'm truly grateful!

So many fun memories:
 Dating:
 Married : )
so clueless. ha!
Europe



 

Skydiving for our 5th

 Starting our family : )
 We're so mature and refined : )

 Yep, another mature moment.
-chocolate tooth-a classic. : )

 Showing off our awesome dance moves : )
  Hot air balloon for our 13th
 


 Still having fun after all of these years!
I'm glad I married a man who's not "too cool for school."
You're so fun!
Happy Anniversary Dasun!