You know how we do a ton of DIY projects? And you know how most of the time I’m the one who is just helping? I usually paint, or do the clean up, but I never take on the whole project. This time I took on this project, and did the lion’s share, and I’m so stinking proud of myself! That’s not to say that Match didn’t do anything. He did a huge part, which was leveling out our subflooring. He also did the master bathroom floors. But the living room, dining room, hallway and Piglet’s bathroom? That was all me, baby! I wanted to do something myself, and I wanted to lighten Match’s load. With him working all the time and taking night classes twice a week for his apprenticeship, I didn’t need him tackling this too.
So here they are, my beautiful floors. I’m so happy with how they turned out! We chose vinyl plank flooring, because it is waterproof, scratch resistant, and very dog and kid friendly. The color is stony oak gray, and it goes so well with our decor.
Now of course I want to get a new gray couch to coordinate, and we are hoping to get new carpet in the spring. But I’m going to kick back for awhile. Our house was torn apart for a week, and we basically lived in utter chaos. It’s not something I want to repeat anytime soon, but the payoff was well worth it.
I had so much fun decorating for Halloween this year. I finally have my built ins, and this being the first Halloween in the new house, I had to make it special.
I made a countdown for Piglet, with a little ghost that he could move every day.
I went with a Harry Potter theme this year, and I plan on doing it next year too. I had a potions display, and made some Harry Potter themed book covers. I even made us wands from sticks we found on a walk. He’s super into Harry Potter now, which is a dream come true for me. I’m hoping next year we can dress up as a family of witches and wizards!
We hung up the pirate ship, and had the bats dangling from the ceiling again. Piglet loved watching them. I loved all of his cute artwork from school this year.
So I’m completely obsessed with homemade chalk paint now. I mean where has this been all my life?? I would have done so many more projects at our first home.
Here’s the guest room desk that I made over recently.
I scored this desk at the good will for $10! I am so happy with how it turned out, and that I managed to find a desk to fit our small guest space. The after picture isn’t the greatest. I forgot to take one of just the desk before putting everything on it, but you get the idea:
It’s a simple room, but I like to think it’s homey. Here’s the sign I re-painted, also with chalk paint.
Now if we could just get a couple overnight guests. Geeky and her family are talking about coming over for a visit soon! I really hope they do. I haven’t seen her and her family since January. Do you have a guest room? Does anyone ever use it?
Do you guys remember the built-ins we made for our first home? Here’s a little reminder if you don’t remember. I was so in love with them, and they worked so well for the space.
When we purchased our current home, I knew I wanted built-ins for the living room. Once you have them, you just can’t go back. The living room in our current home is much more open than our last place, and so I decided I would try to find something pre-existing that I could modify. Here’s the before shot:
I ended up scoring these solid oak bookshelves on Craiglists for $250!
I slapped some homemade chalk paint on them, and then sanded down our existing sideboard on each side, and they just fit the space like a glove. Here’s the beautiful result:
I have to say, I actually like these built-ins more than our first ones. I think it’s because the space is more open. I miss having a fireplace, but we’re hoping to built a mantel shelf to hang in the center, after Match mounts the TV. He’s also going to put reclaimed wood behind the tv, to give it a pop of color, and to tie it in with our closet mud room.
I love how the space looks now! It’s exactly what I wanted, and it was half the price of our first built in project.