Our New Home

It’s been a few weeks since we moved into the house, and we’re finally getting all settled in. We did a lot of work to personalize the house and make it out own, and I’m so happy with how it all turned out. Like any homeowners, we still have a list of projects we’d love to do, but we’re feeling very happy in the new house.

Here are a few before and afters of the new place. One of the first things I wanted to do was finally get the white kitchen cabinets I’ve always dreamed about. So my sweet husband made it happen! We made our own chalk paint, and he turned our boring builder grade kitchen into this beautiful crisp and clean kitchen. I also scored an awesome hutch that we are using as a pantry. I feel like it was meant to be in the space.

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We would still like to do a backsplash, and I would love to paint the rest of the walls, so it’s not white on white, but I’m so sick of painting. That’s going to be a summer project. Then there’s the floors, not to mention the counters. As Match says, it’s like the book, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, but instead, If You Give a Wife a House… 🙂 He’s so right, because after every project we complete, I’m already thinking of the next one!

Here’s another of the kitchen. I can’t tell you how in love with chalk paint I am. We used a polyacrylic for the finish, and spills and dirt just wipe right off. It’s amazing, and NO SANDING! Seriously, such a great invention. Ours was dirt cheap because we mixed regular latex paint with plaster of paris, and it went a long way.

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I just love my kitchen cabinets! They are so crisp and clean looking, and I think it makes the room look bigger.

Speaking of projects, here’s another one he just finished up in time for Mother’s Day. My beautiful closet turned mudroom.

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All of the wood is reclaimed wood he salvaged from his last job, as a woodworker, so it was all 100% free. Pretty great, right? I love how it came together, and it’s probably the most practical of our projects. We use that space every day, and it’s great for encouraging guests to remove their shoes as well. I’ve removed the door since taking this picture, and I like it even more. It opens up the space and makes the hallway look bigger. I still need to re-paint the trim so the paint pops a bit more.

 

Speaking of paint, I had such high hopes for gray interiors. When we looked at some of the paints, we worried they’d be too dark in our small house. We went the safe route with a very light gray, and now I feel like it’s too light. In some lights it looks almost white. But it has blue undertones, and it goes well with our decor. I’m not unhappy with it, but I do wish it had just a little more…pop. I think once I re-paint the baseboards and doors white, it will help some. Oh, Match also updated my table, adding more of a rustic look to the top. He also added another layer of poly, and it’s really helped with clean ups. This man and his talents, I tell ya! I’m a lucky lady.

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Here’s the rest of the home, except for the living room. I’m saving that picture for after we do built ins (hopefully!). I’d love to do some like our old house. I’m also tweaking the room and Match is working on yet another DIY project for me, this time a wood crate for Monkey. I can’t wait to show you!

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Piglet’s room is still a work in progress, but I love it so far. He has way too many stuffed animals, and they’re sort of taking over. We have upgraded his decor to a “big boy” train room. I’m hoping to expand on the theme, but right now it means his train table is in there, and I modge podged his name letters with his favorite Thomas characters. pigletsroom3

I love the color on Piglet’s walls. It was already painted when we moved in. Same goes for the master bedroom.

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The master bath was a murdery red. Who on earth thinks bright red equals relaxing bathroom? So happy we painted over that color. Please disregard my terrible ability to take a decent photo. In my defense, the before pictures were professional ones from the listing. I think you still get the idea.

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We used the same blue in Piglet’s bathroom as we did in the master. Painting the cabinets really lightened everything up. I can’t wait to tackle that linoleum someday.

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Painting with a Toddler

We had the keys to our new home since Wednesday evening, and we’ve been hard at work. We have the luxury of having a few weeks before we have to move out of our rental, so we’re getting stuff done before we move in.

First on my list was painting the kitchen cabinets. They are nice cabinets, but in the ugly honey builder grade standard. I am so, so, so excited about these white cabinets. I’m also a complete monkey when it comes to home improvements. Heigh challenged be damned!

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We also got to work painting over the avocado green and banana yellow in the living rooms, not to mention the burnt orangey-red color in the master bathroom. Again, I didn’t let my shortness get in my way. Here’s my solution when a ladder just wasn’t cutting it.

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The pictures of the house paint don’t really do the color justice. It’s a light gray, and after the second coat I think the true color will come out. Right now it kind of looks white, but I promise in person it isn’t.

Piglet has been incredible during our weekend of DIY and home renovating. Here he is being absolutely adorable. Wouldn’t this be a great ad for paint? Just saying.

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Our secret to getting him to cooperate was a combination of lots of toys available, some extra video time, scheduled play date breaks, and just having an awesome kid. We also brought all his stuff (bed, stuffed animals, sound machine, monitor, the works) for nap time, and used those 2 hours to our full advantage each day. But we are also lucky that Piglet is a really good self entertainer, and not a destructive toddler.

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We still have so much to do, but I’m amazed at how much we were able to finish in just a few days. We are hoping to move next weekend! Ack, I can’t wait to be in our new home!

Halloween Decor

Do you remember last year when Match got the awesome idea to hang cut out leaves for Thanksgiving? Then we followed that with snowflakes for Christmas? Well this year he suggested bats for Halloween. I love how the simplest of decorations can make the biggest impact.

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On a walk recently, a neighbor of ours was cleaning out his garage and asked if we’d like an old kite he had. Not only is it an awesome kite, but it doubles as a great Halloween decoration! Piglet loves to point at it when we walk downstairs.

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I got a little crafty and painted a spooky Halloween scene to hang up on the wall.

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I also had Match and Piglet get in on the act, and we put up our ghostly footprints. Somehow the way Match put his foot down, it looks like his foot’s not that much bigger than mine. I assure you that I have very dainty little feet! If you look closely, I also added some Harry Potter potion labels, and a couple of book labels. Next year I’d like to go Harry Potter crazy!

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The silhouettes are back up in the windows this year, and the signs are out front. I added a couple of gourds that Piglet loves to pick up and try to carry around on our walks.

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I love decorating for the different holidays, don’t you?

 

The House Paint Reveal

Piglet’s birthday pictures showed some glimpses of the new house color, but here is the final reveal. I am so in love with the new color. As a refresher, here is what the house looked like when we first moved in. We have always hated the red trim color. It’s not a bright cheery red, it’s almost a purple mauve. It never worked for us. We didn’t mind the base color too much, but with the tan trim, it was always sort of blah. We have since replaced the windows, garage door, light fixtures, and did a little landscaping.

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The colors we chose were antique white trim, night sky blue for the doors, and library pewter for the base. I’m totally geeking out on the name for the base, because I do so love the library. Match was the one who decided on the door color. I never would have thought to pick blue, but I love it. It’s different from the red doors of most of Today’s Homes, and it goes well with the slate colored tile in our entryway.

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I think the transformation is amazing. It’s like a brand new house! I also need to learn to stand in the same spot when I take before and after pictures, but you get the idea.

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I love the satin finish of the pewter. It gives a bit of luxury to the paint color that wasn’t there before. We used to have a matte finish, and it showed every smudge and dirt spot. Don’t mind the patheticness that is our doorbell. I’ve been searching for one for years, but I have yet to find the right one. I’d like to find something with a Celtic flair, to go with our Irish welcome sign. It means “A Thousand Welcomes” in Gaelic. Also, the doors really need to be replaced, but after dropping a big chunk of change on the dry rot repairs plus the house painting, it just wasn’t in the budget. The dents in the door stand out a little bit more with the color change, but it’s not too noticeable.

 

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It really is amazing what a little paint can do.

In collaboration with Switch My Loan

 

Halloween 2013 in Pictures

Andy: Hey Ron, good to see ya! Weren’t you a pirate last year?
Ron: Yes. This is my Halloween costume. -Parks & Recreation

 

I know it’s a few days late but Happy Halloween! Piglet, Match and I have been busy these past few weeks.

Piglet and I went to a costume party at our neighbor’s house the Saturday before Halloween. Unfortunately it was super hot outside, but Piglet was a trooper. He was the perfect lil mascot! I only wish Match didn’t have to work. He could have been the quarterback.

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 My neighbors did a great job with their family costume, and all of the adorable decorations.

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This is their annual event, and I’m looking forward to next year, when Piglet will be a little more aware of what’s going on. She had all of these kid friendly games for the littles, and it was a lot of fun watching them. Piglet had fought his naps, so we didn’t last too long, but we still had fun while we were there.


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On Halloween night, Match and I threw together last minute costumes and took family pictures. Match got me a belated 30th birthday gift-my digital SLR, with a tripod and remote shutter. It is ah-mazing. Be prepared for picture overload. 🙂

Here are just a few pictures of the decorations this year. Next year I hope to do more, but I was pretty happy with what I did, considering how busy I’ve been with Piglet. DSC_0087

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I hope everyone had a very happy Halloween! Now I better go deck my house out for Fall!