Sorry for being absent for so long! This weekend Jesse and I had a date and saw the Broadway show West Side Story, I ran a 5k (finished in 34 minutes!! Yea!), did some yard work, attended 2 graduation parties, hosted a Mother’s Day brunch, and went to another graduation party. It was absolutely INSANE! And then to top it off, as of Sunday our wireless stopped working so Jesse and I have been Hunger Gamesing it over the Ethernet hook up. I’ll be switching up my usual MWF schedule for WThF this week so I get all 3 of my posts in for the week!
Last weekend, in addition to me doing some hedge trimming, gardening, and tearing up monkey grass, we also painted our front porch. The paint on our railings was starting to peel, but after Jesse power washed the house, and the porch, we were missing HUGE junks of paint everywhere.
I woke up early last Saturday morning to Jesse removing the railings on the porch. We knew it would make it way easier to sand and paint without them attached.
Removing the rails was way harder to remove than we thought, based on the condition of the bolts it looked like this was the first time they’d ever been removed. Some were so rusty they just broke apart when we tried to unscrew them.
After we took down the railings Jesse got to work sanding down all of the columns, but we were still left with a lot of chipping paint and giant gashes in the wood. It just so happens that on that day I read a post over at Karah’s blog about using spackle to smooth the chipping paint and fill in holes or splits in the wood.
It worked wonderfully and helped create a smooth service to paint over! So thanks for that Karah!
After I spackled everything, Jesse took the sander back to the columns and then it was time for painting! We used Olympic Exterior paint with Primer in a semi-gloss finish. It was pretty much impossible to wipe down our columns before we repainted them, so I wanted to make sure the new paint was a glossy finish so it would be easy to wipe off if they get dirty.
Now the columns are crisp white! So white that they look almost Photoshopped in some of these pictures! I’m in love!
Now all the porch needs is a bench, a window box and a few other potted plants to add some more color to the porch! It’s going to be so cozy when I’m done!
Now of course those details aren’t on the list for being done before the party, but hopefully they can be on the summer to-do list!
What were you guys up to this weekend? Were you as busy as we were? Do you love the fresh coat of paint like we do?
I just wanted to pop in real quick and let you guys know that our router at home is broken. Meaning I do not have Internet access unless I’m hard-wired in, meaning I have to fight Jesse on who gets the Internet every night. Our new router should be here Thursday, but tonight is man night so I’m going to be catching myself up on all my post writing, picture editing and blog reading while Jesse is out with the boys. If it takes me awhile to respond to emails or comments the rest of the week, that’s why. I’ll try to pop in during the day, but work is still a mad house so no guarantees.
I’m seriously going crazy without being able to use my computer every night. It’s like the zombie apocalypse at my house.
It’s that time again! Time for another Pinterest Challenge! Hosted by the ladies of Young House Love and Bower Power with the idea to make us stop pinning and start doing.
For me this challenge came at the perfect time because I am neck deep in work, party prep and yard work. Lame. So I’m using the Pinterest Challenge to push myself to work on something not lame and pretty And right now, in my mind, nothing is prettier than gold! (Image via REVEL)
I was super inspired when I saw Chelsea‘s recent gold dipped vase, plus Carmel at Our Fifth House is constantly incorporating gold into her home’s decor. It’s just gorgeous! So I decided I was going to get my gold on for this Pinterest Challenge.
I used some good ole painter’s tape to make my stripes and then spray painted the whole vase in Rustoleum’s Metallic Gold (thanks for that tip Chelsea!). Simplest craft ever.
Word to the wise, when working with tape and spray paint, don’t let the paint dry for more than a few minutes. There are a few spots that peeled up on my first try.
Also how gorgeous are these flowers?! They are blue and white spider mums that I got for $2 at the grocery store on Sunday.
Since doing gold stripes went so well I decided to try my luck with the gold dipped look on my new IKEA lamps. I love the clear glass, but they were so blah.
I taped the lamp off using painter’s tape and aluminum foil, then I wrapped the cord in a plastic bag and got to work. The result is awesome. I’m in love!
Also it’s hard to take pictures in the middle of a thunderstorm. The lighting is so weird.
I ended up going ahead and “dipping” both lamps, which I’ll show you on Friday along with another project I finally did for our nightstands! Look at how motivated a Pinterest Challenge makes me!
Be sure to go check out Sherry, Katie, Emily and Renee‘s projects and thank them for hosting!
Did you participate in the challenge? What did you make? I think I may paint everything in my house gold now…
Hands down April is my favorite month out of the year. Winter is on the way out, and our yard is exploding with color, plus it’s the month that I got married so that’s kind of special. As far as home decor and projects go this was a very productive month, so that helps me feel good about myself.
Jesse and I had a debate about what new refrigerator we should buy, and I won.
After painting the dining room we replaced our old gross wooden electrical socket covers.
Jesse built me a nightstand with a drawer, which I styled and showed off.
I made a cute runner for the dining room table using fabric from the Jo-Ann Fabrics HGTV Home Fabric line.
Jesse and I celebrated our 2nd anniversary with candy, flowers and Ethiopian food.
I went on IKEA shopping spree and bought some fun new curtains for the dining room.
Our plate display wall in the dining room got started and I’m in love!
We volunteered to host my baby sister’s graduation party and I’ve got quite the to-do list to accomplish before then!
Finally, I gave my mantel a splash of spring with some teal accessories and a few azalea blooms.
With all that under my belt, bring on May! I’ve got plans for a few other projects, not to mention party prep. But first I think I’ll welcome in the month with some margaritas for Cinco de Mayo! Any fun plans for this weekend on your end?
I’d say May 1st means it’s officially springtime. Last week our yard totally exploded with blooms on all of our azalea bushes, irises and cherry trees.
All the springtime outside made me want to bring some springtime inside and get my seasonal decorating on. The fastest and easiest way to get the house decorated for the seasons is by updating our mantel, because our fireplace really is the focal point of the house.
The bottom portion of the fireplace is decorated with our card holder from our wedding, which was hand painted by my college roommate. The milk tins with flowers inside were a recent purchase from IKEA and the AMORE vase is a thrift shop find.
I used wine bottles, gold mercury glass votives, a bird house and flowers to decorate the actual mantle. I’m absolutely in love with the teal birdhouse, which I got on clearance at HomeGoods not too far back.
I keep the teal picture frame on the mantle up almost all year round, it’s my constant piece of color in this room’s sea of tan, browns and blah. Plus I love the teal against the brick fireplace.
The flowers are from our giant hot pink azalea bush in the side yard, I actually cut them over a week ago and they are still going strong, which is very strange for flowers from the yard.
There’s nothing happier than springtime decorations and fresh flowers in the house! I seriously love coming home and seeing flowers and my cute little bird house first thing.
Have you started decorating your house for spring yet? Are things starting to warm up and bloom where you are?
It’s no secret that Jesse and I like to party, and that we especially like hosting parties, so when my mom hinted that she didn’t have a spot to host my youngest sister’s high school graduation party I couldn’t resist volunteering my services, and my house. Yep. We are hosting our first ever family party.
This will be the first time that a lot of my family, and immediate and extended, have been to our house, so I’m a little nervous. It’s so strange how I’m totally ok with having friends over in the middle of painting a room or building something, but I want everything to be as perfect as possible for my family. Isn’t that funny? With the dining room going in an excellent direction, and looking pretty good, we need to focus our efforts on the outside of the house.
In addition to this lovely list of things to do outside, I’ve also got to make invitations, go shopping for decorations with my mom, decorate, make a few dishes and just tidy and get things together in general. I’m hoping that I didn’t bite off more than I can chew with hosting this party, but I’m also very excited about throwing a real official occasion based party.
My lovely sister has only made a few requests, that the party involves cats and the colors yellow, orange and pink. I picked up a few things when I went to IKEA a few weeks ago and I’ve been perusing Target whenever I get the chance. I really want to throw my baby sister a great graduation party, because she deserves it. Isn’t she just gorgeous?
I’ll be sharing all of our party progress every Monday for the next few weeks until the party on June 1st. It doesn’t give us a ton of time, but I think we can pull it off!
Has anyone thrown a large family party like this? Any advice on throwing a family party that’s for a high schooler?
*For more posts about throwing parties go here, here, here or here.*
On Monday I finally got around to sharing my new dining room curtains and I talked about how absolutely beyond in love I am with how the dining room is turning out. Now that it’s painted, has a great table and the window is framed out with nice full curtains, it’s time to start adding some decorations to the walls. Since this is the dining room, I really wanted to incorporate some “dining” themed art. I have been in love with several different plate displays around the blogosphere, like Kelly @ View Along the Way
and Kari @ Thistlewood Farm.
Naturally after seeing these beauties, I wanted to create my own. I had to argue with Jesse on this for awhile. He thinks plates are for eating and not for decorating, but I won. And so far I have two plates, but they’re beautiful so I’m off to a good start
I picked up both of these cuties for about $10 at HomeGoods, my favorite place in the world for all things tchotchke and home decor.
The butterfly plate was $6 and is definitely my favorite.
But this teal plate is also pretty. I chose this plate because it’s not perfectly round and has awesome detailing around the edges.
They sell the gold plate hangers that I used at Lowe’s for $3 and they are really simple to use.
I’m not trying to put too much thought into where each plate goes because I want to keep things organic as far as my display goes.
The nails for the hanger go in at an angle so there’s no need for studs or screw anchors and the hole it leaves is really small.
The piece that actually goes around the plate has four padded hooks and two springs. I was really nervous about stretching them over the plates at first, but they stay and don’t snap around a lot.
I’m now on the hunt for more plates for my wall that will fill up the spaces on either side of the bay window. I love the eclectic look of the plates and all of the colors and shapes.
I really can’t wait to hang up more plates and really fill up the blank white spaces on the walls. It’s funny how just a small little bit of art can make a space feel more homey. And it’s a bonus that now that they are up Jesse likes them and is no longer threatening to eat off of them and hang them back up dirty. Men.
Is anyone else into plate displays as art? If you see any awesome plates, let me know where!
Last week Jesse and I celebrated our 2nd anniversary, and I also got a giant gift, which I haven’t shared with you all yet.
Yep, that’s right, I finally got my new refrigerator. AND he even got me the one I wanted! What a guy I snagged! This fridge is seriously amazing. I love all of the space and how easy it is to keep organized! The top portion has french doors and is super spacious. (It’s a french door KitchenAid in case you were wondering)
I can now see everything in the refrigerator without bending over and searching. It’s amazing! The shelves, both inside and in the doors, had a done of room and two of the shelves inside pull out! My favorite part is the full length drawer at the bottom of the fridge.
I love the way the cover folds up as you pull the drawer out and it has a divider to keep everything even more organized. Right now I keep everything we use on a fairly regular basis in this drawer, like carrots for lunch and onions and garlic for cooking. But the OCD freak inside of me is obsessed with the freezer drawers.
That’s right. Inside the large freezer drawer are two other smaller drawers. In the bottom drawer are our meats that we freeze and miscellaneous things we don’t use very often, like our frozen dumpling skins for pot stickers.
I keep all of our vegetables and the ice in the top freezer drawer. I keep all of the vegetables standing upright, but I can still see everything. And I love having a spot for ice that is easily accessible.
This refrigerator is full of really awesome features too. And who doesn’t love features and gadgets?! Like the temperature control so everything stays at exactly the right temperature.
It also has an amazing feature for when we have kids, which is the temperature alarm. It goes off if you leave the fridge or the freezer open for too long and the temperatures get too high. Sweet right?!
This is seriously the most amazing gift ever! Jesse really surprised me by actually getting the one that I wanted and it’s even better than I thought it would be!
Good luck to Jesse on topping this gift next year! What’s the best gift you’ve ever received?