Friday, December 30, 2011


We have been in our house for almost 4 months now and we are loving every minute of it! We I am obsessed with decorating and DIYing around the house! I am constantly blog stalking and looking at before and after pictures from people who are also fixing up their houses. So I decided it would be fun to do that myself. I think it will be really cool to look back in years to come and see how our house has changed. Since we have moved into our house here are some of the things we have done:
  • painted kitchen cabinets
  • installed kitchen backsplash
  • painted every inch of trim (they had a puke tan color on every piece of trim in that house!!)
  •  switched the way the front door swings open
  • fixed a crack in the guest bathroom tub (long story how the crack got there in the first place..)
  • built our own pantry out of our hall closet
  • ripped down mirrors & backsplash in master bathroom and installed new mirrors
  • installed window tint on front door windows
  • caulked every single crack or hole I could find in the house.... (caulk is my bff)
  • washed the walls, sanded the walls, primed the walls & painted the walls for the following rooms:
    • kitchen/dining- walls were FIRE TRUCK RED
    • living room/entry- the entry walls were BRIGHT orange with like a cheetah print pattern?
    • guest bedroom
    • hallway (don't even get me started on that!... let's just say we painted the hallway about 8 times...)
    • master bathroom
    • guest bathroom
    • laundry room
    • linen closet (don't judge me... I'm OCD and love attention to detail)
There are about a zillion other things we have done but I can't think of them right now. Our to-do list started off at 3 pages long and now we have it to ONE page! Here is what we want to get done pretty soon so that we can finally start decorating.

·         Master Bathroom
o   Frame mirrors
o   Caulk & sand baseboards & window
o   Spackle/sand holes
o   Re-tile around bathtub/vanity
o   Center vanity over mirrors
o   Re-paint bathroom gray
o   Paint baseboards
o   Make roman shades
·         Master Bedroom
o   Prime
o   Paint (inside closet too)
o   Paint baseboards
o   Make a headboard
o   Paint furniture
·         Living Room
o   Tile fireplace
o   Seal crack in fireplace
o   Sand above fireplace/repaint
o   Clean fire place flue

·         2nd Guest Room
o   Paint room & inside closet
o   Sand window/spackle
o   Paint trim
·         Basement
o   Rip up the carpet
o   Paint
o   Replace ceiling tile
o   Prime & paint doors/trim
o   Sheetrock bathroom
·         Front Porch
o   New Mail Box
o   Replace front door
o   Stain front porch

   ·         Guest Bathroom
o   Frame mirror
o   Replace light fixture

·         Hallway/Laundry room/Pantry
o   Build pedestals for washer/dryer

·         Dining room/Kitchen
o   Replace fixtures
o   Make roman shades
o   Paint tables & chairs
·         Entry
o   Paint banister
o   Put hardwood on stairs
·         Guest bedroom
o   Paint trim
o   Paint inside closet
o   Make headboard
·         Outside
o   Stain back porch

Yeah I know it looks like a lot but it's an on-going thing and we aren't in a hurry to get most of it done. We are just having fun and keeping busy doing it. I plan on posting some before and after pictures of the house pretty soon!

Friday, December 2, 2011

Element-ary Learning....

It's been about 3 months since we moved into the new house. It's awesome! We have been super busy adding our touch to the place. I plan on updating the blog with before and after pictures of the house really soon! But for now, I will just leave with you the first of many stories of things that go wrong being a home owner.

It was Thanksgiving morning and I turned the shower water on and waited for it to get hot, just like normal. Except this time it didn't get hot... at all. So, we didn't have much time to trouble shoot since we were suppose to head to Macon for the day. So, we boiled some hot water on the stove and bathed the old fashion way... and it sucked. To make matters worse... and don't ask me how he did this.... but in the process of bathing Hamilton broke our guest bathtub. Put a crack right down the side...

So when we finally get around to fixing the hot water heater we buy 2 new elements and crossed our fingers that the elements were the problem...
here is what an element SHOULD look like:

annnnnnnd here is what our elements looked like....

 yeah, that's right....  only 1 1/2 elements came out. The other half? Well... it's still in there. Soooo make sure you drink filtered water when you come to my house :)