Just a Few Touches

It's almost August which means that it's almost September. On September 30, everything we told the bank we'd renovate must be complete in order to fulfill our renovation loan agreement. We've accomplished so much, but when we look at all that is left to do it seems like what we've done is so little. I'm trying to do the little things like insert the recessed lighting, paint, screw in the outlet covers, and of course, decorate. But there are a lot of big things left to do. And yet here I sit, looking at my new silk rose on my dresser and just wishing I had time to finally refinish my dresser instead of do all of these other projects.

The dresser will most certainly have to wait.

In the meantime, though, Chris and I went to IKEA yesterday and picked up these nifty little storage units to use as nightstands. We wanted something with lots of storage that would have a small thumbprint, and be modern and clean. These fit the bill and were only $39 a piece!

 Our master bathroom is one of the biggest projects we have left outside of the kitchen. Nevertheless, we did get our crystal chandelier up, minus a few lightbulbs. I'll be finishing up the painting in an hour or so.

See these cool round mirrors sitting amidst the chaos? Well, if I get all the painting done tonight, Chris will hang them for me! They will go above our double vanity. Rose gold sconces will flank them. And it will look perfect.

I got my closet painted a nice feminine shade of shell pink or blush. The deal was that if I painted our room and bathroom Chris's favorite color (dark blue), I could paint our closet and our laundry room my favorite color. And yes, our little laundry room will be this fabulous shade of pink as well. And I love it!

Note the old garage siding I screwed to the wall to store my heels on. Above the shoes I'll have rods to hang my clothes one day. First we have to get the sub flooring in so I can install the hardwood floor. Then there's the trim. So much trim is needed EVERYWHERE. It is so overwhelming!

Speaking of trim, the trim around our bedroom windows will be painted white as soon as I get around to it. I do not intend to leave them this natural wood color.

Instead of painting last night I was browsing Marketplace on Facebook and found this gray, solid wood dresser only 15 minutes away from our house for only $30. It fits all three of the girls' clothes and looks absolutely perfect in their room! 

Cecily's party decorations have made their way to the girls' room finally.

I think the girls need an oversized sheepskin rug to cozy up on in here, don't you?

 We hung our very first picture in the family room finally. It really is everything.

And I can't begin to tell you how convenient it is to have the TV right above the mantle where you can turn it every which way to watch. I may or may not have turned it towards the kitchen so I can watch while I'm cleaning or cooking.

Now here's to hoping somehow we can finish all the cabinets, pour all the cement countertops, lay all the wood floor, and finish the entire master bath before September 30. No biggie, right?!

Cousins 2017

 Just a few little beauties from our photo sesh this afternoon with the Ridley cousins . . .


Another Room Almost Done

Our latest house project was finishing the powder room. We've survived pretty well with just one bathroom, but when we have family in town or just over for a meal (which we've had a few times now), it really helps to have a second toilet. Our deadline was Cecily's Birthday party. We almost made the deadline, too. Everything is done but the baseboard trim and the door. Yes, all our guests got to enjoy a flimsy curtain for a door. As far as I know there were no accidental exhibitions and the curtain mostly did its job. ha!

If you remember this post, I had found an old sewing machine desk from a flea market that I planned to use as a vanity. My original powder room design called for small hex carrera marble tiles on the floor which would have contrasted great with the stained wood vanity, however, we ended up with extra wood flooring and used that instead. It saved a lot of time and money, but I was conflicted about leaving the vanity the wood stain when we now had wood floor. I decided to sand and paint it. Chris did the sanding, I did the painting. I ended up painting it with leftover "Hague Blue" from Farrow & Ball that I used for the accent wall in our bedroom. Chris also decided to practice cement countertops for when we do them for our kitchen, and made a beautiful countertop over the vanity. I love how the vanity turned out!

The blue cabinet is just enough of a contrast from the wood floor. Chris even polished up the brass hardware on the cabinet which really looks sharp against the dark blue!

A brand new powder room for less than $500 is a pretty good deal I'd say:
  • Vanity - (bought last year) Flea Market $25
  • Sink - Amazon $58
  • Faucet - Amazon $34
  • Mirror - (bought it 14 years ago) Kirklands $25
  • Light fixture - Menards $43
  • Towel holder - Amazon $11
  • TP holder - Amazon $15
  • Trash bucket - Amazon $11
  • Toilet Menards - $110
  • Countertop - (we borrowed the sander and already had the other tools) Kuhlman Corp $25
  • Seagrass toilet paper basket - (bought a year ago) Wal-Mart $7
  • Antique shelf - (bought last year) Flea Market $5
  • Rug - IKEA off of Amazon $12
  • Paint - leftover Sherwin Williams "Silver Strand" 
  • Paint for cabinet - leftover "Hague Blue" by Farrow & Ball
  • Flooring - leftover hickory hardwood floors from Lumber Liquidators 
And here's a sneak peak of our accent wall in our bedroom and a handmade weaving my Mom made for me. She even weaved copper wire throughout to match our copper fixtures in our bedroom! 

We're working a lot slower on the house these days, but every little project we do makes a huge difference!

Our First Pond Party on the Fourth

For the first time I floated on a raft in our pond on the Fourth of July. In that blissful moment the past 10 months of stress from working on this house just floated right away with the raft. Maybe, just maybe, we're over the worst of this renovation and we can finally relax. At least sometimes. At least on the Fourth of July!

The Fourth of July became a four day weekend for us thanks to the best bosses ever who shut down the office Monday in addition to Tuesday. We worked hard on chores and the house on Saturday, I was sick on Sunday, and Monday and Tuesday were the best. days. ever. 

The night before the Fourth we spent the night out in our tent by the pond as a family. It was peaceful and fun in every way. I don't know how we lucked out, but we had no mosquitoes and the weather was perfect.

The morning of the Fourth I got up early to run and was greeted by our large koi fish just sitting by the shore of the pond.

Seeing the bright white, calico fish was cool - but the sunrise was beautiful too.

 I donned my patriotic red bathing suit, red lipstick, and red toenail polish. Cassi approved.

And what's the Fourth of July without fireworks? Chris put on a home show, and then we climbed up in Justin's truck to watch the city fireworks. We could barely see them, but what we did see was pretty cool. 

Grateful for this country. Grateful for family. And grateful for a livable house that is getting prettier and prettier by the day!