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House Updates {2 years}

It’s hard to believe we’ve been in our home over 2 years already. This year has been a busy one for us- can you say new baby?! So we haven’t put a lot of focus on our house projects, though we have completed a few noteable things!

Front Yard landscaping:

This has been Colin’s baby. He’s serious about his plants and landscaping…and he’s really good at it too! He designed this modern concrete walkway and I LOVE it! It’s fun to see an idea come to life!




We finally painted our kitchen cupboard doors, bought new hardware and installed them! Amazing what a little update like this can do. I didn’t mind having them open, it made things easy to find, but once we installed the doors it made the kitchen instantly feel cleaner.

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We also got rid of the avocado sink and installed this shiney new sink/faucet!! Which I absolutely LOVE. Who knew doing dishes could be so fun. We were going to do a small update to the counter tops with some new laminate {the real stuff will come when we do the big remodel} and add a subway tile back splash but we haven’t completely committed to that yet.



Upstairs bathroom:

Ok, this was an experiment. We decided to paint our bathroom counter top with counter-top paint. First off, if you plan to try this do it when you are not going to be in the house for hours after (the fumes were so strong and gave us such bad headaches, I contemplated getting a hotel for the night!). I’m not really sure how I feel about the black, it’s a little dramatic for me, but it’s just a temporary update. It is also pretty obvious that the counter-top was paint, you can see the brush strokes and it started chipping, so not the most durable product and probably not something we would use again.


Light switches, outlets & Baseboard trim:

These are probably the smallest home updates known to man, but we replaced all of our outlets & switches and got in most of the baseboard trim. And you know what?! I feel like it made a big difference!! No more disgusting nicotine stained outlets. We have a lot of other little things we’ll start tackling- door knobs & hinges, new doors, etc.


Ok, this is the biggie! Which is why I think it deserves a post all on it’s own once it’s complete. We’ve finally started hanging drywall and hope to get this basement looking brand new in just a few short weeks!! I’ll share more details and photos once it’s finished!

Click the links below to see our house project progress! {I have to look at these constantly to remind myself that we really have made progress :)}

House Projects Week 1

House Projects Week 2

House Projects Week 3

House Projects Week 4

1 Year House Update

Simple “JOY” Banner {DIY}


‘Tis the season for decorating every single inch of your home. At least that’s what I want to do this time of year. I decided I would add a little sparkle by creating a simple banner to hang behind our couch. I was inspired by this one I came across last year for Thanksgiving…I didn’t complete it in time for Thanksgiving so I decided to make my own Christmas version {with a few less letters to make it even more simple}.

I bought some loose glitter and spray glue. I’m the type person that when I want to do a project I’ll just do it, whether I have everything I need or not. In this case I didn’t have access to a working printer to print out a template so I decided to improvise and draw the letters out myself. It’s 3 letter’s for goodness sake…I think I can handle that. I drew them on the card stock and cut them out…not too bad. Continue reading

Ombre Dresser {DIY}

There has been a lot of baby talk in our household lately. So instead of diving right in and decorating the nursery I decided to focus on Claire’s room for a while- since most of her stuff will go to Baby #2 it makes sense to start transitioning!

We were lucky enough to get all Claire’s new bedroom furniture from my parents, woo hoo! They just needed a little TLC. I let Claire pick out the colors for her room and these days her favorite color is orange, and we’re talking bright safety orange. As a duck fan, it’s hard for me to go all out orange. So instead of going full on with the furniture I decided to paint the dresser in different shades of orange in an ombre effect to soften the colors up a bit.


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