Duh!

At the end of last week, I wrote a couple of posts about working on being content and doing what works for us, even if it doesn’t make the most sense to the rest of the world. Then we proceeded to spend a portion of the weekend working on the baby’s room and trying to make it perfect.

Okay, I know that sounds like it might be my “duh” moment that inspired this post, but actually it’s not. While it may not fit in with my being content and doing what works for us posts, the baby’s room is going to turn out pretty darn close to perfect. I’m insanely excited for it… You know, just to hype it up even more! :)

So what’s the “duh” moment? Well, I was making a list of how I wanted to organize the baby’s dresser and closet, and realized it would be handy to have a spot to have a few of her clothes downstairs, so if we have a blowout or spill or whatnot, there isn’t a need to run all the way upstairs. Really the only logical place for this is in our bathroom. And this is where the “duh” moment begins…

This little closet is in an awkward corner of our downstairs bathroom, so it was hard to get a picture. Ignore the green paint and old school curtains- we haven't touched the decor in the downstairs bathroom yet!

This little closet is in an awkward corner of our downstairs bathroom, so it was hard to get a picture. Ignore the green paint and old school curtains- we haven’t touched the decor in the downstairs bathroom yet!

I’ve been leaving this closet mostly empty because we plan on eventually tearing it out when we put in a door to our deck and remodel the awkward layout of the downstairs bathroom. For some reason, I thought it was a good idea to not use it so I wouldn’t have to clean it out later or get used to having it and need to replace it when we do the remodel. I thought this even though there was a whole slew of junk, cleaning supplies, paint, and the like scattered all over my laundry room floor, creating a huge mess that annoyed me every time I stepped inside the darn room. Have you figured out the “duh” yet?! Why was I not using this space again?!

Praise The Lord, as I looked at my to-do list that says “clean/organize laundry room” and the list I had made to get an idea of how to organize the baby’s things, it suddenly hit me… Use the darn closet, duh!

I still have a ton of work to go, but I’m proud to say that the cleaning supplies that were previously shoved under my laundry room sink in a big, messy pile are now happily contained in the cupboard, along with some of our extra toiletries:

Duh!

Duh!

I also have the bottom part all ready to use…

Duh!

Duh!

I figured I will get a few baskets or something and have homes for diapers, extra onesies, extra sleepers, burp rags, and maybe even an extra set of clothes for each of the rest of our family members for when we don’t feel like going upstairs. I’m even entertaining the idea of using various colors of baskets so I can send Tate in to grab stuff and just have to say, “Grab something out of the blue basket” instead of trying to give other directions… Which is also why I’m putting the clothes/baby stuff area on the bottom of the closet. Good idea, huh?

So maybe this isn’t a huge revelation or very exciting, but I was and am still pretty pumped that I came up with a solution for a couple of problems I was having! :) Here’s hoping we can finish knocking out the baby’s room so I can get going on organizing both my new little closet area and my disaster area of a laundry room! :)

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Moving on Up!

Corey doesn’t know it yet, but I may have made a semi-big decorating decision. By semi-big I really just mean it’s kind of a shift in our original timeline of plans for this house, but I think it makes sense. Our upstairs is really close to being done. And that got me to thinking… Why not just finish up the upstairs?

It’s really just a baby thought right now, so time will tell how it develops, but it’s kind of growing on me. I mean, our downstairs might still be a crazy blast from the nineties, but wouldn’t it be nice to have one whole floor the way we want it to be? It sounds wonderful to me.

It really wouldn’t change that much in terms of our timeline… The biggest adjustment would be redoing the upstairs bath before the downstairs. And, in all honesty, that’s the one part that makes me less committed to this idea because I hate our downstairs bathroom, while the upstairs is just eh. However, I think the upstairs bath could be done pretty cheaply, while the downstairs will be a bit more of a money sucker, so it might be more cost effective. Decisions, decisions.

I guess I will have to let Corey help me decide! :) In the meantime, I’ll share a wee little bit of the inspiration I have for the remaining upstairs rooms (done or almost done {my father-in-law is notorious for finishing jobs 80-90%… I’m afraid my husband might be more like 70%- sigh!} are Tate’s room, our room, and the baby’s room, leaving the landing, hallways, and bathroom/closet area):

The Landing

My vision for this is a travel/memories based room. We can display some of our high school and college days memorabilia without it being in our main living area. I want to collect a few globes and maps, too and highlight my travel to Europe during college as well as the trips we have taken together as a family. I also think it would be really cool to have a gallery wall going up the stairs filled with childhood memories maybe on one side and pictures of our past homes and other house related stuff on the other side. Here are a few “pins” I’ve pinned from Pinterest regarding this room:

This picture started out my initial inspiration for the landing- I LOVE this room!

This picture started out my initial inspiration for the landing- I LOVE this room!


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I think these are an awesome idea! During my semester in Northern Ireland I also toured five other countries and haven't scrapbooked one bit yet! I would love to use boxes like these for my pictures and the odds and ends I collected!

I think these are an awesome idea! During my semester in Northern Ireland I also toured five other countries and haven’t scrapbooked one bit yet! I would love to use boxes like these for my pictures and the odds and ends I collected!


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I have other ideas saved on Pinterest, but these at least give you an idea of what I’m thinking. Really all we need to do is paint- I’m thinking a yellowy tan color maybe? And get decor. And find a love seat and maybe another accent chair? It wouldn’t take much! :)

The Hallways

This might be a bit complicated to explain, but I will try! :) So currently our upstairs hallways have I believe four different types and three different colors of trim. This drives me crazy. To fix it, our plan is to first make it all the same type, and then mostly the same color. There is one section of the hallway that is set apart from the rest that we will leave the original woodwork color, but the rest will be painted a fresh white. All of the hallway walls will be painted the same color- probably white or some other bright, cheery, but neutral color. Then the set apart portion of hallway will be decorated- I’m thinking pictures of the kids galore maybe? Otherwise the hallways will be more or less blank slates! And the only other update they would need is new lighting! I don’t really have inspiration pictures for this part since it isn’t really anything too special, but hopefully you can get an idea of what I’m thinking! :)

The Bathroom/Closet Area

The big kahuna of the upstairs! Our original plan when we bought this place was to save the bathroom area remodel for down the road, in large part because we wanted to move the laundry room from downstairs to the empty closet room that is a part of the bathroom area:

The empty room we thought to make the laundry room originally.

The empty room we thought to make the laundry room originally.

Well, it turns out I actually really like my laundry room where it’s at. Never fear, I have a whole new set of plans for this area… A girl area! I want to paint the extra desk we have and turn it into a vanity, kinda like in this picture:

Only my desk is bigger and I have a completely different color scheme in mind! :)

Only my desk is bigger and I have a completely different color scheme in mind! :)


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This will also be where I store my jewelry and high heels and all other girly items! :) I also want to put some Bible verses on the walls as a reminder of where true beauty comes from- like Proverbs 31:25 and 1 Peter 3:3. I’m leaning towards a black and white color scheme in here with mint and light pink accents. :)

Which ties into the bathroom and main closet area too. I want the whole area to be tiled with the black and white squares- I’ve always loved that look. The bathroom we will probably beadboard and paint the top portion a mint green color. I also LOVE this whale wallpaper so it might come into play somewhere (in sample size, because holy cow that price is insane!):

It's so cute!

It’s so cute!


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Maybe just put some in a picture frame or something? We shall see.

We will either have to paint/stain the current vanity or get something else in there… More than likely the paint/stain option though. And the shower up there is kind of in bad shape. I don’t think it was installed right in the first place so it gets moldy very easily and doesn’t have very good water pressure either. It’s extra small, too, which can’t be changed, but might be a pain when it comes to replacing it. I don’t have my heart set on one surround or tile or whatnot, but I am leaning more towards a tile just because I think it’s nicer. I saw this tile recently on Pinterest and think it’s pretty sweet, although I’m not sure how it would work with the black and white, so it probably won’t happen:

Beautiful, but I don't think very practical.

Beautiful, but I don’t think very practical.


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Those would be the main projects in the bathroom/closet area. Obviously decor and whatnot, too and maybe updating the shelving system in the closet, but what we have works, so that might be a “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it” type thing.

And then our upstairs would be completely finished! How awesome would that be!?

Regardless of rather or not we decide to make finishing the upstairs a priority, nothing but finishing the baby’s room and organizing the extra bedroom/dining room disaster are happening in the house before little miss comes, so we have time to decide. It’s so fun to brainstorm and dream though! :)

Oh! And this weekend I finished reupholstering the baby’s chair! :) It is AWESOME. My Facebook friends have seen the sneak peek I gave of the finished product in a moment of “this is so beautiful and I’m so proud of it I have to share now!” but I think I’m going to wait to share it here until I reveal the baby’s room. It’s a little more motivation to get ‘er done! :)

Weekend Accountability: How We Did

Wow! Was it just me or did the weekend fly by?!

Well anyway, Happy Monday! I hope you all had a great Mother’s Day! :) I was treated to breakfast in bed by my boys as well as a recycled Valentine’s Day card Tate had made me and a little “flower”:

My Mother's Day goodies! :)

My Mother’s Day goodies! :)

But I guess I’ll get to the point. Friday I posted our weekend to-do list hoping it would help me be accountable at getting it done. So how did we do?

For a little recap, here’s the list:

The Project List May 10th-12th
1) Finish getting all of our stuff out of the old house.
2) Remove the lovely ivy wallpaper border in the kitchen and finish painting.
3) Create kitchen command center.
4) Buy new knobs for our kitchen cabinets and install.
5) Paint Tate’s room, put his big boy bed up, and organize his clothes/toys.
6) Fix the upstairs bathroom tub drain.
7) Put our garden in and plant the new flowers I bought yesterday.
8) Maybe lawn mower shop and stop at a few local antique stores to check out possible kitchen decor.

And, well, we did okay. When I made the list I completely forgot it was Mother’s Day weekend and that we had previous obligations for Sunday afternoon in addition to lunch with family. But all things considered, I’m pretty impressed with how we did:

The Project List May 10th-12th
1) Finish getting all of our stuff out of the old house.
2) Remove the lovely ivy wallpaper border in the kitchen and finish painting.
3) Create kitchen command center. in progress
4) Buy new knobs for our kitchen cabinets and install.
5) Paint Tate’s room, put his big boy bed up, and organize his clothes/toys. in progress
6) Fix the upstairs bathroom tub drain.
7) Put our garden in and plant the new flowers I bought yesterday. delayed due to weather
8) Maybe lawn mower shop and stop at a few local antique stores to check out possible kitchen decor.

So here’s the low down:

Friday night was spent moving every last thing out of the old house and cleaning that baby up. Surprisingly, I didn’t cry or anythng. I was good to go. Even Tate was ready to move on. We went around and said bye to all the rooms to make sure he got what was up, but he was more than ready to be back to the new place! Guess it’s already home! :)

As far as the kitchen goes, I’m actually really pumped about all that got accomplished. I’m still consdering it “in progress,” but we had a very successful weekend in that room. Here’s a little bit of “befores” to remind you where we started:

Note the beautiful ivy wallpaper, old brass knobs, and white walls- they will soon be a thing of the past! :)

Note the beautiful ivy wallpaper, old brass knobs, and white walls- they will soon be a thing of the past! :)

Again, there is more ivy to be seen and the lovely brass handles that will soon disappear!

Again, there is more ivy to be seen and the lovely brass handles that will soon disappear!

The blank wall in the kitchen, soon to be less blank! :)

The blank wall in the kitchen, soon to be less blank! :)

And now, after peeling wallpaper, painting galore, new knobs, and an assortment of other minor projects, here is what you see:

No more ivy! :) The curtain is gone (to be replaced later) and the ivy wallpaper is gone in favor of gray paint! There's new knobs too! Please ignore the stuff on the counter- it's stuff to finish Tate's room and that is going back to Wal-Mart!

No more ivy! :) The curtain is gone (to be replaced later) and the ivy wallpaper is gone in favor of gray paint! There’s new knobs too! Please ignore the stuff on the counter- it’s stuff to finish Tate’s room and that is going back to Wal-Mart!

Again no ivy- just pretty gray paint! And new knobs! Ignore the stuff on the counter again- it's mostly stuff that hasn't made it on to the command center wall yet!

Again no ivy- just pretty gray paint! And new knobs! Ignore the stuff on the counter again- it’s mostly stuff that hasn’t made it on to the command center wall yet!

What's up so far of the command center...

What’s up so far of the command center…

As far as the kitchen related projects go, the command center was the only one that wasn’t entirely finished. I ended up changing how I wanted to lay it out and didn’t have everything I needed then, so that was what caused the delay. I ordered some of it today, but there are a few projects I created for the hubby that I’ll have to wait on before it’s officially checked off the list. Of course, there are other kitchen projects that weren’t slated for this weekend that need finished too- a new light fixture, new curtains, decor, and down the road new flooring. Patience, Courtney! :) It truly has come along way as is!

On to Tate’s room… that was one of the biggest failures this weekend. We got one coat of the gray done, and that’s it. Oh, by the way, the gray in both the kitchen and Tate’s room is Behr paint color matched to Benjamin Moore’s Stonington Gray. I absolutely love this gray. It looks slightly different in Tate’s room than in the kitchen, but I think it will look closer to the same after it gets the second coat in Tate’s room. His room was originally a purple-blue color, so I’m pretty sure that played a role! Anyway though, here’s the “befores” and the “where we are at nows”:

From Tate's doorway- before the first coat of Stonington Gray.

From Tate’s doorway- before the first coat of Stonington Gray.

Tate's doorway before painting.

Tate’s doorway before painting.

From the doorway after one coat- excuse the mess and the corner that is still the original color! We'll get there!

From the doorway after one coat- excuse the mess and the corner that is still the original color! We’ll get there!

The door corner where I started taping for stripes.

The door corner where I started taping for stripes.

Hopefully we can get the second coat up soon and I’m going to try to make a little progress on the stripes tonight! :)

Fixing the upstairs drain– well, that was easy-peasy because we kinda sorta cheated. You know those rubber stopper things you just slap down the stops the water from draining? Yep, that’s what we did. $.99 to our local Menard’s later and we could cross that baby off of our list. Look at Mr. Cutie-Pants enjoying his first bath at the new place:

He was thrilled for no more showers! :)

He was thrilled for no more showers! :)

And the other two items on the list…

Well, Ohio weather is awesome and so despite the fact that we had 80 degree days last week, it froze last night. When I saw the forecast Saturday morning we decided to delay the garden and flower planting. It’ll probably happen sometime this week though!

We also cut out the mower and antique shopping. The mower will happen, we just want to make sure we have all other moving expenses taken care of first before we get to that big one! And I just wasn’t in the mood to go antiquing when we had time Saturday, so that’ll happen another day probably too!

Overall I’d say it was a good weekend! :) And now it’s time to get to more work!

Quick addition though- Wednesday we find out if little baby bee is a boy or a girl! :) I REALLY have to finish up Tate’s room so I can move on to the nursery! Motivation again? :)

Weekend Accountability: The Project List

There’s nothing like accountability to motivate me to do what I should be doing, and what better way than this little blog? :) Corey and I have a lovely little weekend to-do list, so I figured I will share it here, and then when the weekend is over, I’ll either show the completed projects, or admit defeat! Let’s hope it’s the first!

So here it is-

The Project List May 10th-12th
1) Finish getting all of our stuff out of the old house.
2) Remove the lovely ivy wallpaper border in the kitchen and finish painting.
3) Create kitchen command center.
4) Buy new knobs for our kitchen cabinets and install.
5) Paint Tate’s room, put his big boy bed up, and organize his clothes/toys.
6) Fix the upstairs bathroom tub drain.
7) Put our garden in and plant the new flowers I bought yesterday.
8) Maybe lawn mower shop and stop at a few local antique stores to check out possible kitchen decor.

There you have it. It should be completely doable. Should. Wish us luck! :)

And because no blog post is complete without at least one picture, here’s a little hodgepodge of some of the highlights of what I will be looking at this weekend:

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Yay, weekends! :)