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The not-so-elegant side of spring cleaning…

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Spring Cleaning 4… I’ll go ahead and warn you this post isn’t big on the fixer upper “wow factor,” but when you’re constantly doing DIY projects, turns out you accumulate a lot of trash. And while I’m slightly embarrassed to share this with you, it would be unrealistic to say we keep our house picture-worthy at all times.

But last weekend, we finally bit the bullet and cleaned up our backyard patio, namely the spot where we’d previously worked on many of our construction projects – like those failed countertops you can see Jeff throwing away (↑). And yes, that was more than two years ago … yikes. 😐 But don’t worry, this part of our yard is hidden from street view, if that makes it just a tiny bit better. Spring Cleaning 6 Spring Cleaning 5 Spring Cleaning 3 Spring Cleaning 1Alright, so it’s not perfect, but a vast improvement, right?

Our poor yard, I’m convinced we’ll never get the grass to grow. Any tips, send them our way!

FYI, we used a Dumpster Bag from WM, because it was way too much trash to leave with our normal weekly pickup or to dispose of ourselves. When we were done filling it, all we had to do was leave it outside of our house for pickup! Though I will warn you, it does come with a cost. But since you can basically put anything in the bag, except electronics, we took the opportunity to clean out our guest room too. #NotAnAd #JustAHelpfulTip

Is it just me or when you’ve had a productive Sunday like this one, you feel more prepared for the work week ahead … and then Monday comes. 😉

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Decorating tip: using postcards as wall art…

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Postcard Art 12… and it’s as simple as it sounds!

Remember how we’re still renovating our bedroom? This latest addition of “art” was our first time hanging anything on our freshly painted walls. It only took us a few months, but you know how it goes. Postcard Art 11We didn’t use standard travel postcards – which would be equally as cute – but, only because I found these fun(ky) animal postcards in a little shop on my trip to Maine. And not only do they have quirky little “inspirational” messages like, “pretend your waistline has wings” and “wear clean underpants” (a very important reminder!), the proceeds go to a farm for rescue animals! In fact, all the animals on the postcards are rescues – a cause I certainly appreciate.

To hang the postcards, all we used were three standard 4×6 frames. I also ended up trimming the edges of each post card to better fit the frames, but that was as difficult as it got. A very simple way to add a little wall art at a small price! Postcard Art 5Now we just need to work on the rest of our empty wall space in our bedroom. At this rate, we should be done by early 2017? 🙂

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Assessing the kitchen in its current state…

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… we’re getting very close to installation day for our new kitchen countertops (!!!) and in the meantime, I thought I’d give you a better idea of just what state our kitchen is in. Kitchen Midway Renovations 1 Kitchen Midway Renovations 2 Kitchen Midway Renovations 3 Kitchen Midway Renvations 8 Kitchen Midway Renovations 9 Kitchen Midway Renovations 6 Kitchen Midway Renovations 5 Kitchen Midway Renovations 4 Where to start?

First and foremost, we still have to paint EVERYTHING – walls, ceiling, window frames, etc.. So yes, those patches of drywall are not here to stay. In case you didn’t notice, the ceiling is in dire shape, no thanks to this incident. :\

But here’s a quick rundown of what still needs to be done:

  • Install a countertop on the base of the window cutout of the half wall (where the bananas currently sit.) It will serve as a bar of sorts.
  • Replace the light fixture over the table.
  • Install backsplash. We’re still not sure what look we like best, but we’re thinking subway tiles. Thoughts?
  • Finish framing (and painting) the window above the sink. We’re waiting for the countertops to be installed before that can be completed.
  • Install a new sink and faucet. Both will be done at the same time as the countertop installation.

As a reminder, here’s what we’ve done so far:

  • Painted the kitchen cabinets.
  • Replaced the fluorescent light fixture with recess lighting.
  • Framed the window cutout in the half wall for a bar. (Sadly, I have no pictures of this. It’s been like that for a while!)
  • Replaced the appliances.
  • Installed new bamboo floors. (Again, no photo evidence. It pre-dates this little blog!)

Oh and for fun, we (mainly Jeff 😉 ) made:

I’m sensing a theme…

I think that’s it … for now. Am I missing anything?

Can’t wait to show off our new countertops, sink and faucet soon!

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