It’s Coming Together

•October 28, 2014 • 2 Comments

The exterior is almost complete!!  Josh has spent most of the summer and fall putting on the Novik panels around the foundation.  From a distance (and up close actually) the panels look like stone.  In reality, they’re vinyl and were super easy to install.  And we couldn’t be happier.  This was a tough decision (it’s so hard to pick things like this from a brochure).  There are a lot of stone and faux stone options, but ultimately it came down to time commitment.  The real stone would take FOREVER to lay and we just don’t have the time, or frankly the know-how.  These panels were much simpler and we love how they coordinate with our paint color.




You can see off to the left the foundation underneath.  There will be a deck here (hopefully) next year so we saved money and skipped covering that area.  Obviously we also still need new basement windows and trim. (And window wrap on the upstairs windows).  Slowly but surely.  Slowly but surely.


Pint Sized Ikea

•August 26, 2014 • Leave a Comment

My sister-in-law dropped off several huge totes of toys her kids had outgrown and lo and behold I discovered some treasures.  For me, not the kids. 


Ikea dollhouse furniture that happens to be the right scale for my dollhouse.  And it’s modern!!  Yes everything is a bright color, but that’s nothing a little spray paint can’t fix.  As long as the weather’s decent this weekend I plan to get busy.  Woo hoo!  I love a fun little (FREE) project!

Summer Breezes

•June 11, 2014 • 1 Comment

The porch is finally pretty.  I don’t know why it took us so long to work on that room.  It had never been a high priority but with it being the first room a person sees when entering our house, it should have been higher on the list.

The nasty, smelly indoor/outdoor carpet is FINALLY gone.  While it was great at catching the crud from outside, it was just plain awful to look at.  Two years ago we found some laminate flooring at our local ReStore and snatched it up, knowing we weren’t ready to do the floors but it definitely would be gone if we waited to purchase it.  So there it sat in boxes in our laundry room gathering dust.

When spring finally rolled around, I knew we had to do the porch before the weather quickly turned into summer and it would be too hot to work out there.

The funny thing is, this project was actually very minor and only took a weekend….still not sure why it took us so long to get around to it!

(Again, sorry for the phone pics, I haven’t replaced our good camera yet)

porchbeforeThe hardwood floor underneath was in bad shape in places.  At one point someone had patched in different flooring but it was very uneven and for some reason covered in plastic and duct tape.  This house.  So weird.  Nothing surprises us now.

And here’s the porch finished

porch1I love my floors.  They have a really rustic vibe to them and corrugated metal makes things more modern.

porch2Still looking for a good porch fixture.  Maybe a ceiling fan? I haven’t quite decided.

porch4The GORGEOUS table my dad built.  The stain is a blue-gray and it goes amazingly with the floors.  It’s supposed to go outside when we get a deck built, but it might just have to stay in here.




porch3(Here’s to hoping I can keep this guy alive!)

The days and nights have been so lovely these past couple of weeks.  The kids eat lunch out here every afternoon and we usually find ourselves out here for dinner too.  We’ve had a couple of good thunderstorms and there’s nothing better than sitting out on the porch listening to the rain.  I think this is my new favorite room!

Tiny Decor

•June 4, 2014 • 4 Comments

So I maybe became slightly obsessed with dollhouse decor while updating my childhood dollhouse.  There are a crazy amount of blogs dedicated to miniatures.  And you would not believe the amazing mid-century dollhouse furniture you can buy…for big bucks.  I drooled for sure, but there’s no way I’m buying a mini mod couch that costs more than my actual couch.  That and the fact that the kids tend to break everything.  I stuck to simple and easy to keep it modern, inexpensive, and kid friendly.



Living Room before and after:








DH LR after










Painted with leftover paint from my actual living room, furniture built by my grandpa long ago, chevron rug knit by my mom, and tray on coffee table is a lid to a spice jar.











The dining room had 80’s blue carpet and wall paper, so I stripped and sanded all that down and painted.

DH DR after










Painted with leftover paint, rug is a piece of scrapbook paper ( I love chevron), table is a jar turned upside down with another lid, “light” fixture is a stick ball I had spray painted, clock is a round piece of wood painted with a paper clock modpodged to the face, chairs are from CB2’s Christmas ornament collection a few years ago.

DH entry








DH entry after










I really wanted to paint the tops of the steps black but fitting my hand and a paintbrush up the steps was impossible.  The kitchen was a beast to paint too.  Fortunately the kitchen appliances hide the fact that I didn’t do a very good job.

Master bedroom before and after:











DH MBR after










More 80’s wallpaper which I actually just painted over (I couldn’t for the life of me get it scraped off).  Painted again with leftover house paint, the bed is a painted block of wood and chair is from CB2″s Christmas ornament collection.

Upstairs hallway and bathroom were the easiest since they were just white.

DH Upstairs hall








DH hallway bath after










Leftover paint, I already had the tub, the sinks are drawers from an old dresser and mirror was taken from an old closet.  Vase is a wine cork painted black with twigs from outside painted white. (Still need to figure out how to rig up a shower curtain and so far our dollhouse friends have nowhere to pee).

Bedroom before and after:

DH bedroom










DH bedroom after










Leftover house paint, chair from CB2, bunting is a thank you card I cut into triangles and glued to the wall, bed is an old armoire painted, bedding is from an old pair of jammie pants.  I know.  I go all out.  😉

The final interior shot:

DH inside after










And the finished product:

DH exterior cropped










Exterior colors are our actual house colors.  This project was way more fun than I expected and it was a great way to pass those cold winter days.  We’ve done several more projects in the past few weeks that I’ll blog about soon!



It’s All In The Details

•March 13, 2014 • 3 Comments

It’s been awhile.  And it’s been a long winter.  And we’re itching to get outside and do some fun landscaping and stone work.  But in the mean time, we’re crossing the little things off our list.

A few weeks ago I was tired of looking at my orange kitchen wall.  I never really liked it.  Then my kids were sick and I ended up not leaving the house for six days. And when I get stir crazy I get project crazy.  I decided to paint my kitchen.  All of it.  And I painted it three times.  Yep, you read that right.  The first color was mixed wrong and looked terrible in daylight.  The second color was too white and just wasn’t really a color.  The third and final color is amazing. Gray Owl by Ben Moore is divine (Imagine that.  Me painting a room in my house gray).  And by that time I was utterly sick of painting so it HAD to be good.

kitchen gray owl kitchen gray owl2 kitchen gray owl3(These pictures make it look lighter than it actually is.  Trust me.  It’s a PERFECT color).

Along the way I also tackled my open shelving issue in the kitchen.  It’s supposed to have doors, but it doesn’t and probably never will.  I have no before picture, but just know, this is where everything in the kitchen goes that is hard to store in cabinets-cereal, bread, potatoes, paper products, alcohol (we have no pantry, so this is it).  It was messy and quite an eyesore with all the different colors from packaging, etc.  So, I did what any normal person would do and stole from my children.  Their toy bins, that is. (They don’t play in the playroom much, their toys definitely DON’T stay in the bins, and why should these fabulous industrial bins be wasted on them?)

kitchen shelves

These shelves are so deep that there’s even room behind the bins to store some things.  And yes, we need trim, but hey, it looks 100 times better and is easier on the eyes.  (Bins are from Lowe’s in the garage storage section.)

Another quick and easy project was our closet library.  We had been planning to do built-in bookshelves, but buying IKEA Expedit shelves on Craigslist was way cheaper and way easier.  We had this closet in our hallway that was actually not being used. (We have been blessed with LOTS of storage in this house and the fact that I don’t save anything allowed for us to have free space).  And the fact that it was painted a super gross color and the plumbing for the tub is exposed meant this closet needed lots of help.


The shelves were too short for the space and to give the appearance of built-ins, Josh built a “stand”.


Then he painted one side of some particle board black and added that to the back so nothing would fall behind the shelves.


And all while this was happening, THIS was happening:


bookshelves filledNow ALL the books in our house are in one spot.  The kids have the low shelves and we even have a few empty ones ready to be filled.

We also found these cool industrial fixtures for the playroom hallways at Menards for $12!  (The kids don’t have cool industrial bins for toys anymore, but hey, the lights are fun). 😉


I still need to get Edison bulbs, so you’ll have to imagine that part.

And now that all these little things are done, I pulled this baby out of storage:


My dad made this dollhouse for my sister and me when we were little.  Who knew decorating on a tiny scale could be so addicting?  I’ve been having a blast working on this and plan to paint the exterior this weekend.  More pictures coming soon!

Sloane’s Surprise

•December 6, 2013 • 1 Comment

Sloane turned 2 last Saturday and for the past several months I had been wanting to buy/make/diy a play kitchen of some sort.  We had a gigantic plastic one a few years ago but it was huge (slightly gaudy) and after a while, it needed to find a new home.  I knew I wanted the new kitchen to be more modern, NOT plastic, and definitely fit better with the color scheme in our home.  On Pinterest, I had pinned some cute ones made out of kitchen cupboards but I couldn’t for the life of me find the right thing.  Then, a friend posted one on Instagram that she was giving away and it was exactly what I had been looking for.

Play kitchen before:


It was cute, but definitely more bohemian than modern.

And Sloane’s new kitchen after we were finished with it:


The best part is, this project only cost us about $25!  We already had almost everything on hand.  That’s my kind of DIY!

Josh used scrap wood purchased cheaply at the hardware store for the counter and back wall.  He cut out a hole for the stainless steel bowl and attached a faucet that we already had.  The stain and paint are leftover from other projects, and the wooden stove top circles are from Hobby Lobby.  He also bought different hinges for the cabinet door which allowed it to open from the top like a real oven.



The oven “racks” (trivets) and light were cheap finds at the Dollar Tree.


The pots and pans (aren’t they cute?!) were purchased on sale at ToysRUs and the food was a cheap find at Aldi of all places. (I will probably regret the 83 piece food purchase as I find it ALL over the house).

So far, Sloanie has loved her kitchen, and in fact, all the kids have spent a lot of time playing with it and making me all kinds of scrumptious meals.



Because I’m Messy

•September 10, 2013 • 2 Comments

I had this really cute shirt.  Then I somehow spilled something on it that WOULD.NOT.COME.OUT.  I was sad.  So long comfy friend.  Until……I decided to repurpose it. 



Good night it’s even worse in pictures! Lovely. I wonder how long I was walking around like that?




(sorry for the reflection)


It goes perfectly in the boys’ room.  And yes, those are animal bones on Liam’s shelf.  And please excuse the Lego catastrophe.  That shelf is SUPPOSED to be for completed creations but it’s become more of a place to keep things from sister.  I can’t win ’em all,  but the Cards art looks good!