I’ve been dwelling on this one lately. Marriage can be hard work! There’s always a moment in the roughness though, when Jason manages to get me to crack a smile that turns into a laugh and reminds me again that it’s all worth it. He’s completely worth it.
Why is it that I always find myself back to square one with this blog?
So much has happened since I last left off… A baby(!), parties, lots and lots of house updates. Lately, my mind has been racing with ideas, topics to share, and projects to put out in the world but here I am, stuck in limbo because I feel that the me of today is a whole different person from the girl who started this blog almost three years ago. When I think of ALL that I would need to share to catch up to current life I just get so overwhelmed that I shelve the idea for another day.
Recently, I’ve been missing blogging. Not so much the writing posts, editing photos, thinking of content,… but the end result. I miss the live journal. I miss how this blog would serve as a reminder to me of not just where we’re going, but where we’ve been… I get sad when I think we’re almost 4 months into Louie’s life and I’ve shared absolutely nothing about him.
From here out I’m going to try to share something, even just a snippet a few times a week.
Because hey, I’ve got to start somewhere and today I realized this can be it.
I know it’s been a while… a very long while… and there’s so much to update about my life and this house, but for now, can we just agree to ignore my absence? Life gets full and busy… who knows when I’ll post again after this… but I promise you, I want to! I’m going to try my hardest to keep up some sort of schedule for myself, even if just a monthly update.
Jason and I have been working away at this home of ours over the past year, but we’ve definitely kicked our efforts into over drive these past few months. With the arrival of our tax refund I was allotted a bit of money to spend on art, accessories, and home decor items AT MY DISCRETION! (this doesn’t happen often folks! every decision is a joint decision in our house, which is nice… but sometimes it takes a few months or years for my sweet Jason to see MY visions.)
While perusing through Rugs USA yesterday I noticed a St. Patrick’s Day sale. I’m a Rugs USA lover, our first experience with them was a little rough due to some shipping issues, but I’m so happy we gave them a second, third, and fourth shot. The quality of the rugs we’ve chosen has been great and although one can usually find a 50% off deal on the regular, I usually wait and purchase when they’ve upped the discount to 70, 75, and even 80%. Well, yesterday (through midnight tonight) was one of those 80% off days.
I’ve been wanting a 5x8 rug to layer over our 9x12 sisal (also a Rugs USA purchase) in the living room for quite sometime and our style board has seen it’s fair share of options, but yesterday I found quite a few that I liked. Here are my favorites:
While they all have their benefits I think I’d quickly tire of the overly graphic appeal of option 1. I love the sophistication and traditional elements that option 2 adds to the space, but I ended up going with option 3, the Blue Suzani. As soon as I saw it on my style board I knew it would be perfect. I love the way the patten works with the stripes of our sofa. You know what’s an extra bonus? This evening, as I was searching though Joss & Main’s newest sales, I found the exact same rug! They’re only selling the 6x9 version over there but it’s $50 more than what Rugs USA sells… oh that Rugs USA… I’m telling you.
What do you think? Did I make the right decision?
I spotted this adorable little pick me up today over on i suwannee and it totally arrived at just the right time. It’s always best to brain break for cuteness. (mental note to future self: allow your children to be this free)
While perusing for design goodness I also found a giveaway. These Furbish lovelies, including the inserts, could be yours! Head on over to i suwannee to enter!
back to the kitchen tomorrow.
Because we have so much catching up to do, I’m going to do this in 2 long posts with lots of pictures… here we go.
As a little refresher, the last (and only time) you saw our kitchen it looked like this with freshly painted countertops…
Our kitchen “demolition” started the weekend of Jason’s fantasy football league draft party back in September. Our friends were sick of getting sore necks trying to talk through those upper kitchen cabinet — well, that and then boys just wanted to destruct something — so four of our sweet guy friends picked up some drills and screwdrivers and took down all the upper cabinets that hang over the peninsula in about 20 mins!
what a difference! It’s so much less claustrophobic! I felt like I could finally breath in there — it’s just so open now.
a couple weeks after that I spent the weekend scrubbing that kitchen grout clean. it’s absolutely disgusting how dirty it was, but wow so much better!
I made a paste of bleach and baking soda, it was a tedious job, but those floors were sparkling!
on a different weekend (probably something like a month later), our sweet friend Tommy came over and down came the arched valance over the cooktop + all the molding. Jason and I purchased some paint for the kitchen cabinets. I went for the two tone like I mentioned in this post.
We decided to try out the Rustoleoum Cabinet Transformation kit. We tinted the uppers to Quilter’s White and the lowers to Tudor. The whole process of painting the kitchen cabinets took about 2 weeks. I ordered the hardware that I specified on my kitchen design board from Home Depot and with the help of a gift card, we were able to score all 46 pieces for $30! Not to shabby, right!?
The box says “no stripping, sanding, or priming” but we sanded some of the really bad cabinets first and I’m glad we did. Lot’s of water damage from years of neglect.
after that we removed all the cabinet doors, taped off the fridge, and then it was time to start painting!
Because we purchased brass hardware we were able to clean and reuse all of our brass hinges from our 70’s kitchen. A little Brasso, a wire brush, and a patient husband and they were like new.
then, somewhere along the way Jason and I got our first experience with drywall mudding…
I think we did a pretty nice job for first timers.
After painting the majority of the kitchen in Benjamin Moore’s Grant Beige as I specified on my design board, we decided that the color just wasn’t dark enough for the room. I don’t have any pictures of it, but the color was really lost in there, casting an almost purple hue. Really strange for such a pretty color, but also a lesson — ALWAYS paint samples on the wall FIRST. Fortunately, second try’s a charm and we got it right with the combination of Benjamin Moore Greenbriar Beige (matched to Glidden) on the walls and Benjamin Moore Texas Leather (also matched to Glidden) on the faux brick.
here’s a reminder of the first draft:
and here’s the updated design board:
I’m loving Greenbriar Beige! Such a warm color and I’d dreaming of the day I get to see how it looks with the brass flush mount.
Here’s what it’s looking like freshly painted on our kitchen walls
the updates don’t end there… but I think this is a good place to stop for now. Come back tomorrow for part II!