Before + After | Pendant Light DIY

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I hope you all had a wonderful holiday! I took a little time off the last week to enjoy family and friends and soak in this magical time. But, this weekend will be all about taking time to think about what was accomplished in the last year and be thankful for the successes and memories and to set goals for the coming year. To help start this off, I’ll be working on re-organizing my office. That is, if my shelves ever arrive — I’ve literally been sitting by the door all day waiting. I have no patience. I guess that’s something I should work on in 2019.

I also wanted to share one of the last home projects we worked on — Hanging our pendant light! This light was actually the first thing we bought, before I even closed on the house, and it’s the last thing we finally got up. This was another project we planned to hire out for, but after the hurricane it became increasingly difficult to find anyone with availability. Luckily for us, my Dad knows all about home improvement and my parents came to visit and help us get the last of these projects done. Take a look below at the before and after!

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The pup needs to be involved in everything we do, so of course he chose the unluckiest spot to join us (under 2 ladders!! Silly dog).

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This project begs the question, how many people does it take to screw in a lightbulb?…The whole damn family apparently.

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And then we learned how to be electricians, stand on the tip top of the ladder, and bend metal because of our slanted ceiling. Ok, ok, we didn’t didn’t bend metal, we just bought a half size chain link to even it out.

AND THE REVEAL!!! I love it =) You should also know that my parents gave this table to us. They found it for $40 and my dad sanded, re-stained, and painted it for us. It’s figgin’ beautiful.

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That’s all for now, wishing you all the happiest new year!!

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DIY | Kitchen Island Accent Color

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A day late here, cause I just got back from a night in Charlotte. I’ll share some of those photos next week, but for now I wanted to share a little update on the house! After we got our countertops finished, the house was starting to feel too white and grey and I needed a little color in my life.

9540d178ca280dc97306ff2190a2c9c7I originally wanted to do a dark teal-y green like this kitchen on pinterest, but it didn’t quite fit the rest of the decor right now. Matt was not entirely on board with my dreams of green and gold accent colors, but I think the muted jade I settled on made him less worried. I ended up choosing Privilege Green – part of the HGTV Home collection at Sherwin Williams. I absolutely love it.

 

 

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Painting the island was such a quick way to break up the neutrals and if we get tired of it, it’s super easy to change. See everything I used below, this whole thing took maybe 2 hours — with dry time being the biggest time delay.

All the tools:

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First coat painted, then went back through with the little brush for the edges.

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I love how the color turned out. I’ve been kicking it into high gear getting everything decorated and finished here, I want it done for the holidays. My parents are visiting for Thanksgiving and they get here tomorrow! This is their first time seeing the house, so I’m trying to get it as ready as possible — I guess I should go get started on cleaning everything. Have a wonderful weekend and thanksgiving week everyone!

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Before + After | Kitchen Countertop Reno

Get ready boys + girls, grab you dog and your coffee and find a real comfy chair, cause this is gonna be a long one. It all started one rainy July day, I had chosen the house of my dreams, negotiations had finished, and my brain was in full on idea mode. I could NOT slow down on what I could renovate and what furniture to buy, I needed to be brought back to reality on more than one occasion. Below are some images from the listing, as it looked right when I bought it (we started renovating the day after closing, so I didn’t really have a lot of before photos).

The house had this extra tall breakfast bar that I just couldn’t live with. I don’t hate all breakfast bars, but this one was taller than normal and I couldn’t find stools tall enough to fit. I’m also pretty short (5ft.) and I hated that I had no sight-lines from the kitchen. So, I made it very clear that if this was the house, that bar had.to.go. The house also had these emerald laminate countertops, no photo does justice to how green these babies were and since we were updating the bar, we needed to replace the countertops anyway. Hurricane Flo slowed our renovations, so here’s a photo of life as we knew it for for about a month. That vinyl looked lethal, shoes we’re a must.

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We went all over Wilmington in search of good prices on stone and installation. In the end, we settled on some lower cost white quartz and we were able to save money cutting the bar and removing the sink and countertops ourselves. Then we got to work, you can check back on Tuesday for a closer look into how we did the countertop cut!

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Getting better already! I was so lucky to have Matt to help with the heavy lifting…and the electricity…and the plumping. Ok, pretty much everything. We did a precut of the breakfast bar for the measurements, then did the final cut once the countertops were off. This island went through so many stages, But i’m so happy with how it turned out.

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Final looks — We still have more to do, but the countertop renovation definitely helps us see an end in sight. This project is almost complete! Next up is choosing a backsplash, painting the island, getting our pendant lights hung, and getting some cute stools (the ones pictured are actually my dining chairs lol).sink-renovation-diy-countertops

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As always, thank you for stopping by! Renovations are a little painful, but the end result is so worth it, I’d love to hear any of your experiences good or bad! And if you have a breakfast bar you’re looking to get rid of, check back Tuesday for a look into how we tackled that project!

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Before + After – New Floors

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IMG_0775I’m currently bed ridden with a giant bowl of ice cream after getting my wisdom teeth out on Friday, but I couldn’t wait to share this little before and after of our new floors! Fair warning – this blog post may be a little all over the place as pain pills run through my system, but i’ll do my best.

We still have a lot to unpack and move in, but here are the beginnings. This felt like such a long road, but it was so worth the wait. Matt Woodward from Twin City Flooring did such an amazing job, I couldn’t be happier.

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beforeHere are a few images of the home as I bought it (images from the property listing, not my own).

We tried to save as much money as possible on this project, so we opted to do all of the floor removal ourselves. It took about about a day to get everything out and disposed of – with a few breaks & having to stop and get tools we didn’t realize we needed. We took out the carpet, underlayment, then went pack through with a hammer + screwdriver to get out the nails that lined the perimeter.

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Rollin’ out those old carpets

The next job was removing the vinyl plank flooring from the kitchen, where we found some seriously gross vinyl underneath. The vinyl plank was in great condition and came out really easily, so we plan to reuse it in the bathrooms. Then Matt finished up with the crowbar to get all of the sticky hardwood flooring in our entryway up, while I swept up the concrete. (I promise I had the cuts, sweat, + bruises to prove I helped, but I was on photo duty lol).

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Removal completed!!

IMG_5938We chose Lifeproof Vinyl Plank in Fresh Oak and I’m completely in love. I liked that it was a little rustic, but not too many ridges like some of the other vinyl planks had. It has warm undertones and changes at different times of the day.

My biggest advice is go to the store and check out the flooring – everything I looked at online was completely different in person.

 

 

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This project was a little tiring, but so so worth it. It felt good to get dirty and to put work into this place and make it our own. Everyday I’m loving it even more.

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