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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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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