• Phase 6: Drywall and Finish Work

    Red 1. House 0. How to let your 6 year old teach you a lesson.

    Well, that about says it all. I may just post pictures and let them tell the story. Remember this? Calm, blissful, serene. I was pretty excited about the prospects for this room. I already imagined all the fun neon accents I was going to put everywhere. You know who didn’t see my vision? Red. I ignored every single one of her protests. Why? Because as parents we get pretty good at ignoring our kids whines. Until about three days ago when she came up to me and said, “I’m going to go live in another house. I want you to come with me because I love you. But I hate…

  • Phase 6: Drywall and Finish Work

    Finishing Touches!

    This past week Mike has been hanging fans and connecting all the electrical receptacles (light switches/outlets). I put in the trim pieces for the can lights, hung a few sconces and a cute chandelier over our front door. Mike strongly dislikes the chandelier, he hasn’t flat out said he doesn’t like it, but I can tell. It’s the same face he made when he found out our new sofas don’t have built in recliners. He passive aggressively refers to me as “design eye” and we move on. I don’t care what he says, I like these couches and they are super comfy. This fan used to be in the top…

  • Phase 6: Drywall and Finish Work

    Painting, electrical, and stucco, oh my!

    Since the drywall finished we have been moving really fast at finishing everything up. The last two weeks we got the house scratched and browned and all that is left is to put the last coat: color. Then Mike and I will put the siding and trim on the front, paint and be *eeek* done! haaahaa. At least with the house. We still need to put our front yard back together. And it’s a mess. Anyone like digging ditches? I didn’t think so… I’m a sucker for Benjamin Moore paints. The paint levels out and looks amazing. It’s worth the extra cost and it never has disappointed me. They’ve been…

  • Crafts and DIY Tutorials

    DIY: Make your own vinyl polka dot decals

    This was probably one of the easiest DIY crafts I have ever done. Mike can attest to that – since he’s had to deal with me sewing ruffles for two months straight when I was making the girls duvets. This craft took me MAYBE an hour cumulatively if you don’t count drying time/shopping time. I can’t wait to re-purpose it and make lots of other vinyl decals! I’m thinking vase decor, milk jug numbers, framed silhouette…the possibilities are endless. The contact paper is vinyl so you don’t have to worry about water damage to the sticker. The sticker side won’t damage your walls yet it sticks really well since its made…