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Keeping up with the exterior!

I am excited to share with you something that we easily put on the back burner because we are so focused on the inside of our home (which is totally ok)! Not only should you keep up with the inside of of your home, you also need to care for the exterior of your home as well… Make it inviting, and the one to stand out on the block!!!

About a month ago, my wonderful parents lent us their pressure washer, as well as our neighbor who lent us his 10 ft. ladder and extendable brush. We are so grateful for all of our helpers! While we obviously have 4 sides to the house, more moisture gets to the north side because of the shade. In saying so, that side was getting film growth and was needing a washing! After a couple of hours power washing (which we got in right before the storm hit us), it looked good as new!

A great and helpful tip for y’all who plan to pressure wash, if your machine is quite powerful, PLEASE squeeze the trigger to allow blowing of water to the side before hitting the siding while on the ladder. If you are not cautious the power could easily kick you off the ladder.

Some of you are asking yourself, what did they do besides pressure washing? Great question. Listed are some other maintenance things that we have done:

  • Cleaning  windows
  • Trimming plants back/replanting/weeding
  • Adding mulch to flower beds
  • Cleaning/repainting exterior door
  • New outdoor lighting
  • Clean, stain/seal decking
  • Added planters

Other things you can do:

  • Inspect and repair roof/gutters
  • Repaint/replace the exterior siding
  • Cleaning fencing
  • Update furniture/padding on furniture
  • Switch up decor on porch/deck
  • Keep up with your landscaping

Thank you for reading! I hope you found this helpful as much as I did while writing it.

 

Swapping out the old, and bringing in the new!

Honestly, I didn’t originally put too much thought into the curtains in our kitchen, we just found a pattern that went with our wall color and called it a day. After some time though, I began realizing the small curtains were taking something away from the bigger and taller windows, as well as making the small window above the sink feel “more crowded”.  So something needed to be changed!

Before

Being that I am moving towards being a minimalist, and want for a neutral and bright home, it made for an easy decision. So I decided, why not make it easy and add white curtains, so that’s what I did! I purchased these curtains from Walmart (2 panels for $12). They were a little too long, so to add more of a shabby chic look, I folded over the ends, and I now love how they turned out! We added the ring clips to the original rod, and I also love how they look with the simple white curtains! Instantly these new curtains made the space feel more open, showed off the tall windows, and present a clean look!

As for the window above the sink, I took down the rod above the light, and instead bought a $2 tension rod from Walmart, ring clips and added this sweet curtain at the midway of the window. I am so glad we ended up doing this, because it just totally changed the feeling of our space. It also allows more privacy at night by pulling the curtain across. It’s simple and made the window to both feel and look bigger!

That’s all we I did. Nothing to extravagant, just a few tweaks here and there to change up the room by making it brighter and more inviting! Thanks for reading!

An empty space…. Isn’t so empty anymore!

It’s so easy to become overwhelmed and not come up with a clear plan when there are so many ideas and thoughts running through your mind for a space! Sometimes you just need to put it aside, and give it a break. Most times (at least for me) when I do put it aside, GRAND ideas come to mind, and usually are the best of idea! So I encourage you to do that. If you find yourself becoming stressed because you can’t finalize a plan on either a project or a piece of decor, get away from it for a little and focus on another project you’re doing.

Before

After

This space has been empty since Peter first moved in. I knew something should go here, but I just couldn’t come up with a good plan for it. Well, last week I was looking on pinterest for some inspiration, something very similar to this popped up, and I knew exactly what I wanted to do with our space! In case you want to check her out, it is Lara Kaighin’s “Miss Fortunately” pinterest board. You won’t be disappointed!

Foremost, I wanted something simple, useful, and pretty of course! But also not overbearing since it’s not a large space. As far as making it useful, I wanted to have an area that our guests can hang their coats and place their shoes as they enter, and we found the solution! I also did not want to spend a fortune, I remembered I still had a gift card for Hobby Lobby, so the next morning I hopped in the car and I went off to the store!

I purchased:

  • Sign ($29.99- 40%) = $17.99
  • Greenery $4
  • Metal plant holder ($9.99-66%)  = $3.99
  • Wooden peg rack $15.99 ( click here for link)

The bench and pillow, we already had!!!

Everything was easy to hang, and it all fit just perfectly in that little space! I am so thankful my bench fits so well there. I was shooting for a corner basket there originally, but I couldn’t find anything skinny enough while also having some height. On a whim I remembered the white, shabby chic bench in our attic!!!!!!!!!!!! Went and grabbed it, placed it, and was so happy with the look! For now I brought down this pillow, but will probably replace it in the near future, because it’s actually  the Christmas accent pillow (in reverse) haha, but who would know?!

Overall, we very happy with the result, and it fills this spot just perfectly! Thanks for reading!!

DIY tips to Improve your Deck and/or Patio

Thank you for your patience, as my husband and I just got back from an amazing vacation to Hawaii. We are sad and happy to be back!

PS. If you get the chance and/or opportunity to go, you need to GO!!!!

So I would like to share with you a few simple things you can do to your outdoor space to easily make it look like a whole new space! For example here is what we did:

Repairs

  • Replace floorboards that aren’t sturdy or are old/rotting out (2).

Repaint

  • Deck
  • Spray Painted Tiki + Poles
  • Spray painted Flower planters/Shepard hooks
  • Metal arbor

I purchased the: Craftsman “paint and primer in one” to metal at Kmart for $6 each

Scrub a Dub Dub

  • Simply used soap+ water with a high pressure setting with hose to clean out spots on the area rug
  • Spot cleaned chair cushions with soap+ water with a high pressure setting with hose

 

 

Added

 

  • New outdoor chair throw pillows ( from Homegoods)
  • Weather protected lantern ( from Homegoods)
  • A flower pot that perfectly adds with the new pillows ( from Marshalls)
  • Globe string lights ( click here to purchase)
  • Outdoor curtain rod (click here to purchase)
  • Outdoor water resistant curtain panels (click here to purchase)

Took away

  • Arbor Chandelier – One of the lights broke, and because the light has been dc’d we could not find a replacement. Instead we decided to add and weave string lights (that are attached) to the center of the arbor

Other things you can do as well

  • Add potted plants
  • Invest in patio furniture
  • Power wash patio
  • Eliminate weeds in patio cracks

Break down of the costs:

  • Behr Exterior flat paint- 1 gallon $28
  • Behr deck over paint- 1 gallon $35
  • Craftsman “paint and primer” to metal  spray paint – $6 each
  • Throw pillows (2 to a pack) -$20 each
  • Flower pot – $6
  • Tabletop Lantern – $15

This simple refresh sure made for a new look! A look that we both have been wanting for a bit now. After time, paint fades, style changes, and you just need to add a little to change the feel, and make for a new look! After the application of 1 coat of exterior black paint, it instantly showed off the arbor! Previously, the grey color was so faded, you really didn’t know what the color was supposed to be, that goes along with the tiki torches. To match the arbor, and also allow the flowers to pop, I spray painted the flower planters, and I surely don’t regret it! I was so excited to add the globe string lights, because they add so much to the space! Especially at night, when they twinkle and the lights gleam down and bring out the lush green ferns. We knew we wanted to “enclose” our arbor space a little for more privacy, and it took a bit of time to figure out exactly what we wanted to do… But we decided to add the weathered outdoor curtain panels, and we love them!!!!!! We love the pop the curtains add to the arbor, and how cozy it made the space instantly.

Side note: We decided to not put any curtains on the side(s) because of safety reasons with the tiki’s and the grill, as  well as some bushes being in the way. Not a problem at all, we love the main view where the curtains were placed.

While some of the top layering of wood was peeling, we decided to not worry about replacing until we completely redo the deck and add a patio down the road. Why spend $$$ now when we can just save it, and do it right when we want to add the patio? But honestly once the “deck over” was applied, because of the thickness it helped make it more settle and not be as apparent. It actually adds more of a rustic feel, which I don’t mind at all! 🙂

I hope you enjoyed reading this blog, as much as I did writing it!

 

 

Our New Hanging Pendent Light

Above our kitchen sink, we had no good light… It was time to change that!

Before:

 

Previously, the light was a plain rectangular flush mount light, which made for the sink area to feel “empty”, and also gave of very little amounts of light.  We easily knew what style of pendent-light that we would want for the space, one to fit in with the style of the entire kitchen.  Thanks to Amazon, we found this light for such a good price!  Initially our plan was to take away the cabinet piece sitting above the sink to open up that area. After looking into it we realized it would be a lot more work than what we thought, and take away from the feel of that cabinet style. Considering we just started a big project in another room in our home, we left it go, because we think the addition of the light was exactly what that space needed!

After:

 

 

The addition of the light was a little tricky… Here is what I mean:

After pulling the previous light out, the hole ended up being larger than the new light’s base.

How did we fix this?

  1. A back support was added inside of the hole from previous light with 2 small pieces of wood.
  2. A long rectangular piece of wood was placed to fill the hole left.
  3. Used a wood filler to patch the outside edges of the board from -step 2-
  4. A circular hole was made through the center where the wires would be placed.
  5. Light was installed on the board (light was custom to size, we used 1 cord of 3).

 

We fell in love with this light because the oil bronze goes really well with the rest of the kitchen, and the gold color on the interior of the light just topped it off! We were not picky whether the light had to give off much or little light because honestly we don’t use it all that often, and either way it would have been much better than what was already there anyway. After the light was put up, it instantly gave a cozy and more farmhouse feel to the space, and that is what we were shooting for!

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