Backsplash is In!

The backslash is FINALLY in! John and I bought the materials for the back splash months ago. We had every intention of installing it ourselves, but life got in the way. Luckily, my dad recently hired a general contractor to do some work around his house and asked him how much he would charge to install a back splash.  By this point I had already removed all the wallpaper so everything was ready to go. The contractor gave a bid for a great price and a few weeks later our back splash was up! these pictures don’t do it justice.  I also realize that the back splash looks very busy in the photos, but in person it is not. I am terrible at taking photos.  The next big plans we have for the kitchen are a new chandelier, paint the cabinets, crown molding, and counter tops. Then the kitchen is all done! At least 2 things on the list are small, easy fixes.

I think we are going to find a new chandelier for the kitchen this weekend, but I’m not 100% sure on that yet. I’ll be sure to post when we do. Happy weekend, friends

 

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New Floors!

I was looking back through my posts and was stunned to see I had not written about our new floors!  When John and I first bought our house we thought the carpet was in really good shape considering the previous owners had 3 very large dogs…yea, we thought. A few months after moving in we noticed a small stain that began to get larger. We were very confused because we hadn’t spilled anything, yet the stain was “growing.” I called in the professionals who informed us the previous owners had used a chemical to temporarily hide the stain. The chemical wears off after a few months and the stain is back. Needless to say we were furious. It wouldn’t be worth the time or money to go after the previous owners for being so deceitful, but I do hope karma finds them at their new house.

After living in the house for about a year I couldn’t take the carpet any longer. It looked awful and I was embarrassed to have people over. John and I decided it was time to have lament hardwood put in and we began shopping around to find the perfect floor and a team of installers. We went to the typical places first, Lowes and Home Depot and found flooring we liked and got quotes. I posted online asking for suggestions as well and our neighbor who had just had lament floors put in said he used Costan Flooring and was very happy with the results. I had heard Costan is expensive so I had not suggested we look there, but now that we had quotes from two places I decided what they heck. John and I went, found flooring we love, and set up a time for an estimate. Boy were we surprised when Costan’s estimate came in almost $1,000 cheaper than Lowes or Home Depot. It took about 45 seconds for us to decide to go with Costan. Within a few weeks (we had to wait for the materials to come in) our new floors were installed! We absolutely LOVE them. The house looks so much better and they are so much easier to keep clean.  Below are some of the before and after pictures. If you are in the Richmond, VA area and are looking to have your floors, carpet, or tile replaced, I highly recommend Costan. Ask for Josh : )

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At the last minute we decided to get the landing done too.

 

Next up, backsplash

Weekend Plans

John and Wallace are headed to Whitsett this weekend, but I’m staying home to have some time to myself and attempt to make a dent in the longest to do list ever. I’m really nervous for Wallace to go without me, I know he will be with his dad, but the only times Wallace has spent the night away from me, he’s been at my parents’ house. I’m going to miss my little man something fierce.

Here is my To Do List for the weekend.

  1. Finish 2 blankets I’ve been crocheting, one I just have the boarder to finish and then to block it
  2. CLEAN – everything upstairs and downstairs
  3. clean out my closet and list some stuff on Poshmark and Mercari
  4. see if my dad can take a shelf down – paint wall behind the shelf if he can
  5. paint the banister
  6. sneak off to Moe’s for lunch (I’ve been craving their vegetation nachos for weeks now)
  7. have dinner with my parents
  8. hopefully sleep in some
  9. Take Otis on a few walks.
  10. Laundry, never ever ending
  11. Buy a vase at Pottery Barn or West Elm (currently debating between two)

I’d like to sneak a run in as well. I’ve been doing “really well” losing weight, but started slacking this past week and ended gaining 0.8lbs back. BUT I have lost 22 in the last 2 years. Not as much as I’d like, but half way to my goal weight loss of 40lbs. For a while I was doing really well with getting on our POS treadmill in the evenings, but I got the flu, twice, 2-3 weeks ago, and am just now feeling better, so I haven’t been on that thing in almost a month.  I also noticed I’m snacking at work again, which is really bad! I was easily losing a pound a week when I wasn’t snacking at work, eating a sensible dinner and not eating after 8pm. After this weekend, I’m going restart that routine and hopefully I can shed these last 20lbs a lot faster than the first 20 took to lose. #fingerscrossed.

What are everyone else’s plans this weekend? With so much do to I am doubting I’ll have time to do any online shopping, but I’m going to try and squeeze some in because I’m in the process of organizing our pantry and under the bathroom sink. I have some organizational items picked out from The Container Store, but I want to try and find some more affordable options if possible. Anthropologie also got in some cute clothes and I’ve been itching to go there and do a bit of wandering in the store as well. We shall see how much I get done on my to do list. Wish me luck!

House Update – Lighting

Hey Guys, it has been so long since I’ve posted anything and I feel bad about that. I keep saying I’m going to do better, but then life gets in the way…. bad excuse, I know.  But anyways, I wanted to pop in and give a quick up date on what projects we’ve been doing around the house.

I’ve started and erased, and rewrote, and erased this post several times, but can’t seem to write the post to where I think everything sounds right.  Instead I’m going to take the easy way out and just do  a list of upgrades we’ve made to the house and have planned.

  1. New ceiling fan in the foyer.  When we purchased the house there was a relatively, albeit dated, fan in the foyer. The lights worked, however the fan itself didn’t work. Because of the style of our house we really needed the fan to help cool the house down in the summer and push heat down in the winter. John’s parents were kind enough to buy us this fan for Christmas ( we really don’t need any clothes or other stuff). We had a contractor come out and install the fan as well as tighten the junction box for the fan in the master bedroom. It’s amazing how a little upgrade and make a room look and feel completely different.  (before is on the left and after is on the right)

    2. I wanted to share the fan John installed in our bedroom. One thing I really disliked about our bedroom is how hot it can get at night. We have a small circular fan on a dresser that runs pretty much all the time, but it isn’t able to really cool down the room; which is the primary reason we wanted the fan in the bedroom. Before that there was a very dated (think 1980s) style overhead light. I’m really glad that is gone. I forgot to get a before picture, which I do a lot, so an after picture will have to suffice.
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    3.  Hallway light. Again, nothing was wrong with the hallway light, but the fixture was terribly dated and the didn’t give off much light. John found these LED ceiling flushmount lights at Home Depot.  They come in a 2 pack and are currently on sale for $40, marked down from $100! I love how we can actually see in the hallway now and the flushmount lights are a more modern look while not having that cold look that can sometimes accompany the modern decor style. IMG_8470

Upcoming projects:

– We are having new hardwood floors installed on Friday! Our carpets aren’t in the best shape and I hate to have people over because of their condition, so these floors have been on the top of my wish list since we moved in. After the floors are installed we will need to get some area rugs and a runner for the hallway. I have one area rug picked out for the family room and we have a hand-me-down runner to use temporarily. I am not sure what it is, but I really hate shopping for rugs.

– Backsplash, the original homeowners decided to install wallpaper in the kitchen around the sink and over the counters instead of a backsplash. Again, not a terrible situation, but very dated. John and I used Christmas money we received from family to purchase backsplash tiles and materials. This past week I had a day off and spent a few hours removing the wallpaper and prepping the area for the tile. Everything is all set, we just need to rent a wet saw and find a weekend when my parents can watch Wallace so we can install the backsplash.

– Crown molding and new toilets are next on our list. I am not sure which we will do first, but I’ll be sure to keep you updated on the changes as we make them.

– Also on the list is painting the cabinets. I want to paint the upper and lower cabinets a very soft gray, but John wants to use a light gray chalk paint on just the lower cabinets. I’d love to hear from you on which you think would look better. Personally, I think once we have the floors in and the backsplash up it may be easier to decide which way to go. But please let me know your opinion.

That is all for now. As you can see we have a lot going on around the house on top of raising a very active 21 month old! I promise to try and drop in more often and give updates. Have a great Sunday!