Thursday, October 23, 2014

Dust, Dust, and More Dust

This week has been a little crazy in home renovation land. Last weekend we painted the exterior of the house and removed the carpet in the girls' shared bedroom. Right after getting out of paint mode, we moved on to demolishing our tile floor. I'm not gonna lie, it was a little fun. Since then, the house has been a dust pit. Naturally, everything is lying sprawled out on every surface there is so everything is coated in a layer of dust.

But! But! Our flooring should be completed today. After that, everything that we removed from the bedrooms will be returning and we can all return to some sort of order. After painting the new ceiling and walls, of course. Oh - outlets and outlet covers would help, too.

We were able to celebrate Isabelle's birthday on Wednesday. Since our living room flooring was being installed, I wasn't able to be home all day. So I hijacked my mother-in-law's kitchen and baked a pink frosted cake. We came home later than usual to a fully floored living room, set up our dining room table and had a small celebration. Shortly after that, our living room looked - and still looks - like this.

So on our agenda this weekend is to clean, organize, and clean some more (and then some more). What are your plans for the weekend?

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Hanging Produce Basket

Remember the jelly mold I found at the thrift store? Well, I think it's better for holding fruits and vegetables than for forming food.

This DIY is ridiculously easy. All it takes is some paracord, a drill gun, and metal ring and of course, a jelly mold.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

The State of Our Living Room

I mentioned in this Instagram post that I had rearranged the living room. We recently upgraded to a king size mattress and needed to reconfigure the living room for it to fit. If our living room/bedroom/dining room was staying the same small size, we probably wouldn't have expanded from a queen bed to a king bed.
Cozy living room
Speaking of upgrading to a king; it's amazing. We've been through sharing a queen bed with a baby - twice - and I can't believe we ever managed without a larger bed. Granted, this picture still depicts the anatomy of our bed. In my defense, I am pregnant and sleep with four pillows each night. It's for the growing baby, okay?!

So the bed is behind our couch, which sits in front of the television. I snapped these pictures in a hurry. My son was reading a book for homeschool on the couch and there were piles of laminate floor samples behind me. Needless to say, don't be fooled by an apparently clean house. In actuality, it was a hot mess.
Bed in Living Room
Speaking of a hot mess... since taking these photos, this happened. Now everything is arranged pretty much the same way but pushed up four feet closer the the couch. We moved the tweed chair into the girls' shared room and had to remove the coat rack and the shelves in the dining room.
Living through construction
The other side of that plastic "wall" is still a work in progress. (See this post for more pictures.) Drywall is going in this weekend and then I presume that it will be textured (like most walls in Florida). After that, we should be in the home stretch. We just need to survive all that drywall dust. Oh yes, and the flooring mess. We'll save that talk for another day, though.
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