Monday, March 30, 2015

2 years

Today we are celebrating our 2nd wedding Anniversary!  Happy Anniversary Babe!  There is no one else I'd want to share life with.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Favorite Finds - Scalloped Table

Happy Palm Sunday everyone! We have had a very busy weekend celebrating my brother-in-law and nephews birthdays as well as trying to set some time aside to relax. This coming week, I'm prepping the house to celebrate Easter. We'll be hosting Easter lunch and I'm excited to have my house filled with the people I love.

One of my favorite things about shopping is finding great deals! (what girl doesn't?)  It does my dutch heart good to find something and pay next to nothing for it!  I thought I would showcase one of my favorite ones today.

This great little table I found about 2 years ago at a place in town called Changing Thymes.  I walked towards it and thought, “that’s cute, I wish I had a house to put that in”.  I couldn't get it out of my mind and I started getting worried that someone else would see it and want to buy it.  I sent my husband a text and asked if he was ok with me getting it, since we didn't have a place for it.  He gave me the go ahead and I’m so thankful he did! 

 I still need to give it a fresh coat of paint and may even paint the inside of the table a fun accent color.  I’m so glad that I got to take this guy home.  We've moved this guy around a couple different times so far and it looks great in every spot!

Don’t you love the feet and the scallops edges on the top?!  

I'm loving decorating this table for the season.  It was a great spot for my little Christmas Village and now my Easter bunnies and mason jar wax warmer add some color to the end of the hallway.

What is something that you just couldn't live without?  Are there pieces that you kick yourself for not getting?  Have a great week!

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Repurposed crate turned shelf

I love shopping for antiques and re-purposing them in new ways.  For the main bathroom I wanted to put something above the toilet that was both pretty and functional.  One Saturday, my husband and I decided to spend the day antiquing in town.  We ended up at The Painted Farmgirl in Hudsonville for the first time.  Almost right away I spotted this crate and decided it was the perfect piece to hang above the toilet for that extra storage I was looking for.  The size was perfect and the price was great!  
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Since this crate was going in the bathroom, I wanted to protect it from getting rust on the metal or for the wood to get too much moisture.  I had some matte polyurethane for another project and I added a couple of light coats on the crate.  Once it was dry I just added some nails in the wall and hung it up.  Now I've got a spot off my counter for some little pretty things, my q-tips, lotion and makeup brushes.  How cute is this!?  

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Don’t you love this little porcupine and the makeup brush holder?
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What do you think?  Do you love it as much as I do?  I love that it add character and it feels like it has a story to tell.  

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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

The afters

So, last time I showed you what our house looked like the very first time we stepped foot into it.  Hopefully, that didn't scare anyone away!  Today I’d like to show you a couple of the spaces again, but all cleaned up and looking much better!  
The kitchen is brand new.  New cabinet, counter tops, floor, and appliances.  We were able to choose the counter top (but only as far as what kind of Formica pattern we wanted) I would love to have a solid surface but we were unable to get that this time around.  We chose to go with oil-rubbed bronze fixtures around the house.  I love the warm vibe from them.  The sink I also picked out is a Silgranit sink by Blanco.  It looks fantastic and holds up really well to heat, stains and scratches.
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One thing we debated on was having the cabinet lighting put it.  It was extra to get it and I thought we’d be better off by saying the money.  But boy am I glad my husband insisted on getting them.  We love those lights!  Not only do they add extra task lighting for cooking, but they just look awesome!  So, take it from me, if you get the chance to put cabinet lighting in, DO IT!
Throughout the main floor, we used the same paint color, Sherwin Williams Versatile Gray.  The trim throughout is color-matched with the cabinets that are in the kitchen.
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All the floors in the house are the original hardwood.  There are several spots with stains but overall they look great.  The living room originally had a wood burning fireplace.  As you can see in the photo above, there is a new one ready to be set up.  Unfortunately, the new fireplace was going to stick out too far and we decided to not have one installed.  We plan to install a gas fireplace here in the future.  In the meantime, we have the pipe capped off.  We also plan to install a mantle and we’ve been on the lookout for the perfect one.  
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The basement received all new carpet and a fresh coat of paint.  New (and some just re-painted) ceiling tiles and just a good cleaning made this feel like a huge transformation.  The paint used down here was Sherwin Williams Heron Plume.  At this point, not much has been done downstairs as we are focusing most of our attention to the main floor.  

So there is a glimpse into what the house looks like now.  I’m looking forward to sharing with you what the house looks like now that we have furniture and decor in it.  I’d love to hear what you think.  

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Sunday, March 15, 2015

First look

Today I’m going to give you a bit more of a glimpse into what our house looked like when we agreed to purchase it.  (So be prepared for a pretty long post) The house had been a foreclosure and was vacant for about a year.  A real estate group purchased the house in December, to begin the work of renovating it.  
2 months later is where we come in.  We had been looking for houses for a while and finally found one to put an offer on.  We were outbid but the seller happened to be this real estate group.  He suggested we come and check out this house and they would offer it to us at the same price as the one we just lost out on.  The house was definitely in construction mode when we saw it for the first time.  They had removed a couple walls and the house felt very open and had a nice flow.  Because it was in the beginning stages of a remodel, we were told we could have a say in some of the finishes and paint.

To give you an idea of the state of the house, here are some photos of the day we saw it for the first time.  (please pardon the blurry cell phone photos)

The first photo shows the kitchen and dining room.  They took down a wall between the two and had framed out where the cabinets and bar would be going.  They had also put down the tile on the kitchen floor.  The entire house had the green paint on both the walls and the ceilings.  The walls were also covered in stains and dirt.  
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Gross, right?  But we continued on.  We have one full bathroom on the main floor.  Here is what that looked like…..
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This room was being used as a catch-all at this point.  They had ripped out the walk-in shower, toilet, vanity and all the tile.

The basement may have been the worse part of the house.  According to several people we’ve talked to, the family that had lived here had as many as 12-15 people living in this house at one time.  The basement had a small kitchen and another full bathroom.  All the ceiling tiles were either stained or just missing.  There was even some adult magazine and medical paraphernalia scattered on the floor.  
We loved the fact that the basement so big and open and had a fireplace and bathroom.  Eventually we will add a small kitchen or wet bar in this area.
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Oh look, there’s the kitchen cabinets they took out.

While there were many things about the house that we were concerned with, there were a lot of pluses.  The windows, furnace, water heater and kitchen would all be new.  It had 2 full baths with the possibility of a 3rd downstairs. (we plan to do that one ourselves at some point)  There was a 2 stall garage with, get this, an attic and a basement!  For my husband, that was a big one.  He loved the idea of having a basement in the garage.  I refuse to go down there, it’s gross, there are no lights and there are plenty of things living down there that I do not want to encounter. The neighborhood is great and is one that I always wanted to live in.  We have met several neighbors and it’s funny how many of them say that they know our house because of what a wreck it had been prior to us getting it.  That really makes me want to spruce it up and make it look like it once did before it was used and abused.

So, there you have the first look at what our house looked like.  What do you think?  Would you have agreed to purchase a house that was in that state?  

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Thursday, March 12, 2015

Let's get this party started

I've thought about this for the longest time and today I’m making it a reality.  I’m starting a blog.  I've started blogs before but I didn't have much thought put into them.  Maybe this time will be different, I hope so.  
My husband and I purchased our first house this past spring and we are slowly (too slow for me) working on making it our own.  We have a long list of projects and updates that we would like to do to our house.  This blog seemed like the perfect place to document the many changes that will be taking place at our house.  Some will be big and many will be small.  

But, first things first.  Introductions:

About Me: I’m Christin.  Just your average Christian Midwest girl, married to a super cute and  wonderful husband.  I sure was blessed to find a man who loves to shop almost as much as I do!  I work full time. I love working on crafts, painting, making cards, decorating and everything creative.   I love Dr Who, Fixer Upper (who doesn't!!) and Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries.  I’m a momma to 3 fur babies, Teddy, Stanley and Margot.

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About the fur babies:
Stan & Margot - brother and sister.  Super cute, cuddly, playful and lazy.  Stan makes most of his noise at night, while we are trying to sleep.  Talking to anyone who will listen.  Margot is the sweet, silly one.  She loves to head-butt you and has the cutest, softest meow there is.  
Teddy- rescued pup, husky/lab.  Raised as an outdoor dog on a farm and is now fully crate-trained, house-broken and spunky hole-digger.

About the House:  Just your average cape cod in a quiet and cute little neighborhood.  We purchased it post-flip.  You’d think that would be the end of the story but there is much more!  Before we got our hands on this place it’s story involved the worst house on the block, restraining orders, “adopted” homeless people and foreclosure.  We are on a mission to fix what was supposed to be fixed before we purchased it.  

To say I was not prepared for what lied ahead is an understatement.  The ceilings were stained and nasty, the paint was horrible, the kitchen was ripped out and the basement looked like it belonged in a horror movie.  We walked through the house and decided on the spot that it was the house for us!  

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But, we love of house and it works great for us right now.  

I hope you will come on this journey with me!
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