The First Day of Spring!

Ok, so it’s the 2nd day of spring for those of you reading – but for me – it’s 10:45 pm on Wednesday evening and I’m just now sitting down to bloggggggg… Gulp. I’ve got an hour to whip out a post that’s gonna blow your socks off and leave y’all wondering, “how can she formulate her thoughts into rational sentences at such wee hours?!” Either that or you’ll secretly wish I had just skipped writing this post and moseyed straight to bed…………. “she’s a maniac!”

Eh-hem. Anyways, I basically spent today – the first day of spring – lollygagging around. One of my ventures was shopping for a new sofa to help furnish our un-accommodatingly empty family room! Currently we have 2 chairs, an ottoman and… THAT’S IT. Jared and I don’t always notice how inconvenient this lack-of seating really is, until we have people over and EVERYONE is laying on the floor or breaking their backs on our metal folding-chairs! Sorry, Friends.

I went to Key Home Furnishings first, and this is the sofa that I ALMOST BOUGHT on impulse….

Key Home Sofa

Key Home Sofa

Marked at $600 (today only), it had a cool retro vibe to play-up our 1960’s home, and I could have ordered it in 1,000 different colors! What I liked about it most was its resemblance to the notorious Crate & Barrel “Petrie” Sofa, minus the extra $1,000 on the price tag! In the end, I walked away from it because I couldn’t shake this underlying (slightly sick) feeling of compromise… I knew I was mostly drawn to the limited-time deal, plus I was feeling TONS of unwanted pressure from the sales associate! (Which is weird because I’ve never felt that way while shopping at this store!) BTW: If you do go to Key Home, ask for Bo, she’s the BEST!

I continued on to my FAVORITE store, Z Gallerie! This store is dangerous for my modest pocketbook, but I had a good excuse to go because I was on a strict 24-hour time-period to return some fabric swatches I had picked up the day before. They were very clear about the fact that EACH free sample would suddenly cost me $25 a piece once the clock struck 8! I felt as though I was in some modern-day Cinderella story, racing against time before my “FREE” fairytale spell was broken (leaving me crying on the side of the road with 3 useless patches and a purse looking $75 lighter!) Boo-hoo-hoo-hoooooo 😥  Believe me, I would have sobbed dramatically too.

After returning the swatches and giving ALL their sofas the comfy-test… I found one that was not only satisfying to my tushy when I sat down… but it wasn’t so hard on the design-eyes either! I think I may have even drooled a little while I was laying down, basking in its luxurious abyss! (Then quickly regained my composure just before the sales associates could’ve assumed I was a legitimate “squatter“)!

When I look at this sofa… there’s no ill feeling of compromise… just pure LONGING!

Z Gallerie Sofa

Z Gallerie Sofa

^This, my lovely readers, is a reason to start pinching pennies!^ It’s EXACTLY what my family room needs to accent the black, seafoam, and metallic silver! It’s the right color, shape, style, texture… literally everything I’ve been looking for over the last 6 months! (Can you tell I’m excited?) I’ve seen it there many times before, but never really gave it any serious thought because the floor model isn’t gray, and the price tag used to be outrageous.

Jared and I have  two major purchases we need to make:

1. A new mattress (to replace Jared’s childhood pile of broken-down springs)

2. A family room sofa (Don’t believe it’s a NEED? Talk to our roomy/cousin Alyssa!)

Both are top priority, both a little pricey! Which would you pick? This financial dilemma just gives me ONE MORE REASON to get this garage sale thing up n’ running and make some ca$h to put in the piggybank! In the meantime, I’ll just go to bed and dream of silver sofas and mattresses made in heaven! Too bad my normal thrifting couldn’t come in handy on this one… I just can’t bring myself to adopt that donated/abandoned family of bedbugs!

Good night, sleep tight… Have a wonderful Thursday!

Q: If you were me, which one would YOU buy first?!? Mattress or Sofa?

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Feeling Green

St. Patty's Finds

Today’s St. Patty’s Finds

Trader Joe's Green Lentil

Trader Joe’s Green Lentil

Baby's Board

Baby’s Board

Notice the lack of leprechauns & four-leaf clovers??? St. Patrick’s day has me in a festive mood (even my site-settings received a lucky makeover), but just because I’m “feeling green” doesn’t mean my holiday has to be cliché right!?

Welp, it’s off to church and then to my littlest bro’s GRAD party!!! Tell me about some of your St. P’s party-plans, and while you’re at it, check out my very first entry on my new houseworkTIPS page! (Just as promised!)

– B

PS: Does anyone else ALWAYS forget to wear green until you GET PINCHED? Soooooooo annoying! 

Ready to Paint the Town!

If I told you I was a hoarder would you judge me??? (How rude!) One thing that’s contributing to our ever-growing list of Spring Cleaning chores is the fact that I have a habit of hunting Craigslist, consignment shops, Salvation Army, and Goodwill, for deals on unique items that I could potentially upscale. This refurb-addiction unveiled itself a few years ago when I snagged a $400 chair for a mere $20 bucks! Now these “items of potential” are hiding throughout my entire house, along with my secret stash in the garage :/ Here are just a FEW items……….

CHAIRS GALORE!

CHAIRS GALORE!

Changing Table

Changing Table

Bedstand

Side Table

I guess you could say I’m overly ambitious… at least that sounds less patronizing than upscale-junkie! Comparatively speaking – my (DIY) eyes are much bigger than my (DIY) stomach! That AND my ability to keep up on certain responsibilities took a major dive POST-BABY! My “5-hour-energy” moments don’t yield quite so spectacular results nowadays – so my project-plate is full and I’m just left scrounging for time to maintain the mundane… like LAUNDRY… (puke in my mouth).

Just when I was about to be swallowed whole by this overwhelming ocean of failure, Uncle Sam came to the rescue (via the USPS!) Our timely tax return this year was the exact amount we needed to get out from underneath some financial pressures and get a running-start on our renovations. Headed to Home Depot like a couple of kids going to Disneyland, we made a few significant purchases this last Sunday, one of which is something we’ve needed since move-in day………………..

A PROFESSIONAL PAINT SPRAYER!

Good Ol' Mr. Graco

Good Ol’ Mr. Graco

This, singlehandedly, may be the most efficient investment we have made to date! Not only will this aid my first-world-problem of MORE FIX-IT-FURNITURE THAN I CAN HANDLE, but it will also come in handy for things like painting the moulding, fireplace(s), cabinets… the uses are endless! Knowing that we’re saving ourselves future time, labor, and material costs is like having a weight lifted from our tired shoulders. Oh sweet relief! Once I sell a couple refurbished items to make up for the cost of the sprayer, all the profits will go to support our remodel, furnishing our house, and more upscaling!

Goodbye “insufficient little spray paint cans that were never available in the right color“, I’m ready to paint the town with my new partner in crime! Of course, this also means I no longer have an excuse when Jared asks me why I have so many unfinished projects! Better get on it, B!

Now… which project do YOU think I should start with first!?

MAKE the MOST of MARCH!

make the most of march

What is happening to my life!? Am I the only one who feels like 2013 is literally passing us by? I’m aggressively approaching my 27th birthday, (questioning whether its insignificance is even worthy of celebration), and now we’re just weeks out from welcoming in the blooming SPRING! But we all know what THAT means…….. time to hesitantly embrace the annual tradition of spring cleaning:/ Ho-hummm. On the bright side, I thought I was turning 28 this year, so I’m old enough to forget my age but feeling younger than I did yesterday!!!!

I describe my mixed feelings towards spring cleaning as “anticipated yet hated”. I look forward to getting “all organized up in here“, until I’ve put in a good half-day’s work… sigh… then I just grin n’ bear it while staying focused on the end goal. We all know it’s worth the priceless peace-of-mind and gratification that follows, so we JUST DO IT! Right?  “Just keep cleaning, just keep cleaning…” (Nemo anyone?) It’s perfectly alright if you have to stop for a quick coffee-run and self-pep talk!

This year is the first of nearly seven years together that Jared and I legitimately have major junk to purge and clutter to sort. In the past it’s been more like a deep-scrub & rub-down, (tossing maybe a few items along the way), topped off with some decor sprucing/rearranging, while Hubby stayed busy doing some manly garage tidying! (His/hers duties all the way – we’re not sexists at all!) But after the move it seems as though our belongings have ironically multiplied! Is that even possible after an upgrade? It’s shocking really. At the condo everything was craaaaazy-cramped & compact, but EVERY thing had a place & purpose because EVERY space was specifically furnished.

Now we suddenly have all these misfit things like – chandeliers (I still love) that are too long because we no longer have 10′ ceilings, our queen-size box spring that WILL NOT fit up the unforgiving “Brownstone” staircase no matter how many angles we try, a bunch of baby-business (like bouncers, infant carseat & bathtub, Moses basket, breast pump, Boppys, clothing from newborn – 12mo that may or may not be in style by the time I have my second boy)… the list goes on. Right now, most of this retired stuff is sitting upstairs reeking havoc in my hallway, spare room, and on my sanity. Womp-Wommmp.

Oh and the garage………………………………. Cue the Jaws music, please!

Cue the Jaws music, please!

Da nuh…. Da nuh… Da nuh…

(I’m having so much fun running the mouse in circles over these photos; it really captures the mood of this suspenseful theme song!)

Note: If nothing jumps up at you, this last sentence will just be awkward for the both of us :{

^ This^ my friends, is what it’s like to live theHOUSEWORKlife. How’s that for this year’s spring cleaning chores?!!!

Just kidding! I felt like being dramatic. Did I provoke your dearest sympathies for at-least a moment!? We actually took care of this first-stage-demo-damage back when we ripped the flooring and baseboards out. Since then we’ve refilled the garage with more mess, but thanks to my handy Uncle John it’s ALL gone! He dropped off a big ol’ dumpster for a few days, we loaded it up, then he hauled it off! Phew! At least that’s taken care of… I think I would be crying if this disaster was still piling out of control! All in all, these frightening photo’s = 2 heaping loads + a truck-bed’s worth, to be exact! Including some yard debris, the final weigh-in is: a whopping 8,000 lbs!

Dumpster

To further describe the full-force homeowner’s shock we’re experiencing… One of the (pricey) bennies that comes hand-in-hand with living the condo-lifestyle is: the HOA tends to all the landscaping and exterior maintenance, including siding issues, resurfacing the driveway, powerwashing the patios, painting, etc. Now we’re responsible for a quarter-acre lot, an old home needing continual TLC, and the daunting thought of, “WHERE ARE WE GOING TO GET ALL THIS TIME AND MONEY!?” Therefore, we’re in dire need of a major clean-sweep followed by an UPSCALE YARD SALE ! Yes, I said upscale. The plan is to be all set up and ready by mid-May, and I will be sure to advertise the final date so you can swing by for REFURB deals if you’re in the area!

Speaking of time flying by… February is looooong-gone and I suppose some of you might still be wondering who won the V-Day giveaway (if you don’t already follow me on IG)! Well… let me start out by thanking those of you who participated in my very first B. Art giveaway! I was delighted to hear the positive feedback about my DIY #LOVEcanvas and now I’m more determined than ever to build my B. Art collection so I can FINALLY list them on my Etsy!

Congratulations goes to the lovely K’lyn of LoveWinsPeriod, she is the new and deserv-ed owner of my gold #LOVEcanvas and it fits oh-so-perfectly in her beauty-full home! (If I do modestly say so myself!)

LOVEWINS PERIOD

LOVE.
WINS. PERIOD.

 I just love gray and gold together ❤

I also asked a bonus question during my V-day giveaway: “What *MAJOR* remodel addition is evident *THROUGHOUT* the room-by-room photo gallery that has NOT been documented on this blog???”

photo

^ The Answer: The Moulding! Ding, Ding, Ding!!!!!!! ^

I suppose many of you sat there racking your brains and searching through old posts thinking, WHAT IS IT DARN IT!?!! I tried to give y’all hints by using the **KEYwords** above, but I think it’s easy to overlook such a familiar detail, esp if you’d  forgotten that we ripped the old stuff out! So props to @whitneyroe’s good eye for catching this sneaky-sly add-on! (Whit: Enjoy drinking at Dutch Bros… Hopefully your hubs will let your preggers-self have some coffee just these FEW times, maybe!?)

Sawhorse

Caution: Work Zone

Air Compressor

Air Compressor
Man, these things are loud!

Most importantly, a very special thanks is due: to my father-in-law, Pastor Pops, the man of many trades! Not only can he get up and preach with the best of ’em, but he can also wear a tool belt like nobody’s business! After talking to him one day and bouncing off ideas about the different types of moulding we could purchase, he caught me off guard with his passive offer to BUY us the baseboards and window casings we wanted for the ENTIRE lower level! He just threw it out there like it was no-big-deal so I thought, “wait, is he serious, or??!!!?” Before we knew it, he was making phone calls, doing what was necessary to track down the exact style I was looking for at the best price; Then once the shipment was in, he came over here, measured, cut and tacked that stuff up like it was, again, NO-BIG-DEAL!!! It has made all the difference downstairs… everything looks so finished and put-together now!

DIY Molding Installation

Thanks Pops, big bro-in-law Benji (aka Ben Tanner), Gramps, and my little bro Austin, FOR ALL YOUR HARD WORK!
Love all the great men in my life!

Chanel Stripes

A JOB WELL-DONE

Crowned Window & Door Casings

CROWNED Window & Door CASINGS!
Crowned casings lengthen your doors/windows by adding a few inches of height and drawing your attention upwards

Up to his knees in moulding!

Up to his knees in moulding!

A simple fix like replacing your floor registers can really add unexpected flare!

^Den^

From standard to stately, the higher baseboards and crowned casings have dramatically changed the personality of our home, bringing out its colonial character. I couldn’t be more content with our choice of moulding and now we just need to apply some wood-fill to the nail holes and choose a paint color. Note: you’ve just been looking at the primer. Let me tell you, it’s been such a blessing to be surrounded by close friends and family who care so much and who want to help us out. Every once in a while this whole remodel thing can feel like a giant monstrosity screaming in our face, “DIY or DIE!” It’s amazing how one act of kindness can go so far! Now our doors and windows have been generously wrapped in love;) #ahhhhh #soCHEESY.

In closing, & getting back to my original plot for this post: Join me in my undertaking to Make the Most of March! Get clean, get organized, get SIMPLE, get sane! I don’t want to do this alone! Then after you’ve achieved this noteworthy accomplishment, comment on this post with a project you’re proud of for an opportunity to have your SPRING CLEANING success shared on my blog! (Even if it’s as simple as organizing that dysfunctional junk-drawer!)  I’m of the belief that ALL clever ideas, big or small, should be shared; because who DOESN’T want to benefit from the little discoveries that can make life easier?

I bid you all well-cleaning and well-eating-of malted Robin Eggs… perhaps even cleaning while eating malted Robin Eggs… anything to cushion the grind! (I just realized that Easter is the ONE Holiday that I don’t decorate for! What does that say about me!? I need to think of something creative to express my gratitude towards my Savior’s sacrifice! Time for another DIY project maybe?)

Happy Spring Cleaning to ALL, let’s go MAKE THE MOST OF MARCH!

make the most of march