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Console Table Redo…

Are you guys getting sick of all my DIY painted furniture projects?  I hope not cause here is another one.  I would like to present my console table redo. 😉

Changing up this old table…

This console table is pretty old.  It used to have a TV on top of it for years, until we moved into the House house and started using it as an actual console table.  Except, it didn’t match anything once I painted all our other old dark wood furniture.  So, guess what I did?  Yup, I painted it.  But I added a map to the top to make it a little different.  Here is how I did my console table redo.

console table before
console table before

Step 1, the map…

I’ve been wanting to add a map to a piece of furniture after seeing a few projects on Pinterest that I liked, and thought what better place than my console table redo.  I started searching for one and was having trouble finding a map that fit.  This table is 42″ long and they don’t really make maps that big, at least none that I could find.  I did however find this stuff called a ‘project roll’ at Joann’s (see pic below).  It is almost like wrapping paper, except a little thicker. Bonus, it was on sale for $2.99! It still wasn’t long enough though so I had to cut it to size.  I mean, it was plenty long, as you can see below, only the map kept repeating itself and everytime it repeated there was a border. After brainstorming a bit, I decided to cut off the top and bottom border and then the middle border too. I had to overlap where I cut off the border, by matching up the exact location on the map.  Sounds complicated but it wasn’t.

It looked like this, see below.  You can see that the continents repeat but you can’t really see where I cut the border off and glued it back together.  I wanted North America to be in the middle, but as you can see there are 2 Asia’s, Europe’s, Africa’s, etc., one on either side.

First I used an exacto knife to cut it down, then I used the actual console table as a template and some scissors to make sure it fit perfectly.

Step Two, Painting…

Since I still had some leftover, I used this same blue that I used to paint this bar area shown below, and these bar stools.  It is also the same color as our dining room.

 

I brought the table outside to my “workshop”, aka the covered lanai, and started painting it.  I gave the top one coat and the rest three.  I wanted the top to be blue underneath the map since I cut the map so there is a slight border, maybe 1/8″ all the way around.

Step 3, Adding the Map…

To add the map to the table, I used Mod Podge to glue it in place.  I started at one end and slowly kept appling glue to the table top and then slowly sticking the map to the table.  Once it was all glued I tried to smooth out any bubbles.

Once dry, I applied 2 more coats of Mod Podge on top of the map to seal it, then 3 coats of Sealer. I used Minwax, Water Based Polycrylic Clear Finish.  I have to admit that all the bubbles on the top were freaking me out!  I kept smoothing them down with a rolling pin and my fingers, and the edge of a spatula, but some of them were stubborn.  I even popped a few with a pin.  I kept thinking, OMG what did I do, this looks terrible.  Anyway, after it sat and dried overnight all the bubbles magically disappeared! Whew!!!

And,that is pretty much it!  Overall, I really like how it came out.  Using left over paint and other materials in our garage, it only took me a couple of hours and a couple of dollars to do!  The only thing I had to buy was the map, and that only cost $2.99!

Here are some more before/after shots.  I styled it using the same stuff as before; a collection of shells, white vases and a shadow box that my bridesmaids made me the year I got married of all our wedding memorabilia.

What do you guys think?  Do you have any projects to share with me?

Playhouse Makeover

Check out what our neighbors did with another neighbors old playhouse they were giving away.

Y’all know I love a good makeover and upcycling story as I’ve done of lot of makoever-ing and upcycling myself.  As much as I’d love to be able to throw away all my old furniture and get all new stuff, it isn’t happening at the House house, at least not right now.  So since we’ve moved in here I’ve painted and/or updated a lot of our old stuff.  Like my dining room table, these old bar stools, some left over wood pallets, and even these wine corks just to name a few.  Anyway, I thought I’d show you how my neighbors made over this old playhouse.   Yay for makoevers!

Before…

Here is the before picture of the playhouse.  Our neighbor’s 2 girls had outgrown it so they passed it off to our neighbors across the street who’s little girl just turned 2.  It is the perfect size for her.  It was cute before, but definitely had seen better days.  The stain was fading from the sides and the blue trim was looking a little dull.

Kids Playhouse, Before
Kids Playhouse, Before

What they did…

This wasn’t a difficult project, just time consuming.

After they got it home (they live just 2 houses away from each other) they (mostly Bob, the dad) started working on it.

First, he sanded the sides and roof using a hand sander.  This took some time.  These projects are never ‘quick’, especially when you work full time and have 2 kids at home.

Once that was finished, he re-stained the sides and roof to freshen it up. He used a different color stain for both.

Lastly, he painted the trim and door purple (their daughters favorite color) and the accents pink.  He also got creative with the door and used a piece of wainscoting to fill in the bottom half.

Overall this was not to difficult and look how stinkin’ cute it came out!

I think it’s safe to say their daughter loves it.  Look how happy she is in it! And guess what, my boys like it too (and they are 8 and 10), and this little one’s brother (who is 9) and all the neighborhood kids.  They’ve been over there playing in it, even though some of them barely fit.

See what you can do with a little elbow grease and some creativity? And it saved them lots of money not having to buy a new house. These playhouses are not cheap!  Good job neighbors!

Check out one last before/after…

Featuring a Friends Amazing Kitchen Makeover

Kitchen Makeover….

My friend (Jamie) redesigned her kitchen and it is so gorgeous I just had to share it with y’all.  Jamie and her family live in my neighborhood and bought their house several years ago.  As I’ve mentioned before, most of the homes in this neighborhood were built in the 80’s and many have not been updated ever, or for a very long time.  Jamie is in the design business and has amazing taste and style.  She and her handy husband did a lot of the work themselves, and were able to complete their kitchen makeover without the huge price tag.

If you missed the post about my own kitchen reveal you can find it here.

The Before…

First, let’s take a look at the kitchen before pictures. She didn’t have a whole lot of them to share, but you get the idea.  Here was the kitchen when they bought the house.  Nice, but a little outdated, dark and just sort of blah.

The After… 

Pretty different, wouldn’t you say?

The Details…

They replaced all the cabinets and installed a classic subway tile backsplash.  The gorgeous countertop is a honed Calcutta Apuano marble with 3 waterfall edges.  The cabinetry hardware is from School House Electric, the pendant lighting is Kitchler, and the sconce above the sink is Hudson Valley lighting.  They put up custom shiplap from sheets of plywood that they ripped to size, painted, and installed. They handmade the gorgeous barn doors from Brazilian wood that were former car pallets.  So cool.  (I really wish we had installed some barn doors somewhere in the House house, but I digress.)

They installed French doors, where there used to be a window, that leads out to the back yard.  The beautiful and cozy banquette was also custom made by Jamie’s husband. The art above the banquette is a DIY that features a beautiful indigo textile covered by acrylic sheets.  The lantern above the dining table is from Visual Comfort.

Pretty nice job they did, huh?  I just love their style!  What do you guys think?

Jamie and family are moving away, unfortunately.  But, they were able to sell this house (not surprisingly) very quickly.  Who wouldn’t want to cook in this kitchen?

Refinishing Bar Stools to Look New Again

A weekend DIY project…

I posted these refinished bar stools on social media and people seemed to like them, so I thought I’d put together a short tutorial on how I refinished them.

We inherited these hunter green bars stools from a house we bought and then later sold.  The previously home owners had left them.  I’ve wanted to refinish them ever since, and I finally did it! Here is how….

Refinished Bar Stools, Before
Refinished Bar Stools, Before

Dealing with the legs…

First, we took the tops off.  These are the kind of stools that spin around.  The hardware needed some WD40 anyway since some of them didn’t spin so great anymore. My husband took care of that while I did the rest.

I started by lightly sanding the stools legs.  I just wanted to scuff them up a bit so the paint would have something to stick to.

Then, I spray painted the legs using this Valspar paint with a built in primer.  I used one whole can per chair, and even bought an extra can, just in case, and used that whole can too doing touch ups. I flipped them upside down, sprayed, waited for them to dry, and then flipped them right side up and did the same, to make sure I didn’t miss any spots.

Dealing with the Tops…

I sanded the tops thinking that I’d try to stain them the same color as the top of this refinished table I did a while ago.  However, they looked terrible!  They just weren’t taking the stain the same way the table did.  We have a lot of left over paint in the garage, so I took a look and decided to use the wall color from our dining room instead of the stain.  And yes, that looked much better!  You can see in the picture below the one top I hadn’t yet painted.  Looked terrible, right? That was with at least 2 coats of stain. Maybe if I keep adding layers of stain it would have looked better?  I dunno. I didn’t think so.

Painting the tops of the stools
Painting the tops of the stools

After I painted all of them I was thinking, hmmmm, it needs something more. They seemed a little boring.  So off to Hobby Lobby I went looking for a stencil.  I originally was looking for a shell, preferably a starfish, but they didn’t have one.  Then I found this anchor and thought, bingo.

Back to our garage I went to figure out what color to use for the stencil.  I was going to use white but decided to use TopSail, which is the color in our living room, and such a pale blue that it looks almost white.  After they dried there were a few spots that needed to be touched up, which I did using a small paintbrush.  Easy peasy and they don’t look half bad!

Refinished Bar Stools, After
Refinished Bar Stools, After

Last but not least…

I added a few coats of polyurethane to prevent any chipping.  I was told to use water based, instead of oil based, to prevent yellowing.  We’ll see how it holds up.

I really like how they came out and they will be perfect for extra seating when we are entertaining. Also, the kids like to sit in these stools in front of the aquarium and check out the fish.

I’ve got a table to tackle next.  Stay tuned for that.  I hope you found this helpful.

DIY Wine Cork Project…

What to do with all your saved wine corks…

First off, I can’t believe its been over 3 weeks since I’ve posted anything.  First my son’s birthday, then Christmas, then New Year’s, then I lost a friend to breast cancer and had a hard week getting thru that. Anyway, I am back and ready to share this little project with you.  Hope you enjoy.

Are you a wine drinker like me?  Do you save all your corks like me too?  Then they sit there in a vase or jar or something forever and you think, what the hell am I gonna do with all these, but you can’t seem to throw them all away?  Sound familiar?  Well, I finally decided to do something with all of mine and make this DIY wine cork sign.  And it was super easy!

DIY wine cork project…

I wanted to write out either the word “cheers” or “BAR” to hang above our bar area. I headed to Hobby Lobby to see what they had for wooden letters and decided on these.  These letters are about 10 inches high, are very thin, and cost less than 2 dollars each.  They also had some cursive letters that I liked, but they were not as tall as these, and I wanted them pretty tall. I am sure most craft stores carry similar wooden letters, in case you don’t have a Hobby Lobby near you.

DIY wine cork project
DIY Bar Sign using wine corks

First, I sorted my corks and arranged them on the ‘B’ before gluing them down.  After messing around with different patterns, I decided to go from light on the top to dark on the bottom.  Second, I glued them down with my fabulous glue gun.  That is pretty much all there is to it!  I told ya it was easy.

I must admit that about half way thru the ‘A’, I’d used up all my corks, and then had to ask friends if I could have theirs.  This B alone has around 70 corks!!!  That is a whole lotta wine.  Luckily I know a few big wine drinkers who were willing to donate their stash to me so I could finish. 😉

DIY wine cork project
DIY Wine Cork Sign

One last thing.  These letters did not come with anything on the back for hanging, so my husband nailed some small sawtooth hangers on so we could hang them up.

Easy Peasy!  AND, here is the final product…

DIY wine cork project
DIY Wine Cork BAR sign

A few more pictures…

I found the ‘House Winery’ sign on Amazon.  It is an old wine barrel top, customized with our last name and est. date.  (We put 2016 since that is the year we moved into the House house.)

It hangs above the bar that I refinished a while back, using the same technique as my dining table. Looks much better in our space.

Hope you enjoyed this simple and extremely easy little project.

Have you ever done anything with all your wine corks?  I’d love to see.

DIY Christmas Balls (and last days to enter my giveaway)

balls…

hehehe, it’s just one of those words that makes you laugh.  Like the Schweddy balls skit on Saturday Night Live. If you have never seen it, do yourself a favor and watch it.  It’s hilarious!  So when I made these giant DIY Christmas balls for the huge tree in our front yard (and had a total Pinterest fail) there were a lot of jokes and laughs had by all.

DIY Giant Christmas Balls
Giant Christmas Balls

Here is how it went down.  I saw these DIY Christmas balls made from beach balls on Pinterest and thought they looked easy to make (and they were, thanks to the tutorial).  But first I had to go to 1 Target and 2 different Walmarts (not my favorite place) to find the damn beach balls.  I live in FLORIDA people.  You’d think every Walmart and Target in this area would have beach balls year round.  But, nope!  The 2nd Walmart I visited was the charm.  I bought 4 balls.  Then I had to find some medium sized food containers to use for the tops.  I had some in the fridge so I emptied them into tupperwear and cleaned them out. I had wire coat hangers in the closet to use for the hooks.  For the other materials, I went to Home Depot and bought the silicone glue that the tutorial said to use, and this awesome metallic spray paint that I’ve been spraying every empty wine bottle I come across (or maybe drank).

So, I bent the coat hangers into a U-shape and stuck them into the sides of the food containers, then spray painted them.  Next, I glued the food containers to the tops of my balls using the silicone glue (waited for the glue to dry overnight) then my husband helped me hang them in the tree.  My friends and neighbors stood back and admired my lovely balls!  My balls were hanging quite nicely and looked on point.

Imagine my surprise when the next morning I went to admire my big balls only to discover one ball was floating around my yard, one was in the neighbor’s yard across the street, and one was next door!  My poor nicely hung balls!  The silicone glue obviously did not hold.  I had to run around and collect my broken balls in my jammies, bed head and all before I even had a sip of coffee.

So, what went wrong?  One friend told me that “I needed to use proper ball adhesive and to make sure my balls were rubbed smooth before applying.”  Another said, maybe “I didn’t rub my balls hard enough before I glued them.”   Another said, “maybe my balls were too big and that there are videos on youtube on how to deal with big balls.”   “What can I say”, I replied to that comment, “I like big balls”.  I am sure you can think of a funny thing or two to add here too, right?  Yes I am in my 40’s and still find this funny.  I hope none of you are offended.  So juvenile I know.

So, my husband went and bought me another kind of glue  (Gorilla Glue) and that did the trick.  My balls have been hanging quite nicely in my tree for over a week.  Whew.

Aren’t my balls nice? What do you think?

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DIY Easy Christmas Craft

DIY Wine Bottle Christmas Craft…

I posted this DIY wine bottle Christmas craft idea on social media and thought I’d write up a quick tutorial on how I did it, even though it is probably pretty self explanatory.  These only took me about 1/2 hour to make (not including waiting for the paint to dry).

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Step One – Drink wine.  Lots of it, or at least three bottles. 🙂  Save those bottles (and corks too – for other projects).  Take off the labels using soap and water, Goo Gone, and whatever tools necessary. I have one of these mini razor blade scraper thingys and it rocks.  I use it all the time.  It is especially good on our flat, electric stove top and for getting sticky stuff off your floors, but also is great for getting wine labels off of bottles.

Mini Razor Blade Scraper
Mini Razor Blade Scraper

Step Two –  Spray paint them.  I used this Valspar Metallic Spray Paint and it is amazing.  But, you could use white for a more beachy look or red or any color you like. I bought this at Lowes but also saw it at Hobby Lobby. Wait for it to dry until moving onto the step three. This stuff dried pretty fast.

Metallic Spray Paint
Metallic Spray Paint

Step Three – Decorate.  I went to Hobby Lobby and found the red string and the Christmas holly.  I know that store is not for everyone, but I could spend hours in there.  I used plain red, shiny string, but they had red and white stripped string that would have looked good too (like a candy cane). Or you could use plaid or red or green ribbon or thin rope for a beachy look. Use your imagination. They had tons of different kinds of holly and leaves, etc too.  I liked these because they were shiny like the spray paint.  If you do not have a Hobby Lobby near you, try Michael’s or Joann’s or any craft store.  Lucky for me, we have all three of these in our area.

DIY Wine Bottle Christmas Craft
Shiny String Used for Wine Bottle Christmas Craft

Step Four – Glue string around the bottle top.  I used my glue gun but if you don’t own one, I think just using any glue (probably even elmers) would work to get the string to to adhere to the bottle.  Make sure your glue line is in the back.

DIY Wine Bottle Christmas Craft

DIY Wine Bottle Christmas Craft

Step Five –  Glue letters to the string.  I used these cursive ones, but they also had 3 or 4 other styles.  You might choose to spray paint these too, but I kept them natural.  Also, you don’t have to use the word ‘Joy’ you could spell out whatever you want depending on how many wine bottles you have (you lush – haha just kidding, I won’t judge).

Wooden letters for DIY Christmas Craft
Wooden letters for DIY Christmas Craft

Step Six – Put the holly or whatever you bought into the bottles and set out for decoration.

So there you have it.  Easy Peasy!  You could also do something similar with mason jars, which you can pick up at any craft store for fairly cheap.  Paint, decorate and then put a tea light candle in it.  That would look great too.  Please let me know if you make these.  I would love to see!

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Pallet Projects

Projects made out of pallets…

Pallets are so versatile and you can usually find them for FREE.  If you search Pinterest or Google for ‘pallet projects’ you will be amazed at the things you will see. The possibilities are endless.  I have always wanted to make a porch swing using pallets, but I think it is beyond my scope of capability.  Maybe someday I’ll be brave enough to try it.  Anyway…..

Check out all the fun things that my friends have made using all the left over pallets from the House house renovation.  How cool are these?

But my favorite project (below) was made by my crafty friend, Bannon, who has been featured on this blog before.  You could see all her other fun DIY projects here, here and here. We hung this up in our entryway. Cute right?

Another friend made this absolutely amazing table from pallets, just not pallets from the House house.  There is a whole tutorial on how he built it here.  Isn’t it awesome?

Finished Table made from pallets
Finished Table made from pallets

Our own pallet project….

As for us, well we saved a bunch of pallets for our own project too.  We plan to turn them into a garden on the side of the house.  We are going to get started on that soon.  Has anyone ever tried this?  Did it work?

Pallet Garden
Pallet Garden

So, there you have it.  Pallets are pretty cool.  Don’t ya think?

Do you have any pallet projects you want to share with me?  Contact me!

Refinishing a Dark Wood Table

Refinishing our dark wood table was something I’ve wanted to do since we moved into the House house, but I was a little afraid of ruining it.  I loved this table, and it’s color, when we first bought it over 12 years ago but it just didn’t look right in our new home.  We use it as a kitchen table for casual everyday meals when we are not sitting at our enormous kitchen island, or in our dining room.  It was a dark chocolate brown and I was unsure if I’d ever be able to lighten it up.  Well, thankfully I was, and I am so happy with the result.  Here is a step by step of how I did it.

Materials…

Klean Strip paint stripper
Klean Strip after wash
paintbrush
paintbrush cleaner
hand sander with different paper grits
stain, I used Minwax Weathered Oak
polyurethane, I used Minwax Satin Polycrylic Protective Finish
chalk paint (to paint the legs)
wax sealer
safety glasses
mask
rags

Step 1:  Stripping the paint…

The first thing you need to do when refinishing a piece of furniture is strip off all the old paint using a paint stripper.  A very nice guy at Home Depot helped me pick one out.  He recommended Klean Strip, as shown below.  You just apply a coat of it, wait a few minutes, then scrape it off.  I had to do this several times as I was working outside and it was very hot and humid so some of the stripper dried too quickly.  I only did the top of this table since I planned to paint the legs white.  Once you are done stripping the paint off, you then need to apply some Paint Stripper After Wash.  I used Klean-Strip.  This product essentially removes any paint residue left from the stripping process.  To use, follow the instructions on the back of the can and make sure you wear gloves and safety googles.

Here is how it looked after using the stripper and after wash.  Again, I used several coats. It was still too dark for my liking, so I started sanding.

Refinishing a Dark wood table
Refinishing a Dark wood table

Step 2: Sanding…

Please make sure you wear a mask and safety googles if you attempt this. Thankfully, we have a hand sander and the thing is awesome.  Although it is very messy and very noisy.  I used a few different sand paper grits when doing this.  I started with 80 and then went up to 220 to finish it off.

I continued to sand until I liked how it looked.  I was going for a ‘farm house’ feel.  I could have kept sanding until all the colors were even but I was happy with the uneven, weathered look.

Step 3: Staining…

Once I was done sanding I had to decide what stain color to use so I went back to Home Depot to pick one out.  I suppose I could have just left it the way it was but I thought using some stain would enhance the color.  First I tried using some left over white pickling stain (as you can see on the far right part of the table) that I had in the garage, but I wasn’t happy with it.  I ended up choosing Weathered Oak by Minwax after searching Pinterest for ideas.

Before you begin applying the stain make sure to clean up all the dust. I used a damp rag, then a dry one to get rid of every last speck of dust.

I applied 2 thin coats of stain and was happy with the way it looked.  Here is a picture of the different stages of color.

Step 4: Apply Polyurethane and Paint the Legs…  

I waited overnight for the stain to dry thoroughly before applying the polyurethane.  The back of the can said to to apply at least 2 coats of poly, but I thought it needed at least 4.  This is a dining table after all,  and I wanted to protect it from getting water damage, scratches, etc.  This stage takes a while since you have to wait for it to dry for 3-4 hours in between coats.  You also need to sand lightly in between each coat.

Refinishing a dark wood table
Polyurethane Oak stain about to be applied

After I applied each coat of poly I started painting the legs white.  I used chalk paint that I mixed myself using this recipe that I found online, or can can purchase chalk paint at many hardware stores and online.

1/3 cup plaster of Paris
1/3 cup water
mix these 2 ingredients together first
then add 1 cup of paint
and stir until smooth and mixed thoroughly.

For those who don’t know, chalk paint is awesome.  It allows you to paint most furniture without having to sand or anything else. Since the wood was so dark the legs needed about 3-4 coats of paint. Once that was totally dry I brushed on a little wax sealer and I was done.

I love how it came out. This whole process took around 3 days since you have to wait for things to dry. There isn’t much you can do to speed up the process, but it is worth it in the end.

Before and after. Refinishing a dark dining table
Before and after. Refinishing a dark dining table

Finishing Touches…

I found this adorable settee at Tuesday Morning.  I had been eyeing the exact one online at Wayfair but a friend spotted this for me and I couldn’t believe it.  It is perfect.  The artwork is from Home Goods.  I wasn’t sure if I was crazy about the chairs, which are from West Elm, but I think it works, for now at least.  The last thing I would like to do is add some sort of light fixture above the table, but I’ve got to convince my husband first.  Adding things means $$$.

Here is one more look at the Before and After.  Much better don’t ya think?

I am so happy with how it came out and am now inspired to tackle our bar which is the same dark stain.  Stay tuned for that project!

What do you think?

House Remodel Move In Update and a little DIY Project – July 2016

Summer is flying by.  I can’t believe it is already mid July!  We hosted our first House house party on July 4th.  It was just a smallish, last minute get together but it was a great time.  We lit some fireworks off in our backyard (it is legal here in FL) but it was hard to compete with natures fireworks.  The lighting storm was CRAZY.

Nothing makes you get more organized or more ready to hang pictures, decorate, and clean than hosting a party.  🙂  My husband and I were scrambling to hang artwork and get rid of every last unpacked box in the house.  It wasn’t completely ready (and still isn’t) but it was good enough and our guests didn’t seem to mind.

Stair Railing…

We’d been waiting for our stair railing to get installed since before we moved in, but once the carpenter came to do it he realized he couldn’t.  The pieces were not correct! So, we ordered the right ones.  Well, he went to pick those up and they STILL weren’t right.  We’ve been living without a railing since move in day (probably not the safest thing, but whatcha gonna do, right?).  Well, it finally got installed this week, and guess what….he still wasn’t able to finish!  WHAT?  We were short just a few pieces (of the wood thread that holds the rails in place) which should be in stock in the next few days. It is sturdy enough the way it is now but probably wouldn’t pass inspection.  At least it is up, finally!  Lastly the wood railing will need to be stained.

Stair railing
Stair railing

Cork Boards DIY Project…

Remember these boards that I talked about a while back?  That thing leaning behind the desk in this picture?

Desk, After
Desk, After

Well, the hubs and I fixed them up a bit. I painted them (Pure Pewter) and he glued a nice frame around them and then we hung them in the kids rooms.  Looks MUCH better, right?

Landscaping…

Our sod is supposed to be going in the next 2 weeks.  I can hardly wait.  Especially in the front yard.  It just looks so terrible out their and I know that putting down some grass will make all the difference in the world!  Apparently there is some prep work that needs to happen first.  They came and dug up all the nasty roots and leveled the front yard.  They also sprayed all the weeds too.  So, it is almost sod ready.  I’ll keep ya posted, of course.

After...still a work in progress
Front of house without landscaping

Things have definitely slowed down at the House house.  We’re still searching for some furniture for the living room.  I may have found someone to make us something custom for not to much money.   AND, I have been given the go ahead from my husband to refinish our dining room table!  Not sure I’ll be able to get to it anytime soon though since the kids are home from school and we’ve been trying to plan activities to keep them busy.  Maybe I’ll have them help me.  We’ll see!

Here was me Friday night chillin’ in the pool watching the Red Sox on our 2 outdoor tv’s. And a picture of the kids with our new pool pet, Ben (the kids named him.  I would have went with something like Polly. LOL).  The pool water is so warm, just the way I like it!  🙂

 

Thanks for reading.  Does anyone have any fun DIY projects they want to share with me?