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our home: the massive update list

We’ve been busy little bees over here the past few weeks.  In addition to working my booty off designing & building my new website, Noel & I have been going non-stop trying to finish a bunch of projects around the house.  I’m not going to reveal any full rooms until the new blog/website is launched, but I promise you, it will be happening soon!

In the mean time, here are some snapshots of what’s been going on in our neck of the woods.

Front Porch:
We got these two snazzy new porch chairs.  I love the bright floral pattern of the pillows (I have to do whatever I possibly can to make it feel like spring since it’s currently sleeting here), and I’m also obsessed with that lantern.

I also updated our wreath by removing the winter decor and adding some spring flowers.  Because we don’t have a ton of extra storage space, instead of buying a new wreath for each season, I bought the twig wreath you see below, and just change out the flowers/accents.  It’s a great way to prevent yourself from having to store a dozen different wreaths.

Main Floor:
The pantry project that we started, oh, 2 months ago is finally coming together.  From the outside, it almost looks 100% complete.  We just need to patch the ceiling in the one spot that you see.  Inside, we still have to install the shelves and put up a few more pieces of trim. But there’s a light at the end of the tunnel.  
Noel said that this project felt anticlimactic because when we “finished” the outside, the pantry looked like it had always been there (which I said is really a good thing, because you don’t want it to look out of place).  Plus, since it’s taken us so long, it wasn’t an immediate before and after, so it’s hard to remember what it looked like before. 
I’ve also been searching for the perfect accent chairs for our living room for some time, and I finally found them.  I’m so in love.  What do you guys think?  I love how they tie in the black we have everywhere with the color of the wood trim in the house. 

Master Bathroom:
I really can’t stand popcorn ceiling, and the fact that we are putting new popcorn up (to patch the hole where we opened the ceiling) just kills me.  I would LOVE to scrape it all off downstairs, but I just don’t think I have it in me to tackle a space that large.  So to make up for it, I decided to scrape all the popcorn off the ceiling in our bathroom.  
Then we removed the existing linoleum flooring and installed a dark wood-looking tile.  We are both in LOVE with the finished tile.
We’re going to run board and batten up the bottom half of the walls, and the top will be painted in Sherwin Williams Sea Salt.  You can see a little bit of the color in the picture below.

So, that’s what we’ve been up to the past few weeks.  Have you guys been doing any home improvements of your own?  Let’s hear about them!

entry closet remodel

This past Sunday, Noel and I were working on the pantry that we’re building.  Since we had finished hanging all the drywall on Saturday, we were ready to move on to mudding.  I was actually excited for this step, because for whatever reason, I thought I’d be really good at it.

Spolier alert: I wasn’t.

Before we started, we watched a few youtube videos trying to figure out the right technique.  The main advice we got was “Don’t try too hard.  The harder you try, the harder it is.”  Well, let’s just say that I’m a perfectionist…soooo you can imagine how that went.
Mud: 1, Kirsten: 0.
Once I admitted defeat and let Noel tackle the mud, I moved on to trying to do something productive around the house.  We have this tiny little closet next to our garage where we keep our coats and shoes, but we hate it.  The reason we can’t stand this little guy is because it’s so small, it doesn’t allow the hangers to actually hang correctly in there, so they always end up pushing the door open.  Well as I was picking up coats and putting them away, this little closet got on my last nerve.  So at about 8pm Sunday evening, I decided it was the perfect time to give it a makeover.

I was originally inspired by this image on Pinterest, because let’s face it, I’m far more likely to hang my coat on a hook than take the extra 4 seconds to put it on a hanger.  Plus, how cute right?  I knew I wanted mine to look a little different than this, as I wanted a shelf up top to put hats and mittens, and I needed a place to put shoes.
So I sat there, carefully planned out my idea, then jumped right in, removed the door, took down the too-big shelf, and went to work.   
Now, it’s not 100% done – I still want to add a pillow on the bench, which I hope to make today, but other than that, this bad boy is nearly complete.  And the entire project took less than two days.  If I finish the pillow today (that is find the right fabric), I’ll post finished images tomorrow, as well as a breakdown of everything.  But as for now, here is how this little closet is shaping up.
We like it so much, we aren’t even going to put the door back up.  Have you tackled any spur of the moment projects lately?

chalkboard paint

Chalkboard everything has been all the rage as of late.  From stripes on walls to itty bitty labels, chalkboard paint creates a fun way to customize whatever you want.  You can buy chalkboard paint in nearly any form, from traditional paint to spray paint, and if you’re really ambitious, you can even make your own in any color you desire.  
To make your own chalkboard paint, all you have to do is add 2 tablespoons of undsanded tile grout per cup of paint.  It’s that simple, but if you’d like, you can read the full tutorial over at Martha Stewart.
So now that you have this paint, what exactly do you do with it?  As I said earlier, the possibilities are endless.
Paint your walls:
When you paint a wall with chalkboard paint, you create a great place to leave yourself notes, allow your kids to draw, or create completely customizable and easily changeable decor.  The very top image of the chalkboard wall in Michelle’s house (from 4 Men 1 Lady) is still one of my favorite chalkboard walls.  I love the permanent decals that were added to the top.  
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Create labels:
Whether labeling a glass, mug, or simply a tag, adding a little chalkboard label is a super easy DIY.  Either cut out a square of the contact paper and stick it on your object, dip it in the chalkboard paint, or tape it off and spray paint away.
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Get organized:
Two of my favorite spaces for chalkboards are in the office and the kitchen.  Hidden inside of cupboards or on the backs of doors are a great place to create menus, make grocery lists, and create calendars.

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So, what will you create with this magical paint?
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