One Last Look: House Tour

Never, in my wildest dreams, did I think that when we moved into this house that we would be moving again so quickly! We closed on this house on January 11, 2013. Just three short years ago! And boy, does it look different!

I had a huge To-Do List of projects and am happy to say that we were able to finish most of them and also some that weren’t even on the list. So I thought I would share with you one more look at the before and after photos and what all we did to update the house.

Street View

  • removed rocks and flowerbeds from around trees
  • had sod installed around trees
  • removed all the plants from flowerbeds by the house and planted tropical plants


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  • painted walls
  • painted cabinets and installed new hardware
  • painted trim and added baseboards
  • painted the backdoor
  • installed beadboard backsplash
  • installed new flooring
  • replaced countertops
  • replaced sink and faucet
  • installed new ceramic stovetop and range hood
  • replaced the oven
  • installed pendant lighting in place of can lights
  • installed a new ceiling fan/light in breakfast area
  • added the kitchen island that we upcycled from a small chest of drawers.


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Dining RoomEntry Way

  • painted walls
  • painted under the chair rail
  • spray painted the existing chandelier (Mr. sprayed painted the fixture and replaced the chain with a silver one)
  • painted the inside of the front door and side panels
  • installed blinds above front door
  • added sun filter film to front door & side light windows


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Front door


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Living Room


Living room - before


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Guest Bathroom




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Master Bedroom/Bath




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Laundry Room

  • painted walls
  • removed old cabinets
  • removed metal shelving
  • installed new cabinets
  • installed drying rack
  • installed hooks for broom/mop
  • replaced light


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laundry room 2



Upstair Bedrooms 2 & 3

  • painted walls
  • installed a new ceiling fan/light in #2
  • installed new chandelier in #3


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Craft Room


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Upstairs Bathroom


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Office Bedroom 4

  • painted walls
  • removed filthy paper fan from window
  • installed new blinds


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Closet under the Staircase

  • painted walls
  • replaced carpet with hardwood floors
  • installed new shelf and bookcase
  • added totes and a bin for storage and hooks for hanging items


Closet Makeover


Closet makeover

What a difference a little paint, new kitchen floors, and countertops make! Mr. and I have learned alot these last three years! We now know we can install ceramic tile, hardwood flooring, and carpet, but couldn’t/wouldn’t do it for a living! I have a new found respect for those that do!!

I’ve enjoyed this house, and especially having the swimming pool, but I’m so excited to begin our next journey in our new house! I’ll be sharing pictures of it very soon!

Y’all have a great day & weekend!!


My “New” Crafting Side Table

When we were living in Oklahoma, my mom, Mr. and I would go to an awesome auction held every Monday night in Skiatook. It was about 30 miles north of where we lived, but worth the drive!


The building roughly sat 300 people and it was packed every week. There was not a thing fancy about this place, as the auction bidder paddles were made from a white paper plate with a number written on it with a black sharpie! And my favorite part…the snack bar! (every auction house needs to have a good snack bar)

On one trip, I was the top bidder and got to take this little, two-drawer side table home with me. I had no idea what I was going to do with it!


It was in good shape and just needed to be freshened up with some paint, knobs, and legs, as it was only 22 1/2 inches tall. I bought the legs at Lowe’s and painted them black. (it’s so nice to have somewhere to paint again!)


Mr. added four L brackets and screwed the legs to the brackets.



I added knobs from Hobby Lobby and stenciled the top.



And here it is sitting beside my craft table waiting to be filled with supplies!


Craft Room: Painted!

Happy Monday, everyone! The move is over and with few injuries! In the past, Mr. has stapled through his finger with a staple gun, drilled a drill bit into his thigh….you get the picture. Injuries this weekend only included a bump on the head and a knife cut on a finger which probably should have had a stitch or two! However, it was a productive weekend.

We couldn’t wait to get started on the house, so yesterday we jumped in! I had thought we would start downstairs and work our way up. But Mr. had a better idea; we should get my craft room put back together and useable. Therefore, we cleared out all the stuff and painted two walls. We painted them the same color that we used in the kitchen. So bright and cheery. I love it!



As you can see, we have already moved some of the furniture back in, including the ugly treadmill in the corner window! But it does look out over the pool, which is a good motivator to use it. 🙂


I need to find some type of window treatments to put back up, as we took the old blinds down to paint and Mr. took them straight to the trash! I’m thinking maybe simple Roman Shades instead of blinds and long curtains from IKEA that I can paint a pattern on.

I’ll be spending the next few days working on bringing all my supplies back into this room and making it functional, as well as pretty! I think there’s a trip to Home Goods in there somewhere, don’t you?

The To-Do List!

Today is moving day! So you know what Mr. and I will be doing. While packing up the last bit of things last night, I started thinking about all the projects I want to do on the house. So far we’ve done some changes in the guest bathroom and kitchen. We still need new countertops, backsplash, crown molding and floors in the kitchen; and a new sink (most definitely) and maybe floors in the guest bathroom. The other rooms downstairs are the living room, dining room, entry way, laundry room, and the master bedroom/bath. I’ll update this post with links as we do these projects.

We don’t have a lot to do in the dining and living rooms. (mostly just paint) The wood floors in these two areas are new, so that’s something we don’t have to worry about. Yay!

Let me apologize right now. This post is long. But I hope you’ll hang in there with me and let me know if you have any advice for us. We’re just a couple of DIY dorksters and it’s all hit and miss with us!! So with that said, here’s a list of what I would like to do: (I’m posting pictures from when the house was on the market when we bought it. That way you can see what we are working with.)

Kitchen / Breakfast Area

I jumped on this room first! See the changes we’ve already done here and here.

  • paint walls
  • paint cabinets and install new hardware
  • paint trim and baseboards
  • install new backsplash
  • install new flooring
  • replace countertops
  • new lighting in kitchen
  • new fan/light in breakfast area

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Dining Room / Entry Way

  • paint under the chair rail (I’m thinking maybe a yellow of some sort)
  • new chandelier (spray painting it – maybe white?)
  • paint the inside of the front door and side panels (only if I can get up the nerve!)
  • change out the entry light (will have to hire this one out, as it hangs from the second floor ceiling)
  • install some type of window treatment above front door

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Living Room

  • paint an accent wall or two (thinking about bringing the color from the dining room onto these walls)
  • change out the ceiling fan (haven’t decided if we will replace with another fan or a light/chandelier)

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Guest Bathroom

As you can see, the walls had to be covered up quickly! Check out what we’ve already completed here.

  • paint walls
  • paint vanity
  • replace countertop
  • replace flooring


Master Bedroom/Bath

These will be the last rooms we do, as they were updated with carpet, tile and paint before the house went on the market. Although we will probably sneak a new ceiling fan/light in there before we’re through with downstairs!

  • paint (thinking a pretty coastal blue)
  • replace flooring (we’re not fans of carpet)
  • change fan/light

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Laundry Room -The realtor didn’t take pictures of the laundry room. So you get to see it in all it’s glorious messiness!

  • paint walls
  • remove old and install new cabinets above w/d
  • remove metal shelving
  • install bar for hanging clothes
  • install floor to ceiling cabinet
  • replace light



Now moving upstairs… This is where all the fun starts again!! There are two bedrooms, game/craft room, bathroom, and Mr.’s office.

Spare bedrooms #1 & #2

  • paint walls (white – I’m going to pull my colors in with accessories and furniture)
  • change ceiling fan/lights
  • paint desk in bedroom #2
  • change hardware on desk


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This bedroom is tiny and has a tiny desk tucked in the corner. Can’t find a pic and it is covered up with boxes right now. 🙂

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Game/Craft room

  • paint an accent wall/walls (the wall on the right that isn’t shown extends out over the entry way and I won’t be able to paint it myself)
  • organize…organize…organize

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Bathroom – This room is just yuck!

  • paint walls (depending on what time of the day it is, these walls either look blue or lavender. Seriously! Not sure what color I want to go with.)
  • replace tiles in tub area and walls (I would like white bead board on the walls, not sure what we’ll put around the tub yet)
  • replace faucet/showerhead in tub
  • replace flooring
  • install new countertop and sinks (sea shell sinks again! Two of them!!!)
  • replace faucets
  • replace or frame mirror
  • paint cabinet (will keep to save money)
  • change out lights
  • replace hardware
  • take door off linen closet
  • toilet (still trying to get the rust stains out. So not sure yet if it will be replaced.)

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AND last but not least…. Mr.’s office!

We’ve already been able to cross off two items since we moved in.

  • paint walls
  • remove filthy, paper fan in window
  • replace broken blinds
  • decorate & organize

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So there you have it! Are you still with me? I hope so, and I hope you will come back and check on the progress as we make it room to room.

Have a great weekend!!

The Chick is Flying the Coop!

Come tomorrow, Mr. and I will be empty nesters again! Our daughter is moving out and I am so excited about getting my craft room back! She and her cats came to live with us at the beginning of the summer to begin a new career and life. She took over two of the bedrooms and my craft room with all of her stuff! She has a lot of stuff! And we got rid of a lot of her stuff when she moved here! I’m going to miss her, but she’ll only be about 30 minutes away! When she was in grad school, she was in Indiana and 10 hours away from us in Oklahoma!

We have most of her stuff packed up and ready for the movers to load up in the morning.

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Even Auttie is ready to go !


And this is what my craft room is looking like at this moment. Just waiting for me to come back and straighten it back up!


I have lots of ideas and can’t wait to dive in! Pinterest has supplied me with so much inspiration.

Beautiful & Functional Craft Rooms




organized office in blue, green, white


So hopefully, in the very near future, I will have an organized craft room again. But I really will miss her and the cats!!