Wednesday, February 26, 2014

capturing memories

If you haven't noticed by now, photos are a big thing for me.  The way a photo can make me feel and bring back memories is priceless, and we decided to take that feeling to heart and invested in a new camera.  We picked out the Nikon D3100 and coincidentally found it on clearance at Target! It was meant to be.
It was a larger purchase, but so far it has been worth every penny.  As soon as it came, Matt was taking pictures.
Then, over the weekend we had our best friends over for breakfast with their babies and Matt took these pictures.  Once I reviewed them, I knew that we had made a good decision in this camera.  And once I saw the look on my friends' face when they saw the photos, I was sold 100%.
I mentioned in this post that Matthew takes some amazing photos (and those he actually got with a point and shoot), but the truth is that he really enjoys photography.  Having this new piece of equipment will give him the chance to capture these moments we love so much.

As for me, I'm really excited to have the opportunity to take better pictures, but also really dreading it.  I'm not great at teaching myself how to use things, especially something with so many functions and buttons. So, we'll see how it goes.  Here's to better pictures on this little blog of mine!

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

tapioca pearl in the house

After we went through all the drama of picking out countertops, we had to wait a few weeks for them to template our kitchen, and fabricate the counters.  Over this past weekend, we got all prepped for the install:
Matt got the whole backsplash off in about 15 minutes.  It was amazing.
 Yesterday was the Day.  Yesterday was Install Day.   

At around 12:30, two installers showed up and got right to work.  They brought all four pieces in,  glued/melted two of them together by the sink, sanded the seam out, got them all attached and even cleaned up any mess they made in less than an hour.  They were really great and I was very impressed.

Warning: Don't judge me for my clashing appliances, the unfinished cabinets, and lack of a backsplash.  Try to appreciate the counters themselves and not their surroundings. :)
The caulk/glue they used made my whole house smell like a nail salon...blah.
 And now for my amazing sink and faucet.  I'm in Love.
 P.S. Did anyone notice a seam?  You want to see where the seam is?
 Isn't that amazing?!? I couldn't believe it!

Now that the counters are in, we are going to get a few samples for a backsplash and move forward from there!

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

night stand makeover {general finishes milk paint}

Back in December, I received an unexpected gift from General Finishes in the mail; they sent me these milk paints to try out.
General Finishes is the same company that makes the gel stain that I used on my Kitchen Cabinets, Bathroom Vanities (here and here), and Entry Step/Bannister. 
I love their gel stain, so I was excited to try out their milk paints.  But, unfortunately I didn''t have anything to try them out on at the time.  I posted that Instagram picture on my Facebook and my friend Danielle said that the Evening Plum would be perfect for an old nightstand that she had been wanting to refurbish for her daughter's bedroom.
After some prep work, she got the nightstand all painted with some primer, the milk paint and a couple coats of poly, and here is the finished product:
 She also put this cute little liner inside the drawer.
 And the best part is that the color almost exactly matches the colors in her daughter's bedding and looks great in this little girl's room!
Thank you so much to General Finishes for sending me/us this paint to test out, and thanks to Danielle for sharing your pictures with me!!

Monday, February 10, 2014

diy curtains + a dining room rug

Two things happened in our dining room: 1.) we found a rug, and 2.) I made some curtains and they only cost me $6.

On Friday, I mentioned that we had an awesome shopping trip at Marshall's one night, and found this basket for the entry.
Well, on that same shopping trip - I happened across a jute rug that I knew was just perfect for the dining room.  On our house-iversary, I mentioned that we were going to "keep our eyes peeled for a great rug for this space", and I couldn't believe how quickly it happened! 
When we had talked about getting a rug for this space, we knew we wanted something relatively neutral, and something modern - but not super trendy.  So this rug fit those needs perfectly.  It brings some great texture to the space, as well as a beautiful color, and the pattern is modern, but not overwhelming.  I feel confident that we will love this rug for a very long time.

Another amazing shopping trip happened after Christmas at Target.  We were looking at the clearance items and found this table cloth on clearance.  We loved the colors and pattern, and were sold by the price tag on this "Christmas" tablecloth.
I sewed them up using this tutorial, and got them hung with a $15 bronze curtain rod from Lowe's.
With both the rug and the curtains, this room is really coming along.  
Note: It's recommended that a dining room rug be large enough so that chairs do not "fall off" when they are pulled out from the table.  However, since this room is also the main walkway from one half of the house to the other, we opted to get this 5x7 rug to define the space of the dining room, and it hasn't been an issue at all.
We're moving along nicely with this checklist as well; just need to work on the art in here (goodbye Ikea picture!) and we may makeover/upgrade the light fixture.

  • Finish New Floors - we started these a few weeks ago, and haven't posted about it yet
  • Update Baseboards/add quarter round 
  • Add Curtains (remove valance)
  • Switch out/get new Artwork for this space
  • Possibly update the light fixture
  • Keep our eyes peeled for a great rug for this space
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