Friday, April 15, 2011

Our Humble Abode Tour - Living Room

As you probably gathered from the previous post, our house needs a lot of love. It was built in 1991 and is perfect for us. It has 3 bedrooms and 2 full bathrooms. It also has an unfinished basement that we will finish...one day. Next on our tour is the living room. I have already put up some pictures of the living room, but here they are again for good measure!





The first thing my husband did in this area was close in the door to our master that was right in the middle of the living room. I'm not sure why the previous owners needed two doors to their room...but whatever! Oh and we also painted the mantel white. It was bad! We have chosen a yellow toned taupe for this area and will paint all the trim white - Chad is also going to continue the chair rail trim all the way around into the dining area. This is my favorite area of the house because it is so open, but unfortunately right now it is covered in plastic. I can't wait to finish painting!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Our Humble Abode Tour - Kitchen

We bought our house 6 months after we got married. We lived in a rental house until then. We love our house! It has so much potential. We feel so blessed to have found it when we did and to be able to get out of our lease on the rental.

We've been so busy with work and school that we didn't start any renovations until we'd been in the house for 1 year! Actually my husband and his brother did take out a second door to our master bedroom - it was right in the middle of our living room! But other than that, nothing big.

I have a lot of pictures of our house before we even moved in - before we even bought it. I guess these could be considered our "before" pictures with all the painting going on.





The set-up of our house is different than what we were used to - usually you walk right into the living room but in this house on the right is the kitchen and then the left is the office, pantry, bathroom and guest bedroom. I love that we have so much counter space and cabinets! I also like how open the space is and the window that over looks the living room - I know that will be especially beneficial to us when we have children, right now I use it to watch television while washing the dishes...whatever gets the job done right?!

We're not big fans of the cream cabinets that exactly match the wall paint. They had a brown and cream color platte going in this house...not very attractive! We plan to paint them white but keep the brushed bronze knobs and faucets. We will keep the counter top as long as possible but plan to remove the current backsplash and replace it with tile. As far as paint goes we've chosen a peachy color and will accent with green.

Stay tuned...

Friday, April 1, 2011

Just a few notes...

  • First of all...Congratulations to my real-life best friends Justin and Caitlin! They are expecting their first child this October! Baby fever just reached a whole new level for me! Auntie Cheri can't wait to meet you!
  • I am done with all this cold weather! I can't wait for it to warm up. Hopefully while I'm on Spring Break so I can actually enjoy it! Here's a picture from our recent trip to Gatlinburg with our family. Spring is in full bloom there!

  • Speaking of Spring Break...I will be spending my working on some house renovations (more on that later) and finish my paper work for Student teaching (which will be complete on April 12th!!!) I was blessed to receive a substitute teacher position for a maternity leave! I will start on April 13! Oh and they all have iPads, which means I get one too! Here's a before picture of our house, like before we even moved in (YUCK)!

  • I've been cooking up a storm lately. It's my way of de-stressing. That and sewing. So I have a lot of fun things to share in the coming weeks. 
  • My students were "April Fooling" me all day. Here are a few of my favorites:
    • Hey, Mrs. W you have bugs in your hair.
    • What's that on your shirt?
    • Your shoe is untied.
    • I really have to go to the bathroom!
  • Oh, the minds of 1st graders! I was able to play some jokes on them too! I told them we were going outside for snack...and when they got back from activity (PE, Music, or Art) I told them we were going home early...I know I'm so cruel! Their faces were priceless! 
  • A teacher suggested that I "April Fool" my husband by telling him I'm pregnant...Not that he wouldn't be happy but he'd be a little stressed since I'm between jobs and he's trying to get his business up and running. I don't want to put him though any unnecessary stress! Although there's still time to prank my sister...
  • I just want talk about my hard-working husband for a minute. He works for a landscaping company during the day and then after work he is doing things for his own lawn care company. That is why our house has looked like this since January:

That is all for today! I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!