Monday, October 14, 2019

Two Small Ikea Organization Projects

Good morning!

Today I'm sharing two small projects that were done this weekend to help organize our home. On Saturday my mom offered to puppysit Sophie so Tim and I could take the hour and a half drive up to Ikea to get some shopping done!

We had a ton of items on our list (and have another order arriving next Sunday too!) but we managed to work our way through the store and found a solution for quite a few projects that we have planned.

Today I'm sharing two that I implemented pretty quickly and had done on Saturday night and Sunday.  They were small projects but I think will make a big impact in our house organization.

This first problem was our front closet. Tim saw this shoe rack and thought it would really help our front closet because our shoes were totally out of control. In our apartment we used a plastic shoe tray to contain all our shoes which worked fine but now that they are all inside the closet it was looking out of control.

See what I mean? I also needed to take all our sandals and put them away in our own closets since we won't be using them until next summer. One I had our shoes organized I put the shoe rack in and started putting the shoes away and setting everything up.

So much better right?! Small change but a big impact!

The next project took place in our basement laundry area.

I knew I wanted a rolling cart for between my washer and dryer and I had the perfect one picked out at Ikea. 

Once Tim put the cart together I brought it down the basement and got it set up in my laundry area.

I love that it gives me space to store my laundry supplies without taking up the top of the dryer!

Super simple and easy but makes a huge difference! In the future we are interested in getting a new washer and dryer and moving the laundry room into an addition upstairs but for now this works just fine!

Those are two projects I did this weekend to organize my house, what projects did you do this weekend?

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Our New Kitchen Appliances

Hi loves!

Today I want to share our new kitchen appliances with you. When we moved into the house there were kitchen appliances but they were pretty old. We also wanted a bigger fridge and an updated dishwasher. We also wanted them all to match and I really wanted stainless steel. 

We ended up purchasing our fridge, microwave, stove and dishwasher at Home Depot and I love them!

We actually had to have a friend help Tim raise the cabinets up in order to fit the microwave and the fridge. It was just slightly too low for the fridge and the microwave would've been far too low. He also helped Tim install the microwave to the wall so a big thank you to Tony for helping!

Tim picked out the black stainless and I love it against our white cabinets. It definitely fits more with the look I prefer in a kitchen. I love all the room we have in our fridge and freezer- it feels so spacious after the small apartment one!

My number one love though??

This beautiful dishwasher. I have waited for so long to have a dishwasher and now it's finally here and I can wash all the dishes I want! Such a luxury when you go 3.5 years without one!

So what's next for the kitchen? Well we would like to replace the countertops with a quartz countertop on both the long counter and the island and I would love to install a big farmhouse sink in place of the one we have. Long term we will consider replacing the tile floor, installing crown molding above the cabinets and adding an addition on in order to have a pantry!

Nothing is an immediate need though and we are enjoying doing one project at a time and seeing this house become a home!

What projects do you have planned for your kitchen?

Monday, October 7, 2019

Meet Sophie!

Hi everyone,

Meet Sophie!

Sophie is our new almost 11 week old golden doodle puppy! She is the sweetest girl and has been adjusting to us as her new parents over the last two weeks.

She has been such a great girl so far and we are loving her so much! We are working on teething and potty training right now and also introducing her to friends and family as they come visit. '

I'm sure she will make regular appearances on the blog but if you'd like to follow her everyday life over on Instagram you can find her @sophiethegoldendoodlegooding

We may be biased but we think she the cutest, sweetest, smartest dog that has ever lived :)

As you may have guessed, getting a new puppy has slowed down our house projects a little bit since it's hard to get much done when she wants to play non-stop! We still have plenty to do and blog about so stop back on Wednesday and I'll share another piece of our kitchen renovation.

Monday, September 30, 2019

Painting Our Kitchen Cabinets

Good morning friends! We have officially been in our house for over a week and are loving every minute! We also added a new family member.... say hi to Sophie:

Sophie our goldendoodle came into our lives last Tuesday and is the best impulse purchase we've ever made! She is the sweetest girl and we have had the most fun this past week getting to know her. 

Anyways, back to the point of this post! We decided our first project in the new house was going to be to paint the kitchen cabinets. I really had my heart set on having white cabinets and Tim was more than game to get rid of the ugly wood color.

Here are some before pictures:

There was no hardware on the cabinets or drawers so no holes to fill which was great but we still had a ton of work to do!

We started by removing all the cabinet and drawer fronts. We created a label for each one to alphabetically connect it to the area where it needed to be reattached. This was great in concept but that system fell apart while painting. It wasn't hard to figure out where everything got reattached because our kitchen isn't huge, but if yours is you may want to work harder then we did to keep a system like this. 

Once everything was down we set up two painting stations; one on the kitchen island and one on a table in the living room. We both got to work priming all the doors, drawers and shelves, there were a LOT!

I think Tim wanted to kill me when I mentioned that I wanted to paint the inside of the cabinets as well. Once we started and I realized what a huge project it was, I decided to stop and not do the cabinets above the the microwave and fridge or the lower ones. The ones we will open all the time (plates, bowls, pantry, cups, etc) will be white but the rest will be unfinished inside.

I was mostly in charge of sanding, cleaning, priming and doing the first coat of paint. I left Tim take the lead on all final coats and putting the hardware on. Anyone else not as patient as your SO? Tim is so much more patient than I am and his painting always looks so much cleaner than mine. 

We spent a whole week getting this project done! It took us several nights after work and two full weekend days in order to get everything looking perfect.

It was truly a bigger job than we originally thought. We are certainly learning as we go around here!

We also took SO many trips to Home Depot to keep getting more supplies. Some of the things we found useful during this project were:

Plastic Drop Cloths  I would've preferred to get a more environmentally friendly drop cloth but we needed several of them since we were working in so many different areas while waiting for things to try. Having several of these plastic drop cloths that we could use and then toss was helpful for us.

Blue Painters Tape This came in handy for keeping our walls and appliances paint free!

Painters Tripods  These were a pain in the butt but helpful at the same time. We used them to hold up all the cabinets doors and shelves as we were painting so they wouldn't stick to the surface and we would be able to paint all the sides.

We also took down the microwave (I mean, Tim took down the microwave) so we would be able to get in and paint a little more closely. 

The night before we moved in when we left it looked like this! Everything was done and painted but just needed to be reattached. Tim was leaving work early on the day we moved so he could meet the Verizon Internet guy to connect our Wifi so he planned on attaching all the hardware and reattaching all the doors where they belonged. 

Ready for some afters??

I love it!!!

Lets do some side by side before and afters....




This is just the beginning!! We got our new appliances in this past Saturday and we plan on doing the counters at some point as well. So many projects, so little time!

I will share all about our new appliances soon!

Monday, September 23, 2019

Officially Home

Guys. We are officially home. 

This weekend was a total whirlwind! On Friday Tim left work early to meet the internet hookup guy at our new house so we wouldn't spend time without wifi. While he waited he finished cleaning up from our kitchen cabinet painting project (coming soon I promise!), and reattached all the doors and drawers. Once I was out of work I hurried back to the apartment to meet him so we could pick up our 16 foot Penske rental truck.

We took the truck back to our apartment and started loading it up! Derek arrived to help us pretty much right away and we were so thankful to have his help. Shawn arrived shortly after and we got the entire truck plus three cars full of stuff and decided just to bring everything down to the house and get it unloaded.

While we were unloading Brit, Stephen and their girls stopped by to visit! By the time we unloaded everything it was super late but Derek and Shawn hung out for awhile and had some beers and pizza before they headed home and we crashed!

Since we got most of the boxes moved and quite a bit of the furniture on Friday night, Saturday was a lot more manageable. With the help of Derek, Ally, and Fred we loaded up the truck once more and four cars! I seriously have NO idea where we accumulated so much stuff. I really thought we were pretty minimalistic but OH MY GOD there was so much stuff. I have some serious decluttering to do.

We said goodbye to our apartment which honestly was a little sad. We lived here for almost 3.5 years. Some of you might have been following along that entire time. Remember when we moved in?

We have a lot of memories here but I am so happy to be in our new home and to start a brand new chapter!

Goodbye lucky #13! We loved this little apartment and will always remember it :)

After leaving our keys behind we headed down to the house and got everything else unloaded. My brother Dan stopped by to help and Tim's sister Brit came by to see the house. We also had Fred's girlfriend Marissa join us later in the night. We had a fire with the desk that had fallen apart from my childhood and all of the cardboard boxes that had accumulated.

It was so nice to hang out with everyone and we are so thankful for all of their help.

On Sunday I did a ton of unpacking but honestly it was such an exhausting weekend I may have also laid down for a bit!

We have a million projects to do and I will be sharing everything with you guys! Just please be patient with me while I get settled :)