A glimpse into our crazy life

Before & After: The nursery September 15, 2010

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After painting every wall surface on the first floor, Frank took a much deserved break from DIY projects. But he couldn’t rest for long- we had a baby on the way and a nursery to create! We decided to change the bedroom we had been using as an office into the baby’s room. It was obvious that the room has previously been painted blue and they had simply slapped on some white paint when they put the house on the market. Of course, they were lazy and didn’t paint the closet so it was still baby blue.

We had a tough time deciding on a color scheme for the room that we both liked. At least we could agree on one thing- no pink! We ended up going with a color scheme that incorporated some framed artwork we already had and maybe supported our favorite alma mater just a bit. :) Frank did such a great job on the stripes- he was so diligent about getting them to look good! The crib and bookcase are new, but we hit up a consignment shop and Craiglist for the dresser and glider. I hope to paint the dresser white sometime in the future, but it works for now. And I haven’t decided what sort of window treatments to go with the existing blinds; any ideas?

So, thanks to my fabulous husband, we have a great nursery for our little Jayhawk to come home to!


Before & After: Living and Dining Rooms September 14, 2010

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The last rooms to tackle on the first floor were the dining and living rooms. You know, the ones with this fabulous carpet? (Furniture and frilly curtains in pics were previous owners)

While I was off in Kansas over spring break, Frank removed the carpet in these two rooms and the fake wood stuff in the front entryway. Then, we had laminate floors installed that imitate hardwood. The living room, entryway, and top half of the dining room were all painted the same neutral color (which is slightly different from the kitchen/bath color, but you can’t really tell from these pics). The bottom half of the dining room was painted a dark blue. Since the stain on the woodwork throughout the first floor was blotchy and poorly done and we didn’t really want to have to strip and refinish it all, it was all painted white, which gives some nice cohesiveness when moving from room to room. I made curtains for the dining room, but found it was more cost-effective to buy them for our huge living room window. Frank was especially excited to get rid of the pink and white hanging light in the dining room. Add some new furniture and some furniture swapped out from other rooms and we finally had a dining room and living room that we weren’t embarassed by! As you can see, there’s plenty of room for visitors so some see us!!






38 weeks September 13, 2010

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We’ve made it to full-term! I’ve upgraded from having a basketball belly to having a beach ball one. Now the waiting…..


Book Review: Outlive Your Life by Max Lucado September 10, 2010

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I’ve been reading an advanced copy Max Lucado’s newest book “Outlive Your Live” through Booksneeze’s book review program. This book discusses what sort of lasting legacy people can leave behind and how God uses ordinary people like you and me for great purposes, big and small. Throughout the book, Lucado provides both biblical and more modern day examples of how God has called his followers to have faith, heed his call, and great things have come of it. Each chapter ends with a passage of scripture and a prayer, which I really enjoyed since it helped me reflect on the chapter. The book also includes a discussion and activity guide that includes tasks for you to complete to put what you just read to action and evaluate how you can implement the concepts discussed into your own life. I found the writing style easily accessible and pleasing to read. However, while I love the topic of this book, Lucado never discusses how to discern God’s will for your life, which is what I think most people (myself included) struggle with. Overall, it’s an inspiring book and an enjoyable read; 3.5 out of 5 stars.


Before & After: Kitchen and Half Bath September 8, 2010

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Next up on the list of rooms to update were the kitchen and half bath. These rooms came with some extra challenges:

-The entire bathroom and most of the kitchen had some really snazzy multi-colored wallpaper (it was blue/green/pinkish in both rooms, but they were different patterns). Getting that stuff off without damaging the walls or our sanity proved to be tricky at times!

-Painting around kitchen cabinets, appliances, sinks, and toilets is challenging, time-consuming, and requires a lot of painters tape!

-We now knew I was pregnant so I could only help with the prep and finish work- none of the actual painting itself.

Here’s the kitchen before:

 Love the gorgeous cabinets, but not the frilly curtains. I took them down in every room of the house as soon as we got the keys to the place!

 Sadly this is the best before pic I have of the kitchen island area.

 The half bath before:


This pic is a great example of how the previous owner could not stick to one type of material within a room. The small half bath had a gold light fixture, black mirror, silver faucet, wood switch plate cover, and brass toilet paper holder. Seriously.

We picked out a neutral beige with a bit of a yellow tint to it to paint in both areas and painted the trim and chair rail white. I whipped up a curtain for the window and created some cheap art for the bathroom with pictures from a calendar. Someday, we hope to change the countertops, install new sinks, and put in a backsplash.

Kitchen after:

Half bath after: