The Carport Is Complete!

After living in our home for just over three years we finally replaced the carport! We talked about trying to fix it, trying to doing it ourselves, and finally decided to just hire a contractor to do the job. Our wonderful friend Matt did the job for us and I’m SO glad we hired him. He did an amazing job and is probably the most clean contractor I have ever met!

In addition to the carport we had Matt build us a new gate and a new fence on the left side of the carport. It’s amazing how different it makes the house look!

IMG_3689_edited-1Before Pictures

IMG_3294IMG_3300 IMG_3301Demo Pictures

IMG_3304 IMG_3308 IMG_3309We decided to keep the existing shed because it was still in good shape and we really need the extra storage. 1950’s ramblers have little to no interior storage so this shed is a lifesaver for us!

After Pictures IMG_3689_edited-1 IMG_3690_edited-1 IMG_3692_edited-1

We will paint the everything this spring/summer. I’m so excited with how it turned out. It seems like it took forever to get this project done because we have been talking & dreaming about this for about 2 years. the actual project took less then a month from start to finish!

If your in the greater Seattle area and need a contractor let me know and I can hook you up with our friend Matt!

Bryson’s Rustic Nursery

Bryson’s nursery is complete…well mostly!! I decided since I’m getting close to my due date I wanted to post some finished picts of the nursery. There are a couple of small details that still aren’t done but it’s close enough. We are still waiting for the log to dry out for the end table so in the mean time we are using an extra TV tray that I had. Also Tom still needs to put up the blinds in his room…other then that we are pretty much good to go!

Overall I love how it came together…I know I’ll tweak a few things here and there but for now it’s ready to go! I just need the little man to make an appearance so we can really enjoy the room!

Nursery Decor Details

The Nursery is coming together and I thought it would be fun to share some of the decor that I’ve got going on in his room. I’ve share a few things along the way but I’ve also completed a few other projects over the weekend that I wanted to share.

Chevron Pillow – This was made with the fabric I got in Portland last week. I didn’t do a tutorial for this but here is a great one I found online if you want instructions to make an envelope pillow case.

Fabric Pennant – Here is a great tutorial for making your own pennants!

Horse Pictures – I shared how I made these here

“B” for Bryson – not much to share here – I got the inspiration for this off Pinterest as well!¬† I’m thinking I’d like to add chicken wire to the back of the frame – like this

Faux Sheepskin Rug – here is the tutorial

I feel like everything is coming together really well. Once the weather get’s nicer I’ll be able to paint the dresser. We are also in the process of drying out a log round to use as an end table by the gilder!


Rustic Paint Stick Light

I’ve been plugging away at all the little projects to make Bryson’s room come together. Today I’m going to share the light I made for his room out of paint sticks. I saw this idea in Pinterest and knew it would work perfect in his room!

While we were at Home Depot picking everything up for the bathroom remodel I asked the paint counter if they sold bulk paint sticks. They told me no, but I could help myself to free paint sticks. I proceeded to explain that I wanted about 50 paint sticks for a project…I’m pretty sure they thought I was crazy but they were happy to give me all those paint sticks.

Next up I needed a lamp shade to use as the form for my paint sticks – I ran to Goodwill and found one that was the right size but was ugly camouflage! I put two quick coats of spray paint on so that it would blend in better (I forgot to take picts of this part of the process…fail!!)


  • Lamp Shade
  • 40-50 paint sticks – depending on your lamp shade size…you’ll just have to estimate
  • Stain – I used Minawax Jacobean
  • Tons of hot glue

I stained one paint stick to see if I the color was what I wanted. I started my first paint stick on the seam of the shade to make sure it was covered up.Then just keep gluing them all on. This probably took me 15-20 minutes.

The finished shade – now it was time to stain it.

Make sure you do the staining outside…it has a really strong smell. I just painted it on and the wiped it off with a rag.

Here is the finished product!! It turned our really well and was a super cheap project. It probably cost me about $6-$8. We did have to buy a kit to hang the light, which my husband wired in. That was an additional $15 but you may not need that if you are just making a lamp shade or if you can modify the current light to fit the new shade.

A New Lou

Last weekend we made a run to Home Depot to buy a new faucet for our bathroom sink. It had been leaking into the sink for a few months even when it was turned off…super annoying. So off to Home Depot we went…little did we know we would be doing a mini bathroom remodel…that weekend!!

I’ve been wanting to redo our bathroom for a while but never felt it was really necessary – everything in their functioned just fine but it just wasn’t my style. When we walked into HD the vanity and mirror set were right there (great product placement HD!!) Tom said, “wow that looks really nice” and I agreed I mentioned that it seemed like a really good deal ($299 for the vanity and mirror). Since we had just gotten our tax return Tom said let’s go price out what everything would cost and see if we can do this project for under $500.

We price everything out and it came to about $550 with tax for a new vanity, mirror, faucet, flooring and baseboards…not to bad especially since the vanity was exactly what I’ve been wanting!! So we decided to go for it!

Let’s jump into the before pictures!

The flooring in the bathroom went up the walls instead of having baseboard. Apparently this is really good in case of a water leak but personally I thought it was really ugly!

After Tom ripped out the flooring and the vanity he found that the vanity had been recessed down lower than the rest of the sub floor so he had to cut some plywood to make the floor level. It’s amazing how when you start pulling things apart in an old house you end up finding weird things previous owners have done!

And now for my favorite part…the after pictures!!

The new flooring with baseboard – no flooring going up the side of the wall ūüôā

The new flooring that we installed! Way more updated and I love it!

A few things you may have noticed:

  • We kept the same paint color – I still love this color and we had extra paint in shed so we were able to patch the wall and touch up the paint where we needed to.
  • We didn’t replace the toilet – we purchased our house from some friends and knew that the toilet is only a few years old so we didn’t need to replace it. Also it’s a really nice Toto toilet! Score – one more way to save money on the bathroom!
  • We didn’t do anything in the tub area – the tub has very simple white 4×4 tiles that are in great shape – we felt there was no reason to replace them.

Overall we couldn’t be more happy with how it turned out. I feel like the simple vanity, mirror and flooring change really updated the bathroom.

I have to give a special thanks to my husband who worked his butt off! He is a total rock star and I’m so glad he took on this project!!

Carport Demo

We have lived in our house for almost 2 years. When we had the inspection done the biggest problem with the house was the¬†carport. The carport was rotting, beyond repair, and we knew we would need to tear it down and rebuild it at some point. The first two winters we parked under the carport until sometime early this year we noticed this….

Not good…we decided it was probably no longer safe to park under. Tom shoved a 2×4 under the beam to help support it and this is what we have lived with for the last 6 months or so.

We have talked about tearing it down for a while. This week Tom said he wanted to get it done before the end of October. I called the city¬†permit office and talked to them about getting a permit. I was under the impression that I would walk in, pay for a permit, and be on my way….boy was I wrong!

I know permits could be tricky when building things but I was hoping it would be easier to tear something down. The woman on the phone told me the process:

  • Hire someone to test the carport for asbestos
  • Contact Puget Sound Air Pollution Control to obtain a permit for demo. Apparently you¬†have to get another permit from them since we will be polluting the air during the demo…LAME!!
  • Draw up a site map of our property – to scale –¬†um…we don’t know¬†how to do that!! Lucky for us my dad is a contractor – I called him up and he said he was happy to help us with the site map.
  • Take pictures to bring into the permit office
  • Bring everything into the permit office for their review.
  • Wait 1-2 days for their approval and to obtain the permit.
  • Begin project

I had NO idea it would be so many steps just to tear down the carport!!! We are planning to start the process so we can make it happen. We are worried if we leave the carport up it may collapse if we get¬†heavy rain…since we live in the Pacific Northwest that is pretty much a given!! We want to make sure the structure is safe.

Our plan is to tear down the carport, but leave the storage shed intact for now. We are in the process of saving the $2,000-$3,000 we will need to rebuild it in the spring.

Hoping all the permit hoops are easy to jump through!!

Furnace Closet Makeover

Over the weekend I tackled our furnace closet. Ever since we moved in (TWO YEARS AGO!!) I knew this closet could be used as a great space to store cleaning supplies. But for the last two years it’s really just been a dumping ground for our vacuum and a few odds and ends.

I didn’t have to spend very much to make it all come together and I’m glad I put in the time to finish this project!


  • Paint – Free (already had on hand)
  • Towel Bar – $8 Big Lots
  • Coat rack – $12 Big Lots
  • Yarn – Free
  • Plastic Tubs – $2 Dollar Tree

= $20

I put 2 coats of paint on the walls with paint we had left over from when we moved in. Then I had my husband mount everything on the wall.

Then we installed the coat rack, towel bar and plastic tubs. I tied yarn to the Swiffer and broom to hang them.

Here is the before picture – a dumping ground for random stuff!

I was storing all my cleaning supplies in our pantry. It worked but I’m excited to have some extra space in my pantry!

As I was prepping the walls for paint I found this taped to the wall…instructions on how to service the furnace from 1980…when it was originally installed…the furnace is 5 years older then I am!! Here it is now…I love it! It’s super functional and organized. My husband was great hanging everything for me. Even a few hours later my husband said, “I really like that closet” that says a lot!!

Do you have some wasted space around your house that you could utilize for practical storage space?

Coat Closet Makeover

One of the latest trends for small houses seems to be turning a closet into an office space. I decided I wanted to turn our coat closet into my sewing nook. Originally I was going to do this in our spare room but then I decided I wouldn’t be able to use it as much when we have another kid. Also I didn’t want to be suck in the spare room all the time. Our coat closet is right in between our living room and dining room so I can still feel like I’m part of what’s going on while I work on my projects.

Last summer I found a wall mounted Ikea folding table at a garage sale for $5 and I knew it would make the perfect desk. Here is a breakdown of my supplies:

  • Ikea Wall Mounted folding table¬† – $5
  • Paint- Free (left at our house by the previous owner)
  • Extra Shelf – $10
  • Storage bins – $5
  • Chair – Free (already had)
  • Magnetic Knife Rack from Ikea – $9
  • Magnetic Storage Containers from Ikea – $5

Total Cost = $34!!

Here is the before picture(mostly Tom’s stuff)

We relocated the coats and shoes to our closet and the spare room closet and here is what it looks like now.

I painted it a bright sunny yellow so that the room would be cheerful! I didn’t want it to be dark since it’s such a small space.

I ran an extension cord from our dining room to get power to the closet. It works great!
Next closet makeover I’m going to tackle…the furnace closet. It has become a dumping ground for household items – light bulbs, vacuum, steam mop, dining table leaf, plunger, tool belt, tool kit. I have plans for it this weekend.

It started last night with patching this hole…not sure why it’s there but I’m pretty sure it’s easy access for spiders…eeeww!!

Habitat Restore

A couple of weeks ago I went to Habitat Restore and Earthwise with my friend Lisa.¬† Her and her husband are closing on first home in a couple of weeks and plan to update the house with only used items – she NEEDS to blog about this!! Anyways back to Habitat – I’ve been hearing a lot about Habitat Restore on different blogs so it was awesome to finally get to go.

The best way to describe these kind of stores is sort of a thrift store for home goods. They have salvage stuff, donated stuff, vintage stuff, and some new stuff at discounted prices. Here are a few pictures from Habitat Restore

Sorry for the crappy cell phone pictures – I forgot my camera!!

Ton and tons of doors, interior and exterior

Cabinets – all different sizes and colors

Cabinet doors – $5.00 – drawer fronts – $2.50!!

Ton’s of appliances – new and used – this was a brand new cook top for $250 originally $500

Check out this awesome vintage stove!! Only $150 and in perfect shape!!

A couple of tips – you need to know what you’re looking for and be prepared to dig. Bring a measuring tape…you’ll probably need it!

I got a new interior door and some basic white tiles for $0.10 a piece!! I’m¬† planning to make some of these for Christmas gifts.

Here are links to the stores in the Seattle area

Habitat Restore – Seattle
Earthwise Salvage– Seattle
Restore – Ballard

Happy Hunting!

Yep I Got That on Craigslist…

We have gotten a TON of our furniture and awesome things for our house for free or super cheap on Craigslist. People are always asking me how we have gotten such great things so I decided to put together a few tips I have learned along the way!

Patience, patience, patience!! If you want a good deal you have to be willing to wait. Sometimes you will find exactly what you want right away – example my husband and I had been talking about getting my daughter a sandbox and he was ready to settle for getting a kiddie pool and filling it with sand. I was not a fan of that idea, I really wanted something that would still look nice in our back yard. I hopped on CL and found this bad boy during my first search for a sandbox!

It took a little work to get it to fit into our truck but turned out great in the end. Tay loves it and the top goes up and down to keep the cats out!

Check CL often. I check it at least once a day and more, like 2-3 times per day if I’m looking for something specific.

Search for free items in other categories. Often people post free items in other categories. Try searching “free” in the furniture section and you will likely find some items.

Don’t give up when people don’t email you back! A lot of people on CL are flaky and never respond or don’t delete a post after the items are gone. I try hard to never get attached to something until it’s in my hands. If you don’t hear back move and don’t give up because persistence pays off!

Don’t go by yourself to pick up item and meet in a public place when possible. Remember to be safe. I never do CL pickups without my husband – often he goes with a friend or by himself.

A few items I scored on CL (Click image to enlarge)

Another way to score great furniture/items for your house is let your family and friends know that you want to know if they are getting rid of anything! We have gotten a free couch, dining table (with a leaf and 6 chairs), an end table, my amazing buffet (see below), a twin bed, and pressure washer. If you can be patient you will find what you want hopefully at a great price!

Keep searching CL – it will pay off!! Happy Hunting!