Officially a Two Bedroom House

About a year and a half ago a leaky pipe under the bathroom sink led to our house being flooded. We have a small (<1000 sq ft) house with the bathroom being close enough to every room that our whole house was flooded. We had to move in with my parents for about 4 months and fight the insurance to get our claim paid. The light at the end of the tunnel was we were getting hard wood floors throughout, new paint throughout, the ugly cottage cheese ceiling taken off, new doors, recessed lighting, lights and ceiling fans in the bedrooms (we had to use lamps in every room except the bathroom and kitchen before this). So when all was said and done, it was kinda worth it. Except for the past year and a half it felt like we were living in a one bedroom because we didnt have the time, energy or money to fix up the second bedroom. The door stayed shut and would only get opened for us to throw something in there. I would attempt to do crafts on my cricut in there but that only added to the pure chaos and clutter that already existed.

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But we recently mustered up the courage, the money and some Rockstars and tackled this project head on!

AFTER:

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Above Left: The love seat and Ikea coffee table were gifted to Andrew and I when we got our first apartment together. Above Right: We bought this white drawer unit from Ikea and its pretty much empty which was the idea; There is plenty of space for us to organize future bills, homework, projects etc;

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The main goal of this room was to have has much storage as possible and to have the best use of space. So the corner desk with plenty of storage underneath (pictured above) was a no brainer, and guess where we bought it? Give up? Ikea!

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The square storage unit (above left) was one we already had that somehow managed to survive the flood, originally purchased from Target. The rug (above right) was a steal from Ikea, ringing in at $14.99

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Ikea again was the star of the show when it came to organizing the closet. Laundry, excess clothes that don’t fit in our bedroom closet, workout gear, text books, blankets, pillows, shoes and more are stored neatly (for the most part) in here. I didn’t want a closet door in here but it was just a personal choice , no good reason or explanation for that one.

And finally one of my favorite things in this room. We found these adorable frames at Ikea that have this antique look but theyre actually plastic (so they were cheap!) I love them so much and our wedding invitation looked too perfect in one of them:

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I love what we’ve done with the place but there is still so much more to do, not only in this room but in our house and yard. Owning a home is the gift that keeps on giving. Everyday we are given an opportunity to start a new project or put up a new picture, add a little touch that makes it feel a little more like love, a little more like where we belong. My home is my haven and I love coming here everyday after a long day at work or returning here after a vacation. Cherish and take pride in your home, its where your memories are being made.

 

 

 

DIY Photo Stand

Theres this wonderful app called Printicular (Printicular | Printing Instagram | Canvas Prints Online | Wall Collage | Printicular.) You can upload pictures from your phone, computer or instagram account to the app and they will either send prints of your pictures directly to your house or you can pick them up at your local Walgreens. I started printing off my instagram pictures but had nowhere to put them so i got some ideas from pinterest and used a little imagination and came with a photo holder of my own.

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Above photos: First I started off with a piece of wood (4’x4″ & about 1/2″ thick). Andrew stained it for me. We used Miniwax Wood Finish in Dark Walnut. While we were outside I also painted the camera piece that I had purchased at Michaels, I chose to go with Navy Blue and I used a clear finish.

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We let the stain dry for about an hour, it was still a bit sticky, and then we applied a coat of white spray paint, waited about 10 minutes and applied a coat of light pink spray paint. Left Picture: The top board is after the coat of white was applied, the bottom is after the pink was applied. Right Picture: Finished wood. Because the stain wasn’t completely dry it came up through the the spray paint and gave the wood a distressed look which is exactly what I was going for- I just came upon it in a way I hadn’t intended- a happy accident. 🙂

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Left Picture: I bought black clothespins and used a paint stripper and some sand paper to give them the distressed look as well. Right Picture: I used super glue to attached everything to the main piece of wood.

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And Voila! I added my pictures and now all that’s left to do is find a place in my house to hang it.

Wanna get away?

We all need some r&r in our lives and after a long week at work what could be better than a calm, quiet day at the spa. However when the thought crossed my mind this week it wasn’t a realistic option seeing as how it was 10 pm on Friday night and for most of us its not something we can treat ourselves to due to time, budget or children constraints. Much to your delight, I’ve compiled some of my favorite products that will make your bathroom a room of pampering and rejuvenation. Treat yourself once in a while, you more than deserve it. 🙂

Tree Hut Shea Sugar Brazilian Nut Body Scrub (Walmart)- I obviously don’t recommend using a scrub everyday but after using this your skin will feel brand new.. literally, like baby skin; so touch-ably soft

Bliss Soapy Suds (Sephora)- I have it in the vanilla+bergamot scent, which smells so good!, and the scent stays and it keeps your skin soft even after you rinse.

Cranberry Orange Mango & Acai Berry Hand Treatment Candle (Pink Papaya)- This product is my favorite and oh so amazing! You light the candle while you take your bath then once your done and you blow the candle out the “wax” is actually a therapeutic massage oil that can be used anywhere. I use mine mainly on my neck, shoulders and back. (Its better if massaged on by someone else!) And it leaves your skin with a dewy pretty glow.

Forever Flawless Diamond Infused Facial Peel-  Use this on your clean face and watch the dead skin cells just peel away. A must have if you want to keep your skin youthful.

Neutrogena Naturals Night Cream (Target)-  My skin on face is very sensitive so this is perfect for my skin type and I even use the face wash as my everyday wash.

So go pour the bubble bath under the hot water, light some candles and take some time for yourself to unwind and relax.

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Bathroom Redo

When our house flooded last year we were presented with the opportunity to get rid of all the horrible “improvements” the previous owners had made. Here are some before and afters of our bathroom.

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If it doesn’t look that bad to you keep in mind I took these pictures to make the bathroom look good because I thought I was going to have to live with it for at least another 5 years. The door was put on backwards and had wooden panels nailed to it, the tile was horrendous and wasn’t even cut to fit around the toilet, there was wall paper on top of wall paper.. need I go on? And there was no hope for the shower area, hence there are no pictures.

 

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