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Weekend projects.

This weekend was our first weekend projects around the house for 2015.

When I woke up Saturday morning, it was raining. The rain was bringing in a very nice cool front, and had brought me a little headache with it. I decided, coffee was needed stat and the urge to make a project list for the weekend came upon me. We started simple for this year.

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  1. Fix the kids’ bathroom door.
  2. Paint the rest of the doors on the kids’ side of the house to match the others
  3. Finish the girls’ window treatment.
  4. Clean the garage (this is actually always on my list because our garage is always a mess. Mike took this   and decided to not only clean, sort of, the garage, but reorganized his workbench area).

We’ve had this house for almost five years now, we bought new construction for our first home because at the time the girls were not even a year yet and we had no plans of buying a fixer-upper that would need a lot of TLC or extra energy from us. At that time, it was all about surviving life with three kids age two and under.

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This house, was one of the spec homes, but we liked the lot it was on, with the golf course right behind us (meaning we’d have no backyard neighbors) and decided on it even though there were certain things about it that we couldn’t change because some of the choices had already been made. One thing that I hated was that the kids’ bathroom door swung out into the hallway. So weird, I know. The builder claimed it was on purpose, but I still think it was a mistake that they just didn’t want to correct. We shrugged it off and figured Mike couldn’t fix it.

Well, five years later, we finally fixed it. It’s one of those projects we do that we say, “why the heck did we wait so long to do this?!” when we are done. Seriously, the hallways feels 100x bigger now and the function of the door is so much better.

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As for the doors, when Mike was done fixing the bathroom door, I finally got around to painting the rest of the doors in our house. If you have never thought about painting your doors a color besides white, I highly recommend it. I painted the doors in our bedroom, bathroom, closet and kitchen black a few years ago (not a true black, it’s almost like a brown/gray/black and in satin, no sort of gloss) and will never have white doors again. They just really add a nice punch to the aesthetics of your home.

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Almost a year ago now (last spring break) I redid the girls’ bedroom. The only things left to do in the room are to finish the window treatments (big fat check after this weekend) and finish the gallery walls behind each of their beds. Maybe we’ll be done by this spring break.

No need to explain the last one. Garage is still not completely clean (or, to my standards at least). My car is thismuch closer to parking in it again, though.

It felt good to have a project-filled weekend. I’m ready to start making my next list…

A peek into the making of our backyard oasis.

A peek into the making of our backyard oasis.

Last weekend we started a big project for the kids. This new clubhouse has been our favorite part of after school during fall since it’s been built. Yes, in just a week, we’ve decided we love it so.

This weekend, after Tucker’s soccer game, we headed to Home Depot again and picked up paint, mulch and landscape bricks to start phase two of our backyard spruce up.

When we got home, Mike finished up the railing on the clubhouse while I painted the shed and outside of the clubhouse to match our house colors. We still have the inside and railing to paint but it’s really starting to come together. The new potted plants might have helped a bit, too.

Then we moved on to another project back there. Over the summer, we had a big blue pool in the backyard for the kids. It started to leak a lot towards the end of the summer, so Mike ended up taking it down. That left us a big circle in the yard of mucky dirt. We decided to turn that area into something fun for fall (and beyond). We used the landscape bricks to build a fire pit. Super easy and it cost about $30. We used the mulch to finish the area off, and I have big plans for Mike to build some rustic bench seats to go around it. We even tried it out Saturday night with a little hotdog roasting & s’more making.

 

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Tonight, we ate dinner out there and Mike and the kids had fun playing soccer. This is really becoming a backyard oasis for us and the little start of fall weather is really helping, too. Phase three will be painting the rest of the clubhouse, sprucing up the inside with some decorations and then putting a new roof on the pergola. Once that’s done it will be time to just sit back and enjoy our new outdoor space.

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My saving grace.

The kids used to have one of those prefab wood playgrounds. It was something my inlaws had gotten them one Christmas at our suggestion. It worked out well for a while, a slide, a few swings and a little “clubhouse” feel to it. This summer though, we realized it was on it’s last leg. Mike took it down towards the end of summer and we’ve been debating about what to do ever since.

A few weeks ago, after getting a little taste of fall here in Florida, I decided we needed to finally make up our minds. After school a few days, I wanted to be able to just open up the back door and have the kids play, but I knew there really wasn’t anything out there that would keep them occupied all that long.

When I asked Mike if he was ready to build something for the kids, he was game. I’m lucky he agrees to my crazy ideas so quickly. Tucker had soccer practice on Saturday morning, and then the rest of our weekend was spent building the kids a clubhouse of their dreams. I know this, because I totally would have loved a little space like this when I was their age.

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I had put on Instagram this, “So the kids just closed on a one room, with a view and a pretty fancy side door. It’s a fixer upper, needs a fresh coat of bright green paint on the inside, the front porch needs some fresh white rails and maybe a hanging basket & a potted plant. Furniture to come, too.”

We’ve got a lot left to do. Mike only did one side of the rail (you can see how the right side is just laying in place) because he ran out of the right screws. Once he’s done with what he has to do, I’m going to pain the inside of it a fun (& bright) green. I think it was called Granny Smith Green maybe. We’ll decorate the inside with a few stools from Ikea and a spool table (I’ve had these big spools in the garage for a while and haven’t done anything with them yet). The porch rails will get painted white, I’ll add a few potted plants to their porch and probably a little landscaping to hide the cinder blocks. I also need to finish the curtains, I just threw them up tonight to get an idea of what they need to look like.

Eventually it will all come together.

& to get an idea of where my idea came from (and kind of how I’d like it all to look in the end):

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Is this not the most adorable “handmade hideaway” as she calls it over at The Handmade Home!? Ours will hopefully be a close second when all is said and done. & mostly. I can’t wait for it to be my saving grace come this fall when the weather is nice and the doors are open in the afternoons after school. I’m sure I’ll have to drag the kids in each night. ::fingers crossed::

In need of a little project time.

I started redoing the girls’ room during spring break. We painted, rearranged the furniture, and put out their new bedding. Since then I haven’t done much more. A few accessory pieces here or there and that is about it. There is a lot I still need to do, I just haven’t had the time toContinue Reading

Valentines Day Ideas & More.

With a couple of holidays coming up in February (I say that because Mike’s birthday is on Groundhog’s Day & he expects us to celebrate it & his birthday. He really thinks people should be putting inflatable groundhogs in their yard like they do snowmen at Christmas) I thought I’d share some fun things we’veContinue Reading

Laundry room re-do, before & after.

Before the new year even began, I had an idea of what I wanted our first project of 2014 to be. Besides the garage (Mike is horrible at keeping it clean but has vowed to try better this year, we’ll see!) the laundry/pantry is one of my least favorite parts of our house. Until nowContinue Reading

Christmas crafting: reindeer stenciled shirt

Today we are heading to Mount Dora for the weekend. We are going to start with their Christmas Parade this morning, and enjoy shopping & eating around their cute town during the day. We are staying at a charming bed & breakfast (reminiscent of the hotel in Dirty Dancing if you ask me) and weContinue Reading

Lucky Us Printable

Last week I shared the gift I made for Mike for our 7th wedding anniversary. I’ve gotten quite a few requests for the Lucky Us printable, so decided to make it available to you. Makes it much easier than having to email it out to all interested, I’m just so glad so many of youContinue Reading

Copper: Traditional 7th Wedding Anniversary Gift

When I looked up what the tradition gift was for a 7th wedding anniversary, I found copper & wool as the answer. Seeing as it’s the dead of summer, I figured something in wool wouldn’t really be fitting, but figured I could do something with copper. After looking on Pinterest (of course) I put aContinue Reading

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