Thursday, January 8, 2015

Secret laundry room redo - cabinets

I wrote this posts months ago.  Months.  As you are reading this, our house has been professionally packed up, loaded into a truck and transported to New York, where it will sit in storage until we find our new home.  Our house is scheduled to close tomorrow.

But, for now, let's go back and catch up on what has been going on over the past few months.


While Chad has been traveling for work, I have been decluttering the house and purging as much as I can.  My goal is to continue to purge and organize until I reach some sense of simplicity in this house.  Less is more.  Less is better.

While decluttering in the laundry room the other day, I decided it was time to hide those items that are stored on the shelves above the washer and dryer.  I texted Dad to see how much he thought unfinished cabinets would cost and he was on board to go look with me.  Blame him, Chad ;-)

We measured and shopped around and decided on four unfinished cabinets.  We (okay, just me) decided we needed to get this job done before Chad came home.  Sometimes Chad likes to research and shop and plan a little too much and I wanted this d-o-n-e DONE!

Here are a few pictures of what the laundry room tends to look like.  I am hanging my head in shame...

It is a big room, with lots of hanging space that is perfect for the kids clothes.  I don't want to lose that space, but I do want to hide the clutter and create a cleaner look in there.




This is the other side of the laundry room.  We will visit this area again.  Soon.


Dad and I set up shop in the garage and got to work prepping and painting the cabinets.   Remember, Chad is working in New York and doesn't yet know about this project.




Dad and I finished painting the cabinets and it was time for Chad to come home.  I picked Chad up from the airport and within minutes of being home, he turned and said, "Let's talk about those cabinets..."  Uh oh ;-)

After explaining my idea and convincing him that this would be great storage and would finally clean up our laundry room, he was on board.  Whew!

The next day we went to work on finishing installing them.  Dad and I had already started.  We used the wood shelf that was already there as a base to set the cabinets on.  That way we knew they would be secure and we would still be able to hang clothes from the rod.  Win, win!


After the cabinets were installed, Chad added the doors.



We added trim to clean up the edges and caulked along the edges and bottom to give it a nice, clean look.



The cabinets were installed and created a ton of hidden storage!


We found eight oil rubbed bronze knobs from our furniture stash to add to each cabinet door.  Free knobs.  Score!




Take a look back at the BEFORE laundry room:


And the AFTER:


Quite a difference!  It is just what I had in mind.  Thank you Dad for all your help!  Thank you Chad, for agreeing to the project!!

The laundry room looks so different now!  But, we didn't stop there...










Saturday, December 13, 2014

If we can make it there, we'll make it anywhere

If you haven't heard already, we are now living in upstate New York!


Chad has been working in New York since April and was offered a full time position and accepted. Within a couple weeks, we listed the house and have accepted an offer!  Fingers crossed all goes well and the new family will enjoy the house (and yard) as much as we did.

Although we are very sad leaving Gramma, Papa and Uncle Buncle (as well as our friends and all the house projects we did)... we are so excited for a new adventure!

I will do my best to get you caught up on this blog... from decluttering the house, to our long drive here, to cutting down our first real tree as a family!  Oh boy, there is so much to dew!!!!









Tuesday, October 21, 2014

I sold a sign!

Right before we left for our summer in New York,  I sold my first sign on Etsy!!!  Can you believe it?!



Caleb was as excited as I was!  Here he is hugging the packaged sign ;-)


I was so happy/relieved/shocked that someone out there likes my work!  I am excited to get back to making - and hopefully selling - more signs!

Wish me luck!






Thursday, October 2, 2014

New york - week 13, our last week

Summer is over and we are back in Texas.  Where, oh where, did summer go?!  Let's take a look at our last week spent in New York.

It rained the beginning of the week.  Rain, rain and more rain.  What to do when it rains?


Go see a movie!

This time we watched Guardians of the Galaxy... the boys liked it.  I was not impressed with the number of bad words and inappropriate jokes.  Also, the people behind us talked the entire time.  The adults.  Not the kids.  What is wrong with people?



After the movie, we went bowling!










We ate some cheesy pizza.


The kids played some games.



Then the kids played in this playscape area.  Like bosses.  They had so much fun in this play area, that we probably could have skipped the bowling part - and the pizza.

They were the only kids in there, so they could let their crazy flags fly!

Caleb is loading up ammo to shoot his sisters with ;-)




Caleb is aiming right at me... don't do it...


He shot me! 


They gathered and filled this tank full of balls and then pushed a button to make them explode and fly everywhere.


Can you see Caleb?


He shot Olivia!


We also went on another hike.  Since it had just rained, it was a bit muggy.


And muddy.



The trails were covered by these crazy roots.


We had to climb our way over and along the trails.


We crossed over water.


The water was as clear as can be.



Chad showed the kids how to carefully cut down small branches.



Caleb knocked down trees.


Olivia found a perfect rock to rest on.


Then, we found the waterfalls.  So pretty!


Poor Olivia has no luck on hikes.  Last time she smashed her finger with a brick.  This time, she bumped her head while climbing.


Caleb was an awesome big brother and helped her.



This picture is blurry, but worth seeing.  Caleb was carefully walking through the water and fell in.  



He was completely soaked from the waist down!  He was such champ, it didn't slow him down one bit.


He had fun just being a boy and throwing rocks into the water.



He carefully whittled away at this stick.  



The girls collected pretty rocks.


Ella climbed.



Apparently I need to work on my hiking skills.  How did I get mud all over my ankles?!


Then this happened and the kids were destroyed.


They closed our pool.  The day after Labor Day.  Boo!


Then this happened.


They closed the kids favorite ice cream place.


One day I took the kids to lunch.  This metal sign was huge!  Fancy, shmancy Applebee's!


Olivia was obsessed with cheese puffs while in New York.  She liked to keep them safe in the car.


Since the pool was closed, we headed to the park each day.  





Boca Bistro is an adorable restaurant in Saratoga Springs.  The decor is rustic farmhouse.  At the beginning of the summer we were walking around and passed Boca and I saw the food.  I had to go there.  We didn't go there - until the last day of our trip.  My BLT was worth the wait.  So good!   I was so excited to eat it, I didn't even think to take a picture.


We also visited the New York State Museum on our last day in New York.  The museum has a full size carousel that was built around 1912.


The kids love to reenact every exhibit we pass by.


This fly was enlarged 100 times and was disgusting.  I will spare you the facts they had listed about how dirty and gross flies truly are - and what they can carry.


We got to visit Sesame Street!



The kids (kind of ) rode the subway.



There was an amazing 9/11 exhibit that was truly moving.  We could have spent hours in this area reading over all the information and stories that were shared.  The kids had a lot of questions.  It is such a hard subject to try to explain to someone who truly doesn't understand evil.







I snapped this as they were announcing it was closing time.  It is the flag that was flying at the World Trade Center when it collapsed.  It was discovered in the debris at the recovery landfill as they sorted for human remains and personal objects.  The NYPD gave the flag to the museum in 2002.


And, before we knew it, the kids and I were back at the airport headed home.  


The kids are true traveling pros now!



I cannot say enough about this summer.  We were so lucky to be able to travel to New York for the entire summer.  Although we did not make it to New York City YET, we experienced so many other things!  And we will get there.  Soon hopefully!

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