We’ve been wanting to replace the mantel in our house since the day we moved in! The trim work and attention to detail in this house are so beautiful, and it didn’t quite fit. We did our best to work with it, but it’s been on our to-do list. Here’s a shot of the old mantel.
This past weekend we finally did it! Stew worked for two days tearing down the old and rebuilding the new. Here’s the progress:
Once he finished his part, it was my turn. I did all the caulking and nail hole filling. I sanded it down and painted over the brick and wood to match our trim. It came out perfect! It was exactly what we envisioned! Now I’m counting down the days until I can start decorating it for the holidays!!
I know it’s been nothing but radio silence over here! But all is well in the Watson abode. I’ve actually been SO productive lately! I’ve been working a ton, spending little time on social media, and soaking up my family time every chance I can get!
After the holidays, I went into spring cleaning mode. It helped that it’s been 70 degrees here (until this week that is)! We took down the decorations the weekend after Christmas and did a super clean of the house. It felt so good! I’ve also been purging like crazy. We’ve collected so much stuff over the years! If it wasn’t nailed down, I sold it or donated it! Then, with that money, I made a few small changes to the house that made a BIG difference! Here are our latest updates:
In Turner’s room, we really just updated the wall art. He had a great room to begin with!
Gracie’s room was a similar story! She had a collage wall above her crib, but it was never quite right. So we took it down, played with ideas on the floor, and created the perfect collage! We also picked up a “Hello Beautiful” sign for above her dresser.
Our room was a bit of a challenge. It’s really big and has three closets in a row with windows on one corner of the room. So I was on Pinterest searching for ideas! I saw a cute little sitting area in one photo that gave me the idea for this arrangement!
And my favorite update of all….the living room! We had two tall bookshelves on either side of the fireplace, but it looked too cluttered. So we replaced them with two sitting chairs with matching wall art on either side. Then opposite that, we created an amazing collage wall above the couch!
The best part of this whole thing was that every piece of art in the living room was from Hobby Lobby! AND they were 50% off!!!! Can you feel my excitement?! Doesn’t it look like I spent a fortune on these art pieces? The chairs we got for the living room were from Hobby Lobby too. Who knew they sold furniture!? My mind was completely blown after walking through there! It’s amazing how a few thought out changes can make our house feel completely different. I love love love it!
We’ve been in our new house for about 4 months and I’m really getting the decorating itch! Now that work is calming down, I can start to make some of the changes I’ve been dreaming up in my head! The first major change I’ve wanted to make from day 1 was swapping out the counter tops. I’ve always wanted grey stone counters. After searching and price shopping, we found the ones! The color is called Fantasy Brown Quartzite. They weirdly have “brown” in the title but they’re grey and white. Go figure! Side note, if you’re local and need the most amazing granite company, hit me up! They were incredible. They demoed the old granite nicely and had the new counters installed all within 4 hours. And here is the finished product!
Project number two was the living room. The fireplace has a small space on either side and then a door. I debated putting chairs on either side, but found the exact size shelves I needed to create a “built-in” look without actually getting built-ins made! What are the odds!? They are 28″ wide. I got them from Celadon (local furniture store) and painted them the same color as the trim so they’d blend in. I also found a beautiful wood cabinet (also from Celadon) with glass sliding doors that was just what I’ve been looking for to hide our sound system. And this is what we have now!
We are making progress! It’s starting to feel like our home and not like the house we moved into. I think I can take a break on the house projects for a little while. Next big thing to plan is Gracie’s first birthday party! Have a great weekend!
Have you ever used chalk paint? If not, I highly recommend it! You can literally paint anything. Hence my cheapest remodel projects ever!
I had a quick tutorial with my neighbor and now I feel like a pro!
This set of built-ins in our dining room. They’re beautiful shelves but they are a dark Charleston Green with a shiny finish. So it would have taken a million coats of paint to cover. But not with my beloved chalk paint!
I used Paris Grey and it covered beautifully! I did one coat, then a thinner coat that was watered down for a smoother finish. Final step was to apply the wax and buff it with a rag. I used Old White chalk paint for the mirror in the center, which was a shiny black color. We also swapped out the light fixture for a more rustic feel.
We have a dark wood living room end table that has beautiful lines, but has a few water stains on top. I mixed 1 1/4 cups Old White with 4 tsp Florence to create the perfect color to fix up this table!
And probably the most insane and daring… our kitchen tile back-splash! We’ve been toying with the idea of replacing the tan back-splash and counter-top. While it’s pretty, it’s just not my taste! So I thought, before we throw big bucks into fixing what ain’t broke, let me just see if chalk paint will cover the tile backs-splash. Here is the before:
I used Old White for this project so it would match our trim. And guest what!?!? It looks incredible! I did a regular coat and then a watered down coat for a smooth finish. We changed the switch plates to white and swapped out the light fixture as well. It’s so much brighter!
I did all of these with the same cans of Old White, Paris Grey, and a sample of Florence. Can you believe that!? Best. Invention. Ever!
We have finally put all the finishing touches on Baby Girl’s nursery! I am so excited with the way it turned out. I had an idea in my mind that I didn’t want it to be too “girly”. I wanted more of a boho-chic feel. I actually bought a pouf ottoman cover on Etsy which was the inspiration for the rest of the room. HERE is the original post for my nursery inspiration!
I used the same crib we used for Turner’s nursery. I found the dresser at a local consignment shop. I loved the cream color with the gold handles! The wall art above the crib is from TJ Maxx. I got that before I even knew we were having a girl! I figured, I could use it in the nursery, and if not, I’d put it in my office!
I plan to keep her headbands in a glass jar so they’re easily accessible. Plus they look cute on display!
I spray painted this changing table with Valspar’s “La Fonda Mirage”, for a bit of pop! The baskets are from Target. I have them organized with diapers, wipes, burp cloths, ointments and lotions, and some changing table covers. The shelf above her changing table has tissues, cotton balls, Q tips, and hair clips :o)
And finally, a book shelf with her monogrammed initials above it (courtesy of my amazing friend Angela). We will definitely have to add some more books. It looks so sorry compared to Turner’s, which is jam packed and separated by genre! I had more time on my hands then ;o)
Now that the nursery is ready, all we need is our little bundle! Counting down the days until we meet our sweet little girl!
Wall Art/Changing Table/Crib
We’re finally making progress on Baby Girl’s nursery! It will be more of a bohemian style rather than girly style. The walls are Valspar’s “Filtered Shade Gray” and the accent pieces are light pink and teal (Valspar’s “La Fonda Mirage” to be exact). Stew is putting up trim as we speak, and I’ve got all of the furniture and most of the wall art picked out. It’s just a matter of organizing it and pulling the room together! The most exciting part will be organizing all of her little clothes, headbands, leggings, and hair clips into jars and baskets. I thought I’d share a few of the pieces I’ve collected before the big reveal! More to come!
There’s something about daylight-saving time that makes me want to pop on my boots and get out in the garden! Judging by the lines at Lowe’s, I wasn’t alone! This winter has been COLD. I’ve been looking at our dead grass and plants for the past few months, waiting for the weather to warm up, so I could add some GREEN back into my life!!
We started several projects this past weekend! I cleaned out the front garden beds and pruned my rosebushes to get them ready for mulch! We raked the backyard and put grass seed down in our dirt patches in hopes that we will have a bright green blanket of grass (fingers crossed). I planted lots of veggies in my raised vegetable gardens that Stew built last summer– bibb lettuce, arugula, spinach, squash, red peppers, tomatoes, and tons of herbs!
We picked up our hanging ferns for the porch and planted my window boxes.
We planted some plants around the trees in the center of the yard (I have big visions for this area). It’s definitely a work in progress! This is the before picture:
And here is the BEGINNING of my project. I’m only showing you this because I trust that you have my vision too….think “cozy shade garden” with fluffy green foliage and mason jar lights hanging from the trees…
And I put together some containers for the front porch and back deck! The first one has a fern and hydrangeas. It will be beautiful once it fills out (another one I’m trusting you to have my vision)!
Turner was a HUGE help! He mowed the ENTIRE lawn (don’t mind the outfit…I changed his diaper and was too lazy to go into the attic and bust out the summer gear. We made due with the diaper and sweet kicks).
What a productive weekend! All we have left to do is mulch! I will update you with more pictures once things start to fill out! But, for now, happy
It’s hard to believe January is almost over!! I can’t say I’m sad to see it go. We’ve had a rough winter, to say the least. Plus, we have a LOT of exciting things happening next month. We have my birthday, Valentine’s Day, Stew’s Birthday, and Stew’s LAST chemo treatment February 27th!!! And, on top of that, spring is right around the corner!
In the meantime, we’ve been cleaning and organizing. I’ll update you as we go on our never-ending house projects! My first project was to organize my diaper bag. I usually just keep it in the car so we have anything and everything we need in case the world ends. Keeping it in the car equals me not changing anything out for the past 14 months. Soooo, I brought it in and went through it. I put everything in a compartment or in a bag within my bag. I have my Rodan and Fields zipper case filled with all of my bottles–lotion, diaper rash ointment, saline nose spray, lip gloss, and sunscreen. I have my Baby Wipe Case, a spare diaper, and a Diaper Wet Bag. I also have a case of hand wipes and the Tiny Diner for when hunger strikes. I feel better already!
I put a few decorations up for Valentine’s Day (right after the Christmas stuff came down). I love when the house is decorated. And Valentine’s Day is one of my favorite holidays! It brightens up the winter so much! Plus, Stew and I have had a fondue dinner tradition since we started dating
a hundred eight years ago which is always exciting. Hopefully I’ll get some good pictures of our fondue this year to share! We’ve never missed a year yet! (P.S. my Valentine’s Day Chalkboard is now available on Etsy in a 4×6 Digital File!)
I have high hopes for getting this house in tip-top organized shape by the time spring rolls around. We’ll see how that goes! And for some Sunday cuteness, here’s some Turner love! Stay warm 😮