The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly

We have been BUSY. We’re working a ton, packing up boxes for storage, and getting things organized to move into our rental house and start our major renovation project! So if you missed the news, we sold our house, bought a foreclosure (aka The Dump) and will be renting while we renovate, and eventually, move in! HERE is the story.

We don’t close until April, so between now and then, we’ve been making our plans. We’ve measured, met with contractors, planned, and budgeted. The kids thoroughly enjoy going to “the new house” to play in the giant yard! Watching them makes me feel so good about this decision!

We’ve got A LOT of work ahead of us. Take a look at these before photos!

There’s not a surface of this place that won’t be touched, demoed, or painted. Now to share my vision, here is some inspiration!

We’re so excited for things to come! Can’t wait to share the journey with you. Happy Monday!



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The New House

Happy Valentine’s Day!!! Guess what! We bought a house!!! We didn’t get the first foreclosure we were looking at HERE. But we found one that was in even worse condition, if you can believe it! It’s a total dump. But the bones and the yard are a dream! My mind (and pinterest board) is exploding with ideas. I hesitate to even share photos because you’re totally going to judge me. Just trust me when I say, this is a GOOD move! The house is on an acre, which is impossible to find in our town, AND has a pool (which currently is acting as an alligator pond). But just think, pool — outdoor kitchen — barn. Just, trust me! Ok, so here are the photos I snapped today….

Dump with a capital D, RIGHT?! I’m so excited. Only thing is, we need to sell our house because our offer on this home is contingent upon the sale of our current home! We like to live on the edge. Wish us luck on this journey! Can’t WAIT to share updates with you all!

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Exciting Things Happening!

We have some exciting news to share! As some of you know, we are suckers for good house projects. Our first house that we bought in 2011 was a foreclosure of the worst kind. We bought that house after the market crashed, so it was WELL within budget. We lived there for 5 years and made beautiful renovations. We brought both of our babies home to that house. Those years were some of the best to date! HERE is a link to the before and after pictures of that home.

Selling that house allowed us to buy our next home which was a dream come true! A 4000 square foot, marsh view, Charleston style home with a huge yard! It has meticulous attention to detail, wood-work, gorgeous upgrades, and is in one of the nicest neighborhoods in Mount Pleasant!

So, why am I writing this post? Because, we’re SELLING OUR HOUSE! We got the itch to buy another foreclosure! I know, we’re crazy. But we love finding a blank slate and making it our own! We found the perfect foreclosure and put an offer in contingent upon the sale of this house. It’s quite possible we won’t get it as there were multiple offers. BUT, we are trusting that God has a great plan for us whether we move into that house or not. But this is officially the beginning of our house hunt! Can’t wait to keep you updated on exciting things to come!

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House Projects-Mantel

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!!


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House Updates

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!

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House Updates

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!

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Cheapest House Remodel Projects Ever!

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!

Project One:

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.

Project Two:

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!

Project Three:

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!

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Our House Before and After Photos!

Prepare to have your mind BLOWN! Looking back at these photos made me exhausted just thinking about the work we’ve put into this house over the past five years! As I mentioned in my previous post, we’re selling our house! We bought this house as a foreclosure in 2011. It was completely abandoned and in the worst condition I’d ever seen! But, we were young, kid-less, and really naive. After all, it was our first house! So we couldn’t wait to tackle this monstrosity of a project together! So, for your viewing pleasure, here are some before and after photos of our beloved home!


Of course, it is stunning now! There isn’t a surface that went untouched! We made a really nice home for someone. But we’re ready to move on to our next (not so exhausting) home!

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Baby Girl’s Nursery is Ready!

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!

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Nursery Planning

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!

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