Beautiful friends, welcome back! I had a few days of downtime last week since completing my biggest thrifty haul ever, and I started a new house project! Ya’ll know I’m dangerous with time on my hands!
We also have a project that has been a year in the making (that one requires the hubby, hence the yearlong saga!) And, we have a new project coming in the near future. I also have a more personal project that I want to share, so today, I am going to share what we are working on and what we have planned, and then I have an oldie but goodie to give ya’ll your makeover fix for today!
Let’s start with what I decided to take on when I had a few free days.
We redid our front landscaping two summers ago. Our home had been a rental for several years before we bought it, and it had become quite overgrown:
See more about it here: Front Landscape Reveal
At the time, I wanted to focus mostly on foundation shrubs and plants, and over the last couple of years, much has grown, but some things have not thrived at all. Admittedly, I haven’t been the loving caretaker that I was for our previous garden.
You can see our previous front yard here: Front Yard Garden Tour.
The first spring after planting was a particularly dry one and that didn’t help matters, so a few things kicked the bucket also. I knew I needed to get out there and move some things around and replace others.
So that is what I have been working on! I also had wanted to add a tree and surrounding flower bed to this left side of our yard:
So I had all the utilities marked and then got started!
I used a garden hose to get an idea of the shape I wanted, and then started digging out the border of the new bed:
If you’ve followed me through our previous home’s garden adventures, you know that we created our entire landscape without digging up all that old grass…game changer!
You can see how we did that here: How to Create a Landscape from Scratch.
That does require a more raised garden bed, and because our other beds weren’t raised in our current landscape, we painstakingly removed all the existing sod instead.
And here it is while I was planting everything:
You can also see in the background that I swapped out shrubs, moved a few things, and added a few new things to our existing beds closer to the house!
That’s all I have to share for now with this project, but it is pretty much done now…just waiting on mulch to be delivered on Friday! I’m also playing around with the front porch, but I’ll share it all when I’m done in another post!
Let’s talk about the old, yearlong project, shall we? When we redid our staircase, we had to replace all the treads, and we learned that there was a lot of empty space under our stairs that was not being utilized. Our kitchen pantry sits partly under the stairs, but my hubby took it upon himself to bust out the remaining space to give us a larger pantry:
It was a great size before, in my opinion.
Here is where we are at today:
Once the walls and back of the stairs area all done, I’m going to build in the shelving, and I’ll share that.
And that leads us to our future project!
If you look at the pantry photos above, you’ll notice the tile doesn’t go past where the original back wall was. We went in search of matching tile to finish that small area and came up empty. Then, I suggested looking for a coordinating tile that we could tile the whole pantry in that would still work with the rest of the tile in our kitchen. (This same tile.)
And so back to the tile store I went. I just wasn’t in love with the options I found.
And then I spied this:
Ya’ll, that is tile!!
Does it coordinate with the rest of our ugly kitchen floor? No, it does not. I loved it though! After talking it over with the hubby, we decided we would replace all of the tile in our kitchen with this tile in this gorgeous herringbone pattern. That will also include the laundry room, hallway, and downstairs bath, since they have the same tile as the kitchen. I am SO excited!
We never have loved our current tile, and we struggled with the decision whether or not to replace it with the same hardwood we put in the rest of our house. In the end, we knew the tile was a durable option and decided to live with it.
But no more!! We will NOT, however, be taking on this project ourselves.
We are letting the professionals handle this one, and we already have all the supplies:
There is another pallet behind the first two, so it’s hard to move in the garage at the moment. Demo and installation is set to begin in two weeks on May 17th and I cannot wait! I’ll share that when it is complete also!
Project number four is a more personal project. If you’ve seen my videos, ya’ll know I have some crooked teeth. They have never bothered me at all and are just part of who I am.
Last fall, I had a dental check up and learned that I needed a root canal on one of my front, bottom teeth. I hit black ice one early morning on my way to the hospital when I was still working as a RN, and my car slammed into a guard rail. I did not have my seatbelt on and I hit my mouth on the steering wheel, pushing my bottom teeth through the skin beneath my lower lip. I had to have several stitches, but it healed without incident leaving only a small scar. That trauma to my bottom teeth is likely the reason I needed a root canal.
I went for a consultation and was told that after the root canal, it would probably need to be capped also. Then the Dr. said it was either that or have it pulled.
Because my bottom teeth were very overcrowded, I knew I could lose one with no worries, and I preferred that option. I then met with an orthodontist to talk about the possibility of having them correct my teeth after having that one pulled and the decision was made!
In November, I got braces!
Here’s my brace face:
My smile still has a lot of work coming and you can still see where the space was where my tooth was pulled that hasn’t quite closed yet. I think I might have another year of this. I am happy I finally did it though as now that my teeth are straightening, I see all the trauma my overlapped teeth were causing one another!
Brennan is almost done with elementary school, and in two weeks, we’ll be road tripping to bring Jack home from his first year at college. Didn’t that go by so fast??
And that is what we currently have going on at the James house!
Now for your makeover fix!
I originally shared this piece for Trash-to-Treasure Tuesday, and it was perfect for it!!
This sad antique side table once belonged to my Hubby’s Grandma:
This was the first piece I tackled in this thrifty haul:
I had ALL of this stashed in my storage room. I ended up calling it the Storage Room Haul of Shame!
This one really was the most “trashed” item in the pile. Here’s a closer look at the top:
It appeared as though it was stained, then painted brown on top of the stain, and then the elements from being stored in the shed didn’t help matters any.
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A quick sanding with my sander and it actually all came off really easily:
The paint on the legs was intact, so they just got a good wipe down. I did find a split in the wood at the bottom that I had to repair with a little wood glue…
Pretty simple prep for such a tired looking piece to start!
And of course, a little paint magic goes a long way!
So bright and fresh now!
Such a pretty color to welcome Summer, don’t you think?
I love the way the Cotton plays up those spindly legs…
I stole these beautiful hydrangeas from my sister’s yard.
I sanded all over with 220 grit sandpaper, a little more on the legs than the top. I sealed the legs with Dixie Belle’s clear wax and sealed the top with Gator Hide using Dixie Belle’s applicator sponge to apply.
Sweet and simple!
This pretty color made it a great reshare for today! I hope you enjoyed it also!
And that was the first piece I completed from the Storage Room ‘Haul’ of Shame!
Click the link below to keep going and see the after of the next piece I did:
Check out how this sewing table looks now HERE!
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