Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Garage Organization

On our moving day, we lined one side of the garage with shelves and filled them with lots of bins as we took them off the truck.  The bins are filled with all my holiday decorations, the kids' outdoor toys, basketballs, sand toys, gardening tools and other odds and ends.

We added one other shelf in the corner with water bottles, coolers and water jugs.  The two big drums are filled with water for storage.  The brown shelving was left by the previous owners, so we use that as our shoe rack.  It also houses our tools, paint and supplies, and small containers filled with other odds and ends.

On the wall by the door, I added two pieces of wood and attached hooks for the kids jackets, back packs and umbrellas.

We also store our card tables and chairs in the garage.  (This has since been updated - I'll show you an updated photo of this area soon.)

We were anxious to get the garage in order since we moved in the fall, we wanted to be able to park our cars in the garage during the winter months, I'm really happy with how it turned out.  It's not a big garage, but we made it work and we can park both cars in there which was a must.

I love having everything organized and somewhat easy to find - saves me time - and I always need more of that.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

The First Project . . . Garage

Before we even started moving in, the first project I wanted to tackle was priming the walls in the garage.  The garage at least had been finished off, insulated and sheet rocked, now it just needed a coat of primer.  The brown walls just needed to be lightened.  The shelving was left by the previous owners, which is a great storage feature.

You can see even the ceilings were the same too.  It just needed a coat of paint to help brighten up the space.

 So with some help from my cousin we began to cover the walls with some primer.

I didn't end up adding any paint, just primer and that made a world of difference.  This is a blurry photo - but you get the idea of what a difference it made.

The garage is a dark space to begin with since there are no windows, but priming the walls white helped brighten things up quite a bit. I was so glad it was done just in time for moving day.

Monday, March 20, 2017

We took the Plunge . . . FOR SALE

Towards the end of July last year we decided it was time to start looking for another house.  We had bought our house as newlyweds 16 years ago and decided it was time to find something that better suited our family's needs.  We lived in a 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom multi-level house, but after our baby girl came along, we just needed some more bedroom space.  The kitchen and living areas were fine, but with only 3 bedrooms, we had 3 boys in one room and it was tight - really tight.  We were torn though at the thought of leaving our friends and neighbors.  So, at the end of July this happened.

We listed it on a Friday and by Sunday it was under contract.  We were excited and stressed at the same time because we hadn't been able to find a house we wanted to buy.  But, by that Wednesday the deal fell through because the buyers realized their current housing contract wasn't up until November, so they had to back out.  We listed again just a couple days later and by Sunday evening we were under contract again.  After that it was a whirlwind with inspections, looking at houses, packing, etc.  Within a week though we found a house we really liked that had multiple offers.  We offered $6,000 more than the asking price and got the bid and were under contract.  After about a month of working with the lender, doing an inspection, getting a new roof (see photo below), and getting in a 10 day vacation, we finally had a firm date and this happened in mid-September.

We also rented a U-haul this same size (26 ft.) and loaded everything we could, minus furniture.  We weren't sure how much help we could solicit from friends and neighbors, so we hired out the heavy stuff.  It's wasn't the cheapest method of moving, but definitely saved us in the end and was well worth the money.

We were super excited to find a house with all our "wants" too, including enough bedrooms.

And one of the bonuses was that it was on a cul-de-sac and had an amazing back yard.

And of course the kids were super excited to have their own swing set, with enough swings for everyone.

We really love our new house.  We've done a ton in the six months we've been in our place.  So I have lots of fun projects to show you.  I'm currently working on decorating the walls, adding curtains, etc.  So stick around.

Thursday, March 16, 2017


I found four of these 5x7 boxes at Hobby Lobby.  I didn't want them for the saying, but for the box.

It's a hollow, three dimensional box.  I'm sure you've seen them around with all kinds of sayings on them.  They can be pretty pricey too.

Anyway, I sprayed them with a couple coats of primer and a couple coats of white spray paint.

I had some vinyl cut from Utah Vinyl in a hunter green color.

I sanded the edges just a bit as well.

Added the vinyl and they were done!

Super simple project and just in time for St. Patrick's Day.  I added one of the boxes to my entry table to go with my other green and white decor.  The other boxes will be gifts for a couple friends.

I love how it turned out and it's just perfect for the entry table.

Now we're ready for St. Patrick's day!!

What about you - do you like to decorate for St. Patrick's day?