Puppy Problems Quick Fix

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I have two adorable puppies, who I love very much. They are loveable, playful and loyal. They are my children and have a million different pet names. They make me happy every single day EXCEPT when they chew my house, baseboards and furniture! It drives me absolutely nuts. I love our little home and these little pests keep ruining it! The worst spot they chewed is on the window frame around the pretty window above our couch. It’s in the worst place possible because it’s the hub of house, where I spend all my time when I’m home. So, to solve this horrible eye soar I used a wood filler and paint to save myself from tears.  It’s not perfect, but it’s a million times better.  Here’s what I did:

IMG_9284 Thanks Piper for the new artwork in my house.

IMG_9294 Step 1: Fill gaps with wood filler.

IMG_9295 Step 2: Smooth filler with your finger. You can use a scraper to make sure it’s flush with the wall.

IMG_9299 Doodle waiting for it to dry.

IMG_9363 Step 3: After it dries, sand the wood filler with medium sand paper.
20140925-104214.jpg Step 4: Paint (with an audience)

IMG_9381 Dood thinks it looks much better!  Fingers crossed they are over their chewing stage!

DIY Bar Cart

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Since the first time Andrew heard of a bar cart he wanted one. I was a little wishy washy for a few reasons. All the ones I like are super expensive, our friends would drink all our alcohol, and I had no clue where we could put it. Over the summer I went to a charity design house in The Hamptons. Walking through the house made me want to redecorate my entire house and backyard. Since that is not realistic I did find a few small updates we could manage. One of the things I loved was a bar cart. I was then determined to find a cute and affordable bar cart. I had looked on Etsy and eBay for cheaper options, but still craved the gorgeous bar carts from West Elm, Crate & Barrel, and Restoration Hardware. I finally found this genius IKEA Hack made from a utility cart. These bloggers inspired my bar cart: Carrie Bradshaw Lied and Scandalous Beauty. Besides putting the IKEA utility cart together (which can be a challenge in itself) there is just one other step. I’m in love with how it turned out! It fits perfectly in the little corner of our dining room and I especially love the price tag (only $40!).

Instructions:
1. Put the skeleton of the cart together, without the wheels or shelves. Note my boo boo below. I attached the handle facing the wrong way. Learn from me and do it right.

2. Place the cart on cardboard/paper in a well ventilated area.

3. Spray away! I used metalic gold. Don’t get too close or it’ll make a weird ripple.

4. Let it dry.

5. Carefully attach the shelves and wheels. Add your alcohol, glasses, and any other fun touches. (Straws, pictures, cocktail book…)

6. Enjoy your libations in style. 🙂

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Happy Spring Entry Table

Entry table Happy Spring!  An entry table is one of my favorite places in my home to embrace the season or holiday.  It’s one of the first things people see when they come into your home.  I don’t have a grand entry way, so I just a simple and cheerful entry table that greets you right when you turn the corner is exactly what my home needed.  An entry way/table should have elements that welcome guests, represent your home and style and have personal touches.  I feel my entry table does just that.

Entry TablePicture of my hubby and I in Yosemite this past Thanksgiving, candle from Anthropologie (this scent is to die for), planter box from Michael’s with African violets, and a bible verse wooden sign Andrew made for my birthday before we got married.

Entry Table Family photos, Petites Fleur Wood Crate, mini Eiffel Tower (I love Paris in case you didn’t know), and an “M”(for my last name) my dear friend gave me in a goodie box when I got engaged.

Spring Chalk Board I am in love with this Reclaimed Wood Chalkboard.  Chalkboard signs are everywhere now, but Andrew surprised me with this one a few years ago for Christmas.  Every month I update the calender with our plans and a cheerful message that embraces the season or upcoming holiday.  Besides being super cute, it’s handy place to hang our keys and sunglasses without cluttering up the table.

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Bathroom Makeover

This past weekend, we gave our bathroom a much needed paint job.  Before, the bathroom always felt terribly depressing to me.  I’ve added pictures, flowers and other touches, but nothing seemed to help.  Our entire house is white, which I actually love.  It’s just feels light, clean, fresh and airy, but the white in the bathroom had the opposite effect.  Color is exactly what our bathroom needed.  We used Olympic’s Smoke Blue and I am in love with the color!  At first I was worried it’d be too dark and make our only bathroom feel too small, but I think it’s perfect.  The part I love most is how much the color changes depending on the time of day or if the lights are on.   In our bathroom we have a soft light over our sink and a fluorescent light in our ceiling fan, which both greatly influence the shade.  Sometimes it’s a rich blue gray and sometimes it’s a bright teal.  Now my bathroom makes me happy.  Every time I walk down the hall I see the pop of blue and it makes me smile.   It’s amazing what paint can do!

Before Bathroom Makeover
After Bathroom Makeover
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After Bathroom Makeover
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Bathroom Makeover
Bathroom Makeover

Inexpensive Exterior Updates

Little inexpensive updates to the exterior can go a long way.  I didn’t love the exterior of our house, especially the color and old roof when we first moved in.   I would like to fix both, but until we have the money, these little changes make a huge impact on our home!  I am in love with how it looks and am so excited to come home everyday.  Our home is becoming more “us” with each update and now has personality and charm. Below are a couple before and after shots.

Before Before Updates

AfterInexpesive updates that go a long way

BeforeBefore updates

AfterInexpensive updates that go a long way

Here is a look at what we’ve done to add some charm:

-White rockers from Sears- $99 each and took an hour or so to assemble

-Black shudders from Lowe’s— $28-$41 for each window depending on size and took half an hour to hang all around the house

-Address plaque from Front Gate— $99 and took a minute to hang

-Flowers-we planted iceberg roses in our front planter and abutilon to the left of our front door, which should both bloom soon and will add some color and life.

DIY Spring Wreath– $10 and took 10 minutes to put together

-Bright white trim- $30 for a gallon of paint and took 4 hours for my husband, dad, grandpa and father-in-law to sand and paint

I love it and hope you do!