Absentee Me

I have been a bit of an absentee blogger lately, and for that I apologize! When the weather became colder, Jimmy and I started discussing indoor house projects we wanted to work on. One of the most pressing things we discussed was painting. When we bought our house, all of the walls were powder blue except for the kitchen and living room (which are a dingy off-white…). We’ve been living in our house for over a year, and we’re pretty much done with outdoor projects for 2015, so we are now focusing on small indoor renovations like painting.

We decided to paint what we have dubbed our “closet room,” which is one of the bedrooms. The closets in our house are pretty tiny, so we just used an empty bedroom as a walk-in closet. When we moved in, we bought an Ikea wardrobe, and put it in the closet room. It worked, but it was also huge and hulking in the tiny bedroom.

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In order to paint the closet room, we had to pull the wardrobe away from the wall. Then Jimmy was like “Let’s just sell this and install shelving on the wall.” and I was more than happy to go with his plan. He then suggested we do a complete overhaul of the room before installing shelving, including:

– Sanding and re-staining the hardwood floors
– Installing new baseboards
– Painting the walls
– Painting the doors
– Installing a new light fixture
– Installing new door knobs

So, we’ve been at it for a few weeks and we’re finally getting close to finishing! Jimmy has been doing everything himself, and he’s working on making the shelving after work today. I feel incredibly blessed to have a husband that is so capable and knowledgeable about household things. He inspires me because he has never done some of these things before (like sanding and re-staining the floors), yet he just dives in and goes for it. I try my best to help, which usually means painting and staying out of his way.

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The floor mid-sanding

Things have been a little disheveled around the house, which can drive this organization freak nuts. We sold the wardrobe (which paid for the project we’re undertaking-yay!), so we had no where to put our clothes. I’ve had to be creative with finding places to put our clothes and shoes. Needless to say, almost every room in the house is storing some item of clothing. I know it will be worth it all in the end, though! I will make sure to share pictures of the whole process, too.

Along with the closet project, I’ve been pet sitting a lot lately (I think I say that every time I blog, though?). I watched five dogs last weekend, and I have three this week. Love it. Jimmy and I also had my mom, Hannah, her boyfriend (!!!), and his friend over this weekend (at seperate times, if that makes sense?), which was a blast. My mom and I made Christmas wreaths. Yes, it’s probably a bit early, but Christmas is less than two months away now. I can’t wait!

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What have you been up to lately?

Do you get ready for holidays early?

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18 comments

    1. Doesn’t it feel so professional and grownup to say clientele?! I love it, haha. I’m glad your side job is growing! It’s so rewarding. Thank you for the compliment on our wreaths!

    1. LOL at you watching! You’re too funny! It really is a fun little project to do in a few hours. I’m so glad I can have the wreath on my door each year and remember our fun craft together 🙂

  1. I need to add “handyman” to my list of qualities for my future husband haha. Does Jimmy have a cousin? X-) Kidding! I like to do things for the holidays but my best friend is a supreme decorator! Our house is all decked out in Halloween right now and my cats adore it 😛 I can’t wait until Christmas!

    1. Haha, yes! A handyman is always a big bonus! You’re so lucky your friend is a supreme decorator. I’m sure that takes pressure off of you to be on top of decorating everything. I know I always second guess myself (like, it a sparkly pumpkin tacky?!) and wish someone else would make decisions for me because I hate to waste money on something I will dislike in a year, haha. Anywaysss. I can’t wait for Christmas, either! I’m actually listening to Christmas music right now!

  2. It’s never too early to start planning for Christmas!! 😀

    Also, I love that you guys are DIYing this! Some of our favorite times have been when we’re working on house projects together! For us currently it’s our kitchen and it has been so much fun. I can’t wait to see your closet room when it’s finished! 🙂

    1. Truth! I knew you would be on that end of the spectrum in terms of Christmas, and for that I am grateful! I am actually listening to Christmas music right now… on October 31st. Haha. Never too early!

      Gotta love any DIY action! You and Christopher always inspire Jimmy and I to do house projects ourselves. You two just dive in and it always comes out so well! I agree, doing it together is icing on the cake! Spending time together + improving our house is the best equation out there. I am so pumped to show how the closet room comes out! Soon, hopefully 🙂

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