Weeks two and three have come and gone quickly but slowly at the same time, lol. We have been tackling some of the time-consuming - and a little boring - projects off the bat. Brian got all of the walls nice and smooth by scraping, patching, and sanding ALL of the darned cracks in the plaster walls of this house. None of them were very deep or concerning, but we know that buyers can be really scared of cosmetic cracks in walls so we wanted to make sure the potential buyers didn't have any concerns about the structural integrity of this little house. If you do this in your own home, just be aware that this is a very messy process. You will probably be sweeping, dusting, and mopping for weeks. Here are some of the rougher areas before we fixed them.Read More
I have this affinity for bistro chairs. Maybe it is due to my love affair with all things French or just because they are so darn pretty. Every time I sit in one at a coffee shop or bakery, I feel so fancy. Who wouldn't want to feel that fancy every time they eat a meal at home? (This girl would!) I stumbled upon this gorgeous breakfast nook design by Amie Corley. It could also pull double duty as a dining room if you have a small space. The soft white walls, pops of Caribbean aqua in the plush throw pillows, and punches of bright blue in the upholstery and Parisian chairs look cheery while still being sophisticated.Read More
In this series, I find a beautiful designer room then source more affordable and budget-friendly alternatives so that you can achieve a similar, high-end look in your space. Do you have a dream space that is out of your budget? Follow the instructions at the bottom of this post and I will help find those less expensive items for you!Read More
My parents have a large 3000 square foot home in the burbs here in Raleigh. It was a great house for them while us five kiddos were growing up, but now as they look towards retirement and being empty-nesters, they are considering downsizing and putting their house on the market. Their home was built in the early 1990s and hasn't seen much updating since, especially in the kitchen. Budget is the name of the game here since the whole house will need to be updated.Read More
I hate to admit it, but I watch quite a bit of HGTV. Like a lot. Fixer Upper marathon + a glass of wine = heaven. It seems that some house hunting show is usually on during the evenings, and I have picked up on the fact that people searching for a new home love a big 'ol pantry. Honestly, I never quite understood this wishlist item. Maybe it is because we don't have children, or because neither of us really like to cook, so we don't normally have tons of spices and ingredients on hand. Sadly, most of our meals come from the freezer... (don't judge me).
When the Myrtle House budget starting spiraling out of control, Brian and I decided to nix the half bath (who needs 3.5 baths anyways?) and turn that space into a pantry. It was a win-win as it was helpful to our bottom line but also good for resale value. This turned out to be a blessing in disguise because I think I would have hated having four toilets to clean. Two toilets per household member is a little much, I suppose.
While I am no extreme coupon-er needing a stock pile room or doomsday prepper needing a place to stash my years worth of supplies, I was excited about putting one thing in this newly designed pantry: a coffee bar. Yep, basically a separate room for making coffee. It makes sense, I promise. Coffee is something I make almost every day, so it would be a whole lot easier just to leave this small appliance out all of the time. However, I.hate.small.appliances.on.the.counter, especially coffee pots since they are usually pretty ugly, take up a lot of room, and always leave a dirty mess. First world problems, I know.
The space itself is odd as it is basically an angled closet. Here it is before reno (the little door):
And here is a straight on shot after the new door has been framed.
The location is great since it is right off of the kitchen. My plan is to put a sliding re-claimed glass/wood door up instead of a traditional door and then layout some shelves like below.
Yes, those are sconces. The wiring was already there from the room's previous life plan as a bathroom and I had already bought the fixtures, so the sconces stay. I am pretty sure everyone who is working on the house thinks my plan is completely nuts, but hey, it wouldn't be the first. I think it is going to look super cool to be able to peek through the glass door at this pantry. Kind of like this!
If you ever move into a new house without window treatments, that usually becomes your number one priority. Forget painting, forget updating bathrooms, heck - forget running water! A girl needs some privacy. However, purchasing window treatments for an entire house can get pretty pricey at $20-$50 a pop in hardware alone. For the Brooklyn House, we were located downtown and our house was literally six feet from one of our neighbors. I didn't have time to shop around and ended up buying the same satin-nickel curtain rod with glass ball finials from Target for all of the windows. This neighborhood is nicer, so it made more sense to splurge on nicer hardware (a rule I use across the board in renovations).
For the Myrtle House, we have had plenty of time to scour for deals. I realized on our last visit to the house that our large, original windows are in fact 60" wide, so that means we need longer curtain rods than the standard 24"-48" kind (ie more expensive). Bummer.
I first started the shopping search online, and then after becoming desperate, started looking into DIY options. (PVC or electrical conduit?) I came across a link of a cute curtain rod from Hobby Lobby of all places. At $7.99 each, I think they are a steal. I have seen them marked down 30% online, but I know Hobby Lobby also circulates a 40% off coupon quite often. (Click the images to link to the product pages).
Another unexpected curtain rod treasure trove was at Ross! I actually ended up buying all of the needed curtain rods for the Myrtle House (minus two) for $40 total. They are not fancy or tremendously ornate, but given the area and price point of the house, they are a perfect fit. Plus I know that we will not have to sleep with one eye open due to lack of privacy those first few nights. :) If your budget is a little grander than our Myrtle House budget, check out HomeGoods. They have lovely hardware at very reasonable prices.
When it comes to window treatments, do you splurge or try to save? Any other stores I should check out?