Upcyled Coffee Cans

I have so many coffee cans that I’ve been saving, thinking they will be good for a project. My problem is I’m stumped on what exactly that project should be. Now they’re just taking up space in my craft room. There are so many ideas out there, from ph meters to organizational tools, to gifts.

I’ve been scoring Pinterest looking for ideas, and here’s what I’ve found so far:

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These ideas are cute, but nothing has really jumped out at me yet. I guess I’ll keep looking!

Built Ins for the Family Room

It’s amazing what a set of built in shelves can do for a room. My parents came to visit this past week and built us an absolutely gorgeous set of built ins. Our family room looks so cozy and complete now. I’m so happy with how they turned out!

Their visit wasn’t all work, and there was time for us to kick back and relax and enjoy the newly mounted tv. The men watched sports in fancy HD. I just love the coziness of the room so much. I can’t wait to add knick knacks to the built ins and get the shelves just how I want them. And I’m so so excited to decorate for Christmas! I can’t wait!

Staycation Projects

It’s was so nice having the hubby home for his staycation. He just got back from an overnight hunting trip, and now we’re going to work on the house. He was able to make me a beautiful side gate so we can have a dog run for the Pup. We’re heading into our colder weather, and hopefully soon he’ll take a vacation and we’ll get to put our snowboard jackets to good use. But in the meantime, I’m really enjoying staying at home and working on projects around here.

I love that now Pup has a place he can go potty, without disrupting the rest of the yard. We’re hoping to re plant the grass seed soon. It’s hard work with all the clay we have, and we’ll need a rototiller. I can’t wait to get the yard the way we want it. It’s so nice finally having a backyard that is our own.

Yard Progress

It’s so nice having the hubby home for his staycation. He just got back from an overnight hunting trip, and now we’re going to work on the house. We already completed half of the yard, and tomorrow we’ll be putting in grass seed. The weather is finally cooling down which makes yard work 100% more enjoyable.

Here’s how the yard looks now:

I can’t wait to get the grass in. I’m already daydreaming about pitching a tent in the grass with our little family, or curling up for catnaps with the hubby.

Home Improvement Bug

Now that the weather is FINALLY, finally cooling down, I’ve got the home improvement bug again. I spent the day working on my first homemade shelves. You may remember awhile back I tackled the doors in our house. They’re not as fancy looking as richmond doors but they look pretty good if I do say so myself.

Here is the before:

And here is the after:

When my parents visit, we’ll be making built in shelves in the family room, similar to these below, that I am so excited for. I think they’ll really compliment the new doors.

Like New Vanities

I am not a big fan of honey colored wood. I’m sure it has its place in some homes, but to me it just screams 1980s. I really wanted to replace the vanities in our bathrooms, but that would have cost us a pretty penny.

So I opted for a $30 bucket of espresso paint, some sandpaper and elbow grease, and voila, like new vanities! Also, in the master bathroom I spray painted the towel racks and faucets with oil rubbed bronze paint.

With just $30 of paint, and another $5 for the spray paint, I was able to get like new bathrooms. Here’s the downstairs bathroom. I had to tear down that fake stainless glass window covering.

It’s amazing what paint and determination can accomplish!

 

Updated Bathroom Lighting

When we first moved into our homes, one of the first projects we wanted to tackle was the lighting in the bathrooms.

You know how glamorous flickering florescent lights can make you look when you’re trying to put on makeup right? We used to joke around that our bathrooms looked like murder rooms with those awful lights!

Here’s what I’m talking about-they were in these light box monstrosities that made the rooms look so much smaller.

Then my wonderful husband worked his magic and replaced all the lighting in each of our 3 bathrooms. This was no easy task as the builder didn’t install outlet boxes, and the Hubs had to install those too. It was a nightmare, but we’re so happy with the final result.

Here is a before and after so you can get the full effect:

I love the way the new light not only brightens up the room, but also makes it look larger.

 

Shower Door No More

This was a project we did the first week we moved into the house. The shower door in the guest bathroom was hideous. I couldn’t wait to get rid of it! We worried that it would be a tough project, but all it took was some caulking, a new shower rod, and some elbow grease.

I had to scrape off the gunk that had built up over the last 20 something years from where the door was. It took me a few hours, but the pay off was worth it.

Simple Fireplace Makeover

It’s amazing what a little spray paint can do to change a room. When we first moved into our house, I thought we’d have to completely re-face the fireplace in order to get rid of the gold. But then I discovered fire safe spray paint. Check out the before and after. I think the spray paint cost about $10 and its made a huge difference.
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After:

Eventually I’d like to paint the mantle white and build white built in shelving around the fireplace and mount the tv above it. But for now I’m just happy to be rid of that gold.