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    Start of Summer Break

    The start of our summer break is finally here! I may be more excited about school being finished than my kids are! It has been a rollercoaster of a school year. It started out as a train wreck, but something beautiful came out of all of that chaos in terms of my children’s resilience, independence, and overall mental and emotional well-being. Basically, we ended the year in a much better place than when we started. The next school year will present an entirely new set of opportunities and challenges and I hope what my kids learned this year will give them the tools to handle and embrace anything that comes…

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    Happy List: #217

    Hello! Welcome to this week’s Happy List! What am I doing today? I’m so glad you asked. I’m cleaning out all of this year’s remote school materials. Today is the last day of school and WE SURVIVED. I daresay the kids might have thrived at the end too, which is an added blessing. This week on the blog I shared a house anniversary post. We’ve lived in this Colonial Farmhouse for two years now! I also shared a shed makeover using black stain. It is so much more satisfying to stain something than to paint it, perhaps because I find stain to be more forgiving. If you’ve done a project…

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    Shed Makeover and Tip for Picking Black Paint

    I have the most satisfying shed makeover to share with you today. It is satisfying because nothing fancy happened. All we did was finish someone else’s project (it happens) and address the neglect that had occurred over time. The makeover occurred on the little shed that houses our pool pump and equipment. It’s tiny. We can’t even stand up fully inside of it. We aren’t sure when the shed was built, but the back side of it and the cupola were missing the cedar shake siding. Our best guess is the previous owner ran out of supplies and never finished the project. The last 5% of any project is the…

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    Colonial Farmhouse Two Year Anniversary

    Put on your party hats, people! Today is our Colonial Farmhouse Two Year Anniversary! It feels like we’ve lived here for only a minute and also forever, but in reality it has been exactly two years. Two years is actually a long time for us to live in any one place. It is usually a little before the two year mark that I get the itch to move. I get antsy for change. Ready for a new adventure. I’m not saying I don’t have that itch now, but that antsy feeling is tempered by our life stage and changing priorities. Plus, I have plenty to keep me busy around here!…

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    Happy List: #216

    Hello! Welcome to the Happy List! This week on the blog I shared how we are updating our home with antique hardware. The words updating and antique don’t always go together in the same sentence, but it works in our situation. I also finally shared how we built the bathroom vanity for our upstairs bathroom. We converted a console sink to a regular vanity base and it will be my favorite thing until the next favorite thing! If you have been DIYing or doing something fun with your home, please share it with me on social media. I’d love to see what you are up to! The best part about…

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    How to Add a Console Sink to a Vanity

    Is it possible to add a console sink to a vanity? Yes it is! By doing so you get the style of a console sink or other wall-mounted sink without sacrificing storage. Whether you build a custom vanity like we did or retrofit an existing vanity, we will show you how to attach a console sink to a vanity so that it looks good. Spoiler: It’s all in the transition from sink to vanity. Add a Console Sink to a Vanity Step #1: Figure out what you are working with.  Carefully flip the console sink or wall-mounted sink over so you can see the underside of the sink. We set…

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    Updating Our Home With Antique Hardware

    We have been replacing “modern” door and cabinet hardware with antique hardware in our Colonial Farmhouse and it is surprising how big of a difference it makes to the overall look and style of our home. I’m using the term modern very loosely. In a house that is 240 years old, anything in the last 100 years could be considered modern. Most of the hardware we’ve replaced is probably 20 – 30 years old. I doubt it was installed as a style statement, but more of a practical response to a “this cabinet door no longer stays closed” situation. This modern hardware didn’t look bad. It didn’t look good. It…

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    Happy List: #215

    Welcome to the first Happy List of June! I’m trying to decide if the first half of 2021 has gone by quickly or slowly. Since Christmas and New Year’s seem like a lifetime ago, I’m going to have to go with slowly. That’s not necessarily a bad thing though. How about your year? Slow or fast? This week on the blog I shared three mirror makeovers that I hope will prompt a creative idea you can implement in your own space. That’s what I’m here for! Ideas and maybe a laugh once in awhile. If you try one of my ideas out, please tag me on social media or let…

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    3 Mirror Makeovers to Try

    Mirror, mirror on the wall, which of these three mirror makeovers is the fairest of them all? That’s right! I have 3 mirror makeovers to fuel your creative juices today. All my hopes and dreams would be fulfilled if you take one of my ideas and make it your own! Here are 3 mirror makeovers to get your ideas flowing: MIRROR MAKEOVER #1: DIY ROPE MIRROR If you can use hot glue, you can make a rope mirror. All you need is a round mirror, rope, and hot glue. I’m using 3/8-inch sisal rope for this project and 100-feet of it should cost less than $12. That’s WAY more rope…

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    Happy Memorial Day 2021

    Happy Memorial Day! Like many of you, I’m taking time off today to spend time with my family. As long as the weather holds we’ll be enjoying the sunshine with good food and lots of time in the pool. If you’d like something to read before I’m back on Wednesday, here are some posts you might enjoy related to Memorial Day. Our Memorial Day Cemetery Tradition A Cemetery Dating Back to 1774 Burlap Bag Flag Centerpiece Travel: Gettysburg National Military Park Please be good to yourself and others today. So many sacrificed so that we can enjoy a day of fun and frivolity. Happy Memorial Day. Share this: