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August 2012

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A Bathroom Update – Finally

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  • August 30, 2012

First, let me apologize for my unintended absence lately. I’m still adjusting to growing a human inside of’s kind of exhausting. But I’m almost out of the first trimester, and I hear you get some energy back after that. So, here’s hoping that’s true!

As promised, I’m back with a guest bathroom update for you! When I posted about making some changes way back when, I posed two different color schemes that I was waffling between. Well, I know you all have been waiting for me to reveal my choice and the day has finally come! I decided to go for the bold (is it too late for an Olympics pun??) and went with the coral/yellow scheme! And I was happy to see that many of you voted that way too 🙂

The first step in bringing coral into the room was painting the vanity. So I headed to Home Depot and picked up some swatches.  It came down to two different colors: Firecracker or Poinsettia, both by Behr. My gut instinct said Firecracker, but  just to be sure, I got a sample of each and painted them on the picture frame of a painting I was using for color inspiration.  I decided on Poinsettia because it matched the flowers in the picture really well.  Then it was time to paint.

I started by removing the cabinet doors and drawers and priming everything. When you’re removing hinges and doors, make sure to somehow mark things as you remove them so you can remember where they came from when it’s time to put them back. Sometimes doors won’t hang quite right if you get things mixed up.

Once everything was removed, it was time to prime. I just did one thin coat…two probably would’ve been better but I was too impatient.

Then I started my first coat of paint.

I read that it’s best to use a small foam roller and an angled brush for the grooved portions, but I found that the foam roller sucked up a lot of paint and made the paint bubble so I ended up skipping it and just used a nice angled brush (Purdy brand).

After I got the first coat on, I realized that the color I chose was reading a little neon and decided to go back to Firecracker, which had been my gut instinct all along. Lesson learned: when it comes to your house, follow your instincts…it will save you time and money!

It took three nice and even coats of paint to cover the wood. And I should mention that the wood grain still shows through. Oak is one of those woods where you will most likely end up with wood grain showing, which is totally fine with me. It just looks like a painted wood cabinet, which is exactly what it is.

I let the paint cure for 3 days before reattaching the doors. This gave time for the paint to harden up so that I wouldn’t scratch up the fresh paint job when I was rehanging the doors.

Once I had the doors hung, it was time to add some hardware. Starting with the drawers, I marked the exact center of the drawer. Once that was marked, I drilled a pilot hole all the way through the drawer and screwed in the knob. I opted not to add a knob on the fake drawer in the middle because I figured it would probably just get in the way when people are standing there to wash their hands, etc.

For the doors, I more or less eyeballed where I wanted the first knob to be and then just put the other two in the exact same position.

So here’s my lovely Firecracker in all her glory:

It’s kind of impossible to get it to photograph correctly because the room gets no natural light, but I’m totally in love with the color. I’m so glad I decided to go with the bolder feels good to take a risk.

Now just a few more things to finish up in here before I call this project done-zo..yippee!

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Two and Three

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  • August 14, 2012

Two years ago, I walked down the aisle towards my best friend, sweating like a pig. Not because I was nervous, but because the air conditioning in the church had gone out and it was about 137 degrees in there. We had to put fans on the cake just to keep it from melting. One of our bridesmaids passed out during the ceremony. The day certainly did not lack those infamous “wedding day disasters” that are said to put a bride over the edge. But none of it really fazed me at all. I was just thrilled to be marrying my best friend, the love of my life.

And I’ve loved every second of being his wife and partner the past 2 years. I couldn’t have imagined a more perfect man for me.

The traditional 2nd anniversary gift is cotton. But we laugh in traditions’ face and call it names. Instead, we decided to get each other something much more special…

And for those of you who are bit slow on the uptake, WE’RE HAVING A BABY!!!

Next March, we will be welcoming our very first little lemon drop into the world and we couldn’t be more excited! So, please forgive my lack of posts recently, but we’ve been a bit pre-occupied. I promise I’ll get back to a regular posting schedule once my head stops spinning.

Thanks to all of our family and friends for their outpouring of love and support. They say it takes a village to raise a child, and I feel pretty confident in the village we’ve got!

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  • August 6, 2012

Hello lemon-droppers! Sorry for the unexpected absence last week..our days were busy and our nights were consumed by the Olympics. I’m not exactly a sports fan, but there’s just something about the Olympics that makes me scream at the TV and do fist pumps of excitement! But I’m back, and I promise to bring you guys some guest bathroom updates this week. It’s really coming along, and I can’t wait for the finished product!

But since we’re already 6 days into August ( did that happen?!?), I figured I owed you all July’s Instagram recap. I wasn’t as snap happy last month as I’ve been in the past, so here’s my top 9.

My favorite from this month?

Here’s the backstory: Our sweet little Lucy gal is what I like to call ‘slightly neurotic.’ In short, she is one anxious pup…our vet diagnosed her with “Global Fear Syndrome” which I’m pretty sure he just made up on the spot so he could prescribe her Prozac. One time, she didn’t eat for 2 whole days and we couldn’t figure out why. Come to find out, it was because we had some balloons from JP’s birthday hanging out in our kitchen and she was terrified of them. True story. She doesn’t do well with change or new things. But she’s still my favorite fur friend.

When we were visiting my family last month, my brother mentioned he had seen an infomercial for something that’s supposed to relieve dogs’ anxiety called a “Thunder Shirt” and joked that I should buy one for Lucy. I laughed at the time, but then got to wondering if maybe it might work. So when I got home I decided to run a little experiment. I got out one of my oldest, smallest t-shirts and put it on her. And she hated it. She immediately laid down and started pouting. So, I guess technically it did make her calm, but I think it was mostly because she was so depressed about the heinous crime being committed against her. When I took it off of her she tried to rip the shirt to shreds. Lucy no likey my DIY Thunder Shirt. So, for now, we will just continue to be a balloon-free household.

Anyone else out there addicted to Instagram? Got a neurotic dog? Or maybe you have a Thunder Shirt success story you’d like to share? Spill it.