Does your home have some outdated lighting? Our does. Well, did. We had a big brass chandelier that was probably really nice whenever someone bought it but it really needed some love.
Here’s how we did it.
Take the light down and prep it for paint.
Then hang the light somewhere safe for a big cloud of paint and high enough to get all the different angles.
Next a coat of primer.
Then spray your fav color. Lots of it. We have a thing for Aqua.
While this is drying clean the crystals. Our chandelier had a billion and this part was painful but worth it in the end.
After a bit of attention to the wiring, testing the bulbs, and not getting electrocuted, hang the chandelier.
and… We love how it turned out.
Another dingy boring garage. Yet, it served it’s purpose. To store the things one’s life requires and then acquires. Only it made the “projects” that Jeff and I have decided to make our life’s work since buying this 1960’s home, a bit chaotic. We, mostly Jeff, decided organize our base camp with would make things less stressful and he promised I would be happy with the results. So off into the sunset we worked. For three day. Memorial weekend. I wasn’t thrill about our holiday plans but I knew he was probably right.
So I got started. Yes, I. Thursday because I was off and Friday because Jeff had a migraine. Oh, you tricky husband.
Just a short nap and big glass of our half & half (half sweet tea-half unsweet for you yanks) and Jeff was back, paint roller in hand, and praising my superb painting skills. I’ve clearly had much more practice.
There is something calming and fulfilling about making your home. The process is hard and frustrating and in Florida full of mosquito’s but the results humbling and joyful. We ended with weekend sitting in our new garage with a cold one, tea of coarse, and a smile from ear to ear.
I always wanted a mud room or something like it. Jeff built this for me. Love Him.
Jeff fixed up this old chart to organize wood scraps.
Did I mention we bought “our” first lawn mower? And no, I have no plans of using it.
Prep work for new shelves
And TA DA…
” When God gives any man wealth and possessions, and enables happy in his work – this is a gift of God.” Ecclesiastes 5.19
Jan 26th 2013. The day we invited family, friends, and co-workers to join us as we celebrate. You never forget the milestones in life and we wanted to make sure our 1st house was no exception. And what better way to commemorate 206 Cordoba than a Pig Roast?! It was perfect.
The preparations began a few days before. We borrowed a grill, ordered a pig, made corn hole boards, ran a bunch of errands, pressure washed the house and drive way (by we I mean my dad:)) racked leaves, cleaned the house as best we could, and then spread the word. I was most excited about how excited the neighbors were. They are all precious and I love our neighborhood!
It turned out to be a blast. We have been working so hard for the bast 3 months and this celebration with family and friends really makes it feel like home. We are so blessed and grateful for this adventure.
The turn out was a little over 60 people, the mojo pork was delish, and here are a few pics. I was so busy having a blast that I forgot all about snapping photo’s of my adorable decor and Jeff’s mad grilling skills so forgive me for there only being a few.
My DIY ribbon garland. This was outside in the yard but I forgot to take and picture of it blowing in the wind and being so cute. So this is what it looked like after the party but you get the idea.
Eddie ate the ear!
Love my Granny
These two came all the way from Macon, GA to surprise us! THANKS GUYS!!
Me and my Hubby
Perfect way to end the day:)
Last week Jeff and I moved the washer/dryer into the garage. Check it out HERE.
Jeff and I saved a row of cabinets that we took down to open up the feel of the tiny kitchen. See old kitchen HERE and the newish kitchen HERE. We were able to find a place where they would be useful above the new washer & dryer.
If we are lucky we’ll get that piece of dry up before to long 🙂
CRISIS AVERTED PRAISE GOD!!
That charm & character of an older home it seems that when people say it comes at a price that is very very true. It turns out that are old cast iron pipes were not ready for this family. We had to snake the clean out three times, have the plumbers out three different time, and finally pump the septic tank. Jeff and I were freaking out a bit that we might have to dig up and replace the drain field since the water was draining so slow. A few weeks of really fast showers and using as little water possible isn’t that much fun.
Jeff and I were both off Wednesday to hang with Mason the septic tank man. He was our favorite man EVER when he informed us that our drain field was just fine and there were some roots blocking the main pipe out of the house and that it was no problem to fix. YEAH!
We have some maintenance that needs to be done since the pipes are from 1968 but as of right now things are flowing great!