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    Five down, five to go. Taking a break because digging through rocks is a bitch. But yay for greenery!! Added a few potted plants to the porch. Hellooooo spring! Excited to add plants throughout the property. This kid and his red pants (a birthday request) brighten my days. He loves those pants so much he sneaks them out of the dirty laundry to change.

Hung Up on Horns

I’ve still got one coat of paint to finish the ceiling, but the rest of the entry, living, and dining room painting is done.  It’s amazing how much lighter and brighter everything looks.  Especially the entry.  Boy has it come a long way over the last month or so.  We started with this beige box of ugliness:


And now we’ve got a modernized, slightly rustic, light space.


Peachy beige walls looked sad and dingy, especially against my vintage Longhorns.


To create a light backdrop with warm texture (not the heavy knock down), Ben hung tongue and groove pine planks.


Installing simple crown moulding throughout the room for a crisp edge helped finish off the top of the accent wall.


And giving it three good coats of white paint to finish it off for a neutral backdrop.


Along with the freshly painted light gray walls, the room feels clean and fresh.


Not only does the tongue and groove cover the giant wall of knock down, it also acts as a huge stud wall.  Planks nailed into studs every 16 inches are completely secure, and the boards can easily hold the weight of art.



Don’t the horns and light fixture contrast nicely now?


Once our new windows come in, hopefully next week, we’ll replace the door and window.


Usually a fully white wall feels sterile and cold to me, but the knots and grooves keep it interesting.


I’ve never had an accent wall, but I have to say I love it.  Seeing the horns and light against it just makes me giddy.  My parents will be here soon, and I’m excited for my mom to see her horns proudly displayed.

The Ole Switcharoo

Unfortunately I’m still not finished painting the entry, living and dining rooms like I had hoped.  However, I did get a first coat on the ceiling and walls.  We hauled the big furniture out so I didn’t have to work around it.


While the sectional was out, I fully realized how much the big beast closed off the room.  Though I still have another coat to put on the ceiling, we moved the sofa, chairs, and coffee table to the living room.


When we replace the sectional, I want a normal sofa and two chairs.  It’s amazing how much bigger, brighter, and more open the living room feels now.  Walking completely around the couch is possible when it wasn’t before.


Seeing the open railing, and those coming in the door, is a great perk, too.  And having easy access to end tables?  It’s so convenient.


Cozy upholstered chairs would be nice along with a long, rectangular coffee table.


After nearly two years of living here with the same furniture arrangement, this feels so fresh and inviting.  And gives us an idea of what we want as replacement stuff.


For now, the sectional awaits its fate in the family room.  Where it awkwardly fills the space.


Though there’s still enough walking space to get to the back door, it’s much more cut off than the previous layout.


Most strange is the focal point it has to face.  The wall and entry.


The behemoth is 10 feet wide by 7 feet long, so it won’t fit in the 14 foot wide family room any other way.


Another annoying thing about this?  If centered on the rug, it’s close to the fireplace when lit.


Finally moving things around has made us even more sure we want to replace the sectional with a standard sofa and chairs.  Now to agree on the perfect couch, which is more difficult for us than it should be.  Ben wants leather, I want something with removable, flippable seat cushions.  Typically those two don’t go together, so a compromise must be made.

Giveaway Winners and Etsy Favs: March

Last Friday of March and first order of business.  Jessica, you’re the winner of the Britt Bass giveaway.

And Beth, you’ll get to design your custom Duffle Coat from S & S Babee.  Congrats, ladies!

Himmeli Diamond Pendant Light from Panselinos

Whiskey Me Away print by Perrodin Supply Company

Wooden Hexagon Trivet at Things Like Diamonds

Small Vintage Ceramic Letters from Shaving Kit Supplies

Metallic Gold Star Pillow at Earth Lab

Decorative Match Boxes by Bello Pop

The Tetons Mountain Range Pillow from Three Bad Seeds

Saving for my Van Gogh print at Alfamarama

Objectify Magazine Rack from Objectify Homeware

Abstract Watercolor Painting at So Very Happy Art

Falling Roses Abstract Art Print by Parima Creative Studio

Misty Oil Painting from Painting Well.

So many pretty paintings, and all profits are donated to cancer research charities!  After reading that, I bought two.  I’m excited to get this beauty in the mail.

Welp, I’m going to get back to my living room painting.  Have a great weekend, all!

The Fix Up

Finding a diamond in the rough at a thrift shop or second-hand store is a thrill.  Rescuing something that others consider trash is kind of fun.  Taking something from ugly to beautiful while giving it a new life is an economical way to add to your house.  By fixing up an old piece, you’re saving it from the landfill.

Which is Crucial Vacuum‘s goal.  Crucial Vacuum supplies replacement parts for vacuüm cleaners and other small appliances.  Too often, a vacuüm cleaner that just needs a little TLC gets thrown away.  Crucial Vacuum wants to see how you are re-using, recycling, and repairing wherever possible.  We’ve joined forces to host a fun little competition.  Show us something you’ve fixed up/reused/recycled/upcycled and in one week Jess at Crucial Vacuum and I will choose one winner.  That lucky winner wins a $100 Amazon Gift Card, courtesy of Crucial Vacuum.

We’re certainly no strangers to rescuing items from shops, Craigslist, or even the trash.  Several years ago, I refinished a beat up bookshelf that originally belonged to my great grandparents.  It happily lives in the boys’ room:


More recently, we pulled small marble remnants from a junk pile to top old end tables.


A thrifted dresser got a new lease on life after stripping down old layers to reveal a beautiful cherry wood Drexel dresser.


These five dollar chairs I scored didn’t look so hot before refinishing and upholstering.

MCM Chairs by Fireplace from Breakfast Nook

To keep our couch usable, Ben fixed our broken couch support.


But the biggest saved from the trash project we’ve tackled is our reclaimed wood beam unique deck.


From that alone, we saved thousands of pounds of wood from the landfill.  Even better, we have a sturdy, schmancy new deck.  Now it’s your turn!  Show us any projects you’ve tackled that have saved something from becoming trash.  Anything goes.  You can share a link in the comments section here OR post a photo on our Facebook page OR use the tag #OHAFixMeUp to share on Instagram.

This is not a sponsored post; we were not paid or compensated to share.    Just love a fun, friendly competition with a $100 Amazon Gift Card winner prize provided by Crucial Vacuum. 

Worse Before Better

We’re making progress in the family room, after leaving it nearly the same since move in.


This is what progress looks like:


Yes, at first, progress always looks like a big mess.  It has to get worse before it can look better.  We pulled down the old, upside down (?!) crown before installing the new trim.  I forgot to take pictures, but here you can see it in the basement:


We know the previous owner liked to do things his own way, but we’re not fans of the look.  Especially compared to properly installed crown via This Old House:

So, down came the old stuff, leaving small nail holes in the ceiling.  Filling with joint compound isn’t difficult, just another step added to my list.  Two if you count sanding.


Along with caulking seams and filling nail holes in the new trim.  While I had the filler out, I removed all nails and spackled old nail holes (there were many).


Trim around the entry hasn’t gotten the full treatment yet, but will once we break the ladders out.  After that, painting the last white coat and walls.


We’re crownless in parts of the dining room until we swap the door for a window with a header.  At that point, we’ll run a solid piece across.


For now, and hopefully not much longer, we have a lovely patchwork of colors and textures.


I’m carving out time this week to get the trim, ceiling, and walls painted.


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