Table Project – Part 2

Hello all, happy Wednesday! How are you this week?

I’m feeling pretty good today, it’s day 3 of my brief summer break. I’m feeling well rested and excited to tackle this table project I have planned!

I got started on sanding one of the three pieces of wood today, and it is definitely a little harder than I thought it would be. I did some research online to find the best approach with cedar wood.  There was a page on eBay that has been extremely helpful to me, and it advised me to use sandpaper with grit between 140 to 180. This is because cedar wood is soft and porous (the higher the grit, the less coarse the sandpaper). It also said to use tack cloth along with it, specifically after the sanding, to pick up all of the dust and particles sanded off of the wood. You can click here to view the article.

So far this is how it’s looking after the first round of sanding.

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I walked over to Bi Mart for these materials and was able to find sandpaper with a grit of 150, along with some tack cloth. Together these cost me only $4.28, pretty cheap!

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And of course as soon as I was ready to get started, my furry sidekick Nessy was sitting on the table, so properly, waiting to assist me ♥

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While I was at the store, I looked in the paint section to see what my options were and what prices I’d be facing later on. I came across a really nice, soft blue color called Serenity Blue. This light color would allow our hardwood floors to stand out quite a bit I think. I’m considering this as one of my color options, but I’d still like to keep myself open to other ideas. I use blue a lot these days, so it might be nice to break out from that, but we will see.

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I might need to go over the first piece once more, I got it pretty well smoothed out, but I might need to make it smoother. I think I’ll ask my husband first what he thinks and then decide. I haven’t done any wood projects before, and he knows a little more about this stuff than I do.

That’s all I’ve got for you today! Any advise or critique is welcome, and greatly appreciated!

Thanks for stopping by!

Table Project – Part 1

Hello readers! How are you doing today? Well, I hope 😀 

I’m feeling excited for the week ahead! I have the entire five days off before my summer term begins next Monday. 

With all of this free time in front of me, I decided to take on a new project for the apartment. 

A family from my church had some cedar wood leftover from a project of their own, and they were gracious enough to let me have some extra pieces. So this week I plan on building a small console table in the hallway of the apartment.

I was able to stand the three pieces up, so this is what it will look like. I do however plan on painting the table. I still haven’t decided on a color yet, but I’m planning on doing some searching on Pinterest tonight for some inspiration.

There are so many ideas running through my mind as to how I want to decorate on and around the table!           One thing I know for sure is that Kris and I need a space for our keys. When I redid the entryway wall, I didn’t have room for them. Kris spotted this cool decoration at Ross on Saturday, and I plan on putting this up next to the table.

Beyond that, I’m not yet sure how I’d like to decorate. Hopefully Pinterest will be of inspiration! 

I’m really excited to work on this! It isn’t likely that I’ll have the whole thing finished in a week, money is tight right now. I’m excited to just get started on it, and I’ll keep you all up to date on my work!

Thanks for reading! If you have any suggestions or other comments, let me know, I’d love to hear from you! 

Entryway Wall Makeover

Hello readers! I hope you’re all doing well and having a good week. I wanted to share with you my recent project in the entryway of the apartment.

One of the first areas that I decorated when we moved in was the entryway wall, and I did it in such a rush that everything looked random and not very well put together (in other words, I was too impatient to wait and needed to decorate something, asap). So I decided to redo this wall and I am really pleased with the way it turned out!

 

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This is the finished product! My goal for this area was to fill up as much of the blank space as I could, and to make it the area of the apartment where the three of us (me, my husband and my brother in law) could find things of importance and keep each other up to date on things. We haven’t been very good about splitting up chores for example. We all do them, but sometimes we do the same one while the rest of the house is in need of some TLC, so I made a chart for dividing up household duties.

Along with that is our whiteboard calendar. I have had this calendar for almost a year now, and it has served as a helpful tool in keeping each other up to date on our work schedules and other events.

I think my favorite part of this project was finding the black wire basket. I found it at Michaels (I know, shocker) for about $15. I decided to make it our designated mail box where we keep important letters, bills, etc. I actually found a cardboard mailbox at Hobby Lobby last winter, and I decorated it and used it as a place for our mail, but it wasn’t helpful. Everyone kept forgetting it was on the bookshelf and mail would get lost and forgotten inside of it. So I figured I would start fresh with this wire basket, and make sure it’s well seen so that everyone will remember to open their mail.

I’ve had the decorative signs you see in the top right corner for a while now. I wanted to add them as the final elements to fill in the small space that was left. I found the “Home” sign at a fun little thrift shop called the Find near my college campus. The “131” drawing was made by me, with printer paper and black pen, pretty simple.

I am so glad I redid this wall, not only does it look more organized and put together, but it serves as a go-to area where all of us can keep up with what’s going on. With all of us having opposite work/class schedules, it can be hard to communicate sometimes, so this serves as another way of doing it.

If you are living with several roommates or family members and life gets busy among all of you, maybe try designating a specific area of your home to keeping each other posted and making sure responsibilities are taken care of.  I chose the entryway for this because it’s a spot that you can’t avoid when you walk into the apartment. I have had this up for a week now, and already my life is feeling more together – as much as it can anyway, I’m only 23 and have no idea what I’m doing.  😉

I hope you all enjoyed this post, let me know in the comments what you think, and follow me to see more of my decorating adventures!

 

 

Little Things of the Week #2

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Hey everyone, good morning to you all!

As you may have noticed, yesterday I failed to put this post out as I said I would be doing every Friday. I had some personal things come up that required my attention and I unfortunately did not have any time left over to write. I am sorry!

I take my blog very seriously, and I want to make sure that I am consistent in my writing and as professional about the structure of this blog as I can be, and I messed up yesterday. I apologize, and I can assure you that I fully intend to write for this feature every week. I’m still learning how to fit blogging into my crazy life schedule and I still make mistakes now and then, and I’m sure mistakes will continue to occur and I plan to learn from all of them.

With that being said, I’ll go ahead and dive into this week!

This was definitely a good week, but it was also a busy one. I did twice as much homework as I normally do and Kris was sick, so not a whole lot actually happened unfortunately. But I still have some wonderful moments that I can pull out of it, and I think this week I’ll go for a “top five moments” approach.

#5 –  Monday Movie Night

On Monday, Kris and I sat down and had a movie night together, and it was everything that I needed that day. He normally works until late on Monday’s but he stayed home sick. I was exhausted from homework, and I had studied for a test all morning leading up to my class which was in the middle of the afternoon. So coming home from class after all of that and then having to do more really wiped me out! Kris and I decided that we would put our responsibilities aside and just sit down and watch something with each other, so being the adults that we are, we watched Shrek 2.

I really enjoyed that night together. I have seen this movie a thousand times, but knowing that you are watching it because you are making time to be with another person out of love for them makes the familiar experience a little more enjoyable ♥

#4 – Make Your Own Pizza

On that same night, after the movie ended, Kris and I went to the store and grabbed some ingredients to make our own pizza rather than order one. The interesting thing about our relationship is that I take so much enjoyment out of doing ordinary and simple things together. He loves to make food, LOVES it, and I know that this made him feel better since he was stuck at home sick all day for the second day in a row. I love getting to see him excited over making food, I can tell it is relaxing and fun for him to cook and I’m glad that it was able to brighten his day some.

#3 – Beautiful Oregon Sunshine

I had a really busy day on campus yesterday, but I was so happy to be there because of how bright and sunny it was! This is my last year at Western and I feel both excited and a little sad that soon I won’t be coming back. Springtime at Western is my favorite time because of how green the place looks, there’s nothing like it ♥ There are trees that hug the main campus road and they just engulf the whole area and it feels like I’m surrounded by nature rather than just school buildings.

#2 – Cleaning Up the House

Also yesterday, I took some time after my classes to clean up around the apartment. As you may have seen in my last blog entry A Great Perspective on House Cleaning, I take a lot of enjoyment out of doing chores around the house. I had a tall list of things to work on yesterday: homework, cleaning out my car, running a couple of errands, but cleaning really helped me to calm down and focus on whatever I was doing in that moment.

#1 – Guardians of the Galaxy

The part of my week that made it to number one was definitely the movie night on Thursday when my husband and brother-in-law and I watched Guardians of the Galaxy together! I had been looking forward to this movie all week. Kris and I have been trying to set aside one day every week to be together and do something fun. He has never seen this movie and I was seeing it for the first time myself technically. I say technically because when I actually did see it for the first time, people were talking through the entire thing and I had no idea what was going on. Anyway, we all really enjoyed it! I love the Marvel universe and enjoy almost all of the movies that come out, and I’m really glad that I had a chance to finally see this one. Now I’m dying to see the second movie!

So that was my week this time around! It was not very eventful with homework taking over my time and poor Kris getting sick and having to take care of him. Regardless, there are always a few gems that I can pick out that help brighten a busy week, and I’m glad I had some moments that made this week fun and memorable!

Thank you all for reading!

 

A Great Perspective on House Cleaning

Hey everyone! Happy Thursday, I hope you’re all well! I apologize for not posting for several days. I’m trying to blog at least once a week, and I believe I blogged twice last week, but I still feel like it’s been too long. School has been eating up a lot of my time, and now I finally have a moment to breathe and type out my thoughts for you all.

I feel like I might be a little late in the game posting about this, we are coming towards the end of spring and most people have probably done their spring cleaning by now. Regardless, this is a topic that has been on my heart ever since I read the article in the Magnolia Journal. In the spring edition, Joanna Gaines wrote a piece titled A Case For Spring Cleaning, and I really appreciated her perspective on the topic.

Joanna speaks to the deeper reasons as to why  it’s beneficial to clean our homes. She explains that with creating a cleaner, clutter-free environment, it also can help alleviate the anxieties of life, and it can feel rather therapeutic. She ends the article by explaining that cleaning your home can be a way to express thankfulness as well. “It’s actually about nurturing, about being grateful, and about making room in your life to take good care of what you already have” (Gaines, 30).

It sometimes surprises me to read Joanna’s words, because I feel like she takes them straight from my brain and prints them on paper. I am so glad that she looks at spring cleaning -and cleaning in general- in this perspective, because this is exactly how it feels for me. I make time to clean my home and tidy it up not just because it’s a chore, but because it’s out of love and a heart of gratitude.

I love making time to decorate my home and do projects, but I also love getting to clean it because I feel like doing either of these things holds the same value. Like decorating, cleaning up around the house gives me a chance to show off how lovely it really is, whether that means dusting, vacuuming, mopping, or even scrubbing the toilet (not my favorite, but necessary).

My apartment is not cheap, and it took a long time for my husband and I to be able to afford a new home, but we were finally able to save up enough money and come here. I want to make sure that I always walk through the door of this apartment with a heart of thankfulness and humility.

I also agree with Joanna on the point that cleaning can often feel therapeutic. For the last two and a half years, I’ve been working a house cleaning job that I do once a week. In these last two and a half years, I have experienced tremendous amounts of anxiety over a multitude of things, and up until recently, I hadn’t gone to counseling for it or learned how to manage it. I can honestly say that cleaning every Friday morning helps me through it. It gives me something to focus on.

That is all I have for now, I just wanted to applaud this article and add my take to it. I hope you all enjoyed! Please do let me know in the comments what you think. I would love to hear from you!

 

Little Things of the Week #1

Blog Weekly Highlights Cover Photo 1_LI.jpgHey readers! Happy Friday to you all! I hope you had a wonderful week ♥ I have something new that I’d like to try on Little Things! It’s going to be a once-a-week feature that I include and I believe that it will enhance my blogging experience, and also help me to be more personal with you all.

Once a week on Fridays, I plan on highlighting positive events that occurred during the week for me. Though I realize that my blog is centered on home decorating, I would like to incorporate more of a lifestyle element to it. I realize the importance of focusing on my theme, and so that is why this will be a once-a-week occurrence. I created Little Things because I appreciate how small, decorative elements within a room can have such a wonderful impact, and I realize now that that is how life should be looked at: Life is too short not to recognize the little blessings in our lives. Though these things can seem insignificant at first, they have a wonderful impact on our overall well being if we choose to focus on them over the negative things. It’s important to take note of the sunshine and fresh air you get to experience on a small walk, or that spare couple of dollars you have to go out and enjoy a cup of coffee, or even a dumb joke shared between you and a friend that brings you laughter every time.

I am a person that experiences anxiety quite frequently, and on rare occasion it can affect my ability to do basic tasks during the day. I have noticed though, that thinking of one or two positive things that highlighted the day for me can make a huge difference. So that is what I plan to do once every week, and today marks the first day!

So without further ado, here are the little things that brightened my week!

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On Monday, life got a little more real for me when I finally picked up my cap and gown for graduation. It has taken five years of late night studying and copious amounts of coffee to finally get me here, but I am so thankful for the journey and SO excited! I’m graduating with a degree in Business Marketing, hopefully some of what I learned will help me grow this blog that I’ve got here, ha!

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Another highlight of the week was watching my spaz of a cat go nuts with this box. I received a package on Monday and gave her the empty box – I also give her the paper bags I use for grocery shopping once I’m done with them, she’s pretty cute ♥ I love watching her tumble around with her favorite toy mouse in the little space the box provides for her, I tried to document it here but once she saw that I had the camera pointed at her, she went for a more serious, professional look. Having a small, furry animal in my life gives me a joyful heart, I’m so thankful for Nessy ♥

This handsome guy in the photo above is my husband Kris. We are both so busy with work and school, and our days off don’t always align which can be a bummer. This week however, we both had Wednesday off from both work and school, so we decided to make that day our date day. We spent the later part of the morning hiking Mary’s Peak in the B.E.A.utiful state of Oregon where we live. It felt wonderful getting to be outside for several hours, especially now that the weather is getting warmer here! This hike made us both sweaty and out of breath, but the view at the top was worth it! We went out for lunch once we drove back in town and found a new favorite place to eat once we finished our meal. I didn’t know a turkey sandwich could taste so amazing, but this restaurant did a fantastic job! Wednesday was a great day.

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Thursday was a crazy day for me. I had work at 7 in the morning, and because I have to have an hour for the drive there, I got up a lot earlier than 7. After that I had to drive right to school for my Business Leadership class, then back home where I immediately started writing a paper and studying for two tests. As you can probably guess, I was exhausted by the time I got home, and I needed a pick me up real quick. I found a detox drink recipe online that helps clean the body of toxins (my stomach hasn’t been feeling well in the last few days), and I whipped that up before getting started on my assignments. I found this recipe in a top 25 list of best detox drinks (no. 2). You can look at the list here if you are interested. It gave me the energy that I needed and helped me through all of my homework for the day. Also, it was DELICIOUS!

I don’t have a photo for today, but I am considering the entire day as a highlight because it’s my homework-free day and I can do whatever I want. Taking breaks are always helpful, and I seriously need one after this busy week!

Did you all have a good week? Do you have any highlights from the last few days? Let me know in the comments below, I’d love to hear from you!

Thank you for reading!

 

 

Fun Living Room Project in the Making

 

Hey there readers, happy Monday! I have a fun project I’d like to share with you all! This one hasn’t even been started yet, but the ideas and design are currently being brainstormed and I wanted to let you in on what’s going on.

Kristofer and I currently have a TV stand that we are using for the TV and other consoles we use, and it is small, very small. To add to the inconvenience, the cable outlet is right next to the large (and only) window we have in the living room. So the TV sits awkwardly in the corner and overlaps with the window so that we can connect everything nearby.

We decided that since we can’t do much about the positioning of our entertainment center, we want to build a stand that adds convenience but also accentuates the window in the room.

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What we plan to do is make a large wooden structure that serves as a bench with storage space underneath the window, and an entertainment center at the far left. The structure would extend from the left end of the window to the corner on the right.

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This is what we drew up as our final design, and we plan to start buying wood pieces for it soon and begin building.

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This is the paint color Rain (6219). I looked at a few soft grays and found this one to be my favorite, so I plan to paint the structure this color. This photo can be found at its original source rughdesign.com if you want to learn more about it.

Once we reach a certain point in building it, of course I will want seat cushions and curtains as well. I’m trying to take this project one step at a time though, it’s the biggest one Kristofer and I have ever taken on!

We estimated this whole process to cost at least $200, which is a lot for us, so we will have to take this on in small pieces. It would be nice to do it all at once of course, but it gives me more blogging material to work with if I can write about it for the next couple of months.

I’m excited to share our journey with you on the blog!

Do you have any suggestions or comments? Let me know what you think, I’d love to hear from you!

Thanks for reading everyone!