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!

Little Things of the Week #6

Hey WordPress friends! What a week this has been! I’m so excited to get into the highlights, I had my finals this last week and graduated yesterday. I’ll go ahead and jump right into it!

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This last Wednesday was date night with Kris. We take turns every week on what we want to do. So two weeks ago I picked a movie night, and this week he chose to take me out to eat at this really cool Vietnamese restaurant in town called Kimhoa’s.

It was really fun! I can’t remembered the name of the soup I ordered, but it had egg noodles, pork and wan tons. It was so good! It took a while to eat though, because they didn’t give us forks in case we couldn’t handle the chopsticks and ladles, haha! I did eventually get the hang of the technique.

We had a really nice time here, and had an interesting discussion about the culture and about geography of that area in general. It was really fun to try and educational too. It was just fun to try something new, I love Asian foods but I had never tried Vietnamese until Wednesday. We will definitely go back!

The majority of my pictures are from yesterday, since it was definitely the highlight of my week! Yesterday, I graduated from college, and it was the best day!

I worked hard for five years, and I finally am getting what I hoped for all this time ♥

I will receive (after my final term this summer) my degree in Business, and hopefully with that, I will be able to have my dream job of being a Home Stager!

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I was really excited to find out that we were allowed to decorate our caps, so of course, for the entire month I was thinking of a million different ways I could do it. I finally decided on my Up themed cap as you can see here.

Songs of the week:

Who’s To Say → Vanessa Carlton – I love this song. It came up on shuffle while I was in the car, and I have been listening to it a lot this week. It has a pretty melody and chorus, and the words are great. It reminds me of when Kris and I were dating in high school and talked about getting married one day. Thankfully our families supported us, but a lot of other people we encountered would constantly tell us “You’re too young” or “marriage is no walk in the park, it takes work and it isn’t always fun”. Of course we knew all of these things, but we knew what we have is the real thing. So this song really speaks to me, because I got so tired of people saying things like that to us.

Also, she has so much talent and I want so badly to play piano as well as she does! I took lessons for nine years but I’m not quite at her level, ha!

That is the only song I have for this week, as well as highlights. It is much shorter than normal, but graduation really was the highlight of my week. Next week is my break before summer term, so I might have more adventures to share with you all.

Did any of you graduate this year? Any fun songs stuck in your head this week? Let me know in the comments below, 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!

 

 

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!

 

Coastal Bathroom Additions

Hey everyone! Happy Tuesday to you all, I hope you’re all well!

Today I wanted to share with you a couple of additions I made to the bathroom. A few weeks back, in early April, my husband Kris and I decided to decorate the bathroom into a coastal/beach theme, and we got the project started with the intention to add to it later on. You can see that entry here.

Last Friday I made some time to do a little more shopping for the bathroom and came up with some fun and useful ideas!

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So to start off, I’m gonna talk about my absolute favorite piece: This octopus framed photo ♥♥♥ What I love most about this picture is the way that it stands out against these white walls. It makes a statement and adds some fun to the space. Also, I love octopi, they’re pretty darn cute ♥ I have seen a lot of examples of people’s take on a coastal themed room, and I wanted to be a little creative and add some elements that I don’t really see too often, and when I saw this small poster at Michaels I immediately wanted it. I suppose this is more of an ocean thing than a beach thing, but the two are so closely related that I wanted to blur the lines a little bit. After all, this process should be about having fun and making the space my own!

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On the counter, I adde the green jar with the netting around it that holds our toothbrushes. I have been loving the greens and blues lately, so this theme has been a lot of fun for me to work with. I’m trying to stick with green and blue as the basic color scheme.

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I’m not entirely sure, but I think this towel hook is supposed to be a bird feather that is painted gold. I’ve had my eye on this one for a couple of weeks now, it’s sold at Michaels right now for 50% off, and I finally caved and purchased it last week with the rest of the décor. The gold color of it matches the gold rectangular plate that holds the netted green jar among other things that you can see in the photo above. It’s probably my second favorite decoration in here, and I’m lucky to have grabbed one of the last ones!

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These letters were more of a last minute decision, as in last night! My brother-in-law lives with us so three people sharing a bathroom has been interesting. It hasn’t been an issue, except that we get our bath towels mixed up and we aren’t sure whose is whose, and it gets confusing. So I decided to put our initials above the towel rack as you can see so that we can avoid getting confused again. I grabbed these letters at Michaels and painted them French Teal. I LOVE this color!

An additional tip for those who share a bathroom with multiple people: Have different colored towels for each person that help go with the color scheme already present in your bathroom. It is a dangerous game for everyone to be using the same colored towel, and an unsanitary one too lol!

These new additions cost roughly $60, I had a lot of gift card money so I was able to buy more than I can normally afford. Thank you to any family reading this who gave me Michaels gift cards for my birthday! They were much appreciated ♥

So if you are looking for ways to bring a little beach to your bathroom, hopefully my take on it brought you some inspiration! Let me know in the comments below what you think, and follow me if you want to see more of my decorating adventures!

Thanks for reading!

 

My First Post and Second Introduction

Hello readers, to start off, I’ll address the odd title of this entry. This is my first post on WordPress for my blog Little Things (yay!),  and my second introduction post for this blog. Little Thing began back in October on the Blogger, and as of yesterday, I decided to move all of my content to WordPress. So in a way, this is a new beginning! Even though I’ve already introduced myself on this blog, I would like to truly start fresh on WordPress be reintroducing myself and the reason for why I write.

So as I said, I started this blog back in October. I write content about how I decorate my apartment, as well as the process I go through as I decorate. Occasionally, I feel crafty and even make my own decorations and share with others the steps I go through to make them.  So far, that is all I’ve been doing, but I would like to move further with Little Things and possibly include posts about current decorating trends and my take on them. In addition to that, I’d like to write more in the future about my take on articles I read that are related to decorating. I love to read the Magnolia Journal and have found plenty of content within the magazine that I’d be happy to share my view on.

I have been interested in interior decorating since I was about eleven years old. The earliest memory I can recall of being infatuated with the idea was when I was in sixth grade health class. I was in no way interested in paying attention one particular day, and I remember trying to figure out how to entertain myself for the time being, and at one point I asked myself “If you can picture your dream house, the coolest house you can possibly imagine that you could design all on your own (money not being an issue) what would it look like?”. So I took out a sheet of paper and began to draw the living room, I drew in the furniture, the placement of it, I drew where the staircase would be and what the railing would look like, the placement of the windows, everything I could think of. I was so enthralled and excited by this, that I began to draw the kitchen, and then the dining room, the backyard, and even the outside architecture of the house. I became obsessed and started drawing more of these designs, dozens!

I eventually bought a graphing paper notebook and drew several floor plans. I felt weird for enjoying such a hobby, because what could I possibly do with these floorplans? “I’m twelve” I thought to myself, “What purpose do I have drawing up these floorplans if I can’t actually do anything with them?”.  But I would draw them up constantly if I felt the inspiration come over me suddenly. While my friends enjoyed watching MTV or the CW, I was watching HGTV. I was drawn to the challenge of taking a space and using the furniture and decorations to best represent that space and character of the home. I have enjoyed this topic almost my entire life and knew I wanted to do something with it when I grew up.

So here I am now, I am finishing up college and trying to figure out where I want to go with this passion. This blog has been an amazing outlet for me, and I’m so thankful that I have a place to express my creativity. I still have so much growing and learning to do, but I’m willing and eager to be on that journey.

Hopefully you all enjoy what I post, and I’d be happy to receive any comments or criticisms about my content.

Thanks for reading!

Bedroom Makeover

Hello readers, happy Sunday to you all!

This week’s post is one that I’m very excited to share with you, because this is the biggest project I’ve done.

Over the weekend, Kristofer and I rearranged our bedroom. If you have read my introduction entry (my first ever blog post), you know that I want to go into Home Staging for my career. Decorating is something I’m passionate about, and I have been drawn to it since I was about 11. Right now, I’m trying to build a portfolio of my experience, but the problem is that I don’t really have any! I have used Homestyler for my creations, but it isn’t real life, and I know it’s important to have that level of experience in order to be taken seriously for a job.

Saturday morning, Kristofer helped me move some things around in our bedroom so that I could practice for real, and I’m so thrilled with how it turned out!

 This was our bedroom before we rearranged everything. I really don’t know what possessed me to position the bed this way when we moved here, but it has been like this for a while. We had space with this layout, but as you can see, it was narrow, so not the most convenient orientation. Also, the bed wasn’t lined up with the window, and that drove me CRAZY.

This is our room rearranged! We took the bed apart and moved it to face parallel to the window, as you can see. I LOVE this so much more, because now when I’m sitting in bed, I can actually look out of the window rather than face away from it. Nessy is enjoying easier access to the window too as you can see haha. With this orientation, the floor space that we have makes more sense, and it’s less narrow and broken up this way. This makes the room feel more whole rather than chopped up because of our bed splitting the room down the middle.

In the two photos above, you can see that we had our white storage drawers split up and against the walls. We felt like we had too much stuff because of how much space the drawers took up, and it was frustrating. The dresser being parallel to the bed was also cramping the floor space we had too.

After we adjusted the bed, I decided to take advantage of the small area where the door is and I placed the drawers side by side to fill out that wall. I was pleasantly surprised to find that opening the door all the way wouldn’t hit the storage drawers, and it fills up that small area nicely!

I decided to take the crates I used as a bedside stand and place them in the corner with the mirror positioned close by. I had this idea immediately after moving everything else, and I knew that no other placement for these pieces would satisfy me. This is actually my favorite part of the room now! It draws the eye to this area and gives it character. The bedroom has a lot of corners in it and I wanted to soften that up a little bit by making this a bright corner piece.

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I got these flowers for my birthday last Wednesday and added them to the top for some color, and I also found this printable scripture art and framed that and placed it on top as well. I actually found this free printable from a blogger I follow called Thrifty Décor Chick. She got the idea from holidayprintablesblog.com. There are a lot more to choose from too, you can check her post out here or at the original source.

I am so happy with how the bedroom turned out, it has a much more relaxing vibe to it and it feels more spacious!

Would you agree? Tell me what you think in the comments below, and subscribe by email if you want to know more of what I’m up to!

Thanks for reading!