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Primed Columns and Color Decision Made!

After I primed the porch columns, the answer to the color dilemma was obvious–dark columns it is! The white primer just didn’t make the columns look like they belonged on our house. We purchased some brown/black paint,  so check back for the full reveal on Monday!

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Pottery Barn Outlet Duvet

As part of our birthday-extravaganza-roadtrip, we stopped at the Pottery Barn Outlet. It was my first time at a PB outlet, and, while I wouldn’t say it was life changing, it was pretty fun and we did score some deals. Prices, while better than regular Pottery Barn prices, weren’t fantastic, but we shopped the clearance sections at the outlet store. We ended up getting a set of 4 cloth napkins (multicolored stripe) for about $6 and this new duvet cover for $55.

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It’s VERY similar to the one we got for a wedding gift, but I think the colors lean more youthful (as opposed to our last duvet cover, which almost leaned “granny”).

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As you can see, we haven’t done anything yet to our master bedroom. We’re dreaming of the day we can expand into the smallest bedroom (on the back of the house–lake view!) and put up a wall right about down the middle of the bed to put in a large walk-in closet.

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But those are scary renovations, so we need to hone our DIY skills a bit more. :)

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Vittsjo Sofa Table

For my birthday (yesterday!), Kenny took me to Ikea on Saturday. It’s official–he’s a champ! We also detoured to the Pottery Barn Outlet…details on the rest of our haul coming soon. And he took me to Trader Joe’s. All of those three stores are more than 1.5 hours from us, so this was indeed quite the treat.

We got several things at Ikea, but one of the things I was most excited to get were two of these Vittsjo laptop desks.

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Beefing Up the Porch Columns: Part 1 of a Gazillion

Since I removed the railings on our porch earlier this summer, the plan has been to make some epic craftsman columns. What we didn’t anticipate was that this project would turn into quite the Pandora’s box…the project that just keeps on giving.

But, I’m happy to report, progress has been made! This is what has been consuming my Saturdays. Kenny mows the lawn, and I get out about 30 different saws and make quite the racket.

I first began by building out the bottom of the posts and added some trim. I mitered the corners of the trim which was no easy feat for this novice.

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Then I capped the top of that part of the post, thinking I was nearly done.

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Alas, I wasn’t loving the proportions. I liked the bottom half of the columns, but the top half was looking a bit spindly to me. I wanted chunky. Which meant more work and more moolah, of course. That’s the way things go!

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So I added and added and ended up with posts that look like these:

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As you can see, I reattached a small section of railing there on the end since there’s about a 6ft drop off that side of our porch.

The columns are FAAAAR from perfect, but I’m pretty proud of them nonetheless.

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Each post has 24 different boards that make up the column. I cut every darn one of them. No wonder it took me for.ev.er.

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Now we’re back to the initial dilemma–what color to paint them? They aren’t good enough to stain (and some of the boards I pre-primed, as you can see), so that option is out. Check out this post for more on the dilemma or join in on the debate in the comments–white or dark?

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New Exterior Lights

Kenny and I have been focusing our time and efforts on the outside of our house this summer (it went SO fast!), and one of the things we wanted to accomplish we can finally check–partially–off our list: replacing exterior lights!

Here’s what our house looked like when we moved in. Do you see those exterior lights flanking the front door?

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They’re a bit hard to see (let’s just blame all that snow), so here’s a better picture. And just ignore the lights on the garage. We’re still working on those.

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The lights were fine, functionally, but asthetically, they had that 1990′s vibe we’re trying to eradicate. Plus, they were white–a color found no where else on the exterior of our house. Strange, huh? We thought so.

But we had a total of 5 exterior lights to replace (the four on the front of the house and one by our slider on the back of the house)–which meant that a $100 light would translate into a $500 cost. UM NO.

I finally found these lights, on sale for $50 with free shipping. We pulled the trigger and ordered three…

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…and then they sat around in our house for a few weeks until we finally got around to installing them. Isn’t that how things go? Ha.

The front door lights look great:

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On our deck we had a different style of light, but again, white:

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So we replaced it too and now everyone is much happier. Right? ;)

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We still have the two lights flanking the garage to replace, but things are already looking brighter around here. :)

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