Free Craft: House Rules

Got to do an actual crafty-craft last week! Seems like it’s been a long time since I’ve done something small like this. Since we’ve moved in, we’ve done a lot of BIG stuff, which usually means the fun little projects like this get ignored. Anyway. Remember these?


I’ve had a set of three black plastic frames like this for a Very Long Time. They hung in our old apartment but have been packed away as “not our style anymore really if we’re being honest” since we’ve moved into this house. So it was high time to give them a makeover and make them what we wanted.

So I grabbed my rub-n-buff–a gold, oil-based bit of magic in a minuscule tube that never runs out–and smeared the goop all over with my finger. I thought about doing two coats (or spray painting it), but once the first coat of rub-n-buff was on, I rather liked how the black showed through.


I’ve been hoarding this ADORABLE calender that I got for free about a year ago from Joyce Meyer Ministries (random, I know–but who can turn down a free super cute calendar? no not me) and I selected three of my favorite images from that and popped them in the frames.


The sayings on each are kind of like rules for the house:

1. You are loved incredibly.

2. Embrace the adventure.

3. Have fun today!

Yay for finally unpacking boxes and for free artwork!

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Main Floor Updates

I’ve been totally slacking off lately in the photography department. My computer died and I’ve been using Kenny’s, and it’s just been easier to snap some quick photos with my phone rather than try to navigate his INCREDIBLY COMPLICATED Mac (PC girl right here!). But Kenny called me out on it, so I tidied up the house, charged the battery on my camera, and took these pics.


Plus, there are tons of little updates that we’ve done that don’t get blogged about (because: wooo, I hung up a picture!=not blogworthy though I have tried to make it so).

We love our RH dining table. There are a few little nicks on it (okay, several) from the shipping process that I’m kicking myself for not saying something about, but overall it is very sturdy and not at all fussy. We don’t usually bother with placemats or cupholders and the table is no worse for wear.


Below is a larger shot of our living room(s?). We’re finally feeling somewhat finished here, and we’ve begun using these spaces a lot more, especially since the coffee table addition.


Oh, but I still have yet to style those bookshelves. It’s been 4 months. But who’s counting?


I snapped up that fall-ish runner last year for just $.19 on Black Friday last year, using Younker’s maddening $10 off your purchase coupon. Does anyone else go a little more insane every year trying to use that darn thing? (For all non-Younker’s shoppers–the coupon has about 3,000,000 exclusions).


I’m still on the lookout for some more permanent throw pillows for those two gray chairs, and I’m thinking I need to add some pattern to the curtains. Perhaps some fabric paint is in my future.


Oh here, a better picture of those non-styled bookshelves. Take a closer look at my shame.


Our sunroom has remained largely unchanged over the summer, despite us searching high and low for several more furniture pieces to fill this out better.


Stealing the show is our backyard. Love how it looks through the sheer curtains.


Our kitchen is also much the same. I think it will be like this for another couple of years, until we can save up for a complete kitchen reno. Oh, but we have managed to break our sink faucet, so maybe a new one will happen before then. One can hope.


Also on deck: a mudroom built-in. Will (obviously) keep you posted.


Two other beloved additions include a pair of fiddle leaf fig trees (from our recent IKEA trip). Green stuff make a huge difference in how a home feels, in my opinion! Haven’t killed them yet, so: success.

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Fall Exterior House Tour

Since I’ve done a spring and summer exterior house tour, it only seems appropriate that I do a fall tour, right? We’ve got a beautiful backyard (despite us!? imagine that!)–it’s perhaps my favorite thing about our home. The opportunity to snap some photos presented itself grandly on Monday when there was a brief sunny period one afternoon amidst several rainy days.


Our house is flanked on both sides by mature trees–coniferous on the driveway side, and deciduous (mostly Black Walnut) on the other. If you look closely, you’ll be able to tell that we’ve s.l.o.w.l.y. been painting away at the trim. Not sure I’m completely loving it, but that’s another story for another day.


Below is the back of our home with that natural area on the right. Just off the frame a little bit farther to the right is our part-time creek, which was babbling away because of all the rain we’ve gotten lately.


If you do a 180 from the picture above, you’ll see the star of the show–our little lake. I cannot begin to tell you how much we’ve enjoyed seeing the seasons change out here–every month brings new surprises and delights. I don’t think this will ever get old!


Here’s the view from the deck. We’ve put away most of the patio furniture away for the winter. We also took out the dock (OURSELVES), which is an experience I hope never to have to relive.


Long story short–we love this place!


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End Table/Table Saw

I came to the realization recently that we have never once paid for an end table. All have been given to us or acquired for FREE (which is, obviously, my favorite). Some were given to us by family members, and one I found near a dumpster and made over.

The trend continued when, a few months ago, I found this table saw at a thrift store. I purchased said table saw (works great!), but do you see what it’s attached to?


An end table! It was in great shape, despite its stint as a table saw-table, except for the top, which had been sanded down to the bare wood.


I ended up painting the whole top, but it still needed a little pizzazz…


…so I painted a mint green border around the top edge.


It’s hard to see it in this picture, but it adds some much needed color to this side of our living room.


We’re not exactly sure how to use this space–currently we have it set up as another seating area, but since we have two other seating areas on the main floor (sunroom and living room by fireplace), it’s a little redundant and never gets used. Perhaps we need a piano? But this minty table works for the time being.

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The Largest Coffee Table Ever

We found a coffee table! And, little did we know, we needed a coffee table that was the size of Rhode Island. We’ve been searching for awhile (and I even bought a cute little Threshold coffee table, new from Goodwill!), but nothing seemed right until we saw this one.


It’s a little (or a lot) more contemporary than things we’re usually drawn to, but we actually like it and the size is PERFECT. Oh, how big is it? 42″ by 56″…which is LARGER than our apartment dining table was. Good heavens. But the best part was that this table was clearance priced at 50% off for just $229. (Sidenote–is $460 a ridiculous price in the first place? or is that just me?)


Our fireplace is off-center in the room (DRIVES ME NUTS), but we were able to even things out somehow. Magic was involved.


Here’s a little-seen angle. Picture me crouched awkwardly in the corner to get this shot at the very moment Ken gets home from work and walks in. It was pretty hilarious.


We’re feeling quite settled in (finally!). Good thing, too, because we’re anticipating using this room a bunch more after we close off our sunroom for winter. Many games will be played on this giant thing…and can’t you just see some awesome matchbox car driving occurring on it?

Other posts on the stuff in this room: curtains, rug, couch, chairs, sofa table(s), artwork.

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