Master Bedroom Updates

It’s been a hot minute since I showed you what our ¬†master bedroom looked like, and that is mostly because it always photographs yellow no matter what on earth I do. So I’ve decided to just surrender to that fact and show you some yellow-ish after pictures. ūüôā

When we last left off in the master, it looked like this:

master bedroom before

It was fine and all, but a little sterile and just not super stylish. So these days it’s looking more like this:

master bedroom after

Bazam! The white duvet cover is VERY helpful because we have 5 pets that all loooove hopping on the bed and now we just take that off and bleach it once a week. Good to go!

The nightstands are from Target and they’ve held up VERY well. In fact, most things are from Target: the big wooden frames, curtains, chair, and floor lamp are too.

The bed is Ikea and dear lord it is¬†not coming with us when we move. Sure, it looks cute in pictures… but the underneath… is held up by some rocks from the yard. Yeah. This bed has been taken apart and put back together¬†at least five times and finally the metal just got permanently warped so we rigged it with some big rocks and called it a day.

From back to front, the square pillows with the tassels sticking out are Target, the gold are K-Mart (shocking! I know!!), and the front one is Homegoods.

The framed art is from Etsy (here), and I highly recommend you check out his shop because he has all sorts of cool stuff in there.

If we weren’t¬†going to move¬†I’d replace the white blinds with nice bamboo ones, but it’s just not worth it right now.

vintage blue oriental rug

These oriental rugs on either side of the bed are literally the bomb dot com. I snatched them up from my grandmother’s house and I will never give them back because I’m in love love love with them. Also, it is so nice to step out of bed on to a cozy little rug.

white and cream master bedroom

The other view of the room is decidedly more cluttered, what with the cat shelves on the wall and having a big ass tv, but it’s warm and inviting so I don’t mind so much.

That navy blue dresser belonged to my mother in law when she was a child and I super love it. Having a mix of painted and stained furniture is something I’ve grown to really like style-wise. The how-to on the paint job is (here), and you can also spy an even earlier rendition of the room in that post¬†too.

how to build a console table- easy and step by step

Also, that little console table was my first attempt at building furniture, so even though¬†the legs are a little wonky I’m still super proud of it. Find the how to for it (here), and also the how to for that dog bowl next to it (here).

And there ya have it- our collected, ever changing master bedroom. And don’t worry, I put away the big gold skull when I staged the house for sale. Actually… I put away an entire box of metallic skulls when I staged the house for sale. And one real one too. I have a problem with loving Halloween all year long….


Operation: Get List-Ready

So last week when I was all¬†we’re just looking and¬†we don’t plan on moving for a year.¬†I don’t know who I was kidding. Have I met me? Because I am excitable. And a bit impulsive. And, luckily, financially responsible enough to handle my impulsiveness.

We found a house we want to offer on. And realistically, we are probably not going to end up with it because we have a lot to do to get in gear and someone else will most likely swoop in before us. However, that gave us the kick in the butt we needed to move forward with getting pre-approval and wrapping up house projects that need to be done so we can list when we find another house we love.

If by some magnificent chain of events we do get this house it means:

  • I meet with the bank today to get our pre-approval (scheduled!)
  • We sign a bunch¬†of paperwork about listing our house (done!)
  • We list our house TODAY (oh my.)
  • We get¬†ready for showings to begin¬†Friday (OH! MY!)
  • We sell within the next two weeks? (WHATTTTTTTT!)
  • We move within the next two-three months? (AHHHHHHHHHH!)

Hold on one second while I have a panic attack at that rapid turn of events. Does anyone have a paper bag I can breathe in to?

In a more realistic chain of events:

  • I meet with the bank today to get our pre-approval
  • We find out other offers have been made on the house we want
  • I spend about two weeks (as opposed to 48 hours) getting repairs/updates done to our current house
  • We keep looking and pounce when we find another house to love
  • Everyone gets to sleep and eat as normally scheduled

In regards to our current house, this means I need to finally wrap up all the not-so-fun projects I’ve been procrastinating on for ooooooh about four years:

  • Scrape and sand and paint the hallway ceiling (I may have scraped and sanded it at 7:30pm on Monday night, in my work clothes, in a mad surge of energy)
  • Paint the damn basement stairs already
  • Finish the damn half bath already
  • Probably pack up all my weird trinkets and year round Halloween decorations (sad face.)
  • Get an electrician in to fix some small things that we’ve just gotten used to (I have one booked!)
  • Get our bathtub re-glazed because it’s so sad and impossibly dingy (I’ve emailed around to get quotes!)


So yeah, that’s were I’m at. An all-encompassing-obsessive-panic that is probably driving my husband nuts and definitely makes my lovely real estate agent question my sanity. That is most likely all for no reason. Unless it isn’t. In which case, I need that paper bag again.


Side note: If anyone who knows me in real life needs a real estate agent, I have a fantastic one whose info I would love to share with you.



House Hunting & Lessons Learned

If you follow me on Instagram¬†you notice we’ve been poking around looking at houses and seeing what’s out there. Realistically, we’re not looking to move until next spring/summer- but we’re keeping our eyes open and popping in to open houses just in case we find something we love earlier.

Our goal is to find 1-3 houses we really like and then put our house on the market. I¬†think it’ll sell quickly, and I have a profit in mind that I¬†think we should easily make.¬†We are not in a position to carry two mortgages¬†at once if our house doesn’t sell and we’re also not really in a rush to move. We want to be super deliberate with this move in hopes that the next house we buy will be our 30-40 year home.

1900 Victorian home

Lesson 1: The bigger the house, the more of the land it takes up.

I know, right? HOW did I not realize that! This 1900 renovated Victorian was bananas gorgeous and I was obsessed with it. It looks like a cake for crying out loud!¬†I had the¬†whole thing decorated in my mind. I needed¬†this adorable house.¬†What I didn’t realize was that even though the plot of land it sits on is about what we have now (.25 acres), it’s double the size of our current house sooooo it ate up all the land. No bueno- we have dogs that need room to run and also one of the main points of us moving is to have more space away from neighbors.

waterfront cape home

Lesson 2: I would give up¬†almost all of my “must haves” for a waterfront home. But not¬†all of them.

I wanted to love this little pond front home¬†so much. I mean THAT VIEW! AM I RIGHT?!¬†I can give up just about everything on my “must have” list to live on water, but I can’t give up everything and also have to put in about $15k. The kitchen was small and needed to be gutted, the finished basement was too small for the movie room my husband wants, 2 of the 3 bedrooms were super tiny, and space for the dogs was limited (this house is sideways on the plot, so what you’re seeing LOOKS like a front yard, but it’s actually a side yard and would be really awkward to fence). And honestly, I could get over all those things to wake up on a lake everyday… But in addition to those missing pieces¬†it also needed a paved driveway, landscaping around the paved driveway, privacy fencing from the neighbors, and to be painted. Ooof. Driveway, landscaping, fencing, and paint on top of a gutting (and possible adding on to) a kitchen is more than we can financially handle right now.

red colonial home

Lesson 3: I need an open concept. 

Look at this cute all American home! The curb appeal is lovely, the neighborhood was fantastic, the yard was great. But a traditional Colonial is not the right fit for us. This house had an awkwardly long living room that I don’t know how on earth you’d arrange. It had four bedrooms, but really the square footage for three so you would have needed to knock down a wall and redesign. The hallways were too skinny (and honestly, I don’t really want hallways at all). Perfect for someone else, but just not us.


We have¬†a lot more lessons to learn I’m sure, but I think we know what town is calling our name (sorry mom, it’s 15-20 minutes further away) and we’re honing in on the style we want (I would murder someone for a Victorian, but we’re probably going to end up with a cape). The search continues! What’s on your “must have” list? What tips do you have for us??

Sidebar Redo

It’s been a while since I’ve done a really satisfying furniture flip and I am super excited about this piece. According to my Instagram feed, my friends pulled this off the side of the road for me 38 weeks ago and I justtttt redid it two weeks ago.¬†Whoops? I swear I meant to do it like, 35 weeks ago.

dresser buffet sidbar DIY redo

This piece is solid, heavy, and definitely meant for a dining room. We decided to use it in my husbands office- the side drawers will hold clothes and the center ones will hold papers/job stuff (he’s a high school English teacher).

Honestly, I did not give this piece the love it deserves- it needed repair work and a good sanding and I didn’t do either. My thought process was that we could¬†not carry it just the two of us so it needed to be done while in place in my husbands office, and I didn’t want to get sawdust everywhere. Also, this isn’t a family heirloom we’re talking about there, so I don’t feel guilty just painting it.

old wooden buffet - before - close up

I removed all the hardware and REALLY tried hard to restore them¬†to bright shiny brass. It got to the point though where the brass was starting to wear from all my scrubbing (they’re just brass plated), so I had to call it off.

I gave the whole piece one coat of gray based Zinsser primer and one coat of Behr Wheat Bread paint in eggshell, then just a touch up second coat. Once that was dried, it got 2 coats of polycrylic (and an additional 2 coats just on the top, to help with durability).

Here it is styled up in my husband’s office now:

gray and gold buffet turned dresser - furniture flip

Isn’t it gorgeous?! It’s such a beast, and it fills the space perfectly. I love it! It’s hard to get a great picture of it because it’s so long, and the room is not that big- but it fits perfectly with the deep blue wall color and new rug.

painted furniture - grey and gold - dresser redo

As a reminder, here’s what the other side of the room looks like:

It’s not exactly gorgeous, and there’s a lot of decluttering that needs to happen- but it’s getting there!

What do you think??