And…it’s SOLD!

imageThis year my husband and I made a lot of big decisions and changes-one of which was the decision to sell our home!  We bought the house two years ago and while we never actually got around to furnishing the whole house, it allowed us to really learn a lot about renovating.  When we bought the house it needed some work: it was 9 years old, had been owned by several people, and didn’t have any updates.

Here are the pictures from the listing when we bought the house:

In the time that we lived there we made the following changes to the house:

-Painted all ceilings, walls, and trim
-Replaced the carpet & refinished the wood floors
-Replaced all light fixtures
-Painted the kitchen cabinets
-Updated all 3 bathrooms (new fixtures, new tile floors, etc)
-Updated the laundry room
-Had the basement finished
-Had a patio built in the backyard

When we put our home on the market this spring our realtor had a professional photographer come to take pictures (it was like my secret dream come true-professional pictures of all the hard work we had done!).  Here’s the website to see all of the pictures: http://www.peterevansphotography.com/greysands.htm

Here are a few of the pictures that were taken:

We really loved our time living here and were sad to move out of the fabulous neighborhood.  But it was the right decision for our family and we are excited to start the next chapter with our new baby girl!

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Nursery Closet

There have been some big changes happening in our household lately! My husband and I are expecting our first baby in less than 2 weeks, so we have been busily trying to prepare for her arrival! One of the biggest changes we made was deciding to move! We made this decision over the winter and very recently we moved closer to my husband’s family (another bonus about moving: the area we’re living in now is much more affordable! Yay for being able to save more money!).

Anyways, we wanted to move and get settled in before our baby’s arrival, and one of the top projects on my list was the nursery closet.

There was nothing essentially wrong with the original closet: it was your very standard closet with a bar for hanging clothes and a top shelf. However, we were extremely blessed and received a lot of gifts for this little girl, and there just would have been no neat and organized way to store everything. So I begged and pleaded with my husband until he agreed to build her an organization system! And let me say, it turned out to be AMAZING.

In our old house all of our tools were in the basement, which was nice because we could work during all sorts of weather, but ultimately was very loud in the house and created a lot of dust.  Also, our basement did not have the best lighting.  So it’s really nice that now we can store all of our tools in the garage and have actual daylight to work with!

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We bought all of our supplies from Home Depot, including the fabric bins (you just can’t beat Martha Stewart products).  We bought the MDF wood because it was already prestained and painted, which meant a lot less work for us!  We took measurements of the closet and decided we wanted to be able to fit 6 shelves in the center.  My husband first cut the 6 shelves using the expresso MDF and attached them with screws to the long white center MDF pieces.  After they were all attached we carried it upstairs & put it in the closet.


As you can see, some of the shelves also have an expresso backing.  We added those for extra stability and to make sure everything was completely straight.

After that was done, we worked on installing the shelves.  We added a long shelf that goes across the entire top of the closet (I wanted this area to store diapers and wipes), and we also added 2 smaller shelves above the bottom clothing bars.  These smaller shelves can really be used for anything, but at the moment they are being used for blanket storage!


After the shelves were put into place the final item on the list was the hanging rods!  What’s really nice about the hanging rods and the shelves (especially the bottom shelves), is that they can be easily removed.  When this baby gets older, or if we decide to sell this house in the future and move, and someone older moves into this space, the shelves and rods can be removed to fit longer clothing, such as dresses.

What I really love about this closet are all the cute clothes it displays!  We bought our hangers and clothing dividers from BabiesRUS, and I think the clothing dividers are such a great idea.  I can easily organize and sort all of her clothes to know what size they are.


The rest of our nursery isn’t quite finished, but it’s close! I’m just waiting on some final artwork pieces to hang up!

Renovation Project Checklist

This summer I took two graduate classes toward my Master’s Degree in Curriculum & Instruction, and I was so pleasantly surprised & pleased when one of my professors allowed us to choose ANYTHING for our major project.  I’m sure it doesn’t come as a shock when I tell you that I chose to renovate our guest bathroom as my project.  Our bathroom is SO CLOSE to being done, but I couldn’t wait to share this template that I created as part of my project!

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Whenever I’m doing a project I always have a lot of pieces of paper lying around with things to do, buy, measurements, notes, etc.  Sometimes it’s hard to remember where I put a specific piece of paper!  As part of my project and presentation I had to create a handout to share with my classmates, and I had a major light bulb moment: I could create a template to share for future home renovations.  I LOVE having those moments where a good idea just comes to you. Totally makes my day!

I can’t wait to use this template.  I’m planning on printing a sheet for each room in our house that I want to change and update.  Maybe I’ll even put together a binder with the templates along with project ideas!  The options are endless.

Anyways, if you feel as though you could use this for your own renovations or projects, please feel free to use it! And I welcome any feedback if you think of something that could be added 🙂

Home Renovation Template