A New(er) Deck

This Labor Day weekend, we labored.  Isn’t that why it’s called Labor Day?

We have a deck on the side of the house that needed a bit of updating.  Some of the boards were rotten and needed to be replaced and the color left something to be desired.  So, we got to work power washing, nailing, and painting this weekend and gave our little deck a face lift.

Here’s the unfortunate before picture.

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I power washed while Michael pulled up boards.  I LOVED using that power washer.  I was ready to power wash everything in sight.

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After a bath and a few board replacements, we were on our way to painting.

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A couple of fresh coats of paint later, and we have a new deck!  I decided to paint the bench the same color as our front door and I’ll be adding these pillows I found on Amazon.

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I could not be happier with the outcome and for only $120, my bank account is pretty happy, too.

Holding on to Summer

I have 3 weeks until I go back to school.  4 weeks until the kids join in.  Ahhhhhhhhh!  I can’t believe summer has gone by so quickly.  I say that every summer, though.  And, 3 weeks is still a good, long while.  I don’t want to start counting down the days until summer is over, thus missing out on the rest of my summer.  I want to live in the present as much as possible;  enjoying these nice, long days with Bennett and Michael playing in the yard, swimming at the pool, and traveling around at our leisure.

With that in mind, I’ve constructed a few summery crafts.  I am NOT a super crafty person, but I do like to make little things from time to time to cheer up the house or change the decor a bit without spending a thousand dollars.  A little summer wreath and some pinwheels seemed to fit the bill–easy and cheap.  I found a tutorial on one of my favorite blogs:  Jones Design Company.  If you don’t follow it, you should.  This woman is a freakin’ genius at decorating and styling her home.  Plus, she’s a mom of 4 and a believer.  I really enjoy her perspective on things.

Here are my little crafty creations to help me hold on to summer for a little longer with a link to the tutorial, so you can make your own!

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The tutorial is just for the paper medallions.  I already had the wreath, but I got it at Hobby Lobby and just hot glued the medallions on the side.  By the way, if you don’t have it already, get the Hobby Lobby app on your phone.  They always have a 40% off coupon on there.

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Her tutorial is slightly different in that she used pencils to hold her pinwheels up and I used skewers.  Pencils would’ve worked better since hers probably spin whereas mine do not, but I didn’t have any pencils on hand and I didn’t want to buy any just for this project.  Plus, pencils remind me that school is about to start and I’m trying to think opposite of that, remember?

Cleaning Up Shop

We have a little shop underneath our house.  It’s a great place for Michael to keep his tools, a perfect place for lawn equipment, and it holds all of our miscellaneous items that we don’t want in the house.  

It’s also a place that accumulates lots of junk.  Junk from the previous owners, our junk, the junk in the trunk, etc.  SO MUCH JUNK!  Almost 5 years worth at this point.

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So, we cleaned it out.  I can’t take credit for the cute painted shelves, but I am so grateful someone did all that work for me.  Way to go whoever you are!

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And then we organized everything.  Get this…it took 5 hours.  It took us 5 years to do 5 hours worth of work.  Ridiculous.  But, it’s done and it looks so much better.  Organization is the key to happiness, I tell ya.

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