Backyard Updates & Progress

Friday, August 5, 2016

How is it already August?

Life has been busy lately, but good busy! It always seems like there is lots going on this time of year, but come to think of it, I think I say that about every season.

We have been getting our hands awfully dirty around the house with different house projects. I'm not joking when I say we both have project add. We want to do all of the things at once, but we end up starting projects, then halfway through starting another, then going back working on the other, then finish one and start three more new projects. Maybe that's just me who does that???

Anyways, we are almost done with our fire pit! I use the term 'we' lightly because it's mainly Ryan. I help as much as I can, but let's be honest here, he is doing most all of it. The previous owners at our house had these river type rocks put together like a puzzle, but not a very good puzzle hahaha, Over the years in the large spaces that were left between each rock is where the weeds grew and the grass didn't. As much as we sprayed it still looked terrible most of the time. We basically removed all of the rocks, hand placed them together again with sand, extended our walkway and added a fire pit in the middle using the existing rocks. You can see a preview in the background. I'll wait until it's done to show the big reveal!
See, I help with some things. Peach iced tea? Coming right up!
Last week we added some gravel to the backyard in some worn out spots and it changed the entire look of our backyard. It was hilarious when he was running the equipment because the dogs had no idea what was going on and Avery was especially so protective and growling at it as it went by the window. Other plans for the backyard include adding a horseshoe pit out by his shop and more landscaping. There is an area on our back patio that I have had the hardest time landscaping so for now I have cleaned it up and hopefully this weekend we will be adding rocks until I can figure out exactly what I am going to do there. The rocks will be easier maintenance and since we live in California, lindsay drought friendly and all :) Also, the dogs often use this area to play so yeah, we will definitely have to make it non-accessible when we do add plants.

We have a big backyard with so much potential and I am forever thankful for a handy husband who is truly making it ours. I have so much more respect for him and others who work out in the heat all day because I was outside working the other night in the 100+ degrees and it was MISERABLE and draining to say the least. The fact that he comes home and continues to work for US is just amazing to me.

I am looking forward to many sweet nights enjoying it together. Knowing we did it ourselves makes it that much sweeter and more rewarding. Cheers to another fun & productive weekend of getting things crossed off that to-do list!

That time I painted my bathroom twice in two days...

Monday, August 1, 2016

So in the midst of the chaos of painting our kitchen cabinets (all thousand of them) and updating our kitchen, I thought it would be a good idea this weekend to paint our 1/2 bathroom as well. #projectadd

I had 2 quarts of sample Sherwin Williams paint left and had been wanting to paint this bathroom anyways so I thought I'd just use that and go for it. Not a problem! I was loving how it turned out! Never underestimate a quart of paint I thought. 

Cue Sunday morning. I woke up and started cleaning up and removing the painters tape and I began noticing a few spots that needed to be touched up on the walls. 

Problem 1: I used all of the paint. 

Problem 2: I left the painters tape on too long and it took of some of the paint from the recently updated cabinets. 

I didn't completely lose it at this point. I thought no biggie, I'll get a color matched sample in town at Home Depot and use it to touch up. I would worry about the cabinets later. We ran and picked up another quart and when we got home my darling husband specifically told me to test it out in one spot before I painted all of the spots in case it didn't match and naturally I did the exact opposite. As it dried I could tell something was off. I waited an hour or so and went in to inspect it, and then came the real tears. It was not a match at all!!!
I know it's not the end of the world, it is just paint afterall, but I wasted my Saturday afternoon on this and it was basically for nothing.

To make matters worse I was already feeling off since my kitchen currently looks like this. That my friends is true life living in a house you are trying to remodel one step at a time. The lighting is off because we replaced the old ugly box lighting with can lights and they weren't all installed at this point. As soon as our cabinet is finished being built, we will be having it installed and a few other cabinets moved around, then the fun really starts...Next up will be lowering the bar area, new counter tops, vent hood, sink, faucet, and flooring! So soon this space will look quite different (the sooner the better!)

At least my helpers are cute.
To finish my story, I spent my Sunday afternoon repainting with the color matched quart and learned a hard lesson: Always buy extra paint so this doesn't happen on your next project!
 
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