Updating Trim

After work on Friday, I decided that I needed to start diving into some of our projects. I’ve been dying to paint our trim and thought that the spare bathroom would be a perfect place to start. At least that way if we hated it, it was one room. I picked up my materials that night at Target and as soon as I got home I got to work.
In full motivation mode, I sanded the trim since it was stained and filled all of the nail holes and miscellaneous cracks with paintable caulking. That was an adventure. I couldn’t understand why I was having such a tough time squeezing the caulk out when I realized it blew a hole out the other end and sprayed out on the wall and on myself. This led to several jokes that my husband and I laughed about. Call us young and immature – it was funny.


Saturday I woke up and wiped down all the trim work and walls to make sure everything was clean and prepped for paint. Up until this point, I was motivated. You know what killed this motivation? Taping the edges so no paint goes on to the walls. I have realized it is not a passion of mine and that after a while I stop caring how good of a job I did. I knew that would lead to regret so I sucked it up and worked at it while taking breaks here and there so I wouldn’t screw the important job up.
When I was almost done taping, my parents came over and my mom notified me that I taped some areas that I shouldn’t have. She explained her reasonings and well moms are always right. Thankfully she is a painting queen and helped me rip off my work and redo some parts.
FINALLY it was time to paint. Instant motivation booster! I started painting and shortly after I started to panic. This doesn’t look that great… Reassured myself that a second coat will look better. That’s when my mom asked if I was using semi-gloss or hi-gloss paint. “Ummm… I don’t know. It’s the paint from downstairs.” Turns out it was flat and I remember learning that you should at least use semi-gloss when I did my research, but somehow I forgot that tid bit of information. It would work as my first coat and the next two would be semi-gloss.
Sunday morning Kyle and I went to Home Depot and bought a can of semi-gloss paint. We had to ask if the paint should be shaken since we aren’t adding color to it. He gave us a look and I quickly explained that we were new homeowners and didn’t know much about what we were doing. This led to another explanation of why to use a semi-gloss or hi-gloss paint on trim. Lesson: it is because flat paint, especially in a bathroom, will bubble. Semi-gloss or hi-gloss paint is more moisture resistant. Thanks Home Depot man!
After eating some donuts, I was back at work. Technically three coats later and peeling off all of the tape and wa-lah! White trim!


Our next decision is whether we paint the door white or black? What are your thoughts? Leave a comment below.

Have you worked a project this weekend? Send us a picture over on our Facebook page. We’d love to see what you’re working on!


Using Pinterest to Help Design Your Home

Most of my inspiration for designing our house has been found on other blogs and from Pinterest. To help keep organized, I add a new board for each room that we want to do. It’s helped keep our plans organized instead of going back and forth between different ideas.

Below is our current list of plans we have for around the house. It will be interesting to see how these changes look in our home.


Living Room/Entry

  • Paint walls
  • Clean, sand and paint trim. We love how white trim makes the room look and feel. Planning on doing this to the entire house.
  • Paint doors black and add glass door handles. Planning on doing this to the entire house.
  • Add shelves and pictures (love these picture collages).
  • Hang drapes
  • Build a TV console similar to this.
  • Tighten stair railing
  • Paint stair railing (possibly paint the railing two toned)
  • Rip out carpet and put in wood flooring
  • Replace hanging light
  • Clean windows

Dining Room and Kitchen

  • Purchase a sideboard
  • Paint walls
  • Paint/stain dining table similar to this two toned table
  • Paint and re-fabric dining chairs
  • Hang drapes
  • Change out lighting
  • Add shelves and pictures


  • Paint/stain both desks. Love this desk look for mine.
  • Paint walls
  • Change light fixture
  • Hang drapes
  • Hang pictures

Guest Bath

  • Paint walls (we are thinking of a dark blue like this)
  • Change mirror
  • New light fixture
  • Paint counter and add new hardware
  • Add shelving

Guest Bedroom

  • Paints walls
  • Hang drapes
  • Fix dresser
  • Change lighting

Master Bathroom

Master Bath

Have you been using Pinterest or another site to help you come up with different design ideas? Share your favorite over at our Facebook page.


Trimming Trees and Making Plans

As I mentioned in our first post about our outdoor design plans, right now our main focus is curb appeal. Last weekend I spent a couple hours pulling weeds by the front of our house and around the deck. I was going to keep going, but that quickly came to a halt as a big spider fell on my head. Kyle now has been given the honor of pulling weeds underneath our deck. Lucky him!

This weekend, my parents came over and helped trim trees. Three trailer loads later and two trees were done! This is a before and after of the front of our house.





Much better! Notice also how those fans are no longer in the windows? Our air conditioner is not yet fixed, but the weather this weekend was much cooler so it has felt amazing in the house.

After this weekend, we are now trying to determine our lawn situation. Our lawn is full of weeds including Creeping Charlie, a ground ivy that is covering about 70% of our yard. At this point we have two options: use a weed killer that kills weeds only and then seed OR kill the whole lawn and seed. Right now we’re leading towards killing the whole lawn, but we have until mid August to make a decision (when Creeping Charlie is supposed to bloom again and is the best time to spray).

Until then, we are going to start doing more indoor design changes. Our plans for this coming week are to either update our kitchen table and chairs or have our paint color options completed. I guess you will have to wait and see which one gets completed. Maybe both?

What project did you start or complete this weekend? Comment below and post a picture over at our Facebook page.

A First Glimpse at Our House

We have been in our house for almost two months now. For the most part we’ve been unpacking and trying to organize inside. There is still a lot to do, but currently our main focus is the curb appeal. Here in Minnesota you only have so many warm days and often they don’t last long. Below is a basic list of home projects that we are currently looking to do. We’ve also posted photographs of our home so you can get an idea of what it looks like before a lot of design changes start happening.

Oh and those fans you see in the front windows? Those would be because our air conditioner decided it doesn’t want to work anymore. The past 100 degree temperature days have been lovely.

Front Yard:

  • Trim Trees
  • Pave Driveway
  • De-weed the lawn
  • Plant bushes along front and add mulch
  • New garage door
  • New mailbox
  • Touch-up front door
  • Clean siding
  • Fix and paint concrete
  • Remove Dish satellite on roof
  • Add gutters
  • Change shutters



  • Stain deck
  • Tighten railing
  • Replace screen on door {thanks to our pup going through it}
  • Purchase outdoor furniture
  • Create patio area off deck
  • Remove weeds around and underneath deck
  • Add plants and mulch


  • Backyard: 
    • Add fire pit area
    • Create vegetable and fruit garden
    • De-weed yard
    • Trim trees
    • Remove brush along back of yard {cant see in image}
    • Fix and paint concrete
    • Add fence for the pup



Quite the list, huh? It’s a start and we’ve been enjoying thinking about all of the things we’d like to do and knowing what our home COULD look like. ¬†Just wait until you see our plans for the inside…

What is something that you are currently doing to update your curb appeal? Leave us a comment and share your ideas with us!