All Of The Lights: The Deck

Saturday, October 22, 2016

We are huge fans of outdoor string lights. There is something really nice about the atmosphere that comes from their glow. We also wanted to make our deck somewhere we'd want to hang out, and bright flood lights don't exactly say "relax, stay a while". So we picked out some great lights, picked up some supplies and got to work.

What we used:
4 2X2s 
1 Box Wood Screws
8 Hooks

We went to home depot and got four 2x2 boards.

We had the corner boards go all the way down so we could secure them in more spots and make the post more stable.

                      The two middle posts we attached with three screws, and pre-drilled holes for a hook.

We pre-drilled the holes for the hooks, on the two corner posts. We put two hooks on the corner posts, so the strand could go out wider.(See below)

Once the posts were secured, and the hooks were in place, we worked our way from one end of the deck to the other with the lights. We went back and forth between the posts and the roof line. (*Do not do this one your own - having a spot on the ladder is crucial - and having a good eye to help decide where the roof hooks should go, from the ground, is really helpful)


It has a very cool way of making the deck feel like a room, and gives the whole backyard a nice glow.
It's the perfect spot to make lots of memories!

#demoday : The Kitchen

Friday, October 7, 2016

When we first saw our house we LOVED the size and layout of the kitchen. We did NOT love, the formica counters, the worn out cabinets, and the shallow/dirty sink. At first we thought to be cost effective we would replace the cabinet doors, but after meeting with our cabinet guy, realized the cost of just totally replacing them and the cost of getting new doors was pretty much the same (crazy right?).  So we decided out with old and in with the new.

We've been in the house for a while now, which has helped us to figure out what changes we need to make to create a more functional layout. We did away with a weird small counter top area to the left of the fridge and decided to add a pantry. We also went for all new appliances, and opted for the microwave being mounted over the stove, instead of in the oddly shaped cabinet to the right of the range (see below). This change would give us a whole new, larger cabinet. We also decided to go with 36in tall cabinets, adding a total of 6 inches storage everywhere!

So boring.

And now it's time to say goodbye, to our ugly old cabinets! It's also time to say good bye to the weird pulls, terrible counter top and yellow outlet plugs.

Slowly but surely..

Our cat, cringer, was very interested in this whole process.. for about 10 minutes and then he went back to napping.

Sorry for the mess, but it's demo! It took us two days, but we got it all out! Except for the island, but we'll save that surprise for later. We only had two cabinet casualties in the process and the rest are now living in our garage where they will be repurposed. Once everything was out we prepped the walls, filled in any holes, and also swapped out some of the outlets for brand new ones. 

**TIP: People  tend to overlook the affect new switches and plugs has on a home, it's an inexpensive change to make and instantly makes a room feel more modern. No one likes yellow plugs on their freshly painted walls, YUCK. Make sure if you decide to do this yourself that you turn the power off at the breaker!