House Projects On the List

I am hankering to get house projects done. It's a super good time to be doing that since I can't take my arm out of this sling for 8 weeks and winter is around the corner. My timing is impeccable. Regardless of my timing, lists are my thing, and my thing will not be denied. I narrowed it down to the top 6 projects I reeeeeeeeeeeeeally want LB us to do. I'll list the project in bold and then any other thoughts, steps, resources below it. Get it? Got it? Good! (Is that from Full House?)

Board and Batten in Hallway


After seeing this brilliantness on Young House Love a year ago, I have wanted to do it in our hallway. It's cheap and would be a good primer for our crown molding project! If anyone was looking to get us a $60 present and spend a day with us getting us started, this would be the way to go.

Paint Trim and Shutters Outside Black


Enough said. The paint is already purchased and we just either need to do it or hire someone to paint (a crime against DIY laws).

Paint Front Door Screen Black or REMOVE


Since the picture below is what we are going for and we have already painted the front door black, this white and gold screen door isn't really doing it for me. But OOOOOOO, do I like the tall shutters flanking the door in this picture below.... I wonder if the scale would look totally wackadoo on our house.

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Remove Wall Between Kitchen and Living Room


I've already posted about getting contractors bids to remove this wall and I am pretty pumped about it. The island we are going to put in its place? Well, it's inspired by two things: the current butcher block rolly cart in the kitchen and Angie and Preston's place.


Crown Molding Throughout All of First Floor


You might have asked yourself, "What crown molding project?" Well, this one is your answer. On the WHOLE first floor. Just look at those bare ceilings. ("TREANA! Make us pretty!!!!!") The walls will not be denied. Again, this YHL tutorial has been my go to. We've already acquired the Kreg Crown Jig (it's about $30) and they only sell it at Lowe's or on Amazon. There's also this option if we want to pump up the crown in certain rooms. We've also got some awesome friends who have a Dewalt Saw. Query: do you think getting the saw and setting it on the dining room table is too obvious? Is there such a thing as too obvious?

Dining Table


Friends. Something needs to be done with this orangey-yellow thing. Katie send me this pin and thinks we should do this for the dining. I am inclined to agree. What are your thoughts? I like the midcentury modern lines of it and it is heavy as snot and could last a good long while, so I don't necessarily want to replace it.

So who wants to come be my house fairy? Should only take you a few weeks... I pay in beer, food, and hugs.

Best of House of Bennetts: June Edition

Since most of my stats are all over the place with the blog migration, I wont be able to give y'all a top 5 most viewed posts for the month of June like I did for May. Instead, we're giving away 5 different superlative awards for the month of June.

 Most Headache Inducing: Blog Migration


I asked y'all to vote for our new blog design and the Charlie and Chester Theme by the AMAZING Amanda won out. I ended up having her do the blog migration for me because it was an absolute nightmare. She is going to do a guest post soon about what she did and what pitfalls you can avoid if ever you decide to do this nonsense. Also, contact her if you have questions about this stuff. She was incredible and a lifesaver (she must have fielded like 5 half hour-long phone calls with wordpress and godaddy).

From my end, the blog transition was cooky bird because the site was down for about 36 hours. Also, some of the pictures did not get re-sized properly and so as I link back and forth to older posts, I am going in and re-sizing them. (If you notice this issue, comment, be blunt, and tell me to fix it).

The Sweetest Post(s): My Oregon Bridal Shower and A Post About My Sister

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The month of June saw me have TWO bridal showers. The first was in Oregon and thrown by my very amazing soon-to-be mother-in-law, Momma Mary (that's a lot of hyphens). It was so cute and sweet and I just felt so happy to give that day to Momma Mary. She is incredibly well-loved.

I also posted about my funny sister, Maddie. She's hilarious and sweet.

Most Emotional: Washington & Oregon

After the school shootings last month in Washington and Oregon, I was heading to both places. It was a little much for me so I wrote a post about that jumble of feelings.

 I instantly get all anxious whenever I go home– there is just too much pain/sadness/anger/confusion there for me. As Ashley said when we were in Washington for my brother’s funeral, “There is no healing left here for you to do.” And yet, to have two school shootings in my two states within a week of each other, leaves me feeling all the more anxious/sad about going “home” for my bridal shower this weekend.

Most Crafty: Painted Cornhole Boards

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The wedding crafts are almost done and we are a LITTLE over a month until the wedding. Thus, house projects are slowing down in the name of sanity.  But never fear, the crazy making will soon re-appear (I just rhymed).

Most Listy: The Entire Month of June

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I don't know what got into me this month, but it turned out to be all about the lists baby.


Yeah, I said there would only be 5, but I lied. You caught me. My FAVORITE post from this month had to be this one. It was the first time I was tasked with documenting a special occasion and I am pretty proud of how they turned out. There are already things that I would change... make it brighter in their house or have it not be pouring down rain, but I love them because I love her and Adam so much.

Thanks for coming along again peeps. So, I gotta ask: When you reflect on your June, what do you see?