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.

white house

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.

9 Nightstands Under $300 from One King's Lane

As part of our master bedroom upgrades and desiring to turn this: From door looking right

Into this:


We are on the hunt for the perfect nightstands/bedside tables. I headed over to One King's Lane (an affiliate of ours) to see what they had by way of variety. Color me impressed and more confused than ever about what direction I want to go with this nightstand dillema. Here are 9 nightstands that I love even though I don't have nine bedrooms to put them in...

Harper Nightstand, White/Silver: $279

The Harper is beasty. If you've got a wide bedroom or are one of those couples that can get by with a queen size bed, these spacious bad boys might do the trick. I also love their modern feet.

Jenni Nightstand, Gray: $129

Small. Adorable. Mid-century modern. Gray. What's that? It's only $129?!? OK!

Hope 3-Drawer Nightstand, Light Blue: $249

I am a SUCKER for all things this color. My entire wedding is this color as is any part of my life I can force to be this color.

Oliver Nightstand, White: $169

Traditional looking with a touch of modern interest on the legs... I guarantee at the end of this we will go white with our nightstands because I am still color challenged like that.

Nanette 4 Drawer Nightstand, Gray: $289

I wish I was a little bit taller like this Nanette 4 drawer beauty. The wood top is a lovely touch.

Avery Nightstand, White: $215

I tend to hoard around my bed and thereby create piles of crap awesome things that I need to go to bed peacefully: Ipad, iPhone, Kindle, prayer journal, devotional book, lotion, braces rubberbands, water bottle... you know. The necessities. Have a door to hide my sins and named Avery after my fav. blonde babe = +2.

Eva Nightstand, White: $169

Said sins would not be hidden by Eva, but she's cute.

Molly Nightstand, Distressed Ash Gray: $189

This lovely little looker appears to have been some sort of chalk painted and distressed. What I love most are the spindles... odd, since everything else in my house has pretty clean lines.

Colby Nightstand: $185

Colby. Traditional. Natural looking wood. $185. You're just as good as any to end on.

Which are your favs? And please, let's call them by their first names. Colby, Avery, and Hope would really appreciate it. :)