House Updates...

We have been making little tweaks here and there to our house lately.  We have come out of the pregnancy and newborn haze!  I love dark wood but I was feeling like we too much of a good thing going on and I wanted to try my hand and painting a little bit of it to brighten up our main level...

This is a picture shortly after we moved in, you can see the hutch on the left and our dining table.  That dining table served us well for about all but one year of our marriage but it wasn't anything too fancy and we were starting to outgrow it since Lucy joined the scene :).

So I think about 2 years ago I took the top of the hutch to the basement in phase 1 and then phase 2 meant emptying this workhorse out.  It holds all of our works hard for us so I couldn't screw it up ;)

You may remember until we finished the basement, I had a yellow plastic house in my office
The state of the office mid prep!
 While we were at it, I decided since we were making a mess with the sprayer that I would also paint my office bookshelves white too (the same white as our wood work) hoping for a more built in, cohesive look.  Thank goodness my husband just takes a deep breath as half of the furniture was in the garage when he arrived home and goes with it.  When I get an idea I want it done yesterday...
And after a few coats and a few touch ups...we loaded them back into the house!

But that wasn't our only summer project...back to the table.  Since our other one was getting small, I printed off what I thought were easy plans and asked Scott to build me one for my 10 year anniversary gift.  So off we went one date night to buy all the wood (just a mere $100)...and then Scott spent lots and lots and lots of time making that table.  It was a labor of love especially with 3 kids and a full time job.  There were moments we thought it might not work out but Scott persevered!

And I am so glad he did - we painted the bottom white to match the woodwork and then stained and poly-ed the top dark to match our existing chairs.  We added 2 accent chairs on the end in a wipable pleather ;)!
Someone has happy to test it out :)
 Now it left us with a table that we couldn't sell for much since it was well loved.  In the back of my mind I had this idea I had seen a friend do for her son in a wheelchair, she cut a dining table in half and mounted it to the wall.  I thought it was genius.  So when we had a well loved table, I asked Scott to cut it in half.  I didn't need desk storage since I had plenty in the shelves...
I was excited the table height and width allowed for my wicker chair to be utilized in the office.  It's nice and comfy for all those blog post sessions!  

Scott was glad to have those big projects marked off and we are all loving the improvements.  I made a believer out of him even though sometimes I swear he thinks I am crazy!  

What can I say I am a nest builder and this birdie is always fluffing and changing!  Lucky for him most of the time its just furniture rearranging and that's free and I do it all on my own...
...and this little birdie is taking a cue from momma and shelf fluffing at a young age.  Apparently that photo was all wrong right side up ;)

Don't you worry I still have a few less labor intensive projects up my sleeve...and I even have the supplies, just waiting until the sting of that last project subsides before I ask..."Hey Honey :)"!