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Favorite Projects of 2012

This year has been such a journey for me, and for my little family. In February, after Sean had lost his job and we were a one income, we had to look for new ways to make the budget work. And after we did the math, well, we discovered we’d do better, budget-wise if we bought a house and moved, than if we kept our rental.

We started our search for a home, and candidly, we went through two realtors in February and March before we found the right one. And boy, Lisa was fast paced. Our search started in late April, when we bid on this little short sale:


We got our keys on June 20th, and took a week to do the floors and paint the inside of the house. We really lucked out on our gorgeous hardwoods, hiding under the grossest carpet ever:


One of my favorite transformations involved repainting the hall bathroom, and updating the medicine cabinet above the sink. I loved this project, and loved the impact it had on the room.
Another very favorite project was repainting an Ikea hutch. I’d had this for over twelve years, and I can’t believe the difference that a little paint makes!


By mid-July, I’d started dreaming of ways to update our kitchen. You can see some early moodboards, and my choices for curtains on this post.

And lastly, a little more progress in the kitchen, I finished the curtains and created a small desk for the corner by the window. I love that I have a little personal space in my kitchen now!


I’m really excited about the changes we’ve made and the direction that the house is taking. In 2013, we’re planning on making even more updates 🙂

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  • MyChampagneTaste
    December 28, 2012 at 12:39 am

    Love the colors…same as my home 🙂

  • Paula
    December 28, 2012 at 7:14 am

    Your home is lovely! Thank you for stopping by 🙂

  • Linda@Coastal Charm
    December 29, 2012 at 4:10 am

    Charming hutch…love the colors!


  • Paula
    December 29, 2012 at 5:40 am

    Thank you Linda 🙂 It makes me happy every time I see it!

  • Kelly @ View Along the Way
    December 29, 2012 at 6:35 pm

    That hutch makeover is to die for! I love the colors you chose and how you didn’t stick with all one color. So beautiful!!

  • Laurie
    December 30, 2012 at 7:04 am

    I LOVE how you painted and decorated the hutch! 🙂

    I’d like to invite you to join our weekly Sunday/Monday Meet & Greet Blog Hop. Come link up and join the fun if you have time this weekend!


  • Kimberly H. Smith
    March 29, 2013 at 11:45 am

    Really like the new medicine cabinet in the bathroom. I’m always amazed when people cover up hardwood floors with carpet. Good for you. Visiting from SITS.

  • Kendra Larios-Mendez
    March 29, 2013 at 12:24 pm

    I’m loving this post! And your bathroom looks amazing! I just recently bought my own home (as a matter of fact my post this week was a home tour) and can’t wait to start making changes to it! Can’t wait to see what else you do to make that precious little house yours. Congrats and Happy SITS day!!!

  • anotherjennifer
    March 29, 2013 at 1:29 pm

    It looks great! How lucky you were to find beautiful wood flooring under the yucky rug. I live in an old house (circa 1892) that we are constantly renovating. It’s fun, but tiring!

    Happy SITS Day.

  • misssrobin
    March 29, 2013 at 1:29 pm

    They all look awesome! I’m especially taken with the bathroom. I’ve been needing to update mine for a while now but haven’t been able to fit it in. This may be the nudge I needed. Thanks. And great work.

  • Sheila Skillingstead
    March 29, 2013 at 1:53 pm

    So exciting to see what you’ve done so far. It’s interesting that when more people are renting, you made home ownership work for you. Congrats. Enjoy your SITS Day.

  • Danielle D'Ambrosio
    March 29, 2013 at 2:39 pm

    What an exciting purchase for 2012 – we’re on one income in my house too with my husband out of work and it’s nice to see how you guys made it work! So inspiring 🙂 Happy SITS Day!

  • Adrienn TUJ
    March 29, 2013 at 3:10 pm

    I love the hutch! Not only is the color awesome, but you dressed it up so pretty with all the accessories. Thanks for sharing! Visiting from SITS, hope you have a great day full of bloggy love!

  • Rabia
    March 29, 2013 at 3:27 pm

    I love it when people discover lovely hardwood floors under the carpet. Sadly the carpet in our dining room is covereing ugly green 1970s tiles over concrete! 🙁

  • Jennifer
    March 29, 2013 at 5:27 pm

    I love your after photos! So cute! I’m looking to redo every room in my duplex this year. I’m looking forward to reading through your blog!

    Happy SITS Day!

  • hoppybottoms.com
    March 29, 2013 at 6:16 pm

    I love what you did with that hutch. the color is great. You are really working hard on that house. Happy SITS Day.

  • Lynne
    March 29, 2013 at 6:29 pm

    So beautiful! Those floors are great, and that hutch is gorgeous. Love the color.

  • Heather
    March 29, 2013 at 7:05 pm

    The hutch looks amazing and finding hardwood under that carpet?! You did a great job mama! Beautiful blog by the way!

  • Michelle Nahom
    March 29, 2013 at 7:54 pm

    Love what you have done!! Happy SITS day!

  • Melissa
    March 29, 2013 at 8:13 pm

    I love the colors! We are moving into a new home in June and will be doing some work on it in the next coming months, including new flooring, paint and updating the guest bathroom, so I love all of the ideas!

  • theadoredhome
    March 29, 2013 at 8:48 pm

    First, Happy SITS day to you! Second, I love your saying of “waltz with your faults.” How awesome is that!! And third, your blog is so cute and I love the painted hutch it really turned out well. Looking forward to more of your reno!

  • theadoredhome
    March 29, 2013 at 8:48 pm

    First, Happy SITS day to you! Second, I love your saying of “waltz with your faults.” How awesome is that!! And third, your blog is so cute and I love the painted hutch it really turned out well. Looking forward to more of your reno!

  • Jenny @ Creatively Blooming
    March 29, 2013 at 9:19 pm

    Found you on SITS, and I’m your newest follower. That hutch looks amazing painted! And I love the bathroom. What luck that there was hardwood under the carpet. Awesome!

    Hope you have a wonderful weekend!


  • Julie Jordan Scott
    March 30, 2013 at 4:23 pm

    This may sound strange, but I have hutch envy. I have been on the lookout for a thrift hutch thinking I needed vintage, but now I see how your Ikea hutch, painted – works GREAT! I am taking it on myself to kick this project up a notch in priority. I also love the bathroom mirror. Looks like you are putting a lot of spirit in your new place.

    Absolutely fantastic!

    Happy SITS day!

    (I also wonder how much you enjoy the Wednesday link up. I’m looking for some good ones with people like you and me. LOL)

  • homejobsbymom
    April 1, 2013 at 12:31 pm

    Love how the bathroom turned out. I’m doing all kinds of house projects this year. Hopefully I can document them. It’s been crazy busy moving

  • Julie
    April 2, 2013 at 2:49 am

    I love your hutch? Great choice if color.

    Happy belated SITS Day! 🙂

    Julie @ This Gal Cooks