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Blogging 101

The title may be a little misleading.  This is not a post of “How to Blog” or “The Secret to Blogging”, instead this is a post celebrating my 101st post.

I’ve been blogging for almost a year and I realize that some people reach the 101st post milestone way ahead of me but it has been so much fun.  Generally, I try to blog twice a week (three times right now because of the Nehemiah study).  I would love to go all “Young House Love” on you and blog consitently every day but honestly that’s just not gonna happen with me.  Between taking care of Noah, cooking and cleaning, reading and commenting on other blogs, and completing projects to actually blog about two posts is really pushing it for me.

To celebrate this milestone I thought I would look back at some of the posts and projects from the past year.

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Noah’s Nursery

Starting out as a guest bedroom/office, Noah’s room received a complete makeover.  We  kicked off the transformation by painting the walls and then adding a crib, chair, and changing table/dresser.  Want to know how we painted the dresser?  Check out this post.  And in case we didn’t have enough color I made a hot pink clothespin starburst mirror for above the changing table. We also scored a great deal on this fabric and used it as curtains, crib skirt, and for the office chair we repainted.  My sister painted the custom painting for above the crib and I got a little crafty and made the butterfly mobile.  After receiving so many books we brought a little order to the book shelves by arranging the books by color and adding colorful boxes for storage.  To add a little more personality to the room I added a Cabbage Patch Doll lamp I made back in college and colorful poms for above the book case.

Noah’s Birth Story

In this Thankful Thursday post I shared my experience of going into labor while still at work, a strange craving for chicken noodle soup, and why I finally broke down for an epidural.

Dining Room Table Makeover: Our Fifth Anniversary Gift

We gave new life to an old beat up Duncan Phyfe table we found at a yard sale for twenty bucks.  I made my own chalk paint and turned the top into a chalkboard!  Now our table really does change with the seasons.

Kitchen Renovation Moodboard

kitchen, art

Using this piece of artwork as a basis for our new kitchen design led us to this inspiration board.

My Sunshine Kitchen

Now we have begun the slow process of transforming our kitchen… starting with purchasing a new rug.

rug

Backyard: Planter Transformation


Working with what I had I gave my old plastic planters a facelift using a little spray paint.

Looking back I guess we really have accomplished a lot in the past 100 posts. Hopefully, the next 100 will be productive!  I have enjoyed sharing with y’all along the way and really appreciate all the encouraging comments.  Thanks for being such great readers!

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Planter Transformation

I had the wonderful opportunity to share this cool backyard project over at Applestone Drive earlier this week. I thought I would share it here as well just in case you missed it.

If you are like me, you might be starting to get out in the yard and do a little work. Not that I really do a whole lot because I wasn’t blessed with a green thumb and our flower budget isn’t all that big. But I still like to add a few pops of color where I can.

This is what our back yard deck has looked like in years past. It’s not that bad, but definitely room for a little improvement. This year, I decided to start things off in the color department by spray painting some of our existing planters.

Most of them are plastic and fairly plain. They serve their purpose fine but really aren’t all that attractive. I did a little research and found that some spray paints work on plastic.

After a trip to Lowe’s, I decided to go with Valspar’s spray paint which says on the can that it works on most plastics.

I chose orange and blue since I already had such pretty greens in my plants and patio cushions. Before painting, I lined all the pots up and sprayed them off with the water hose to get them good and clean. Then I used plastic shopping bags to protect the plants from the spray paint.

Next, I spread out garbage bags to protect my deck from turning orange and blue and applied the first light coat of paint. Spray paint works best if you apply in several thin and even coats.

So coat….

after coat… I sprayed until each planter was fully covered.

I just love the added touch of color the planters give the space now.

It makes me so happy to look out our living room windows and see this. Don’t be afraid of using bold colors. Nature is full of them, and they all work well together. I am leaning towards painting the rest of my planters now! For under $10, I was able to update the look of our planters in our backyard.

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