I don’t think I've officially announced this on the ol’ blog yet, but the bank accepted our offer on the house I told you about here (yay!). If everything goes as planned, we'll close at the end of April, and move in at the end of May. It's really happening!! That means we get the month of May to paint, replace the floors, and all those other fun projects that will make the house move-in ready. Which brings me back to my Craigslist hunt-a-thon. The house doesn’t have a refrigerator, dishwasher, or oven, so I've been searching the interwebs for hidden jewels. Ok, technically that’s not completely true. It does come with an oven. Just check out this lovely piece of work:
Out of fear of burning our house to the ground the next time we make a grilled cheese sandwich we’ll be replacing this monster with something new and sleek. We want stainless steel appliances, but we aren't super picky about them being brand new, as long as they are in good condition. I haven’t had any luck on Craigslist so far but I’m determined to not pay full price!
I've also been searching Craigslist for a cheap dresser for Chloe, since she’s outgrown her Ikea Rast dresser that we painted for her about two years ago. I'm tired of battling its drawers every time I want to put a pair of her jeans away. The dresser is just too tiny! Or maybe the girl has too many clothes? Anyways, I don’t care what the new dresser looks like, because I’m planning to paint it with an ombre effect, like these, to go with her aqua & coral color scheme.
|1 / 2 / 3|
This morning I realized we actually have an extra Ikea Malm dresser in the closet that’s currently used to store toys. We can just use that one, duh! My only worry was that we won’t be able to paint it because it’s black laminate.
Luckily, I turned to Google (as I always do in times of need), and found this blog post by Tiffany about how to paint a…wait for it…Ikea Malm Dresser!! Here's her awesome "after" photo:
How did people survive before Google, seriously??
In other house-related news, I’m getting closer to deciding on paint colors. I do not trust myself to come up with a color palette on my own, so I
The next step is to pick up some paint swatches to see how they look in real life, but so far I’m liking this palette. Our house won't have as much natural light as John & Sherry's, so I’ll have to keep that in mind.
We also decided we’re going to use Allure TrafficMaster vinyl flooring for the kitchen, dining room and entry way. It has great reviews, is reasonably priced, and I love that it comes in so many different colors. Our kitchen cabinets are dark brown (and we’re keeping them that way, per Tony’s request), so we’ll probably choose a rustic-looking floor that’s lighter but also has some dark shades mixed in, like Northern Hickory or Apple Blonde.
|1: Northern Hickory / 2: Apple Blonde|
And here's our kitchen again, so you can see the cabinet color.
I am so excited to see everything come together, but am also starting to get stressed about the move itself, with all the packing, heavy lifting, unpacking, etc. But I know it will all be worth it when my many, many Pinterest boards for the new house are finally brought to life!