Friday, April 12, 2013

movin' on up

I've spent more time on Craigslist this week then a Real Housewife spends in her plastic surgeon's office.

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.

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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:

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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 pretty much completely copied most of the colors John & Sherry used in their new home.  Here are some of the colors I'm considering:


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!

Happy Friday!!



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14 comments:

  1. so excited for you guys! moving is stressful but it's also exciting! I'm excited to see all the before and afters! hope you find some nice appliances!!

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    1. Thanks!! Me too, I love Craigslist. :)

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  2. GIRL!!!! CONGRATS CONGRATS CONGRATS ON THE HOUSE! You sneaky girl keeping it on the DL...

    I cant wait to watch you as you enter this next chapter in your life ... and to see the pictures of all your decorating ideas!

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    1. Aww, thanks Candice!! You're too sweet. :) Well I'm glad your excited to see decorating posts because that's probably the only thing that will be going on in my life for a looong time! xo

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  3. ah ive been waiting for a post like this!!! congratulations x100 pretty lady!
    i can not WAIT to see it all come together! itll be stressful but fun! you can do it!
    also, dying over the ombre dressers.

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    1. Thanks, Sarah!! I may need some of your expert advice for laying down the flooring. :) I know, I'm obsessed with ombre!! And if we get sick of it, it will be so easy to cover up.

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  4. LOVE the ombre dresser! I can't wait to see how your ideas turn out! And I also love that you started off the post with a nod to the Real Housewives. HAHA! Love it.

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    1. I thought you might like some RH humor. :)

      I can't wait to do the ombre dresser!! It seems super easy, the hardest part is having enough patience to let it dry!

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  5. fun, i love all your ideas so far and love the flooring look! :)

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    1. Thanks! Tony likes dark floors and I like light, so we're compromising. :)

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  6. that oven/microwave combo = i dont even know what to say. ha!
    Loving the vinyl choice...seriously very nice!
    I also replicate a lot of what John & Sherry do (my couch, some of my wall colors...) haha.
    Congratulations!! So excited for y'all!

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    1. Thanks!! I love their couch too, I'm thinking about copying it. :

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  7. Im sure by this time you have found your appliances, but if not, Habitat for Humanity has these stores around the country called ReStore: where they sell appliances, doors, windows, cabinets, drywall, tile, lighting, etc.

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    1. Thanks! I did try ReStore actually but no luck. :)

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