So there was this time…at Lowes…where we impulsively bought a new stove (kind of like the time we impulsively bought a $400 stainless steel refrigerator…I sense a trend) which naturally led to us ripping down a wall. It was the stove’s fault. The wall would have never suffered it’s ill fate if it wasn’t for the stove. It will all make sense in a moment, but let’s just take a second to oooh and aaaah over our new, stainless steel, Frigidaire Gallery stove.
Ooooooooooh…..ahhhhhhhhhh! We’ve been passively in the market for a new stove in the kitchen for the last year or so. We weren’t in a hurry for a new stove since our old one worked perfectly fine. It was a white Amana stove which I’m pretty sure was relatively new. It came with the house when we bought it and was by far the nicest appliance.
But the stove was the last appliance to complete the stainless steel appliance trifecta…dishwasher, refrigerator, stove. We even replaced our washer and dryer last summer using some of our wedding money. And boy does it feel good to have the final piece of the appliance puzzle cozying up with the dishwasher in our kitchen!
We bought the stove the week before Thanksgiving and it definitely wasn’t a premeditated purchase. It went kind of like this. On a random Tuesday, I had gone to our favorite bar in town, Miguel’s to grab some lunch sans Colby. Fun-employment (aka self-employment) has its perks! I know, I know…shameless move…going to your husband’s favorite bar in the middle of the day while he’s away. In my defense…I was actually just dropping off his football pool picks since he plays every week in the Miguel’s pool and couldn’t go over to drop them off since he was at hunting camp. #thegoodwife While waiting for my lunch, I was going through a couple hundred emails on my phone (the down side of self-employment) and came across one from Lowes for a pre Black Friday appliance sale.
And since we were passively searching for a new stove, I clicked through and checked the prices. I knew we wanted to pick up one of the stainless steel stoves in the Frigidaire Gallery series. We have a Gallery dishwasher but a Whirlpool Gold refrigerator but prefer the Gallery series since it’s way less prone to showing fingerprints than the Gold. In the series, I had two options. I originally thought we wanted the cheaper stove which was on sale for $549, originally $849. But after cruising through the reviews for that stove, along with the reviews for the upgraded stove, opted to upgrade and spend the extra $100 for far superior reviews. Besides…I liked the larger window in the stove too. Sold!
With Colby at hunting camp, I did send him a series of frantic texts about whether or not we should pull the trigger. We were hoping to start a kitchen remodel this spring but didn’t want to make any drastic kitchen changes until we had acquired all of our appliances. And in the past year of passively searching, this pre Black Friday appliance sale was the cheapest we’ve EVER seen the stove. We agreed it was time and ironically the location of the bar I was in was just around the corner from Lowes. I took it as a sign as the right thing to do. In the span of an hour I had received an email, did appliance research, talked it over with the husband, made the purchase, and set up a delivery date. A few days later…
We were in stove business…new, gorgeous, stainless steel, stove business. Come to mama!
We were a little nervous that the new stove would just be a tad deeper than the old stove which meant that the dishwasher wouldn’t open. But thankfully we could shove it right in there and the dishwasher door just sneaks right by.
We’ve used our stove to make many meals since it’s arrival and we couldn’t be happier! So far, no problems. It cooks like a dream, bakes exceptionally evenly, cleans up in a flash, and even has an extra “warming” burner that we didn’t have with our old stove. Speaking of the old stove, we do plan to Craigslist the guy but probably not until after Christmas and New Year’s day. Until then, we have two stoves in our kitchen.
So what’s the deal with the wall coming down?! Glad you asked grass hoppah! Shortly after the stove’s arrival we started getting super excited about the prospect of a kitchen remodel. Which meant….planning time! Oh the possibilities! Ikea kitchen planners were downloaded, measurements were taken, and giddiness ensued. We plan on ripping pretty much everything out, going straight down to the studs, since we’re pretty sure we have a crazy electrical problem that we need to fix. Let’s just say, every time we open the microwave door, the outlet trips. Not good. Anyway, since everything is coming out, we started to punch into the sheet rock just a smidge, trying to determine which walls (entry wall, laundry room wall) are load bearing and which aren’t. Which is when we discovered this:
That’s the old wood sheathing underneath the sheet rock in our kitchen. Isn’t it pretty?! Our home is a solid 100+ years old but the kitchen was an addition from the 70s. When they added on the kitchen, the remodelers just threw sheet rock on top of this old, exterior wall which Colby and I decided we needed to expose…now. So we have a fun little upgrade for that wall planned, including adding more storage and boxing in the refrigerator. We can’t wait! We’re pretty desperate for some better storage in the kitchen. But more about the new accent wall and storage plans tomorrow. Nothing like a little cliff hanger for you on this Tuesday evening.
Pssst…Totally random Angie thought for you. Have you guys seen the Xmas Jammies video on You Tube yet?! Oh…emmm…geeeee! This family Christmas card video puts my sad little Christmas cards to shame! Can I get adopted into that family?! Now I NEED my own Xmas jammies!
Fuzzy wuzzy was a bear…errrr…rug. Fuzzy wuzzy had no hair…errrr…bugs?! That kind of works…emphasis on “kind of”. But seriously y’all we bought a new rug for our living room and it is soooo fuzzy, cozy and awesome!
And so you can fully appreciate the new rug in the above “after” shot, here’s the obligatory “before” shot of our living room with the too small, not the right color, kind of disgustingly dirty, and not so fuzzy at all rug.
The old rug was a 4′ x 6′ and was definitely WAY too small for the space. It’s hard to tell in the above picture since it cuts off the rug, but it’s much smaller than the couch, which is a definite rug size no-no. One school of rug thought is that all couch feet should be able to touch the rug…and stroke it, caress it, and whisper sweet nothings to it. Are we still talking about couches?! And then the view of the living room from the parlor side of things:
But let’s talk about the rug a little bit and how amaze-balls it is in a bad infomercial kind of way. We have been passively shopping for a new rug for our living room space for a long time, pretty much since we bought the new couch last summer. Rugs for us are big purchases and ones we like to take our sweet time picking out. And since the living room has historically been the land of misfit furniture, it took some time for the room to evolve but it finally has. The living room space is really starting to come together and feel cohesive instead of a mish-mash of cast off furniture and accessories. So after we pillowed up, curtained up, and blinded up…it was time to rug up.
When I asked Colby what he wanted for a new rug in the living room, his only request was that it be squishy and fuzzy, the kind you can just lie right down on and make snow angels. Since Colby’s not one to EVER have special requests when it comes to decor (seriously…I asked him about nightstand opinions this weekend…and he responded with “you have good taste…I trust you…now go”), so I had to oblige on this one and found a super soft and squishy rug.
Throughout operation rug research I fell in love HARD with the West Elm Souk rug. So obsessed that I actually debated paying $899 for the 8′ x 10′. But I couldn’t do it. That’s more than what we paid for our couch and I could see it now…at $899, the rug would become a look-but-don’t-touch item in the living room. Considering we pretty much live in the living room, specifically on the couch, that wouldn’t be the most ideal situation. So then I came across the Marrakesh Shag Rug from Rugs USA. It had a similar look and feel as the Souk rug, just without the hefty price tag. This guy clocked in at $640 for the 6′ x 9′, which is still higher than I normally like to pay for a rug.
After showing it to Colby and making sure he was on board the Marrakesh Shag Rug train, I started to play the waiting game. Rugs USA is one of those e-tailers that ALWAYS has a sale or a coupon available. So I signed up for their email blasts and waited out for the perfect sale. I didn’t have to wait long. A few days later, Rugs USA posted a Halloween sale…meaning all rugs on sale, plus an extra 60% off, PLUS free shipping. Total end price for our rug…a whopping $167. Sold! We ordered it, it arrived a few weeks ago, and we finally rolled out the new carpet and have been happily squishing our toes in it.
And because a DIY dork’s work is never done, now that the new rug is in the house, I’m finally figuring out the finishing situation for the yard sale coffee table find. I’ve never liked its current shade/finish, it’s a little too on the bad orange side for me, and have been debating chalk painting it or applying PolyShades to it. But now with the rug in the room, I’m thinking PolyShades will be the winner in a dark, classic black shade.
We already have the stain. It was leftover from that time we thought it would be a good idea to stain the vanity (in the yellow bathroom mind you), black. It didn’t last long before it got painted white…it was a bit on the bumblebee side of things. But I think the black stain will be a much better fit on the living room coffee table since it would tie into the deep gray tones in the rug along with the gray couch.
In the end, after we PolyShades (totally a verb) the coffee table, and we don’t like how it turned out, we can always chalk paint it in the same finish as the side table.
Pssst…Who’s coming over to squish their toes in the new rug?! C’mon…you know you want to! All the cool kids pee their pants…I mean…squish their toes in the rug!
Sometimes when a girl spends her weekend routing out 300 plus cuts into a mirror frame, she needs tackle a small project to make her actually feel like a productive member of society. Projects like hanging a pair of garden lanterns from a tree branch.
I picked up the lanterns from my favorite local antique store, the School House Antiques Mall. I think one of them was $12 and another one was $18 for a whopping grand total of $30. I saw them and instantly fell in love with them. I try to limit myself to bringing home only one or two items each time I go to the store and it came down to these lanterns or a bamboo chair. But since Colby has officially cut me off on chair purchases, it was best for our relationship to adopt this pair instead.
I thought they would be cute hanging over by the hammock and adirondack chairs, where we could add a couple citronella candles to the lanterns and stop donating blood to the mosquito hoard that occupies our yard.
It was a quick hanging. We simply tied some sisal rope (it was leftover rope from the pulley shelf project) around the lanterns and looped them around the lowest tree branch in the area. Then Colby just raised and lowered them while I watched from afar until they were staggered properly. Because everyone knows that improper staggering is a lantern hanging faux pas! I kid! I kid!
It’s kind of hard to see the green guy since he blends in with the trees so well. But he’s there.
Okay…now let’s talk about how difficult it is to find small, not already in a large ugly container, citronella candles. Seriously?! Where are all the basic ol’ citronella candles?! My intention was to light some bug repelling candles in each of the lanterns since they already had a glass container in them just for that purpose. I searched high and low for citronella votives and this is the best I could do:
But turns out, they don’t really work and are meant only for very specific Off lanterns. Whoops! #citronellafail Live and learn.
Pssst…Okay guys, where do I find citronella votives? Bueller? Bueller?
When I’m chugging aloooooooong….oh Kenny…Kenny, Kenny, Kenny…you had me at hello. Okay, I’m done reminiscing about old school Kenny Chesney songs and lyrics, let’s talk about stools! As many of you Instagram followers of ours may know, the Colb-ster and I took a nice little 8 hour jaunt over to Vermont for an extended weekend to partake in the Lake Champlain fishing derby (Colby’s activity…I spent my days reading and sipping frothy adult beverages). We also spent some time visiting Colby’s Vermont family. During our trip, I randomly coerced Colby to stop into a Home Goods we were passing on the way from Burlington to Brandon. I can’t help it…I see Home Goods and I have to stop. It’s just my nature. But I am soooooo glad that we stopped because we found this guy:
Remember when I was debating stool options for the Etsy office?! It was about a week ago. Let me refresh your memory…these were the options:
After you all weighed in on your favorites, Diesel (the guy on the left) was the front runner by a long shot. He was my favorite too. And I almost ordered a pair of them before we headed out to Vermont but ran out of time. It was one of those must escape immediately kind of mass exodus from Maine situations. So I opted to wait until we returned from our trip to order them. But when I saw that tractor seat stool, I feel in love….HARD! Seriously! I saw that baby, started grinning ear to ear, Colby looks at me and says, “uh-oh…what are we bringing home and do we have room in the truck.” He knows me well. How could I resist that tractor seat?! And it’s all metal, well constructed, and heavy!
I tried to find a second stool. In fact I made Colby sit in the stool to guard it while I trolled the store with no luck. But I decided one tractor seat stool trumps two industrial stools and came home with it regardless.
To make my tractor seat stool find even sweeter…I posted a pic of it on Instagram (of course) with a Home Goods hash tag (as you should). And low and behold…Home Goods…THE Home Goods…liked my photo:
For real?! Or am I on some blogger punked show? In my head I was all “Home Goods loves me…me and Home Goods are like BFFs” but in reality it was more like “some poor intern spends their entire day trolling Home Goods hash tags and liking the photos”. Oh well. I’m still living in my blogger royalty status dream. #dreamon
The only thing I don’t like about the tractor seat stool is the color. And because a picture is worth a thousand words:
Hello Christmas! Red stool + green bookcase = me no likey! But that can be remedied…with my itchy spray painting finger. The red stool isn’t even a good fit with the office curtain fabric, which I picked up during a super sale at Jo-Ann’s a few weeks back. It’s all just a bit juvenile, primary color looking.
As for the new color for the stool, I went back to my original color combination for the room. Just because the space is no longer going to be a guest bedroom doesn’t mean that we can’t still use the same color palette, inspired by a set of Privet House for Target napkins.
I’m thinking a pinky coral would be perfect for the stool. As of right now, here’s what I’m thinking:
But you know I’ll change my mind about 14 gazillion times before painting it…I’m already thinking of going with a brighter coral-ie color. All of the paint colors are by Benjamin Moore, which is my paint brand favorite du jour. That’s not changing 14 gazillion times. Me and Mr. Moore are tight, like PB&J tight. But before making the final color decision, I kind of want to let the room evolve just a little bit more. I want to make sure I make the right color choice and don’t decide to repaint the stool…again…a few weeks later because I made the wrong color decision. I have a feeling painting this stool, and painting it properly, is going to be a process. So I want to at least hang the curtains and bring in a few more accessories first and then I’ll make the ultimate coral paint decision (or go completely into left field again like I did with the stool choice). But you know I’ll keep you posted along the way and share all the dirty details.
Pssst…Okay, your turn. What are your latest Home Goods scores lately? Or impulse decorating/design purchases? Any other tractor seat stools for the win?!
I can’t explain, I really can’t, but I’m attracted to odd, bizarre and generally out there items. Case in point…my latest flea market/antique store find…an old wooden pet carrier.
What is wrong with me?! Seriously! I think I need an intervention. I truly need a wooden pet carrier like I need a kick in the pants with a frozen boot. Nobody really needs that, it’s completely unnecessary. But during a not so recent trip up to the County (it was one of those super quick trips to see my mom for a few hours while I tagged along on a work related trip with Colby), I came across the pet carrier at an antique store yard sale…which was in an Irving gas station parking lot. I kid you not, here is the photographic evidence. Although I should have taken it at an angle so you could see the Irving behind it, or the KFC beside it.
But the best part of the story is yet to come. I picked up my pet carrier and held it tight for fear someone else would snatch it up (who was I kidding…I’m pretty sure I was the only person in The County that day who would want that), and shamelessly borrowed $10 from my mom to buy it since I didn’t have any cash on me, and headed to the cash register to check out. Then (here comes the best part), a toothless old man squatting on a 5 gallon pail turned upside down, asked me, “you gonna catch some varmen’ in that thing”. You just can’t make that stuff up! After fighting off the snort laugh, since you don’t get any more “County” than that, I replied, “no, I’m thinking of using it as a planter to plant flowers in”. That’s when all the ladies surrounding the old man started cooing “ooooh, what a cute idea”. But alas, I have yet to plant flowers in it. Maybe this weekend if it stops raining for two seconds, since I kind of want to spray paint it first. My spray painting, trigger finger is getting itchy!
But here’s where I need your help. I’m not 100% convinced that I want to plant flowers in the pet carrier. I’ve been trying to come up with alternative uses for an old pet carrier but I’m coming up blank. Pinterest is also of no use. Apparently “pet carrier crafts” are in low demand on Pinterest these days. Who knew?! But you heard it here first, I’m starting the pet carrier craft trend. Think it will catch on?! Me neither. But crazily enough, since bringing home the pet carrier, I’ve seen similar versions of it at yard sales, antique stores and flea markets ever since. Maybe I am onto something?! Most likely not.
Pssst…So do tell, what would you do with the pet carrier? And I’m totally channeling the old “What Would You Do” show on Nickelodeon right now…sing it with me…wha wha what would you, wha wha what would you, wha wha what would you do!