31 Weeks

I realized today that I haven’t blogged about this pregnancy (or anything else for that matter) except for to let you know she exists. Poor kid is already getting that “I’m the 3rd kid” treatment and she hasn’t even made her arrival yet!

I’m 31 weeks pregnant today so of course I should take a self portrait in the guest bathroom mirror, right? This makes for a whopping 3 photos of my belly this go ’round.


It’s getting BIG and it’s definitely impeding daily activities such as leaning forward and tying ones shoes. Guess I should’ve taught the girls how to do that so they could tie them for me? Whoops! I’m more of a buy shoes I don’t have to assist them with (such as velcro and slip ons) kind of Mom anyways. I don’t see that changing any time soon!

The baby moves like crazy, especially at night. I’m guessing that’s just a sign of fun things to come our way. Clearly the time to party is when Mom & Dad are trying to sleep. She’s super strong and I don’t remember either of the girls moving like she does. She’s taken my breath away quite a few times with some of her jabs and kicks. Last night she shook my entire body which shook our entire bed. It wasn’t the first time she’d done that but it was the first time Andy could feel it from his side of the bed. She’s something else!

I’ve also entered the super fun phase where I am starving but I can only eat half of what I would normally eat. Guess that will be good for minimizing third trimester weight gain! Heartburn has returned as well, although I think that may be due to the Diet Dr. Pepper I’ve been drinking lately. I’m pretty sure that’s the culprit, which makes me sad because it was my guilty pleasure. Even my one per day seems to be too much. I can deal, it’s only 9 more weeks. Only 9 more weeks (yikes!).

And speaking of 9 more weeks, I guess I should start actually preparing for this baby to arrive. It’s so funny how things change from kid to kid. With Maddie I had her nursery painted and set up and everything washed and ready to go months (maybe 3 or 4?) in advance. The carseat was purchased at least 4 months ahead and was installed 4-5 weeks¬†prior to her delivery. I remember feeling so prepared for her to come any day. Of course she arrived on her due date and not a minute earlier. And no amount of washing or organizing prepared us for being first time parents.

With Ellorie we didn’t need a new carseat since we still had Maddie’s and the house was under major construction so there was really no actual room to prepare for her. We at least set up the pack n play in our bedroom and washed her clothes, put the carseat in, etc. well in advance of her arrival. We had a plan for who would care for Maddie while we were in the hospital and it all went pretty smoothly. A huge difference from our first experience.

This poor baby has gotten none of that. I’ve bought a few things for her room (lampshade, changing pad cover) and I finally ordered a new carseat this weekend. That’s about it, though. I doubt we’ll install the carseat until the very last minute as we’ll be enjoying the extra room in the car. She doesn’t have a crib since Ellorie has refused to give that up, which I’m fine with. She sleeps really well and a confined 2 year old is far easier to deal with at bedtime than one who has free reign of the house. The baby can sleep in a pack n play for a while and if Ellorie still doesn’t want to give up the crib we can buy another one. Who knows, maybe I’ll break down and buy a new one before she comes or maybe the crib fairy will bring us one? She exists right?

I’ve been way more focused on all of the non-baby things that need to be accomplished prior to this baby’s arrival. Maybe because I know I’ll be able to do nothing aside from feed her and entertain my two older girls once she’s here? Mama needs to not be a crazy person so that’s probably a good plan. So we are doing our best to knock out as much of our to-do list as possible before she comes.

I redecorated the living room, dining room and our bedroom. I basically rearranged all of our furniture because that’s what you’re supposed to do while pregnant, right? And I didn’t bother to take pictures or to tell you. I’ll get on that soon, though, I promise!

We still haven’t tiled the backsplash in the kitchen, built our open shelves or put up our light but we are a little closer to accomplishing that goal. I found this tile at Home Depot in Richmond while shopping with Mrs. 5C and it was love at first site. AND it was a $1 cheaper per square foot than Lowes. Woot woot!


We had planned to drive over to Waynesboro to pick some up this afternoon but they didn’t have enough in stock so we’re just going to order online. I plan to order extra in the event that some arrive broken and we’ll just return what we don’t use. I still can’t believe it was so cheap. I can’t wait for it to arrive and to get it up on the wall! My Ballard light is still in the box in our closet (going on two years now) and I can’t wait to put that up as well. And by “I can’t wait to put that up” I mean I can’t wait for Andy to put that up because clearly I am not climbing a ladder and installing a light fixture and tile at 31 weeks pregnant ūüėČ I learned my lesson after rearranging all of our furniture and having to sit down for two days with all sorts of ligament pain and contractions. I will behave. I will behave.

We have also begun the process of building our garage with the removal of the two huge trees to the left of our house. Luckily, it was completed prior to this huge snow storm and we didn’t have to worry around the large dead branches dropping on our house under the weight of the heavy wet snow. Next up the gas tank needs to be moved as well as some utility lines and then they can pour the foundation. All in the plan for the next few weeks hopefully.

We’ve got lots more to do and lots more on our list so hopefully we can knock out at least the most important things in the 9 weeks before she arrives and turns our world upside down. Wishful thinking, maybe. Crossing my fingers!

Yard Progress & Crown

A big surprise to me, this happened yesterday…. I’m SO excited!

Pardon the trim across the walk way. Can you guess what’s happening in our house today??

Andy used an edging tool that he bought from Lowes to better define our mulch beds. Then he filled them up with fresh mulch.

Here is the before picture from a few months ago. We hadn’t mulched since we had planned to dig up the old plants and the grass had become overgrown through the liriope. Our mulch was half mud and half grass/weeds. Lovely huh?

I’m psyched because this means even less money that we’ll have to pay to a landscaper, woohoo! We still need plants and bushes but this is a huge¬†improvement (eeeee!). A BIG thanks to the Hubs and his parents for all of their hard work yesterday. You guys rock!

And this is what I came home to today… eeee!

I can’t say that I had anything to do with this project other than successfully keeping the kids away from the power tools for the better part of the day. Although, the second we got home Ellorie was half way up the ladder (big surprise!). A HUGE thanks to the Hubs and his Mom for all of their hard work this morning. We are moving much closer to having this area finally finished! Life is good ūüôā

Happy Friday!

In the works this weekend

We have been crazy people lately! School started, we went to the beach (yay!), we have had tons of things going on…. and absolutely none of them have involved doing any kind of work in our house. Now to be fair, we’ve at least cleaned it, done laundry, trash, etc. You know, all of those required things. But our to-do list has just been sitting there collecting dust.

That all changes this week! The hubs has agreed to put up crown moulding in the dining room and kitchen area on Friday while I keep the kids out of the house and away from the power tools. I can’t wait for this because as you can see, we were lazy smart and only painted the part of the wall that we knew wouldn’t have crown covering it. And it’s been sitting like this for.a.month. Not my favorite but it’s being fixed Friday. Can’t wait!

And we have big plans for the kitchen as well. The hubs is going to continue the crown over the cabinets through the kitchen. And my most favorite part, we’re going to finally have a finished wall instead of this ugly mess that we’ve been living with for almost 2 years. Ok, so it was actually a big open hole for over a year and it’s been looking like this for about 6 months (pardon the dishes in the sink… remember, we’ve been lazy!).

Our plan is to take off the huge laminate backsplash and replace it with shiny white subway tile. Like this:

I think it will really brighten up our kitchen after losing the window that used to be over our sink prior to the addition. We will also put a mirror over the breakfast table to reflect a little more light into the space.

Two shelves like these over at Young House Love are next on the list to go over the kitchen sink. Ours will be a bit smaller but you get the idea.

And we can’t forget our awesome light from Ballard. The one we bought last year that’s been sitting in it’s box in the closet since? Yea, that one. It’s going above the sink as well.

I can’t wait for all of this to be done! I’m so excited to be a bit closer to finally having a finished kitchen.

In addition to keeping the little ones away from power tools, I will be on the phone calling landscapers this week as we’ve finally¬†decided to just go ahead and let someone else take on that work. We had originally planned to do it all ourselves and I had this big plan to research everything that I wanted but we keep putting it off and putting it off and we really just need to get it over with. Here’s hoping we can find a good landscaper who doesn’t cost a fortune!

Have you got big plans for the weekend? Hope you have a good one!


Hello Camo!

Things are a changing ’round here! Two hours at a time at least ūüėČ

Goodbye “Dofflemyer Green” (guess it should be Meyers Green now?) and Hello Benjamin Moore Camouflage! It has really brightened up our space and will make it so much easier to decorate with color. Andy plans to put up crown molding as well. Can’t wait for it to be done!

Nearly Finished Night Stand

I finally moved my night stand off of the kitchen island into it’s proper home yesterday. It has been sitting either on the kitchen island or in our office on my sewing table half finished for a few weeks. It was about time!

I painted it Annie Sloan Old White, two coats, and washed it with French Linen. I waxed it with clear wax and let it sit for 24 hours before moving it into our bedroom. I love how it turned out! I had planned to distress it but I’m not sure now that I will.

I think it goes well with our space and our bedding without being matchy matchy.

Although I’m going to have to rethink how I had my previous night stand styled. My mirror is way too big now! I’m thinking I’ll hang it on the wall partially below the nightstand to reduce some of it’s height. We’ll see what happens. As helpful as they are, I need more than just my two toddlers here with me to try out mirror heights ūüėČ

I’m hoping to wash my dresser in Duck Egg at some point today but it might not happen this afternoon since I have a sewing lesson (yay!) during nap time. I can’t wait! Surely my house needs some window treatments and pillows and table runners and…..

Happy Tuesday!


Dresser Sneak Peek

We needed a dresser for our master bedroom since I sold our other one and I really wanted something I could paint and make my own. This dresser had been sitting in my parents’ basement for ¬†years because my 20-year-old self didn’t like it… I know, what was WRONG with me? It’s gorgeous! And free (woohoo!)… so here we are!

I sprayed Zinsser Bullseye Shellac all over it and inside since I wasn’t sure if it had ever been cleaned with Pledge or an old orange cleaner. Both can really ruin any kind of paint and the Shellac is an awesome trick that the girls at Studio Eleven taught me in class if you are in doubt. ¬†It goes on really easily but make sure you open some windows, it stinks!

I let it dry and put it all back together because I forgot to take pictures of it in one piece. Gorgeous, huh? I love it!

My favorite part, the sassy little feet!

This detail is why my 20-year-old self didn’t like the dresser and why it sat unloved in the basement for so long. I had every intention of covering it up with wood filler before I took the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Class. It really is the perfect kind of detail to paint with chalk paint and I can’t wait to see how it turns out, especially after washing and waxing.

I actually really like the original hardware and I’m going to paint right over it per Annie’s Way.

I tried out two options before slapping paint on the dresser. Option 1 (left) is two coats of Duck Egg washed with French Linen and waxed with a little Old White mixed in. Option 2 (right) is two coats of French Linen washed with Duck Egg and waxed with a little Old White mixed in.

I love both and had a really hard time choosing. The Hubs and I discussed it and ended up going with Option 2 since we felt like Option 1 would have been better on a smaller piece of furniture. It’s beautiful but it would just be too much blue and would compete with our bed which we wanted to be the focal point of our bedroom. Plus, if we ever wanted to change our bedding there is a far greater chance of a gray dresser coordinating than a blue one.

I slapped on one coat of French Linen this afternoon while the girls slept. Here are the drawers…

It definitely needs a second coat but I’m loving it so far!

The details look so much better with Chalk Paint. Then again, doesn’t everything?

I’m hoping to have time for a second coat during nap tomorrow since I need daylight to paint well. So fun!

Did you paint anything this weekend?

Chalk Paint Chairs

I have been painting away this week! I just love how easy Annie Sloan Chalk Paint is to work with. I am nothing close to a professional but all of the pieces still look great because the product is just that awesome.

My Mom bought these two chairs at an estate sale a few weeks ago. This week they got two coats of French Linen and one coat of wash with Old White. The one on the right is just French Linen, the one on the left has been washed with Old White. I washed them both in Old White but thought I would take a picture of the difference before I finished. Love my little ballerina “helping” me take pictures on the right.

A little closer… It’s not a huge difference in the picture but it really is in person. The white wash really tones down the gray and I think it makes the chair look old. I love how it turned out. And would you believe that I used the sludge from soaking my paint brushes to wash it with??? Great tip from the Studio Eleven girls!

A close view from the top, you can see more of a difference in this picture. I bought fabric today to make cushions for the seats but I don’t love it now that I’ve got it home against the chairs. I need something in the gray family with a very faint stripe similar to ticking but with far fewer stripes and more of an old look.

This beauty is up next, my new night stand! This is the before. Since taking this picture I painted Duck Egg Blue on the detail and in a few spots on the drawers and then covered the entire piece with two coats of Old White. I’m thinking I’ll try a wash of French Linen and see how it turns out. I am really loving this look! I didn’t spray Shellac inside the piece and I really should have as it was clearly stained but never sealed in there and it turned pink through my Old White paint. Not exactly what I was going for but easily fixable with some more Shellac and paint.

And check out the headboard I scored on Craigslist yesterday morning! A guy in my neighborhood was listing this and I couldn’t pass it up. Solid wood from Pottery Barn for $50, yes please! You’ll have to ignore the fact that our guest room has never been touched and I’m still using a chair as a night stand since I stole them one from this room when I sold all of our bedroom furniture… It will get worked on one day!

Awesomeness! Eeeee!


Chalk Paint Progress

I’m sure it won’t surprise you that I’ve been painting pretty much every chance I’ve had this week.

Last week I started out with the coffee table in our basement as my “practice” piece. It turned out fine but it really wasn’t the best choice to paint with any kind of paint. It has big open slots in the bottom where the side slats meet and I really should have caulked them. Honestly, I didn’t love this table as it was so I didn’t exactly care how it turned out. I just wanted to practice and I figured it couldn’t look any worse with a coat of paint on it. Annie Sloan Chalk Paint definitely makes everything look better, right? I’m planning to distress it a little more once I buy the right sand paper. The kind I have at home is way to rough and just sands straight down to the wood. I painted one coat of French Linen and then two coats of Old White and planned to distress to reveal bits of French Linen. (Pardon the poor lighting in the basement. And the books on top, just keepin’ it real!)

I am absolutely in LOVE with this chair. I moved it into our bedroom and I just can’t stand how happy it makes me. Eeeee!

The detail on top turned out really well. I may end up distressing the seat and legs a little more. Love! (Can you tell I started trying out new paint colors in the kitchen…)

I bought this little bench at an estate sale on Monday with my Mom for $10 (or it could have been $8, I don’t remember). It had an ugly purple velvet cushion on top but it was easily removable.

Here’s how it looks with one quick coat of Duck Egg Blue. LOVE! Also going in our bedroom…

I’m going to recover the cushion with one of these fabrics. I’m still having trouble deciding. I may go with the burlap and put a stencil on the top in gray or black. Maybe something document looking?

Here it is after one coat of clear wax. Let me tell you, it was WAY easier to wax than my chair if you can only imagine… Note the mirror that it’s sitting on, painted in Old White. I stink and forgot to take a before picture. Just imagine really dark wood, just like the little bench.

I love the detail in the top but I need to get a smaller brush to get in the spaces up there. As you can see I missed quite a few!

The mirror needs a coat of wax after some touch up in the top detail portion and then she’s going up in our bathroom over the bath tub. Can’t wait!

Hope you’re having a fun week so far!

My Newest Obsession – Annie Sloan Chalk Paint!

I realize I’ve been MIA for a few weeks. You can blame it on Studio Eleven and their Annie Sloan Chalk Paint class at The Covesville Store. I took their class, Annie’s Way (SO FUN, thanks Elisa and Sarah!!), and I’m pretty sure I’ve had Chalk Paint on at least one body part and/or in my hair ever since. No worries, I got plenty on my furniture as well!

I’ve been collecting pieces to fix up and paint at yard sales and off of Craigslist. Basically, anything beautiful and cheap that was available in this town is now living in our basement. Andy told me on Friday that I really had to stop, ha!

I bought this chair off of a lady on Craigslist, gorgeous isn’t it? I’m planning on painting it and trying my hand at reupholstery.

This one I bought at a yard sale and it’s next on the list to get an update. It has beautiful detail in the top and it’s a great first try at reupholstery project. It’s super simple. I’m thinking Old White and maybe a burlap seat or something similar? I have a few beautiful pieces of fabric in mind.

This one came from the same yard sale. The lady said it was a sewing chair and there is a little storage area under the seat. It should be pretty simple to recover as well.

I love this table, it came from that same yard sale. I wish red went with my house because I love the way it’s already painted. Gorgeous!

My Mom picked up these chairs at an auction for me on Friday. She rocks! Aren’t they cute? I’m going to make little cushions for them and of course, paint them with Chalk Paint!

I bought this dresser off of Craigslist and was hoping to use it as a night stand. It ended up being a little taller than I expected but I still really like it. I’m thinking a fun bright color with a good bit of distressing?

This dresser also came off of Craigslist and I’m not sure if I’m going to paint it or not. It ended up not being solid wood but for only $7 (yes, $7!) I couldn’t pass it up. It has gorgeous lines and I think it will make a great piece to practice on. I just wonder about distressing it. I’ll have to be really careful not to go too far down.

My Mom had this chair sitting in her office the other day when I went over the pick up the other two she got at the auction. It is the PERFECT chair to paint in old while with that detail on the top. Head on over to my Facebook page to check it out painted!

As you can see from the above picture, I have been painting all of this in my kitchen. I can’t tell you how happy that makes me. The paint is very low VOC and has absolutely no smell. We even had a dance party the other morning while painting the coffee table from the basement. I’ll post a picture of that when I can remember to take a picture. Obviously it takes a little longer to paint a piece when you have kids running circles around you but it’s still awesome to have the option.

I’ve pretty much been painting anything I can get my hands on: chairs, coffee tables, frames, clocks…. It’s SO fun!

Ellorie’s Room

When Ellorie was born we were in the middle of adding onto our house. Our life was a total mess. She and I slept in the basement for a few months and she didn’t even get an actual room until our new one was finished and she could have our old one. It remained unpainted with a giant drywall patch for wall decor for months. We then fixed it up for Maddie and plopped her into Maddie’s old, already decorated room. Basically, she’s the second child and she got the hand-me-down bubblegum pink room. Good thing she was a girl! It was the best I could do at the time and it worked out just fine for 18 months. Lately, though, I’ve been itching to get rid of the pink and redecorate the room just for her.

I spent pretty much my entire day yesterday painting Ellorie’s room. Goodbye bubblegum pink and hello butter!

The paint is Benjamin Moore “Butter” and I’m loving it SO much more than the bubblegum pink. I ran out of paint last night about 3/4 of the way through rolling my second coat. I had hoped to get more this morning so I could finish rolling during nap time but that didn’t quite work out as planned.

I moved her yellow and tan glider down to the basement and one of the white¬†Ikea¬†Ektorp chairs out of our room into it’s place. You can kind of see in the background of the above picture. I think it will work really nicely for her age since we really don’t need the glider up there anymore. It’s super comfy and will give her more room to play without an ottoman. Plus, it’s cushy and white and I think it works really well with the yellow paint.

I have a pink crib sheet (that I got for free when I bought Maddie’s toddler bed off of Craigslist) from the Pottery Barn Kids Eliza collection:

I would love to find more of this bedding but I haven’t had much luck, especially in toddler/crib size. I will need a pillowcase and I’d like a toddler size quilt but the pillowcase is more important for now.

I have this PBK Light Pink Gingham Drape Shade (although ours seems lighter pink than this picture). I plan to buy a plain white roller shade from Lowe’s to put underneath to darken her room:

I bought this butterfly mobile off of Craigslist a few months ago and she’s already in love with it (so am I!):¬†

I have lots of white frames and accessories that I can use to decorate her walls. I plan to paint some pink and leave some white and bring in some silver as well. I also plan to include other pink accessories, maybe some books with pretty binding, sculptures, etc. I also have her name in the lower case PBK letters. That might be cute on a pink shelf?

Her carpet is an ugly brown and it’s not in the budget to be replaced or updated anytime soon so I’d like to brighten it up a little. I’m debating on buying this rug but at $200+ I would love to find a very similar but cheaper alternative:¬†

Her room needs more light and I was thinking of either doing a tall floor lamp behind the white chair or hanging white globe lights above it but only if I can hide the cords somehow. She’s a little mischievous and accident prone so I’m not trying to give her any fresh ideas.

I’m planning to make this butterfly out of buttons (I’m thinking sequins might work better than buttons just because they are flatter?):¬†

I’m planning on having Andy make shelves like these at Mrs. 5C’s House:¬†

I love the idea of the books facing forward so you can see them all and they double as wall decor! I think I might put some other decor items up on the top shelves but we’ll see what I come up with.

I can’t wait to have the painting done so I can at least move her back into her room. I’m sure she’d like that as well, although she’s been doing really well sleeping in the basement. Maybe she’s remembering the good ol’ days of her infanthood, ha!

Hope you’re having a good and productive week too!