A Look Behind The Lens – It Ain’t Always Pretty

At the Haven Conference this year, I started talking with some other bloggers about how we all stage photos to get that perfect picture…AND… what you don’t see.  Let me just say, it was COMFORTING to me to know that that I am not the only one that has a bunch of junk on either side of my photo frame.

So today, I thought I’d show you the absolute worst part of my house. Unfortunately it’s the part that ANYONE can see – the outside!

Ok, deep breaths… this is hard for me, lol.

First let me say this (excuses, I know), I am horribly allergic to pretty much every kind of weed, grass, fur and dust.  I spent 2 days a few years ago mulching and pulling weeds and ended up having the worst allergy attack ever and it turned in to pneumonia.  I swear my lungs haven’t been right since!

Anyway, my aversion to working in the landscape has turned in to this.

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Ok… that one’s not TERRIBLE.  But how about this?  There’s supposed to be landscaping under that!

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And this!

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There are bushes I planted this spring under there, y’all!  It’s like a Where’s Waldo to try and find them!

So after being fed up with it long enough (and of course, trying to get our house ready to sell), I called in reinforcements…and hired it out!  They had to not only pull weeds, but also till it all up! But look at it now, and this is BEFORE putting weed fabric and mulch down.

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I was so excited to see the weeds gone, I went and bought all kinds of mums!  I guess I need to take the tags off of my boxwoods as well.  You couldn’t see them before!

The hubs went and got a couple of truck loads of mulch and I bought the weed fabric to keep those buggers away.  Then we had the people put all of that down and now the landscape looks like this!

 

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SO MUCH BETTER!  The landscape was bare on the right side of the house, so I picked up a limelight hydrangea bush at the nursery. It was 50% off, but it looks pretty established.  I hope it lives!  I’ll let the new owners plant what they want in the rest of the space (if I ever get the inside “market ready”).

Here’s a before and after from the same spot.

Before and after landscape

Do you have areas that you hide from people?  Are you like me and have it in plain sight? haha

 

 

 

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Light It Up! – Spray Painting Indoor Lights (With A Spray Shelter)

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Spray Paint Indoor Lights with HomeRight Spray Shelter

I’m back with more details on our upstairs renovation!  After removing the doors, trim and carpet, trimming out the attic access and painting the walls and ceilings, it was time to put new lights up in the hall.  It’s a long hall and the lights upstairs were dim and SOO ugly. Here’s a picture of the light before I painted the walls and ceilings. [Read more…]

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Flip House #1 – All The Details

We sold flip house #1 in February 2016, so I wanted to consolidate all of the information and give a few more details about the process.

Our first flip house - all the details

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DIY – Build Your Own Entry Table

Build your own entry table for less than $40

Y’all, I’m so excited to share this build with you!

Last month, at the Haven Conference, I met Adam from Lazy Guy DIY.  If you haven’t checked him and his amazing builds out yet, you need to!  I sent him a message last week about a build I have been wanting to do for a while, but I am HORRIBLE with drawing up plans. [Read more…]

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Old Coffee Table to Amazing Entry Bench

Upholstered bench from old coffee table - amazing tutorial

Have you ever seen a piece of furniture that you thought was so ugly and so damaged that it was a lost cause?  That’s how I felt about this huge 1970’s coffee table.  It was full of spider webs, had water damage and was flat out ugly.  It sat in our garage for a couple of months before any kind of inspiration hit me. Then one day, I had it!  With a little paint, some new legs and a new top… this might make a good entry bench!

The great new is, YOU can do this with any type of old furniture… a stool, end table or coffee table. [Read more…]

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