January 03, 2017

First and foremost, Happy 2017 everyone! Man, am I crazy, or did 2016 fly by? Like, did it even happen? I for one, am looking forward to this clean slate and new chapter of my life. The year 2016, though a little rocky, was good to us. I can't wait to see what adventures 2017 brings.

Let's talk Weekending.... which I'm not even sure is a real word, but there isn't a red squiggly under it, so??? We were insanely lucky to have 4 days in a row off. Our friend who moved to Vegas was in town, and stayed with us for 4 days, and we got a lot of house things done. Successful weekend? I'd say yes!

    Home stuff got real over the weekend. One of the many things we managed to tackle was our shelf project. Joshua and I both love the look of floating shelves, but didn't want the crappy particle board nonsense most stores are selling. Joshua bought the wood, and assembled the final project, and I sanded and stained them. For the stain, I used Minwax Special Walnut , which is the same stain I used in this post , when I tackled my very first refinishing project. However, these wood planks are pine, and just two layers of the Special Walnut turned the wood really dark. I liked it, but I didn't expect it. Still a novice here.

    Our shelves actually aren't floating. The wood was a little "saggy" when Joshua first hung it up, but two $2 brackets from Lowe's fixed that problem. Plus, you cant see them at all.

    The dining room got a little love as well. After seeing adorable little flower holders for the wall, I decided to just make my own with some left over wood Joshua's dad left at the house. Two 0.87 brackets from Lowe's, more of that Special Walnut stain, and yes, those ARE Starbucks bottles, and wah-lah, Pinterest worthy. I'm not crazy about the current flowers in there right now, but I plan to swap them out in the near future.

    We did a bit of shopping and returning over the weekend as well. I'm not sure if Pat Catan's is a nationwide store. It's like a Hobby Lobby. They pretty much sell the same things. I like going if I have a DIY in mind, or for unique picture frames. I had been wanting some sort of hook system for the dining room for people's coats. We used to have a coat rack, but my dog can't walk in a straight line. People would toss them on my dining room chairs, but I feel like my chairs are too pretty to cover with coats. We were browsing the Christmas clearance of Pat Catan's and I stumbled on this 5 hook system. It was only $15 and some change and matched my overall decor. It's really sturdy too and for the price, I wouldn't find something nicer. 

    Sunday, I started sanding the mantle over our fireplace in the living room. It had that typical shiny, gloss coat over the wood that you see in older homes. I am not a shiny wood fan. Joshua and I took turns sanding it down, and just that alone exposed so much of the beautiful grain to the wood. For whatever reason I didn't document this. ? The stain took a day to dry, so I'm blaming that. Photos to come soon, as well as a living room and dining room reveal as both of those rooms are coming along so nicely! 

How was your weekend? 

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