In the theme of my word for the year “pursue,” I wanted to show a couple before and afters of our new home in Georgia. It is still a work in progress with many, many projects of interest ahead. Looking back on the before pictures, Its good to see the progress we have made
On the journey of pursuing, I am realizing that this ever-changing life is about looking at where we are and making a choice to see things we encounter as an obstacle that we don’t want to face or a challenge to keep moving ahead. It’s really not about ever getting to the point of total achievement, because that my friends, is not possible. It's about the process and how we decide we want to handle our life journey.
The same can be said of our home. You may not have the "exact" home or the "exact" furniture you want, but that’s ok. Being grateful for our blessings makes them become enough and with a little creativity you will surprised what you can accomplish!
The first picture is our entry. Yes, it was pink!!!! We also had a front door that looked like a back door. Fortunately, it was all cosmetic and was easily changed. I have big plans for the large wall to the right! stay tuned! We used BenjaminMoore Edgecomb Gray. on the walls and purchased our front door from Home Depot. The rug was purchased from Wayfair.
The second group of pictures shows our kitchen with the original blue paint, corian counter tops, full upper cabinets and blue tile backsplash. This room by far was the biggest part of our renovation. The layout was good so nothing needed to be moved around. We started with painting the walls. We used Benjamin Moore Gray Owl. We were fortunate that this house already had beautiful bead board and crown moulding which was a huge plus for us. We then cut down the the countertop to one level and replaced it with new granite countertops and sink purchased from Home Depot. We removed the upper cabinets on one side to put open shelving from Amazon and stove hood from wholesalewoodhoods.com. We were also excited to use our kitchen island that is made from 1800's wood from a court house in Delaware that my husband was able to salvage for us. The blue tile backsplash was removed and replaced with faux Chicago style brick from fauxbrickpanel.com We were able to reuse the island light which originally hung in the dining room and just painted it black. I scored this incredible vintage door from Facebook Marketplace and absolutely love how it adds vintage character to our pantry.
More to come. Stay tuned!
Hello to you! It’s been a while and I’m sorry! Do you ever feel like you are being sucked into a wind tunnel and you’re just spinning out of control? Around and around you go and you can’t seem to grab onto anything stable to slow you down and let you catch your breath! Well that’s where I have been! We are now living in Georgia and it has been a surprisingly, challenging time for me personally.
The good news is that I’m learning to intensely trust The Lord with every new day and I am confident in his promises. He has good things in store for those who love Him and His plans are so much better than my biggest dreams!!! He knows the desires of my heart and no tears are wasted but are kept in a jar. How awesome is that!!!!
I know a lot of people start the new year out with a single word that is their link to follow through the year to help with goals and to keep them inspired. As I was thinking about one word and wondering what I would pick, I thought about the word pursue! The definition of pursue that I like is “a continuing effort to reach or attain”.
My personal goal this year is to have a continuing daily effort to reach for all that God has for me. The word pursue is an action word that means I will have a part to play in order for God to fulfill the dreams he has for me! Wow…that’s pretty intense and exciting all at the same time! I truly believe that if we really pursue all that God has for us we will be blown away by His goodness and mercy and I for one am so ready to pursue the plans and dreams that only He can bring to life!
I don’t know what your situation is going into this new year, but I do know that God can handle everything you encounter! May I encourage you, from one friend to another to keep pursuing the one who made you and has the most special plan for your life. Happy New Year!!
I hope everyone is enjoying the beautiful summertime and much anticipated warmer weather. I sure am! Along with the change in the weather, there are many changes happening in our household.
We have been working on a new adventure for our family and the time has finally come to move ahead with some concrete decisions. We are excited to say….We are moving to Georgia!!!! There are many reasons for our move but the main goal is to be closer to family and to not have snow in the forecast!!!! Things are happening pretty quickly and my head is in 100 different directions. We are amazed at how God has opened up doors during this transition time and we are in awe of the blessings that have been given such as the perfect house for us and a new job for the Mr. It is such a great relief to know that we are not in control and the Big Guy upstairs knows full well what He is doing!!!!!
I will try to blog as time permits, but my days right now are filled with packing, sad good-byes and anticipation of what’s to come… but as always there is time to fit in a few quick and not so quick projects before our move to Georgia.
I purchased this buffet on facebook a couple of months back and am happy to say its finally ready for our new home. Of course, in my rush to start painting, I completely forgot to take a before pic so I will just say its a whole lot lighter and brighter and I am really happy with how it turned out. I was instantly drawn to it for its detail and curves! Here she is all finished up! I used Annie Sloan Old White and clear wax with some distressing. I just love ASCP paint and it always give such a nice finish when buffed after waxing. Unfortunately this piece is sitting in the garage for now since we will be moving the end of June. Stay tuned for pics in her new home!!
I also found this awesome set of lockers at Toll Booth, in Columbia Pa. (just outside of Lancaster). This is a shot of before their transformation. I am so excited to use them for my mudroom or entry or however they will fit in our new digs! Stay Tuned for the finished touches and our new house before and after tour. As always, have a great week and make it count!!!
So excited to be up and running again after a long step back to take some much needed time with my family and grandkids before they moved. I’m always amazed how many twists and turns life can take in such a short amount of time. I never dreamed how many changes would come so quickly in 2019 for us. I am learning to trust God to bring good out of it all and to fully trust Him when I can’t see the way ahead. It’s hard. I’m not going to lie and say I have it altogether because many days I lose focus and go down the rabbit hole of what ifs so to speak! One of the many tools I have been using to keep my perspective upside right are pod casts. I am listening to Lara Casey with Cultivate Your Life and I highly recommend her if you need to refocus on what’s important in life. She has such a great way of presenting her ideas in a thought provoking way. Listening to her has been encouraging and helpful in many areas of my life.
I don’t know what you are dealing with today, but I know everyone is dealing with something and my hope and prayer for you is that you know you are not alone and that God loves you and has a plan for your life! So as Lara Casey always says, "You know all those things you've always wanted to do? You should go do them."
Here are a few pictures for spring inspiration… I hope you enjoy the view!
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Well, we are flying through January and for once I wish January would last forever. And, if I'm being honest today, I'm feeling a bit out of sorts.
So this year is off with a bang and I’m wondering if anyone else is having the purge and clean out bug hit them? We have been in the abyss (AKA our basement) this past weekend doing some much needed decluttering and straightening up and out! It is such a gratifying feeling to have some (much more needed) organization back down there. Needless to say, the garbage service will love us this week as well as Goodwill. I have managed to get Christmas not only put away, but I was also able to weed out things that haven’t been used in years and send them off to be used in a new home. One thing is for sure, I will never run out of Christmas decor! It’s funny how your tastes evolve through the years. Or maybe it’s the older you become, the more you long for simplicity and time spent enjoying the holidays instead of the mad panic to get all 534 snow men put up (I don’t really have 534 snowmen…but I did have a lot!). Anyway, I am so enjoying the feeling of getting things organized and knocked off my to do list. How about you?
Happy New Year! I can’t believe we are in 2019! I am truly excited for a new year that is full of endless possibilities and new adventures. I have been doing a lot of reflecting going into the new year and one experience that clearly stands out for me was something that happened during an incredible trip that we took to Hawaii
Hello and hope you are having a wonderful fall! I'm sharing an area of our home today that has needed some sprucing up for a while. It has always seemed plain to me but sometimes you just get used to things a certain way. To be honest, we have been doing so many big projects that the little ones seem to get pushed to the bottom of the list. As I was getting the porch ready for colder temps, I decided to take my 6ft. bench inside to use and I am so glad I did. It was the perfect fit for the wall that our stairs are located on.
I love looking around my house and seeing something sitting on my shelf or hanging on the wall that immediately makes me think of someone I love or a special memory. I mean, that's what this is all about, right? I have many pieces that make me happy or laugh right out loud with a funny memory and even some that bring a tear to my eye. Today I want to share two special pieces. They are both signs hanging in our home and I love them dearly.
Lately I have been really thinking about where I want this blog to go and what I want it to be about. Since I am new to this whole blogging process, I have been reading and researching different ideas and ways to enhance my blog and make it something that will make my readers want to come back again and again.
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Here I’ll be posting some of my vintage redos, farmhouse decor, painted projects and much more. Enjoy!