I’m getting a little giddy at the thought that my plan to transform a coat closet into a pantry is starting to come to fruition. Since we have two closets in our foyer, we have always used the closet opposite our garage door for other things. Right now it has a combination of power tools, paper towels, small kitchen appliances, nuts and all of our plastic storage containers. I think there’s a loose CD and some bungee cords from moving, too.
So many of the blogs I enjoy do some version of a quick-hit post every Friday and I feel like today I have a few appropriate items to try it out!
1. We finally found a rug for our eat-in kitchen area thanks to my friend/coworker who shared the link to the one she has in her living room (which I loved). Better yet, she didn’t mind being rug twins!
2. Last week/weekend Chris painted our family room! We went with the same Colonnade Gray from the hallway and, although it’s very neutral, it’s seamless and we’re really pleased. I’m holding off on a full family room post until we finally hang photos and art, etc.
3. Kate and I made it through our first week with Chris back to class at IUP. We are honing our routines and got out the door on time three days in a row! A big part of that success is due to starting the week with a clean kitchen, fridge full of leftovers and coffee prepped in advance.
4. This weekend I hope to take advantage of all the Labor Day sales and update the pillows in the family room. Looking at you, Pier One (20% off) and HomeGoods! I’m also plotting a fireplace makeover before fall or Christmas decor goes up.
5. We are also heading to Sherwin Williams to pick up some paint for the downstairs hallway and hopefully the master bedroom while it’s 30% off. We got a slightly staggering estimate from a (reasonable) painter for the master bed/bath/walk-in closet after thinking we might hire him as our 6th anniversary present to ourselves. We’re now thinking a new ceiling light/fan in there may be our gift instead!
6. We’re torn on the direction to go with our master bedroom paint. At first we were gung-ho for a rich navy offset with all white bedding and curtains. Now we’re considering more of a serene and peaceful vibe with a lighter blue or blue/green because we’re worried about going so dark. We need help! And sample pots of paint 🙂
The saga of the sump pump burial is finally over! Our (few) loyal readers may recall from this post that we had to call in reinforcements to help us finish the trench project. Our sellers’ (Bob Stammel from Howard Hanna) ended up coming over with his son-in-law and the two of them endured insane heat/humidity and finished just before a huge storm. Bob brought everything they needed and the two of them knocked out the job in under four hours for $200 total. Best. Money. Spent. Ever.
Chris has been in the trenches — metaphorically and, at times, physically — for the last week trying to reroute and bury our sump pump pipe. Our home inspection last December found that the sump pump was discharging into the sewage system, which is a violation of (I’m guessing) a township ordinance. Long story short, the sellers would only provide a temporary solution to fix the immediate issue and we were left to decide where and how to remedy the situation permanently.
The project has been Chris’ from start to finish — he researched it, discussed it with the guys at Hornung’s, rented a 24-inch trencher (or “ditch witch,” as I prefer) and got to work.
Our renovation wish list is l-o-n-g and, sadly, our master bathroom is near the bottom. So we’ve cleaned it up, swapped out some hardware, and soon hope to paint it and update the light fixtures. (We previously got a new toilet when we replaced all three in the house so we could get rid of Leaky McLeakerson here that ruined the floor around the base.)