So when I posted about our sexy new refrigerator, I realized that I never posted about our old one!
Right after we got married, we needed a refrigerator for our old house. And with a “just married” budget, we needed somethin’ cheap! And so a $60 old black refrigerator entered our lives. It wasn’t pretty, but it worked!
And if necessity is the mother of invention… Then ugliness is the father of creativity!
And so started the update that made this refrigerator workable for 2 more years!
we and when I say we actually mean Handsome Man sanded the front like crazy with an orbital sander.
we and when I say we actually mean Handsome Man removed the handles, smeared heavy-duty adhesive all over the front and started covering it with wainscoting.
Then… And I missed a picture. But just imagine ratchet straps like these around the top and bottom. Great way to keep the wainscoting snug up against the refrigerator while the glue dried since we weren’t able to use nails.
Then I just caulked all the cracks and it was ready for paint.
I (and when I say “I,” I actually mean I!) painted it a couple shades lighter than the cupboards to avoid so much of the same gray…
Re-attached the handles…
And boom! Customized refrigerator!
It wasn’t ideal perhaps… But it made a $60-dinged-and-dented-paint-splattered-old-refrigerator last 2 years. PLUS we sold it for $40 on Craigslist after we got our new one, so I’d say that’s a SCORE!
So I haven’t shown off our new fridge yet. I seriously love this thing!!
Craigslist find of the month!!
And yes, we now have 3 different colors of appliances. lol!
Our goal is to slowly replace all our appliances with stainless steel. That way when we move and either sell or rent this house, it’ll show better with SS appliances.
So… Refrigerator down… Microwave, stove, and dishwasher to go!!
Bonus: I get to watch this guy in snoopy pajamas put the doors back on!
Yes. Be jealous ladies.
So apparently I had just enough time to come up for air and write my last post. After that I became lost in catch up… and… well…
Have I mentioned Handsome Man owns duplexes? Yeah. So one of the tenants moved out last week. Usually not that big of deal. We’ve had a pretty good streak of tenants that are super clean. But this time we had to repaint all the walls in the entire place.
I’m telling you, there were little tiny lip prints over. almost. every. single. wall.
Now if only I’d thought to take a picture of Olaf they drew in the closet!!
Just finishing up and if you know anyone in the Lincoln, area that needs a 3 bedroom duplex, give
So you might have missed me lately…
…Or maybe you didn’t even notice I haven’t posted in a while?
Anyway… I just got done with a weekend of NCHEA. (The annual Nebraska Homeschool Conference.) I am on staff for the Kid’s Conference side of things. Basically we take care of 300+ homeschool kids for 2 days while their parents attend the adult conference to purchase their curriculum, listen to speakers, and just generally be encouraged. It’s a total blast!!! We plan for it 6-8 months prior to the Conference each year, but it’s COMPLETELY all-consuming once it gets close!
In hindsight, a heads up that I would be tooootally falling off the map BEFORE would have been better, but by the time I realized I was a goner, it was too late.
Kinda like riding a roller coaster.
When you’re going up that enormous incline, make sure to start screaming BEFORE you go racing back down, otherwise you’ll be petrified and unable to make a sound. And if you’re unable to make a sound, generally you’ll look like this guy third from the front.
Or maybe that’s just me? Cause I’m pretty sure that’s how I look on roller coasters. Wanna laugh? Check out The 31 Greatest Roller Coaster Pictures.
Anyway… I digress…
I’ll return shortly with my regularly programmed posts.
Let me just recover from the roller coaster ride!
So Handsome Man came home with this other day…
And come to think if it…
I never even asked him where he got it!
It has decent bones and I’m looking forward to showing you what I do with it!
Since this adorable munchkin is crawling everywhere, it’s become quite evident that we needed to install a door in the hallway with stairs that go to the basement and outside.
Handsome Man was going to be at Menards, so I mentioned he should look in the bargain door area for an interior door that might fit.
And whatdoyaknow they had one! Exactly what I would have picked.
And *drumroll* it was only 10 bucks people! That’s what I’m talking’ about!!!
We <3 you Menards. ;)
Have I mentioned lately how much I appreciate that Handsome Man is so good at this kind of stuff? It’s just plain fantastic!
Slid right in there and fit nearly perfectly!
It’s still not pretty yet as I just finished caulking it.
But TODAY I think I’ll paint it!
And it will be gorgeous!
It really does finish off the space!
And best of all, I can keep the munchkin away from the tools.
She really makes a beeline for tools. Especially sharp ones. Yeash!
It’s like she takes after her parents of something.
Yes… It’s been a while since I did one of my Pins of the Week posts…
So without further ado…
Okay… so how fun is this?? Even just for a “playroom” type of thing?
This is one of those rooms that makes me happy-sigh. I love the elegant marble paired with the cozy plank walls. The tile in the shower. The low contrast calming look. I just love.
Speaking of bathrooms and tile… I like the throwback look of the hex tile with the updated look of the use of marble material. Great choice by Chiot’s Run.
Even though I’m not really involved with the storefront any more, my eye is naturally caught by exceptional retail ideas. This is no exception! How cool is this clothing display rack? I mean really? Awesome.
And since we’re on a roll with retail inspiration… How is this for an idea from Create and Babble? I can see it being awesome for a couple rows of bracelets? Cool, no?
This could almost be called the “kids-room/bathroom/retail inspiration post,” couldn’t it? I really do love this idea from Perfectly Imperfect! I can’t wait to see the rest of the room when it’s completed!
I think this is a precious idea too by Inner Child Learning! These story stones are adorable! Not to mention all the other ideas in this post!
Little heavy on the kid’s ideas this week I think!
Great idea from Cup of Jo!
Okay… So always a sucker for gray, white, wood, and subway tile! Awesome kitchen makeover by The Inspired Room.
Seriously I laughed and laughed and laughed!
You might remember my chevron spree a few weeks back…
I chevron-ed this table…
A few other things…
Some chevron signs.
First I stained and painted the various boards…
Then… Using my stencil from Cutting Edge, I used my foam roller and rolled away.
Then I grabbed my wire and needle nose pliers…
Then I drilled a few holes to attach my wire words…
I made them to take up to the shop.
Let’s just say I fell in love with them and kept one of course!
The rest I delivered up to Tekamah… We’ll see how long they stick around.
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Redhead Can Decorate
The Blackberry Vine
Mad in Crafts
Home Stories A to Z
A couple weeks ago during my chevron spree, I did this simple DIY pin board makeover…
No before pics, as per usual… *eye roll*
But just imagine a ratty old pin board…
A little paint…
Some ribbon and wire…
And taaaa-daa! New cute chevron pin board!
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The Blissful Bee
So like I was saying… Cabinets.
We used uppers instead of lowers since they were only 12 inches deep instead of 24 inches. Then we built the bottom up using 2×8′s and wainscoting.
Added 1x’s to the tops of the cabinets. Unfortunately they were new 1x’s. And they looked new. And I wasn’t too keen on new looking 1x’s.
So out came this…
I basically just went at it with any tools I happened to have on hand.
Then I stained it…
And sealed it…
I love some of these imperfections I did.
Seriously loving this nook!