I was ready for a new backsplash. But sadly, Jeremy was not. Granted he was pretty busy last week and had little time to watch You Tube videos and do the research to prepare for working with tile for the first time. So I’ll cut him some slack.
Instead we focused on the little things. They might not have seemed to be that big of a deal, but when you can cross several little things off your very long list, it makes a big impact.
Here is what we accomplished…
1. Mudroom build out: On our most recent trip to IKEA, we saw the MOLGER bench on sale and thought it would be perfect as a shoe rack and bench for the “mud wall.” (Since it’s not a real room, I feel I should keep it real with this term.) I built the first bench and then measured about three times to make sure two were actually going to fit in the space. Luckily it was a perfect fit! We bought the matching shelf to hold sunscreen, bug spray, hats, etc. And then we felt the awesome anchor wood art that my sister gave us last year would be the perfect “welcome” art to come home to every day. It all worked together perfectly. I’d eventually love to paint that wall a fun color, but for now, it is great just the way it is.
2. Shelf Liner: Some of the kitchen cabinets had shelves with stains and crud. My mom had graciously cleaned out the crud, but there were still a lot of stains. I wanted shelf paper, but not the sticky contact paper. But I thought that anything else was the kind that was grippy that plates wouldn’t slide on. Thanks to The Container Store, though, I found what I needed. All I needed was 10 minutes, and the task was done! (No pictures on this small task, though. Sorry!)
3. Powder Room Floor: Jeremy had started the kids’ bathroom floor when we had the plumber over to work on their vanity and sink. But all the edges and the linen closet still needed to be finished. Mark another one off the list! I’ll go into more detail in the powder room post with before and after pictures.
4. Hang Pictures: It’s amazing how hanging pictures totally transform a house into a home. We had been thinking about putting off hanging pictures until each room was finished (wallpaper removed, primed and painted). But the realization that that was going to take a lot longer than we had originally hoped meant it was time to pull out the hammer and nails. Everything isn’t in its final place, but it’s a good start and works for now.
Again, these were all small items, but to be able to take a day to get them done was just what we needed to get one step closer to putting our stamp on this house. It’s the little things, right?