South Carolina

The time we renovated our kitchen 3 months ago

Hey guys.  Life happens?  It’s amazing how many times you can say I’ll do it tomorrow.  I need to work on that.  It’s finally warm here in SC so my mood is up a few notches 🙂  I am just a happier girl when the weather is nice.  I even got some plants for the outside of the house and bought soil for the first time.  Then I realized I didn’t even have a trowel so I got one of those too.  Cobalt picked out the flowers for the 2 fire hydrant planters on the front porch.  He and I had a total mom-nini day on Saturday, since Nick is at FDIC in Indianapolis all week. It was the most adorable day ever.  More on that tomorrow.

Now that our kitchen has been done for quite some time, I suppose I should show you already 😉 As a reminder, here is what it looked like when we first moved in:

kitchen view from living room hallway

kitchen before view from garage door

kitchen before window nook

You can see all the house befores here.  It was really easy to remove the cabinets, especially since I didn’t do any of it. Nick and our contractor Glenn handled that.  And then we got really accustomed to the dining room being our kitchen, because the kitchen looked like this…fair warning, these pictures are a bunch of blurry suck.  I blame Nick.

 kitchen demo 1

kitchen demo 2

kitchen demo 3

kitchen demo 4

kitchen demo in the garage

Looks like a mess huh?  Don’t worry, pretty soon things were looking more like this:

kitchen step 1

kitchen step 1

We’ll call that step 1 of…like 45?  Don’t worry, I’ll show it in less posts than that.  Unfortunately, that’s all we have time for today, but it’s a start 🙂  See you soon.


On our way home from our Saturdate:
Thanks fo taking me on a fun day.  I knew dis is what you did evwee time you weft da house.

Cobalt in the car


Pallet Shelves in 5 Simple Steps

And then it was March.  That means there are only 11 month’s left of my twenties.  And only 2 months until my best friends wedding. And only 7.5 months until my best friends wedding.  Riddle that.  So, let’s get right to it.  Time’s ticking away.

Easiest rustic project ever.  Pallet shelves.  I was first inspired by these, which I am sure many of you have seen all over Pinterest.


1. Grab a pallet shelf from outside of a store and run like hell to your car.  Or walk, because no one cares.

2. Pry off middle boards on one side to expose the “shelves”.

3. Sand down the splinters a little, or don’t, it’s rustic.

4. Screw that thing into the wall.

5. Style away!

Pallet Shelves

We actually had another pallet shelf so I wanted to try making smaller ones out of it and staining them.  Basically, imagine that pallet above with all the boards still on, then cut across horizontally right under each of the “shelf” boards.  Then the top vertical boards were cut down to just a couple of inches to hold things in, and the back boards left taller as the “back”.  This will all make sense in the photos 🙂  Sorry this one’s so small, don’t know what’s up with that.

After they were cut, I sanded them all the way so they could be stained.

sanding pallet shelves

Then we stained them, and I didn’t take pictures of that, because, I didn’t.   But, we used a paint sprayer and it was way easier than using a brush to get in all the little nooks, which is what I started out doing until Nick decided to bring out his glorious sprayer.  Oh. My. God. I almost deleted that sentence, but instead I’ll give it a Lorelai Gilmore, dirty.

Alright, here is the final product in the old apartment because I still haven’t decided where they should live in this house yet.  I am pretty sure they will go in the dining room, but that still needs to be painted.  It has been taped off and ready to paint for…like…a long time.

You wouldn’t have known this, except that I’m telling you now because I like to voice my frustrations, that it’s been almost an hour since I wrote that last sentence.  Yeah, blogging behind the scenes, it’s exciting stuff.  It’s like the bonus features that come with a dvd, which are always disappointing.  The point of this story is that I have NO IDEA where the after pictures of these shelves went.  So you will have to settle for random appearances of them in the background.  Like this one on Nick’s birthday…

pallet shelvesCobalt says, Oooooh pwesents, fo me?! 

And this spooky one.  The shelves got dressed up for halloween…

pallet shelves

OK that’s it!  Go DO!


I don’t usually do the throwback Thursday thing, but I can’t resist.

Cobalt little baby

Pwease uppies mom, I’m too wittle.

No day like a snow day.

Here goes blogging.  What better day to start than a rare snow day in South Carolina? I’ve thought about doing this for a while, just like I’ve thought about a million things that I want to do.  As it turns out, life is flying by and I’m turning 29 this weekend. WHAT.  So I’ve decided to make it my goal to do more.   Less thinking, and visualizing, and list writing, and more actual doing.  If I combined all the time I’ve thought about a project, or working out, and all of the other things I want to eventually do one of these days when I have some free time and things settle down…I’d have house full of  completed projects and six-pack abs.  Or, I’d at least be further along than I am now.

I’ve been waiting for life to settle down for a few years now.  Why doesn’t anyone just warn you ahead of time that it never will?  That could have saved me a lot of waiting.   But I do feel more settled than I have in a long time.  I’m finally in a really good place and I’m excited about the future so why not document it?  If nothing else, it should serve as motivation to keep me “doing”.

Fast forward through a lot of things to where this story picks up – I moved to Columbia, South Carolina in June of last year, and then moved into a house Nick and I bought last month.  That marks the 6th move Cobalt (Cobalt = mini dachshund, love of my life, sweet baby angel, Nick = boyfriend, he’s cool too) and I have made in less than 2 years.  Long story 😉 We love our new house, but there is a lot on our wish list to make it feel more like ours.  We’ve done a few small things so far, and are in the middle of a kitchen renovation so I’ll be sharing all that here.

Cobalt wants me to show you the house already.  So here it is the day we bought it

Our New House

And moving in (don’t miss the bottom right corner)


And today…

snowy house
southern snow

southern snow

So there you have it.  A first glimpse of the house/life/dachshund you’ll soon be sick of hearing about.  Cobalt says, WHAT?? I have so much more to say!!

So, here’s your CCOTD (Complimentary Cobalt Of The Day)

Owwite, tell me all yoh pwoblems, I’m heowh to wisen.
(Alright, tell me all your problems, I’m here to listen.)
Cobalt still has a little twouble pronouncing his R’s. And sometimes his L’s.
Cobalt therapist

Until next time, cheers to doing.