Prepping a house to sell is so much work!

We spent a few solid weeks prepping our house to list on the market. We ate, slept, and breathed house prep. I felt like a walking zombie most days.

Here’s a fun video I created showing all the outside prep we had to do before our house sold:

If you can’t view this video, click here to see it.

I have been really into making little videos lately to accommodate my blog posts, I hope you like them as much as I have! Here is my HOH channel if you’d like to view all my videos.

As you noticed in the video, we painted the outside of the house, powerwashed the driveway, and had a new roof put on!

We hired our awesome handyman neighbor to come paint the house. He started by taping off all the windows and deck…

And then went to town with his paint sprayer. It was mesmerizing to watch.

We rented a power washer from the local tool rental place and spent two full days powerwashing everything in sight. Nothing was off limits (though I didn’t take pictures of most of it. Doh!)

We gave the driveway and the back deck a thorough washing and they both were looking pretty fly afterward.

The biggest thing we did to sell our house was have the entire roof replaced. Fortunately our insurance paid for it, but it was still pretty stressful to manage that on top of everything else!

We also hired a septic company to come out and pump out and assess the septic system. Fortunately the tank was in great condition and no other work was needed. Whew!

Pumping out a septic tank is a shitty job; fortunately someone else did it for me!

In addition to all the outside work that had to be completed, we also sent loads and loads of trash to the dump. Bribing the garbage men with cash and soda may or may not have ensured they took all our trash week after week. 😉

I was the worst photo taker during these several weeks, so I don’t have many pictures to show what all we did in the house, but I did manage to scrounge this one up from my phone… I learned how to replace broken glass, and we also had several window sills replaced and painted.

On top of all the throwing away and hauling off to the local donation place, we also sold and sold, and sold some more. We sold so much stuff on Craigslist, and even more on Facebook and to family and friends.

We moved using a POD storage container, so we pretty much sold most furniture we owned, and probably purged at least half our other belongings. It will be fun to shop for new stuff now for the new house!

I made a cool video on our other youtube channel showing how PODS drops off and picks up their storage containers. It was the coolest thing, and I geeked out so much over it that I grabbed the camera and started filming. I’m an amateur videographer so try not to get too dizzy watching it. haha.

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Only two more days until we close on the new house and then I can show you all the pictures!!!!!!!!!!

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Ombre Mirrors Tutorial {pink & orange}

I am so so so so so excited to share this next project with you!

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Did I mention I am really excited?

Ahem. Now that we’ve got that cleared up…

I’ve been working on my 8 year old daughter’s room for oh um, like, forever.

In January of this year I hung some shelves in her room and drug in an extra sofa table I had.

Since then I’ve done tons of other stuff to her room, but nothing to this little dressing area. Until today. Dun, dun, dun.

I want her to have an area where she can sit down and have a little table/desk area for all her primping. This child loves to be girly and her nail polishes, lotions, and jewelry are taking over! Well, you can’t have a girly primp area without a mirror. Or three…

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Say hello to her new trio of Ombre Sorbet Mirrors!

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I came up with the three mirrors idea after finding three similar sized but perfectly mismatched mirrors at a thrift store. Once I saw the three mirrors I literally just “saw” in my mind these sorbet-inspired colors blending together.

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The logistics of figuring out how to turn cans of spray paint into an ombre mirror had me stumped at first, but I figured out a technique that worked pretty darn well.

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I am pleased as punch with the outcome. I’m also relieved that my picky daughter likes them too.

Here’s a step-by-step for making your own ombre finish using spray paint.

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You can apply this technique to pretty much anything you can spray paint, but for this tutorial I’ll stick to mirror frames. First, start out with your mirrors. I found 3 similar sized mirrors at a thrift store for about $7 each.

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I love that each mirror has its own unique texture and pattern.

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Once you have collect your mirrors, remove all the mirrors from the frames.

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I gave each mirror several thin coats of spray paint primer. I prefer Rustoleum Primer (I prefer Rustoleum brand for all spray paint actually).

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Once the primer is dry you can start with your first color. I used Rustoleum 2x Gloss Berry Pink. Coat the top and inner and outer edges with your pink spray paint. Only paint about a 4th of the frame.

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Now move on to the next color and coat the opposite end of the frame the same way. I used Rustoleum 2x Gloss Real Orange.

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Grab your pink again and this time try to spray from about 2 feet away and lightly dust the frame towards the center.

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Repeat with the orange.

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If you hold the can far enough away and lightly mist the area, you will create a blended center without a definite line between the two colors. This gives it the ombre effect as opposed to an actual line where the colors change.

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I was so giddy to get the mirrors in the frames! I set them up and was ready to put them all together and then I noticed this:

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Can I get a “doh!” I so know better than that! Of course the back will reflect onto the mirror. Darn it. It was an easy fix though. I just found some craft paint in my stash that matched almost perfectly and painted it onto the back with a craft brush. The finish is different but because it’s only a small refection you can’t even tell.

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To affix the mirrors I hot glued them all in. So easy. I hung them up and did a few cartwheels (not really) I was so excited.

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The sofa table will soon be getting a coat of paint as well, so try to overlook how ugly it looks against those fab mirrors.

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Now my daughter has a place to primp and play with all her little girly polishes and dangles.

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The mirrors were hard to photograph! No matter what angle something was being reflected. I really like how you can see the reflection of her Pottery Barn inspired bedding and her ikea-hacked curtains. :)

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Aren’t the colors so fun?! And I just can’t get over how cool they look all blended together in the middle.

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I really hesitated doing ombre because it seems so overdone recently {amIright?!}, but most ombre is only a single color and goes from dark to light. This is different because it’s a mash-up of two different colors. Also, being an 8 year old’s room, I felt like this would be a really fun *POP* against the white board and batten, gray walls, and white shelves.

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So, what do you think? Are you a fan of the two-toned ombre effect? If you hate it, that’s okay too, just be gentle when you tell me. 😉

See all the progress I’ve made on my daughters room here.

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Save yourself a lot of hassle with this spray painting tip

As most of you know, I love spray paint. I will spray paint anything and everything! Nothing is safe in my home from a can of good ‘ol spray paint. :)

With summer almost here I want to share a spray painting tip with you. Hopefully it will help you to not make the same mistake I made last summer.

I decided I wanted a bunch of picture frames painted white for my gallery wall.

It was August in Texas at about high noon which translates into at least 100 degrees outside with bright blue skies and lots of direct UV rays. Pretty much hotter than hell outside. 😉

Perfect time to spray paint a few frames, am I right?!

The Primer went on fine. Things started getting ugly real quick though when I busted out the spray paint.

You see, it was SO HOT outside that the sun dried the paint too quickly causing the paint to snap, crackle, and pop.

It was a total mess! Definitely not the look I was going for on my gallery wall.

After lots of sanding I was able to start fresh, but it was a huge inconvenience for me!

The moral here? Now that it’s summer again, be aware of where you are spray painting. If possible work in your garage or wait until closer to dusk to bust out that can of paint. Don’t be a victim to unnecessary crackling.

Of course, if this is the look you are going for then by all means, paint in 100 degree weather in direct sunlight. You’ll have the perfect crackle effect.

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