BHG Dining Room Table Review (it’s not great)

Okay, so let's talk about this table. I'm not going to beat around the bush here, the table is from Wal-Mart. Yes, Wal-Mart. I know, I can't believe it either. It does have one redeeming quality though - it's a Better Homes and Gardens brand, called Providence, which makes it a tiny bit more legit I suppose. I originally bought this table for the kitchen but it was too big (should have measured!) so it became the dining table by default. We needed furniture for the entire house and had only a couple days to buy it all. We headed to IKEA for almost everything, but I didn't want … [Read more...]

Repurposing old home decor; Wooden Wheatgrass Bowl

One constant love I've had over the past 5 years has been decorating with wheatgrass. I just love the stuff! When decorating with fake wheatgrass, I think it just looks crisp and classic. One of the very first projects I ever blogged about was taking some gross old tins from goodwill, refreshing them with spray paint and vinyl, and adding wheatgrass to them. Wheatgrass Containers In our previous home I had some leftover fake wheatgrass and added it to a simple flower pot found at the dollar store. Easy dollar store wheatgrass tin I went totally bizerk over this wheatgrass … [Read more...]

Capiz chandelier in the dining room

Now that the dust has settled from all the renovating, I've finally installed a new light fixture in the dining room. Can I get a holla?! Let's start with a good ol' "before" picture. It just makes the final reveal that much more shocking and fun, am I right?! Be prepared to bleach your eyeballs. Okay, okay, it wasn't that bad. In hindsight I can say I liked the curtains (my ones from the previous house that I do plan to hang again soon). The floor wasn't bad (we replaced it so all the floor would match). Um, what else? Nope, that is all. I'm not a fan of anything else in there. … [Read more...]

New $99 rugs in the family and dining rooms

Last week I showed you our brand new kitchen. You probably noticed a new rug in the dining room. I'm here to give you the low down. I've been searching for a rug for the dining room and living room for awhile. I've mostly looked online, but haven't pulled the trigger on anything for a few reasons: a) rugs are expensive!, b) there are way too many options to pick from and I just get overwhelmed and bored clicking through page after page of rugs, and c) I like to see stuff in person before I make a purchase. I just happened to be at Sam's Club with my sister and came across … [Read more...]

New floors!

The new floors are finally in! I cannot even contain my excitement about this. When we bought this house the common areas had two different types of flooring - tile and wood. Not only was the tile in really bad condition, the combination of the two types of floors really broke up the spaces and made them feel small and choppy. BEFORE Our goal was to get rid of all the tile and have wood throughout the main areas of the house. BEFORE It's been a long road to get here. First we had to gut everything, then the cabinets and counters had to go in. One of the last steps in the … [Read more...]

More kitchen demo & updates

Hey guys! This kitchen renovation is in full force around here. As promised, I'm back with a few more updates so you can follow along in as close to real-time as I can muster. Monday night the cabinet maker... (and his assisstant? Helper? Friend? I'm not sure exactly who the other guy was. He only spoke Spanish and the extent of my Spanish is "Hola! Como estas? Muy Bien! Y too?". … [Read more...]

The multi-purpose dining room

The dining room has been a thorn in my side since we moved in. I knew moving into the house that I had no real idea for the actual use of this room. I'm grateful to have the additional space, but it's been difficult to nail down an actual purpose for it. All I knew going in is that the piano has to be in this room. There is literally no other spot for it in the house. Because we downsized into a smaller home we also ended up with too much stuff and not enough space, so the dining room became the catch-all: In october I went on a decrapification spree and got rid of a ton of stuff. I was … [Read more...]