Installing Wood Countertops

Installing Wood Countertops

Hey you guys! Guess what? We've installed the countertops in the office!

After cutting the countertops, installing them only took about an hour. We wanted to connect the countertops in the corner to create one solid piece. Our goal was to create a system in which we could tighten the two countertop pieces together to minimize the gap at the seam between them, and we used some great tips from my dad to do this! First, we placed both pieces on the floor upside down and roughly lined them up.

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Yard Love

Yard Love

While we were on vacation in London our yard went on a growing spree. The weeds made the most progress but the grass in the back yard was finally looking great (after we put the sod down, half of it proceeded to die, but we've worked hard to being it back to life and it's finally working). The rest of the yard needed some love. When I went to tackle the weeds in the front garden, I realized we hadn't touched any of the plants here since we moved in.

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How to Cut Wood Countertops

How to Cut Wood Countertops

We hit a small milestone in the office this week...countertops!

They really pull things together don't they? It was a little awkward looking without them haha.

We went with solid wood HAMMARP beech countertops from Ikea, the exact same one we have on the dry bar. To get all the pieces we needed, we had to get three of the longer 98-inch countertops (diagrams of this below).

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Cheers! We Went to London

Cheers! We Went to London

Hey folks! So I mentioned that our office progress was slowed a bit...because we took a trip to London!!  

 

We did not have this planned at all. But about a month and a half before we left, The Engineer found his job taking him to Kazakhstan and we decided to piggy back a...holiday as they say in London...off of this. We searched to find a location we could both get to cost effectively. 

London won!

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The BAR Sign

The BAR Sign

Really though, we hung a BAR sign. I mentioned how slow I tend to decorate because I don't like to impulse buy items. I'm so glad because I love how the bar is coming along (if you missed the building of the dry bar check it out herehere, and here).

Progress on the office has been non existent since we returned from London (recap post coming soon!). We need to cut the counter tops but haven't had enough time to dedicate to the task yet. We've been busy or sleeping (I'm still maintaining London time ;-)). 

That is OK though because there are plenty of little things around the house that are easy to do. Like hanging a bar sign!

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Thank goodness we live close (to Ikea)!

Thank goodness we live close (to Ikea)!

Hey guys! Hope April is treating you well :) I am back with more progress on the office! We took a tiny break because...

The Engineer and I went to London!

This trip wasn't planned super far in advance...we just took advantage of an opportunity :) I'll definitely put together a post about our adventures! We had a blast!

But back to reality...we have made some more progress with the office. We painted the office a nice light grey with a dark accent wall where we are planning to build open shelving.

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A pleasent yet affordable bathroom shelf upgrade

A pleasent yet affordable bathroom shelf upgrade

Hello everyone! Did you love March as much as I did? The weather has been BEAUTIFUL!!! I suppose if you are up north you might not agree with me, but these Florida evenings have stolen my heart. The only thing I love more than having my windows open is dreaming about having all of them open once we get the rest of our screens on!! Maybe next year right?

Back to business...I had some time the other night to tackle a minor project to make our bathroom closet a little more palatable. We use our main bathroom for everything except showering, but there are no drawers. Ergo, everything is stored in the closet that I would otherwise consider a linen closet. Since it does not serve that purpose, we have made a few adaptations.

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I finally finished another table upcycle :)

I finally finished another table upcycle :)

Hey guys! I'm taking a little break from the office to share one of my smaller projects with you. Don't worry though, the office is lookin' great and I can't wait to share the progress with you!

Soooo, a looong time ago...I picked up a table that someone was throwing away. I wanted to upcycle the table and put in the sunroom. I mentioned it way way back in a post when we redid the sunroom. (Still lovin' that room by the way <3) Yea, I know, you don't remember. I wouldn't either. Here's a reminder...

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A Little Paint Gives A Lot of Life

A Little Paint Gives A Lot of Life

Happy Hump Day! On Friday I shared all the prep work we did for the office. Today is all about paint!

We left off with the office looking like this:

The next logical step was to paint. There were a few things we could have done (and ideally would have liked to have done) before painting, like installing junction boxes in the ceiling for pendant lights. The problem was that before we had all the cabinets installed, we didn't want to go punching holes everywhere. We wanted to be sure that we liked the placement of things before we committed. This meant installing the cabinets first, and before we installed cabinets, we needed to paint.

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Getting Ready for a New Office

Getting Ready for a New Office

Hello, hello, hello! Are you ready for a new office? We sure are over here!

The plan from the get go when we moved into our house just over a year ago was always to make the third bedroom an office. Since then, it has been a black-hole-junk-pit-where-things-go-to-die :( We have to prioritize each project and this wasn't exactly at the top of the list. When we finish a project, we consider what we need as well as what we want, before deciding what project we will tackle next. The truth was...we needed a place for more organization in the house.

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