Tuesday, January 10, 2012


The month of December was a busy one for us, for all the obvious reasons and for the list of projects that we had to tackle.  

The first was a fun, random commission project.  A co-worker of mine had a friend who was looking to gift a custom-made corn hole set to her husband.  My co-worker knew that Jamie and I had made a set last year for my sister, and asked if we were up for it.  We figured a little extra cash was always a good thing, so we took it on!  That being said, I'm not sure we'll ever do it again. :)  It was a lot of work!!  And I made the mistake of letting her request whatever design she'd like on the front.  Oh well...at least it was a fun, time-consuming project! 

If you know me well, you know how meticulous I can be when it comes to 
free-hand projects.  So, this AU was a pain in my rear!!  Especially given that I
needed to make two of them.  But, it all worked out...after way too much time!

the final result
(we'll probably end up doing another one next year :)

Between Christmas and New Years I set out to tackle a large to do list.  Most of that list was organizing and cleaning...two things that don't make a huge impression to the outside world, but make such a difference in our home!  

But two projects that I have visuals for are below.  The first was redoing our countertop in the guest bathroom.  The top layer is some type of varnish or clear coat that had begun chipping long before we bought the house.  It has bothered me so much over the past two years that it was time to finally do something about it!  

With little to no knowledge on this kind of stuff (Kristen Davis, where is your full tutorial? :)  What, you can't give all your secrets away?!), I did my fair share of google research, and came up with a plan of action.  

see the spots

here's why i tried to use sandpaper and elbow grease after we moved in

I wish I'd gotten a picture of the sanding process.  Thanks to Gavin and Lindsay, we had an electric sander.  But, because the piece was attached to the wall, I had to sand inside.  Talk about a huge mess!  Oh well, gave me a good excuse to thoroughly clean the bathroom, I guess!  

starting the priming process...pregnant ppl have to wear masks

after the first coat of paint

and we're done!

it is by no means perfect, but it is so much better to me...
and that's what counts :)

The other big project was getting started in the nursery.

furniture moved: check
walls patched up and painted: check
cleaning out the closet: check
installing closet door: check

husband was such a good sport...he was put to work!
and of course, scout was a good sport too...wondering
what the heck was going on!

Now I'm working to fill the nursery with all that we need!  I'll keep you posted as we make progress!


Kristen said...

nice, molly! i like what I see. I did a cornhole set too, and it looks like we may have used the same directions (from this old house?)....it was way more time consuming than I thought it'd be, too!!!

Taylor Wise said...

That is so cool you were able to make a sink out of that. I am impressed!

Ashley said...

I am so impressed! Your cornhole set is amazing - You are very talented! haha and Scout has no idea what's in store...