|Yes, there is a pontoon boat parked in our drive. No, it's not ours. It's Aaron's dad's, and Aaron is fixing it.|
Year one involved a new roof (thanks to a hail storm!), painting our smallest bedroom, buying a new couch, re-staining the deck and replacing some boards, and fixing up one side of our fence. Not to mention just nesting and figuring out decor in general, while staying on a budget.
Year two has been a fun year that has allowed us to focus on some more cosmetic upgrades...as well as the oh so fun replacement of the compressor for our air conditioning. (It's just money...right??) But really, home ownership is wonderful overall, and we love it. Here are a few glimpses of what we've been up to this year!
OUTDOOR LANDSCAPING and DECOR
We had an amazing time putting some little touches in our backyard that made a huge difference: think globe lights, hanging baskets, and some fun light fixtures. Oh, and I may have gotten serious poison ivy three times, but it was worth it for our great new rosebushes and hydrangea (and a few questionably successful strawberry plants). See more about how we did it in this post.
|Got this cute thing at Kohl's for free on Clearance with Kohl's cash and a coupon. Winning!|
THE GUEST ROOM
Over Christmas break 2014, I decided that the half blue/half dark brown with a stripe through the middle paint job wasn't really something I was feeling for our guests. We used a coupon and got a half price gallon of paint in "Hops" that made this sweet room much more cozy. I moved over the bedspread and $10 curtains from our bedroom, and we bought the side table on clearance from Nebraska Furniture Mart. I repainted an old bookshelf of my Grandpa's, and we found a great set of lamps on sale. I grabbed two old window frames at First Fridays to make this room complete on a budget. In just the last month, we have had 12 guests stay through our Airbnb listing, and we already have 7 more booked for this month!
One of "our" main projects this summer (mainly Aaron's, and my Dad's, and Aaron's brother's) was building a shed in our backyard. Our garage didn't necessarily have a whole lot of space, so the thought was to turn the empty concrete slab in our backyard into a shed that would be big enough to house lawnmowers, weedeaters, snowblowers, and the like. Aaron was also hoping to have a place where he would work on all of his little projects, while at the same time freeing up our garage for more of his car work. Thus, the shed. Last summer we ended up jackhammering out the old, crooked, slab, and pouring our own new one. This summer involved holding up siding in muddy puddles, spending hot summer days shingling the roof, and getting in some good practice with nail and staple guns. The finish product still needs to be painted to match our house, but it looks pretty dang good. (And we saved a whole lot of money tackling it ourselves).
This year we did a few (once again, cheap) decorative updates to our basement. If we're going to spend the majority of our time lounging down here, I wanted to like it! I painted the area above the mantle white so it would tie in with our "door" coffee table that Aaron made (which I also painted white). Aaron's grandma gave us some creamy white curtains of hers that were't being used. I found some throw pillows that I loved at Marshall's and IKEA, and we put the other lamp from Nebraska Furniture mart on the side table that Aaron built. Proof that a room can be comfy and cozy without haven't to buy very much at all! We love this space.
THE FRONT ROOM
THE DINING ROOM (A Work in Progress)
I hit some major sales at Kohl's and scored these two curtain panels for $0.25 total. Seriously, friends. They are a nice, neutral, more peaceful set than the ones that were up when we moved in. I'm planning to paint the top half of our dining room a peaceful pale green instead of the goldish color that it currently is. Excited to have it feel a little more homey and a little more "us". I haven't done anything in the dining room until now, and I'm feeling good about the change!
I am so thankful for our sweet first home. It is a place we love, especially when it's filled with those we love. Home ownership has taught us so much about patience, going with the flow, budgeting, hospitality, hard work, and learning to be thankful for everything you're given. Year two is in the books folks. (Shout out to our friend Michelle for taking our year one and year two pics!) Excited to see what year three will bring! From our home to yours, happy fall!
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