One Week Challenge, Week 4: Progress and Setbacks

Linda from Calling It Home “called” it when she said week 4 of this challenge would be hard. For me this was the week where my lofty goals came to a head with reality. I am not where I wanted to be with the deck at this point…but don’t worry I’m only freaking out a little I have a plan!

You can find the other three posts here if you missed them: Week 1, Week 2, Week 3

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Unfortunately this post won’t be full of a bunch of pretty pictures but I’ll be working my you know what off this weekend so next week’s post should be GOOD!

Here is just a reminder of the plan:

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And this is where we are:

The deck has been cleared for pressure washing tomorrow.

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The current patio set has been listed for sale on craigslist. You can find the ad here if any of our local folks are interested :)

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Thanks to my IG friends I’m very close to deciding on a stain color and will be picking that up today.

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I’m really excited about this one because furniture was a big question mark for me.

Here is a sneak peek of the patio furniture deal I think I have secured. It’s not quite as modern as I would like but it is a high quality set for a great price and the color is pretty good.

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Believe it or not the lighting is still up in the air. Here are the options I posted earlier in the week.

I really love option 1 and 3 but after more research I realized the stems were not included with these two. That pretty much puts them over budget :( I love #4 but not enough to justify the highest price tag. So, I’m going with option 2 or the Ikea light with a little DIY love added.

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I am still holding out hope for a complete DIY light {I had a couple light bulb moments yesterday ~ pun intended} but we’ll see what time will allow!

I think I really want to incorporate this Target tray in the design somehow! I’ve seen it at Target several times and I swear I can’t stop thinking about it :) Hopefully the budget will allow for it but.

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And here is the updated punch list:

1. Stain and pressure wash the deck. {pressure washing is happening today, staining is happening Fri-Sun}

2. Paint the awning and door trim and touch up the door. {this should happen Fri-Sun}

3. Sell current table and chairs on craigslist and hunt for an awesome deal on furniture. {patio set is listed}

4. Buy Tiki torches and mount them: from Home Depot. {this should happen after staining is finished and dry, Mon-Tues}

5. Paint the chiminea and base. 

6. Find/build two side tables: using nautical spool side table and a DIY stump table

7.  Find and hang arts and crafts style light fixture. {light to be nailed down soon and hung next week}

8. Purchase rug, outdoor pouf and pillows: Target.

9. Figure out grill placement. {this will happen around the middle-end of week 5}

10. Build or hunt for a vintage cooler/and or bar cart. {found a cooler at HomeGoods but holding out for a vintage one}

11. DIY upcycled marquee anchor. {disappointed I didn’t get this done this week but hope to have it done by Sunday}

12. Hang string lights: from Target. {this will happen around the middle-end of week 5}

13. Find pots/planters and decide on plants. {going with two ferns, need planters from Ikea, also some DIY hanging planters I think}

14. Shop our home and thrift stores for styling accessories. {in progress}

15. Throw a PARTAY!!! {this is my favorite part!}

So, we’re not in terrible shape but I really had hoped the staining would be out of the way by now. But I’m excited about everything coming together.

Head over to Calling It Home to see all of the contestants and linking participants! Follow me on Instagram this weekend and watch our progress.

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Wednesday Reads: Scissortail Silk

Hey there friends! I’m bringing out the big guns today with a fantastic Wednesday Reads for you!

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I am talking about Becky of Scissortail Silk! If you don’t know this lady and her blog you should.

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Becky’s words are so powerful that I usually end up crying or laughing to myself as I’m reading her posts.

Her faith is extraordinary, but even if you aren’t a believer she has a way of finding hope in any circumstance or crisis. She is the ultimate “glass half full” gal!

I can’t wait until her posts hit my inbox to find out what life trial she is helping me through that day.

Here are some of her posts that have really touched me.

If you’ve ever experienced miscarriage you should read this:

HOPE AFTER MISCARRIAGE

If you’ve ever felt inadequate as a parent you should read this:

YOU ARE NOT MY COMPETITION

If you’ve ever struggled in your marriage and wondered if you made the right decision you should read this:

THE LIE THAT ALMOST DESTROYED MY MARRIAGE

If abortion has ever touched your life in some way you should read this:

TO WOMEN WHO HAVE CHOSEN ABORTION – I AM SORRY

If you’ve ever struggled with raising your voice at your kids you should read this:

WHAT MY 4 YEAR OLD WANTS YOU TO KNOW ABOUT YELLING

As a mother {or father}, if you’ve ever compared yourself and your kids to others you should read this:

MOMMA’S HARDEST LESSON

 

At such a young age Becky speaks with wisdom beyond her years. Her posts are so real and her words make me reevaluate my own thinking. She doesn’t shy away from admitting mistakes and offering up lessons she’s learned.

She’s inspiring. She’s fierce. Her words breathe hope, not only in the trying times but also in the everyday.

I kinda love her. Go check her out…now :) www.scissortailsilk.com

Check back tomorrow for the Week 4 ORC update!

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Deck Lighting Decisions

It’s Monday guys! It always feels weird getting back into the groove after being away but I have a ton to do so I’m kind of pumped!

I’d like to talk about my deck lighting for the One Room Challenge. If you read my other posts you know that I had an arts and crafts hanging light on my design board. But after more thought I’ve decided that I want something more casual and a bit more nautical.

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 Now I’m thinking about a galvanized or vintage looking barn pendant with a shade between 11″ to 14″. We are going to remove the current {ugly} light and move the electrical so we can hang a pendant underneath the awning.

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Here are the top four choices that I’ve come up with.

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One // $59.90 // Wayfair ~ I really like the galvanized look of this one and the price is pretty good.

Two // $42.97 // Home Depot ~ This one is the most affordable option but it is aluminum and I’m not sure if I like it as much as the galvanized ones.

Three // $79.90 // Build.com ~ This one is different and looks a bit more nautical but I’m on the fence about the style.

Four // $153.00 // Barn Light Electric ~ Although a little more expensive I like the classic look of these and they come in different color options. I believe there is a similar one that is galvanized but I kind of like the white.

I also found an Ikea pendant that is super affordable at $29.99 but it does not say it is for outdoor use. I haven’t done enough research to see if this would be realistic under the awning but I can envision it painted a cool color.

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Does anyone have any experience using an “indoor” light in an outdoor covered area?

I would love to know your thoughts. Do you like the new direction this is going? Which is your favorite pick?

Your input always rocks so feel free to throw those opinions out :)

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Happy Easter and some Spring Break Eye Candy

Happy Easter morning everyone! I hope you have a wonderful day full of family and friends. I hope your hearts are filled with hope of the risen King on this glorious day. Our Redeemer lives!

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I thought it would be a perfect day to share some fun {iPhone} images from our week at Tybee Island and Savannah, GA! I hope you enjoy them and have a happy Easter!

FAMILY FUN

On the road

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Literally, on the road :)

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Preppy Girls :)

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Lax on the beach

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Precious moments

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A fun photo shoot with this little lady!

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SHOP

The Savannah Bee Company:

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The Paris Market:

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24e:

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Circa Lighting:

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One Fish Two Fish:

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EAT

The Public Kitchen & Bar:

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Tybee Island Social Club:

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Gotta love twinkle lights!

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And paper lanterns

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Parker’s Market

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The Tea Room:

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Tybean Art & Coffee Bar:

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SEE

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BREATHE

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Although the east coast weather was uncharacteristic the second half of the week, I am feeling incredibly blessed for the relaxing time away. We didn’t let the weather hold us down for a minute!

Have a lovely Easter y’all!

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One Room Challenge, Week 3: DIY and Plan Update

Happy One Room Challenge link day everyone! Have you checked out all the ORC participants yet? There are so many incredible projects going on that I can hardly keep up and I can’t wait to check out those linking up today. You can get the scoop and check out the participants at Calling It Home here.

If you are an ORC first timer you can find my Week 1 post here and my Week 2 post here!

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As you know we are at the beach this week and if you follow me on Instagram you have seen some pics of what we’ve been up to. I’m feeling a bit stressed because I know I am missing a full week of work time but I have some DIY projects to share with you and updates to the plan.

When we were building the deck in the fall I knew I wanted to incorporate some sort of outdoor fire pit. Last year I saw how Kristin from The Hunted Interior used a white chiminea on her patio and I knew I had to have one. Doesn’t her’s look incredible?

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{The Hunted Interior}

I went on the hunt for the perfect, large mouth chiminea and finally found an affordable one in Raleigh, NC. So we hit the road and brought this fat boy home. Yep, that’s what the name of the model was :)

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I wasn’t exactly sure the best way to paint it so I cleaned it off and sprayed it with Rustoleum’s white High Heat paint from Home Depot.

Before:

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 After one can of paint:

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After two cans of paint:

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I figured I would need to give it a light sanding and another coat or two but I wanted to see how the paint would hold after a few uses. The paint did crack in several places but overall it did pretty well.

I sanded it down and used another can of paint and so far so good!

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After the third can of paint…and a photo bomber with bubbles!

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The base had rusted some already so I decided to sand it down and spray it with black high heat paint for protection.

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Chiminea fun:

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Next up is our stump side table.

My son and I were walking in our neighborhood one day and noticed a fallen tree that looked like it had been sliced a couple times but never removed. We watched it for a few months and finally decided we should attempt to bring it home with us!

And here is how it went down:

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Luckily the stump was pretty dry and the bark came off easily. We have been sanding it down with an electric sander every other day or so to get it smooth and make sure it gets fully dry.

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I think this will make a perfect little side table on our deck along with our nautical spool side table that we DIY’ed a few weeks ago. You can read that tutorial here.

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As for our punch list, this is where we stand:

1. Stain and pressure wash the deck. {in process picking out stain which will hopefully happen this coming week}

2. Paint the awning and door trim and touch up the door. {bought exterior trim paint}

3. Sell current table and chairs on craigslist and hunt for an awesome deal on furniture. {in progress}

4. Buy Tiki torches and mount them: from Home Depot.

5. Paint the chiminea and base. 

6. Find/build two side tables: using nautical spool side table and a DIY stump table

7.  Find and hang an arts and crafts style light fixture. {searching but no luck yet}

8. Purchase rug, outdoor pouf and pillows: Target.

9. Figure out grill placement.

10. Build or hunt for a vintage cooler/and or bar cart. {found a cooler at HomeGoods but holding out for a vintage one}

11. DIY upcycled marquee anchor.

12. Hang string lights: from Target.

13. Find pots/planters and decide on plants. {began researching plants at Home Depot}

14. Shop our home and thrift stores for styling accessories.

15. Throw a PARTAY!!! {this is my favorite part!}

This is probably my last post for the week while we finish up our spring break trip but I hope to post some Tybee Island and Savannah eye candy pics early next week!

Have a great weekend folks!

Linking Up:

The Blissful Bee // Remodelaholic // Upcycled Treasures

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