Sayonara “Bean”

Now that summer has come to a close, I can say it was definitely a very fulfilling one that will be missed! We literally had something planned every weekend. From our wonderfully long trip to Hawaii, to three beautiful weddings, there was very little room for house projects. I have to say, although this upset me a teeny, tiny bit in the beginning, the break was definitely needed! Justin and I have been able to stop and smell the roses for 10 glorious weeks, and we really wouldn’t have had it any other way.

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Although we did not tackle any big projects (which includes the walkway I so badly wanted!), I was able to take on much of the “finish work” we so hate doing after tackling a big project. This includes painting trim, changing doorknobs, etc. I also was able to wash and wax some of the wood floors, which came out better than I would have expected using an off the shelf product. The wonderful thing about these small projects, is that they could be completed in a day, and did not inhibit our daily routines. Below are a few pictures of these projects, because although small, they do make a big difference!

We installed some new blinds…

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Changed the hardware to nickel…

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After

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And shined the floors.

All in all, we were very pleased! Now that the cold weather is settling in, we have begun planning our 2013-2014 Fall, Winter and Spring house projects. The good news? So much of it was done last winter! Aside from more of those annoying “touch ups” that need to be done, the only other BIG project we have planned is our downstairs bathroom.

One project that is new and just happened… today… was we had our pool, a.k.a. bean, a.k.a. racetrack, removed from our backyard. This project was important for us to do for many reasons. First and foremost, we got a dynamite deal (it is so beneficial having a husband in construction). Second, we knew if we ever were to sell our house, the bean would have to go. Third, I am a total sucker for our sweet pup and was all for giving her an even bigger space to run and play!

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Now some people think, “Pool?! Why would you get rid of that?!” Well, here’s why…

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Clearly it did not have a purpose, aside from being a soggy putting green, race track for my little cousins, or my personal favorite, the infamous “bean.” In the way back of our yard, we also had a lovely shed with the pool pump inside…

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Here are some more pictures of our backyard with the bean still intact.

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Really, it was just an eyesore that would turn any potential buyer someday away. It had to go. After only a few hours, the project was complete!

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Wahoo! A little grass seed, and we have a functional backyard! What was so nice about this project was we didn’t have to do any work! I left for work at 6:30 this morning and when I came home at 5:30, the job was done. (Baylee spent the day in daycare to relieve her of any anxiety she might have encountered with those big machines out back). An added bonus? The shed is gone too!

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Woo! A little lifting and that baby will be outta here.

So there you have it, the first big project of the season. And like I said, the best part was, we didn’t have to lift a finger! We’ll be seeding and cleaning up the yard a bit in the next few weeks, which will hopefully mean a blog post which includes some newly grown grass. Until then, we’ll be enjoying the season and laying low. Happy fall!

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