Drywall Stage and Final Walk Through

One week. Yep, just one short week until we close on our new home. It’s hard to believe considering the last time we walked through our new place it looked like this…

family room2At least I knew underneath all of that cardboard was our hardwood flooring. I can’t even begin to tell you how excited I am about these floors. It was my one must-have upgrade in the new home.

hardwood flooringThe kitchen is coming along nicely, but not without some minor bumps along the way. I’m completely doubting myself for our center island choice (the color and shape) and the pendants are off-center. I know they can fix them but it’s just another thing to worry over.

kitchen2I do love the cabinets though and am so happy we decided on white again. This time we went for painted white cabinets instead of the thermofoil. Big upgrade in my book.

kitchen 2My favorite part of the main floor is the natural light from our two big bay windows. Since this house is 1,000 square feet smaller than our last house, the light in here really makes the space seem more open and airy.

bay windowsAnd while the first floor still looks like a mess, at least the second floor is pretty much complete. Carpet is in, trim is in place… it just needs a final coat of paint and a few other minor touch ups.


bedroomAnd the exterior still needs some work. Our door and sidelights need a coat of paint, we need grass and landscaping, and the trim need painting. But overall it’s looking like home.

exteriorSo we have the final walk through today and then we close next week! I can’t wait to show you guys the finished place. I think I might even do a video tour to show you how the place flows.

And I have to admit time flew by this time around. It’s been 4 months since we moved out of our last home but we really kept busy while living at my brother’s house. Thank goodness the end is in sight though. I think we’re all ready to settle into our new home… and this time for longer than 16 months.


DIY Fall Pumpkin Monogram

Sometimes I see one of those blank die-cut pieces of wood at the craft store… you know, the ones around the holidays, like a snowman or a heart or a shamrock… and I know instantly know what to do with it. That was this project.

I spotted a blank wood pumpkin on sale for $5 and knew I wanted to create a monogram sign for our front door. And here’s what I came up with…

fall monogram pumpkinSUPPLIES:

  • Fall wood blank pumpkin
  • Monogram letter
  • Green raffia
  • White and orange paint
  • Stain or brown paint
  • Wax (optional)
  • Glue (E6000 or hot glue)
  • Wire
  • Paint brush

fall monogram pumpkin suppliesSo I started by making the pumpkin stem brown. I didn’t have brown paint so I just used a bit of stain instead. Actually, after I stained the stem I thought the entire pumpkin would look cool stained, but that’s another project for another day.

fall pumpkin monogram DIYNext I painted the main part of the pumpkin with orange paint.

monogram fall pumpkin DIYWhile the plain orange paint looked just fine, I decided to take it up a notch and use some dark and clear wax. I started at the top near the stem and brushed the wax around the sides towards the bottom, basically following the outline of the pumpkin.

DIY fall pumpkin monogramWhile that dried, I painted the H letter in white and again used dark and clear wax to give it an antiqued look. Then I used E6000 glue to adhere the H letter to the pumpkin.

fall DIY monogram pumpkinAnd finally it was time to add a little “bow” near the stem using raffia. I just cinched the center with some green wire to make it look more like a bow and glued it to the pumpkin (use E6000 or hot glue).

fall DIY monogram pumpkinAnd your final product should look like this…

fall monogram pumpkinWhile it would look totally fine without the wax shading,
I’m loving the final effect.

autumn pumpkin monogram

fall pumpkin DIY monogram

DIY fall pumpkin craftThis is a pretty cheap project if you have the paints on hand. The pumpkin was $5 on sale, and the letter was $1.25 on sale. Raffia was $4 at full price but I have plenty leftover for future projects. So under $10 for my new door monogram is a big deal in my book!

DIY pumpkin monogram