Lately I’ve Been Trippin’

The past couple weeks we’ve been tripping with my family. We stopped in Utah (where I got to celebrate my birthday!) on our way to California for Reece’s graduation from Marine Corps boot camp. We had a lot of fun seeing friends and family who were able to make time to see us. and we are so proud of our Marine!

After the graduation ceremony

Here are a few pics from our short stop at Mission Beach.




Anyway, before we left, we painted our kitchen and dining room floors. Yes! We did! I looooooove them!

painted striped floors before and after

See that awful cement pad? We have no idea why it’s there. It goes all the way down through the floor to the ground outside. Now it blends!

painted striped floors before and after painted striped floors before and after

We used a porch and floor polyurethane tint-able oil-based paint by Glidden.  So awesome! Because the polyurethane is already in the paint, your paint doesn’t yellow! I might have to re-do Caeden’s room because his turquoise floor (we used a latex paint) got a yellow tint as soon as I put a poly coat on it. Boo!

I also chalked my fridge! With colored chalkboard paint! I had some leftover from a project and was all, hey! Paint the fridge!

colored chalkboard painted fridgeIt’s currently the only Christmas “decoration” we have up right now…we haven’t had time to put up a Christmas tree yet! Stay tuned for more kitchen awesome-ness happening soon!


I’ve Been Super Lazy

Kind of. I’ve only been lazy in the sense of neglecting this blog. Again. I get side tracked with being awesome over here. Prepare for a major photo dump of everything you have(n’t) been missing.

A couple of weeks ago our wood stove was here:


Then we both decided we hated it and moved it here:



We like it much mo’ betta! There’s even smoke coming out of the chimney like it’s supposed to! We used the left over tile/scraps from our bathroom floor/shower upstairs. You’ll get pictures of that later…Like when I decide to clean up the disaster in there.

Also, I’m about to show you pics of Caeden’s “nursery”. It’s still unfinished, but finished-ish enough that you can see it. Ready?






There it is. It’s still missing a few key things…like a door, window trim, crown molding, and baseboards. Oh, and a super sweet awesome rug like this:

but not so shaggy looking, or so fetching expensive. Ugh. I think I want a braided circle rug in this color. Yes…yes.

To Paint, or No?

I *love* painted wood! If I recall correctly, which most of the time I don’t, my dad hates painting wood. So for all of you wood-loving-paint-haters I want to give you a heads up: I WILL be painting the wood in our house. Yes. I will. Yes, that does include this:

Okay, everyone take a breath.



Moving on. My sister-in-law sent me this link for a cute kitchen floor idea.

Checked floor! Very fun and vintage. I had already contemplated the idea of painting our porch floor when we build it. I have also contemplated painting one of the “kid” bedroom floors (I haven’t told My Honeypie yet, all of my ‘awesome’ ideas are sometimes a bit overwhelming)–but painting the kitchen floor didn’t occur to me yet. Maybe it would make it extra fabulous with the high ceiling, library ladder, and chandelier(s?).

I’m kinda liking these:

REALLY loving this

How to is here.

Liking the lace look...

How totally cool would it be to have a version of the above picture, but with like, “I Spy” things in it? Like little birds and feathers and raindrops and flowers and hourglasses and rainbows and little unicorns???! See, these are my awesome ideas I try to keep to myself because I think My Honeypie’s would stare at me and say something sweet like, “That sounds great, but we don’t have any walls yet…” and then I’m like, “Oh yeah, well just remember it.”

Look how blue!

Not a fan of concrete floors, but I love the design on this one:

and it would look just as lovely on a wood floor!

So…the question is this: to paint the floor, or no??