Tuesday, August 15, 2017


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Light #1
I found this one for $15 at the Habitat Restore downtown. A little spray paint and fancy bulbs and we're in business! I love a black hanging chandelier in the dining room.

Light #2
The pendant light for the computer nook in the library. I found this light second-hand for less than $20. Bryce retrofitted it to be a straight hanging light (he can figure just about anything out!) and it works perfectly in that spot. Eventually there will be floating shelves and a built-in computer desk beneath it.

Light #3
And another black light fixture....black spray paint is just addicting. This little light used to hang in our entryway, with lovely 70's etched glass on all four sides. I removed the glass, spray-painted, and then Bryce hung it up in the laundry room. Free! And the perfect little bit of bling.

Light #4
And our personal favorite, the light Bryce built for over the kitchen sink. I had a design in mind but while online searching (for weeks) I could only find it for $400-500. So Bryce designed and built one for less than $100! We love it--a perfect fit for our kitchen.

**Bryce can make more of these lights if anyone is interested in placing an order! 
Fully customizable: variety of colors, # of lights, hanging length, etc. 
Let us know if you're interested!**

Saturday, August 12, 2017


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We've been in our Tree House for 6+ months now! Looking back over what we've been able to accomplish, it's definitely not as much as the first four months where Bryce worked full-time on the house. I guess maybe the projects aren't as big and the results aren't as visually-major. But we've still been "chipping away" at it, while also letting the budget play catch-up. :-)

New front steps (still need to be stained and sealed)

Here's a quick recap of projects completed along with some pictures!

Living areas & upstairs:
  • Painted the bookshelves and stained the mantle (photos of this project here)
  • Hung curtains in the guest room and living room
  • Organized the kids' rooms
  • Cleaned out the spare bedroom to make usable for guests
  • Unpacked all of the boxes (except for a few in the master bedroom since we don't have closets built yet....and a few left in the basement, which is still a horrible mess)
  • Started installing trim in the downstairs--about halfway done installing and only about a quarter of it is painted so far
  • Added transitions between the tile and laminate floors

The entryway in March vs now (notice the new floor/doorway trim and the new light fixture).

Decor misc:
  • Slowly added new lighting to the hallway, kitchen, dining room, laundry, and library--nine lights total (two were spray-paint projects, one Bryce built, one I found second-hand and Bryce retrofitted, two were given to us, and three we bought--blog post to come!)
  • Found a rug for the library
  • Arranged the living room (with a new-to-us gifted couch!)
  • Started to hang a few pictures on the walls

Living room is slowly starting to come together. 
And so happy to have our "bench" photos on the wall finally!

Kitchen & bathrooms:
  • Built, stained, sealed and hung shelves in the kitchen, and added under-cabinet lighting
  • Added cabinet hardware
  • Finished the pantry: built shelves, primed/painted, and hung a door (blog post to come!)
  • Built and painted (matching the cabinets) a frame around the fridge to make it look built-in
  • Installed a new water heater
  • Added towel bars and toilet paper holders to all of the bathrooms, and hung a mirror in the half-bath

Pantry straight ahead with antique door (not yet refinished). 
You can also see the built-in fridge and black cabinet hardware.

  • Built a frame for the deck swing
  • Built a front step
  • Got a trampoline for the kids (and Bryce)
  • More septic work completed and it's been holding up fine so far--thank goodness
  • Cleared a lot of brush and trees--an actual yard is slowly starting to emerge
  • Started cleaning out the pole barn
  • Installed an electric fence for Parson
  • Installed a new mailbox and post
  • Installed a solar-powered attic fan to help keep the upstairs cooler

Front yard torn up for a new septic pump.

New lights in the hallway, over the desk area, and over the table (this is looking from the entry way, half bath on the right, eat in area and deck sliding doors through to the left)

Deer sighted out the dining room window.

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