This is not your typical Lumber in my Minivan post. Most of our posts involve building things but this post? This one involves tearing things up.
We let some parts of our yard get overgrown and out of control.
Like this side yard flower bed we couldn’t see and never thought about. Seriously.
It looked like our house was abandoned from this shot. We lacked the equipment to make this look nice again, so we hired it out and now our home looks inhabited again.
Isn’t that 10,000 times better? I can’t wait to show you what we are going to put there instead.
We did some clean up of a different kind today, too.
This deck had seen better days. It was old, unused and many of the boards were beginning to crumble and rot.
We made the executive decision to remove it. And while I never thought I’d enjoy being destructive it was actually a lot of fun.
The floor boards were super easy to remove, as they were screwed in. I just got out our power drill and went to town.
The next part was none to easy, but it went much faster once we bought the crowbar and sledgehammer.
Bam! Two hours later, we had completely busted up and hauled off all of it. We still have to go back and clean the area up, but it looks better already. I can’t wait to show you what we put here- it’s going to be amazing.
I now know why Chip Gaines loves demo day- it’s a blast!!
Plus, you all know I love getting new tools and I got a new sledge hammer and a new crowbar out of the experience.
Have a wonderful day! Catch us Wednesday for a Pinterest roundup.
We have recently taken a good look around and realized the younger members of the Lumber family are growing up…too fast. We have been trying to take the time to make some memories, and we’ve also been trying to explore some of our local area as well.
The little Lumbers have been asking to visit a pumpkin patch, and while there are two pumpkin patches within a short drive of our house, we decided to check out Smith Hollow Farm in Kernersville.
These two sweet sisters had a blast! They got to meet and even feed some of the farm’s many animals.
They both rode horses (It was the Littlest Lumber’s for the first time!!)
They also went on a hayride and got their faces painted.
We enjoyed the food and enjoyed walking around the pretty farm. Did you know they have weddings there? We didn’t.
The oldest Lumber tried her hand at archery- her Pop Pop would be proud.
And before we left, we chose two pumpkins to bring home and carve.
It was a great trip and didn’t cost us a lot of money. We had a great time and plan to go back.
We have a wonderful covered back porch, but it’s a bit lacking in decor and comfort.
The space itself is great, but it’s bland and underused.
And I know what you’re thinking. Summer is over- why worry about sitting on the porch now?
We live in Central North Carolina, and it’s so hot here in the summer we can’t stand to sit on the porch. Even if it’s covered. Even if it has a ceiling fan- which ours doesn’t.
I’d love to make this a cozy little sitting space, kind of like an outdoor living room. I’ve got so many good ideas of what I’d like to do. Take a look at my ideas and the inspiration I’ve pulled from Pinterest! Here’s what I think our porch really needs:
A ceiling fan
The porch in this photo reminds me of a nicer version of my own porch. The spaces are similar. I love that ceiling fan because it’s decorative, and because I definitely don’t love our hot, humid weather.
2. Porch rug and a coffee table
I just love the porch furniture, the colors, and the general coziness of Suzy’s porch over at Worthing Court. It’s lovely- I just wanna sit there and drink my tea.
3. Pillows or cushions
See the picture above. Cushions and pillows make any porch seem cozy and inviting.
4. Soft lighting for fun and for evenings
I realize this is a Christmas photo, but I love the soft lighting from the string lights. String lights are also just a very cool look.
5. citronella candles
The mosquitoes in North Carolina are world-famous. They’re mean and they will get you. And since you’re well aware of my fondness for mason jars, I thought I’d try my hand at making a few of these citronella candle jars.
6. a new porch lantern
Our puny, builder grade light fixture was broken in one of the hurricanes last year and we haven’t replaced it yet. I’d love this barn light lantern on our back porch. It’s such a cool look.
7. different wreaths
There is nothing wrong with the wreaths I made, but I think they’re a little puny. This wreath is fuller and the colors are better and I think it’d look great on my doors.
We are actively working on making the porch cozier and better right now. I can’t wait to share it with you next month!
Pardon the snow pictures; since my server crashed earlier this year, I’ve lost many of my pictures.
Not bad, but this eyesore wasn’t doing a thing for our home’s facade.
Our garage door was big, white and booorrrring. I’ve been crushing on Coach house garage doors since forever, but because they run in the upwards of $2,000, they aren’t exactly in the budget right now.
I promptly ordered them and, thanks to Amazon Prime, I received them two days later. All pieces were 100% magnetic, so if you make a mistake, or like me, can’t seem to get your “window panes” straight, you just pick them up and move them…no nail/screw holes, and no damage 🙂
It took me about 30 minutes to put them all on the door. I would recommend having a “spotter” to stand back and help you determine if you’re putting your “windows” on straight. Other than that, these things are easy-peasy to install.
I texted a picture to all my family when we were finished and several of them asked when we got a new door.
Doesn’t our house look so much better?
Let’s see that before and after:
Isn’t that a thousand times better? It’s amazing what just a simple, $50 change can do for your home.
Join us this week for the following features:
Wednesday: a super cute study space
Friday: Farmhouse Friday: Repurposed and recycled decor
Saturday: Simplify Saturday: Your paper clutter problems solved!