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October 28th, 2012

So apparently I took a self imposed blog break.

Didn’t mean to, but time goes by so quickly these days.  Every night after we got the dude to bed I would think, I should blog about {insert project here}.  But then I would open my laptop and stare blankly at the screen.

Maybe I was overwhelmed at all the info I thought I needed to be sharing on house projects, or the reality that it is hard work being a full time mother, wife, employee, DIY’er and blogger.  And when trying to make it all happen simultaneously, sometimes something has to give.

But enough of that.. I’m back and ready to chat.  We’ve got a lot to catch up on…

Since we last talked some doors have been painted, our fence has been finished,  landscaping in the front yard  has commenced, a new mantle piece is on its way, there have been several trips to the pumpkin patch and plans for a new 2 car garage and kitchen have been drawn.  A pretty slow couple of months if you ask me! {ha-ha}

I’m going to recap it all the best I can..get ready!

Back in September I started testing out some high gloss paint colors on our front door.

Here is the boring before…

And during the testing process..

I think I freaked out the neighbors a bit because at least one asked if we were going to use the same color on our shutters.

I was going for a bright blue..obviously, but it just didn’t work.

So back to Lowes I went and this time came home with a more turquoise color..

Can you see the difference between the turquoise at the top and the blue at the bottom?  They kinda blend together in this photo.

I loved the new color so much I instantly went to the back door and  painted it without asking Mr. vB’s opinion. {why you might ask did I not paint the front door?  Well we will soon be getting a new front storm door and I didn’t want to waste my precious time painting something that was headed to the Restore.}

Viola..Totally the pop of color I was going for!

Unfortunately Mr. vB greatly, extremely, passionately dislikes the color.

My compromise was that we would paint the Front Door a more purpely-denim color and leave the back door this color.  Jury is still out.

On to the Fence!

Never thought I could be in love with a fence- but I am.

This is the gate on the right side of the house.

Rusty at Creative Custom Structures took such pride in making it absolutely perfect.  I would HIGHLY recommend him to anyone in or around Richmond looking to build a fence.

Here is the view from the driveway into the backyard.

Mr. vB had to create a temporary fence to keep B&B contained until the garage addition is built.  Once it is complete, Rusty will come back and finish the 4th side of the fence that will butt-up to the back side  of the garage.  Again we totally confused the neighbors with a 3 sided fence.  Lots of head scratching going on in this neighborhood.

NEXT… Landscaping!

One might say that our yard has very mature landscaping.  Not in the sense of our curb appeal screaming mature adults live here, but more in the sense of “hello, I’ve gotten to the end of my life cycle, please do something.”

Ever noticed the 2 HUMUNGOUS English Box-woods in the border by the front door?  Couldn’t miss ‘em if you tried.

And the holly bushes that were packed in like sardines..

Due to budget constraints we could only tackle the front yard to start, but what an immediate difference!

We hired a high school buddy of mine that owns a Landscaping Design Company called Natural Progression Landscaping to do the dirty work.

Hasta-la-vista bushes.. Here’s what the front yard looks like now.

Our Curb Appeal screams.. Cool Hip People (with a crazy half blue, half green front door) live here now.

Mantle Time!

We have an awesome fireplace in our living room but it does not have a mantle.

I mentioned to Mr. vB one day  that I really wanted to investigate getting a refurbished mantle from the local salvage store.

And then I left to go to the grocery store.  When I returned this had been built.

We are still working on adding trim pieces and the actual mantle part, but it should be done in time to hang Christmas stockings!

The Pumpkin Patch

vannyB loves him some pumpkin patch.  We talk about it often and have been several times.

Lastly, we have been brainstorming ideas for our new 2 car garage and kitchen renovation!!

I’m not going to give away too many details on these yet.  But hopefully the garage will break ground by the first of the year and then the kitchen in late 2013/early 2014.

Congrats- You are now fully up to date!

{And I am exhausted.}


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  1. Anne W
    October 29th, 2012 at 12:02 | #1

    LOVE IT ALL!!!

  2. October 30th, 2012 at 06:52 | #2

    Looking good – love the new digs. And, as always… little Van just keeps getting cuter.

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