Back to School Time

Well it is that time of year again for us here in Colorado! Back to school! This is my first week back, I get to meet all my great students next Monday for the start of the 2014-2015 school year. I anticipate it being a lot of fun, even with all the testing changes (cough: PARCC).

When I was teaching summer school I decided it was a great time to update my classroom and make it reflect more of my personality, remember when I first showed it to you in February?  Well it is still similar but I've added some awesome stripes!

Here's the tour this year:

The view from the front of my classroom:

Teacher corner (I still love my FREE desks):

My huge book collection and DIY magazine holders:

Painting the new stripes only took a couple of days after my summer school class was out. Which was awesome, I feel like they add some subtle character and my students will love them! I still want to find a slip cover for the couch that is functional but it is a work in progress!

When do you go back to school? I feel like we are just uncommonly early, but maybe not.

It's a Gutter Job

This last whole month has been filled with posts about the exterior of my humble abode! So here is another one for you as well. Last year all the gutters on the front of my house basically crumbled and fell off the house, or were knocked down from a falling limb or something equally dramatic. Here's a before of the entire front of the house, without gutters:

Here is also the back of the house, which from what I can tell, has never had any gutters at all.

It only took one short afternoon for the guys to come out and do my gutters. I did choose to hire them, especially with my Dad being so far away in New Mexico, I am quite sure this is one of those things you could DIY with the right means, but I don't think its for everyone.

Here's a beautiful view of the finished product:

It definitely gives the house a wonderful finished look and helps navigate the excess water from storms and other precipitation. The total cost was $678 on this bad boy.

The company that did it was called Guttermeister, click on their name if you're local and want to get in touch. I would definitely recommend them!

My house is feeling so grown up! New door, gutters, painted porch, new steps. I love it!

Oh Porch, How Cheerful of You!

I love the updates that I showed you last week, so I figured I should continue that trend into the front of the house. This post is a bit picture heavy but that's because the  front of my yard is a lot larger and I like to focus on the curb appeal, I will let them speak for themselves. The first five are the "before" pictures this year, and the rest are after the new paint job and accessorizing:

Sebastian had to stay inside because he was barky, he still tried to keep an eye on things.

Ready for the after? Here you go!

To- Do List Items Finished:

  • Repaint peeling paint 
  • Clean the steps
  • Replace old ramp with new steps
  • Plant flowers
  • Repaint from doors and posts
  • Accessorize
  • Organize seating for max functionality

Product List:

  • Large lattice rug, clearance $7.48 at Target
  • "Welcome" mat, Target
  • Lanterns, Homegoods and IKEA
  • Pillows, handmade by mama
  • Assorted flowers, local Bookcliff Gardens shop
  • Brown furniture, free from friend spray painted with "Espresso" Rustoleum 
  • Compass art, clearance $14.38 at Target
  • Blue lawn chairs, free from mama, she found them in the trash. 

What do you think of the front porch? I'm totally digging the new rug! Especially since it was dramatically cheaper than replacing all the carpeting on the front, though that does definitely still need to be done. Maybe next year. 

Outdoor Happiness

When back in the day when I first bought my house the back "yard" was a very sad and terrible looking space. Since the dryer sat in front of the door just enough that you couldn't use it, I didn't give much attention to it. I would just cringe and pretend it wasn't there when I saw it. Here's an original angle:

A wondrous "before" shot of the door of doom:

The weird cheap light fixture that has never worked in my recollection:

Overall, I wouldn't describe it as a pleasant area. The cheap lighting, the scary door, the cheap tiny piece of gutter above the door, broken steps, and peeling paint. So this year I decided it was time to step up the game on the entire exterior. Last summer I replaced the light on the front of the house:

The lovely gentle that gave me the light for the front, also gave me another for the back! So after one year of having it around the house, I decided to finally install it:

The new stark white door looks so incredible and keeps the house so much cooler. I love it! But it did make the peeling paint look that much more terrible...

Here's a full range view, ignore the lumber and debris, that should be gone soon!

Every year I repaint the front porch, so it totally makes sense that I should repaint the back porch. Finally. After six years. I used the same paint from the front porch to keep costs down and make it look cohesive.

Ah fresh paint how much I love you! Here's another view from the same angle with the light and paint. The new steps also look fantastic! There are still a few things to do, for instance; clean up the rubbish, paint the new step runners, and fix the mulch and rock leading up to the steps. 


I feel like it looks a thousand times better! It makes the back of the house much more in line with the rest of the house. Plus it helps increase the resale potential, if I ever get to that point of course. Maybe next year I can build a wood fence along the chain link to create more separation and visual appeasement from the neighbor's yard. Hopefully before the summer is out I can get you a full updated image of the space with accessories and everything! I hope you like it as much as I!

Master, Get Fabulous.

The more that I do some upgrades in other rooms in my house and start getting bold... the more that I want to update other spots in the house as well. My latest consideration? The master bedroom. Last time I updated that space was 2012 {see it again here} and it still looks okay, but a little boring. I want to try and be bold! Like an adventurer! Too far? oh well. Back in January, which was already 6 months ago, I made a list of things I wanted to do in my room, and then! I did nothing. Ha. Oops.

Here's a reminder for all of us on what that list actually was:

Master Bedroom Update:
  • find a second short dresser as a nightstand- paint it white
  • get a new rug situation
  • make/find a new headboard
  • update the shams and bedding
  • new wall art
  • patch and repaint sections
  • replace door
  • organize dog kennel area 
  • clear clutter/donate unworn clothes

And a reminder of the room itself:

Now if you follow me on Instagram (which I know is set to private, but if you request I'll add you! Until I figure out how to make a second one maybe? #teacherprobs) You'll already know that I've made a bunch of changes that are real exciting. Not everything on the list is done yet, but I already love the progress!

For instance when I went and changed out the nightstand, which was originally two laundry baskets on top of each other. For like. 10 months. I instead made this wonderful desk into my nightstand {see it again here}

Doesn't it look adorbs? Plus I also started changing up some of the art beside my bed! 

But the biggest (and one of the most bold) projects that I have undertaken in my room is my new feature wall! Now typically I don't do feature walls, but I think you'll see why this one is cool.

The story goes like this... First I was just trying to move the door stop for the new door so that it would line up with the new handle, and then things escalated and I ended up tearing out chunks of the paint and drywall. Whoops.

When we originally bought the house back in 2008, the entire house was wall paper, so we decided to use wallpaper paint and just paint over it. If you have ever lived in a manufactured or pre-fab home a lot of the times they make the wallpaper into the drywall before installation, which means you can't really take it off without removing the drywall.

I found this fabulous wallpaper at Lowe's! It is the exact same product that I used in my kitchen as the back splash (which I can't seem to find a picture of anywhere). It is a pre-pasted product and one roll almost covered this entire huge wall. The product is about $16 and can be painted and stripped off later if you so desire. Which is great for DIY people like us who change our minds all the time! I couldn't find this one online but here is the link to see different varieties from Lowe's {here}.

Check it out in progress!

Stay tuned for a full update on the wallpaper wall of my master! I think it looks pretty awesome, especially with the bold blue/gray door!