Fan-atic

So, Lucas’s ceiling fan bothered me from the start…

It was pretty chintzy.  Cheap and outdated.   And I wanted it gone.  But with so many other home-related expenses that we had to deal with after moving in, I needed to make this guy work.  For a while anyways.

I figured that I could improve its look by painting the blades white, so after many, many months of procrastinating (but still growling at the ugly light fixture every time I entered the space… I know.  Productive, Christina. ), I finally got around to removing the blades… which is when I discovered that their backsides were ALREADY white.  Jimony Crickets.   I seriously could’ve done this months ago!  So note to you folks out there in Internetland:   Check the top of your fan blades for other possible color options.      You never know what you’ll find.

So anyways, I proceeded to flip the blades over with gusto.  Aaaand the only picture that I could find which proved it was this one…

 See those tiny little white blades barely peeking through the top of the pic??  Yeah.  That’s what I got.  ;)

And I was cool.

The fan was way less annoying.   It kind of blended into the ceiling which was fine by me.

And I was at peace.

…which the fan must’ve picked up on, because about a week later it promptly proceeded to crap out on us.   A part that controlled the light broke right off.  Just like that.  And there was nothing we could do to save it.   Dumb fan.

So,this was right around the time that we installed my birthday pendant light in the kitchen.  The plan was to use the ceiling fan from the breakfast nook…

Breakfast nook**(To see updated breakfast nook photos click here) **

… to replace the ridiculously ornate (for our taste) ceiling fan in our master bedroom.  Ya know… the one with the badly painted blades, which to this day contain pieces of the previous owners hair (I’m not touching it! Ew.) ..

But when Lucas’s fan broke, the plan changed.

And now that guy lives in there…

It was probably meant to happen this way.   And I have to admit that as eager as I was to rid our room of the dreaded hair-fan, the breakfast nook fan goes way better in Lucas’s room.  It pretty much matches his updated bed to a T…

And since we’re here, I give you an updated wide shot (well, as wide as my camera will allow) from the doorway…

And his desk area…

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So, that’s my story of a free fan swaperoo that totally floats my boat.   We still have more to do on Lucas’s room, but we’re slowly, step-by-step getting closer to the finish.

Aside from this little switch, I’ve actually gotten a bunch of smaller decor projects done lately.  I just need to get them photographed and posts written.  I’m ESPECIALLY excited about some recent changes to our foyer (excited giggle!).  So, stay tuned for that!   :)

Fence = Extended

I’m happy to report that our backyard is now larger. (jazzhands!)

Remember back in this post, I discussed how we planned to extend our fence closer to the street?   Well, thanks to Joey and his dad, the mission is complete.

So, let’s look at a few progress shots and then a few before and afters.

First off, let me just say that I really love our neighborhood.  For the very first time as homeowners we live in a place where our neighbors actually talk to one another.  It’s pretty awesome.

But, it is an adjustment.

For example, when your fence is down like this…

You must learn to not walk out into the backyard to take pics in your pajamas.   There, inevitably, will be a crowd of sweet neighbors who are inquiring to your husband about the project at hand staring back at you.   And you will awkwardly turn and flee as if you fear human contact.  Which, at that moment, you pretty much do.

So, at this point, instead of just getting it together and changing into actual clothing, you will resort to Plan B.  Taking progress pics from inside the window…

The next day, you will have learned your lesson and donned appropriate outerwear.  And you will meander out into the yard to snap pics of the two-man team.  Surprisingly, they will be not as excited as you are to stop and pose for pics mid-project.  But, you will prevail….

And you will ogle the newly gained space in wonderment…

I heart you, new fence.  You are beautiful.

(For details about moving a fence, check out this post from when Joey moved the fence in our last house)

So anyways, just so ya know, the pic above is pre-stain.   The following weekend after the fence was completed, Joey got to staining the fence.   He powerwashed the entire thing the first day, then took on the staining process the following day.   I didn’t get any progress pics, but it basically consisted of Joey spraying on the stain and then back-brushing with a large brush to ensure that it was even.   We used a semi-transparent stain in cedar, which we were pigeon-holed into using since another segment of our fence by the pool was already stained cedar.  We chose semi-transparent since we had both old and new fencing to unite.  Semi-transparent stain offers more coverage than transparent while still allowing the wood grain to show through, thereby, creating a more cohesive finish.

Now, for the fun part.  Before and afters.

Before…

After…

You may recall that the arch in the branches in the photo above is where the walkway to the shed will go.

Before…

After…

Before…

After…

And here’s the front on that side of the house now…

Nice, right?? Joey and his dad rocked it.

And check out the freshly stained amount of yard we gained…

Heck yeah.

Now this one isn’t a total before pic.  It was taken just after we had the house painted (and after joey gussied up the landscaping and added a stone border).  It was just the only pic that I could find that really showed the side fence ….

And here’s our house now…

But since I’m a total sucker for TRUE before pics, here are a few shots of our house on the day we closed…

I haven’t looked at some of these before pics in a really long time.  I’d forgotten how ugly it was at first.   Very institutionally prison-like, in my opinion.  Those old windows.  Woof!  What was really, really encouraging was that while Joey was staining the fence, one of our neighbors whom we hadn’t met yet walked over to Joey and thanked him for helping to make the neighborhood beautiful.   And I thank him too.   Aside from painting the front door and our metal gate, I can claim no responsibility for our house’s exterior transformation.  My husband never ceases to amaze.

Sadly, with all the crazy weather we’ve been having though, there has been one casualty.  This awesomely unique evergreen went to the giant forest in the sky after all the rain we had in May…

Goodbye, my LOOOVVVE…

So, now that the fence is extended we’re gonna get going on installing the shed.   Which means our garage is gonna look might purdy.  Well, for a minute anyways (donttelljoeyisaidthat). And once the weather cools off we plan to work on landscaping both the shed and exterior fenceline to soften it all up.

So, that’s our exterior progress up to this point.  How are y’all faring in this heat?