Hello Lighting

Monday, February 23, 2015
This was a HUGE week in terms of progress on the house.  These past 5 days a lot of the larger finishes went in.  As of today, all of the tile for the floors, showers and tubs are complete.  The lights have been installed both inside and out, and all of the electrical is finished.  When you walk into the space, it now feels like a home.  Crazy what finishes do!
 
Another post for another day on the tile and how we thought we made a HUGE mistake in the Master Bath AND how we ended up saving Major Mullah on the lighting selections!
 
Here are a few images of some of the fixtures.  My kitchen pendants are on back order, so cross your fingers they get here shortly!




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They're Here - Countertops

Thursday, February 19, 2015
Introducing my new infatuation - our countertops.
If I could touch them right now I would be kissing every inch of these bad boys. I am in love!
It took a while to get to this point, but to see them installed in all their glory, it's exactly what Ryan and I wanted.  I couldn't be happier with our choice.
 
The countertops are a granite stone called Golden Exotica.  If you do a search for this particular stone, you'll notice that they come up REALLY yellow.  9 out of 10 times if you ask for Golden Exotica, it's going to be a yellow granite.  However, if you recall our granite post HERE and HERE, you'll see that these were an exception.  When we saw them in the stone yard, we had to have them.  Thank goodness it all worked out!




 
All the countertops went in yesterday, including our master bath.  Here's a quick view of the countertops in there, which I am also extremely pleased with!  Now that the main construction is done, it's time to focus on all of the finishes.  Today the tile should be arriving!

 

A part of me was sad yesterday when I saw the countertops in the kitchen.  I love them so much and I was sad because that stone stays with the house.  I don't know how long I will live here, but if I could, I would so take these with me :)



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Allegheney Tour #3

Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Before the paint goes in, I thought you all may like a quick tour of the progress!  This is one of the last tours we'll do until the finished product on move-in day!  Woo whoo!  I will most likely do a quick video clip during tile after the countertops are placed!




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DIY Monogramed Headboards

Monday, February 16, 2015
In preparation of the new home, there were a few DIY projects that I have been meaning to get around to.  And when I say meaning to get around to, I mean YEARS of keeping inspiration on my computer screen in hopes of getting to them when I had some "spare time."  I think we all know how that ends up working out :) 
 
Now that it's crunch time, I REALLY wanted to give the kids a room that would instantly make them feel like it was theirs.  We have moved some many times the past few years, that I know how hard it is to adjust once more, and this time, I wanted it to feel like HOME!  Easier said than done right?  For me, if they came into the house with their rooms complete, then that would help make the adjustment that much easier.  One of the items on my to-do list was these EASY, and I do mean EASY, headboards.  The hardest part of this whole project is getting all the items together at the store.  I recently completed this project for $150.00 total for TWO, and each one took me less than 30 minutes to complete!


 
Here is the list of items that you NEED + TIPS
 
** do not forget your fabric. When I took this photo, my linens were at the embroidery shop getting the kids monograms placed.  I knew I wanted them to be personalized when I started this DIY Project.  The monograming cost $50 for both.
 
* Batting :: Go cheap on this if you can since you wont see this on the outside and it will help to keep the foam straight.
* Foam ::  Instead of purchasing at JoAnne's, I used a queen mattress topper from Target, which cost significantly less.



Make sure to measure your bed size and find the correct height and length for the plyboard. Mine was 39x42.  I also used a heavier piece of wood.  This is ONLY because I sent my husband out to purchase the wood at Lowes and he came back with this because it was "nicer" and "on sale."  I think next time I'll just go do it myself:) 
 
Lay your fabric flat on the ground, then place your batting, then the foam and then the wood.  Use the adhesive to your plyboard so the foam sticks to it.  I did this step, then cut the foam to the correct length.  Using your staple gun secure the bating to the wood.  ** This is great when you have a little aggression to get out :)  Do this step again to secure your fabric.  Make sure when your pulling and stapling that your fabric does not bunch up on the other side.
 




It's really as easy as that.  Each took me less than 30 minutes to complete.
I did not mention about how I will secure them, because mine will not be connected until we move.  BUT, when we do secure them, they will be drilled into our bedframe using 2x4's. I considered using the wall, but I like to move my furniture too much for that to work, Plus they are heavy [because of the wood] and I didn't want to ruin our new walls! [Plywood would not be as heavy].
 
If you have any questions, don't hesitate to comment below!  Happy DIYing :)

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