Friday, April 28, 2017

Five on Friday - Things I've Been Working On

It's been pretty quiet here on the blog lately...that's because I have been super busy here on the farm doing some projects.  I am totally embracing my Word of the Year and crossing things off my list from left to right top to bottom!!  Thankfully I have a super supportive husband that encourages me to do all the things - and he even helps out!!


Adios 1989!!

I am working on a more detailed post...just waiting to finish cleaning up and styling Ellie's room and then the post will go live.  Hopefully I'll have it up next week ;)  I've been dying to replace the flooring in our rooms practically since before we moved in.  We finally did it!  We no longer have any carpet in our home and I cannot tell you how much cleaner I feel.  Minus the lingering dust from the construction I feel like our air quality increased substantially and I just cannot get over how much better and updated our home looks.  I still have to paint and install the new baseboard but seriously it looks a million times better! Here is a sneak peek:


Last weekend we hosted Finnley's 1st Birthday Party.  It was an Alice in "ONE"derland theme and it was totes adorable.  Finnley is a pretty shy girl and was a bit overwhelmed by the party and guests as a whole but once we got to opening presents she really embraced the whole "party" idea, I guess you can say she's a girl after my own heart ;)  I spent the whole week deep cleaning our house and prepping for the party.  I feel like the more parties I throw the easier and less stressful they seem to get.  So that is a is keeping the decor to reuse from party to party when possible.


Since we had to move all of our furniture out of our bedroom for the new flooring I am now trying to sell our bedroom set so that we can totally start over.   Once the floors were finished we only brought two pieces back in; our bed (because we need somewhere to sleep) and our dresser (because we need somewhere to put our TV) and honestly I am loving how light and airy it feels.  I don't think I want to put much furniture in it when I redecorate.  I finally got a fresh coat of paint in our room, I went with white and I am so in love with it. I am just itching to get started on this room.  Just like everyone else I am going with the Farmhouse theme (have you seen my Pinterest board?) and am really hoping to get the set sold here soon so that I can start decorating and styling our Master....why is it that our master's always take a back seat to every other room in the house?? I mean Finnley and Ellie haven't been in our house as long as I have and their rooms look fantastic!   Meanwhile we still have the lighting fixture from 1989 in our room....


Ellie's birthday is coming up next month and she has requested a Moana birthday so I am wracking my brain coming up with ideas for how to execute this one.  Check out my Pinterest board and let me know if you have any good ideas.  I have almost picked out an invitation and I better get on that soon so I can get them ordered and mailed out!!

Image result for Moana


Finally, we made a BIG decision.  Ellie has been asking for a playhouse for nearly 2 years.  We've been waivering back and forth as to where we would put it and what it would look like. Well that is no longer an issue!!!  We are down to 2 chickens and have been kicked out of the coop.  Don't worry they are still in an enclosed area and are still thriving unfortunately even though they haven't laid an egg in over 18 months... So I got the bright idea to convert their coop into a playhouse!!  I have gathered all sorts of inspiration on Pinterest.  This is going to be quite the project let me tell you! 

Here is what entails in PHASE 1: The Interior

*First I had to do a deep clean to get all of the chicken stuff out of the coop
*Second I had to wash the entire inside - because I'm OCD like that
*Third I have to primer the whole inside of the coop: walls, floors and ceiling (finishing that up this weekend!!)
*Fourth we have to lay a new floor down because the existing one has some holes (eyeroll)
*Fifth  Ellie has requested an "upstairs" so we are going to build a loft
*Sixth we are going to insulate the walls (and maybe ceiling) and put up beadboard to cover, add in a dutch door, move a window and maybe add another window or two
*Seventh I have to paint the entire interior again including the windows and doors.  I'm thinking white walls and black windows/doors.
*Eighth we are going to put down linoleum for the floor, I found some that look like wood floors and I'm obsessed!  And also install some baseboards.
*Ninth we have to figure out how to install some sort of lighting option
*Tenth I get to finally decorate!!

I'm pretty sure that this to-do list is a bit long and extensive that the playhouse won't be done in time for Ellie's birthday but it's my goal to get as close as we can!!

PHASE 2: The Exterior

I'll share more on Phase 2 once I complete Phase 1 (oh and this can't happen until the chickens are no longer with us...)

So that's where I've been lately...working on my creative side a bit.

Happy Friday and Happy Weekend Y'all...if you need me you can find me painting ;)

♥ Ashley

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  1. Oh goodness that nursery is perfect!! Those floors look amazing! Thanks for sharing :) Have a great weekend!

  2. Ashley! Wow!!! Everything looks so so so good! I'm crazy impressed! Love the new floors, love the improvements to your master, and I can't wait to see more of that playhouse!

  3. i love the rug in her nursery! xo jillian - cornflake dreams

  4. Oh I am loving the before and afters that you shared! I cannot wait to get the carpet out of our home. The floors you chose look amazing ♥


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