Fan vs Evan

Replacing the fan in the master bedroom seemed like a pretty dang easy project. After all, we had already removed a couple fans, so installing one couldn’t be that different right? Ha. Hahaha. We’ll take a moment of silence for Evan’s fingers and then we’ll get started on the post.

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So here’s how the old fan looked in our bedroom. Not absolutely terrible- but we did feel that it really dated the room.

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It especially revealed it’s age when you took a closer look. Mmmm, dat glass…

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So Evan, with his height and all, got to work disassembling the fan. He started with the blades and light covers.

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After he removed the base and snipped the wires (don’t worry, the power was off!) we were pretty confident it was going to be smooth sailing. But then we saw these.

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A bunch of nails- NAILS- holding our fan into a ceiling joist. No mounting kit, no screws. This meant it was going to be WAY harder to remove this thing.

Evan finally managed to pry them out, but those five nails cost him about half an hour and the use of his index finger (it’s hard to simultaneously use a hammer and pliers above your head while on a ladder. Would not recommend).

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You can see by the multiple gouge marks on the nails (oh and the one that BROKE IN HALF) that this was quite a battle.

The good news is that after this, installing the new fan was a breeze (Ha! A breeze! I’ll see myself out…)

Evan installed the base and the down rod (so that it would hang lower than the ceiling, like our old one). Then I hopped up and spackled/painted around the edges of the base, where we had kinda beat up the ceiling trying to get the old fan out.

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Then it was on with the blades and the lights! :D

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Somehow after that we never took an after picture… so I went and took one today! (Psst, you can check out the details of how our room has evolved over the past year here).

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We feel like the new fan suits the room MUCH better. The brushed silver ties in with the lamps and bed frame, and overall the look is way more sleek and modern. Woohoo!

Master Bedroom- lots of little updates

Hi guys! I know I know…. it’s been way too long since we updated. I’m starting to feel like a broken record I’ve said that so many times! The past ten or so months have been crazy since I traded in my freelance slippers for corporate America big girl shoes (i.e. started working full time for a 60,000 person company). So again… my apologies for the terribly sparse updates these days. The good news is, even though we haven’t been posting as often as we’d like, we’re still working on improving our house little by little!

Sometimes we don’t even realize how much a room has changed until we look at the last pictures we took of it. Case in point, our master bedroom. Last time it showed up on the blog, it was looking something like this:

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White on white on white, am I right? But then we got a few wedding presents (curtains, lamps, side tables) and it started coming together more and more. We also switched the comforter to an old one I had… which we soon realized was too long for such a low bed.

IMG_6105copy Don’t mind the ladder haha. Unfortunately, this mid-project photo is the only one we have of this phase of the bedroom. Going back to the low bed though, we decided it was maybe time to look at new bed frames. The one in the photo above is from Ikea. It was great for the cost, but it never felt super sturdy and our kitty liked to run back and forth across the top and dig her claws into it.

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So we decided to buy ourselves a nice new bed frame and donate the old one! You can also see in the picture below that we moved the darker curtains to a different room and bought these linen ones from Crate & Barrel.

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Of course, Mochi was pretty attached and did not let that headboard go easily… (Also you can see in the photo below how loose the fabric had gotten. Once you take it off and try to wash it, it never goes on quite the same.)

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The new bed frame is the stainless steel Portica bed from Room & Board. We love it! It’s modern and sturdy and feels really well made. I was so excited about it I didn’t even finish making the bed before snapping a picture- doh!

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Here is how are bedroom currently looks- we got this light comforter from Target and we LOVE it (it’s basically t-shirt material so it’s super comfy). To add some more color, we switched our throw pillow and added some of my coffee filter flowers on the bedside table. To gain some extra storage, we added some baskets from Container Store that fit PERFECTLY into the bottoms of our bedside tables, making the perfectionist in me quite pleased. Also the rug is gone. We loved it… but white rug plus sick kitty = bye bye rug. It was several years old and pretty cheap, so it had a good run! We are looking for something new now to replace it.

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There is one other big change in our bedroom… but that’s a post for next time! In the meantime, enjoy this little side by side before and after :) Looks like our room is growing up!

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Prettier Pantry

We never really expected to upgrade our pantry in this house, but when I was hit with the sudden urge to clean it out and get rid of old stuff it was the perfect opportunity to beautify the pantry a bit. Mid-clean you can see that our pantry is nothing fancy but nothing terrible either.

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It’s not the biggest, but it’s plenty of room for our little family of two. The main problem we had with it was that the shelves were not so pretty. And not so functional. They look alright from far away, but when you get up close…

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You’ll notice that each shelf is made of two pieces. These two pieces were uneven and bowing, so when you tried to slide something to the back or pull something out it would catch. Also, these shelf-pieces were covered in layers of painted-over contact paper which tended to get beat up on the edges (and it’s kinda gross too).

So we thought it would be pretty easy to say goodbye to the old shelves and say hello to some pretty new ones. Hello pretty new ones.

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We went to home depot and picked up some nice plywood and trim pieces, and cut the plywood to the size we needed our shelves to be. Then Evan nailed the trim pieces to one edge of each shelf (the edge that would be facing out). You can sorta see the trim piece that is attached to the top of the shelf below. But I know, it’s hard to notice things like trim when you’re distracted by that dazzling smile.

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Here, now you can see the trim :P

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He also sunk the nails so that we could add wood filler and stain right over them (so that in the end it would look pretty seamless and you wouldn’t be able to tell there were nails).

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Evan then sanded the edges that we had cut when cutting the shelves to size. The cuts were a little rough but they sanded right out.

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While we were in the garage, Mochi was having a pantry party.

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Then Evan started the longer-than-expected staining and sealing process.

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The reason it took so long was because of the required wait time between multiple coats of sealant. We wanted to make sure our shelves had a nice solid seal to make them spill-proof and easily wipe-able (since they’d be around food) so we had to do a few coats of the stuff. And after each coat you had to let it completely dry, give it a light sand, and then reapply.

But its ok, we used the wait time to buy a few organizing baskets from Target so we could ditch the cardboard boxes that had been serving that purpose for way too long (scroll back up to earlier photos to see that sadness).

After much patient waiting, I was so excited to load everything back into the pantry with our new and improved shelves! The wood is so pretty and shiny and smooth. It looks great AND is super easy to clean.

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Never thought I’d be so proud of our little pantry! It’s come a long way *tear*