anchors and arrows…

If I ever re-named our family blog (since we’re not a ‘party of 2’ anymore!) it would be called “anchors and arrows.com.” When I was pregnant with Beau I was obsessed with arrows and the adventure theme. With Walker I was drawn to anchors and a nautical theme. I love how both of their rooms turned out!

Anchors… Walker’s nursery

We kept the nursery furniture from when Beau was a baby so all there was to do was redecorate! We chose navy blues, grey, and dark stained wood to go with our nautical theme. The crib is mine from when I was a baby that my brother’s and I all slept in so I knew I wanted all of my babies to sleep in it too! At four months old, he is still sleeping in a bassinet in our room but we enjoy his room for tummy time, reading books, and lots of diaper changes.

Darren built the frame around the changing pad when Beau was a baby and he also built the bookshelf/toy storage combo unit.

Arrows… Beau’s big boy room

I was very nervous about moving Beau out of his crib and into a new room. One, just because that’s a big step and two, we didn’t want him to feel pushed out of his room by the new baby. He moved into his new room when I was very early pregnant and he did awesome with the transition! He even wanted to show off his new room to everyone that came to our house! We bought him a new dresser, night stand, toy shelf and we already had a full size bed from when this room was a guest room. We lowered the bed to the floor and put rails on it for him. It’s very nice to have a big bed when we’re laying with him every night! The headboard of his bed is an old door that we found at Homewood Antiques and bolted to the wall.

Beau’s baby quilt was made by one of my good friends so I wanted to highlight it in his room. I found this awesome wood quilt hanger and love how it turned out. Beau took his monthly baby photos on his quilt and I love the way it looks like art hung in his room! Walker’s baby quilt is made by the same talented friend and is hanging over the rocking chair in his room. He also takes his monthly photos on his quilt! I love a good tradition!

My favorite part of each boys room is their gallery wall. I love how Beau’s has grown and transformed over the years and I love how Walker’s turned out (and can’t wait to see what we get to add to his)! Joking with Darren I asked him if he thought there was a job where I could just design gallery walls all day!

Love,

The kitchen…

I haven’t done very well with our family blog lately so here’s a little house update:

Darren bought me this kitchen island for my birthday in 2018. We knew that it needed a new top and a little extra work. What we didn’t know is that it would take us 2 years to complete.

In the meantime, I got pregnant again and couldn’t help with any of the painting or staining. So Darren did it all himself. Repainting all the drawers, putting on new trim, staining and sanding the top… it was a big project!

The top is actually 3 pieces of butcher block wood glued together and it looks wonderful.

Kitchen BEFORE

Kitchen AFTER

Now I want to refinish our table to match… More work!

Next I’ll work on posting pictures of Walker’s nursery and Beau’s big boy room!

Lots of love,

One wild year… 

Our little man turned ONE in February! He is a walking, talking, tornado of a toddler and we wouldn’t trade this experience for anything! His is our heart and makes life more fun. Being his parents is the most amazing blessing!

Beau’s a WILD ONE! Cake smash.

Beau’s a WILD ONE! First birthday bash.

Love,

Love, Lindsey & Darren

 

The nursery…

I’m 39 weeks today and the nursery is finally finished! We’ve had most of the must-haves ready for a while but now we feel that it is fully finished and ready to meet this baby boy!

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The crib is Lindsey’s from childhood and we had it painted white and updated a few safety standards. I love the character of this 1980’s Jenny Lind style crib! 

Darren built the frame for the changing pad and stained it to match perfectly!

Beautiful Moses basket bassinet for when he’s newborn and sleeping in our room.

Details…

  • Wall color – Sherwin Williams – Repose Gray
  • Crib, dresser & bookshelf – antiques
  • Crib bedding, skirt & blanket – Pottery Barn Kids
  • Changing table diaper caddy (wicker basket) – Pottery Barn Kids: Sabrina diaper caddy
  • Elephant rocker – Pottery Barn Kids: Plush elephant rocker
  • Window curtains & double curtain rod – Pottery Barn Kids
  • “You are our greatest adventure” artwork – Hobby Lobby
  • World map – Michael’s craft store
  • Rocker – Babies R Us: Sutton Upholstered Swivel Glider in Linen
  • Moses basket & stand/rocker – Restoration Hardware Baby
  • Rug, arrow lamp, side table & ottoman pouf – World Market
  • Diaper pail – Ubbi diaper pail – steel gray

Love,

Love, Lindsey & Darren

Home improvements…

We were recently looking through photos of the house from when Darren first bought it in 2012 and realized these before & after pictures are family-blog worthy! The “before” pictures are from the real estate listing in 2012.

Living room before & after… Just a little wall paint and re-decorating and it looks like a completely different house!

Living room panorama: (yes, dog beds are a part of our style)

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Kitchen before… (Check out that lighthouse mosaic and stellar wall paper!)

Kitchen after… (A little tile paint and wa-lah! Lighthouses be gone.)

New kitchen lighting! (you know you’re old when you get excited about a light fixture)

Dining room before & after… (a chandelier make-over is in the near future)

Master bedroom… (This one doesn’t even look like the same room!)

Guest bedroom before…

Guest bedroom after…

Office/bedroom before & after…

Office panorama…

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Guest bathroom before & after… (We don’t have a listing picture from before but here it is before we re-decorated… (featuring Bailey)! New paint, hardware, light fixture, mirror, shower curtain & towels!)

Deck space before & after…

Projects to come…We are currently working on the bonus room downstairs (aka. Darren’s man-cave) and plan to give the master bathroom a face-lift similar to the guest bathroom!

Paint colors: Our style is definitely neutrals/grays! Sherwin Williams – Sea Salt (in the living room, dining room & hallways) & Sherwin Williams – Repose Gray (in the bedrooms)

Happy, happy, happy!

Love, Lindsey & Darren

Adventures in furniture painting… 

I don’t know why I (Lindsey) love this coffee table so much. Maybe it’s because my parents bought it when they got married in ’77… Maybe it’s because it has traveled with me from townhouse to apartment to house to apartment and back again in my 20’s… Maybe it’s because it has been in my living room my entire life. No matter my attachment to this piece of furniture; it needed a make over. Big time.

I have painted a few small things over the last year but this was my first time staining. My project space was is the garage which is a good thing because I kicked over the can of stain the first time I used it… Whoops.

first coat of stain on the top

 

second coat of stain and distressed base (all waxed and complete!)

final product in our living room!

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And now I love it even more! It goes well with the style of our home and makes the living room feel complete!

past projects: dining room

past projects: guest bedroom mirror

Products used (coffee table):

  • Base:
  • Annie Sloan chalk paint: old white
  • Annie Sloan: clear wax & dark wax
  • Top:
  • Minwax espresso stain (oil based)
  • Minwax polyurethane (clear)

Love,

Love, Lindsey & Darren