Before + After: Barn Makeover

We have an old (like 1840’s original) barn, that’s pretty and charming…but attached to it is a building that’s less charming. When we bought this house I had dreams of turning it in to my studio. That was a dream. It’s been taken over with tractors, lawn mowers and all the essential larger scale equipment. All I want from this building now, is an exterior makeover. A paint job.

Inspired by the ever informative and inspiring, Karen from The Art Of Doing stuff, I found this blog post and bought a spray gun painter, from Home Depot. I bought this one, the Wagner Flexio 590.

I really just wanted this old building to disappear…I tested the following dark grey paint swatches from Home Depot’s, outdoor Behr paint:

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We went with Space Black (swatch under the window) by Behr, and here’s my trooper mom giving the paint gun a go. (haha! She always gets herself in to paint projects for her children) For the record, the entire front wall of the barn took 1.5 hours with the spray gun. (!!!!!!!!!!)

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Here’s the after…I love it!

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Found: Must Have Baby Item Part II

Even though I vowed to keep my baby items to a minimum, and refused a giant baby shower…(see more in my blog post “Found: Must Have Baby Item“) I still ended up buying stuff that I didn’t use, or need.  I fell victim to way too many “must have lists” and also my own expectations about how newborn baby life would go. I bought a bassinet, and set it up beside the bed months before my baby was born, visualizing rocking her to sleep, perfectly swaddled in one of the newborn swaddle things I also bought…well, obviously that’s not how things went. (I jinxed myself in so many ways!) Then, I found the Dock-a-tot !

The Dock-A-Tot is amazing. (This isn’t a sponsored post btw, just a fan review!) It’s her own little “nest” like bed, and she loves it. I bought it online, right from the site here. It arrived in the mail a few days later, and life got a little better for this sleep deprived mama.

This post is basically just to say, I highly recommend it, and wish I had it from day 1! (And sometimes, mom-to-mom advice is all you need!)

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It’s sturdy and well made, and everything the company claims it to be. I often find my daughter running her hands along the stitching and playing with the little tiny tags on the sides. (Did they research the perfect tactile logo execution as well!?) I could post a million photos and talk a lot about it, but the moral of this story is…we all sleep better because of this product. (Need I say more?!)

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Friday Finds 2.0

It’s cold this morning…it’s officially fall and starting to actually look like fall. Some of this week’s Friday Finds are making me feel a bit better about the change in season! Here’s what I found worth sharing this week: Blanket Scarf $18 // source long fleece jacket $49.99 // source organic baby booties $14.00 //…

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Inspiration: (small) home office

I have worked from home as a graphic designer for 6 years (minus the current year for maternity leave). My home office is therefore always an important space, no matter where we have been living. I need it to be organized (or at least have the potential to be organized), have a large desk for…

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