So how much did we get done with the house for my birthday? A ton! We hung pictures, arranged furniture, organized, and let’s face it, stored a ton of stuff in the basement!
Not only did my mom surprise me by flying out from CA to visit, Eric surprised me with a really awesome tiki party! The house was totally transformed with a tiki hut, flip-flop lights, lanterns, and even a giant Homer Simpson cut out (in hula attire of course). We got a chance to show off our mostly redone house and reinforced the fact that our house is great for hosting parties. :-)
I am sure you really want to see what’s up with the house though. As it gets closer to our 1 year move in date (Dec 19) I will start showing before and after of all the rooms we’ve done.
Surely you remember this horrible primed wall in our sun room:
We painted the wall and updated the sconces and it remained a blank canvas for almost a month. We had purchased some decorative shelves to put in the office but soon decided they would go much better on this wall. The shelves had come with a template that indicates where holes are to be drilled so after cutting them out and carefully measuring, leveling, and taping, Eric started to drill where the holes indicated.
Easy peasy right? NO! No project is ever that easy. We went to hang the shelves and the holes were off! The template did not match at all! Buyer beware on the decorate shelving from Michael’s. We ended up having to drill more holes before hanging our shelves. However, the end result looks really great!
We decorated the shelves with what we had but soon it will be Christmas themed.
The buffet is from a consignment store down the street and has been sitting either in the garage or family room since it came home! We hope to refinish it some day but for now, it works! It also haphazardly holds our fine china.
The nutcrackers were part of the decor from my party – they are a hula guy and hula girl. They are from Target!
The shell vases and orchids were part of my gift from Eric. Long story short, we had shell vases and orchids at our wedding and they got accidentally taken home by our guests. Since then I have been hunting for the exact vases and even though I found them months later, I didn’t order them. Good thing because Eric did and even ordered the orchids from the same place as before!
The tall vase on the right side was also used in our wedding though it was filled with origami cranes. It sat empty since I donated the cranes but we picked up the bamboo poles and fake grass from Target and now it looks really awesome! It also keeps people from getting too close to the shelf and knocking it down!
And the wreath…
The wreath was almost as popular as Hula Homer! Eric will tell you he spent hours whittling the wood to construct it but in reality, it is also from Target! I had my eye on this wreath for many months and when they finally went on sale, we bought two! (The other is in the living room.) We placed the shelves based on the wreath and hope to change it out seasonally.
So there you go, a really ugly wall turned all pretty!