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March 8, 2015

This is the very first post at Here Lately! And as a high five to irony, I thought it’d be fun to share a few photos from projects pre-blog. (Most of these photos were taken via phone, so bare with me on quality.)

This is one of my favorites. It was my first time wielding a chainsaw. It felt great to chop down those shrubs. They taunted me every time I drove in and out of the drive way. Don’t get me wrong, I am not anti-shrub by any means. These shrubs, however, were not well-planned before being planted. They were too large and too close together.

988765_10151654888390767_1955937738_nTen minutes later, we had a shrub graveyard. I’m not going to lie, using that chainsaw was cathartic. Michael and I actually fought over who’s turn it was to use it.

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Along the lines of deconstruction, here’s a picture of Michael taking down the upper cabinets at the beginning of the kitchen remodel. We laughed a lot that night; mostly out of fear. We were attempting to do something that we had only read about on the internet. Focusing on one step at a time helped with the fear; and taking down cabinets is actually easier than you would think. They’re just screwed into the studs. Yep, that’s all that is securing them to the wall.

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Before we knew it, we were teaching ourselves how to replace drywall.  Per usual, Louie was managing the project – or sabotaging. It’s always so hard to tell with him.

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Michael bought and then cut the drywall right there on the floor of Home Depot, so that it would fit in our car. Just so you know, they are totally fine with that. Well, at least they were at our Home Depot. Tip: Subtract 1/4″ from your length and width measurements when cutting drywall. We didn’t do this, and the drywall was too snug to fit into spaces. 

This project is really close to my heart. I procured a credenza, with great lines, that belonged to my late grandmother.

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I sanded, primed, and painted it Old Navy by Ben Moore. It’s one of my favorites. I plan to own it forever. No matter how much we change our spaces or style we will find a place for this piece.

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I had the color mixed in Ben Moore’s Advance paint. It’s specially formulated for cabinets. I can tell you, it has held up very well despite the abuse it’s taken from our toddlers.

Lately, we’ve been working on converting a walk-in closet in our master bedroom to a library / cafe.

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We removed the hanging rods, added new molding and Billy bookcases from Ikea.  There is still more to be done in this space. We’ll be sharing a more extensive post about the library on Wednesday.

Psst! Want to see more of our current before and afters? Be sure to check out the Home Tour page.

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