Let the DIY Projects Begin

Our KitchenWe haven’t even been in our new house for a week yet and we’re already deep into DIY projects and turning our new house into a home. The kitchen, our favorite room in the house, is pretty much perfect for us already. We love the stainless steal appliances and the upgraded counter tops and backsplash. The bedrooms and the living room needed personal touches to feel lived in and reflective of our personalities. We spent the weekend making some changes.

The living room is bathed in natural light. We wanted to continue with the open and airy feel while adding color and a beach theme.

Living Room Decor

We bought a huge wave canvas print from Ikea and a sea glass mosaic lamp from TJ Maxx. I painted our coffee table blue and added a new pull. Already, I feel like it’s more “me.”

For Athena’s room, I bought two RAST dressers from Ikea that looked like this…

Ikea Rast Dresser

And changed them into this…

Athena's Dresser

Her room has aΒ FrozenΒ theme with several shades of blue. The knobs fit perfectly with the snowy wonderland and the three shades of blue pull the room together.

I loved the knobs so much that I added them to dressers for my room as well.

Our Ikea Rast Dresser Hack

I still have to add legs to complete the project but this is what it looks like so far.

We’re converting the bonus room into a bedroom, but that was a little beyond our capabilities since permits are required. I received quotes from several contractors and we’re hoping to start that process this week. Then, I’ll have a whole new room to plan.

Back Yard of our House

Our backyard is small but we’ve added a BBQ, benches and a table. We’d like to string lights to make it feel more like a party, but it all takes times.

One of my favorite ways to spend a Sunday is creating a DIY project with my family. When I walk around my home, I can see the things I created and it makes me smile inside and out. It doesn’t make me want to travel less but it feels like I’m still on vacation even when I’m home, and that’s my idea of living.

34 thoughts on “Let the DIY Projects Begin

  1. I adore your living room! That waves canvas is the best one I have seen so far. I like what you said about making your living space feel like you are still on vacation. I’ll think about that when it’s my time to create a home πŸ˜€


  2. Can I be honest with you? If you don’t like my comment you can delete it. As nice as the wave print is I don’t think it works above your couch. The problem is the placement of the two small windows that sit so high on the wall. By placing the couch below them it creates a ‘face’ (two eyes over a mouth). I don’t know if you can move the couch elsewhere but if you can you can use that wall as a feature wall with a gallery of smaller prints, photographs or paintings that go right up between the two windows. The large wave painting unfortunately is too big for the space. It looks like it is sitting right on top of the couch.


    • It’s the only spot for the couch. I totally see what you’re saying about the face and we talked about it before buying anything for the space but ultimately this is what we liked the most. Of course I’ll leave your comment. I love reading the comments of others. Not everyone has to agree with me That’s part of the fun πŸ™‚


  3. Ahh! How fun to decorate your new space! My weekend DIYs are coming up on my blog, they are not quite as large scale as yours! Can’t wait to share.

    I am so obsessed with your little outdoor area. It may be small, but I am an urban apartment in San Francisco with NO OUTDOOR SPACE. Your little patio is like a universe to me! Enjoy! : )

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  4. Oh my gosh, I am right where you are. Settling into our new home with that small back yard ( dirt right now, the possibilities are endless) I won’t be traveling for another year or two at least but I like walking into my home and feeling it greet me. Okay, I just did a photo wall upstairs and it drove me crazy. Will have to post later. I love your kitchen. I’m still decorating mine and btw, I love the dresser from Ikea.


  5. Hey,

    You are seriously living the dream I see! Ha, I am loving the posts that you have here and I wish you all the best for your new home, and a settled move into the Orange neighbourhood! I must admit, there’s nothing quite like some fun DIY, very exciting stuff indeed!

    Victoria Human Soles X


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