This porch post is not technically a before & after post. It is more like a before & during post. It is also part of an outdoor spaces blog hop with some of my favorite bloggers. Their beautiful spaces are linked at the end of this post!
This was a big project for us and we have come far with it, but we aren’t quite finished. You will notice we don’t have railings yet, and we had to replace some of the post trim and that still needs to be painted.
In this photo you can see the rotting wood trim. We got on ladders to paint that day and as soon as we started the wood just crumbled.
The post was infested with carpenter ants!!! We had to remove the trim and get the ants out…they were everywhere. It was so disgusting. What we thought was going to be an easy project turned into an all day fiasco!
When you buy a 100-year-old home that kind of goes with the territory…you never know what you are going to find.
I thought that pink would look so pretty with the navy door. I chose double impatiens for my flower pots because they are so easy to care for in pots. They are also so beautiful with a double bloom that looks like a rose!
My front porch is sunny in the morning and it is in the shade in the afternoon so that is the perfect environment for the double impatiens to grow.
Here is the house before:
The home was an authentic cottage. We had the house lifted so that we could have a foundation
After it was lifted, it was a few feet higher so we had to put in a new front staircase.
Updated front view of the Maine Cove Cottage.
I love how the new stairs look!
We have also started to put up the shutters. I found them all in the attic. I painted them the same color as the front door. In every home we have owned, I have never painted the door the same color as the shutters, but on this home I just thought it looked great! What do you think?
We need to replace the side porch screens because they were so old and dirty. I can’t wait to show you because we just got some beautiful outdoor furniture for it!
On the right side of the house we are going to add a high white fence to help balance and add symmetry.
And of course when the grass grows in it will look better too!
The front door is painted Hale Navy from Benjamin Moore. My favorite navy color!
I couldn’t wait to share this outdoor space with you even though we are not quite finished yet…stay tuned…
…until then, visit the beautiful spaces from my friends!
This is the first spring in 2 years that I haven’t planned a graduation party! But I have some great ideas for my friends that I wanted to share with you!
Next year our oldest son will be graduating from college and our daughter will be graduating from high school so I am going to be saving this post for myself for next year.
If you have a graduate, I’m sure you have already planned your party.
This post is just some fun ideas that you can have to make shopping for the party easier!
Just click on the photo and shop away! I have done all the comparison shopping for you! *This post contains affiliate links for your convenience, which means I make a tiny portion of the sale with no additional cost to you whatsoever.*
After you shop you can check out a fun display I made for my middle son’s grad party last year!
Below just click on the photo to get more information and to purchase! I chose items I used for my own parties, except I made mine because I just couldn’t find exactly what I wanted, but I found some for you! I really hope it is helpful.
Click right on the photo below to see the tutorial on this super fun and easy graduation project!
I hope you got some ideas for your own party! you can also use the pin below to save it to Pinterest! Actually, go over and follow me at Pinterest! and let me know so I can follow you back, I love hanging out there too!
Cinco de Mayo (pronounced [ˈsiŋko ðe ˈmaʝo]; Spanish for “Fifth of May”) is an annual celebration held on May 5. The date is observed to commemorate the Mexican Army’s unlikely victory over the French Empire at the Battle of Puebla, on May 5, 1862, under the leadership of General Ignacio Zaragoza.
Contrary to popular belief, Cinco de Mayo is not Mexico’s independence day. Mexican independence is celebrated Sept.16. Cinco de Mayo commemorates the Mexican army’s unlikely victory over the French forces of Napoleon III on May 5, 1862, at the Battle of Puebla.
While your enchiladas are cooking you can set a festive table like mine!
you must make your table colorful for sure!
I didn’t have anything to cover the table that I liked so I scoured Marshall’s, but they didn’t have anything either…then I spotted the picnic blankets and I thought that they could totally pass for Cinco de Mayo! What do you think? and as with everything Marshall’s it was super cheap! only $9.99!
I also got these adorable little Desert Gems Cacti from Marshall’s as well…$6.99!
They come in every color!
I got these great Margarita glasses as an anniversary gift a few years ago from our friends. They are fun…
I have another friend that does not drink alcohol, but she loves it when I crush ice and pour the margarita mix over it! This brand in particular is great!
The beautiful flower planter is from Marshall’s too! I am going to fill it and keep it outside on my patio this year.
But my favorite addition to my tablescape is definitely the gold flatware! Isn’t it pretty?
I got the flatware from Target and it is actually plastic!!! How cool is that?
I think that just adding a menagerie of colorful pieces that you already have around your house plus a view inexpensive items from Marshall’s you can create this table on a low-budget for sure.
Of course a Cinco de Mayo party is not complete with out some Mexican food!
well, I hope it is spring where you live!! I am in New Hampshire and we actually had a snow delay this week at my daughter’s school!
So I figured if flowers are going to be buried by not so welcomed weather, I could bring a garden inside! I think that this may be my favorite tablescape yet. It just makes me happy to have so many flowers in the house and on my table is so pretty! My mom is also an inspiration for this tablescape as well.
As I have shared before, my love for setting a beautiful table I definitely learned from my mom. She has always made dinner time such a beautiful event! So I wanted to set a beautiful table just to celebrate her and what a wonderful mom she is.
I made her a printable this year, and at the end of the post I am sharing it for you too! All you have to do is click and print! You can frame it for yourself, your mom or a friend!
I love blue and so does mom…so blue was the color scheme. I got these adorable napkin holders at Pier 1. All of the faux hydrangeas on my table are from Pier 1.
If you follow me on Instagram you heard the news that we are going to be moving. The blog post is written, but it is so long. I am trying hard to shorten it…I may have a book to write someday, but I know you don’t follow me to read books, so I’m working on it!
We will really miss this room.
This room is usually the family room during the winter to enjoy the fireplace more, and then when it gets warm I move it back to the dining room. It is the perfect size room. It is not too big, and not too small it is purely cozy!
We have a lot of memories around the table in this room!
The rug is from Rugs USA. The napkins are from Company C. Check them out they have the prettiest fabrics.
Those cute bowls are from Anthropologie. The white plates are from Crate & Barrel and the salad plates are from Marshall’s. I get a lot of my home decor from Marshall’s.
My love for Marshall’s also came from my mom. When my mom walks into our local Marshall’s they say, “Hello Kathleen”! They know her from all her shopping trips! I must admit I visit Marshall’s once a week…
We often get asked about our dining room table. We got it in the “As-is” section at Ikea. It was black. I refinished it. You can see the tutorial on how I did the table, here.
(This post is sponsored by Rugs USA. The opinions are mine and I always share the truth!)
I first had it in our family room, and then, well, you know me…
nothing is safe in one place for long in my house, so I had to see what it would look like in the dining room.
I love this Jute rug, it looks so cool. The only issue I have had with it is the first time that my dog “blessed” it, it wasn’t exactly the easiest to clean…if you know what I mean. Which is one of the reasons I moved it to the dining room because he doesn’t hang out in there!
My second and number one favorite Rugs USA rug of all time is:
I brought this beauty up to the beach house…which I just named by the way: Maine Cove Cottage. We are by Perkins cove I Ogunquit, and the hashtag #mainecovecottage wasn’t taken!
Isn’t it so pretty? I looks like a sweater. It instantly made the bedrooms so much more cozy!
And in keeping with how I am in every house, I just had to see how it looked in the master bedroom too!
I love it in here too, but I think I need a larger size so I put it back in my daughter’s room.
Rugs USA is currently running a sale. You can get 45% off plus free shipping with the code: Styl45! Go check the sale out!
As you know, I love, love, love to hang out over at Pinterest. I would love to have you follow me. Message me and I will follow you back for sure! below is a pin for you so you can save this site to shop when you are ready!!
I wanted to also share my table from last year. If you follow me on Instagram you know I love to not only move furniture around, but I also love to move entire rooms around. This was where we had the dining room last year. This year it is our TV room! I know, I am a bit crazy.
When I was a little girl I think I rearranged my room every month. My poor family. They never know what they are going to come home to!
On one side of this room is a beautiful picture window. I added some faux flowers that I got at Pier 1. And this big canisters are antiques that my sister-in-law found. If you know what they are let me know! I love the pops of color they add. Last year I added them to my spring tablescape.
I love the storage of the baskets. My house is old. 1890 actually, so storage is always a challenge. I got four of these at IKEA.
I am loving all of the new Rae Dunn holiday decor this year. A friend of mine got me some Easter pieces. Aren’t they adorable?
I added to my bunnies this year from Target ,of course!
They even had the cutest little salt & pepper shakers too. That Target Dollar spot is so dangerous!!!
I hope you liked this table. You can save this post to Pinterest if you’d like. Below I made pin just for that!
I love to hang out over on Pinterest, So I would love for you to follow me & leave mea message over there and I would love to follow you back!
Delicious Breakfast Casserole for Easter Brunch
In the winter I shared this super easy “make-the-night-before” goodness with you. I think it is perfect for Easter Brunch as well! You make it the night before and then a super easy bake in the morning or when you are at church!
Both my mom and dad are 1/2 Irish so we always celebrated St. Patrick’s Day. We had to wear green to school and “kiss me, I”m Irish” pins! It is also my mother’s birthday so it was always such a fun day growing up.
I love these Irish mugs. They were my grandparents. My grandparent’s were so cute. They would call each other “himself” & “herself”!
These cute napkins at Target, they are part of the Hearth & Home collection from Magnolia.
I wanted to share a super easy, cute DIY for your table for St. Patrick’s Day and Spring.
Cute St. Patrick’s Day DIY Centerpiece
Have you guys tried that yogurt yet? My friend Audra introduced me to it and I love it. The ingredients are so simple and fresh.
I love it too because it comes in the cutest little glass jar. I like to save them for little t-lights and for this centerpiece idea!
Grocery stores are selling these cute little clover plants. One small plant will fill 4 yogurt jars! Aren’t they adorable?
I am going to incorporate them into my spring tablescape too!
A simple St.Patty’s Day Tablescape!
And of course you couldn’t have a St. Patrick’s Day table without serving Irish Potato Soup! I wanted to share my favorite food blogger’s recipe! You can grab it here! It is so delicious. I will be making it this year for sure! Actually, I have never made a recipe from my friend Allie’s website, Through Her Looking Glass,that I didn’t like.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day, and if you are reading mom, Happy 70th Birthday!
I would love to invite you to follow me on Pinterest! I love hanging out there. And below is a Pin that I made just for you to save this DIY project!
It faces the Ocean and in the winter you can see the water! There are just enough windows in the room to bring in beautiful light, but not too much in the morning. In the afternoon just in time for a nap, the light is dim.
There are also French doors that open up onto a sleeping porch.
When I would think of a beach house bedroom this is what I would dream of. Which is why I couldn’t wait to show this to you today! I am also going to share my new favorite bedding with you from Beddy’s Bedding. (Beddy’s has sponsored this post, but all opinions are my own!)
Check out the before. It certainly wasn’t the room of my “beach house dreams”, but I could see beyond all the dark dingy walls that there could be something beautiful !
As with the other rooms in the house we are very thankful to have found how much a paint sprayer saves time! We just bought many 5 gallon buckets of white paint and went to town!
But before we did we had the house sprayed with insulation
After the spray insulation was finished we installed new shiplap in this room on the walls that were insulated.
Then the spray painter came out! Have I told you yet today how much I love white paint?
Another reason I love this room is the door on the left is a 1/2 bath that is shared with another bedroom. The dresser below was left when we bought the house and I love it, but I want to paint it. I’m not sure what color yet. If you have an idea I’d love for you to let me know!
Beddy’s (bed-ease) Bedding
Ok, guys, seriously, this bedding is amazing!! I wish I had this bedding when my kids were little, but to be honest to have it for teens might be even more genius!!!
First of all this most clever design has all of the bedding attached so you cover the mattress as you would a fitted sheet and the sheets and the blanket and the comforter is all attached!
It can be zippered on both sides
So if Your child likes to be snuggled you can zip them in!
I wish you could feel how soft the blanket is!
Check out this video to see how easy it is to sleep in and make!
Beach House Girl's Room with Beddy's Bedding - YouTube
They also come in so many beautiful color options and sizes as well!
I have my eye on this pattern for the bunk bed room! My boys always had bunk beds when they were little, but I hated making them. Beddy’s would have been such a time saver!
But I do think that if I added a navy pillow to the pattern in the girls room it could easily be a boy’s room!
Click here to see their amazing selection of bedding!
Thank you so much for all of your comments and emails about my last beach house reveal of the living room! I couldn’t wait to show it to you. And today I might be even more excited to reveal the master bedroom! If you think the before of the living room was ugly, wait until you see the before pic of the master!
I will also give you a review of our new Agility mattress.
(Agility has sponsored this post, but all opinions are my own)
Have I told you how thankful I am for white paint?
Are you swooning over that beautiful paneling? Demo day for this room was super fun, as you can imagine!
Through that doorway is a small bedroom that we will turn into the closet. On the opposite wall they built a closet.
We took the closet out and made it the door way to the bathroom. The bathroom was accessible from the hallway, but we closed that off and we are going to make it a master bath.
That will be a fun reveal!
Back to the master…We covered up the insulated walls with new shiplap, and then white washed the room with our new paint sprayer that I told you about in the last post.
Sometimes all a room needs is a fresh coat of paint! Not only does the room look fresh and clean now, but it also appears to be bigger than it is too.
You can even transform furniture with white paint.
Here is the side table before & after!
The lamps we scored from a local shop where they salvage hotel furniture and sells it super cheap! We picked up 10 of these lights for only $10 a piece! They were black so I just used spray paint to paint them white.
So, How did I go about creating this Master Bedroom Sanctuary in 4 easy steps?
let’s start with #4…
4. In the bedroom, I like to keep the decor on a more “minimalist” side of decorating. I feel like that creates a more peaceful environment. I like to save the gallery walls for the living spaces.
3. Throw pillows create a cozy feel to any room.
You can find the “we still do” decor over at Ever Thine Homes, which is the perfect decor for a master bedroom.
2. Curtains add warmth to a room
I found these pretty rods and curtains at Home Goods
1. My NUMBER ONE TIP to creating a Master Bedroom Sanctuary is: You must have a comfortable mattress.
You can have the prettiest bedroom in the world, but if the mattress is uncomfortable that room does not seem all that pretty anymore!
Let me first tell you our history with mattresses…
When we were in our 20’s and first got married we bought a regular old spring mattress and it was fine. Let’s face it when you are younger you can have a good night sleep on the floor and wake up rested…
Fast forward 20 more years and that is not really the case anymore.
So we went out and bought a Tempur-Pedic mattress that cost of us close to $3,000. My husband was convinced that after about 10 years of sleeping on it that it was actually making his back worse!
We had heard reviews of these beds in a box so we decided to give it a try! We got rid of the Tempur-Pedic and bought a Casper mattress which cost us $1,200. My husband loved it and he was sure it was helping with his back issues.
For the beach house we wanted to get another Casper, but heard about Agility so we wanted to try that one out because it was getting even better reviews. (which is only $1,099 now during the sale!).