Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Thank you Santa!

I hope that everyone had a Merry Christmas, we sure did!  I am happy to say that Santa brought us more than we deserved and also that he reads this blog and brought us some new tools for our DIY projects (note: Santa = Me and Matt). 

While Santa brought me beautiful jewelry and an entire store of Bath and Body Works, Santa brought Matt some things to help cross to-do's off of our list.

On the left is a Black and Decker sander with "Smart Select Technology."  That is a fancy term for the fact that you can change out the base for different jobs depending on what you need to sand.  It was $59.97 at Lowe's.  That was a pretty middle of the road price.  We do take price into consideration when purchasing items for our home (we aren't millionaires) and it usually ends up with a process of looking at what our dream item would be, looking at what we think is a cheap aka bad quality that we are going to have to replace, and end up with a middle of the road "good quality item," as cousin Eddy would say. 

The other item is a book (shocking I know) from Popular Mechanics on trim carpentry.  I was purusing through the local Half Price Books store looking for carving books for my grandpa (they do not exist by the way) and found this handy little number.  Matt has been dreading fixing the trim in our laundry room because he is not an expert on trim work.  Hopefully, this will help! The best part is that the book was way less than half the list price on the book ($19.95) and I scooped it up for $5.97...score!

Well, what about you?  Did Santa bring you everything you wanted?  Did he bring something to fix up your home?  Let me know! 

Friday, December 23, 2011

Changes around Baker's House

Oh my, how time flies.  Matt and I hope that everyone is gearing up for a wonderful Christmas with your families and loved ones.  I have many projects scheduled to share with you all and I am excited to get started working again around the house.  The New Year promises a fresh beginning and also lots of changes around our home.

Just a list of things that I want to accomplish this year...

- Upgrade the master bath to match our master bedroom
- Switch the "sports room" and our guest room
- Updgrade the decor in the sports room
- Paint and decorate the guestroom
- Paint the laundry room
- Install new trim in laundry room (Marypoppins destroyed it as a puppy)
- Refinish the dresser in the guestroom
- Re-paint the coffee table
- Clean and stain the fence in the backyard
- Freshen up the paint on the outdoor trim

Looking around, this is all that I can think of right now!  This is a list of the major things that we will be working on, but this does not include all the quick changes that might happen and the little changes in accessories that make our house, our home. 

Thank you for reading! 

Have a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and a Happy New Year!

- Matt and Mary