Pretty Organized

Entry Organization - DIY Hooks - All 3I am always misplacing my keys and sunglasses.  So although we’ve tried to create a space in our entry closet for bags, purses, keys etc. apparently opening a door to put down my keys and sunglasses was just too hard. We had some empty wall space above our Ikea shoe bins in the entry and I thought this would be the perfect space to add some decorative storage.

Entry Organization - DIY Hooks

I used some left over pieces of 1×4 pine that we have from the doorway framing. I was lucky and found three pieces of nearly equal length, so I just used that length. They turned out to be about 16″ long and are stained with Minwax Express in Walnut. The top piece has 4 bulldog clips & holds some of our favorite instagrams. In the middle are 4 simple hooks for keys, along with 4 name plates. The bottom piece has two long drawer pulls to hold sunglasses (turns out I have quite the collection when I don’t keep losing them!)

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I didn’t really make a note of how much we spent on these in total, but I’m guessing since we had the wood and stain, that the rest of the cost was about what a nice key rack would’ve been.  Not too bad for filling up a whole wall! Now all we need is a mirror to the left of this little nook & to raise the shoe storage above the baseboards and we’ll be all set!

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Making Progress in the Entry

Look what we did this weekend!Coast Closet - Progress 2
As you may recall, this month we’re tackling the entry way.  And by this “month” I mean it needs to be done before the first of our guests arrive next week.  This weekend we ripped out everything in the coat closet and painted the walls.

Entry - Wall Colors
After much debating, I settled on Behr’s Sandstone Cove.  And I LOVE it.  I am unbelievably relieved to be rid of at least some of the not-quite-white paint we had in the entry.

I followed Corey’s {from TinySidekick} tips on how to pick the perfect Greige.  If you look at this Behr color chart you can see that the darker shades of the color are brown, but with grey and green undertones.  The paint is very light and definitely leans more grey than tan in our space.

Here’s where we started.  Nope those aren’t smudges on your monitor, that’s what the inside of the closet looked like.  The holes down the middle of the closet are from some rickety sideways shelves that we ripped out as soon as we moved in. Oh and do make sure that you notice that nasty carpet.

Coat Closet - Before
And here’s what the dining room looked like while we were working on the entry. Whoops.  It was a bit of a disaster zone!

Coat Closet - In Progress Mess

While waiting for the first coat of paint to dry, we did a dry run on the peel and stick tiles we grabbed for in the closet. Pretty good upgrade for under $10, no?Coat Closet - Tile Dry Run

Here’s where we left off on Sunday night.  The very bottom bin holds all the winter gear. The second one holds all of Penelope’s supplies (including her wardrobe selections). Next up are drop zones for both Andy and I and the top cube (which you can’t actually see in this shot) holds Andy’s work bag.

Coast Closet - Progress
We still need to pick up a closet rod, and trim down the piece of MDF I picked up to create a shelf across the top of the Expedit and closet rod. We’ll also add some key hooks and a hook for Penelope’s leash.  I don’t want to over-fill the closet, so I’ll probably wait to load the coats in before I decide if we can fit anything else in there.

Did you spend any time organizing this weekend?

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Meet Roger

The Nest - Tech Upgrade - #thissarahloves

This newest addition to our home might say more about our laziness than about our tech savviness, but we love it either way. We were quickly growing annoyed at one of us inevitably having to go back downstairs at night to turn down the (non-programmable) thermostat we inherited with the house.  Add to that the fact that the button that adjusted the temperature only worked when being toggled back and forth and we just knew that we needed to upgrade the thermostat.

Andy named our new addition Roger (hence the title of this post).  At first I resisted, but Roger is good at following directions, so it works for me.

The whole process was relatively easy, although we did end up turning off the power to the entire house just to be sure.

Here’s what the guts of the old thermostat looked like.  As per Nest’s instructions, we snapped a picture so we wouldn’t forget where the wires went.

Old Thermostat - Before

Then we removed the whole thing to find that (no surprise) they had painted around the thermostat more than once AND had used a wall anchor to put the thing up.  You know, cause thermostats are so heavy…Old Thermostat Wires and Wall Condition - Before

Luckily nest came with a cover-plate to hide these kinds of sins, so we followed the instructions and snapped it on the back of the nest itself.

The Nest - Tech Upgrade Step 1 - #thissarahloves

We did find that the little level built into the nest was not accurate at all, so we broke out our trusty laser level to ensure that everything would be square.  Next we inserted the wires into the coordinating spots on the Nest and snapped the top part on.

The Nest - Tech Upgrade - It Works - #thissarahloves

Voila!  Fancy new thermostat.  We immediately connected it to our WiFi and downloaded the apps to our phones.  Ahh high-tech heaven.

The Nest - Tech Upgrade - Penelope - #thissarahloves

Penelope showed no interest in this fancy new gadget, but did want to be held during the installation process. Such a DIY dog.

Make any tech upgrades recently?

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The Light is Up!

New Entry Light - Ooh Pretty - #thissarahloves
A couple of weeks ago, I asked for your opinion on which light we should add to our entry way.  We realized we needed a flushmount after unsuccessfully trying to hang the Hektar lamp from Ikea and realizing that we just could not get enough clearance (we have low ceilings and tall family members).

Most of you voted for the Minka Lavery ORB light, which I also loved, but it was just a tad over my budget at $115. Luckily, Andy love it too, so we pulled the trigger and it arrived on the door step a few days later.
New Entry Light - It is here - #thissarahloves

The most difficult part of the installation was getting the base to fit over the screws that would hold it to the ceiling. Luckily everything turned on the first time, so we didn’t have to removed and reattach that part!
New Entry Light - Let There Be Light - #thissarahlovesI do NOT know how we survived for a month and a half without a light in the entry!  Now we can finally see our gloves and mittens in the coat closet & guests won’t have to find their way into the house in the dark.

I think we can all agree that it looks a bit better than the light that used to be there, right?Old Entry Light - What a Beauty

Yup, SO much better.  Of course, now with all the light you can see how badly the walls need a coat of paint & that the coat closet needs a serious overhaul to become more functional.  The never-ending list, right?
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