Inspiration: Before & After kitchen nook

So some fun news… we officially have a dining table and chairs! Woot! “Where on earth would you fit it?” I know you’re asking. Lets just say, me and the hubs spent all day rearranging every piece of furniture in our entire apartment. So hopefully I’ll take some pictures to show you.

So i adore the table. It’s a classic “farmer” table with the wood top and white painted legs. Perfectly fits 6 and its just too cute. And then theres the chairs. They definitely match but they just don’t match us. So we are on the hunt for our first piece of furniture purchase as a married couple: dining chairs. I know what else you’re thinking; “Umm, didn’t ya’ll just buy the whole set?” Nope. Randomly hanging out with some friends that were trying to figure out which goodwill to dump their table. Then I said “our apartment”.  And done. How sweet is that?! Now we can eat at a table instead of on the couch! You guys have no clue – i would make a beautiful steak dinner… and then serve it on the couch. Oh it was just sad. But no more!

Anyway, when i eat at the table, I’m usually there a lot so i definitely need some cushion for the tush. I’ve been looking around everywhere for some chairs that we could afford on a mini budget. And of course, I’m 98% sure they are from ikea. I’ll let you know when we cross that road but until then. Check out this AMAZING before and after from Liz at It’s Great to be Home.

YES! That is the same nook. Can you believe it?! Such an incredible difference. I love the flooring, the built ins got a beautiful facelift… and just look at those chairs. So cute!

Can you believe they are PAINTED? Yes. Liz painted her kitchen chairs. And they are stinkin cute! Check out the whole step by step on Liz’s blog over here.

The more i read about these chairs, the more im pretty sure its a done deal. You will find out soon though! Until then, check out Liz’s blog all about her 5 house flips in 3 years! Its one of the most incredible stories on the interwebs. So read it.

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More fun news!

Oh! NEWS TIME! So there is good news and bad news. Badish news first: we are officially not getting a house… yet. We were pre-approved which rocks but we decided instead of moving directly into a fixer upper and having to focus on that, we can just focus on the whole marriage thing instead. We are both happy with the decision and theres always time to be homeowners in the future.

So the good news: We got an apartment and i move in on MONDAY!!! What what!! For serious you guys. I am beyond stoked…  Sweet Kenny will have to move in with his parents (hey, free food and rent!) until the wedding but he doesnt mind at all… yay mooching! So this means I will have more than just 2 rooms to decorate… whoot!

Lets have a fun pros/cons list, shall we?

Things that I will not miss about my current living situation:

  • Livin under the airport. I swear, they barely miss our house every time they pass by
  • poop on the bathroom wall (for real… please dont ask, i have no clue)
  • dirty dishes 98% of the time
  • couches soaked in dog pee
Things that I will miss:
  • Spending a lot of time quality time annoying my big brother
  • Having a large office/art studio
  • a back yard and doggie door for Maggie
  • not having to go up three flights of stairs

So anyway, here is the floor plan of the new digs:

Yea… two porches, bay windows, massive walk in closet, garden tub… all the rooms are huge. Oh, and its pretty dang cheap. I love austin : )  So i never realized how important it is to me to have windows… but when we were looking for houses, we would find rooms with ZERO windows. Eww. It looked like a jail cell… anyway this guys got 11 windows! Love love love…

The only main issue is my office. Working from home is amazing but we are tryin to save $ so a 2 bedroom wouldn’t make sense. My thinking is to just use the “dining” space as my office space so that way i have tons of windows to distract me with but a nice little nook to really work in. Plus we dont have a dining table yet so we wouldn’t have anything else to put in there anyway.

As far as the porches, I am beyond stoked that I finally will have outdoor space again! My outdoor sectional and lounge chair have been collecting dust in the garage instead of soaking up the sun so I cant wait to sip some coffee on the porch with a good book.

I guess this means I should actually FINISH the dang thing! I just need some big huge fluffy pillows and some fun throw pillows. Since the seats are such bright colors i thought if the backrests were the same color it would be overload… would two tones be weird? just a fun linen texture or a light grey…. maybe a navy?  oh the choices…

Of course we will be hauling Big Red up three flights of stairs so that should be interesting:

Note: puppy pictured has since been replaced with an upgraded Maggie version. Just kidding. Thats just my roommates pup Obie Wan Kenobi. 

So i have no clue yet how I will have an office… maybe i just need a big bookcase to put all this stuff in.

I dont know if my door desk will even fit! Maybe i can just cut it down a bit and paint it… who knows! I didn’t measure the space so I really have no idea what is going to fit and what wont. Plus theres the whole… husband’s furniture thing once he moves it. Crap! Well, i guess that is what closets are for. Joke… hes got some good fun stuff. Including swords. That he wants on the mantel. Wait, we don’t have a mantel. But just somewhere important. Yea, swords. They were passed down from his grandma (apparently she is a super cool lady since she decorates with swords!) So it should be interesting combining stuff.

Oh! and we dont have a washer or dryer… sounds like I’m going to be swinging by my friend’s apartment a lot! I guess i didn’t mention that either, a good friend already lives in the complex  (we will name her “Honey Ryder”)… so I’m pumped to go to the pool and gym with her like… every 5 hours to get in hot bride shape. Seriously, yo! I’m determined. Hooray for embarrassing workout videos in the living room!!

What else? Oh, my sweet hand-me-down barstools from my oh so stylish mother will be put to use again! The kitchen has an awesome bar which will have to be our dining table until we build or refurnish an actual table. Forget buying. I’m so over buying furniture. Thats a lie. I put these sweet chairs (from CB2) on my wedding registry (they are actually cheaper than most chairs i found at target! woot!)

Pretty sweet lookin, huh? I guess i should run it over with the ol ball and chain (yes, that applies to dudes too) but I definitely have been trying to decorate for a guy as well. And lets be honest here… my style is fairly masculine to begin with. Ok wait, i did register for these cute little porcelain love bunnies…

No seriously. I really did. But just look how dang cute they are! You know you want one. I know you’re just waiting for me to tell you where i got them from so you can go pick one up. Hmm… i’ll think about it.

Anyway, so I am going to spend the entire weekend packing… and shopping. What? Its tax free weekend here in the ATX! Gotta get me some wedding shoes! Speaking of… whadya think about these guys?

I’m pretty sure i may have just given my mother-in-law a panic attack with that one. No, I am not REALLY going to wear these down the isle. Though it would be pretty sweet… Oh and i just decided to call my mother-in-law “Phyllis” on the ol blog. Why? Only because shes the best character on The Office, of course. Keep in mind though, my mother-in-law A. looks nothing like Phyllis or even has the mannerisms of Phyllis B. isn’t your typical mother-in-law. Why, you might ask? Because i actually like her : ) scratch that, love her. And no, im not just saying that because its 4am or because I’m pretty sure she reads my blog. (Hi, Phyllis!) Lets just say shes pretty awesome lady that likes to rock some pretty sweet leather pants and dance for about 5 hours straight. Can you say that about your mother in law? Case in point. Random tangent… it’s now 5am so i have an excuse.

Point is… I’m movin out and its about time! Love my brosif but I’m beyond pumped to have my own place then live with a dude that is cleaner than me. I know right! Love my mother-in-law AND have a clean future husband? I really am blessed…

-Rachel

* Did anyone catch the 007 reference? anyone?

**Bunnies are from UrbanOutfitters. Go on, i know you wana get them : )