March Superlatives: Crown, Color & Can Lights

Lights. Camera. March recap time! Last month was a busy one – lots of nail gunning (crown & fireplace), playing with paint (including a new color in the kitchen) and even a couple of geeky tech upgrades. So we’re taking a moment to appreciate all the things that we checked off of our list in March as a motivator to make April just as productive! Oh and you can catch superlative recaps of the last 2+ years here (in 26 handy posts instead of 870!). Plus, we’ve got a little clue about what’s happening next week in the mix…

Most Colorful: Monday’s giveaway. Here’s a hint.

Scariest: Beginning the process of installing crown molding to four rooms, especially considering how poorly it went for us the first time (back in our kitchen renovation, pre-nail-gun). But thanks to two new tools it was a lot easier, which gave me the confidence to actually write a full tutorial this time!

Most Colorful: Sharing our 2013 Benjamin Moore paint picks, which included some ways that we dream about using some of the colors. We’d still love to try this pairing someday…

Most Overdue: After living with three non-functional ceiling fixture boxes in our living room for far too long (they were there, just capped) we finally hired an electrician to help us turn two of them into can lights and moved the third so we could hang a pendant light over the table. Finally!

Most Mixed Up: All the decor in Clara’s big girl room, which helped inspire this answer to a reader question about mixing prints & patterns.

Most Hilarious: This picture that someone tweeted us after this post about replacing the doorbell (as well as other eyesores) in our hallway. Our photo of Burger barking his head off clued them into the fact that this might be up our alley. We laughed about it for days.

Least Gray Paint With The Name Gray In It: The new paint color in our kitchen. We finally ditched the difficult-to-photography grellow for Benjamin Moore’s Colorado Gray which is actually quite blue.

Most Likely To Include Superlatives, But Doesn’t: Our family yearbook, which we printed to commemorate everything we did last year (including a list of highlights on the first page and a gallery of instagram photos in the back). We’re glad to finally welcome 2012 to the stack.

Most Arrow-Happy: Me, at least based on this graphic that we came up with to help explain the plan for our fireplace refacing project. If this makes your brain spin a little bit, that makes two of us.

Coolest: This local ice cream store that we crashed to show off some of its inspiring decor – including milk bottle lights, great mixed materials, and even some penny tile!

Purtiest: The marble subway tile that we laid in a herringbone pattern along the hearth of our fireplace. One of my favorite things ever. And that’s real talk.

Most Familiar: This house crash that we shared of my sister Emily’s home here in Richmond. Usually a house crash happens on the same day that we see the place in person for the first time, so it was fun / weird to be taking photos of a place that’s hosted so many family gatherings.

Laziest: Me, although I’d argue it’s a sign of ingenuity that I got a remote control to help me click off both of our bedside lamps at night. And c’mon, aren’t you allowed to be lazy when it comes to laying in your own bed?

Biggest Nerds: Whoever calculated all of the random stats that we compiled for this infographic-tastic look back at our book tour. Number of hours on a plane? Number of cupcakes received? Who would be weird enough to keep track of such things? Hint: they’re pictured below.

Best Photobomb: Well, “best” might be a stretch. But after barely sneaking my face into this framing out our fireplace photo, I think I was just about the only candidate for the title this month. Come on Burger. Step it up.

Most Magical: This little sensor that we added to our TV (technically called an IR-extender) that allows us to use our remote despite having hidden the cable box out of sight in a ventilated drawer. Also magical? The Restore-a-Finish that we used to breathe some life back into that media cabinet after decades of grime built up.

Least Pregnant: I guess everyone in our house could claim this category, but we’re gonna give it to Sherry. Her declaration that she’s not pregnant and gentle explanation about why asking her (or any woman) if they’re expecting can be dicey seemed to really strike a chord with you guys. Almost 1,500 comments later, it currently ranks as our 4th most popular blog post ever. And in case you’re wondering, it comes in behind sharing our book tour dates, telling Clara’s birth story and announcing Clara’s arrival. And it just barely beat out Sherry revealing her Eminem-lovin’ past.

Most Neglected: Our guest room, which has gotten little attention since we first threw it together back in 2010. But we made a quick mirror swap, which brightened up the area above the headboard a bit (and allowed us to answer a common “when do you splurge?” reader question).

Most Transformed: Our fireplace, once we put the finishing touches on our little refacing project. We’re still amazed by the ripple effect of this project (it somehow made the whole kitchen feel a lot fresher).

Most Inspirational: These words of wisdom from Silver Tree Art, which were part of Sherry’s first experiment in putting temporary tattoos on wood for some easy art. It was one of three little updates in this smorgasbord post, which also included adding a timer to Clara’s play kitchen, framing some meaningful metal art, and sharing where one of our book projects finally found a home.

How was your March? If you had to summarize it in one word what would it be? Relaxing? Whirlwind? Productive? Easter-y? I think ours would be: nail-gun-riddled.

 Psst- Our latest roundup of Clara Conversations are over on Young House Life, and (predictably) they’re our favorites yet. That girl just has a way with words.


    • says

      Aw, don’t be ashamed Janel! Some months are a lot slower for us too (March was a really busy one since we were finally back from all that touring and raring to get cracking on some heavier duty things like the molding and fireplace). My advice would be just to celebrate anything that you can check off the list, no matter how small. I think that’s the secret to keeping spirits (and momentum) up :)


    • Sandra T says

      Janel, my shame is 13 years old. So please know that you have plenty of company and don’t feel bad! And Sherry, thanks for the encouragement for us slow pokes, it couldn’t come at a better time. We just started (4 weeks ago now) a BIG kitchen remodel that keeps getting delayed for one reason or another. We are done with demo (there is NOTHING left in the room, not even the flooring on the sub-floor), and the stress of daily living without a kitchen and trying to move construction forward with any kind of enthusiasm is wearing us down. I’m hoping that even a non-detailed list with items checked off (he doesn’t usually make lists, he has “smart geek brain,” will encourage my husband, and am starting one asap! Thanks!:D

    • says

      Thanks Wendy! That was all John. Back when we decided to do them (just to keep momentum/spirits up and make it easier to find posts) John thought it would be a fun spin to give them nerdy titles like Most ___ and Least Likely To ___. I was game, so here we are. Haha!


  1. hill says

    Colorado Gray- with 300 days of sunshine, there is no “gray” here only blue, ha ha. We even have a name for it– blue bird days, when you’ve just gotten snow (we had 18 inches two days ago) but the sun is out.
    And I’ve always wondered is it grey or gray?

  2. Brittany says

    I don’t know how I missed some of these last month! It was fun to go back :)
    Btw, did you guys know there’s a person on twitter whose handle is @younghouseloveh…using your slogan. I’m sure it’s to get followers but I don’t know if there’s anything you can do about it..

  3. says

    As a long-time resident of Colorado, if I had to take a stab at explaining the reasoning behind your seemingly confused and very-blue “Colorado Gray” paint color, it would be that Colorado is a notoriously sunny state, clocking in with around 250-300 days of sunshine a year. So perhaps “Colorado Gray” is a clever nod to the fact that there is rarely such a thing as a gray sky in Colorado, and even when the skies are gray, you can pretty much count on the fact that they will be blue very shortly. Just a guess. :)

  4. Anita says

    Love these recaps since I always spy an interesting post that I missed!

    p.s. did you hear that Dexter is ending with the upcoming 8th season? :-(

  5. says

    March was all about saving up for a big office re-do! We sold some stuff on eBay and Craigslist and saved it all up. I have a few more things to list to get the very last of the junk out of the room, but the budget is in place and we’re SO READY to start!

  6. Melanie says

    Good Morning you two, this has nothing to do with your monthly roundup, and you probably know already, but just in case, did you know you were mentioned in Jessica Alba’s book “The Honest Life” ? Isn’t it funny to think celebrities might be reading your blog, thinking “oh! I should totally do that in my house!”

    • says

      Isn’t that crazy?!?! For a second my brain exploded but then I reasoned that there’s no way Jessica Alba reads our blog, so there must have been someone who put those indexed lists into the back of the book for her. Unless Jessica is here right now. Are you here Alba, it’s me Margaret?! Haha!


    • Melanie says

      Who knows! She might, she did craigslist a ton of furniture in her house, so she might be game. You guys are really becoming a household name.
      PS I just refinished a veneer sideboard (just need to replace the hardware) based on your tutorial from YHL BC (before Clara). It worked like a charm! I am so proud, you guys must just burst with pride when you look around your home at all you have accomplished! Thanks for all you do to keep others motivated.

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