April Superlatives: Inside, Outside & Acting A Fool

Um where did April go? The shower-iest month seems like a distant memory by now, but it was filled with outdoor makeovers, bathroom updates, shades a plenty, and even a bit of rapping. So we’re taking a moment to appreciate all the things that we checked off of our list as a motivator to hopefully make the coming months just as productive. Oh and you can catch superlative recaps of the last 2+ years here (in 27 easily skimmed posts instead of nearly 900 long ones!). Plus, we’ve got a little clue about what’s happening next week in the mix below…

Most Photogenic: Next Monday’s giveaway, which should make all of you fellow Instagram addicts pretty dang excited.

Most Foolish: Us, for kicking off the month with a faux rap video in honor of April Fool’s. A few of you even fell for it or wanted it to be longer (jiggawhat?!).

Most Delayed: Adding crown molding to the tops of our kitchen cabinets… finally. Something about being on a crown molding kick made us bite the bullet and polish those guys off.

Most Awesome: Finally getting our “Things That Are Awesome” print hung up in the guest bedroom as part of finishing off that side of the room (and adding a colorful little bookcase too).

Most Weirdly Amusing: In this updated video tour of our house, a towel falls off a hook at one point. I have no idea why that cracked us up so much…

Most Worldly: The map calendar that we cut apart to create a series of art for our hallway. It makes for a nice visual wish-list of places we’d like to go, since so far we’ve only been to one of the eight cities shown. So yeah, we should get on that.

Least Naked: The space above our TV which we finally dressed up with a simple DIY shelf and a few colorful objects. The award for “Most Naked” may go to the Games of Thrones episode that’s still on our DVR.

Smartest: All of the friends and family we tapped for advice on how they work smarter, not harder - including ideas for organizing your daily tasks, emailing efficiently, and even blogging better. Not to mention all of the tips you guys added in the comments!

Most Relieved: Sherry, when she learned that busting out the scallops on our porch was going to be much simpler than the last time she attempted it on our first house. It’s always nice when a project starts off easier than expected!

Most Proven Wrong: Me, I’ll admit. I told Sherry I wasn’t convinced that we should add window treatments to our office. But from the moment the bamboo shades went up in there I knew I was wrong. I’m still surprised at how much more finished they made the room feel. And the new house will definitely get a nice gaggle of bamboo blinds in cahoots with a boatload of curtains.

Beefiest: The new columns on our front porch, which we boxed out last month to give our house a bit more of a modern look. Just looking at this picture again is giving me flashbacks to all the caulking we did out there to make sure everything was sealed up to keep out moisture. But we love that the new columns are a lot more true to a ranch style home (many of our neighbors have squared off columns that used to make us green with envy).

Most Well-Traveled: Certainly not us, although we did clock a lot of travel as part of our book tour. So we shared ten things we learned along the way and in the comments you guys added a lot more great tips and advice.

Most Polished: The three additional spaces we added crown molding to, making all of the rooms in our house officially crownified (except bathrooms). This post also has a step-by-step video tutorial of the process for any future crown installers out there.

Craftiest: Clara, who got her first experience Mod Podging as part of this little box makeover which involved some washi tape and one of Clara’s paintings from school.

Most Tedious: Clipping off branches from a vine that was bad news for the tree off of our patio. It wasn’t the most exciting task, but the open feeling it brought to that side of the house was well worth it. Plus, I got to wear a construction helmet.

Most Neutralized: The guest bathroom, which we painted white (trim, walls, and ceiling) in preparation for a mini-makeover. It was a small change from the cream paint that was in there before, but was an important step in freshening it up a bit – and it made the yellow tile more charming when it wasn’t in a big off-white box.

Most Likely To Throw Shade: The bamboo blinds that we also hung in our sunroom to add a bit of privacy and warmth to the window-tastic room.

Most Talkative: Members of the new forums that we added for you guys to chat/exchange ideas/share project photos. Update: we’ve since given it a slight homepage makeover and expanded it with new categories for suggested topics like “Blogging” and “Outdoor & Garden” thanks to user feedback.

Most Old School: The yellow tile in our guest bathroom, which we were able to embrace thanks to new art, accessories, and a freshly painted mirror.

Most Helpful: The free pergola plan from Workbench magazine that we discovered online, which is what gave us the confidence to tackle the pergola project we had long dreamed about.

Most Improved: Our carport, after completing the pergola (aka “cargola”) that gave it some much needed architectural interest.

Most Commented: The announcement that we purchased a new home. It quickly became our most commented non-giveaway post at nearly 3,000 comments, surpassing the previous record holder (Clara’s Birth Story) by about 600. Your enthusiasm and excitement for our new place both humbles and hypes us up. Let’s do this!

What did you guys cross off the list in April? Can you even remember?

Comments

  1. Tiffany says

    Ooooh! I love all the little treasures I found in this post! Lot’s of pinning for future projects just happened here. My kitchen window is in dire need of some sprucing (the curtains are falling apart after 11 years! YIKES!). Can’t wait to find some funky fabric and jump on it. Pinterest night is in a month!

  2. Lisa says

    Man, talk about a BUSY month! I feel like a slacker…I think I may have swept the floors last month! I’d say you guys have earned a vacation once the move is over!

  3. Angela says

    I demolished an 11 foot long and 40 inch deep planter on our deck and rebuilt it. It was a great idea that the previous owner executed poorly. Like the fact it wasn’t attached to the deck at all and was cantilevered over the driveway.

  4. Kim R says

    Do you guys ever kick yourselves on working so hard on a house that you’re walking away from? I would feel like, “Why did I even hang those pictures in the hallway? We’re leaving!” (Though I love the hall and the framed maps.) Trying not to be a debbie downer (wah-wah) but I’d feel like, “I just got this right” and now it’s time to leave.

    • says

      Oddly enough it’s crazy satisfying to “finish” all of those spaces. Like “Yes! That last cog fell into place. Now I can leave without feeling like I’m bailing.” So weird, right?! I think of our love of before and afters encourages us to get each space to an “after” so we can remember it that way :)

      xo
      s

    • KLL says

      I was thinking the SAME thing Kim. Oddly enough, the frames in the hallway was what triggered the question for me, too. Especially thinking about having to take them down, fix the holes in the walls and then pack them all. UGH.

    • Marlayna says

      So I’m new to homeownership and wondering, are you supposed to patch up all nail holes before locking up and handing over the keys?

    • says

      We didn’t know that when we sold our first house so we did a little Facebook poll and more folks voted yes (repair them) than not, so we did! It was great new house karma I think! So we’re definitely going to do that again. I thought it would take forever, but if you do it all at once (all the spackling/sanding at once and then use touch up paint) you’re good to go in a few hours of work :)

      xo
      s

    • Marlayna says

      I think you’re right, good karma. :) My new home had all of the owners previous art hardware still in the walls. I’ve wished many times that the walls would have been a blank canvas for me to make my own (like apartments are) instead of having to undo their old stuff. I never minded undoing their old paint but i don’t get as excited about spackling and sanding…so i’d procrastinate and make Dan do it! I even painted over one full room with nails because I didn’t want to do it that badly! Haha Interestingly enough, even with new paint, something as small as one tiny nail on a wall made me feel like our home was still theirs and not quite our own yet! Lesson learned: remove and fill old nail holes for new crazy owners (who hate spackling and sanding)! :)

  5. Amanda says

    Do your bamboo blinds still let in lots of sunlight? I am looking to a solution for my sun room but do not want to loose the amount of sunlight I get without having blind but we need some form of window treatments for privacy purposes.

  6. Erin says

    We listed our house for sale a few months ago (way before the prime selling season, unfortunately!) and we’ve been tackling a few small projects to freshen it up. We had laminate floors installed in the master and a hall. This week, it’s painting the back door, which is looking rough due to our pups trying to claw their way in!

  7. Cara D says

    Got a daybed put in the guest room so it can double as a playroom and put up some billy bookcases. Haven’t got them built in yet though

  8. jackie seybert says

    Please tell me the “Most Likely to Throw Shade” was a reference to the Real Housewives of Atlanta?! They always talk about “throwing shade” LOL.

  9. says

    I found a hold lot of great thrift store stuff in April. So far May hasn’t been nearly as fruitful or interesting on the thrifting front, but we’ve been super duper busy around the house!

    So jealous of all your bamboo blinds. Our HOA requires white blinds and I hate hate hate them. What kind of white blinds aren’t awful or beachy looking?

    • says

      I love thick white faux wood blinds! We have them in the bedrooms (and they cut them down to a custom size for free at Home Depot and Lowe’s!).

      xo
      s

  10. Robyn in Chicago says

    Ok. I am not on topic. But I just got so excited to see you mentioned on Emily Henderson’s blog. She reads your blog you guys!? Did you see this?

    “Except I just realized that I literally have ten more rooms to go, which would make this officially the longest post in the history of long blog posts. Yes, longer than most Young House Love posts (which I read every word of:)).”

    http://stylebyemilyhenderson.com/blog/hgtv-magazine-spread-a-lovely-house-makeover-in-studio-city/

    You guys! Are you friends w/ Emily Henderson? I hope so! That’s so cool! That’s all. :)

    • says

      Haha! Isn’t that funny?! Yes, she’s our buddy. She did the first Pinterest challenge with us and we’ve been IG/FB/blog friends since then :)

      xo
      s

    • Robyn in Chicago says

      Ahhh. My obsession with her and her blog is a recent thing so at the time of the first pinterest challenge I didn’t pay one bit of attention. Well, this is great news. Love her and you guys (duh).