Thomas Home (Video!) Tour: Fall 2014

In the spirit of catching the blog up to the happenings of the house (as per our discussion here), welcome to your FIRST EVER exclusive full tour of our home… In a VIDEO! house 074You’ve already seen most of these rooms, but sometimes it can be difficult to picture the layout of a house just by photos. So, welcome to our home… video style! Ok, lights, camera, action:

A few things about the movie:

  1. It took me four or five takes to get my act together and stop bursting out laughing in the middle of everything.
  2. But this was not all my fault because what you don’t see is Mitch sitting on the steps making weird faces the whole time (he got out of the way in time for the upstairs part).
  3. Feel free to interpret all of those “and behind this door is just a boring closet/laundry room that no one wants to see” statements as:¬†All of the junk that was on the floors of the other rooms are behind those doors, so we’ll just keep them closed for now…

Hopefully you now have a better idea of how the rooms in our house relate to one another and how everything is laid out. Don’t worry- sometimes even we get lost. ūüôā

Have a great weekend and we’ll see you next week!


Thrill of the Week: Pin Up

As you saw earlier this week (check it out here), we’ve completed Phase 1 of Mission: Kitchen Command Center. As we continue to add¬†receipts, coupons, and shopping lists, it is becoming evident that having a place to organize things really helps with our crazy weekly routine. Cork in the CabinetsOur next step is adding a chalkboard space to the inside of another cabinet and we’re hoping that that could become a weekly meal chart of sorts. Too often, we find ourselves coming home and eating a quick dinner of sandwiches or fast food before rushing out to a meeting because we didn’t plan ahead and decide on what to cook beforehand. No more. It’s our goal to get better at pre-planning for the entire week, so we’re not left eating PB and J every night!¬†Anyway…¬†back to the Thrill for this week:

Cork in the CabinetCan you see it (or them, I should say)? Since the installation of the cork, we’ve been using scotch tape to hold everything in place. However, this week’s thrill promises an upgrade in style and glam to our functional doors. Check out a close up of these babies!

Thrill of the Week: Pin Up

For just under $3 (courtesy of Target), what a great way to chic-ify our little nook!¬†(I’m sure Mitch will be thrilled that I’ve used “chic-ify” to describe this post…)Thrill of the Week: Pin Up

Granted, the cork¬†IS on the inside of the doors, so they won’t get a whole lot of airtime, but still- it’s the little things that really make a space shine. Also, it’s okay to have nice things that only you enjoy and guests don’t always see… after all, you’re the one living with it! As a matter of fact, these little cuties initiated an entire cork board makeover! After popping them into our existing cork, I was inspired to take the project to the next step…Cork in the CabinetLabels and all, baby! The first thing I did was jot down a quick sketch of what it might look like, what would go where, etc.

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From there, I used a few bits of scrapbook paper to create my labels. The categories I chose to go with are: Recipes to Try, Shopping List, Grocery Coupons, Other Coupons, and Misc.

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I pinned up each label, leaving space for the “contents” to fill up over time. For my shopping list, I used a notepad (from the dollar bin at Michaels) and a couple left over adhesive strips from the cork kit and stuck it right onto cork (at a height I can easily reach, of course!).¬†Cork in the Cabinet

After that, all that was left was to fill ‘er up!Cork in the CabinetCork in the CabinetCork in the CabinetAnd when they’re not in use, our pins conveniently just hang out in the corner…

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So go ahead, spend a few bucks to add a bit of flair to a¬†secret space that¬†you’ll¬†enjoy. ūüôā


Cork in the Cabinets

Well, two of them, that is. If you recall (awhile back), we had been dreaming of some sort of kitchen command center to put a bit of order to the lists, coupons, and mail that seems to be ever-accumulating into piles on our counters. Cork in the CabinetsThe plan was to add cork to the inside of a few cabinets and a chalkboard to the inside of another. The rules were simple:

  1. It would be nice to have both a chalkboard space and a bulletin board space.
  2. Treatments should be on the inside of the cabinets.
  3. Whatever we install has to be removeable (for resale purposes… we’re not naive enough to think that this is our forever house and tampering with already-in-great-condition cabinets is not something we want to risk).

I am happy to report that we have finished Part One of Mission: Command Center! Care to take a tour? Let’s start with where we left off… here are the two cabinets (bare) that got the royal cork treatment (#2 and #3):Cork in the CabinetsWhile we’re still working on what to do with the others (if anything), we knew we could at least finish Part 1 pretty easily. Here’s what they look like today:

Cork in the CabinetsAs for how it all went down, allow me to show you a brief “how-to” in picture form.¬†But first: the supply list. I found a pack of four cork tiles at Target (they may have been $5 or so?), but other than that, I just used a pair of scissors and some newspaper. The cork came with its own adhesion tape.

Cork in the CabinetsStep 1: Make a template. See how the inside of our cabinets is not-so-straight-across top? Well, that made for a tougher installation as opposed to if it would have been flat across. To get the shape, I taped some newspaper over the cabinet and then traced and cut a template that we could then trace onto the cork.

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Step 2: Trace your template onto the cork.

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Step 3: Carefully cut it out. This was tricky because cork can be pretty crumbly, so I just took my time and went slowly. This might have worked better with some sort of razor, so you could always try that route instead.Cork in the Cabinets

Step 4: Hang and adjust. The pack comes with adhesion pieces (that are easily removable- hooray for Rule #3!). This was definitely not a one and done process. I had to trim off some edges and make adjustments until it fit snugly. The design in our cabinets is actually inlaid about the same depth as our cork was thick, so it fit right in. In some spots, I even had to wedge a few small scraps back in to make up for places that had been shaved off too much.

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They’re not 100% perfect. You can see the horizontal seam in the left cabinet door and if you look closely at that same side, you can see how I had to add a scrap of cork to the top to fill in a gap. However, we think that as soon as we start hanging things, those details will hardly be noticeable. (PS. See that calendar peeking out from behind the door? You can read its story here.)

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Now we’ve just got to come up with some more things to hang! Baby steps… our kitchen will be organized someday! How about you? What are your best methods for reducing counter clutter and ensuring that everything has a place? We’d love to steal all of your ideas hear your tricks!