I needed to get a dresser for the new baby's room, but didn't want to spend a ton of money on one, so I just got a cheap older one and redid it for him. It went from being a little girls old broken down dresser, to being a boys updated dresser. (I'm new to all this "boy" stuff, so it was really weird to do!)
I've been wanting to take Presley to a zoo for a long time now. We finally got the chance to go, and we went to the Wild Life Zoo which is actually pretty close to where we live. We had a lot of fun and it was just the right size for us. We were able to walk through the whole thing in a couple of hours and by the time we were done, we were all ready to get out of the heat and go home :)
This zoo is fun because you can get much closer to the animals than at the big zoos. But it seemed like her favorite part were the aquariums.
We are finally done with re-staining our kitchen cabinets!
Here is the "Before" picture.
(Excuse the crying baby & lovely mess, I didn't think to take a picture before we started prepping and making a big mess.)
And here is the "After". I LOVE how it looks now! Such an improvement!
It was about a two and a half week process to get the kitchen done, from the start of the first section to putting on the last cabinets. It seems much longer because we started the staining adventure on our Master Bath cabinets back in January, knowing that the kitchen was our ultimate project if we liked how the bathroom turned out.
After the time and effort involved in getting the bathroom and stair banister done, I was NOT excited to do the kitchen (we have a lot of cupboards in there!). But Josh is not a procrastinator at all, and he wanted to get it done. We decided to do it in sections to try to make it a little easier on ourselves. We started on what we (or I) thought would be the easiest small section to get it going. I was wrong, it was probably the hardest section that we could've picked. Blah, it wasn't very fun, but we eventually got it all done! And it was worth all of the hard work and pain. (I don't recommend taking on a project like this when you are 7 months pregnant!)
Doesn't this look so much better!?
Here is a picture of my little wanna-be helper. I tried to get the coats done while she would be sleeping since she would be on a mission to destroy everything. But every once in a while she would wake up earlier than I needed and she would stand at the baby gate and talk to me while I worked.
We spent a lot of time on the floor of the garage putting multiple coats of stain and clear coat on the pieces. Josh is very happy to finally have his parking spot back!
Here are some pictures of the kitchen partly done...
And now some pictures of it all done!
There are still things we want to do in here, like run a gas line and get a nice stainless gas stove and microwave, oh and a stainless dishwasher. We would like to put in some granite counter tops at some point also. We were planning on doing the granite ASAP, but with the new cabinets the older counters don't look as bad so we probably won't rush that as much now.
Anyways..... That's our newly improved kitchen! I love it, it makes me happy every time I walk in!
(I'm also SO happy to be done with the staining! at least until Josh wants to get the 2 guest bathrooms done too, sigh)
During the weekend of us building the garden, Presley got to have some fun outside with us too. She ran around outside and got a little sun tan on her cheeks and arms.
At one point Josh turned on the sprinklers to test some drip lines out. As soon as they were on Presley ran out into the water giggling and having so much fun! She loved it and got totally soaked! Good thing it was perfect weather. :)
See poor bunny laying in the water in the background. She was a yucky mess after this day and had to take a ride in the washing machine.