Big Yard Sale This Weekend! A Sale Preview

Aaron and I are participating in a huge, multi-family (8 total!) yard sale this weekend. This sale is all about addressing the serious hoarder situation I’ve got going on in my basement. It’s time to set this stuff free!

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For those of you who are local, here are the event details (psstt.. if you don’t want to click over to the Facebook event, the details are at the bottom of this post!). For those of you who are not local, I’m hoping you’ll enjoy this little trip down memory lane. Many of these photos are either very early blog or pre-blog.

Alright, so here’s a little preview of what will be up for sale.

In the below photo: the West Elm 8 x 10 zig zag rug, the geometric pillow on the sofa and the lamp/side table in the corner.

This room has since been changed into our “master” bedroom. It looks like this:

Aaron tried to put that lady painting in the garage sale pile but I wouldn’t let him. I love her and it’s my favorite Goodwill find to date.

Moving on…

This pair of stools is going.

And this green side table (from one of my most popular posts to date). Twilight books not included.

This sunburst mirror from when we were staging Aaron’s house is in the pile too. The 20″ x 20″ pillow cover is also for sale.

In the below picture, the cowhide rug and the yellow ikat ottoman are headed to the sale.

In this photo, the orange/gold trunk in the corner, both IKEA black/white tribal pillow covers and the tray (if I can find it).

Both of those botanical prints and the frames are in the sale. And dear god, what was I thinking with that door color!? It did look a tiny bit better in person, but the shade of mint was all wrong. Hindsight is always 20/20 I guess.

My painters cloth curtains are for sale. We have like 4 of these for some reason.

And maybe that chair in the corner if I can convince Aaron to get rid of it. The welting in the front is missing, but it should be an easy fix.

This see-through lamp (below) is also up for sale. It will be sans shade (the one that’s shown doesn’t fit properly).

The “Rise and Shine” print as well as the orange clock will be up for grabs.

This pair of IKEA rugs from Aaron’s house will also be available. I need to look at them first to make sure they’re not too dirty. It’s been awhile but I remember them in pretty good condition. If they are too dirty, I’m just going to throw them out.

The rug from this photo will be in the sale, along with its matching pair. Remember that crazy story? Basically I found out that they were $550 each retail, but I got them for $60 because they were stapled to a cart at Ballard Designs outlet.

This brass Land of Nod clip lamp is also in the to-sell pile.

So there’s a little sample of what I have available. That’s maybe 10% of what we will be bringing? I have no idea yet how we’re going to get it all there but we’ll figure it out!

As far as prices go, these will be yard sale prices. I don’t see anything in the list I just posted that I would sell for over $10.

So yea, I’m hoping to see you at the sale! There will be a waffle truck on Sunday!

If you don’t want to click over to the Facebook event invite, here are the details:

April 26 – 27

8 am – 3 pm

Neltner’s Farm

6922 Four Mile Rd.

Melbourne, KY 41059



The Kitchen: Chapter Three (Countertops!)

I meant to post this yesterday, so here is a rare Tuesday post for you!

If you’ve been following me on Instagram and Facebook, you are all up to speed! I’ve been sharing countertop progress for the last few days via those sites, but I also wanted to share here, along with some lessons we learned along the way.

Up until now, our countertop has always been a speckled black laminate with a 4″ bullnose backsplash. I know it isn’t exactly the most stylish thing in the universe but I have to be honest, the countertop was great. I could set burning hot pans down on it, leave water on it, crack open a beer bottle on it (hey, I couldn’t find the opener) and more. This thing was virtually indestructible. I’m not sure why I’m telling you all of this, maybe only to say I’ve traded in the most maintenance-free countertop in the world for something a little more fussy.

Yes, I’m looking at you butcher block. Butcher block’s saving grace is that they are friggin’ beautiful, fit a number of decor styles (rustic, modern, traditional, transitional), are easy enough to DIY and are inexpensive. I will trade maintenance free for a little less maintenance free any day if I get a beautiful countertop in return.

So, one of the things on my birthday list was that I wanted my parents to come help Aaron and I install these countertop, along with a new sink and a faucet. And that’s exactly what happened this past weekend. Actually, we got it all done in about 10 hours! THANK YOU PARENTS!

Our materials

So let’s get started. My parents arrived and we immediately started to remove the existing laminate tops. We started by unhooking all of the plumbing, un-installing the dishwasher and then removed all the screws we could find. We cut the silicone seal between the backsplash and wall, yanked the entire countertop loose and tossed it in the backyard. We also removed the wood veneer panel on the left side of the dishwasher (it was being replaced by the waterfall side). We then brought in the uncut butcher block to begin our measuring.

We bought extra countertop because we knew we wanted the waterfall edge (that vertical piece encasing the dishwasher). We decided the waterfall would be our first cut, then the longest piece, followed by the two short pieces that flank the stove.

Dry fitting the pieces

Once all of our big cuts were made, it was time to do what I had been dreading for weeks: cutting the sink hole. The internet has lots of scary stories about DIY sink-hole cutting gone wrong and I was beyond anxious about it. Screwing up the sink hole meant buying another countertop and that was not in the plan$. So it had to be good the first time.

Our sink came with a template for undermount installation (thank god!). We found the center line of the cabinet and aligned it with the center mark on the template. We also marked which faucet holes we’d be needing based on our faucet’s design (2 holes). And then we taped all the template edges down and carried it outside.

My dad was 100% the commander of this project and he was 100% in charge of cutting the sink hole. He drilled a pilot hole with a 1/2″ paddle bit inside the cut line and then used a jig saw to cut out the entire hole. He cut right through the paper template into the wood.

This whole part of the day was a knuckle biter. Butcher block is hard as a rock and the jig saw was bouncing all over the place. He had to switch blades several times. We found that if we applied pressure to the cut areas, we could reduce the amount of bouncing but not by much. Luckily, we got it done and the cut looked great. This is further proof why my father is the master.

With the sink hole cut, we assessed what we needed to sand. We needed to round all of the cut edges and we also had to make sure the inner rim was nice and smooth. You’ll also find that if you cut with a jig saw, the blade may angle in at certain areas around the perimeter of the hole. We fixed all of this with 80 grit sandpaper. A sanding block would work just fine too but the orbital sander made everything much faster.

With our holes cut, we installed the sink and faucet. We did remember to put silicone down along the rim of the sink prior to using the undermount clips. And for the faucet, we just following the instructions

All of this happened in our backyard (and I have a blistered burnt neck to prove it, ugh) mainly because we had much more space to work versus the tiny kitchen.

Before moving it all back inside, I couldn’t help but do a little bit of memory keeping on the underside of the countertop. Nerd alert:

Next came the installation of the countertops, which involved cramming ourselves into the tiny cabinets to drill up through the countertop with our 1 1/2″ deck screws. Our cabinets came stock with plastic corners with screw holes, so we re-used them to attach and anchor the new top. We had to drill pilot holes for each screw and we broke a couple of drill bits in the process. Have I mentioned that butcher block is really, really hard wood?

This is a terrible photo but here’s a quick snap of them installed and ready for stain and sealing.

We’re under a strict countertop ban until the sealer arrives (we ordered Waterlox via Amazon) so all of our meals have been prepared on the cooktop. Needless to say, we’re so antsy to get this finished!

So, before I sign off, I wanted to list out some of the helpful lessons we learned along the way:

  • The sink installation and template was confusing. It is billed as a dual-mount (either a drop in or undermount installation) sink, but it did not come with the appropriate hardware for undermount. I had to purchase the undermount clips separately. Luckily I caught this ahead of time! The template is also a little off (and only provides a template for the sink hole, not the actual area of the entire sink). It’s a beautiful sink and totally worth it, but be prepared.
  • If you have a 30″ sink base cabinet like us (most are 36″ in full-size kitchens) be sure to get a faucet with a narrow arch. Many faucets have a wider arc, which places the water near the front of the sink in a smaller cabinet, constantly splashing over. We picked our faucet specifically because of the narrow arch. The water stream ends directly over the drain hole instead of at the front of the sink.
  • Use fresh blades for every cut and swap out frequently!
  • Keep some saw dust on hand if you need to use wood filler. Saw dust mixed with wood filler creates a perfect match for the wood you are repairing.
  • Have help on hand. Each 96″ countertop is 100 pounds and unwieldy! We used sawhorses which seemed to work OK.

I think that’s it! The tops are stained now too, but I’ll leave that for another day!



The Kitchen: Chapter Two

Check out Chapter One of the kitchen saga here.

The new appliances are here! The old appliances are gone. It’s been a crazy yet awesome week. Today’s my birthday and there really is nothing better than new appliances (#thisis30).

If you’re just tuning in, the lovely people at GE took interest in my kitchen project and totally hooked us up with all new stuff. The reason we said yes is because it gave us access to the GE Artistry series. I am all about aesthetics (high-gloss white, retro styling) and this line nails that for us. Even if we had no sponsorship, this is the line we would buy (yes, it’s really affordable). I talk a little bit more about GE’s involvement here. I’ll share more details once we’ve actually lived with and used them a bit more.

I wasn’t going to share the new stuff installed until I had time to take pretty pictures, but I couldn’t wait. These are the pictures Aaron took as everything was getting delivered. I was at work (I had a meeting I couldn’t miss) but he indulged me by sending me photos and video as progress was made.

Let me back up a little bit. Everything was delivered on Tuesday. This was the scene outside as boxes were being unloaded off the dock. The big stuff got de-boxed and unwrapped at the street, then brought up the sidewalk into the house. I can only imagine what the neighbors thought. It was quite the production.

As boxes were being unloaded by one guy, another guy was inside removing the existing set. We did some of the pre-work ourselves, it was just a matter of getting everything unplugged (we were trying to keep everything functional for as long as possible, especially the fridge) and out of the way. Seeing the kitchen without appliances was totally strange. And I hope I’m not the only one who doesn’t paint all the way behind everything. :)

Please ignore my bra hanging in the background. LOL.

Anyways, as progress was made, Aaron kept sending me pictures and even this video. He’s so fancy. 

Appliance installation from Go Haus Go on Vimeo.

Anyways, here’s the other side of the kitchen with the new dishwasher. It chirps!  Just a little “hello” chirp when you open the door. It’s the little things.

So while one half of the kitchen was looking better (after seeing the new stuff in the space I was EXTRA motivated to get the countertop and cabinet situation taken care of) the other half of our tiny kitchen was crammed full with our old appliances.

I gave all of the old stuff a good, hard scrubbing because they were all set to be donated to Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore the following day.

I’ve never scheduled a ReStore pick-up before but it was so easy. And free! Our ReStore only picks up from northern Kentucky addresses (that’s me) on Wednesdays, so we went just a day with two sets. No complaining from me there.

We had a bit of a problem getting the fridge out the back door so we ended up having to remove the screen door. As the fridge was tilted on its side, the doors swung open and I sucked in my breath hoping I had remembered to remove everything. I’m still damaged from that one time in college I trashpicked an old fridge on the last day of school and in trying to get the fridge into my car, the fridge door swung open spewing way-beyond-rancid Chinese food all over the interior of my car. Good times. Lol.

The kitchen progress has since continued. Last night (Thursday night) we headed to IKEA to pick up the countertops. I’ve also purchased our sink and faucet. Saturday is countertop installation day. Wish us luck. I’m having nightmares about having to cut that sink hole ourselves.



I’ll be posting some of our progress on Instagram and Facebook over the weekend. I would love to see you over there!

GE Appliances is hosting a great weekly giveaway over on Instagram. All you have to do is follow @geappliances, post a photo that features your take on black and white style, use the tag #blackandwhite and you’re in! They are giving away $500 gift cards every week in the month of April. (And no, they’re not paying me to say this. It just seems like there’s a good chance of winning!)

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