Monday, April 16, 2012

A Quick Project, A Long Story.... And An Apology

My dad had a bunch of antique and some newer cabinet doors that he said I could have.  I decided to turn them into chalkboards. For the doors with a grid, I simply stapled some burlap onto the back.  All of the doors were painted and distressed in an assortment of colors I already had on hand.  I also added picture hangers to the back of each door.   A quick, easy project.  

And now, a long story....

In 2005, my husband and I built our "forever" house.  It was in a fantastic neighborhood with amazing neighbors, and great schools.  We LOVED it!  Fast forward to 2009, and my husband's job became a victim of the horrible economy.  We were shocked.  You see, he had been recruited to this job just 4 months prior to being laid off!!!  Luckily, he was able to find a job within a few months  But, there was a catch.  The job was in Virginia Beach, VA.  NOT MN!  

We had a lot to think about.  My husband and I were both born and raised in MN.  Our families were there.  Do we sell our home and uproot our whole family?  Selling meant bringing a huge amount of money to closing.  We had built our home at the height of the market.  Our home was not worth what we owed on it.  After meeting with several different realtors, we decided our best option was to rent it out.

This made leaving our home much easier.  I knew that if we hated it on the east coast, that we still had a home to come back to.  So, we rented our home out, and headed east.  We rented a very nice home in Virginia Beach and met some amazing friends.  We loved the weather and living at the beach.  We were able to take some amazing trips (we could drive everywhere): New York City, Washington D.C., Disney World (2x).  We really enjoyed living there.  But, it just wasn't home.  Would I have felt different had we sold our home and bought a home out there?  Maybe.

After two year out east, we missed our families.  My husband went to his boss and told him he loved his job and loved working for the company, but we were ready to move home.  His boss thought about it for awhile, and then said YES!!  We were ecstatic.

So, in December (2011), we moved back to MN.  Since December, we have been living in my parent's basement while we wait for our renters to move out of our house.

Our renter's lease is up next week and we are so excited to get back into our home.  That being said, we are planning to make many changes to make it our own again.  

That means that this blog will be short on furniture redos for awhile, and heavy on before and afters of our new/old home!  So, I apologize that there won't be many furniture posts, but hope you will stick with me while we transition back into our home.  I promise to start posting about furniture again ASAP!!  (I do have a few entries already ready to go)  Here are a few pictures of our journey:

These are pictures of my daughter (then 5) saying goodbye to her room : (

This is a picture of our rental home in Virginia Beach, VA.

Here are Hallie and Hunter at our favorite beach: Sandbridge.

We lived 5 minutes from an amazing water park : )

And, these are pictures of our MN home.


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Nifty Thrifty Sunday @ Nifty Thrifty Things
Just Something I Whipped Up @ The Girl Creative
The Sunday Showcase Party @ Under The Table And Dreaming
Simply Klassic Sunday @ Simply Klassic Home

Metamorphosis Monday @ Between Naps On The Porch
More The Merrier @ DIY Home Sweet Home
Making The World Cuter Monday @ Making The World Cuter
Show Me What You Got Monday @ Our Delightful Home
Mop It Up Mondays @ I Should Be Mopping The Floor
Just A Party With My Peeps @ How To Nest For Less

Twice Owned Tuesday @ House Of Grace
Nifty Thrifty Tuesday @ Coastal Charm
Show Me What Ya Got @ Not Just A Housewife
Power Of Paint Party @ Domestically Speaking
Turquoise Lovin' @ Sweet Little Gals
Be Inspired @ Elizabeth & Co.
Trash To Treasure Tuesday @ Kammy's Korner
Tell It To Me Tuesday @ Creatively Living Outside The Box
Tuesday's Treasures  @ My Uncommon Slice Of Suburbia
Party Time  @ Northern Cottage

Piece Of Work Wednesday @ Primitive And Proper
Primp Your Stuff Wednesday @ {Primp}
Chalk Paint Linky Party @ Shades Of Amber
Wow Us Wednesday @ Savvy Southern Style

Transformation Thursday @ The Shabby Creek Cottage
Strut Your Stuff Thursday @ Somewhat Simple
Tickled Pink @ 504 Main
Under $100 Linky Party @ Beyond The Picket Fence
Open House Party @ No Minimalist Here
Catch As Catch Can @ My Repurposed Life

Furniture Feature Friday @ Miss Mustard Seed
Frugal Friday @ Shabby Nest
Feature Yourself Friday @ Fingerprints On The Fridge
Feature Friday Free For All @ Five Days Five Ways
Feathered Nest Friday @ French Country Cottage
Remodelaholic Friday @ Remodelaholic
Frugalicious Fridays @ Finding Fabulous
Weekend Wrap Up Party @ Tater Tots And Jello
Repurpose-Remodel-Reveal @ The Rooster And The Hen

Spotlight Saturday @ Classy Clutter


  1. So exciting, and of course we'll all be following along as you redo your home!

  2. your project is cute as usual, but mostly YAY! so so excited for you!!!!!!!!!

  3. I'm looking forward to seeing your before and afters! SO exciting! I've really enjoyed reading your blog so I've nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award! Please stop by when you get a moment to check it out. :-)

  4. So exciting that you get to be in your home again! I'm excited to see all your before and afters!


  5. Exciting!! Glad you are back in MN where you belong!

  6. Love your projects, but your story is even better! It's nice to hear a happily ever after ending!