Home Renovation

A DIY Fireplace Makeover for Under $30

A DIY Fireplace Makeover for Under $30

When I shared before and after photos of our living room renovation way back in June, I shared that I was planning to give our fireplace a quick and easy makeover until we decide longterm how we’d like to reface the brick. I’m thinking some kind of small scale marble tile, but I have some time to work that out since we won’t be doing anything like that until we eventually put in a gas insert or something similar. In …

Our Dining Room Renovation (Before and After)

Our Dining Room Renovation (Before and After)

Today’s post is long overdue, but no less exciting – the completed renovation of our dining room! Our dining room is easily one of my favorite rooms in our house and one where we spend a lot of time. Unlike a lot of people, a majority of our meals are actually eaten around our dining room table and we also play cards here a lot on the weekends. The kids can be playing a board game on one end while …

Our Old House: A Living Room Decor Mood Board

Our Old House: A Living Room Decor Mood Board

Over the last couple of weeks I’ve finally started to pluck away at the puzzle that is decorating our living room. When I shared my general inspiration for our living room decor, I mentioned that since our initial living room renovation (removing 3+ layers of wallpaper, fixing the walls, painting every square inch of wall and trim, removing the 40+ year old carpet), the room pretty much has stood as is all summer. As of this week I have ordered …

Our Living Room Renovation (Before and After)

Our Living Room Renovation (Before and After)

I am so excited today to share photos of our living room renovation with you! If you’ve been following along on Snapchat, you know we have countless hours into renovating this room. As a quick recap, when we began we thought there was just a single layer of wallpaper on the walls. As it turns out, there were three. Three very stubborn layers over plaster walls hiding some pretty big cracks. In total we spent the better part of three …

9 Awesome Brass Light Fixtures Under $350

9 Awesome Brass Light Fixtures Under $350

I mentioned in my renovation update last week (and also multiple times on Snapchat) that we would be looking to swap out the existing light fixture in our dining room sooner rather than later. Frankly, it’s just not our taste so we had always planned to change it at some point, but then we discovered a bare ground wire hanging by a thread and we decided it was going to need to be a higher priority item than we expected. …

Our Old House Renovation (A One Month Update)

Our Old House Renovation (A One Month Update)

One month ago we went to the bank for a really large check and then drove to an office across town to hand that check over to some people we had never met before. We were really nervous and both felt fairly sick to our stomachs over the whole thing. Turns out, we got a pretty sweet deal though because less than an hour later they handed us two huge rings full of old keys and we became the very emotional, …

Welcome to Our Old House

Welcome to Our Old House

To say that this post today has been a long time in coming would be a complete understatement. On so many levels. To sit down to share these photos and this experience with you is nearly impossible to capture in words. It feels pretty monumental, if I’m perfectly honest. So I’m just going to say it as simply as possible. WE OWN A HOUSE! All caps and probably far more exclamation points are absolutely required. On Monday morning, we woke up …

A Fresh + Colorful Bathroom Makeover | 31 Days of Color

A Fresh + Colorful Bathroom Makeover | 31 Days of Color

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sponsors that help make The Sweetest Occasion possible!

I’m so excited to share with you today that I am going to be teaming up with my friends at Valspar again to bring you a whole bunch of colorful interior design and DIY ideas throughout the year! I had such an amazing time working with them in 2015 so I could not be happier to keep the fun going. To kick things off, Valspar …

How to Paint a Door – 31 Days of Color with Valspar + Ace

How to Paint a Door – 31 Days of Color with Valspar + Ace

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generously help The Sweetest Occasion keep on keepin’ on!

A little over a year ago when we moved into our current home, I shared a long to-do list of things we wanted to do to make our little house feel like ours while we’re living here. (To remind you, we’re hoping to stay put right here until we’re ready to buy or build a home of our …