My family was in town last weekend and, like always, helped us get a bunch of stuff done around the house! We tackled several projects and ran into trouble with almost every one. But I guess that's DIY for you. :) We do still have a whole list of things to work on next time they're here, but here is a quick look at what we managed to finish:
1. Installing a new microwave/hood!
2. Installing a new light above the sink
Yes, this is a terrible picture. But the light is beautiful in real life. I promise. We found out the light had to be replaced when my mom was replacing the outlets & light switch by the sink (we switched the standard outlets out for GFCIs that are safer to use near water). The fluorescent light that had been above the sink was just generally acting goofy, which my mom found out was just because it was a bad light! So we ran out and bought a much snazzier pendant light to put up in it's place. And it was 50% off! Yay! Unfortunately, we found our first problem with this as soon as we took the old light down. Whatever goofball put the thing in didn't know what he was doing, and there wasn't even an electrical box there! Actually, that was our second problem. The first problem is that when we took the clock down we found this behind it:
3. Making wider shelves for the pantry
This was an easy project. This small pantry had teeny little shelves centered in it with wasted space on both sides! We just moved the brackets from the old shelves farther out for more support, and then cut pieces of 1x12 that would reach all the way across. It was amazing how much that little thing increased the storage. I put back all the things that were in there before, and have almost 2 whole shelves left! The only problem we had here was my sister using the saw. Scary!
4. Painting...I mean REpainting...the nursery
And that was our very productive weekend. We also watched Despicable Me at least 8 times. And laughed every time. Oh, and here is a picture of my Christmas tree for good measure. I just took it down yesterday.