Thursday, April 25, 2013

Before & After

If there's one thing I love, its taking something that is past it's prime and giving it a second life. Garage sales, thrift stores & Grandma's storage shed (AKA: her garage. Shes a bit of a hoarder) are my most favorite places to find treasures.  This is my most recent little project; Mirror found at DI, real wood frame, super heavy! With a $10 price tag, it had my name written all over it. Dalton was with me when I spotted it across the store and he was doubtful, but he just couldn't see the vision I had for this expired little guy. He did carry it to the car for me. Thanks, brother.

I decided to finally invest in an electric sander! Best purchase so far of 2013. I don't know why I didn't buy this sooner- all those hours of sanding by hand on previous projects suddenly makes me angry.

I decided to go with a tangerine orange called Hook Shot by Disney, and then a bright white, high gloss trim.
Steve is the master at paint tape. Base boards? Yep. Ceiling edges? You betcha. All my little projects with weird angles and trims? Oh ya. He's done it all.

Didn't it turn out cute? I love the white detail on the inside of the oval cutouts. Sorry for the awkward selfie, there isn't really an easy way to take a picture of a mirror.
I'm thinking this will be cute in a nursery... :)

Here are a couple of my older projects:

BEFORE:  This night stand was my mother's. I believe she initially purchased it at a garage sale. It was off-white and super dirty.

AFTER:  I went with a deep green, which I loved at the time but now I'm thinking of maybe giving it a makeover.

BEFORE: This was a little treasure I found in my Grandma's garage. I am so in love with the simple design on the doors.

AFTER:  I chose the same green as the night stand so that they would would match with our bed between them.

I have a few more projects I'm working on, so stay tuned!

SLC Marathon

Last year I ran the full marathon which will probably be one of my biggest feats ever. After losing all my toenails and being unable to walk for a week, I opted for the 1/2 this year. We made it a family affair this year, I was sooo proud of everyone! This was Val, Anna & Steve's first race. Although it was FREEZING and pouring rain the entire time, it was SO much fun! I absolutely loved it. I'll be running it again next year- SLC does such a great job with their trails and there is always so much support running through the neighborhoods, having residents cheer on the runners the entire way.  This was the first marathon in the US since the Boston marathon bombings. There were a few moments of silence before and after the SLC run for those lives that were lost in Boston. Its such a unique, positive experience being among thousands of runners. Warning, picture overload ahead!

 We drove to the trax station at 5:15am, parked our cars & rode the trax to the start of the race. There were supporters there passing out Boston Tshirts to the runners.

 "I run for BOSTON"

 The trax was packed, a fun early ride!

Wearing green to support Boston!

Just about to cross the finish line! I would have liked to finish in 2 hours, 10 minutes. I finished in 2 & 1/2 hours.

Steve, finishing up.
 Way to go, Kyle!

Val & Anna- These sisters stuck together the whole race, so sweet!

Dalton was the only one who ran the full, he said he was hating life and will never run again. Haha, well at least he had an amazing time! 4 hours, 2 mintes

 Thawing out in the car

Val, Anna, Kyle, me, Steve & Dalton
Post race