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We moved into our house a little over a year ago (about a month before Taylor was born). Luckily, there wasn't much that needed to be done except interior painting. Of course there are still some projects we want to tackle to make it our own (like painting cabinets, replacing light fixtures, adding more storage, etc). We tackled one of the biggest DIYs on our list last month: we decided to replace our sliding glass door that's in our dining room with French doors. I didn't think it would be that hard, but it turned into a much bigger project than we anticipated. My brother is pretty knowledgeable in all things construction so he helped us a ton with getting it done right. Here are the before and after pictures:
As you can see the door made a huge difference (and getting rid of that original orange paint color - woof).
One thing I wasn't expecting was the never-ending mess that comes with a construction project. I knew that it would be dusty, but man-oh-man, my entire house was covered in drywall dust! The biggest problem I had was that this construction zone was right across from my kitchen. How was I supposed to cook in this mess? My other problem was that I had a crawling, exploring baby, and the floors were disgusting.
I had to bring in some serious back-up so I headed to Target to pick up some supplies.
Side note: Have you downloaded the Cartwheel app yet? If you plan on stocking up on spring cleaning products, you need to download it asap. Either scan barcodes in-store, or search through the current offers. You can find 10% off all Lysol cleaning products, 5% off all Air Wick products, and 5% off all Finish products on the app. Also, Lysol products are buy three, get one free right now. (All offers running until 5/14).
During the project, I had three main tasks I did each day to combat the dust and keep my kitchen somewhat usable. First, I would sweep and mop the tile so Taylor could crawl across a clean floor. Second, I would wipe all surfaces with Lysol All Purpose Cleaner. And third, I would do a load of dishes (and I would leave the clean dishes in the dishwasher since the dust seemed to make it's way inside my cabinets).
Yes, things would instantly get dirty as soon as we resumed work, but at least it made it livable and Taylor could play for a small amount of time. As soon as that door was finished, I did some serious deep cleaning. It was a two day cleaning frenzy to get my house back in order.
Our friends recently moved into a new house and I have been trying to think of a good house warming gift for them. After this little DIY experience, I realized that the most practical gift I could give them was a cleaning gift basket. Here's what I included:
Housewarming Cleaning Basket
- Lysol All-Purpose Cleaner
- Finish Jet-Dry Rinse Aid
- Air Wick Scented Oil Warmer
- Air Wick Scented Oil
- Lysol Power and Free Bathroom Cleaner
- Paper Towels
I picked up that metal tub from Target's dollar spot to put everything in. With all the great offers that you can find on the Cartwheel app, this is an inexpensive and easy, but thoughtful, gift.
What do you give as a housewarming gift?
Do you have any big DIY projects in your future?
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