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deck makeover.

Hey all! I’m slowly but surely getting around to showing you some of the bigger projects we’ve completed around the house the past several months. (Check out the “small closet turned master walk-in closet” project here in case you missed it.)

Today I’m showing you our recent deck transformation! (View previous deck updates here)

deck before

A few years back we stained our deck with Behr’s weather-proofing deck stain. It looked pretty good for about a month, but it unfortunately didn’t take long for it to start wearing/peeling off (it actually happened so fast that I never even captured a decent picture of what the fresh stain looked like before it started coming off!)

We are not sure if it’s because it was simply bad stain or we did a poor job with proper prep prior to applying it (or both?), but either way, we knew the next time around we were going to hire it out to avoid the chance of it happening again. In addition to the discoloration on the deck, there were several boards closest to the house that were rotting and in need of replacement.

I did some inspiration-seeking on Pinterest and opted to go with a two-toned paint look rather than your typical stain. (See a few examples I liked here — 1, 2, 3). I figured it would give the deck a more custom look and also be easier for making touch-ups down the road.

Once I had a concrete idea of what I wanted, I hired a local business to do the honors! (If you’re in the Rochester area, check out Sean Krudwig Remodeling!) Sean power-washed, sanded, replaced 80 ft. of rotted boards, and painted two coats of white on the rails as well as two coats of gray on the base, and all within 4 days. While I am all for DIY-ing most projects, the combination of being pregnant (avoiding fumes) and the thought of painting all those spindles (yet again) made hiring this particular project out a no-brainer.

deck - before and after

deck - before and after 2

deck - after

deck - after2

Once all the painting was done, it was time for the fun part — the finishing touches! I had the hubs cut, paint & reinstall our trellis/lattice panels along the back of the deck to match the newly-painted white rail. We also added back our tiki torches, outdoor hanging lights, and some hanging plants + deck planters. Lastly, I decided the space was lacking color so we painted the back door red to match our front door for a pop! I love how it turned out.

Here are a few more “after” pictures:

deck planter - herb garden

Our herb garden is doing great!

deck - after

The ground cover I planted in this space is really thriving. I had to transplant the other items I previously had in this spot because of how much it was taking over. (You can see what this little area used to look like when it was just filled with landscape rock and got a much-needed garden upgrade.) For $10, I also replaced the lattice that you see there with a white plastic piece cut to size. The previous strip was wood and no longer matched the deck colors, plus it was starting to fall apart.

deck - after

outdoor entertaining

outdoor space

outdoor entertaining

outdoor entertaining

outdoor space

The deck went from being an eyesore to a place people actually want to hang out!

Down the soon-ish road I’d like to swap out our current high-top dining set for built-in benches and an actual dining table to be able to a) add storage and b) seat more than four people (see inspiration below). But that’s for another day ;)

inspiration{find sources for above photos from my Pinterest board}

Until next time!


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updates & things.

This has definitely been the “year of projects” at the Caban casa which has been making for lots of fun and exciting changes around our home. The issue? I haven’t been updating this blog with the deets! Once one project ends, a new one begins, or so it seems anyways. And who has time to document it all when you’re knee-deep in a DIY?! It also doesn’t help that my laptop copped out recently…

So rather than put each project posts out one by one, for now I am going to give a brief overview of what’s been done and what’s currently going on (you can see a few snapshots above, but I have more detailed pictured posts coming soon).

Here it goes:

You saw some of the summer projects I tackled here which included a fire pit makeover, installing [the start of] a stone path along the side of the house + an arbor, adding patio lights, sprucing up the garage door with some hardware, and making a DIY nautical wreath for the front door. There were also some other things that weren’t documented like a few landscape updates and new house numbers.

Other projecty/DIY things that took place in the last few months or so:

  • Install of a new Energy Star AC (not very exciting but yay for energy savings!) as well as a Nest thermostat (read more about the Nest over on the Young House Love blog, which is where I first learned about it).
  • New bath + shower installed on second level. This was definitely not a planned project, nor a cheap one, but a crack in the tub made this a “need to take care of NOW” project that we hired out to ReBath.
  • New black matte door knobs installed (see here) on the main floor to replace the antique brass lever ones that our dog could open. Up next is the bedrooms + bathroom on the second level.
  • New paint in the basement. When we first moved in I painted the room a teal color (see that here) but later decided it wasn’t the best choice (for my taste) in that room. I opted for a more earthy-tone and painted it a subtle olive green in the shade ‘Curly Willow’ by Behr.
  • Kitchen makeover, part 3! Installation of new flooring + appliances. You can see my past kitchen projects here & here.
  • A few new light fixtures installed: eat-in kitchen (brushed nickel warehouse pendant), main floor bathroom (allen + roth 2-light hainsbrook standard vanity light), master bedroom closet (LED ceiling flush mount light).
  • At the tail end of fall I helped my mom with some curb appeal projects. This included installing the same garage door hardware I used for my house, plus picking out custom shutters & a gable vent to spruce up the house’s facade (see a snapshot here). She has a few other projects she’d like me to help with this spring that includes replacing the house numbers for a more modern option, adding window boxes, and possible opting for a new front door color.

Current projects:

  • For the past month now we’ve been making updates to the master bedroom. What started out as a “simple DIY closet expansion” one weekend has since turned into a full-blown room makeover with new flooring, lighting, scraped ceiling, a new furniture arrangement, etc. The end is finally in sight with this project and in the meantime, you can follow updates on my Facebook page!
  • Organization nation. I’ve been on an organizing kick since the start of the New Year. This entails getting rid of things that aren’t serving a purpose and making it so everything has a place. Some of the areas tackled so far include the pantry, bathroom vanities + medicine cabinets, the linen closet, bedroom closet, plus more. (Side note — I have yet to read the Marie Kondo book about the “KonMari” method of organizing, but would definitely like to in the near future! Have you read it?)
  • I am now writing monthly features for Rochester’s At Home Magazine. You can view the recent ones I’ve done here:

Upcoming projects:

  • See this wall right here? Well it’s coming down. Partially, anyways. To make the feel of our kitchen + dining space in the adjoining room more ‘open concept,’ we’ve elected to do a partial wall-knockdown from above the chair rail. Since the wall is load-bearing and likely has electric + plumbing running behind it (wah, wah, wah), we’re hiring this one out to the pros.
  • Project nursery. That’s right — a baby will be in the mix soon (July 2016), so transforming one of our guests bedrooms into a nursery will be next on the to-do list.

So that’s my latest project recap in a nutshell. I look forward to updating you with some detailed photo posts soon. Until then, however, follow my Facebook page for updates as that outlet gets posted to much more often than the blog.

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DIY: cocktail ring.

What you’ll need:

 1) A ring that is missing its center piece

2) Super glue

3) A unique button

Now, simply glue your selected button onto the broken ring – (a plain band works as well).

Here are the four buttons I narrowed it down to for my personal DIY ring:

Can you guess which one I chose? …






 Voila! New and unique cocktail ring!

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