House DIY

Almost six years ago, my husband was keeping an eye out for a house we could rent for our growing family and he stumbled across a cute two-story yellow house (he was drawn to it because it’s my favorite color) in a mostly quiet neighborhood.  I didn’t know anything about it until a week later when he took me to dinner for my birthday and asked if I wanted to get a dog.  “A dog?” I asked, and he said, “Yeah, for the backyard I’m going to get you.”

It was a series of entirely convoluted events that got us to the week after our wedding when we moved into our new-to-us house and started painting the walls.

Since then, we’ve ripped up carpet (gorgeous, original hardwood floors were hiding beneath it!), knocked out walls (my husband built these gorgeous shelves in our living room), and slathered everything in paint and stain.


Gorgeous, right?!  We have some more organizing to do, but right now it’s the kids’ area so I’m more concerned about function before we pretty it up.

I’ve been working 14-hour days the last two weeks and decided to take off this weekend to spend time with the kids and get some more work done around the house.  We took off the trim in the living room to strip and re-stain it, my husband is sanding down the windows, and I put new paint on the walls!  Here is some of our progress 🙂


The wall color is pretty plain, but it opens up the possibility of colorful decor!  My husband found this amazing hand-painted mirror and bench at a yard sale when he took a different route to work the other day — love!  And, they look perfect on this wall.  I really wish my camera took better photos, it’s gorgeous.


I found this picture frame in the recesses of my dad’s old building back in southwest Iowa.  It was originally a really pretty but beat up dark wood; it’s a great pop of color now!

Ever ask yourself why I chose the name ‘SophieChic’?  This is my amazing daughter, Sophie, when she was two — had I known more about the little girl she’d grow up to be when I started this venture at 5 months pregnant, I’d have named it SophieSass.


closetWe were driving somewhere, I can’t even remember, when my husband saw a sign for a garage sale.  The woman had a bunch of older furniture but I fell in love with this vanity and knew it’d fit perfectly into our entryway.  Has a ways to go, and I’m still deliberating painting it in tones of dark grey, but for now I’m glad it’s there no matter what the colors!

Each project my husband and I do gets us closer to the home we’ll raise our children in, enjoy large family holidays, and eventually have them and their families over.  It’s a slow process, but it’s filled with happiness (and a lot of yelling).

I should probably get back to orders now!  What recent around-the-house projects have you worked on?


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