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1.24.2012

Project Entryway Closet Makeover: Part 1 - Demo

A few months back as I was frantically trying to get the kids ready for school, something happened.
...I fell.
Yup! Wanna know where?...Believe it or not, right INTO my entryway closet. Yes, you read that right. As I was shuffling through the collection of coats and backpacks on the floor (because that's where they live, duh) of my extremely cluttered entryway closet, and was simultaneously fighting with my vacuum hose and elbowing my way through random empty hangers... I lost my balance on a ziplock bag full of batteries and FELL... right onto the floor in the closet.
(aka: the dark pit of clutter-prone despair)

From the outside, this closet doesn't seem to appear as much of a threat or pit... just a regular ol' coat closet.

And even in these next pictures you can see that it doesn't look so bad (because I actually picked it up, for the photo) but let me assure you, this random, space-sucking-dumping-ground has definitely been an issue for us in this house! It never stays clean, there is virtually no storage, and the huge 36 inch door either has to be completely open or shut to allow for anyone to even pass through the already small entryway.

So, on with my story... while I was sitting on the ground in our embarrassingly messy closet and coats continued to tumble down on top of me, I realized something...
This closet was actually really HUGE!
Literally it was just a big open cavity of space that had been installed under this decorative garden shelf and it was TOTALLY being wasted! I then stood up and starting taking inventory of how deep the closet was on each side and even knocked on the walls a bit to quickly do a "is there anything really behind here" test and surprisingly, nothing seemed to be in my way from making this closet a LOT more functional!

Once I realized this fact, I pretty much did what any normal DIY girl would do, who just realized that there was an un-decorated space in her house that COULD be better organized and utilized...
I started ripping everything out, throwing it on the floor and grabbed my hammer.


Once I had most everything down in the closet, that I could do on my own without any major tools... I called in reinforcements. (aka: My Dad). Only a few hours later he pulled up with his truck full of goodies and we were elbow deep into a full closet demo in no time flat.
:)

Welcome, my friends to a short little series on my blog that will now be referred to as:

Part one of this series will be...
How to effectively remove a door, it's molding and casing from a wall, in just 3 easy steps!

Step1: Use a utility knife and cut into any caulk or putty that has been used to gap spaces between pieces of molding on your wall or trim.

Step 2: Using a large and small crowbar, start to work your way under the trim around your door and pull back the molding to remove it.

Step 3: Once your molding is all removed, take a crowbar and wiggle free the door casing. At this point, you may also need to remove any door shims and/or use a hammer to bang the casing free out of it's tight fit.

Ta-da! Now you're door is out! Wasn't that so easy!?

I have to say that people remodel their homes everyday, but knowing simple steps to removing a door with the LEAST amount of damage is definitely some valuable information, don't you think!? When Cason and I did this for the first time, in another location in our home, we just stood there and weren't even quite sure where to start! So even though this little mini tutorial may be common knowledge for SOME of you, I have to say that I would have appreciated it about 2 years ago when we were starting in on our home remodel and were totally clueless.

Okay, so now that the door was gone, and the shelving unit was outta there, we were in business! With no plans at all, just my wild dreams of a beautifully organized, functional spaces in my head and my Dad's insanely-impressive knowledge of all things home improvement... we started in on sketching out lines for a larger space.

Since we were taking risks and goin' all "This Old House style" up in this space, I knew that we HAD to find the best way to really create a feeling of a larger overall entryway for our home. So with a little guidance from my 'handyman' telling me what I could and couldn't do... I decided to take my little hallway closet to the MAX!

Let the drywall cutting begin!

First we started by measuring out where we wanted our cuts to be with a level and pencil. Then in order for us to make sure we had the straightest lines, we used a chalk string marker. 


Once everything was measured and marked correctly we got out our multipurpose tool, attached on the drywall saw blade and went to town!

Demo Tip: Be smarter then me and COVER any furniture that you don't want blanketed in a 2-inch-thick pile of fine, hard to clean-up drywall dust, BEFORE you start cutting into your walls. Bleehk!


Guess who came home from work riiiiight at this point in the demolition process?...
:)
Welcome home honey! (blush)
So... something you have to know about me and my Dad, is that we are VERY similar. Both a bit OCD, very creatively hands-on, and quite a determined people. So once we had made up our minds that this project was happening... we may or may not have just jumped in head first with little explanation to the somewhat clueless guy on the right (in the above photo), about what was REALLY goin' down. ha!
No worries though, once he got his head wrapped around it and I frantically explained my "vision" he hopped right on that crazy train and started sketching and brainstorming along side us.

While the cutting process was underway, my Dad and Cason yelled at me... "Okay, figure out what you want to do next, Shelley!" Gah! I honestly can't tell you what a HUGE rush this was for me. Building and designing something from scratch! Literally able to make all of the decisions on my own, so that my space turned out EXACTLY how I wanted it! So my first stop, was Pinterest... of course.


There have already been SO MANY great closet/mudroom transformations done and posted online, so I wanted to get a feel for a few of my favorites and what elements I liked BEST in them, before I did anything else.
Here were a few photos that I really loved:
1. 2. 3. 4

After a little inspiration, I shut down the computer and the next few weeks were full of hardware store trips, sketching, painting, painting and ... oh, did I mention painting!?
:)

Stay tuned for part 2 of our Project: "Entryway Closet makeover" series.
It will be all about how we planned and implemented the perfect customizable look for our new entryway nook! (also known as... The Fun Stuff!)

Till then... Happy Tuesday!

97 comments:

  1. I'm so excited to see what you do with this space!!! I'm sure it will be stunning :)

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    1. haha, that's what I was thinking- I need a giddy-up and go dad!

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  3. I'm so excited for this I can't wait!

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  4. Ohhh so exciting! I love that you just jumped right in. I do that too. AND are you the type that has to get it all done (or at least close to all done) in one day? I hate leaving projects unfinished. I'll stay up 'till 5am getting things done if I have to :)

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  5. How exciting! Can't wait to see what you came up with!

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  6. AHHHH!! You're killing me! I can't wait for the reveal!

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  7. FUN! can't wait to see! I'm all excited over here (I think I got caught up in the excitement and me likey!)

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  8. ohhhh I can't wait to see what you have planned! I looks great so far :)

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  9. Aaaah! I don't think I can wait! I am so excited to see what comes next. I guess until I find our perfect house, I will be living vicariously through everyone else's blog renovations. Thanks for sharing!

    Heidi@HomemadeBeautiesByHeidi

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  10. You're gonna make us wait? Oh man! I wanna see the finished product....don't make us wait too long. :)

    Camille

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  11. Wow, love the progression. Rip out the old unorganized stuff and pretty it up. Looking forward to it.

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  12. OH DARN! I am dyyyyying to see what happens next!! I can't wait for Part 2!!!

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  13. You are seriously AWESOME!!! Love you, LOVE your blog! Cant wait to see it all come together! :D

    Jeni Ream
    @Becoming Martha
    http://jensidea.blogspot.com/

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  14. I love a girl who jumps into a project with both feet (and a Dad willing to enable/help)! I'm loving your inspiration photos and can't wait to see what you pull together. :-)

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  15. You have no idea how excited I am to see how this goes down. I will be blog stalking for the reveal! And I love the look on hubby's face, lol!

    xoxo!
    Jen

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  16. demo, DIY-OCD, Pinterest... sounds a lot like our home!!!! :) Can't wait to see your dream "closet"

    ~ Emily N. from "too Blessed to Stress"

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  17. Shelley! You can't leave me hangin' girl!!! I am SO excited & want to do a closet demo job on my turf. Thanks for the fun tutorial!

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  18. Shelley! You cannot leave me hangin' girl! I need to see the final product! I saw you pinning cute mudrooms on Pinterst, so I knew you were up to something! Can't wait to see!

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  19. I can't wait to see what you've done!! I'm on the edge of my seat.........!!!!

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  20. Yipeeee!!! I love that I'm not the only one who is incredibly impulsive and has to do something RIGHT NOW once I get it in mind! And yes I'm so glad you outlined the process of taking out the door. I'm a serious newbie so the things that may seem simple enough are super puzzling for me! I can't wait to see part two. I'm sure it's going to be fabulous. You've inspired me to look at my closets and see the potential for great things...

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  21. Oh THIS is going to be fun to watch! (your blog makes me TIRED!!!)

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  22. oh way to leave us hanging!! LOL

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  23. I have a closet that sounds just like yours in my entry. I put shelves in it and that is where all of my decorating stuff is. I can't wait to see what you do with yours, I may have to copy you! ;)

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  24. AAAHHHH!!!! I was so into this post... Reading and enjoying the pictures thinking I am going to SEE a FINISHED project at the end only to find out I have to wait... I guess it would help to PAY ATTENTION to the Post TITLE... "PART 1" LOL!!!

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  25. Did you seriously just leave me hanging THERE??? Can't wait to see your "after"!!

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  26. Did you seriously just leave me hanging THERE??? Can't wait to see your "after"!!

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  27. Not fair, I want too see the results right now!

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  28. I love your husband's expression! It's priceless! I think it's hillarious that you just started a project just like that. I would sit there and annalyze until 2am and then start. I am weird like that. I can't wait to see how it all turns out.

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  29. I LOVE this project. Makes me want to knock on my walls! I love finding wasted space and working it to my advantage.

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  30. I can't wait to see the finished project! What a great idea to open up the space like that.

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  31. i LOVE that you {and your father} just jumped right in there. that goes right along with your 2012 word. RISK. go, girl! i can't wait to see how the hole in the wall develops. rock it!

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  32. It's like waiting for a new episode of Pretty Little Liars, or something similar. The suspense is killing me on how this project is/will turn out!

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  33. This cliffhanger is more intense than the end of the Well of Ascension! Or Harry Potter 4. Or Ross and Emily get married part 1. Please post part 2 tomorrow!!! Can't wait!

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  34. ok-first of all-I want you to know that I think that you rock! I know that this post took you at least a while to do and I want to say thanks. I also want to know if you can read my mind. I have been sketching and thinking and wondering if I could do something along the lines of what you just did, but with my entryway. I can't wait to see the end result..so I can call my Dad and have him load up his car. All for a good cause..of course. :) Thanks for the inspiration-can't wait to see the ta-da results.

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  35. Eelk! What a project but I am so excited for you. Can't wait to see the finished projec!

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  36. Oh I am so excited to see this project unfold! I have the EXACT same cluttered closet in my house and I have a feeling your finished space could motivate some action on my end!!

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  37. I'm a new follower!!! Your blog is so fun to read. I'm so excited to keep reading about how your mud room/closet transformation turns out! :-)

    www.jenandjercook.blogspot.com

    xoxo,
    ~Jeni

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  38. I have totally thought about doing this for my closet! Cannot wait to see what you've done so I can decide if I want to jump into it myself! Hurry and get it posted, girl! I can't wait to see!

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  39. Shelly, OMG!!! It looks like it's going to be amazing. but i am not at all surprised. I LOVE, LOVE LOVE your house!! Btw- where did you get that GORGEOUS picture of the temple by your door??? the frame is breath taking!!!

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  40. I'm so excited to see what the end result looks like. Any chance you'll be making your way to the LA area? Possibly, to my house!? I'm so inspired by you. I just love your blog!

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  41. looks awesome, can't wait to see the end result! I lol'd at the look on your hubby's face when he saw what you and your Dad had been up to...I can convince my Dad to do pretty much anything for me when I have a bee in my bonnet about something, and we dive straight in too...so much fun!

    xx Karen

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  42. I can't wait to see what you have done with it!

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  43. Sooooo fun!! OMG I can't wait to see what you've done!

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  44. So you have what I need. The guts to just see something that needs to be done and to just go for it! I don't have that, yet. I'm hoping that I can feel more confident in my DIY-ing abilities and bring out that hanmmer when I get the urge to. I love reading your posts. And thanks for explaining the "small" stuff. Sometimes things so simple to others can be a big nuisance for others, and that would be me!!

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  45. omg your Dad is pretty awesome! wish mine lived closer! love that action shot of that stud/wall support(?) falling :) cant wait to see what is next! we just finished our first real DIY project and you may have inspired me to start a new one (uh-oh! lol)

    http://houseofwoyaks.blogspot.com/

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  46. I already know it's going to be awesome! Can't wait to see what you and Cason(have to give him and your dad credit too) come up with...such an inspiration you are!

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  47. You are such a tease! I can't wait to see what you did to it!!! By the way.....where's that finished bathroom post? Did I miss it?!
    xoxo

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  48. I love that you are so ... so... ambitious! It's inspiring! :)

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  49. I think it's so cute that you cut out the drywall and demo'd the closet....before figuring out what you wanted to do! I'm a bit of an over-planner (to the point where sometimes I don't even START a project because I feel like it hasn't been thought about enough) so it's refreshing to see someone jump in with both feet!

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  50. Wow, I can't believe you and your Dad just decided to do that. Ugh, it takes us days and months of planning to get around to some DIY project much less a demo or home repair / improvement type project. I did redo my laundry room closet - that's where all the kids coats and shoes are. I wrote about it over at my blog here: http://controllingcraziness.blogspot.com/2012/01/more-closet-organization.html
    Can't wait to see the rest! Good luck!
    Christa.

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  51. I love the way you just go for it! Can't wait to see the finished project- I know it'll be wonderful. :)

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  52. AHHHH! I love it! I'm so excited, not sure I can walk away from the computer now:)

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  53. Loving it. Can't wait to see part 2. Hope it's today.

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  54. This is one of the tasks on my list. So inspiring!! Can't wait to see what you did!

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  55. Can't wait to see the finished project! My husband just turned our entry way closet into a sewing closet for me. Turned out great...for a closet sewing room.

    Kathy

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  56. Sooo Inspiring..tuned in!

    xoxo Jennifer
    shabbywhitesandmuddyboots.blogspot.com

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  57. Woot! What a great dad. I sure miss mine.

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  58. I was thinking while reading that you and dad were tearing it all out "what about Jason?"....hahaha, I love it and something I would do, too. Only I didn't have a "dad" to help me out! Can hardly wait to see the end result!! May take some of your ideas for my sewing room closet AND the entryway...I'm thinking.... And thanks so much for your sharing! Love your blog!

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  59. Thanks for sharing all your ideas and re-dos! Wish I had a "dad" that I knew to help me out sometime. Can't wait for the finish! Love your blog!

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  60. fun!! High five to your sweet Dad for getting started on the job, its going to be amazing. I can already tell :)

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  61. You're killing me!! ;) Can't wait to see it!!

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  62. Excited to see how it turns out :)

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  63. just plain cruel to leave us hanging - can't wait for the reveal!! :)

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  64. Holy Cow! Can't wait to see the final transformation! I love your blog. I'm super new to blogging, like a week new, and your blog has been a HUGE inspiration to me. Thanks!!!

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  65. Are ya kiddin' me?! I got sucked in and its not done yet so I have to wait to see the final "AFTER" pic?! *aargh! The suspense might kill me! I wish my handy dad was still alive...hubz is so NOT handy...

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  66. Okay - you are totally crazy and spontaneous and honest and I love to read your blog!! And your Dad? Well, he is the best - came right over smiles and tools? What a lucky girl you are!!Can't wait to see the finished product - love your pins but love your blog more:)

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  67. I can hardly wait to see what you figured out for the space. My dad and I are the same way...it drives my hubby crazy! :0 Dads are the best aren't they??

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  68. Seriously, I can't wait for part 2. I am on the edge of my seat. Your dad and my dad are so similar. I call my dad and we start a project and my husband comes home and has no idea what has hit the house. Love it!

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  69. I simply can't wait any longer - need to see part 2! I've been thinking about tackling this very same project but haven't any idea where to begin. Can't wait to see the finished product.

    P.S. New to your blog and I must say, I'm in LOVE! Your home is stunning!

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  70. your dad is adorable, and looks so happy to help! I can't wait to see part 2!

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  71. What? I have to wait? I love to read your posts...so excited for part II! Will you loan me some of your creative brain cells?

    Wendy-remakingitmine.blogspot.com

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  72. Will you come to my house? Seriously...I need a little bit of your energy!

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  73. How fun, I love projects that just "fall" into your lap.

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  74. Oh! That is awesome, my dad makes too many "brackets" and I just have to say thanks for helping. Uggg. I was hoping a sliding barn door would be in your pic since you mentioned the door was so big!

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  75. It's going to look fabulous! Can't wait to see it completed :) Love the inspiration pictures, fun!

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  76. First of all I am so glad i didn't read this 2 days ago because that is 2 days I am not having to wait to see the part 2. I, like so many others can not wait!!

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  77. First, let me say I am so glad I didn't read this 2 days ago when you first posted, it is 2 less days that I will be waiting to see Part 2. Girlie you are killin me!! Second, be sure and give that Dad of yours and big hug, you are blessed!

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  78. First of all I am so glad i didn't read this 2 days ago because that is 2 days I am not having to wait to see the part 2. I, like so many others can not wait!!

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  79. Whoa! How are we gonna wait!!! The suspense..... ur killing me!!!

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  80. I just did the same thing to my itty bitty linen closet! You have a lot more to work woith , I can't wait to see what you do!!

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  81. Seriously... your Dad looks so young!! What a good Dad. My dad is a science nerd so no handyman help there - he is great with a Calculus Problem though.

    I love the idea of opening up the entry closet like that. Cannot wait to see the finished project!

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  82. My husband ALWAYS comes home right in the middle of me doing something destructive and mid-plan. I know that frantic feeling of trying to explain your vision! The greatest is when they realize that YOU were right, and that you totally made things a million times better!! Love your blog!

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  83. Your dad = awesome. You are blessed :).

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