Gettin’ All Young House Love

Okay, so yesterday I talked about my mission to get a new over the range microwave and I mentioned how Mac and I decided we could be Young House Love.  Do you read their blog?  They are DIYer’s who are renovating their third home and they do it all their self pretty much.  It amazes me and inspires me all at the same time.  You should check them out!

Anyways, since this is our first DIY project as a married couple I thought I should document it to look back on in the future.
Let’s get to it:

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Ah, finally have my microwave in the back seat of my car.  It wouldn’t fit in the trunk.

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It’s home, it’s home!  We got back to the house around 4:30pm and I was ready to get started.  We unwrapped it and started reading the instructions.  What in the world!!  Why can’t they have really good pictures as directions!!??

Before Microwave

We drug our stove out and ew, it was so nasty under there and not to mention the dried up food running down the sides of my stove.  Next, we had to take the white hood range down from our old white stove.  This was the point we realized we didn’t have an electrical socket in our top cabinets!!!  I was practically freaking out at this point.  I just knew we would have to hire an electrician and it would be weeks before my pretty little microwave would be hung up and working.  BUT, but, my non-electrician husband with a little help from me (OKAY, this was totally my idea) decided we could cut a hole in the cabinet and pull the wires that connected to the hood range up through the wall and out the new hole, connecting to a new electrical socket.

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Here’s the hole in the cabinet.  This was the easiest part of the entire process.

Whirlpool Over The Range Microwave Black Home Depot Installation

And here is our finished socket!  It doesn’t look very professional, but it works!  And Mac did it in the dark with the only light of a flash light.  I’m so proud!  Next up was to cut a hole underneath the cabinet for the electric cord.  Check out this video of Mac – 🙂

Whirlpool Over The Range Microwave Black Home Depot Installation

After bolting in the mount to the wall (didn’t get a picture of that), we hung the microwave and Mac screwed it in through the top cabinets.  And guess what?  It’s still hanging today!!!!!
Whirlpool Over The Range Microwave Black Home Depot InstallationI can’t stop looking at it!  It just looks so good.  I never thought I’d be so proud of a new microwave.  #grownupstatus

 

My DIY Wedding Decor

DIY wedding decor is the best way to save money on your wedding.  I was bound and determined to make most of my wedding decor myself.    It saved my parents and myself a ton of money.  Not to mention we had our wedding outdoors and used a lot of the scenery as decor.

My DIY Wedding Decor:

Boutonnieres and bouquets:  After getting a quote on real flowers for the wedding, I was absolutely sick.  I couldn’t imagine paying so much for something that would die and be thrown away.  So, I ended up making all the boutonnieres and bouquets.  Including my own!  I bought the flowers from the Dollar Store, Dollar Tree, and Walmart.  Yes, they are fake, but I get to keep my bouquet and Mac’s bout forever and that’s what I like about it.

DIY Wedding Decor Flowers

Left: my bouquet; Top Right: men’s boutonniere; Middle: moms & grandma’s flowers; Bottom Right: bridesmaid bouquets & my bouquet again.

Ceremony decor:  For seating, we used square hay bales.  They seemed to work really good.  We (read: Mac) cut up two logs to give me my stumps for the aisle.  I saved up used spaghetti jars and borrowed some mason jars from my grandma and decorated those on the outside with burlap, lace, and twine.  Most jars had fake flowers in them and others had candles lit during the ceremony.  Although I’m not sure they were even lit, lol!

DIY Wedding Decor

Left: flowers and jars used in the aisle; Top Right: hay bale seating; Bottom Right: the alter (with my family).

Reception decor:  I used the same kind of jars for the reception tables, our cake table, and along the edge of the front porch.  The large ‘B’ was made with Dollar Store foam board, dyed coffee filters, and a hot glue gun.  That took forever, but I was SO proud of it.  It will be hanging in my house soon!

DIY Wedding Decor

Left: spaghetti jar wrapped with twine & fake flowers; Right: cake table with jars and ‘B’ hanging on the cabin.

Picture decor: I made this banner for my save the dates and engagement pictures and knew I wanted it to be hanging some where at the wedding for a photo op.  It looked perfect hanging on the chair.  The Mr. Right and Mrs. Always Right was an idea I seen on Pinterest.  I took some burlap and fabric I already had, traced the letters, and colored them in.  Guests got a good chuckle out of that one!

DIY Wedding DecorIt was such a relief after the wedding was over knowing that I didn’t spend an arm and a leg on decorations that would be junked.  Does this mean I’m frugalista or just plain ol’ cheap?!  Ha, I don’t really care!