New Building ~ Taking a Walk on the ACI Side

I mentioned last week that I was finally getting to choose some of the fun things on the inside of the building and that I was going to be sharing those with you.  There still isn't much more to update you on for the exterior or interior status as we are awaiting the replacement windows before we can really finish much.  The struggle is REAL people.  What keeps me excited and hopeful though is getting to make all these super fun design decisions.

So without further ado I'd LOVE to take you on a walk through my plans for Greg's DIY Retail Pest Control Outlet side of the building.

We are still going with the same window style, trim style and paint colors as I mentioned in my previous post but I definitely have some super cool ideas for the inside of his space.  I'm going for a very clean, modern, industrial feel so the white is a perfect backdrop.

On the south east side of ACI, we will have a TV on the wall running product info, etc. and may have a small seating area there as well.  Not sure yet.

Since this is going to be a retail space, we have to nail down how we will be displaying products.  I was in Hobby Lobby the other day and found two super sweet storage units.  They were marked way down and fit our industrial feel perfectly.  I don't have a great shot of the exact ones I got (will show them at the final reveal) but the one below is similar.  Ours are metal ladders that mount to the wall and the baskets are rimmed on top with a strip of wood.  I'll be adding chalkboard signs like the image below.  The one I'm showing here can be found at Hayneedle for around $200.  I got mine for about $50ea!  STEAL!
 Ladder Hanging Baskets Hayneedle
While the two ladder units will be placed on the left (south) wall between the windows, we will be doing much larger units on the huge center (north) wall.  Because our needs are pretty unique, I'm looking at possibly creating our own units.  I love the idea of utilizing galvanized piping and wood shelves.  Something like these is what I'd love to have (yay Pinterest!).  I think it would be amazing to have them "hang" from the trusses and be "off" the floor.  It would be mounted on the wall as well (safety first!) but would be kept open at the bottom for easy cleaning.


I'm planning on printing off a few of my favorite bug photos on metal and displaying them randomly within the shelves to break up the monotony of the products.  Adding some pops of color would also be great since we have such a neutral pallet.


I really think that we need something special as a display unit for the center of the room and I LOVE this table from The Rustic Edge, however $3,000 for one table is NOT going to happen on our budget.  I'm toying with doing something similar with pipe and rounds.  I have something super special in mind for the top tier but will be saving that for the reveal post 😁


One of my greater struggles was WHAT to do for the sales counter.  We have a ton of pallets so I thought maybe I could find an old dresser and attach the pallet boards to the back to create something like this...


Greg and I went to San Marcos to take photos of a precious baby girl one of my Faith Academy students gave birth to and afterward we shopped around the outlet mall.  We were going to take his car (I hella LOVE his car!) but at the last minute I decided we should take mine juuuust in case we found anything we wanted to buy and needed the space to haul it home.  You will NOT believe what God did!  We checked out the West Elm Store and low and behold, we came across the PERFECT piece for our space.  I'm telling you... PERFECT!  It was exactly the height I needed (I've struggled to figure that out, thought I'd have to add a "shelf" on top of a dresser or something), the perfect length, width and is finished on both sides, in reclaimed wood!!!  There's a small chunk missing from behind the cabinet door and it's missing a handle but who cares?  It normally sells for almost $2,000 and we got ours for $475!  The sucker even fit PERFECTLY in the back of my car!  If you don't believe in miracles, you better start now because I'm telling you, this was a miracle 🙌


I'm still working on the desk situation and again, we have specific needs that I can't seem to find available for a reasonable price (shocker, right...?!).  So we may just be implementing our same "pipe/wood" idea and creating something similar to this...


And wouldn't that be stunning with chairs like this from World Market?!?!   Def not cheap but if I save enough $$$ on other things, we jusssst might be able to get these 💓  And if you think about it, they really aren't much more than other rolling office chairs at only $250ea.


We will be mounting a wall fan for our crew and while it's not terribly exciting, we love the one we have in our kitchen.  It can get hot out here, even with a/c so having a fan can help a ton!

We will also be adding this super cool coat rack from the Container Store.  The arms fold in so you only use the ones you need.  I have something similar I'll be using on my side.


I think there is only one more thing I need to share for this space and that's lighting.  We are doing the same track lighting as mentioned last week but I'm doing something special over the sales counter.  I was in Tuesday Morning and ran across two of these geometric lights and they were almost exactly what I had hoped to find!  AND... they were on clearance at only $45/ea, regularly $90.  I'm telling you, mir-a-cles!  


So, there you go!  The ACI side, spelled out in detail.  I am so excited to get it done, lol!

Things I've learned this week...
  • 1.  Pray for bargains!
  • 2.  Prayer works.
  • 3.  Pray for peace, strength and patience.  He's faithful to bless 💕
  • 4.  Miracles still happen!
  • 5.  Keep the faith.  Eventually this move will happen and we'll be looking back on it all, laughing at all the stuff that went down, and rejoicing that He brought us through it.

Happy #fixerupperfriday everyone!  



His eye is on the sparrow and I know He is watching over me.   ♥   Matthew 10:29-31

2019 Cedar Park Senior ~ Ashlyn

This gorgeous thing is my niece y'all!  She is very talented in cosmetology and plans to pursue that field after she graduates in 2019.  Obvs she did her own makeup and I just love how this whole first shoot went.  One of the biggest thrills was getting to use her Sherri Hill prom dress.  My other niece graduated a few years ago with a degree in fashion design and actually works for Sherri Hill so it was a double joy to get to photograph Ashlyn in this gorgeous dress.

Ashlyn and I will be doing more together in the fall and I can't wait! 

(hair by Crystal Fennel at JCPenney Salon, Lakeline Mall)






















His eye is on the sparrow and I know He is watching over me.   ♥   Matthew 10:29-31

New Building ~ Taking a Walk on the Inside

I figured since you all have seen the exterior design in just about every. single. post. it might be a great idea to venture indoors and show you some of the elements we've chosen there.  I'll eventually share what we are doing for each business side, the break room and bathroom but for now, I'm just covering some basics that will be throughout the entire building.  THIS is where the fun begins!

First off, let's talk paint!  I want a very clean, modern look so we are carrying over the same paint color that will be on the exterior stucco, indoors as well.  We've decided to go with a Sherwin Williams color called Extra White.  You may recall we are using Iron Ore for the soffits and trim on the exterior of the building.  Stamped Concrete will be utilized inside (more on that later).  I think the name says it all.  Pure, unadulterated, clean, beautiful, extra white.  There was a time I would have fought this.  "Too sterile" "Too boring" "Too white!"  However, I've embraced the fact that the perfect white can be a glorious neutral base where you can enhance the space with furniture, artwork, plants, accessories, etc.  Those can be your pops of color and can easily be changed out.  Everything goes with white. Bonus... pure white is pure glory in my business!


The interior walls (and exterior stucco) are to be a smooth finish.  I don't want a heavy decorative or orange peel texture.  I want simple and clean.  Here are a few ideas for what I like.  It's not done yet so I can't post ours but I will when it's completed.


The doors (interior and back) are from Lowe's and they are a three panel Craftsman style door.  All doors will be solid core (exterior is fiberglass) to keep sound penetration at a bare minimum.  I mean, who wants others to hear their bathroom business?  Not me, that's for sure 😝

(click image for links to products)

 Lowes three panel craftsman style door

Doors, windows and baseboards will be done the same paint color (extra white) but with a higher sheen.  They will also be very simply trimmed out.  The doors and windows will have 1x4 boards run in 90* pattern (not the 45* shown in drawing) and baseboards will be 1x6, non decorative, simple boards.  Clean, modern, minimalistic.  The windows won't have stools.  There is no need for them and I feel it will lend itself to a more modern style without them.




I am in love with the hardware we've chosen.  It's a super cool squared handle.  Unusual and perfect for our modern vibe.
 Home Depot Kwikset keyless door hardware
 Home Depot kwikset door hardware
One of the things I fought hard for was to have open trusses.  The original ceiling height was 8ft but it felt soooo closed in!  I love a high ceiling and being able to do this in such a small buil would help it to feel more open and spacious.  We figured out a way to do it and since I'm having a more modern, industrial vibe here, exposed duct work and painted spray foam lend nicely to that style.  I haven't been able to find many examples of exposed trusses with spray foam (most have a shiplap ceilings) but we went to dinner on Sunday at a new joint in Kingsland (Boat Town Burger Bar, SLAMMIN' burgers, you gotta go!) and their ceiling is done almost identical to what we will be doing.  Theirs is MUCH higher (obvs) and painted gray but you'll get the idea...  Just think shorter, whiter, a ton more trusses and split down the middle 😉
Boat Town Burger Bar
Our place, SHP side.

We have also decided to run track lighting on the trusses.  We will be using one from Lowes.  Still keeping it simple.

 Track lighting Lowes
This is pretty much it for anything that has to do with the general interior decor.  Each side, the break room and bathroom will all have individual posts.  Those are what I'm most excited about sharing as it's been a crazy labor of love with hours spent on the internet, lol!

Things I've learned this week:
  • 1.  Money shouldn't necessarily be the deciding factor.  Budget is important but sometimes, you need to be ok with spending a little more and getting what you want.  I am a MAJOR budget freak and there have been multiple times that this has actually caused me extreme amounts of grief.  There must be a balance between frugality and desire.
  • 2.  My internet stinks.  I've known this and hated it but with everything I've been trying to do, sitting, waiting for a page to load is KILLING ME.  We are on the search and may have found another option.  It comes with gigantor 9' hardware installed on the roof but I'm at the point that I. don't. freaking. care.  This has to get fixed!
  • 3.  I can actually make decisions quickly.  To some it may not seem like I've moved quickly on this but for me, this was fast, lol!  I think we made all interior decisions in one week or so.  I'm usually the girl that waffles and waffles and WAFFLES because she's so concerned she might make the "wrong" decision.  Ain't nobody got time for that with this project!
  • 4.  God is faithful.  He says in James 1:5 "If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking."  I've been asking Him a ton for this, wisdom on every little choice.  His word says He won't rebuke me for it (no eyeball rolling from my Jesus!) and He's given me peace to move forward on things if I start to worry about price and has also guided me to find lesser expensive options that will work for some things (sadly, I have a champagne taste on a water budget, ha!)
Be sure you check in next week when we take a walk through Greg's side (ACI Pest & Lawn Solutions).  I'm soooo excited about some of the things we are doing there!

Happy #fixerupperfriday 😁



His eye is on the sparrow and I know He is watching over me.   ♥   Matthew 10:29-31
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