How Do We Like It Now? Take 5
We do a lot of DIY projects, buy a lot of new products, and make a lot of decorating decisions here on the blog. However, we don’t always take the time to check in on the status of these updates years after living with them with honest home product reviews.
Do we still love them? Would we do anything differently? Any advice for next time around?
This is a series that provides us with the chance to take a stroll down memory lane while providing you guys with the real talk on how these purchases are holding up after lots of daily wear and tear.
Rookie Reviews from the Past
- Reviewing our Couches
- Reviewing our Rugs
- Reviewing our Paint Colors
- How Do We Like it Now – Take 1
- How Do We Like it Now – Take 2
- How Do We Like it Now – Take 3
- How Do We Like it Now – Outdoor Edition
- How Do We Like it Now – Take 4
Our DIY & Home Product Reviews
So let’s get right to it. Our honest home product reviews of prominent pieces in each of our homes.
Bar Stools (8 out of 10)
If you read our last “how do we like it now?” post, then you’ll remember how I gave our bar stools a pretty terrible review. While they looked great, they were so damn uncomfortable. Sitting on them was like torture, so I gave them a pitiful rating of 3 out of 10 and vowed to find new stools.
I’m happy to report I found new stools! I got these stools about 6 months ago and I really like them. They were a great price, the style fits well with the rest of our home, and the best part….they’re super comfortable! Yay, finally stools I actually want to sit on! The cream color is really pretty and I like the light wood leg. I wouldn’t say they’re super high-quality (hence the reason I’m giving them an 8), but they definitely get the job done for a great price.
And I know someone is going to ask, so I will tell you now. We use these furniture feet on all the chair legs in our home to protect our wood floors. They don’t fall off like normal pads you put on the bottom of a chair. Our floor is protected from scratches thanks to these babies! Highly recommend if you have wood floors.
Jewelry Dresser (10 out of 10)
Last year, I ditched my standing jewelry cabinet and replaced it with a jewelry drawer. I majorly purged my jewelry, purchased this amazing jewelry organizer, and designated a drawer in our dresser for all of my goodies. I am still in love with this setup! It’s tucked away, stays neat, and is still super organized.
I was worried that I wouldn’t have room for new jewelry, but honestly, I don’t ever buy jewelry. I pretty much wear the same thing over and over. Which brings me to another random thing I wanted to chat about. I get sooooo many DMs on Instagram asking about the 2 dainty necklaces I wear just about every day. It’s actually one necklace with 2 layers and it’s made by Freida Rothman. Unfortunately, they don’t sell this exact one anymore, but all of her necklaces are gorgeous (like this one and this one) if you’re looking for a good everyday piece (or gift)!
Dyson Fan (10 out of 10)
You guys know how much I love my Dyson vacuum (I pretty much gushed about it in this blog post), so it shouldn’t be a surprise that I scooped up another Dyson product…this fan and air purifier. I had a killer sinus infection that knocked me out for about 6 weeks early this year and I finally went to see an ear, nose, and throat doctor. After doing lots of tests, it turns out I’m allergic to dust mites and ragweed. I never thought I had any allergies, so this was news to me!
He highly recommended this air purifier to help with the air quality in your home. Guys, it’s awesome. You can use it as a fan (which we haven’t been doing because it’s so dang cold), or you can just leave it on auto. If anything “bad” happens in the air, it will turn on to a higher power to purify the air as quickly as it can. This thing goes off like crazy whenever I spray hair spray (just shows you how many chemicals are in it…yikes!) and whenever we’re cooking.
We keep it in our bedroom so we get the cleanest air back there while sleeping. I definitely recommend for anyone, but especially if you have allergies or pets!
Kitchen Runner (7 out of 10)
Another new purchase I haven’t blogged about is this kitchen runner. I used to have this one from West Elm, but a bowl of dropped berries ruined it for good. That’s what you get for putting a light rug in your kitchen. My bad. I vowed to get a cheap rug that could take some wear and tear and this is the runner I landed on.
I love the color, the size, the price…all great! But it has frayed in a couple of spots. Nothing too terrible or noticeable, but I, of course, notice it. Still, you can’t go wrong with a natural fiber rug in a high traffic area. They’re durable and inexpensive!
Double Trash Can (7 out of 10)
Our building added recycling last year (yay!) so we had to upgrade our trash can to sort things better. I found this double trash can on Amazon and it has been wonderful! We originally had 2 separate trash cans, but it was just way too much clutter in our kitchen. This wider one is really sleek and doesn’t look terrible on our island.
The only reason I’m docking a few points is because it can sometimes be hard to get the trash bags in there. They sometimes fall down, so you have to really get it in there good. A mild nuisance, but I can’t give it a perfect review because of that!
Mudroom Tile (10 out of 10)
I took you guys through the process of making over our mudroom a little over a year ago, but haven’t talked much about the mudroom since. Honestly, we haven’t done much to this room since the heavy renovations wrapped up. One day I have dreams of making it a true mudroom, complete with cubbies or some type of storage system.
But for now, just having a place to drop our groceries, boots, winter gear, or even set up a mini DIY workshop during the winter, has been AH-MAZING.
From watermarks to dust, this mudroom sees lots of wear and tear and you would never know thanks to the tile! Not only is the tile holding up beautifully, but it somehow does such a phenomenal job hiding the “dirt”, weather, and general busy-ness it sees on an everyday basis. A perfect score from me.
Black Painted Doors (8 out of 10)
Monitor in the Nursery (4 out of 10)
Bamboo Shades in the Nursery/Bedroom (10 out of 10)
I give these shades a solid 10 out of 10 because of the ease of installation, the price point, and their effectiveness. The bamboo shades are the only shades we close in both rooms and have never have a problem with the amount of coverage in the morning. Granted, we are not people who need our rooms pitch black, but I really do think the bamboo shades do a great job blocking out most of the sunlight, without making the room feel like a dark cave.
Dining Room Table (9.5 out of 10)
How Do We Like It Now?
I’m Casey Finn, the voice behind The DIY Playbook. I’m married to Finn & mom to Rory and Ellis. Together we’re creating our dream home in Chicago, one DIY project at a time.