Now that the wainscoting is installed (See Stage 1 for that part of the project), it’s time to prime and paint. I made a quick run to Lowe’s and picked up 2 Gallons of Valspar Latex Primer and Sealer ($12.98/gallon). Since new wood soaks up a ton of paint, primer is essential in prepping it so you don’t… Continue reading Wainscoting: Painting & Finishing (Stage 2)
If you saw the photos from our basement “before” you would understand why we were in need of some storage shelving. We aren’t hoarders, despite how it might look, but have managed to accumulate a lot of junk over the years. Anyways, we finally decided to buy some storage shelves to get some stuff off the floor and begin to clean… Continue reading New Basement Shelving
We have yet to replace the back door. However, the hubby managed to get it working again, until we can settle on one we both like–and one that won’t get destroyed by the dogs. In the meantime, I made some minor improvements in the area so that it can function as it should. The original… Continue reading Small Updates to our Back Entryway
We purchased bags of bulbs from Costco to give as wedding favors and with our guest list of 200+ we figured it was better to be safe than sorry…so we bought like 300 bulbs total. Long story short, we had about 80 left over. After giving away some to neighbors as Christmas gifts, and planting… Continue reading Planting Flower Bulbs Indoors
I finished doing laundry and had like a gagillion clean towels to put away, but when I went to put them in the linen closet, I realized there was no room. I decided to fix it up a bit and shuffle some things around to make some space. Plus, I’ll need to make a list of things to… Continue reading Linen Closet Transformation
My husband and I have differing opinions when it comes to the above-ground pool in our modest backyard. It was here when we bought the house so, we have spent several Summer’s tending to its maintenance even though we don’t get much use of it. That labor also came with a hefty price tag-… Continue reading Tearing Out the Above-Ground Pool. Finally.
As you may have realize from my previous posts, I’ve been giving this whole ‘landscape design’ thing a real go. I’ve spent a good deal of time trying to learn what I can and design my own landscape, but I have never settled on anything. That’s to say, I’ve never signed off on a design and… Continue reading DIY-Landscape Design
This is the laundry room in the rental house as it looks now. I love this space. No, seriously…it might not look like much, but it has so much potential. Here, let me show you what I mean. Here’s a really rough look at the current layout of the laundry room. This is definitely not… Continue reading Rental Rehab: Part 4..Laundry Room
I was feeling crafty yesterday so I thought I would attempt a Pinterest DIY. These don’t always work out well for various reasons, but I thought this one seemed rather simple (and cheap)…so what the hell. There are a ton of tutorials on Pinterest – I liked different things about each of them. … Continue reading Pinterest DIY: Paint Chip Calendar
We removed these cafe shutters and old windows from our rental house and they are in great condition… The windows were the original and just need to be cleaned up a bit. Also, I’m selling a beige upholstered full-size headboard. Bought it from Overstock for $400 for the guest room and never used… Continue reading For Sale!
Let me start by saying that I’ve been wanting to find a reason to use chalkboard paint for a while now but I was a little intimidated by it. I mean, it’s black (for one) so it’s bound to make a bold statement…but, its uses are endless. I’ve seen it used in literally every room… Continue reading Chalkboard Paint Project to Love
I love giving personalized gifts. To me, it’s less about how much you spend on a gift and more about the thought behind it. And, since our babysitter is moving from their first home into their forever home this week, I decided to make a watercolor of her house for her to remember always.… Continue reading Watercolor House Portrait
There has been so much going on at the rental house lately, I’ve barely had any time to get things done around our house… That includes the garden I spent so much time planning. Looking at it now, just before fall season, I realize that I have some work ahead of me to fix it… Continue reading Garden Update: I’ve neglected my flowers
Perhaps the biggest project is the roof, particularly the front and back porches. My husband actually has experience roofing, but after having some professionals take a look at it, we realized we would need to hire someone for the job. With that said, we hoped that my husband could help and maybe save us some… Continue reading Rental Rehab: Part 3…Roof
For anyone going through a renovation, the first thing you need to do is find a general contractor or a “man of many trades” who knows what he’s doing. A friend of my husband’s recommended this guy to us, and after seeing pictures of his past work, we asked for a quote. That’s my other… Continue reading Rental Rehap: Part 2…Gutting the Bathroom