Staycation Vacation

I am notorious for taking vacations and staying home. For the past three years I’ve used every day of relaxing time to work on my house. I try to do so much myself to first save money, but second learn and gain experience. I enjoy trying new things and putting myself to the test of…

Upstairs Drywall

I’ve been waiting 2 and a half years for drywall upstairs! Two and a half years it has been since I’ve seen the second floor of my house actually look like a real space I can live in. The ceilings were dry walled as well. Window trim has begun and after that I’ll start on…

Repurposing the Original Mantles (Part 2)

I finished the second mantel this past Saturday. This one I am using in Ezra’s playroom upstairs as a bookshelf.  I first added the beadboard to the mantel opening. Next, I used my miter saw and nail gun(my two favorite tools) to make simple shelves out of some scrap wood I had in the back…

Repurposing the Original Mantels (part 1)

This Saturday, on a whim, I decided to drag the original mantels outside and finally do something with them. They have been sitting in my entryway since I took them out of the front rooms. I didn’t want to reuse them in their traditional sense because they didn’t quite go with my design style, but…

A Tale of Two Renovations 

When Josh and I got pregnant, it wasn’t exactly planned. But, we got a beautiful baby boy out of it and I speak for us both when I say, we wouldn’t change it for the world. With that being said, we both own houses. We both own very old, complete gut job houses. While we…

Dont Throw It Away

Don’t throw things away that just need a little tlc and creativity. All three of these items were left in my house when I bought it. It’s easy to throw things out to get them out of the way, but if you take the time, they can turn into a decor piece that works in…

Upstairs Insulation

This is a boring post, but I still wanted to document it. I had the upstairs insulated. I’ve been making very slow progress upstairs. The insulation, to me, is a big deal because I desperately need to get the temperature in the house more regulated before summer. Lucky for us we’ve had a very mild…

Pantry

The pantry once was an outdoor room off the back porch. We built a wall and opened up an entry from the kitchen to make it useable indoor space. I know I’ve said it before, but because of the huge windows and multiple doorways in my kitchen I’ve had to get creative with storage space….

The Room I Never Knew Would Be My Favorite

When I bought this house the front room was going to be my office. Well, God had different plans. I found out I was pregnant and with the upstairs still unfinished I decided to forgo my office for another day and give my son a proper nursery.  I absolutely love this room and it may…

New Windows

I broke down and decided to go with new windows upstairs. Originally I wasn’t going to do it. I was going to fix and rehang all the windows like I did downstairs. Unfortunately the more and more pregnant I got, the less I could physically do and the windows were holding up progress.  So all…

1st Floor Bathroom (complete)

My first floor bathroom has been the biggest project in the whole house. There was not one thing in it that didn’t need to be redone. Even after some items were “done”, they needed to be done again. My flooring is one of those items. I love hexagon tile. Nothing says you’re in an old…

Living Room

I’ve finished my first room and it feels great to have one room I can go and sit in without looking at all the things that still need to be done. It’s my new sanctuary for relaxation at the end of a long day. This room is completely new. New insulation, electrical, drywall, trim, and…