we have a kitchen…

...well, we have a kitchen in boxes. At least it is a start! We woke up early on the first day of the new year and headed to IKEA hoping to beat the rush. It turned out to be a great move because the place was deserted and we were helped immediately. We finalized our plans with the help of a great employee and placed our order. Luckily, everything was in stock so after sorting through the self-service area I went to pick up part of our order while the hubby packed up the car. We underestimated … [Read more...]

demolition derby

What happens when you give your darling husband and some great friends free reign to rip out the old to get ready for the new? Before and after shots of some areas of the house:Art studio.Front living room.Kitchen.The junk pile my backyard has become.Thanks for following Directions Not Included! … [Read more...]

paint brush wars

I was banned from the house for a few days because of all the dust from removing the carpet, cabinets and dropped ceilings so I was very frustrated and antsy. I took the time to finalize the paint colors and after countless samples...probably more than $75 dollars worth of them...I narrowed it down to these colors Benjamin Moore colors:Bird's Egg- Living room and hallwayAntiguan Sky- Office/craft roomPolar Sky - Master bedroomFeather Gray - Guest bedrooms and dining roomThe family room and what … [Read more...]

let the fun begin!

After almost 2 years of searching we finally found our first home in a great little neighborhood. We were looking for something we could put our mark on that still had some old Florida charm to it...a fixer-upper with lots of character. We found this quaint looking beauty the same day the listing hit the market and thanks to our amazing realtor had our offer in within hours. With a simple twist of fate, our offer was accepted within days and we started this journey into home ownership. Now we'll … [Read more...]