before and after – living room reveal

I have another reveal! Two reveals in a row, it must be a good week! But before I jump into the reveal, I'm begging for some good vibes. We have our final inspection today for the central AC unit we had installed in the back of our house for the family room and master bedroom. We really need to pass so if you have any good thoughts to spare, I'll gladly take them. I promise to give them back.Our living room has been pretty close to being done for some time now, but for some reason I have never … [Read more...]

year 2 – 2012 house renovation plans

2012 marks the beginning of our second year in this house. Some days it feels like we have been here forever, other days I still can't believe we moved. We have made a lot of progress in the past year but there is hopefully a lot more to come in 2012. At least I really hope so. While I love the renovating, I am looking forward to a bit of a rest for the big projects. I'm going to do my best to get a good photo tour of the house in the current state done in the next few weeks. Let's hope for some … [Read more...]

refinishing an exposed beam ceiling – part 1

We are starting off the year with a big project. One that will hopefully lead a finished family room in the first half of the year. The space currently looks like this. This room was one of the biggest selling points for us. It is a massive room with tons of character which makes it great for entertaining. It had some odd features like tons of dingy painted slump brick we had to refresh and a 3 foot deep planter and fountain in the corner that we lovingly called that the litterbox that had to … [Read more...]

subway tile backsplash – installation is not so bad!

I'm so excited about this project. I laid tile and so far so good!We started our kitchen renovation last December when we gutted the kitchen and started slowly rebuilding it. Since April we have had an almost complete kitchen. It has been fully functional but really needed the finishing touches. I was getting quite tired of looking at the random patched up walls. The hubby was so hesitant to let me tackle this but I'm so glad we decided to do it ourselves. These are the first three tiles I have … [Read more...]

rest in peace dear christmas tree…

You read that right, our Christmas tree has moved on to a better life in the mulch pile. Right before Christmas too. I may have shed a tear or two but it had to go. Poor thing was dead and my floor around the tree looked like this several times a day. I wonder who had a hand, I mean paw, in the early demise of this tree. Good thing she is cute. It is sad to see it go so soon but since we don't have kids so I had to be realistic. The mess was too much with all the projects we have going on right … [Read more...]

weekend plans: tackling the to do list

Happy Friday! What is on the schedule this weekend? Last minute Christmas shopping?We are saying goodbye to the handful of random projects pending around the house and crossing them off the list. I can't wait!Additional pavers that are just hanging around will be added to our patio.Baseboards! Yay for baseboards! We are least measuring and painting them this weekend. Install will likely happy next week. Swapping out any old switches that still remain. Framing around the front door and the master … [Read more...]