Archives for July 2014

5 simple steps to prep your yard for Fall

Summer was a blast but now Fall is swiftly approaching. Don't forget to prepare the outside of your home and yard for the coming months by following these 5 tips: 1. Clean out your gutters Heading into Fall is a great time to break out the ladder and clean out your rain gutters. They tend to fill with leaves quickly so you should be cleaning them out a few times a year. 2. Put away all toys and furniture cushions If your house is anything like mine you probably have tons of toys strewn about outside. As soon as the weather turns warmer we bring out the soccer goals, sports … [Read more...]

New $99 rugs in the family and dining rooms

Last week I showed you our brand new kitchen. You probably noticed a new rug in the dining room. I'm here to give you the low down. I've been searching for a rug for the dining room and living room for awhile. I've mostly looked online, but haven't pulled the trigger on anything for a few reasons: a) rugs are expensive!, b) there are way too many options to pick from and I just get overwhelmed and bored clicking through page after page of rugs, and c) I like to see stuff in person before I make a purchase. I just happened to be at Sam's Club with my sister and came across … [Read more...]

The making of a kitchen island

In order to install the kitchen island completely, it took several additional steps to make sure it was secure. We definitely don't want the island accidentally tipping over or having a heavy piece of granite falling on top of one of us. It looks pretty and simple just sitting there, but there was a lot of additional thought that went into getting this beast secured to the floor. The cabinet guy started by gluing several 2x4s to the floor with liquid nails. He then used the coolest little tool to sink huge nails through the wood and into the actual slab foundation. After some … [Read more...]

Our kitchen renovation is finished!

Hey guys! I am here to show you the final kitchen before and afters. We are pretty much finished with the renovation. We have small stuff to finish up (painting the baseboards, painting the walls, small random finishing touches), but for all intents and purposes, this renovation is D.O.N.E. And I couldn't be any more relieved. We've never tackled a renovation of this magnitude, and although much of it was hired out, we did do a fair share of the work ourselves. Living in this chaos for the past 3 months has taken its toll on my sanity. We hired a local builder to oversee the project. He … [Read more...]