Archives for January 2015

Widening a single door to double doors in the hall closet

In addition to installing a new kitchen, we also widened two doorways; the game room and the hallway closet. I realized when going through photos that I never shared a before and after of the closet in the hall. Here is the hall before we widened the doorway. The closet is the first door on the left. And here it is open. The closet is very wide, but with only a single door, it made it much harder to utilize the space to the left and right. Our renovation consisted of us doing lots of demo work (to save money) and then our builder's team putting it all back together. Ben … [Read more...]

Cooking with Kinsey – Gluten-Free birthday cake w/ fondant & buttercream

Our 10 year old daughter, Kinsey, LOVES to bake. Not only does she love it, she is freaking good at it too. At 10 years old, she can bake all sorts of stuff (cake, cupcakes, cookies, brownies), start to finish, completely by herself. Last week our son, Travis, turned the big 1-3. Yes, I have a teenager. Ack! Kinsey decided for part of her gift to him she wanted to bake his birthday cake. She totally nailed this cake. I'm still shocked a 10 year old with little baking experience and pretty much zero decorating experience pulled off this cake. Travis is strictly gluten-free (and … [Read more...]

Curtain tiebacks as mudroom hooks

I've been putting off doing any permanent storage in our mudroom/laundry room. I've been holding off; wanting to wait until I can install the mudroom of my dreams, complete with lots of storage, a bench to sit on, and hooks for backpacks and coats. Well, we've been here a year and a half, and this is just not a practical goal. Backpacks and coats have been strewn all over the floor, and the kids have started avoiding the mudroom completely and dumping all their bags, books, coats, and shoes in my dining room every day. Enough is enough! I created a temporary (but probably less … [Read more...]

Installing our very own propane tank

Hi-dilly-ho, neighborinos! I hope you've had a diddly doodly great weekend. (Channeling my inner Ned Flanders there.) As you probably know, because it's all I've been able to talk about lately, we are wrapping up a big kitchen-turned-half-the-house renovation. One of the upgrades we did was install a big ol' propane tank on our property so that we could bring in a gas range instead of the electric one we used to have. I should seriously start a series about the differences between living in the suburbs vs living in the country. I feel like the Beverly Hillbillies out here, but in … [Read more...]

The updated columns in the kitchen

Okay, so first off, holy moly you guys are seriously the best. I am blown away by all the comments I received on my post from yesterday. I am not speechless often, but right now, I am speechless. Thank you for just being you. I wasn't expecting anything when I typed up that post last night. I just felt like I owed you guys an explanation. Comments across blogs are at an all time low, so I guess I just didn't even think that anyone would comment. I woke up this morning to so much support in my comments section and on facebook. I was taken aback by all the love. I'll admit, I did get choked up a … [Read more...]

New kitchen hardware. Oh, and I’m back!

Tap.Tap.Tap. Is this thing on? I'm back! I am here, it's a new year, and I'm ready to connect with earth again. It's been a long few months and I apologize profusely for the unexpected disappearance. I don't want to get into a lot of bummer reasons why I disappeared from the face of the earth (or at least the internet) for a few months because this blog is my happy place and is meant to inspire people. However. Having said that, I do feel like I owe some type of explanation because abruptly leaving for several months with zero notice is just downright rude. I am sorry. I'm coming up on … [Read more...]

beadboard and hooks in the bathroom

Today I'm going to share a really exciting DIY project with you. One of our bathrooms doubles as a bathroom for our daughter and the guest bathroom. We wanted to make the room more functional so we decided to add a row of hooks along the wall to hang up bath and beach towels, robes, and the like. This will be especially beneficial for about 9 months out of the year here in Texas where it's usually nice enough outside to take a dip in the pool. Follow along as I show you how we went from boring and uninspired... to fresh and functional:    So, we started out with a basic … [Read more...]