Pull-outs & lazy susans || Custom organization in our IKEA kitchen

Hey guys and gals! We are neck deep in building our own custom IKEA kitchen! If you want to read all about our on-going IKEA series, start here. Today I'm going to talk about one of the ways we are taking our box IKEA kitchen and making changes to it so it's more custom and fits our specific needs. Instead of the basic insert options that IKEA offers, we decided to take it up a notch and install higher quality, more heavy duty inserts to accommodate our hard-working family. Here are two of the IKEA options that we scrapped for more industrial strength and aesthetically-pleasing … [Read more...]

Refinishing hardwood floors, part 3 – staining, mishaps, & final reveal

Hey guys! I'm back to share the FINAL part in my 3-part series about refinishing hardwood floors. If you are just tuning in, you can go back and read Part 1 and Part 2 first. Up until now everything was moving forward flawlessly. There had been no hiccups, no issues, no setbacks. It was too good to be true. Literally. Part 3 turned into mayhem and tears. Lots of tears. In the end though the floors are now finished and beautiful. All our issues were resolved and we are happy with our final product. I'll get to the drama soon. For now, let's just start where we left off. In my last post … [Read more...]

Rebuilding a staircase & framing out a wall

New to this series? Click here to start at the beginning! The biggest demo/remodel we have to tackle before we can refinish the hardwood floors in our house is the stairway makeover. We have a formal living room off the foyer that we want to enclose with french doors. Here's our formal living room and staircase situation: Right now the staircase is open on both sides and is partially in the formal living room. (This is about to get confusing so hopefully the pictures will help make it easier to understand.) We basically want to build a wall across where the stairs are and add … [Read more...]

Upgrading basic window cranks to nesting cranks

Holla! Happy August everyone! School starts in like 13 days. I can't even believe it. How has summer flown by so fast? I swear it will be Christmas before we know it. Time needs to take a chill pill and slow down! Sorry for the absence Monday and Wednesday this week. I've been trying so hard for several months now to get back on a schedule and post 3x a week. Until this week I was killing it. I came down with something though and felt so terrible, hence the absence. Sorry! So, as you might know if you've read my blog for awhile, I pretty much loathe the windows in my house. They are … [Read more...]

The piano bench gets new hinges and a make-under

Hi friends! I hope you are having a fabulous summer. We've been so busy this summer, and I just realized school starts in less than 4 weeks. I'm kinda sad about it. It's so fun having my kids around all day, and also not having to follow a strict schedule. Last year we bought a piano. It has pretty much become the staple item in our house. We all play, and all of my son's drumline friends play, so it gets used daily as a minimum. I also added a new layer of fabric to the bench: Most of you liked the new fabric, but a few of you commented that it was gross that I didn't … [Read more...]

How to FROST GLASS with contact paper

Today I'm sharing a simple tutorial that will change your life. Seriously. It's that good. Would you like more privacy in your home without sacrificing the light streaming in? Just frost your glass! It's so easy, inexpensive, and is totally removable. Yup, unlike sprays and other frosted glass techniques, this one allows you to undo your frost if you ever change your mind. Mind blown, I know. I started out with a 10-panel glass door painted white. Last year I painted it black. I LOVE black doors! As much as I love this 10-panel glass door, especially now that it's black, we need … [Read more...]

An unexpected Master Bathroom renovation, phase 1

Welp, I guess I'm doing a renovation in our master bathroom! Just last week Ben and I were talking about our list of needed renovations in this house and prioritized them all. The master bath desperately needs a cosmetic update, but we decided to put it towards the bottom of the list. We'd rather get all the floors refinished and install a new pretty kitchen. Of course, as soon as you make a statement like, "the bathroom should be added to the very bottom of the list", the universe throws a curve ball at you and basically says, "Oh ya?! Hold my beer." Here is our bathroom just after we … [Read more...]