Building your own custom IKEA kitchen || the planning & ordering process

Hi everyone! I'm very excited about today's post. I'm finally diving head-first into our IKEA KITCHEN! In this multi-part series I will go over all sorts of stuff like planning your new kitchen, the ordering process, assembling, installing, creating custom areas, building a custom bar, adding after-market inserts, finishing the trim, appliances, etc. Today I'm going to focus on the planning and ordering aspect of building your own custom IKEA kitchen. We chose to do a custom IKEA kitchen using their white Sektion cabinets and white Grimslov door fronts. Here's a Grimslov kitchen … [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...]

An amazing staircase makeover – from carpet to wood

Today is an exciting day! I'm going to share all the nitty gritty on getting our staircase completely redone. We hired out for part of it, and part of it we did ourselves. As not to leave you in suspense for too long, I'll just start out with the before and after. WOWZA! I can't even believe I'm looking at the same staircase. Clearly we are still finishing up this renovation and need to finish painting the wall. Here's where we left off last time: We rebuilt half the staircase and framed out the wall and then I created a custom skirting for the curved staircase. If you'd … [Read more...]

Refinishing hardwood floors, part 2 – sanding for days

As you are probably aware, because it's literally all I've talked about for weeks... we recently refinished all the wood floors on the entire first floor of our house. And when I say "entire first floor", I mean it. The only rooms on the main level that didn't get new hardwood floors are the bathroom and the laundry room. Every closet (2), every living space (5 - formal living, family, dining, office, kitchen), and even the foyer all got new hardwood floors. Hell, even the staircase got new hardwood floors. And the most incredible, and also worst part? We didn't move out when we did it. We … [Read more...]

Refinishing hardwood floors, part 1 – weaving new flooring into existing

Happy Friday! Today is the post you've all been waiting for - the floor post. Well, the first one anyway. There are so many pictures and so many steps in refinishing existing hardwood floors that I'm going to break it up into several posts. Last I left off, we had finally finished gutting the entire first floor. We did so much work to get from point A (the house before we started the renovations) to point B (ready to start on the floors). If you are new to this series I encourage you to start here and read all the progress to get to where we are now - ready to start the floors. So … [Read more...]

Final whole-house prep/demo for new floors

The huge whole-house renovation continues! We've had to do so much work just to get to a place where we can even begin to think about refinishing the floors. Honestly, it's crazy and overwhelming how much work needed to be done just to be able to refinish the floors. Like, weeks of hard work. If you are just now jumping in on this renovation journey, you can catch up here first: Let the whole-house renovations begin! Just click the above link and start reading! Make sure to grab some popcorn before you begin. At the end of each post will be a link to read the following post. Okay, so … [Read more...]

Creating your own skirting for a curved staircase

New to this series? Click here to start at the beginning! Happy Star Wars Day! May the Fourth be with you! Also, happy birthday to my husband Ben who not only is born on Star Wars Day, but is also born during the year that the first Star Wars was released (1977)! Double bonus. On Wednesday I shared with you how we rebuilt our staircase to accommodate a newly framed out wall and set of french doors. Our goal is to turn our formal living room into a board game room! We LOVE to play board games and are creating a dedicated space for it. My husband even has a board game youtube channel … [Read more...]