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...]

When you can’t replace carpet, at least shampoo it

Yes, we are talking about carpet today! SUPER EXCITING TOPIC! ha When we moved in, we replaced all the really gross carpet in the basement. We chose not to replace the carpet in the rest of the house because a) it's really expensive, and b) we want to rip most of it out eventually and extend the hardwood floors. It seemed like a waste of money to put in all new carpet only to rip it out in the future. Unfortunately, the carpet throughout the house is pretty old and dingy looking. Check out these gross spots. Some where here when we moved in, others my children have … [Read more...]

My office is painted! blog post + video

My office is finally painted. Painting wall after wall in my house is really not fun at all, but making a time lapse of it all is fun! So lucky you, here's another time lapse video for your entertainment. I've also encluded a regular ol' blog post with photos below. Have fun watching and reading! The previous owners painted the room green. Honestly, it wasn't a terrible green. I just didn't like it very much. Like how messy my office is? Yes, it's terrible. The office is right off the family room on the main floor so it tends to become the dumping grounds for any and all crap. … [Read more...]

How to build your own closet built-ins using a Billy bookcase (IKEA hack)

Hey guys! Today I'm sharing a quick and easy tutorial from our last house, Kinsey's bedroom specifically, that can easily be applied to any reach-in closet. The tutorial of the day - how to build your own closet built-ins using a Billy bookcase from Ikea, a few pieces of MDF, several 1x2s, and a clothing rod. I've also got a great tutorial for installing shelving in a closet here. To complete this project you will need (affiliate links): Billy bookcase extra Billy shelves for the bookcase 1/2"x11"x{length you need to fit in your closet} MDF or shelving material wooden … [Read more...]

More progress in the basement – the furniture is in!

The basement has furniture! Finally. I thought this day would never come. In the last two posts I talked about removing a wet bar and having carpet installed. You would not believe the difference those two things have made in this space. In the back half of the long narrow main living area in the basement we set up our Ikea sectional and entertainment center. And in the front half of the main living area we set up our foosball table and drum set. The space is not huge like you'd assume a basement would be, but it is big enough for our needs and we are happy with it. … [Read more...]

The smell of new carpet is in the air

left and we have brand-new carpet in our basement! After a month of living here and not using the basement, we can now move the furniture in. So exciting! I left you guys yesterday on pins and needles with the room looking like this: I'm sure the suspense was just killing you. "What carpet did they choose?" "What color?" "Is it long or short nap?" Don't fret, I am back today with the carpet details so you can breath a sigh of relief. The carpet installers came in and ripped up all the old carpet and the pad. They swept the floor but it wasn't up to my satisfaction (I'm a … [Read more...]

Ripping out the wet bar in the basement & prepping for carpet

We are mostly moved in now and finally have tackled our first DIY project in the new house! The basement desperately needed new carpet, but before we can have carpet installed I wanted to remove the wet bar in the basement. Here are some "before" photos: The wet bar wasn't completely offensive or anything, I just didn't like the placement of it. As you can see in the pictures, the basement main living area is long and narrow, yet the bar had been installed along the long wall making the room even more narrow and broken up into smaller less usable spaces. I knew right away the … [Read more...]