Chair rail in the family room and breakfast nook

The last several weeks I've devoted to getting half-finished projects wrapped up and checked off the to-do list. I'm great at going full steam and starting a project. Finishing the project? NotSoMuch. I'm a 90-percent-er. I get about 90% of the work done and then get distracted with a shiny new fun project. I'm like a dog who sees a squirrel. Totally focused and then all of a sudden,... "SQUIRREL!!" It's time to hunker down and get these loose ends wrapped up. Even if I literally die of boredom. One of the projects that I've been putting off for months is finishing hanging … [Read more...]

A dramatic fireplace makeover {white moulding & black mantel}

I just finished a project that didn't take too long and wasn't too difficult, but has a huge impact. The fireplace in our home is in the corner and angled. It seems like the perfect high impact focal point, so to enhance the fireplace and make it really stand out, I added a bunch of moulding and painted the mantel black. Check it out. Here's a refresher of what it looked like when we moved in, and a week ago: {Way Before and Before}    Such a dramatic difference, right?! I couldn't be any more pleased with how it turned out. It definitely has that WOW … [Read more...]

The laundry slash mudroom is almost done

You guys, I am so close to being done with the laundry room renovation. And I am giddy with excitement over how it's turning out. So. Much. More. Awesome. than I could have anticipated. We've been using the laundry room while it's in transition, and even with missing trim and much needed paint touch-ups, the room functions as a laundry-slash-mudroom perfectly. Definitely worth the hard work and time I've invested in it. I started a few weeks ago by showing you how to hang beadboard and how to turn ikea furniture into a mudroom locker system. Then I dove into showing you … [Read more...]

Laundry Room face lift + How to install beadboard

My laundry room and I go way back. We've been through so much together: floods, venting issues, stacking and unstacking the washer and dryer. It seems I just can't make up my mind with the configuration of this poor room. It's plenty big enough to be both a mud room and a laundry room, yet it feels overwhelmingly suffocating at the same time. Several months ago I got sick of the current placement of the washer and dryer, so I bought a stacking kit and a bunch of new hoses and power cords. The appliances were then moved down the wall about 8' and stacked. One thing about … [Read more...]

3 small projects equals one big post update

So, are you as sick of hearing about that damn to-do list as I am? What on God's Green Earth would inspire me to round up twenty-freaking-four projects and put them all in one tidy little post? And then, to add insult to injury, I gave myself a deadline of December 31st to complete the list. Of course, you know that means there's absolutely no way I completed that list by December 31st. But I did put a pretty good dent in it. And now I have two more projects to check off, plus a bonus project that isn't even on the list. Shall we get to it then? I think we shall. First … [Read more...]

THE board & batten tutorial plus way TMI

Okay guys, I'm here to {finally} tell you how I did the board & batten in Kinsey's new pinkalicious bedroom. The first (and most daunting) task was to deal with the window. All the board and batten would butt into any moulding around the window, so it needed to be done first. Kinsey has this big pretty window seat in her room, but it was looking pretty boring and green for my liking. I've wanted to frame it out with moulding since the day I saw it. I had a general idea of how I wanted it to look, but I didn't actually come up with a specific plan until I stared measuring and … [Read more...]

The board and batten is done

The board and batten in Kinsey's room is finished!!! Before I started this project she had been living in a football field... Sad, I know. The other day I tormented you guys by showing you a half finished board and batten project. It's like dangling a carrot. I'm all about real time though, and that is where I was. Yesterday I did my last swipe of pink paint. I may have heard Angel's sing. Never has a room taken so long to paint! I still have loads of work to do in here, like buy all new outlet covers and put them on. Oh, and decorate. I can't wait to start … [Read more...]