How to add french doors & close in a wall

Hi everyone! I hope you've been enjoying this whole house renovation series so far! Today I'm back to share how we closed in the staircase wall and added french doors. In part 1 I showed how we built in the wall (and also reconfigured our staircase), so today is all about adding the french doors, drywall, texture, paint, and trim! Check out part one here. After our wall was framed out and our staircase was finished (check out our before and after staircase post here) it was time to get busy on the french doors. We purchased our french doors from Home Depot. We bought these … [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...]

Thrift store BAR CART turned piano music SHELF

Hey guys! I love finding cool stuff for cheap at the thrift store that I can makeover. I feel like the past few years thrifting has become so trendy that the prices have skyrocketed, so I haven't purchased a bunch of stuff like I used to years ago when I first started this blog. I totally lucked out recently though when I found a cool rattan bar cart at a thrift store for only $10! I haven't seen a piece of furniture priced that low in a long, long time. Of course I snatched it right up, not even knowing what I'd use it for. I ended up painting it entire bar cart and use it now … [Read more...]

Stunning fireplace makeover with paint!

I finally did it. I finally took the plunge and painted the fireplace! I've been putting it off for a year and a half because, well, it's just so permanent. What if I hated it? Once you paint brick, it is really hard to un-paint it. It's a scary plunge! But I finally just dove in head first and did it. I mean, how can I hate the brick any more than I already do? Peach brick is really not my thing, and I just couldn't stare at that huge peach wall for one more day. Check out the before and after pics, and get all the deets about painting brick... Here's where we started: We have a … [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...]

It is amazing how paint can transform a space

The guest bathroom finally got a fresh coat of paint! Here's how it looked when we moved in: And here's how it's looking now! The bathroom still needs a full overhaul, but the green is gone and the room is much more soothing now. Check out this adorable little wall hook! I will never tire of my love for animal heads. I found this "Do Something Awesome" sign and of course had to get it. AWESOME is my favorite word, after all! Before and Afters:       *Paint color is Sherwin Williams Stucco in a satin finish … [Read more...]

How to paint a door – a time lapse DIY tutorial

I feel like I've written about painting doors a thousand different times so I thought it would be way more fun to give you a time lapse play-by-play instead. I hope you enjoy watching it as much as I enjoyed making it! Thanks for reading! Have a wonderful weekend! … [Read more...]