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...]

Ben’s office 4-month progress report

Ben's office is usually such a wreck that it's hard for me to share it with you guys. However, we recently painted the room and it somehow got clean/organized enough that I could snap a few pictures. Come on in and check it out so far... The day we closed on the house a little over 4 months ago, the room looked like this: Neon green walls, sheer neon green curtains, cream baseboards, worn carpet... The first thing I did was rip out the carpet and spray all the baseboards with a paint sprayer. You can read about that here. When the carpet guys were putting in all new … [Read more...]

Goodbye green. Another room gets painted.

This summer has been so busy, but believe it or not, I've actually gotten a little bit of work done around this new (to me) house. I'm currently in that awkward phase where everything I do is so boring to blog about but necessary (aka painting every room). So, shall I just get on with it then and get to the before and after pictures? I think I shall. This time on the agenda is my daughter's room. Let me jog your memory with a before photo. Try not to lose your lunch. Yup. Neon green. In semi-gloss I might add. I'll admit, all the white along the baseboards and the rectangles on the … [Read more...]

Slappin’ some paint on the walls

The DIYing has finally commenced. I have purchased the paint and the boy's room is done-zoe. The rest of the house? NotSoMuch. But at least one room is looking really fly now. Okay, so I knew I wanted a greige color (gray-ish beige-ish) but which one? Picking paint is hard, y'all! First off, you have to decide what brand to use. That in itself can make one go completely cray-cray. And then the color? OMG forgetaboutit. Here's the method to my paint picking madness. Maybe some of these motions I went through will help you out when trying to chose the perfect gray-ish beige-ish. … [Read more...]