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...]

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...]

Let the whole-house renovations begin!

Last September we started a huge renovation on our home. I've wanted to blog about it since then but have been so overwhelmed with the mess and construction that I didn't even know where to begin. Well, I'm finally sitting down to share with you guys what I've been doing in our house! We've basically gutted the entire first floor so this will take many blog posts to get caught up. Our major renovation includes: - gutting the kitchen, changing the layout a bit, and installing a new kitchen - all new hardwood floors - new treads and risers on the staircase - ripping out old brick … [Read more...]

Black painted front door (and it wasn’t an epic fail!)

Thank you so much for all your kind words about my biggest DIY disaster of all time. I love sharing my DIY adventures, the good and the bad, with you guys. If my epic fails can help at least one person to not make the same mistakes that I've made, then my misadventure wasn't a waste after all. I am so grateful for all your support and comments. In just one week the post already has more than 90 comments and over 2k+ pins on pinterest. Crazy town. I'm glad my stupidity has gone viral. All press is good press though, right? Even if it's a post about me looking like an idiot. … [Read more...]

The difference 2 years makes

Two years ago when we bought our home I cringed when I opened the door to welcome you in. These days, not so much. Welcome to my home. It's still not perfect and I still have loads more I want to do, but when I see these before and after pictures I can't help but smile and pat myself on the back. In case you are curious, yes, I've changed a few things since I snapped this picture. The house is always in a state of flux. My favorite thing? I'd say the paint and moulding. … [Read more...]

Oh, just put your sticks in it already.

I've got these sticks next to my front door. I really like them, but they always get so dirty and full of cobwebs around the base. I will neither confirm nor deny if I've found little bugs under the stick bundle as well. I've been on the hunt for a large glass vase to put the sticks in. I think it will look more classy and will also keep the base of the bundle free from cobwebs and debris. Do you realize how much huge glass vases are? Oh my word! They are not cheap. The cheapest I've seen them is about $25 from Home Goods. Ikea is charging $25-$35 (I think). And those are … [Read more...]

3 projects; 1 post. Tackling the foyer.

Would you believe me if I said I checked off THREE more projects from my to-do list?! Well, guess what? I did. For realz. I have now checked Projects 17, 18, and 22 off my list. What? Oh, you want to know what those projects are?! Okay, sure I'll elaborate. I have finished: Project 17: Replace light fixture in foyer. Project 18: Finish painting foyer. Project 22: Replace light bulb on front porch. Project 22 is a no-brainer so I don't have any "after" pictures for you. But Projects 17 & 18 were quite the ordeal, so I've got loads of photos of the process to … [Read more...]