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...]

Capiz chandelier in the dining room

Now that the dust has settled from all the renovating, I've finally installed a new light fixture in the dining room. Can I get a holla?! Let's start with a good ol' "before" picture. It just makes the final reveal that much more shocking and fun, am I right?! Be prepared to bleach your eyeballs. Okay, okay, it wasn't that bad. In hindsight I can say I liked the curtains (my ones from the previous house that I do plan to hang again soon). The floor wasn't bad (we replaced it so all the floor would match). Um, what else? Nope, that is all. I'm not a fan of anything else in there. … [Read more...]

Putting everything back together again

This kitchen renovation is kicking our rear. So much prepping in order to get ready for cabinets. Let's see, where was I when I last left off? Oh, right... thinset, framing, and plumbing. As soon as the thinset was removed from the floor, John the Builder (man I get a kick out of calling him that because it sounds like Bob the Builder) had the drywall installers over here. In fact, they were a day early! I always hear horror stories about renovations taking 10x longer than expected, and workers being delayed by days or weeks. Lots of the waiting game. We haven't experienced any of that at … [Read more...]

Before & After competition with One Project Closer (link party)

Edited to add: The winner of this weeks Before & After competition is The Weathered Door's Geometric Nightstand. Congrats! And thank you everyone for playing along! Every year One Project Closer hosts a Before & After contest benefiting Habitat for Humanity. Once again, this year I am partnering with One Project Closer to help them co-host their annual Before and After contest! This is where YOU come in! Enter your Before & After projects in the link party below. One winner will be selected weekly and each winner will win a $50 gift card. Habitat for Humanity is a … [Read more...]

Habitat for Humanity Before & After series {One Project Closer}

Every year One Project Closer hosts the coolest Before & After contest benefiting Habitat for Humanity. They are on their 5th year now! One Project Closer and their sister site The Better Half want this year to be the best one yet so they reached out to several bloggers and asked us to get in on the fun. Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit who helps and supports local communities as well as communities all over all over the world. OPC's annual Before & After series helps raise awareness for Habitat, and support their mission to provide decent, safe and affordable places to … [Read more...]