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...]

beadboard and hooks in the bathroom

Today I'm going to share a really exciting DIY project with you. One of our bathrooms doubles as a bathroom for our daughter and the guest bathroom. We wanted to make the room more functional so we decided to add a row of hooks along the wall to hang up bath and beach towels, robes, and the like. This will be especially beneficial for about 9 months out of the year here in Texas where it's usually nice enough outside to take a dip in the pool. Follow along as I show you how we went from boring and uninspired... to fresh and functional:    So, we started out with a basic … [Read more...]

kids’ bathroom update: paint and hardware (and a lot of snark)

Holla! I'm a day late posting, but hopefully this update won't be a dolla' short. If you've been reading for more than a few days you are probably aware that I've been redoing the kids' bathroom. Yes, another bathroom post. I'm on a roll (pun unintentionally hilarious). So, let's see, where was I? I started with a moodboard of the big overhaul, then the bathroom got all up in its business with some serious beadboard treatment, and after that the ugly builder-grade mirror got a handmade (but not homemade - that sounds frumpy) frame. Which brings us to today. Hardware. And paint. And … [Read more...]

Kids’ bathroom makeover, phase 1: Hanging beadboard and trim

I have been working on the kids' gender-neutral bathroom this week and it is turing out exactly how I have been envisioning it. I am so excited to share the progress with you guys. Last week I showed you the mood board I created for the bathroom. I am so glad that you all liked it! I am pretty good at power tools and crafting and stuff, but the whole "decorating" thing is not really my forte, though I do try. Hearing that you liked my concept convinced me that my collection of stuff wasn't a total train-wreck. :) Here's where I stared from: Before I dive into all the … [Read more...]

The great big plans for the kids’ bathroom overhaul

As promised, I'm back with some exciting updates in our kids' bathroom. I have been putting off redoing their bathroom for two reasons. 1) I had a hard time coming up with a unisex theme that my son and daughter could both enjoy. And 2) (the main reason)... I was dreading going up and down the stairs like twenty billion times. But I sucked it up and have started the great kids' bathroom renovation of 2013. Here's where we are starting from. The bathroom is standard size and shape, except the toilet is across from the sink in this little alcove. I wish it were just next to the tub and … [Read more...]

adding moulding to rounded corners

In November I added moulding and paint to my piano room. One of the things I did in this room was added moulding around the windows. It's easy enough to add moulding around windows, but I had a unique situation that caused quite a bit of drama for me. All the corners in our house have rounded edges. If you look at the wall leaving the piano room and entering the foyer, you can see another rounded corner. As you can see, when the moulding was hung it left a gaping gap between the moulding and the wall. I knew before I hung the moulding that this would be an … [Read more...]