Quickest and Easiest way to hang rails/hooks/racks on your wall. Trust me.

I'm venturing away from our huge whole-house renovation today to share a quick update in our 1st floor guest bathroom. The shower gets used more than you'd think in there and we were sorely lacking in towel storage. Here's a view of the bathroom reflected through the huge 90's mirror that stretches across the entire wall. And here's a real view of the wall next to the shower. Clearly it needs some sort of towel bar or towel rack. I found this really cute towel hook rail on Amazon and thought it would be cute for the bathroom. Clearly Liberty thinks it should be for a … [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...]

Tearing out a half-wall between kitchen and family rooms

New to this series? Click here to start at the beginning! We want to get rid of all the carpet on our first floor and install hardwoods. Because half our first floor is already hardwood, they will patch the old floors with new hardwood. Currently the family room, formal living room, and dining room all have carpet, so we will tear that out and weave in new hardwood floors. Before we start weaving new flooring into the old flooring, there are a few areas that we want to change up. One of those areas is the half-wall between the kitchen and family room. We want to take the half-wall out … [Read more...]

Master bathroom reno update 4 || removing the garden bathtub

I've tackled another milestone of the master bathroom demolition. Yay! The garden tub is outta there! I'll walk you through the process. So far I've gutted this bathroom 100% by myself. I am woman, hear me roar! ;) First things first, I had to remove the remainder of the tile. It was quick and fairly painless. Next up, the fun begins! I got to bust out my Ryobi sawzall for this! I'm always up for an excuse to start hacking away with the reciprocating saw. Bawhahaha. I used the sawzall to cut the pvc drain pipe. It was glued into the tub and was not going to budge, so I chopped … [Read more...]

More updates in the guest bathroom

When we moved in a few months ago our guest bathroom looked like this: After a little tweaking (not to be confused with twerking. Gross.) here, I managed to spruce it up enough that my kids weren't frightened to shower in there (often one kid will shower in the guest bathroom if they are in a hurry and both need to shower at the same time). Eta: I've been getting questions about the shower curtain. Here's an entire post about where it's from and the low down on it. Well, I've been back at it again in there. The cabinet above the toilet has been driving me crazy. It is ugly, … [Read more...]

A temporary fix; fixing the fence

Sometimes you just don't have the luxury to drop hundreds of dollars for something new. Take this gate for example. This thing is a pile of garbage! In addition to it being held up by a leaning fence post on one side and a huge rock on the other (I'm not joking, it's not even attached to the ground anymore), the dag-gum gate won't open all the way. (Do you see the huge rock holding it up?) The gate hits the paver pathway thingy that the previous owner so crappily installed. I went out armed with a small shovel ready to move the pavers and dig a deeper hole for them, only … [Read more...]