Random Updates: My Stupid DIY Mistake, Front Porch Results & Reader Hallway Suggestion

painted kitchen cabinet doors and drawers left out in the rain

I have a post full of randomness for you today!  :) My Really Stupid DIY Mistake First, let me share a kitchen update with you.  I've spent the last three days sanding, priming, and painting the kitchen peninsula doors and drawers, as well as the corbels for the kichen.  I finally got the last coat on everything last night, and all I had to do today was put the first coat of polyurethane on … [Continue reading...]

Two Front Porch Options Revisited (Actual CAD Drawings From A Real Architect!)

double gable 2

Yesterday I worked on getting the doors and drawers for the kitchen peninsula finished, and also the corbels for the other two walls.  I had hoped to have those things finished today so I could show you, but I didn't quite get finished.  I should have them finished by tomorrow. But that's okay, because I have something far more exciting to show you!  When I came in from painting last night, I … [Continue reading...]

Next project – The Hallway (Plus, Meet My Dog, Boo!)

entryway by Blue Sky Building Company, via Houzz

Many people have asked me over the last month or so which room in my house I'm going to be working on next.  I had though that I would tackle the breakfast room next, but then I decided that since I'll just be finishing up a several-months-long, down-to-the-studs kitchen remodel, I needed to focus on something a little easier before I jump right back into a room that needs pretty extensive work, … [Continue reading...]

My “New” Kitchen Floor

stained kitchen floor 5

It has taken a while, but I finally have the stained red oak floor finished in my kitchen.  I say "almost" because it still needs three more coats of Waterlox, each applied 24 hours apart, so it won't officially be finished until Friday.  But the color won't change much, so what I have now is pretty much how it's going to look when it's finished, except that the finished floor will have a satin … [Continue reading...]

One Year Housiversary Tour Wrapup (Plus Your Questions Answered)

exposed ceiling joists, via Houzz

I'm wrapping up the one year house tour today with the sunroom, kitchen, and breakfast room.  And I confess that once again, I didn't take any new pictures of these room.  Y'all have seen plenty of the kitchen and breakfast room over the last four months, and there's absolutely nothing new going on in the sunroom.  But I'll certainly share my plans with you!  And then after the tour, I'll answer … [Continue reading...]

Possible Front Porch Design Plans

front porch design, via Houzz

Hi all!  I know it's rare for me to show up on a Saturday, but yesterday I spent about two hours scouring Houzz for some ideas to incorporate into the front of my house, and I want to show you what I've come up with, and also see if any of you have any brilliant ideas. First of all, here's what the house looks like now.  It's pretty much a blank slate in desperate need of some color and details … [Continue reading...]

One Year Housiversary Tour (Past, Present, and Future Plans) – Master Bedroom, Matt’s Game Room and My Office

house floor plan - master bedroom and bathroom plan

I'm continuing our one year house tour today with the master bedroom, Matt's game room, and my office.  These rooms have had almost zero attention over the past year, but of course, I have grand plans for all three rooms. Let me just say that if you're one of those people who reads decorating blogs filled with pictures of beautiful rooms and then feels bad about your own home, well, I'm here to … [Continue reading...]

One Year Housiversary Tour (Past, Present, and Future Plans) – House Exterior, Front Yard, Back Yard & Garage

one year house tour - exterior front 1

Today I'm continuing the one year house tour with the exterior of the house and the garage. Over the last year, the amount of work I've put into the exterior of the house is very minimal. I've done practically nothing. My original plan was actually to use this summer to get lots of projects done outside (especially in the front yard and the front exterior of the house) to add some curb appeal … [Continue reading...]

One Year Housiversary Tour (Past, Present, and Future Plans) – Living Room, Music Room, Hallway, and Hallway Bathroom

one year house tour - part 1 floor plan

This past Saturday was the one year anniversary of the purchase of our house.  Now if you'll remember, we didn't actually move into the house until two months later because I wanted to remove all of the carpet and refinish the hardwood floors first.  We also needed some pretty major plumbing done.  So we didn't move in until October 19th.  But we closed on August 16th, and I started working on it … [Continue reading...]

Kitchen Progress and One More Kitchen Floor Decision

progress -peninsula painted green

I didn't get my kitchen finished...obviously.  I think it was pretty clear from the items left on my "to do" list on Friday that I wouldn't be finishing the kitchen.  It would have taken about three people to get through a list like that in three days. But that's okay.  Progress is progress, and I'm still headed in the right direction.  There were no major disasters, and no projects that I … [Continue reading...]