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hallway bathroom - tiled floor demolition 3

How Much Do I Love My Husband? This Much…

Things are progressing on my bathroom demolition/remodel, but they're progressing much slower than I had hoped.  But a lot of that is because of Matt's special request.  Let's just say that if he were to ever doubt my love and devotion to him, all I need to do is show him these pictures to remind … [Read More...]

house floor plan - 9-2014

A’s To Your Q’s — Temporary Bathroom Makeovers, Condo Status, and Incomplete Projects/Rooms

Whenever I start getting asked the same questions over, and over, and over, and over, and over, and over, it's obviously time to just write a post and answer the questions directly.  :) So let's jump right in... Why waste time and money on a temporary bathroom makeover?  Why not just do the … [Read More...]

hallway bathroom - tiled walls demolition 3

Hallway Bathroom Demolition Day 1

So, this happened... Oooooookay, I can just hear some of you saying, "Demolition?  Demolition?!  You were just supposed to make it presentable, Kristi!!"  :-D I know.  Really, I know.  But let me paint the scene for you.  Matt and I had just finished breakfast, and I got up from the table … [Read More...]

old wood windows - layers of old paint probably including lead-based paint

Old Wood Windows – Repair Or Replace?

I've been struggling with a decision over my wood windows for several months now.  I know, I know...just call me a hypocrite.  :) After I said on my Facebook page about a year ago how sad it is that people get rid of old wood windows and replace them with new (mostly vinyl) windows, here I am … [Read More...]

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DIY Wood Framed Upholstered Headboard With Nailhead Trim – Finished & Installed!

I finished my headboard!  Here's how it turned out... Unfortunately, I wasn't able to get any full-length pictures showing the headboard with the bed frame, but I'll share more as I make more progress on this room. I wasn't sure how I'd like the navy blue with the stained wood, but I … [Read More...]

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DIY Wood Framed Upholstered Headboard With Nailhead Trim – Part 1

It's been about  a month-and-a-half since I stated that my headboard was going to be a DIY priority for me, and I finally started on it.  Better late than never, I suppose. I decided to make one similar to this headboard from iFurn with the wood frame (mine will be stained to match my bed), solid … [Read More...]

Schumacher Hothouse Flowers Spark fabric

Searching For A Fabulous Floral Fabric

I've decided that for my living room, I need to start with a floral fabric, and then decorate from there.  It's what I did last time, but unfortunately I chose the wrong floral fabric for my taste.  I've decided what I need is a floral that packs a colorful punch, has a large scale pattern, and most … [Read More...]

In-drawer paper towel holder - 9

From Kitchen Drawer To Hidden Paper Towel Holder

Well, if you liked my pony walls, you're going to be blown away by this project!  :-D Okay, just kidding.  This took me all of 30 minutes to do, but I was so ridiculously proud of myself.  Why?  Because it's kind of an organization project, and let's just say that organization is not where my … [Read More...]

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Pony Walls With Columns – FINISHED!!

Well, everything else looks like a complete mess -- the torn up ceilings, unfinished walls, unframed opening to the hallway, filthy floors that I didn't have time to mop, the dining table that's still sitting in the music room -- but at least my pony walls and columns are finished!  You'll just have … [Read More...]

My Master To-Do List For 2015 (House Goals)

One of the things I did during my end-of-the-year break from blogging was to go through each room of my house and make a mental list of all of the projects I want to accomplish in the house in 2015.  Mental lists are good, but written lists are much better for me.  So today, I'm turning that mental … [Read More...]

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More Pony Wall Progress – The Building & Trimming Is Almost Complete

So, building pony walls and columns isn't quite as quick easy as I had pictured in my mind.  :) As with most projects, it's all of the finishing touches that takes so incredibly long.  I thought this would be a four-day project.  Not so.  It's looking like a five- or six-day project.  But I do … [Read More...]

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Pony Wall Progress

My pony walls are in progress!  When I work on a project like this, I visualize the process from beginning to end, generally several times, before actually starting so that I can make sure I know how to get all the way from concept to completion.  It's only if I get stuck...really stuck...somewhere … [Read More...]

pony walls with columns - Rehab Addict project with Lebron James - living room and dining room

Change Of Plans — Rolling Doors Are Out, and Pony Walls With Columns Are In

We're barely into January, and I've already changed my mind on one of my pretty big design plans.  So as far as mind-changing, it looks like this year will be no different from any other.  :) Remember how I was planning on building a cased opening between the entryway/living room and the music … [Read More...]

music room ceiling 1

A Huge Mess & Major Frustration

Well, I've made a huge mess.  I decided that before I spend hours of my time finishing up the walls in the music room and hammering in another 2000 nailheads, I needed to remove the polystyrene ceiling tiles and see what needed to be done to the ceiling.  After all, if the ceiling needs to be … [Read More...]

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Music Room Wall Treatment – Fancy Textured Vertical Stripes

Remember a couple of weeks ago when I showed you my music room walls where I had practiced my grasscloth paint technique?  It looked like this... Several of you asked me if I was going to keep that in there, and just finish the rest of the walls.  Well, that answer is "no".  :) I was … [Read More...]

kitchen after - wall of cabinets

My Kitchen Remodel – Sources, Cost Breakdown, and the Grand Total!

Well, hello there, strangers! Happy 2015 to you all! I'm so excited about this year, and my new plans and goals for my house during the next year, but I thought I'd kick things off by wrapping up some unfinished business from last year. Remember when I shared my finished kitchen with y'all? And … [Read More...]

house floor plan - 9-2014 - resized

The New Finalized Floor Plan (I Think This One Might Be Perfect!)

The other day, I shared with y'all my new decorating strategy for 2015.  My goal by the end of next year is to have the breakfast room and living room completely finished, and then to have every other room in my house looking presentable...not perfect, not finished according to my final plan, but … [Read More...]

beautiful neutral walls - Phillip Jeffries Rivets wallpaper, via HGTV

10+ Ways To Give Neutral Walls Some Style

Yesterday I shared my plans for my breakfast room walls.  In my search for the one perfect (to me) idea for that room, I came across so many amazing ways to add interest to neutral walls.  I'll be using some of these in other areas of the house, like the hallway, music room, and eventually the … [Read More...]

beautiful neutral walls - Thibault Etosha wallpaper combined with traditional wainscoting

Breakfast Room Plans: Black Is Out, Light & Neutral Is In (But It Wont’ Be Boring!!)

Well, black walls are no longer an option for my breakfast room.  Long story short, I've been waffling back and forth on the stencil idea for a while now, but I was still full steam ahead on the black walls idea.  But this weekend, as my mom and I were standing in Home Depot looking at paint samples … [Read More...]

faux grasscloth painted wall treatment - final 1 - resized

Trying My Hand At Faux Grasscloth Painted Walls

It's no secret that I have a slight obsession with grasscloth.  I've been talking about using grasscloth in my living room for the past year.  Unfortunately, I just don't know if the real thing is going to be in the budget.  I always seem to be drawn to the really pricey ones, and as much as I love … [Read More...]

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