Remodeling Depression — It’s A Real Thing

remodeling depression - kitchen floors

I'm really surprised that it's not listed in the DSM-V, and that there aren't some really strong, make-you-happy medications available specifically for it, and that there aren't support groups for it, because I'm here to tell you that remodeling depression is a real thing. And it struck me hard yesterday. Honestly, I didn't even realize why I was feeling the way I was feeling at first.  I … [Continue reading...]

I’ve Decided To Pour My Own Concrete Countertops

white concrete countertops from j aaron, via houzz

First, let me say thank you to each of you who subscribed to my new newsletter yesterday upon hearing my problems with Facebook and Feedburner. Just wanted to give you a heads up that if you've been subscribed via Feedburner and have been receiving my posts in your email, there may be a few days of overlap. So sorry for the inconvenience. I deleted my Feedburner account with Google, but read that … [Continue reading...]

Two Reasons You May Not See My Blog Posts Anymore

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Hey everyone!  So, there have been some changes that I want to tell you about so that you can be really sure that you'll still receive my posts from here on out.  I mean...if you want to, that is.  :) 1.  Facebook stinks! The first major change happened on Facebook on April 1st.  And sadly, it wasn't an April Fool's joke, either. As of April 1st, Facebook is now only showing my posts to a … [Continue reading...]

Stained Interior Doors? Those Are Sooooo Two Days Ago!

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So remember two days ago when I showed you this picture of my almost-completely-stripped wood door... ...and I was all like, "“How in the world could someone put paint on that?!” Well, it turns out that I now know exactly why someone would paint them.  It's because once you get stain on those incredibly busy wood grain-riddled panels, they look like this... Ummm...yuck.  Just, … [Continue reading...]

The Post Where I Reveal The True Depth Of My Crazy (that might lead to something kind of fun!)

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I've had this idea, which I think would be kind of a fun little addition to my blog, for quite some time.  So today, I want to see what you think.  But in explaining how this idea all came about, I'll also be revealing the true depth of my craziness.  I hope you'll still like me at the end of this post.  :) Remember the other day when I wrote the post entitled The Post In Which I Reveal Too … [Continue reading...]

Stripping — At Some Point All DIYers Have To Do It

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Do you know what I was doing last night at 10:30? I was stripping. In my back yard. By the light of one floor lamp. And I have the photographic evidence to prove it... Hahaha!!  See what I did there?  :-D You can't expect me to use paint stripper all afternoon and evening and not make at least one juvenile joke about stripping.  :-D Okay, so let me back up just a bit.  I'm … [Continue reading...]

Breakfast Room Wall Treatment – Using Exterior Siding On Interior Walls

exterior siding used inside

I've been doing so much demolition and not-so-pretty stuff lately that I was just longing to do a project yesterday that would actually end up with a pretty finished result (rather than bare studs, or creepy nests from mysterious visitors).  So I decided to get started on the wall treatment for the breakfast room. The other day I was talking to my mom all about my plans, and I told her that I … [Continue reading...]

Kitchen Progress — The Biggest Cabinet Removed And A Widened Doorway

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I didn't make a ton of progress this weekend on the kitchen.  The fact is that my body just needed a break.  My right elbow has been in so much pain ever since I spent the day doing the prep work for taking out the wall, and then building and installing the header. So I did try to take things slower this weekend, but it's not like me to just sit and do nothing.  I just can't stand that, … [Continue reading...]

Kitchen Cabinets — A Preview

kitchen by glickman design build llc, via houzz

Well, it's been quite a week around here!  I feel such a sense of accomplishment.  If you had told me last weekend that by the end of this week, the wall separating the kitchen and breakfast room would be gone, and that I would have done it myself (with the help of my brother, of course), I don't think I would have believed you.  Amazing how the ball gets rolling once we make up our minds to do … [Continue reading...]

The Victory Is Mine!! (Load-Bearing Wall Removed, Load-Bearing Header Installed)

load bearing header installed where load bearing wall removed

I told y'all that I'd win the war, right?  Well, behold... It's such a terrible mess in there right now, but you know what?  Right now, all I see is that gorgeous huge opening between the kitchen and the breakfast room.  And it's one of the most beautiful things I've ever seen, because let me tell you, it was hard earned. (Sorry, but these are going to be more early morning pictures … [Continue reading...]