Renovating of 407: The Laundry Closet

The washer and dryer fit in a nook in the hallway. The other side of the nook is the master bathroom. This closet even had plastic accordion doors (and came with the washer and dryer). The washer and dryer came out (and sold). Leaky water line everywhere. Which included a fun story about having to …

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Re-imagining a Piece of Fence into a Spooky Gate

A mostly DIY Halloween exterior. When my parents built a fence to have a garden area where the dogs couldn't get in, my mom left a section aside to hide the fireplace vent on the outside of the house. She then let my 2-year-old son paint the fencing. One day they were out of town. …

Renovation of 407: A Pantry was Born

You may wonder what building a pantry has to do with redoing, recycling, upcycling. And really it doesn't other than it has to do with the renovating of the house. My mom had the bright idea that I needed a pantry (I really did) in the corner where the previous owners used to have a …

Renovation of 407: The Kitchen Island

I opened up the kitchen by taking out that wall as you may recall.   I really didn't want such a closed in kitchen and I though a sit at island would look awesome. I wasn't entirely sure I was going to take that wall down and how I was going to create the island …

Restoration of 407: The Hall Bath

Maybe I wouldn't be so loathsome of wallpaper if it hadn't been on every wall in 4 rooms. 7 different wallpapers. This is the hall bathroom. In great shape. Beautiful porcelain tub. But bathes do not stay warm in it. Great marble sink. But the vanity is plastic. The tiles are also in great shape. …

Resizing a Kitchen

There used to be a “closed in” kitchen. Only thing missing was a swinging door where I am standing. All that seventies. Even a boob light.  My dad went into the sauna like attic and found the wall wasn’t weight bearing. I got me a hammer and saw. Only problem was, those 2x4s were completely …

407: The Renovating 2 Years Later

I didn't plan to do this much to the house. I didn't plan on this much money going into it either. And I couldn't even sell it tomorrow if I wanted to move again (which I don't) because I have yet to get the shower in the master bath finished. LOL. I thought I would …

Ain’t no Boring Mailbox

I’m sitting here at soccer practice, so I am going to steal from a Facebook post showing the mailbox I DIYed... Adventures in renovating: somewhere past week 55⏩ I saw this blog post about their pool progress, week 16. And I thought, it's June and they aren't finished after 16 weeks. That's crazy. It's pool …

Advice for the Pantry Color

This is my we built it pantry. I got a paint that matched the cabinets my brother used to build my island. I got the wrong sheen so this is all I have painted. I don't like the color. I love the white on the wall but it makes the white on the pantry look …

Weekend Distractions No. 13

This inspiration: OMG. I love the huge shutters. But maybe not that big. The old crib pieces are pretty cool too. I have been trying to figure out how I could use the shutters I have to achieve the look with the rounded part like the shutters above. I think I might have finally come …