Entryway Wainscot- 1 Day DIY project!

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This quick little DIY project made such a big impact on our entryway, that I wanted to share a quick how-to post on it!  Our entryway from downstairs is kind of a weird spot in our house, because we switched its location from the interior to the exterior when we built our staircase.  To do that, we blasted through an old closet into what is now the kitchen, but that resulted in a half-plaster, half-“needs to be sheetrocked” wall.  We’re quickly learning that plaster and sheetrock just never seem to meet up properly, and that fact combined with our terrible mudding skills (seriously, how do people learn to be good at it?  Those folks are worth their weight in gold, I swear it!) result in weird-looking walls.   This area was no exception, and it was starting to drive us both a little crazy looking at it.  It also is such a small space, and just needed a little more interest.   Continue reading

Some updates!

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We’re nearing the finish line on our latest project, which means lots of little things getting taken care of, and finishing touches going on. This past weekend we actually treated ourselves to a night off to attend the annual block party on our old street- where our first house is. We had a blast hanging out with everyone- it definitely made us feel nostalgic and miss our old place, and the wonderful neighborhood.  We were a little worried when some nasty weather came through that afternoon, but it cleared up just in time! Continue reading

DIY Cast-Iron Tub Makeover

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The main floor bath is just about ready to be revealed (so exciting!), but I wanted to take a little time-out to highlight the tub you’ll be seeing in there!

I felt like this tub deserved it’s own post, and a little how-to, since it required a little sprucing up.

When we bought the house, there were all kinds of things in there! Molding from doorways, old doors and windows, an old dresser (which we have some as-yet-undetermined plans for!) and…. this strange old tub. Continue reading

Family Room

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We’re starting to make some headway, and putting the finishing touches on each room.  The house is on a really great street, which recently held their annual block party.   Since things were starting to take shape, our realtor decided it would be worth opening the doors for a little “preview” of the house to try to generate some interest, and let the neighbors see what we’ve been up to all this time!  We figured we’d set things up a little, and we finally had to settle the debate of how to set-up the room that is open to the kitchen.  Continue reading

Under-Stair Bath

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To help motivate ourselves after our plumbing setbacks, we decided to get at least one room finished, so naturally we picked the tiniest one! We’re all about the small victories right now. 🙂  I’m so happy with the way this little powder room turned out, and it definitely helped us see the light at the end of this renovation tunnel!

We added this powder room mostly out of necessity, as both of the full baths are on the second story.  We felt it was important to have an accessible bath on the first floor both for convenience and so guests don’t have to go upstairs to the bedroom level.

The first step was finding the space.  Continue reading

We’re on to… house three!

Pic from 3rd Bedroom looking at stairs leading to 3rd floor attic

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Hi! I didn’t get a chance to write a post this past weekend, because I was busy watching the Patriots win the Superbowl! Hooray!  It was such a good game, and we had a fun time watching with lots of people who really only cared about their pool numbers and/or gatorade bets!  We had a good natured Seahawks “fan”- he had bet against a buddy (who was also there) on the outcome.  Even the New Yorker rooted for the Pats (he knows what’s good for him 😉 ). I also had some things to do to get ready for Mardi Gras festivities- I may have woken up with sequins stuck to me this morning.  Yes,  it’s only Wednesday!  Continue reading

Our first house

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Keeping with the home tour theme, we’re going to take it back a bit to our very first house, which was also the recipient of our first attempts at DIYing (oh, how far we’ve come!). I’ve learned a whole lot since taking on these first projects, and will hopefully continue to learn more tips and tricks to get things done a little bit, ahem, better… and more quickly/easily!  We’ll also see just how many messy house and puppy cameo pictures we can pack into one post (eek! note to self: re-stage and take better pics one day!!).

We love our adorable little 1920s bungalow, and it’s in an absolutely wonderful neighborhood, with great neighbors and a fantastic community association.  We really loved it there, so when the time came to move closer to our respective jobs, it was hard to let go, and the decision to keep the house and rent it out was an easy one.  2 years later, we’re SO glad we made that decision.  Continue reading