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Prepping for our First Winter Storm

Prepping for our First Winter Storm

With news of a winter storm a few days ago, we decided we should make whatever preparations we could to get our old house to make it through.  The only thing we thought we could really get done with such little time was to insulate our water pipes; adding pipe insulation helps stop pipes from freezing and...
Roof Shenanigans

Roof Shenanigans

David and I went to his parents’ for Thanksgiving, and while we were gone, the roofers finally started on our roof!!  Back story:  when we first looked at our house on the market, the previous owners were totally upfront and honest about the condition of the roof… which was that it probably wouldn’t make it...
Half-Bath Update

Half-Bath Update

To backtrack a bit, here’s what the half-bathroom looked like before we painted the  walls and installed the new sink/ re-installed the toilet: After we FINALLY got all the wallpaper off, we decided to paint the walls Benjamin Moore’s Sag Harbour Gray (as we mentioned briefly here).  I fell in love with this color when...
The Cutest Dang Coffee Nook You Ever Did See

The Cutest Dang Coffee Nook You Ever Did See

Yeah, I said it: the coffee nook we built this weekend is really stinking cute! My wife is an absolute genius as far as I am concerned, and I’m not ashamed to admit it. Here’s how it went down… BEFORE    AFTER   Am I right or am I right?! It all started when Lynne...
To Dispose Or Not To Dispose

To Dispose Or Not To Dispose

There’s a lot of debate over having a garbage disposal in a kitchen sink when you’re on a septic tank system.  When David and I were renting a farmhouse before we bought our fixer-upper, the kitchen had been newly remodeled and it did NOT have a garbage disposal.  (It had a septic tank as well.)...
Replacing the Bathroom Sink- Part 3

Replacing the Bathroom Sink- Part 3

With the new floor in and toilet replaced, we can FINALLY install the new sink! Because of how our pedestal sink is constructed, we had to anchor the basin into the wall, which meant we had to drill through tile into the wall / studs.  We went out and got some glass and tile drill...
Replacing the Bathroom Sink- Part 2

Replacing the Bathroom Sink- Part 2

As I mentioned previously, we decided to put down a vinyl floor in our bathroom.  I wanted to tell anyone reading this that we know this is not particularly farmhouse-y or really classic, but allow me to explain.  Eventually, Lynne and I want to rip out this half-bathroom (again) and tear down the wall into...
Replacing The Bathroom Sink - Part 1

Replacing The Bathroom Sink – Part 1

As you can probably tell from the title of this post, we ran into some…complications while we were updating the half-bathroom downstairs.  All we really wanted to do was install a pedestal sink, but we ran into much more along the way.  The way I see it, we had two choices: 1) curse the day...
Edging Without Tape

Edging Without Tape

We decided to paint all the beadboard in the kitchen green, including the bottom half of the walls: I don’t know if you’ve ever painted a chair rail like the one above the beadboard shown here, but it usually requires lots and lots of painters tape.  Our friend Heidi (yup, same one who made the...
Whimsical Country Curtains

Whimsical Country Curtains

Our kitchen has a lot of straight lines. It’s got stainless steel appliances. It has a cold white tile floor. It needed something to, well, give it that touch of country whimsy that works so well in farmhouse kitchens.   As soon as I saw this fabric on the website One Kings Lane, I fell...
Accessorize the Cabinets

Accessorize the Cabinets

In researching how others have designed farmhouse-style kitchens, I’ve noticed I really love the look of old hinges and pulls on cabinet doors.   Kitchen by Winnipeg Kitchen & Bath Designers Gateway Kitchen & Bath Centre This is the kitchen of the first house for sale we saw in Charlottesville– I loved the vibes given...
Check Out Our Rack

Check Out Our Rack

I love the look of plate racks in a farmhouse kitchen…       (All photos courtesy of Houzz)  I think they add so much charm and they’re functional, too!  So we decided to use one of the existing upper cabinets in our kitchen and turn it into a plate rack. Behold, the sanded upper...
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