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Hallway Refresh

Hallway Refresh

We’ve made some much-needed changes to our hallway! The very first thing we did to it was replace the ceiling two winters ago because the old one was sagging and probably going to collapse soon.  Then we took down the wallpaper (gag me with a fork) and had the floors and steps refinished when they...
Spray Paint a Brass Chandelier

Spray Paint a Brass Chandelier

It’s been quite a while since I last blogged!  And that’s because… it’s been quite a while since we last did anything to our house! Well, that’s not exactly true.  As I’ll share in the coming weeks, we’ve done a few things here and there but I just haven’t made time to post them all....
Beauty in the Chaos

Beauty in the Chaos

I will be the first to admit my life has been kind of insanely busy as of late. But in the best, best way possible. I used to try to write on a normal, frequent basis about what was going on in my life, going on with our house, going on with the theme of...
Decking Over the Pool!

Decking Over the Pool!

Remember that time we got a tree trimmed and the whole tree ended up being dead so the tree trimmers put it in our dilapidated pool for us as a “favor”?  And then we decided to burn the branches, resulting in a bunch of scorched charred trunk sitting in the bottom of our pool? Here...
Finished Kitchen? Yes, Please!

Finished Kitchen? Yes, Please!

Folks, I finally can share our fully finished, newly renovated kitchen!!  I’m so excited to share the results of how our new fireplace and new floor turned out! Behold: We got a laminate floor from Habitat for Humanity of all places that cost us less than $2/ square foot.  Best part about the floors: the...
Decking Out the Porch Swing

Decking Out the Porch Swing

With the help of David’s parents, we finally got the porch swing David built me all ready for the beautiful warm weather! First, we took an old twin mattress we had and bought a zippered, waterproof mattress cover. David wove rope through the links to soften the look and we were deciding between the natural...
Yardwork

Yardwork

  Now that the weather’s warm, we’ve started doing some yardwork in our mess of a front yard. I can’t really garden in any of the existing overgrown garden beds because they have small touches of poison ivy throughout.  This is a huge disappointment to me because I gardened a lot in Alexandria and found...
Using a Level in an Old House

Using a Level in an Old House

    Allow me to direct your attention once more to our kitchen for just a minute.  This is a quick post… lots of dishes and cleaning to do while the baby’s asleep.  She’s teething right now so I don’t have much time to do anything while she’s awake!  Anyway, we moved a big mirror from...
Porch Swing Wine Glass Holder

Porch Swing Wine Glass Holder

With the porch bed swing hung, we were close to getting some use out of our new furniture…but something was missing.  I couldn’t quite figure it out until I tried to give Lynne a glass of wine while she was hanging out on the bed.  There’s no place to put your wine glass!  Unacceptable!! So I set...
Hanging the Porch Swing

Hanging the Porch Swing

So the swing is constructed, but there are two problems- 1) it’s unpainted (which apparently isn’t ideal) and 2) it is hard to swing on it when it’s sitting on the floor! Thankfully, I have an amazingly talented wife to help me with problem 1.  Remember, I am the guy who wanted to “just grab...
Porch Bed Swing? ... Porch Bed Swing!

Porch Bed Swing? … Porch Bed Swing!

What in the world is a porch bed swing?  Well, it’s pretty much what the name implies – it’s a porch swing that is made with a twin bed mattress.  Kind of nifty, but not super popular; only a handful of companies actually make sure swings, so we knew if we wanted one, it was...
New Garden Shed Roof- Part 1

New Garden Shed Roof- Part 1

  Our goal this spring was to get our garden area ready for a garden, and while that might not quite happen, we’re at least working toward it!  First things first: fixing the garden shed.   Here are some photos I snapped a while back of the garden area with the shed.  (Note: the tall...
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