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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...
Stamping Our Paw Print

Stamping Our Paw Print

The little flagstone landing at the bottom of the stairs got damaged by the contractors working on the back porch and we asked them to repair it.  They agreed, but when we got home from work, we saw they had only repaired it by pouring concrete and not replacing any of the flagstone.  The stones...
Chalkboard Countdown Support

Chalkboard Countdown Support

I think I’ve mentioned it before, but for those of you who don’t know, David has been working on his MBA since the week Evie was born (August 20) in addition to working at his job full-time during the day.  Add a 165 year old house, two rambunctious dogs, a crazy cat, a newborn and...
What A Nursery Looks Like After 6 Months

What A Nursery Looks Like After 6 Months

Sorry for the lack of blog posts of late; I started work again and Evie’s been sick for almost 6 weeks now.  So needless to say, we’ve been pretty sleep deprived and updating the blog hasn’t been the highest priority (sorry!). I thought it might be interesting to give y’all a glimpse of what life...
Porch Ceiling

Porch Ceiling

  Sorry for the long gap in blog posts.  I returned to work this past week and it’s been crazy!!  Anyway, here are some pictures of progress on the back porch– now we have a ceiling!   You can still see the stuff from the old ceiling in there: And the new beams:   We...
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