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You guys– I wrote an entire post last night and somehow deleted it.  I blame Google drive for automatically saving every 2 seconds. I’ve forgotten the need to manually save on WordPress!

Anyways, we were under contract on this house 7 days after Cohen was born.  I don’t particularly advise buying a new house when you’re only one week postpartum, because…hormones.  Cohen’s two months old now, we closed two weeks ago, and all is well.  The absolute best part of this whole renovation is that it is getting done while we AREN’T living there!  No dust, early morning visitors, or loud tools to live with for 3-4 weeks.

Here are some pictures as the house looked at the time of closing and some ideas of what we’ll be doing in the space:


The living room. The staging of the plaid couch in front of the window/door to the sunroom is on fleek.  Yeah, I said it.  And I’ll never say it again.  Hashtag (imagine me doing the Jimmy Fallon hashtag symbol with my fingers) too old for hipster lingo.  Other than that, the room is a great space with vaulted ceilings.  It’s right off the kitchen and the sunroom is behind it as you can see.  Notice the busy-ness of the sunroom windows…there are just a lot of grilles going on between the windows of the living room and the storm windows of the sunroom.  It kind of makes your eyes dizzy instead of being easy on the eyes.  I’ll talk more about the sunroom later.


Master Bath. It is what it is. I don’t love the layout, but it’s not going to change…because $$$.  But with a new tub, some paint, new tile, new countertops and some trimming out of the mirror I think it’ll look great.  I hope it will at least!


Master Bedroom.  So, we have a fireplace in the bedroom.  I THINK I’m going to like that.  No plans for this space just yet other than taking down the pink “curtain”.


Sunroom. Here’s the sunroom I was talking about earlier.  Lots of storm windows, green carpet, and 3 different entry points from the inside of the house alone.  That’s 4 doors to this small space.  I’m not really sure why that was necessary, but it is what it is.  My original plan was to knock out the ceiling and vault it because the ceiling already is vaulted above.  UNFORTUNATELY, it ended up being a bigger structural deal than we originally thought, to the tune of $4200, so we opted out of that and are just screening in the porch instead with a post for every 2 of the current windows so there’s a lot less busy-ness going on.



The Kitchen.  A galley kitchen in the middle of the house. It’s not my ideal layout for the space, but once again, it is what it is and I have to make the best out of it without too drastic of a change (meaning appliances stay where they currently are).  We’re opening up the space to the living room a bit and lengthening the bottom countertop to add more division to the space as well as some counter seating.  Cabinets will be taken to the ceiling and painted.  Recessed lighting, backsplash, yada yada yada.  I love kitchen remodeling.  It’s hands-down my favorite room to design.  Again, I HOPE it turns out like I have it pictured in my head!


The other rooms aren’t much to see right now and won’t be needing any work anyways.  When I get the time to paint and decorate those rooms I’ll share then, but for now it’s just the fun renovation stuff I’m sharing.

Here are a few pictures from yesterday to show you some of the progress in the different spaces:



New french doors.  They look so good compared to what was in there!  It was previously a fixed window and a door next to it.  The functional french doors really make it look so much better.  My contractor budgeted $1200 for the doors, but I got these for $300 off of craigslist.  What a steal!  They were the floor model from Home Depot and were in great shape other than a scratch on the exterior side.  I can live with that!



The hood/vent cabinet looks funny to me so I’m meeting with my contractor Monday to have it changed up a bit.  It just needs a wider base and different trim.


Master Bath shower.  Gotta love some subway tile!

Welp, Kennedy is up from her 45 minute nap.  She’s a year and a half old and thinks that’s a sufficient daily nap. I strongly disagree with her.

‘Til next time!









I’m back!

July 29, 2015 — 6 Comments

My last blog post was over a year ago.  Whoa.  A lot has changed in the last year since that post!  We had another baby, sold our house, moved in with my mom, bought another house, and are currently in the middle of renovations before moving in a few weeks from now.  Just a few changes.  No big deal.  I can handle it.  I didn’t say I could handle it gracefully, but I’m handling it!

I’ve got a lot I want to write about, but for now I’m just going to answer a few questions I’ve been getting lately:

1. Why did you sell your house?!  It was so beautiful!   

I couldn’t agree with you more…it was so beautiful to me!  We bought this house as a fixer upper knowing that SOMEDAY we’d want to sell it for a profit (hopefully) and continue down our road of being completely debt free, mortgage and all, sooner than the standard 30 year mortgage. When we bought the house in 2011 it was at the pit of the market crash.  We got a ridiculous deal on it, but never did I dream that our area would skyrocket just a few years later and we’d be able to sell our house for more than double our purchase price.  We invested about $75k into the house over the 3.5 years we were there and I learned  A LOT about design through trial and error. When we bought the house I didn’t even realize how much I loved the process of renovations.  Well, to be honest, it’s not the DIY renovations I love…it’s the coming up with a great design and paying someone to do it that’s the most fun to me!  But, in order to really make a big buck, some DIY is a must if you can do it.  So, there it is.  We sold our house to make a buck.  A lot of bucks.  I hope the next family cherishes the house as much as we did!  And we’ll certainly miss our street—we had some pretty great neighbors!

2.  Is your new house a fixer upper too?

Yes and no.  To me, yes, it is a fixer upper.  But it’s not what our previous house was with dated wallpaper, disgusting carpets, and just a run down interior in general.  This house was built in 1991 and has been taken care of very well.  Although the kitchen and master bath are dated, they are fully functional and clean.  CLEAN–that makes all the difference!  We bought the house from a sweet old couple who were moving down to Florida to live on the beach.  They took really good care of the house, so the only reason it’s a fixer upper to me is because I simply have a different design taste than what was there.  The market is obviously not what it was in 2011, so this house wasn’t nearly as good of a deal as our other one, but we still managed to snag it at only $78/sqft and believe after renovations we could sell it for $100/sqft whenever that time comes.  I say 5-10 years, but my husband says 3!  No way.  Moving is way too much of a pain!  I’ll never say never, but I sure hope we are there a little longer than 3 years!

3.  What does the new house look like?  Are you going to post before/after pictures?  Are you going to write about the renovations?

New House

Here she is, our new home. I call her the Ironwood house.  It’s a 4 bed/3 bath ranch with a partially finished attic (that’s where the 4th bed and 3rd bath are).  We’ll live mostly on the main floor and use the upstairs for a guest bedroom and an office space for Alex.   I’m not in love with the exterior, but it’s fine and I wouldn’t get any financial return from doing anything to it in the area we live.  We’ll do some landscaping at some point to add curb appeal, but other than that it’ll probably stay as-is.  Oh..well, I may paint the trim and windows and front door at some point.  And the screened door will be removed from in front of the front door.  But that’s it I think.

I will be posting more before and after pictures and some progress pictures along the way.  The best way to see what’s going on is to follow me on Instagram for some sneak peeks as the days and weeks go by.  I really, truly enjoy writing and documenting renovations, so I hope that I will make it back here semi-frequently to write about everything, but then again this is my first post in over a year…so call me fickle and non-committal and don’t hold your breath.  How’s that for a crappy answer?

4. What exactly are you doing to the house?

With the equity from our last house we are doing the big stuff before we move in.  I am incredibly grateful that we can do that because there’s no way I’m tackling renovations with a year and a half old wild toddler and a 2 month old baby.  That means that the kitchen and master bath are getting full renovations, and we’re getting new hardwoods in the main living areas (while unfortunately keeping ugly carpet in the bedrooms for now until we can save up to replace it).  We’re also transforming the sunroom, which has a bunch of storm windows, into a screened porch.  I can’t believe we get another screened porch!!! That was my greatest sadness leaving our old house because I loved mornings and evenings on the porch without worrying about bugs, and I was certain we wouldn’t find another house with one.  But we did!  So hot-diggity-dog I can’t wait for cool fall weather!


Well, that’s it for now because I have a tiny human crying for some attention.  I HOPE to be back soon with interior pictures and details of what’s going on right now inside the house.




I just got back from a wonderful vacation with my whole family to Cape San Blas in Florida. I sure do miss sitting on the hammock on the deck listening to the ocean!  Although, I don’t miss Kennedy’s terrible sleep schedule while we were down there.

Anywho, I’m home and back to work. I finally narrowed down my paint choice for the vanity: Sherwin Williams Georgian Bay. I just put the first coat on…and quickly remembered that the first coat is always a little scary when using colorful paint.


It’s still wet in this picture.  When it dries it’s a calmer blue; not quite as bright.  You can see some of the primer through the blue too because I chose to do thin coats.  I’ve read over and over that that’s the way to go when painting wood.

After reading several bloggers rave about Sherwin Williams ProClassic paint I chose to go that route too with this vanity.  Mandy from Vintage Revivals used it on a chest of drawers and it looks flawless.  I know that using oil-based paint is the preferred method for cabinetry, but with a little baby in the house I just can’t deal with those kinds of fumes.  I’m using the ProClassic Latex paint in a satin finish & will give you my full review after I’m finished.  I hope I have great things to say about it!!!

I’m going to buy the same knobs and pulls I have in my kitchen since I love them so much and they’re the perfect aged brass look I’m going for.

I’m dying inside a little over the fact that I can’t get a new countertop anytime soon. Is this where I insert the #firstworldproblems??? I just have to remind myself to keep moving forward with what I’ve got and make it work!

Alright, time to get back to work.  Wish me luck!