MORE Brick MORTAR WASH

My blog has received more traffic in the last month with views on my DIY tutorial, the Brick and Mortar Wash technique.  Why would this be? I would like to think that I inspired Chip and Joanna Gaines, like we are the dearest of friends or something. I'm sure I'm not the only American out … Continue reading MORE Brick MORTAR WASH

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Interchangeable Seasonal Burlap Wreath

In between home renovation projects, when I'm waiting on the husband to get home from work, I  love searching Pinterest for inspiration on how to decorate my Dirty Diamond.  It's so hard when all of your seasonal decorations are packed away in storage and you really don't have the place to decorate.  BUT, I do … Continue reading Interchangeable Seasonal Burlap Wreath

Small Improvements

Here we are... already nearing the HOLIDAYS! And honestly, I'm not ready!  With every golden leaf that I see spiraling to the ground I take a deep sigh..seriously. Why do I do this when this is my favorite time of year? Well I think it's because I feel like time is getting away from me. … Continue reading Small Improvements

Beam Me UP Scotty!

Things are coming together little by little on this Dirty Diamond Lake House. I find myself getting GIDDY with all the visible victories. A couple of months ago we brought in river rock, mulch and plants for the flower beds which totally transformed the house. I still look at this past project with joy and … Continue reading Beam Me UP Scotty!

Almost Famous

The last couple of weeks have required our family to take a step back from home improvement responsibilities and focus on LIFE.  With a weekly Gospel meeting at our church, school getting ready to start back up, work, last minute summer outings, etc. We just couldn't invest much time with the hammer, paint, and floors. … Continue reading Almost Famous

Landscaping your Dirty Diamond with River Rock

Our projects in this dirty diamond are all over the place!  I've had some ask me why we don't just stay focused on one area before working on another?  Well, I have a few answers for that.   First of all this house needed to be GUTTED!! So all the rooms were attacked at once, … Continue reading Landscaping your Dirty Diamond with River Rock

King of the Mountain? Or Just the Roof?

With all of the rains we have had this spring, we have had to continually clean up large limbs and debris from the yard.  Our already bad roof was looking worse with the fallen limbs and leaves.  My husband waited for a non-rain day and braved the height.  I know it doesn't bother him to … Continue reading King of the Mountain? Or Just the Roof?

Keep Your Mouth SHUT!

I don't know what this was? We are NEW to this lake life stuff.  We came home last week and had, I'm going to guess, MILLIONS of house guests waiting on us.  Didn't really notice how bad it was until we came inside through the garage and heard the little buggers pelting the windows.  When … Continue reading Keep Your Mouth SHUT!