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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A YEAR!?!?! Already?!?!!

They say "time flies when you are having fun."  I guess we are having fun.  Because I can hardly believe it was last February that we closed on the Dirty Diamond.  I still feel like we have so much more to do. But Swiss Army Knife Jon aka-my husband (that is his Instagram Name--he always … Continue reading A YEAR!?!?! Already?!?!!

Lake House Living Room Transformation Diary- Part 4

Part 4 of our living room transformation. Board and Batten, Brick and Mortar wash on Fireplace, removing pet odors from floor, can lights etc.

Lake House Living Room Transformation Diary-Part 3

One of the perks of living in a fixer upper is all of the messy and fun things you can do inside your home before making it nice.  For instance, giving your son or husband a haircut in the living room.  Super convenient! Thankfully, we have had the sunroom and the bedrooms somewhat livable during … Continue reading Lake House Living Room Transformation Diary-Part 3

Lake House-Living Room Transformation Diary- Part 2

We considered painting the flimsy, dark paneling a lighter shade to lighten the room. However,  we discovered that there was no sheetrock or any kind of insulation between the paneling and the bedroom walls that flank both sides of the living room. Three things: #1 This meant that there was no sound barrier.  We didn't want … Continue reading Lake House-Living Room Transformation Diary- Part 2

Lake House-Living Room Transformation Diary-Part 1

As I begin typing this blog post and looking back through all of my picture files on my computer and cell phone, I can hardly believe what all we have done in the short amount of time we have lived in this Dirty Diamond.  At times, it feels like we have been here F.O.R.E.V.E.R!  But … Continue reading Lake House-Living Room Transformation Diary-Part 1

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

Taking a VACATION from your Lake Home

I know that when I type, "Lake Home" it probably encompasses a variety of thoughts into your head; peaceful, serene, laid back, dreamy, a place worth vacationing to.  But for us, the words that now come into our heads are the contrast of the ones mentioned above. I'll let you go back and insert those … Continue reading Taking a VACATION from your Lake Home

Brick Mortar Wash, Before & After & Maybe a Tutorial

I LOVE Brick! Especially inside of a home.  Our first home was a simple ranch style home, no bells and whistles.  But, it had a brick kitchen.  That pretty much did it for me. It was not a cookie cutter kitchen and had the character and charm I desired.  It seemed to add warmth to … Continue reading Brick Mortar Wash, Before & After & Maybe a Tutorial