Now We’re Cooking! Kitchen COMPLETE! Kind of…

So for those who have been following our crazy journey or for those who have come here for the first time out of curiosity, Thank you!   So let's cut to the chase.  Do you remember THIS?  How about this? And This?Let us all grimace as we remember this HORROR!I may have even cried a … Continue reading Now We’re Cooking! Kitchen COMPLETE! Kind of…

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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

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?!?!!

Dirty Diamond Gets Wet and We are Tested

I need time to process things, whether good or bad.  When it is good I relish in how God has brought us to this point and see how His providence has worked to get us to this place in our lives.  When it is bad...I have to really meditate and ponder why a certain event … Continue reading Dirty Diamond Gets Wet and We are Tested

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

Ugly Bathroom Transformation

In order to feel like we could move into this Dirty Diamond, Fixer Upper one of the MUSTS was to have a working bathroom.  And not just any working bathroom would do.  I didn't want to feel like we had just stepped into a bathroom that resembled a run down, yucky, foul smelling gas station … Continue reading Ugly Bathroom Transformation