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?!?!!

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 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

My Boy’s Room

It feels good to ALMOST have a room completely done!! I have a lot of little projects going on right now...OK...A LOT of BIG projects going on right now.  So, it feels FANTASTIC to walk into a room and take a deep breath and sigh  a sigh of satisfaction. This is how I'm beginning to … Continue reading My Boy’s Room

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

Re-Purpose Those Outdated Ceiling Fans

As we are coming to a place where light fixtures,  hardware, and appliances need to be replaced and updated, I find it hard to decide what to replace it with?  I have had this mindset for so long to save money and don't buy NEW but just go to Good Will, Salvation Arm or Habitat … Continue reading Re-Purpose Those Outdated Ceiling Fans