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Ohio House – Before and After

Ohio House – Before and After

Things are finally settling down for me and I figured it was time to show you the pictures of our Ohio home after we'd finished up with all the remodeling. We bough the home in Lexington, Ohio back in the September of 2012. Originally, we had planned to stay in the area until our youngest Continue reading



Kitchen Makeover – The Reveal

Kitchen Makeover – The Reveal

Hi! I'm off to Haven tomorrow to meet fellow bloggers and brand sponsors. If you are a fellow Haven Maven, then welcome to my blog. Today I am finally going to show you the finished kitchen. I started the kitchen back in September of 2012, when we moved into a 164-year-old federal-style brick home Continue reading



Kitchen Progress – Nearly Done

Kitchen Progress – Nearly Done

So, life happened again. It seems to do that to me on a fairly regular basis. When the last I left you, I was in the midst of a painting hell known to few people. A LOT has happened since then. Here's some of the things that have happened. My  kitchen got painted, as did the dining room, Continue reading



Diary of a Sad Painter

Diary of a Sad Painter

Day 1: Dear Diary, My quest to redo my kitchen is nearly finish. The goal is in sight. After exposing the brick wall; putting in new counters and a sink; rearranging, building, and upgrading the cabinetry (complete with crown molding); fixing walls and adding a board and Continue reading



Kitchen Update – Crossing Things Off

Kitchen Update – Crossing Things Off

Last week, I didn't update things because I basically hadn't gotten much done.  A lot of the work I did was the detail stuff you don't really see in pictures. The only thing really noticeable consisted of finishing the radiator cover that Hubs had started for me before he went back to Continue reading



Kitchen Update – Happiness in a Paint Can

Kitchen Update – Happiness in a Paint Can

It's Wednesday, which means it's time for another round of Dueling DIY - Kitchen Renovation. I'm playing along with Sarah at The Ugly Duckling House and Carrie from Brick City Love. Be sure to check out all their progress. Word has it that Sarah's home is now wallpaper-free and Carrie has acquired Continue reading



How To Make a Bare Edison Bulb Chandelier

How To Make a Bare Edison Bulb Chandelier

If you've been following my kitchen remodeling progress (summed up from last year here, and updated here, here, here, here and here) you may have seen the bare Edison bulb chandelier I made out of a framed ceiling tile I picked up at Goodwill for $4.99. I usually do everything I can to pinch Continue reading



Kitchen Update – Prep Work

Kitchen Update – Prep Work

You would think that not having posted in two weeks I'd have more progress to show you. When I last left you, I had patched some wonky areas in the plaster over top of my pretty paint. Continue reading



Kitchen Update – Meh Edition

Kitchen Update – Meh Edition

This week was complicated. And cold. And I've reached the point in the year in which I am emotionally done being a full-time caregiver to my special needs sister-in-law, Katie. Continue reading



Kitchen Update – Plaster and Paint

Kitchen Update – Plaster and Paint

In my ongoing battle to compete in the Dueling DIY challenge by The Ugly Duckling House, this is all I've got to show for my week. Continue reading