ONE ROOM CHALLENGE™ WEEK 3: MUDROOM/LAUNDRY ROOM CABINET MAKEOVER, COUNTER, SINK, FAUCET

We are near the halfway point in the One Room Challenge™ with Calling It Home and House Beautiful. It’s the ultimate hump day-the Wednesday of the entire challenge. The day where we begin to see a glimmer of the deliciously relaxing weekend that is before us, with enjoying our newly remodeled space as the only agenda. And cookie dough. Cuz that’s always on the agenda. For some reason, there is still…

ONE ROOM CHALLENGE™ WEEK 2: MUDROOM/LAUNDRY ROOM DEMO, FLOOR, PAINT, CLOSET, MESSAGE HUB

How can it be week two of the Spring 2018 One Room Challenge™ already?! I feel like we put our heads down, got to work, ate all the Doritos, looked up and a whole week has gone by! This is the very reason we love this challenge: it lights a fire under us to take the room by the horns and get. it. done. As much as we love home improvement, we are but human…

ONE ROOM CHALLENGE™ WEEK 1: MUDROOM/LAUNDRY ROOM BEFORE & PLANS

*Tests megaphone* It. Is. Time. People! Time for the One Room Challenge™! If you’re new to the One Room Challenge™ (ORC), it is an online event in which hundreds of design-minded people transform one room and post progress in real time! We will be posting every Thursday on our blog as well as linking up to the ORC™ page along with the other ORC™ participants. The ORC™ link-up page can be found…

THE ONE ROOM CHALLENGE™

Guys, I haven’t been this mix of excited/nervous since Nancy and Tonya met face to face after the clubbing. I mean, on the one hand I just really wanted them to hug, work it out and get back to what they were good at-French braids. On the other hand, I was positive another knee was gonna get it. Oh the struggle! But I digress. The reason for my elation/panic is that…

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TORE UP FROM THE FLOOR UP: PART II

Earlier this week, we talked about ripping up our wall to wall carpeting in favor of hardwoods. We’re back today to delve further into DIYing our hardwood flooring installation. Installing hardwoods is not aerospace engineering okay? We went with a nail-down installation for our tongue and groove planks. We own a floor nailer but if you don’t, this is the one we would recommend. A couple points about a nailer: it is…

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TORE UP FROM THE FLOOR UP: PART I

There were many, many things that we knew we wanted to change about our home from the moment we first laid eyes on it. That is part of what drew us to this property in the first place-we love putting our stamp on a space and making it our own. One element of our new abode that we immediately agreed was top priority: ripping up all of the wall-to-wall carpeting and replacing…

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I SEE AN ORANGE RAILING AND I WANT IT PAINTED BLAAA-ACK

Am I aging myself with a Rolling Stones reference? Is Keith Richards still alive? These are the things that take up space in my brain. After our walls went white, it became clear that our orangey railing-a prominent feature when you first enter our home-was just not working. At that point, our ceilings were still sporting The Northwoods’ Color of the Year, Aggressive Orange. The two played each other up like a tweed…

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MR. BROWN IS OUTTA TOWN

Our walls and ceiling are painted!!! Is it just me or do you hear angels singing? Going white accomplished every goal we set for our main living area: it’s SO MUCH brighter, the art pops right off of the walls and the new mood is oh-so timeless. The bad ’90s lodge vibe packed up its caboodle full of bedazzled scrunchies and hit the road. I really love painting. It’s so cathartic…

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BROWN TOWN

Our house in its before form was something we affectionately called “Brown Town”. Brown was everywhere in this house. Everywhere. The walls, the fireplace, the cabinetry, the countertops, the trim, the doors, the light fixtures-even the ceiling in the main living area-were brown. Something had to be done or we were doomed to live in a chocolate grave for-ev-errr. Where to start? The easy answer is with paint. Paint is relatively…

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LET’S HEAR IT FOR THE DOOR

An unfortunate serendipitous event occurred in September 2016. Ours was one of countless homes in the area pummeled by hail. The storm ravaged our newly-acquired nest, destroying our roof and three-quarters of our siding. It pitted our gutters, downspouts, fascia and doors. Most of the window screens and much of our landscaping was in tatters. When the storm was over, it appeared as though a tiger of Godzilla proportions had used every ounce…