New blog address and house tour!

We live in a tri-level home built in 1991.  We I have big plans on how I want to refresh/remodel/expand our home to fit our family needs and my obsession with have style and function.  It is the first home we ever bought and will likely be the only home we ever buy.

In May 2013, we did some minor updates that made a big impact on the curb appeal of our house, including painting the shutters, front door, front door frame, replacing the lights and some landscaping.  Full post for this make over can be found here.

When you enter our front door, you will be greeted in a small entryway which I applied some DIY board and batten to in July 2014.  Original blog post can be found here.  A month later, my dad delivered a beautiful barn wood bench for this area.  This post can be found here.


IMG_3415The rest of this level includes our kitchen, dining room and small sitting area.  In April 2014, I painted all the builder grade cabinets a very pale grey, almost white, to brighten up the room because it was SO DARK!  See this blog post here.  We added some molding to the tops of the cabinets and staggered them a bit (which we had to do to accommodate the microwave install above the stove and the new fridge).  I also painted the walls a lighter color.  A few years after we moved in, my dad installed a tiled island on a half wall that we cut down.  And in March 2016, we demo-ed that and and installed some cabinetry, wine fridge and butcher block counter top.  See this blog post here.  By that time, we had also replaced our fridge and dishwasher with stainless steel appliances.




I am also slowly replacing my builder grade oak trim with white painted pine boards.  Adjacent to the kitchen is the dining room.  This room has seen a few different paint colors but is currently a medium grey.  In June 2015, my dad built a huge table for the center of the room.  See this post here.  I added some DIY open shelving in July 2015 (see blog post here) and my dad built a planked wall to go behind the fireplace in January 2016 (see blog post here).

The other side of the room is a small sitting area.

Then, there is the wall that plagues me.  I have had many different galleries on that wall but in January 2016, I removed all of it, filled holes and repainted the wall and put up an edited version of my previous gallery wall.

Down that small flight of stairs you will find a small bathroom to your right.  When we moved in, this room was painted baby blue and there was CARPET in there.  No lie, it.was.gross.  Within a few months of moving in, I ripped out the carpet and a few months after that, my brother came to town and helped us install tile on the floor.  In May 2015, I planked a few walls in the bathroom with 1/4″ plywood in 7″strips.  See blog post for this here.

Next to the bathroom is a sewing/guest room.  A few years after we moved in, we removed some gross carpet in there and laid down some laminate flooring.  I used some left over planking from the bathroom project to plank the wall above the ledge.  Finally, I found a perfect bed option for this space that slept 2 people and didn’t take up a ton of space with a daybed with trundle that I bought off of Joss and Main.

The main room on this level is our living room.  When we moved in, the half wall behind the couch was raw wood and painting it white (Behr Winter Glaze) was the best thing I ever did for it!  I painted the walls a light green/grey (Behr Jade) and used chalkboard paint on the wall above that.  In February 2013, my dad helped us install a wall of built in bookshelves (which is the second best thing we did in the space).  You can find that blog post here.


IMG_3434IMG_3428Our upstairs bathroom makeover happened in August 2014.  See blog post here.  The builders grade vanity got painted with Behr Blueberry Twist.  I painted the walls Behr Smoked Oyster.  My dad added a barn wood frame around the mirror.  I DIY’d some shelves above the toilet and towel rack.  Lastly, I replaced the shower curtain.  And this is how it will live until I can really get this area expanded into our walk-in closet and install a larger vanity with double sinks.  A million years from now…


The master bedroom is painted Behr Smoked Turquoise.  It is one of the 2 rooms in the whole house that still has the same color we originally painted the room when we moved in (the other room is the guest/sewing room).  In April 2015, this room got a mini makeover in the form of a DIY upholstered headboard, new end tables, bedding and a new look for the dresser.  See blog post here.  I am slowly perfecting the gallery wall in that room as well.





Hope you enjoyed the house tour!  Thanks for stopping by!


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