Archives for August 2014

Keeping Up With the Joneses – Just a Little Tweek

Keeping Up With the Joneses – Just a Little Tweek

  We've already talked about this. Life isn't always strawberry lemonade and lollipops.   BUT, you can DIY.   Have you ever heard the expression Carpe Diem?   What do you think "Seize the Day" means? I think it means to make the most of every moment and situation. That's just what the Joneses are doing.   Hence...   The kitchen was a mess. It smelled, was greasy dusty gross, and the design was, well, let's just say, less than desirable.     Sometimes all you have to do is tweek something and everything changes. That's the way the kitchen cupboards were at the Joneses "new" house - they Continue reading

Keeping Up With the Joneses – Making Progress!

Keeping Up With the Joneses – Making Progress!

  We have progress to share today.   HA.LE.LOO.YAH.   The Bathroom before:     The bathroom had three different layers of linoleum with subfloors under each one.     Walls patched and painted, wiring done, cabinet painted, subfloor almost in!     The wiring was all goofed up, pigtailed all over the place with obvious additions here and there - mish mash!     Next up...   The Bedrooms before:   The Master from Dotville     Walls and closets patched and Continue reading

Keeping Up With the Joneses – Three Dozen Mice and MOLD!

Keeping Up With the Joneses – Three Dozen Mice and MOLD!

Ugh. That moment when you realize the job is bigger than the both of you. But then you realize that the truth is better than not knowing... Enter three dozen mice and a basement full of M.O.L.D. Merrily we roll along, roll along, roll along...   "This basement isn't too bad." "No biggie." Right?   Typical basement - half done, paneling everywhere, dirty and ug-leee.   You wonder what they were thinkin' when they planned such a space. Come on, paneling, really?   Broom and mop here, a little paint there, OK, a LOT of PAINT. It's doable, Continue reading

Keeping Up With the Joneses – From Polluted to Pleasing

Keeping Up With the Joneses – From Polluted to Pleasing

From Polluted to Pleasing When you walk into a foreclosed home, the resulting smell that attacks you along with the less than appealing visuals can be very daunting.   At first your sensibilities shout, "No! This is not what I want! I can't deal with this. It's too disgusting!"   You say to yourself, "I can't put my family in this place." There is mold on the window frames, stains on the wood floors and carpet that smell like dog urine and bedroom walls that look like a frustrated artist let go with wreckless abandon. Then your adventurous side kicks in and you start imagining what it could be. You see past the grossness and envision newly painted walls, Continue reading

DIY Summer Flower Arrangement

DIY Summer Flower Arrangement

  While on a road trip with my DH this week I picked up some clearanced (70% off) flowers and vases at Michaels in Flint, MI. Last night I put together two flower arrangements while we sat around the table and chatted at my DD and SIL's house.    20 minutes, tops. Really, it was that easy.     For this vase, I just stuck them in after cutting them at the proper length.     E.A.S.Y. For the second vase I cut some foam and pushed it down to the bottom so it was secure.   I cut more flowers and arranged them, bending down the bottom few and filling in the bare spots. It was that Continue reading