Barn Door Hardware Transforms an UGLY Hallway

Barn Door Hardware Transforms an UGLY Hallway

#sponsored   OUTDATED Doesn't Begin to Describe It Yes. I admit it. My hallway was boring, ugly, dark, uninviting - you get the picture. Before we bought the house, the one wall across from the closet had a type of salt wash that made it very rough. I sanded it down and painted before we moved in, but never liked the hallway partly because it was dark and partly due to the bifold doors. Or should I say "bifold door." The one was off and the other had a doggie door in it. I have no idea why other than I know they had lots of animals, so the animal "stuff" must have been in the closet.     For the past 5 years I've waited to update that hallway and get new doors, but I've been holding out, wanting the barn door look. Every day I just ignored that area because it hurt my eyes. Really. Continue reading

Less is More – When Frugality Hurts

Less is More – When Frugality Hurts

Are you a collector? ...a thrifter, garage saler, picker, or might you be a hoarder? How do you know if you have a problem? How do you know if you are out of control? Balance is key. Sometimes good can turn bad quickly when we lose our balance.   If a person overindulgess using frugality as their excuse, then "frugality" hurts.   Ask yourself: Can I afford it? Do I need it? Do I have a place for it? Do I have a specific plan to use it, give it away or am I just buying it because it's a good deal?   I've known many people who buy things just for the fun of it and stuff piles up everywhere... in the spare bedroom... and then into the hallway... and then in every nook and cranny of the Continue reading

Keeping Up With the Joneses – Living Room Reveal

Keeping Up With the Joneses – Living Room Reveal

The day is finally here. The Joneses living room reveal has been a long time in coming.     If you remember, they bought a foreclosure and rehabilitated the poor thing. It was a mess and they brought it from an unlivable beast to a beautiful charming home for a family of 5 - oh wait. Home for a family of 6!   We are so long in bringing this reveal to you because a little baby doll, Maddie Moo made her appearance (April found out she was expecting) and everything changed.   She sort of took over their world and slowed down their progress on the house. They moved in without having finished, hence no "reveal."   It's OK. A home is a home because of who we share it with, not because the trim is finished or the drywall is up in the basement, right? Continue reading

No Christmas Home Tour Here

No Christmas Home Tour Here

  This Christmas season is different for our family this year. We are a family in crisis. There will be no chestnuts roasting on our open fire this year. Normally I would be writing a post about our Christmas Home Tour complete with staged pictures of my home in the middle of Christmas celebration. (Last year's Christmas Home Tour) It’s what we do as DIY bloggers. We decorate and then share it. I had it all planned. I did manage to get my tree up and most of our gifts wrapped.   Then crisis walked through our front door and wouldn’t leave. (The Ultimate DIY - Saying Goodbye to Your Mom) There will be no last minute holly jolly Christmas shopping running around town in the midst of all the hustle bustle that I love so much. I did manage to hang a little Continue reading

Keeping Up With the Joneses – Kitchen Demolition

Keeping Up With the Joneses – Kitchen Demolition

To start, the Joneses, and other family members including moi, started ripping down and tearing up. Oh, how I enjoy kitchen demolition! Even the kids got their share of demo, which BTW, shows you and I that if a 6 and 8 year old can do it... You can do it too. I'm gonna preach it till the cows come home. Too often we say, "I could never do that." How about, "I could totally do that!"   April took off the scalloped hoop-de-do above the kitchen sink.   Now, hoop-de-doos aren't necessarily bad, I recently painted a shelf with a couple of them for my mason jars and it turned out very nicely. It turned from boring to fab, but here it would only look old and outdated.   So off it came and amazingly enough, made a huge difference. Now if I can only talk them into painting Continue reading

Keeping Up With the Joneses – The Kitchen Before

Keeping Up With the Joneses – The Kitchen Before

Welcome to a new series: Keeping Up With the Joneses Join us as we follow the first time homebuyers Jones family as they take a foreclosed house and turn it into a warm and inviting home in just 30 days! Their goal is to have it not only livable for their family of five in just 30 days, but have a 5 year plan to bring it to perfection - to flip it and move on.   Not only is this a huge job, but they have a very tight budget as well.     The Kitchen Before   I'll let the pictures do the talking here - it's pretty obvious they have their work cut out for them! Occasionally I'll photo bomb since I'll be out there helping from time to time. You can play the Where's Val game (Where's Waldo?) with Continue reading

Parade of Homes 2014 – Part 2

Parade of Homes 2014 – Part 2

When you see homes that are newly built, staged and on display, do you get the   gimme gots?   I do. Yep. I admit it.   I made a decision a long time ago to enjoy seeing what others have but not to let it make me want something out of my reach. It's all about perspective. But the admitting part - the "yep, I admit it" part, has to do with my goals. Any one of us can look at something like this and use it as inspiration.   What inspires you?   Here's a boat load of inspiration for you...   Royalty Custom Homes No doubt about it - they know lighting.   Wausau Homes I wish I could show you this next house in person... It is Continue reading

Parade of Homes 2014 – Part 1

Parade of Homes 2014 – Part 1

Umm, I'll take one of each... We did our yearly jaunt with friends this year to the Wausau area Parade of Homes for our much needed yearly inspiration and laughs. Inspiration came from each home we visited. Laughs came from the wives watching the DH's navigate the Parade of Homes map.   Oh my. Some of them were beautiful! I'll spare you the mundane ones and go right to the top first. Jeremy Voigt homes. Yes, please.   Today I'm featuring two of the 12 of homes - they are both by Jeremy Voigt.   This guy is an artist, not just a home builder.   Each year we look forward to his designs - he never disappoints.     The walk-in showers are quite popular still, though we are seeing a trend. Continue reading

Christmas Home Tour 2013 – Welcome to my home!

Christmas Home Tour 2013 – Welcome to my home!

    Hi. Welcome. Merry Christmas! I'm glad you came for a visit. I'd like to share my home with you for Christmas. Tell me about your day; grab a cup of coffee and sit with me a while. I don't know about you, but I'd like to put my feet up and just enjoy the holiday. Have you been crazy busy trying to get everything done for upcoming festivities? It can be such fun, but it can also be so exhausting! Shopping? Wrapping? Cleaning?   My Christmas time has come. My house is D.O.N.E. My kids have arrived and it's time to enjoy! Here's my little angel I got the day after Christmas last year. Yep. I do the day after Christmas sale every year - It's a family tradition. Most of my Continue reading

Fall Splendor – Canvasing the Neighborhood

Fall Splendor – Canvasing the Neighborhood

There are times when you find the unexpected all around you and are forced to pause for a moment and take it all in. I know I drove my husband crazy today, but I just couldn't help it. My DH, Mark, is laid back and FDD - That's my made up disorder that I use to describe him - "Feeling Deficit Disorder." We had some kids with ADHD, so using acronyms for spelling out behavior tendencies was a way of life for us. Basically I am like a balloon and my husband is the weight on my balloon that keeps me from flying away. Fortunately he balances me out, because I'm a fly by the seat of the pants, ready to jump in with both feet kinda gal. He's the quiet unassuming humble, let's think about it a while and don't be too hasty kinda guy. We're a good fit, but I didn't always see it that way. Funny how life can change your Continue reading