Guest Master Bedroom – Before and After

Have you ever seen before and afters that seemed too expensive to duplicate? I have. Too often we look at what others do and decide we could never do it ourselves. It only took 3 1/2 years, but we finally did it.   And we did it within our budget, in our own time, in our own way. You can too. What room do you want to flip? Our green carpeted gold sponge painted master bedroom is finally a hotel quality guest room. This was the original master bedroom, but we decided to keep it for guests. We took the other side of the top level and plan to renovate it into a master suite – some day.   We kept the green carpet for quite a while because of the expense of new, but we did at least paint the walls before we moved in. Just before the Joneses … Read more

Hoarder's Renovated Home {Love My DIY Home}

Before and After House Flip – A Look at the Hoarding Disorder

A House Flip You Never Know What is on the Inside Looking at a home from the outside can be very deceiving – just like the outside of a person often doesn’t reveal what is inside of their heart. Join me for a look at a hoarder disorder as seen through the eyes of their family. Definition of Hoarding from Mayo Clinic: “Hoarding disorder is a persistent difficulty discarding or parting with possessions because of a perceived need to save them. A person with hoarding disorder experiences distress at the thought of getting rid of the items. Excessive accumulation of items, regardless of actual value, occurs.   Hoarding often creates such cramped living conditions that homes may be filled to capacity, with only narrow pathways winding through stacks of clutter. Some people also collect animals, keeping dozens or hundreds of pets in unsanitary conditions because they can’t care for them … Read more

DIY Kitchen floor {Love My DIY Home}

Keeping Up With the Joneses – Lose Those Ugly Floors!

We’re on a roll! The wood floors finally dried and got a second coat – oh boy, just wait until you see ’em in the final reveal! Kitchen DIY Flooring The kitchen floor had two layers of linoleum. Here is a peek at the lovely green and yellow kitchen floor before. OK, not so lovely… They took off the top linoleum, but left this second layer (the green yellow) and laid down a luan sub floor over it ($10/sheet). The sub floor insures a level flat surface for the new floor. Once that was in place, Adam marked the middle of the floor and made sure it was plumb for the first square. They used self-adhesive vinyl floor tile – AKA place and press squares ($21.36/box, 8 boxes from Menards). Easy on the eyes, easy on the budget, easy to lay. Once you get the first one laid, the rest … Read more

Refinishing Wood Floors {Love My DIY Home}

Keeping Up With the Joneses – The Floors Won’t Dry!

Any time you get into a remodel, you’ll hear from any experienced friends, “Expect it to take twice the amount of time and cost twice the amount of money that you planned.” No man is immune. No one. The Joneses hit a glitch in their remodel – the wood floors. Remember here the “before” pictures of the worn out icky wood floors… 1) Repair whatever damage you can. The Joneses pulled up staples from the carpet install and filled in holes. Even the littles can help. Minwax 42853 Stainable Wood Filler, 16-Ounce April says, “I wouldn’t have filled in as much as we did had I known the sanding would have gotten rid of half of the gouges and scratches. Plus, the stain didn’t take as well on the wood filler, so the look would have been better if I’d left most of the minor imperfections.” Live and learn through … Read more

Small changes in your kitchen can be big {Love My DIY Home)

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 needed help. The cupboards had some sort of weird routered thing going on. We never figured out why there were cut outs on the cupboard doors and we really couldn’t see how they could be content with them. So, Adam had an idea…. Don’t ya just dig that green … Read more

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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 painted Boys’ Room – Sunglasses please! Lime green, per their request – cool decorating to come… Blue and Purple Clown Room? No thank you. Antique white is just what the room doctor ordered… The Hallway Even an insignificant space can change the whole look – check out the before of the hallway. So long paneling and hello drywall and paint! The Livingroom Pulling up the carpet and painting the walls in the living room gave the feeling (and smell) of “new and … Read more

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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, right? “We’ll just tear down the paneling and put up some nice new drywall, split the room in half and use one side for a school room and the other for a play room. The boys will love it.” Then you pull down the paneling… Three blind mice, see how they run… Oh, wait. They’re not … Read more

Disgusting Foreclosed Home {Love My DIY Home}

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, ripped up carpet, and your Essential Oils diffuser cleaning the putrid air. But it doesn’t stop there. There is more to the DIY’ers mission than just nice floors and pretty painted walls. I’ve … Read more

Properly prepare the walls for painting {Love My DIY Home}

Keeping Up With the Joneses – Preparing the Walls

The hardest part of a remodel is convincing yourself that you will soon be done and that all the chaos around you will some day make sense. After the third day you moan to yourself and say, “This is never going to end, I just want it to be over.” You might even find yourself rocking in the corner mumbling to yourself. But then you see a bit of progress, the muck lessens, the dirty nasty carpet gets torn up, the holes get filled, the primer goes on and then bingo … hope flies in and you are instantly encouraged, knowing you can come back again tomorrow. Here are the before pics of the bedrooms and the progress toward newly painted and walls. From garish to classic. Childish to grown-up. From, “Oh, gross” to “I could live here.”   This room will belong to Myles, their 2 1/2 year old. … Read more

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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 the cupboards white… … Read more