Living Room Reveal {Love My DIY Home}

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? Let me take you back through time for … 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

Basement Reno - You never know what is behind those walls!

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

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