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Townhouse Rehab #tbt

I”m going to take you on a walk down rehab memory lane for throwback Thursday and show the before and after photos of my townhouse from one of our first renovations. Ken and I weren’t married when I first moved in, we weren’t even dating, so at that time, my brother was going to help […]

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Eye on the Bonus: Basement Update Inspiration

Last weekend, the walls finally started coming down in the basement.  I hadn’t pushed or pressured Ken to get this phase started, honestly.  But after all the cleaning, de-cluttering and yard work we accomplished over the three day holiday weekend, Ken must have felt up to the task because the next thing I knew, he […]

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5 tips on How to Prepare an Open Beam Ceiling for Painting

Unfinished basements can be dark and dingy.  They usually come with an exposed or open beam ceiling that reveals all the pipes, vents and wiring that are the inner workings for the basic functions of your house.  Remodeling the entire basement as you might the rest of your house can be expensive, but there are […]

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Blue Jean Hanging Travel Organizer

If you have ever used one of those over-the-door hanging shoe organizers, then you already know how handy they can be to keep your shoes organized.  Elena from ‘A Casarella suggested in her travel tips, that you bring one with when you travel. Isn’t that a clever idea? You hang it over the door in […]

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Knock Down Texture for a Stone Look on Basement Walls

This past weekend, my wonderful sister helped me add a knock down texture to our cement basement walls with a product call Homax Roll-On Texture.  I can honestly say this was a delightful product to work with from the ease of application to the  low mess and easy clean-up. I was aiming for the “feel” […]

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Kitchen Progress: Phase One is Done

Phase one of my kitchen update is finally done! Kitchen update 1 started back in June… okay, so it has taken a little longer than I had intended to come this far, but aside from staging it to look pretty with home decor trinkets and perhaps adding a bit of under cabinet lighting, I can […]

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Basement Update – Picking a Paint Color

With the microwave challenge out of the way in the kitchen, we are finally able to get back into focus on the updating the scary basement.  We have both been very busy at our regular jobs, so progress has unfortunately been a tad slow.  But, at least by now, most of the clutter has been […]

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Scout’s Honor Modified Cabinet for Microwave Install

Did I mention that my husband was once a boy scout?  Just after Thanksgiving, we had a microwave malfunction.  This was not in the kitchen update  plan, yet it quickly became the plan because, well…dinner is often, though unfortunately made up of microwave meals!  So if we wanted to a hot have dinner on one […]

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Dish Pan Dependant

Are you one of the lucky ones, who has a dishwasher? Not me… No matter how much I update this townhouse kitchen, it will probably never have a dishwasher… and forever be dependent on a dish pan, or two. It does have central air conditioning, though. That I could not live without.   But as […]

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Get Your Kicks, Kitchen, Basement, or…

Since the cat’s out of the bag, and you happened to see my scary basement, I think you would agree that there is a lot of work to be done just to get it ready for a remodel, let alone start any remodeling.   Thus, getting the basement ready for a remodel is exactly what […]

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If, If, If and the Very Scary Basement

Did I ever tell you that I’m afraid to go in my basement? It’s very scary down there. Trust me, you wouldn’t want to go down there either. There is no shortage of spider webs…or spiders for that matter. Sometimes when I go down in the basement, I feel like there are giant spider webs […]

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Pallet Wood Over-the-Sink Window Shelf (Kitchen Update 5)

Looking to create more space in my rather small kitchen, I have been longing for one of those nifty over-the-sink window shelves.  As my kitchen update is coming along bit by bit, I finally have one! This photo shows just how little kitchen area counter space I have to work with. This window shelf happens […]

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Decoupage Paint Stick Magnets

Cover paint sticks with paper and decoupage and turn them into a magnet set for your refrigerator or message board.  I made a set using old maps and travel inspired scrapbook paper for my kitchen update.  I made an extra set as a house warming gift for my cousin, while I was at it.  I […]

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Kitchen Update 2 – Sample a Color Palette, Salvage a Clay Roaster

I’d been meaning to salvage an old clay roaster that is quite worse for its wear.  At the same time, I’m updating my kitchen, so I thought I would combine the efforts and sample the kitchen color palette on the clay roaster.  Have you ever chosen your own color palette and not been quite sure […]

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Kitchen Update – Pick Your Palette

Not being one to shy away from color in the past, I have started a kitchen update and decided to clean the slate!  I’ve been in my small town home for almost eight years and gave the kitchen a heavy duty update (not to be confused with a remodel) when I first moved in.  At […]

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