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How I found more kitchen counter space startd by moving the refrigerator and then filling that space with an upcycled cabinet from Stow and TellU

How I Found More Kitchen Counter Space

What would you do for more counter top space?  When we bought this house, it only had 8 square feet of counter space.  That’s 50″ x 23.5″!! That’s not a lot of counter top space and when I look back at the townhouse kitchen and my old apartment, I realize that I’ve always lived in […]

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Townhouse Hidden Workshop Reveal

There is one last area in the townhouse basement that I promised to “reveal”.  Ironically, as I planned the basement open layout with it’s exposed beam painted ceiling, this was a part of the basement that I was trying to keep hidden so to speak.  I didn’t want Ken’s workshop to be glaring right at […]

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Townhouse Laundry Room Makeover Reveal

I realize that I never showed you all the rest of the basement update, but with the move to the new house and the happenings of this past summer, I had to put the reveal on hold temporarily.  I did take some “after” photos though, and I’m hoping you’d still like to see them now. […]

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Under the Stairs Storage: Under Cover

We finally reached the phase in our basement update where we could use our under the stairs area as a storage space again, but the challenge was how to cover the view of the storage space that was keeping all of those household items that just don’t look pretty in plain sight.   The items […]

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Goldilocks and the Over the Couch Shelf

Once upon a time, there was a girl who was trying to put the final touches on her basement.  She came across an over the couch shelf on Houzz.com and wanted to do something like that over her couch.   Not the big storage cabinet type of shelf, which is very cool and spacious, but […]

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No Slip, No Kidding! Painted Vinyl Basement Floor

There was almost no bigger argument in our home than when it came to what to do with our vinyl basement floor that was in really, REALLY bad shape.  I want to thank, My Repurposed Life for her tutorial on a painted vinyl floor, because that is what it took to convince Ken, that this […]

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17 Creative Ways to Un-Carpet Your Stairs with Paint

To pull up the carpet on your stairs and try something new and different or not to, is often the question when people are remodeling the area in their home that involves a staircase.  It was certainly a question for us when updating our basement. Having a cat, I was pretty sure I didn’t want […]

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DIY Decoupaged Coffee Sack Furniture Cabinet

Small spaces often require dual purpose furniture, so while we wanted a piece of furniture with a cozy, game room feel to place next to Ken’s pinball and slot machines, we also wanted to hide the kitty litter box.  You know, because kitty litter boxes and game rooms go so well together, right?? Well, for […]

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How to Paint Stairs and Walk Up Them When Your Done!

As we were painting the basement ceiling and the basement floor, we naturally wanted to paint the basement stairs, too.  Painting my way up the stairs seemed awkward and painting my way down the stairs would mean that I would be trapped downstairs until the paint dries.  Uhhh, no!  Didn’t have time for that.   […]

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Basement Progress Sneak Peak

While suffering from paint brush wrist, paint roller elbow, Do-it-yourself-basement-floor knees and a multitude of other aches and pains, I’m happy, ohhhh so happy, to say that progress is the basement is being made. Main objective (for the moment) is to have basement completed enough that we can clear out the guest room, so when […]

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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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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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