By now, if you follow us on Facebook or Instagram, you know that we’re participating in the GMC/Habitat for Humanity ‘Treasure Hunt Challenge’… which involves traveling along the World’s Longest Yardsale (my personal heaven on earth), snagging some great buys, and fixing up a house for a family in need at the end! Can you think of anything more fun and rewarding? If anything’s gonna snap me out of ... [ Read More ]
Patching & matching hardwood floors
Remember that time that we had a wall separating our dining room and living room? I hardly remember either. Even though it’s been less than two years, it’s still hard to remember the room being that closed off. Nick did an AMAZING JOB putting up the load-bearing beam, re-routing the duct-work, framing in the arches and pillar, dry-walling, and mudding. This had been such a long/messy project ... [ Read More ]
FINALLY Pulled the Curtain Trigger!
You might remember... oh about 6 months ago, we asked your opinion on our Facebook page about which curtains and gave you these options. There were 151 of you that weighed in, and while I loved reading each of your suggestions and reasons behind them, there was no obvious front-runner. And curtains weren’t really in the budget just then anyway, so I just tried to put it out of my mind for the ... [ Read More ]
Our couch-hunting saga has a happy ending!
As you know, we’ve been on the hunt for the perfect couch ever since our ‘foster couch’ went to be with it’s forever family (my sister’s college apartment). We were fairly prepared, because we knew we’d be needing a couch and thus started saving our pennies... but when the time came, FOR THE LIFE OF US we couldn’t find a couch we liked. We wanted something with: clean lines (maybe a mid-century ... [ Read More ]
Tutorial on stripping the cracks and crevices of your furniture!
It can be tricky stripping the cracks and crevices, but I’ll show you some new strategies in addition to the basics of stripping from our Stripping 101 course. Your tools are pretty much the same though. (contains affiliate links) Hefty Scraper (we love this one) Simple wire brush Stripper (we've tried a LOT, and this one is the best. Hands down) Detail Stipper ... [ Read More ]
Adventures in Couch Hunting
Warning: this post will leave you with no closure... just the first chapter on our journey to find the perfect couch. For the last 8 months, we’ve been couch-sitting (both figuratively and literally) my sister Anna’s couch. My parents bought it for her new apartment, but she was living in the dorms at the time, so it needed to be stored somewhere temporarily. Since we planned on buying a new ... [ Read More ]
Crown Molding Shelf Ledge above Wainscotting
Good Afternoon! My name is Nick and I am a crown-aholic. Today I would like to talk to you about my obsessive crown molding disorder. It started with the ceiling (part 1), then the all consuming powers of the crown found it’s way into the shelving; I just can’t get enough crown. I find myself craving things like Burger King and Crown Royal. What is happening? What is next… the dining area, ... [ Read More ]
Living Room Crown Molding Reveal and Tutorial (Part 1)
Tuesday greetings my fun-loving people! I’ve done ransacked the computer from Beth for two full days. Just kidding… but seriously your stuck with me for the next two days to talk about crown molding and shelving! Molding? Moulding? Who really knows how to spell it. Google says both are correct. Part of our vision of the living room was to have it crowned. So this last weekend was a busy one as we ... [ Read More ]
Operation Stencil-the-Living Room? COMPLETE
Greetings my posse! Are you so excited to see the progress that’s been occurring in the living room these days? If not, you SHOULD be, because it’s fabulous (said with the Orbit Gum lady’s accent). Remember our little mood board? And what the living room looked like previously? I should start by describing the process by which the stenciling ‘grid’ was laid out. Nick did some ... [ Read More ]
How to CLEAN your Stencil (and an update on the Living Room stenciling!)
As you well know, I’ve been stenciling the walls above the board and batten in the living room. It is turning out FLIPPING AMAZING, and the process is taking FLIPPING FOREVER. As you can see… I’m almost done with the first of 3 walls. I never dreamed it would take this long, but it’s turning out even more amazing than I envisioned, so that cancels it out in my head! I’m not sure how the ... [ Read More ]