Progress Report: Fixer Upper Week 52

House exterior

Somewhere along the way I missed a week.  My records show this should be week 51 but it’s really week 52.  It was one year ago today that we closed on this house and started transforming it.  Can you believe it’s already been a year?! But back to business.  This week we worked on Phase 2 of the floor refinishing project.  Take a look at what we accomplished. Tuesday Tuesday was a work day for … [Read more...]

Progress Report: Fixer Upper Week 50

house exterior

There’s more to refinishing floors than just sanding and staining.  David spent the week putting things back: Closet Doors in Back Bedroom: Base shoe in all rooms: Touch-up painting. Move furniture back. Then it was on to Phase 2. Move furniture out of the upper rooms and dining room and stash them wherever there was … [Read more...]

Progress Report: Fixer Upper Week 49

House - front view

I think you’re going to be really surprised at what we accomplished this week.  It helped that David took Friday off so he had a little more time to devote to this project – REFINISHING THE FLOORS.  Here we go! Monday We started moving the furniture out of the living room, hallway, front bedroom and back bedroom.  Some of it went to the basement; some of it went upstairs and the rest of it went … [Read more...]

Progress Report: Fixer Upper Week 48


I have an important announcement: The exterior painting is done!!!!! Halleluiah!  I was beginning to wonder if we would ever finish.  But it’s done and it looks great.  Just as a reminder of how far we’ve come, here’s a photo of the house when we bought it: Here are some photos of the different sides so you can see that everything really is done: Besides finishing … [Read more...]

Progress Report: Fixer Upper Week 47

house exterior

Okay – the truth is, I’m getting really tired of writing about painting.  It seems like all we’ve been doing for months is painting!  Painting, painting and more painting!!!  And guess what we did this week? Yep – more painting! This week’s post isn’t very exciting because we pretty much spent the whole week painting and cleaning windows.  Take a look: Here are the … [Read more...]

An Important Tip When Choosing Home Décor

living room

Choosing décor for your home seems like it should simply be based on what you like and what you can afford.  But there’s another element to keep in mind and that’s MAINTENANCE. You might love that ornate piece of furniture you found at the antique shop but you might not love all that’s required to take care of it.  Or that white sofa or plush white rug might be everything you’ve dreamed of but … [Read more...]

Progress Report: Fixer Upper Week 46

House exterior

Things I learned this week: Finishing touches make a huge difference. Scraping & cleaning windows is harder than it looks.  Much. Clean windows make a room look SO much better! You can make a tent out of anything. We accomplished several smaller things this week that made a BIG difference. Installed a Storm Door The old door had seen better days and needed replaced badly.  … [Read more...]