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...]

Progress Report: Fixer Upper Week 45

house exterior

This was one of those weeks where we just weren’t able to get very much done.  We had a family birthday party on Friday.  David had to work Saturday and Sunday and he helped our son work on his car Sunday evening.  But in between all the craziness, David still managed to get a few things done. He installed new window locks on the living room windows and dining room windows: We (yes, … [Read more...]

Progress Report: Fixer Upper Week 44

house exterior

Well, it doesn't look like this anymore.  Now it looks like this: We made lots of progress on the fixer upper this weekend.  The final coat of paint on the body of the house is DONE!!!!!  David worked on it Saturday and Sunday and finished Sunday afternoon.  It looks awesome! Unfortunately, we ended up with a color almost identical to both our neighbors’ houses.  The thing is, even … [Read more...]

Progress Report: Fixer Upper Week 43

House exterior front

Well, the plan for this past weekend was to put the final coat of paint on the body of the house.  But it didn’t work out.  David was using the sprayer on a job for his business so he couldn’t use it on our house.  The job he was doing was spraying lacquer and it’s a big deal to switch between lacquer and paint.  So when he’s finished spraying lacquer, he’ll finish the body of the house. In the … [Read more...]

Progress Report: Fixer Upper Week 42

house front

This week’s focus was on prepping the screened porch before the final paint job on the exterior of the house. David doesn't like the way this porch was built.  His preference would be to tear it down and start over but that isn’t cost effective.  So he had to work with what he had.  The biggest problem was the way the trim boards were arranged.  In order to replace the screen, which needs to be … [Read more...]

Progress Report: Fixer Upper Week 41

house

I have a LOT to show you this week so let’s get started. Last Monday, Labor Day, David had the day off and finished all the painting in the living room,  the dining room and Calvie's room.  Here’s what the rooms looked like before: And here’s what they look like now: This gives you a better idea of the color. It's gray. FYI – you’ll … [Read more...]