The Progression of DIY Remodeling – The Not-So-Fun Stuff

We are working on about a million different projects at all times. I wanted to show one such project that is no where near completion, but you can definitely see progress. And just keep in mind, my husband and i have a 1 year old, have never even owned a home before, and have never really done much of this type of thing. So we are going slowly.


The picture below is the dining room looking into the kitchen, and through to the living room. This is WITH wall.



Here is a picture WITHOUT wall. Hubby took the wall down largely by himself. Yes, demo is one of the easier things but still. Notice the sagging ceiling drywall and the weird area where there used to be a pantry, that is open to the attic.


In the picture below, we’ve cleaned up a bit.  We’ve taken out the layers of old flooring and exposed the hardwood, which was weirdly patched and we’re probably going to have to fully replace. We have started to create our bedroom hallway. We did this because we didn’t want our bedroom opening up directly facing the stove (we will be moving the stove in the next month or two).


The picture below is where we are today. Notice we turned the weird attic opening/pantry hole into a cubby! I love the cubby because this old house is very short on storage and the cubby will be a (blanket?) storage area in the future. Ta da!



House Project – Closing a doorway

As i mentioned before, our master bedroom had two doorways. I think this is because originally the room was built as a den, connected to the garage. Then the garage was remodeled into a living room and the doorway into it was kept. Here are some pics.


Door and door frame taken off


Took stairs off and framed it. It was open to the crawl space for a while – not cool


This isn’t the best pic but we drywalled over, removed wallpaper border, painted a fresh coat of flat white, put the wainscoting over where the stairs were. Now all we need is to fine a matching piece of trim (and clean).

House in the Woods – A Fixer Upper

As i said in my last post, hubby and i BOUGHT OUR FIRST HOUSE!! After putting in offers for four other properties and then losing them for one reason or another, we finally got one! It seemed like it was never going to happen. This house was not exactly our first choice – the backyard has a steep hill and the living room is four steps down from the rest of the house because it used to be a garage some 30-50 years ago. The house was built in 1942 and every single room needed updating.  But we saw that part as a good thing because we wanted a fixer upper that we can eventually make some cold hard cash on once we sell. Here are some before pictures.


Front of the house. Those brown interior shutters are gone now


Living room and front door #1 


Front door is on the left edge. Looking into kitchen




So much wood!!


Who doesn’t want a booth?


The beautiful booth and glass brick window


Dining room


Hallway – this is gone now


Bedroom #1 – Extra bedroom


Main bathroom – Beautiful pink


Bedroom #2 – Ryker’s room. It used to be TINY!


Our bedroom. You can jut see out of bedroom doorway #2 that goes into the living room. Also our bathroom.


And of course, the bathroom has the beautiful wall paper to match.

Balcony In Need Of A Redo




A while back I posted pictures of my cute little balcony that i decorated on a budget. Well, I have moved since then. And got a hammock. Our new balcony is much bigger. But the hammock was MUCH bigger than I thought it might be. Below are the “Before” pictures. There are no “After” pictures yet, but I hope to make the new balcony cute very soon! 

picture063The hammock is so comfy, even if it is WAY huge. picture064You can kind of see the two ‘chairs’ I had on my old balcony (lime green long cushion and pink cushion). I didn’t really get a good picture of the plants in the corner, but believe me, they are there. And they take up way more space than you can tell from the angle of these pictures. They are all about dead though since summer is coming to an end. I got a decent harvest out of them! A big planter with tomatoes, jalepenos, basil (only one I plan to keep), and green beans (super dead). One of the problems is I have a bunch of solar lights and the sun collector things are staked into some planters. Not sure what I’m going to do about this because the planters take up a reasonable amount of space and are now kind of ugly with the dead plants in them. 

And of course the freakin bikes take up a ton of space. But I don’t know where else we can put them. If it were up to me, we would have waited until we were not in high rise apartments to buy bikes but the hubs is in love with bike riding. Maybe we can keep them in the bedroom? Not sure… will that be better?

picture065From this pic, you can see the red patio set that we scavenged from the trash room. It is okay but I think we might store it away for camping or give it to my mom or something. We got a really cute (and Large – How is everything going to fit?!?!?!) patio furniture set from Target with gift cards from the wedding!

Target Patio FurnitureNow I just have to organize and decorate!!! Oh and one more thing, my favorite cute lights finally quit working. They shatter very easily it turns out!

Outdoor Exterior and Backyard Redo Plans

Today I will share the exterior of my future house and our plans to spruce it up a bit.

Front of house


Front view

Front view

Here is the front view. Notice the flowers my fiancé bought to plant! He is so sweet. I never knew he
cared about plants and gardening until he started working on the flower beds. I’m not sure yet what
to do to the front of the house besides the flowers that Steven is going to plant. The wood around the
flowerbeds could use a fresh coat of paint or they could even be replaced with some fresh, short, cute,
white fencing. Maybe we can line the side of the driveway and the walkway with that wood. Of course
we will have to get a cute welcome mat. Maybe some solar lights. I need to do research on easy ways to
spruce up the front of a house.

Side of house

Side of house

Not so nice, but let’s be honest: $350 a month for three bedrooms has to have flaws
somewhere. We’ll have to look into power washing or repainting. This will be a good job for Steven

Backyard Gate

Backyard Gate



And last but not least, my favorite part of the entire house! The cutest cutest cute backyard. The little
gate and cement wall is so Secret Garden-y to me! The laundry room door is behind whatever that thing
is next to the wood fence. It is not under the roof overhang. Steven is planning on building an in-ground
fire pit, which I am so happy about! I don’t know if we’ll build a pavilion like the neighbors have, but I
do know that we will have a vegetable garden next to one of the walls somewhere. I want to put white
lights around that tree in the corner. I also want to get a cute string of lights, like maybe fruit lights or
margarita glasses or whatever I can find for a good deal. I have a feeling this is going to be an area where
we do the major things first – firepit, lights, garden, mow – and then gradually add more and more.

Check back for picture of the front flower beds once Steven has planted the flowers. You must know,
however, that Steven is not a landscaper by any means. I was so surprised that he bought all those
plants and I am going to be very happy with whatever he does.