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August 2016

Decor, DIY Project, The Bathroom, The house, The Mudroom

Windows and Tile and Mudding – Oh My!

If you haven’t gathered this by now, let me reiterate the fact that I have an incessant need to buy only things from the thrift store or on sale. Before I could even purchase things with my own money, it was ingrained into my brain that I should NEVER buy anything full price. So it comes as no surprise that I was in deal-finding heaven this past weekend when my parents took Brett and I to this builder’s outlet warehouse. It’s called Building Materials Outlet and it is in Eagan, Minnesota –  ...

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Decor, DIY Project, The Dining Room, The Kitchen

When the Table Makes the Kitchen

When we moved into the house, I was not a huge fan of the kitchen. Between the cupboards and the layout, nothing seemed right. After painting the kitchen cabinets and island, it started to come together a little more. Paint can do wondering things to a space and it definitely helped with the kitchen. However, even with the mini-makeover, I still felt like it wasn’t right; something was off. Last year, Brett and I refinished our kitchen table. We sanded the entire top, down to the  ...

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Decor, The Bedroom, The house

The Quick & Easy Guide to Furniture Distressing

There is just something so wonderful about painting and distressing furniture. I love the way the old wood shows through the paint. I love that no two pieces ever turn out the same. I love that a newly painted piece can still have that rustic look with just some sand paper. Distressing furniture is my absolute favorite. Not only because I love the look, but on a scale of one to amateur, it scores pretty well in the, “anyone can do this and not mess it up” category. If you’re loving the  ...

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The house

The Home Tour: Six Months

We’re heading into month six of this crazy home renovation journey. SIX MONTHS. And what better way to welcome the half-year mark then to show off the progress? The Outside   What has been done? Removed the small fire pit. Cut down two trees that had the purple pea pod-looking things. Removed the ramp going to the front door and back door. Secured the post on the porch so it was actually secured to the house. Moved the daylilies randomly planted everywhere to the backyard. Put up a  ...

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