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The trials and tribulations of renovating

The trials and tribulations of renovating

It’s always something! We’ve been doing this long enough to know that nothing ever goes smoothly. We know that we will almost always be over budget on at least a few things and that things will almost always take longer than expected, but this is getting ridiculous! We’ve had a few issues with the quality … Continue reading

The First Month

We have officially owned the Steele St house for one month! Which means, it’s time to recap what we’ve done so far. And while it may feel like this project is taking forever, I think I’ll be quite amazed after listing out all that we’ve done! Week 1 – read more here Tore out kitchen … Continue reading

February – A No Spend Month

Have you read about these crazy people who don’t spend money for an entire month (here, here and here)? Sounds like craziness to me! So crazy in fact, that I think I want to try it. But this challenge doesn’t really seem like one that you can take on half-heartedly. It’s either no spending on … Continue reading

House Improvements

We’ve been busy working on our final list of projects around the house in order to get ready for our home appraisal. Nope – we aren’t selling. But we are refinancing! And I’m so happy – for many reasons. 1) Refinancing and getting a home appraisal is forcing us to finish up the final touches … Continue reading

Meal Planning – Part 2

Meal Planning – Part 2

In my first meal planning post I walked through these steps: Checking the calendar for days that I needed meals – indicating which days I need quick, no prep meals I put together a list of my favorite meals and recipes I created my grocery list by going through my recipes for the meals I … Continue reading

The Kitchen – Countertops

The Kitchen – Countertops

And we’re back… We finally got the countertops – after about 5 weeks of incommunicado from our local big box store. Frustrating. But finally done.   We decided to go with quartz product from Silestone. It’s slightly lighter in color than what we previously had. I think it really brightens the room – and Seth … Continue reading

Painting Tile

More painting? Really, Erin, haven’t we already addressed that you have a painting problem? Well, let me share this fun little project – and yes, it sortof involves painting. I took on the task of remodeling our basement bathroom last winter (see here,┬áhere, here and here). But I never quite tackled the shower since I … Continue reading

Ahh, shelves

http://instagr.am/p/MoxV4zN6tS/ Yes my friends. That is a shelf. The shelf that I’ve been dreaming of to fit in the tiny space above our throne in the main bath. And for my lovely acceptance speech: I’d like to thank Lowe’s and the Allen & Roth collection for supporting ne and making this bathroom (almost) complete. Without … Continue reading

Hello, July!

Hello, July!

Seriously, where does the time go? I can’t believe it’s July. That means we are half way through the year (yikes!), I get to celebrate both of my brothers’ birthdays, my favorite sister-in-law brings the kids out so I can spoil them endlessly on vacation, and I get to go to the Florence and the … Continue reading

Bathroom #3 – Reveal

Bathroom #3 – Reveal

Project: Main Bathroom Remodel Date: June 29, 2009 Phase: Walk through before purchasing the house Date: March 7, 2012 Phase: Demolition   Date: April 15, 2012 Phase: The Reveal   And there you have it. Our third and final bathroom remodel!   Source List: Floor tile – Floor and Decor discount store Shower tile – … Continue reading