Remodeling During the Winter


Cedar board wall



Bead board for edges. Gives it a country/more interesting look.


Kitchen/Living room

Changing location of bathroom door. Covering where it was in the kitchen.






The Tear Down

In the last post I said there was a big project we’ve been working on. We are adding a shower area to our second bathroom! This bathroom was formerly a half bath and fairly small but now it will be a full bath. The area that we expanded back to was the former crawl space “room.” Yeah, the crawl space entrance had it’s own “room” and door in the garage devoted to it. LOL We moved the crawl space entrance to the cleaning supplies closet. As you can see in the pictures, we brought down the wall dividing the two rooms. We are in the process of filling in the former door entrance.


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After (still in progress):

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As you can see in previous posts, the location for the laundry items was moved to a former storage area. That move caused an empty area in the kitchen that needed to be filled. The former plumbing connections had to be covered over as well. We debated for a while for what would be best to put there.



We decided to put another set up white cabinets. More storage and counter space, yes!! The bottom cabinet was cut in order to match the height of the other cabinets.

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After: (still in progress)


We did a few small changes including putting up blinds in the kitchen and 3rd bedroom and changing out the old fans in the living room. We also finished up the flooring by adding in stained dividers to match the floor.



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We found an awesome and practical addition for my work. A new desk! Well, new to me LOL. As you can see in the picture, it has a wood top with LOTS of space for my computer and other items. It has two drawers and the bottom area is painted black and a little worn. (adds that country look that I like ;-))In this picture, it has my(Margaret) BS degree from Purdue to give me some inspiration as I do my work endeavors.


Stay tuned to see the project we are working on in the other bathroom! Hint: It involves great smelling cedar wood. 😉

House Status – Coming along in many different rooms!

For today’s post, I’m going to present which projects we’ve done, are doing, and will be doing all at once for each post. There always seems to be multiple projects going on with ones “on deck.” haha I guess you could call this the “progress report” then. Today, luckily, we will be taking a break for the evening and going to a concert in the park near us. As a good friend of mine told me, it’s important to take a break every once in a while. As exciting as these projects are, it does become overwhelming and it’s important that we refresh. Gotta make sure we squeeze in our M&M time too! So before I bore you too much, here’s our progress report. 🙂

Laundry Room Before (not the total beginning though – that’s found in an older post):

Here we have all of the drywall and drywall mud up for the laundry area. Also, we pulled out the carpeting in the hallway, so what you see is the OSB sub-flooring.

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Laundry Room After:

Painted, base trim, and flooring all in! IMG_4876

My washer and dryer that sing to me before and after they’re done. I probably love that WAY too much. lol IMG_4903

Putting in more hallway flooring. IMG_4899

Kitchen Before:

Disclaimer: Kitchen is not done yet but will get there eventually. The kitchen originally was not horrible but just isn’t our taste. We wanted to go a little more modern and the roosters just didn’t make the cut. lol

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Kitchen After:

We want to go a little more neutral with our colors so we went with a semi-gloss grayish white for the walls. We now have a fridge and stove in there. We want to replace the counter tops and put up a back splash. Cabinets will probably fill the area that was formerly for the laundry. Crown molding around the room may be a possibility to add a nice touch because we feel the edges around the ceiling are a little dull right now. Maybe the roosters were important to the design?hmm…….nah! IMG_4883IMG_4881IMG_4888 IMG_4885

Back splash to go up in the kitchen. We are also going to do this on the fireplace. 🙂


Bathroom Before:

Disclaimer: Well, just like all of the other disclaimers…not done. Here is the larger bathroom of the two. The wall color is WAY too dark for our taste. It was a very dark brown. So as you can imagine, we want to lighten up this room and add a little more “airiness.” For some reason the shower picture came out with blue walls? Not sure how that happened. full bath 2 full bath1 full bath4

Bathroom After:

We painted the bathroom the same color as the kitchen. It does seem very bright but we will definitely have other colors and decor in there. We plan to replace the counter top, put back the mirror and lights, and put in tiling or wainscoting in that lower half. I’m voting for wainscoting, but we’ll see. We just got our counter top last night and love it! Can’t wait to put in in. 🙂

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Well, that’s where I’ll leave you for now. Plenty more to come soon!