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.






House Update – fireplace, laundry area, 3rd bedroom, and….roof!

Hello again everyone! It’s been a while since the last posting but projects were worked on. We also went on a week long, much needed vacation to Colorado. We intend to fill our walls with our pictures from there! So pretty!

We’ve just about finished our fireplace project. The fireplace area was OK looking before but we felt it lacked proper color and contrast. Here’s some pics to show how the work went down.

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Our fireplace has fangs!!


Needs some transition trim between the wood floor and the tile but is just about done.

We also FINISHED the laundry area!! Woo! Added in shelves for towels, laundry stuff, table clothes, etc. Then added in louver doors and put the trim back.

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Then we got started on the 3rd bedroom. Ripped out the LAST of the smelly carpet! Another woo! Filled holes and painted. Next will be installing flooring. I think we’ve got this room thing down to a pattern haha!



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Here’s what we have so far.

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The overall roof is good but, as you can see from these pics, the ridges were not doing so good.


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Mark cutting the ridge shingles.


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Also, another little fun buy for our front porch…teal chairs! I’ve been eyeing these at Lowes all summer. Got them on sale a month ago. Score! Would love to add a little table and/or outdoor pillows on them.

Love my chairs! Sorry for the leaves on the porch. It’s been super windy around here!

Now that we are back from our awesome vacation, we will be back to work on some larger projects. I haven’t even mentioned one of our larger projects that we will be tackling soon…stay tuned to find out what it is!

House Update – Bathroom and Living room

Hey everyone! We have some more updates to catch you all up on. Family came to visit last week and this weekend, so M&M had a break! Before that though, we were like busy bees doing projects. I’ve been inquired why I (Margaret) don’t take pictures of all the processes being done. Well, I will answer that here. I’m the other hands making these processes happen! haha Certain projects and objects are a bit much for just Mark to handle and he needs another set of hands. 🙂 Below are some of the things we’ve been doing. Check it out!

Bathroom vanity before:

This is the original bathroom vanity. We put it on Craigslist if anyone is looking for a vanity this size. It’s pretty good quality but just not the style we were wanting.



Bathroom vanity after:

This is the new vanity! It’s a beautiful granite top that we just love. Gradually, the bathroom is coming together.



Living Room before:

Just want to note that earlier pictures of the living room are located in older posts. Once rooms are completely done, we can put the whole progression of it together. As you can see in these first pics that we ripped out the carpet (which was very smelly). Of all the rooms, I’ve been looking forward to working on the living room the most. lol

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We painted the living room a light gray.



Here’s Mark in the midst of putting in the same wood laminate floor seen throughout the other rooms.



Living room after:

Here is the living room with the paint done and the flooring almost done. We still have to put in transition pieces to the kitchen and the exterior doors. The trim also is going to be nailed in soon. We will also hang some pictures on the walls very soon too.

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Our living room is an interesting shape which includes an area for a table near the kitchen. We wanted to put ours in the kitchen which leaves an awkward space in the back of the living room. I came up with the idea of a reading nook in the back corner. Fun fact about me….I love to read! This layout may change someday when we get or make a larger second table. For now though, this works great. 🙂


This is another area of the living room that is a different shape. I’m still trying to figure out what makes sense in this area. For now, there’s extra chairs and a lamp. For the wall, we were thinking of putting some of our pictures in a collage. (with frames) Maybe a family or vacations wall?


Here is the tile we plan to do on the fire place. We also have to put back the glass in front of it as well once that’s done. Then we have to figure out the tile to go on the bottom areas. Probably a gray toned one.


So that’s what we have now. I love seeing the whole house done at the end, but I have to admit, I love seeing the progression as well. I’ve learned for myself that sometimes the travel to get to a goal is just as important as getting to the goal. We love to put hard work into things and see and enjoy the results afterwards. The work makes the enjoyment even more. 🙂

Stay tuned for updates soon!

Living Room – Built in Shelves

We love the size of our living room and the huge back doors and windows it has. However, the colors and flooring are not quite what we want. The carpet even smells a bit. M&M to the rescue! Disclaimer: This room is not finished yet but just giving an intro to it.

Before pics: (need to get a pic of the back door)

As you can see, this is when we were first moving in. Sorry for the focus on the vacuum cleaner in the pics haha that wasn’t on purpose.



We decided to go a little more neutral and paint the cabinets and the fireplace a bright white.








This is all we have so far in the living room but stay tuned for changes soon! We plan to paint and floor it similar to the master bedroom.