All good things must come to end…

Yep. It’s true. We decided to sell.  It was probably the biggest renovation we have ever tackled.

From this…

To this…


Yes…same room, a little different huh?

Here some more changes I hope you really like!




This was was one of the first big updates we made…


And boy were we happy with it…


Ok, and how ‘bout this…


I’m not missing those pink walls at all!


This was a fun room to redo…


We removed the carpet, hoping the hardwood was underneath…guess what, it was…


This was a great room to redo because not a lot needed to be done but the changes we made, mage quite an impact..


We just changed the color of the walls, added new carpet and brought in the new project system.  Lots of sleepovers and movies have been watched in this room….I’m sure there’s popcorn underneath the sofa.


Its been quite an under taking!  But, it so awesome to see all the hard work pay off and now another family will get to enjoy it!

It’s gettin’ hot in herree….

The fireplace really has been blessing.   When it gets cold in the morning, it’s so nice to turn it on and let it warm the room.  Plus, the warm glow from a fireplace is so lovely.  I love having one in the Master Bedroom, but, it’s ugly.  I hate to call anything ugly; ugly is so ugly.  I remember when we lived in the South, mom’s would say to their children “now don’t be ugly” (meaning: quit acting so mean) …I think that’s where I decided I didn’t like the word ugly because I don’t like it when kids act ugly (or maybe when the mom’s called their kids ugly).   So, let’s use unsightly.  The problem is, every morning, we wake up and see the unsightly fireplace.  It doesn’t change…every morning, fireplace.  Every night, fireplace.  I tried looking at other places in the room, but, couldn’t help but look at the eye sore.  Which of course, was the fireplace.  Maybe at one time it wasn’t so plain, but, with age and being compared to other fireplaces, it needs a lift.

Tell me that doesn’t need alittle TLC (The Lovely Construct)


The tile was a tile that would be used in a shower or spa, not a fireplace.  The decision was made, FIX THAT FIREPLACE!  That’s a show waiting to happen…

So, I think I have looked at some many different tiles for this thing.  I saw a fireplace that had this tile:



It isn’t the same fireplace, but it looks like the one in our neighbors house.  I didn’t want them to think I had hearth envy.  Plus, I didn’t want to ask “can i pop a pic of your hearth”?  I’m sure there would be a look of confusion on that one…is that what they call it now addays…my hearth?…please leave, now!

So after looking at endless photo’s of fireplaces (If I just spent a little more time on Pinterest said no one ever).  We came up with something I really hadn’t thought of, but, looks so good with the bathroom.

I know what you are thinking. Too much?  Too dark?  Too late.  It’s done.  No turning back.  So, once the ring is on the finger, there’s no turning back…I mean, once the tiles cut, it’s a go.

It wasn’t as bad as I thought it was going to be.  We thought the tile would be hard to remove…and it wasn’t…I mean not for me cuz I didn’t do it.  I just took the pictures.

Anyway, it was a day project.  We decided not to remove the mantel because we just didn’t want to get into a bigger project repairing walls and adding new molding.  So we gambled.  We gambled on it still looking good.  And this time, it worked.

Here’s a side by side hearth action….

I know, I know, what a difference.  Why did we wait so long?  Cuz it costs money, that’s why!  But money well spent I’d say!

Loads of fun!

After we moved everything back into the kitchen and saw how good it looked, we decided the laundry room needed a facelift.  Nothing too extravagant, just a few updates.

This is what we started with..,


Cute right? The cabinets are really nice and decided not to change the counter top.  But, a few other things needed to be updated.

First,  we eliminated the intercom system.   The intercoms were everywhere.   There was an intercom in the master bathroom!  Thank you, but I’m sorry, I don’t need a intercom in my bathroom!  I know we are all about be “connected” but, that’s way too much connectedness.  I guess it could be useful like when you’re in need of paper products, kind of like placing an order at Wendy’s, “yes, I’d like a single with everything an a roll of tp”.  Anything an intercom could provide is not anything I need in a bathroom.  There were 5 intercoms alone in the laundry room so we disconnected them from the main system, pulled them out and had the wall patched.

Another step as one of the major updates, that didn’t cost a lot was painting the wood trim white and removing the dark blinds.  It closed the room off and didn’t bring in a lot of light.  So, off with the blinds and paint the trim.  I really think that made one of the biggest differences to open the room up and make it feel bigger.


Steve also painted the ceiling and I painted the walls.  Finally found the right “griege”…some grays were too purple and some too blue.  The paint color is a Sherwin Williams brand called Sedate Gray.  Sedate Gray, doesn’t that sound like a pill for anxiety?  Sedate Gray, take one and you won’t care what color your wall is!


We then added crown molding and it finishes a room.  We only added a 5” and didn’t stack them and kept them white to bring a crisp freshness to the room.


The linoleum looks really good in the picture.


But, looks can be deceiving.  It wasn’t cute, at all.  Pretty dingy and positioned next to bright wood floors, really made the dinge stand out.  I’ve been reading a ton about luxury vinyl tile and thought “what the heck, let’s do this!”  After researching for some time now, I found one that coordinated with the counter tops.  It’s Metrofloor Engage.


We choose Smokehouse because it coordinated with the granite in the kitchen.  Plus, I thought it would hide dirt because this is where we primarily enter the house.

After reviewing many, and  I mean MANY,  videos on how to install this, Steve and I decided to get it done.  Once you get the hang of it, it lays pretty easily.  You just have to make sure it’s connected correctly and snaps together securely.


Looking good!  At this point we both realized we could really finish this project and it’s not going to look awful!  There was some cutting of the tiles that was required around the cabinets but it wasn’t that difficult.  I’m just always cautious around things that could cut fingers off and really am proud we both have all  our fingers left after completing this project.  That will be the question to ask for doing other projects, could we cut off a finger?  Circle yes or no.  No…let’s try this ourselves.  Yes…. let someone else more experienced do it.


To finish, I found this rug from Amazon (Surprise!) and flexible laundry hampers in black from Walmart.


Last, but, not least, I found this cute mirror at Rusty Galore in Battle Ground.


This is great for checking yourself out before you leave for the day!

More Pictures of the Kitchen

It’s been awhile!  I’ve been busy with many projects and will post once all are complete.  I did want to add more pictures of the kitchen that Dave from Kitchen Concepts took.  So here they are.

Jeff found the bar stools that fit perfectly in the opening.  They were tough to out together but, we did it!


So happy to say that the kitchen renovation is complete!  After a few weeks of moving everything back in we can say it’s complete.  Here’s a peak of the finished work.

The funny thing about this remodel it looks so good, now every room has to rise to its level!  Next on the project list, the laundry room.

We have a Pantry!

Well..almost.  But we are getting closer.

When we moved into the house, we noticed there really wasn’t a pantry.  Oh sure, we had closets that we used for the pantry, but, both were small and didn’t really work well.


So we decided we needed to carve out a space and remove the fireplace.  The fireplace didn’t work well anyway and the cost to improve it surely wasn’t an incentive to keep it.  Out goes the fireplace!


We also removed a closet that was in the Laundry Room to make the new pantry more spacious.  It was a catch all for stuff that should have been in the garage anyway.


Drywall, texture and paint next!  It’s getting there.

I added the brick wallpaper….that was fun!  And really not hard to put up at all.


Now comes shelves, trim caulking and repainting.


More patch, paint and more braces and trim….


Next, the wine racks!  We looked all over the place for cool wine racks.


Jeff found them on Etsy (Island Woods and Design).  They were made to order per our dimensions.  There are 16 hooks on each rack.  We bought three.  And wine to go in them!

Last, but, certainly not least, the door!  We wanted a barn door look without the barn door.  Jeff found the brackets at Krown Hardware in Portland.  I repainted the door and Jeff found the handle to match all our handles in the kitchen.




Crazy happenings with the “hood”

After we bought the cabinets, I knew we were going to have a cool looking hood.  I just didn’t know how it would look.  I knew once it was placed it would bring a finished look to everything.

So this is where we started from.

It’s a well used kitchen I’d say.  Love that it’s getting a makeover.  First things first, removal of cabinets and counter.

That’s quite a change in a little over 2 weeks!  Next, the tile comes off.

Tile is tough.  Not an easy task to remove a backsplash.  The tile was green and a mixture of other colors.  When we painted it the Divine White color (which isn’t really a white…more like a beige) it went ok with the backsplash, but not great.

Next in our makeover recipe we add new drywall and texture.

Stir in some paint and cabinets.

Add the tile and stove.

Now for the part you’ll really like!

Almost there.  Can’t wait to get the cardboard off the counter to get the entire effect!


Well dressed walls

I really never thought that a wall could be dressed, but, it’s a thing!  So far the walls have been textured and painted.  It’s now time for molding.  We really wanted meaty molding because the room is so big.  We were looking for something like this Image from “Little green notebook” for the base trim.


After a few conversations with Ed, our General Contractor, we came up with this.


The new molding replaced a smaller 5″ molding we first installed when we moved in.  We were just going to add to it but decided to replace it with the larger  7-1/4 inch molding.

The last time we had molding installed, we opted for no quarter round.  I’m happy we decided to add it, it gives it a much more finished look.


After it gets installed, I’ll have to apply another coat of paint on the base;  I only put one coat on and it needs at least two.





Nerves of Steel…Stainless that is!

We have moved many different times.   We’re talking double digits here.  And no, not because I’m running from the law!  New jobs or new homes drive our wanderlust.

There’s nothing like moving day.  It’s so exciting.  Promises of new adventures; new cities to figure out and truly live in.  But, moving is stressful.  You think with all those moves one would get used to it.  But you can become good and packing boxes or organizing a move, but, there are always elements that are out of your control when it comes to moving.

We decided to have our appliances moved in and boy am I glad we did.  The movers we chose were awesome (Big Al’s Moving).  Probably the best movers I’ve ever worked with (we’ve moved ourselves quite a few times, so we are included in the mix).  They were careful, gave suggestions and were all round good people.

The appliances we chose are heavy duty.  The stove weighs in at a hefty 750 lbs!  750 lbs! They moved that weight.  I couldn’t watch.  But they placed it in it’s spot and it looks like it’s always been there…without the tags of course.

This one has a griddle for all those hot cakes we’ll be making!

The refrigerator is a monster too and once again, I had to leave the room.  Couldn’t watch them move it in to place.


They must have thought I was crazy running in and out of the room.  That’s where the stress comes in.  Since the floors were finished, they warned me about finishing them BEFORE the appliances because, you know, something could happen and it gets scratched.  Plus, I didn’t want anyone to get hurt lifting this stuff.  I know, I know, they do this for a living and they know how to lift, but, still, anything can happen.

The big appliances came as well as the smaller items; microwave, dishwasher and compactor.  The hole for the microwave just seemed WAAAY too small and I didn’t think it would fit.  REORDER!


I kept walking by it when the microwave thinking, there’s no way.  NO WAY.  But, yes way.

Looks so good.  And to think we weren’t even going to have a microwave!  The plan was to put it in the island.  We rethought it and realized we didn’t want to have to bend down to microwave something all time.  We’d like to stand, thank you very much, when we get our radiated food.

The dishwasher we purchased is Asko.  Now a 2011 commercial shows people bringing their dishes over to wash them in the Asko Dishwasher.  I hope to he#$ no one brings there dishes over to clean.  Hey, I’d do it, but, it would be weird and uncomfortable.  Plus, I have a hard time getting my dishes into the dishwasher to clean, so why would I want to clean someone elses….getting all their food particles mixed up with ours…yuck…but I digress.




Mo’ Floors!

Did I mention we were redoing the floors?   Did I mention it was quite an under taking?  But, it will be worth it.  I guess when the floors are finished it’s just a few weeks ’til the finish line, right?

Just as a reminder, this is what we started with.  When we bought the home, there was carpet and light maple floors.

The first time we had Kips Hardwood in, they weaved in new maple and stained and finished coated with a Satin finish.

First time finishing.

When we decided to remove the wall and add a new kitchen, the floors had to change too.  So once again, more hardwoods are applied to the floor and weaved in.

Same process.  Sanding, staining and this time we wanted a semigloss top coat.  The finished product looks great!