House Renovation: Before and After Photos

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This was a fun post to put together and recap!  I loved looking back. I mentioned recently that it's been 2 years since I moved into my new/old house.  It's been quite the 2 year journey, after getting settled in and past all the renovating we did in 6 months.  I moved in as soon as I could, but there were still plenty of projects left to do and still a few more I'm going to complete next … [Read more...]


Adding Planks to a Fireplace Mantel

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Another project I can cross off my list now is adding planks to the top of my fireplace, above the reclaimed mantel.  I don’t mind the rock, it was just TOO much rock, so I wanted to calm it down and add some light to that side of the room.  All that rock sucks the light right out of that space, even with windows on either side.  Besides, I can now decorate a prettier mantel having a creamy white … [Read more...]


Den Space Decorated!

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My downstairs den space has been the one that has taken me the longest to get together.  I had “stuff” piled in the corner for at least a year and then earlier this year my dad and I completed the built in Billy bookcases that I had wanted to install in there, making a cozy corner space instead of nothing.  This is a long and large room, with plenty of room for a couple of separate seating areas … [Read more...]


My Termite Protection Plan: Update & {Giveaway}

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A few weeks ago, I wrote about trying to decide what sort of termite protection plan I would go with. After being in this house for 2 years now, I knew I needed to address that and not wait for something bad to happen.  So, I began doing research and called 4 companies for bids on their plans.  It was an informative time of finding out the particulars of how all of this works.  It seems that years … [Read more...]


Building a Retaining Wall

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I so remember driving up to my house 2 and 1/2 years ago when we first looked at it.  The yard, with its sad and pitiful lack of landscape and the little front stoop that had no curb appeal at all was the first thing I took in.  It was a pathetic first impression, but I knew once I got the house that I could improve upon that curb appeal.  I could see it in my head.   I knew my house needed a … [Read more...]


Outdoor Lantern Solar Lighting

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One of the things I wanted to accomplish after getting my front yard landscaped was adding landscape lights.  And wow, have these changed over the years.  You can still put in those landscape lights that have buried lines and plug them into an electrical outlet, but solar lights have also improved over the years.  I remember a few years ago I tried solar lights and they were not very bright.  I … [Read more...]


Termite and Pest Control Protection

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One of the things that we all have to deal with as homeowners is termite and pest control protection.  I’ve taken the chance before and didn’t get termite plans in place at my previous house from years ago, but that’s not the wise thing to do.  So, now I’m shopping for a termite protection plan for this house.  So, today, I’m going to talk about that process and what it looks like.  Trying to … [Read more...]


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