Week 22: House Renovation, This and That

Last week wasn’t hugely exciting, but each and every thing that we accomplish gets me one day closer to moving in, so YAY for last week!  The dumpster was completely filled up, thanks to my neighbor cleaning out his garage.  I was happy to see it filled and ready to go.


Buh-bye junk and trash!  A week later, they still haven’t picked it up yet, so it’s nice and full now.


In the hall bath, I’ve been working on the beadboard wallpaper on one wall and taped it up next to the tub so I could run a bead of caulk down the side.


After caulking, sorry for the bad pics, the lighting in there is not great.  I’ll  paint this out with my white trim paint.


The vanity is all painted and I just put back on the old hardware on the doors.  I’m fine with them and didn’t feel like hunting down new ones, so until I can gut this bathroom, these will do just fine.


I used some paint we already had too, Windsor Greige by Sherwin Williams is what we used last year in my bathroom at my parent’s house.  It is a nice khaki beige color and looks nice and fresh.


This color is not accurate, it’s not this gold at all.  You can see how I put up the wallpaper to one level and then my 1×6 trim board will go across the top of it.  This is an way easy to hang it, you don’t have to worry about cutting it in at the top and the board sits right over the top.


This countertop will get painted with my Rustoleum Countertop Transformation kit in Onyx black this week. It has mauve and green tones in it now and it doesn’t work for me at all.

Dash and Albert diamond rug

On another big highlight, the wonderful folks at Wayfair sent me 3 runners for my stairs, the Dash and Albert khaki and white diamond pattern.  I don’t think I’ve ever told y’all that my dad’s name is Albert, have I?

Dash and Albert

I couldn’t help but try them out to see how they will look. I love them and I’m so blessed to get things for my house from companies that I love and believe me, I know it!  Blogging certainly has its perks and this is one of them.


Foyer stairs


Going up to the bedrooms.  I need to decide if this one is a little too wide and I might need to have it cut down a bit and rebound on one side to show the stairs a little more.  What do you think?  I’d like to show the stairs a little more.

Trying out Dash and Albert runner

The foyer has wide stairs, so I’m putting it right in the middle.  This one going upstairs is the least wide of all the stairs, so I might need to cut this one down just a bit.  Maybe just 3 or 4 inches.   I couldn’t be happier with them and of course, I’ll show you when I put them down.  I’m going to wait until all my furniture gets moved in before I try to finish the stair runners.  I know they will take a beating with furniture movers going in and out.


I have been busy with caulking all the seams and small nail holes from the nail gun.  That was a big job too, so glad it’s done.

caulked stairs

You can see here some of the caulking and sanding I did and all those white spots are nail holes filled with caulk.  I’ll give the white risers and the stairs another quick coat of paint and touch them all up, using tape on the sides to get a crisp line.  That shouldn’t take too long to finish.  Then, the runners will go in after I move in.  You can also see that dark stairs are not easy to keep clean, so I’m glad I’m putting down those runners.  In all the dust around here, every step taken on these stairs leaves a footprint for now.  One day, all the dust will be cleaned up and that will be a  happy day for sure!  It’s impossible to keep everything clean now.

LED under cabinet lighting

I’ve got an electrician working on getting all my lighting finished.  He did get my under cabinet lights in, LED’s from  Lowes and got them switched on the wall, so that makes me happy.


We are hiding the wires behind the kitchen window molding on this side.

Moen Annabelle faucet ORB

My new Moen Annabelle faucet went in last week too.  Thank you, Moen for sending me new faucets for my house!  I can’t say enough good things about them.  I had this same faucet in my old house and loved it.

dad patching wall

My dad patched the old plumbing hole, where the plumber took out the old sink plumbing in my master vanity area. My plumber was out last week and got all my plumbing needs finished, from the kitchen faucet, hooking up the ice maker, dishwasher, disposal, putting in a new toilet in my bathroom, taking out those pipes, and running a new gas line for my gas dryer.

Oh, and I bought a used washer and dryer on Craigslist too, $125 for both of them! I wasn’t looking forward to spending a bunch of money on a washer and dryer so I found a used set that I think will serve me well for quite a while. And finding a gas dryer was great!  One is a Whirlpool and one Kenmore, so they should be just fine.


I painted both bathrooms, the master bath is pained Sherwin Williams Quietude.  This is another color I had left over from my parent’s bath makeover earlier this year and it works with my colors I’m using in my bedroom.   That’s the old toilet that is now gone and the paint is still wet in this pic.


Soft and pretty blue green.  I think this bathroom will be nice once I’m finished with it.  Just painting the walls, vanities, and scrubbing the floors and tubs down will make the bathrooms almost new again.


I’ve decided that the master countertop, I can live with as is.  It’s not in bad shape and once I painted the walls and vanity, I actually kind of like the gold/sand color that it is now, so I’ll leave this one as is.  I will paint the mirror frame a color and get it looking better. As you can see, this is one small bathroom.


It’s not so bad now that everything is painted.

Lowes toilet

I went to Lowes and bought a brand spankin’ new toilet. The old one was really nasty and probably original to the house.  My sweet mama said to me one day,  I sure wish you could afford to get a new toilet in your bathroom.  I said to her, mom, I can afford a new toilet and for sure that is happening.  This one was recommended in the Consumer Reports magazine.  My dad has always read that magazine and taken product advice from it, so when this one was listed as a Good Buy for $100, that was all I needed to hear.  SOLD!

Lowes Aquasource toilet

The plumber got it all installed and it’s working great.  And, it’s 2” higher than most and that I love. Smile   So, there you go, if you need a new toilet, this is a good recommendation for Lowes Aquasource toilet.

And here’s the new Lowes toilet in place and ready to go.  And a peek at what we’re doing this week, working on installing the quarter round trim on the baseboards.


We also picked up new quarter round for all the baseboards, already primed from Appalachian Supply in Blue Ridge, GA.  They were cheaper than the big box stores.

Dad took a couple of days and painted 2 coats of trim paint on all of them and that’s what we’ll be tackling this week.  We’ll get out the miter saw and cut our quarter round to fit all the baseboards, covering up all the open seams of the hardwoods next to the baseboards.  This will really finish off the floors.  Some like to stain their quarter round, but I’m one who loves it white like the trim.  I’ll show you all that when we get it down.

Trim painted

All painted and ready to go.

So, this week we’ve got quarter round to put up and also the trim boards on my beadboard wallpaper and a little more trim work in a few other areas of the house.  Then that job will be done and  it will be time to move on to the kitchen backsplash.  That is the last big job we have, so I can’t wait to get to that one.  I’ll pick up subway tile from Floor and Décor this week and get ready for that one.

I still have closet shelves to prime and paint as well as my bifold closet doors and a few more air vents that need painting and installing. But, we sure are getting close to count down.  Oh, and I want to paint the ceiling of my laundryroom black, but I’m calling my painter friend back out for that.  He can get that done quick as a flash with his spray gun.  I’m going to paint the concrete floor in there too with some sort of pattern, so stay tuned for that.

I’m so ready to get moved in, but I know I’ll be happy I’m getting all the details done before I move in furniture.  That will make it so much easier when I get in there, not having to work around furniture and stuff.

Another week down and a few more to go and we’ll get to the goal!  I can’t wait! I’m still hoping for mid-October to get moved in. We’ll see how close I am to that date.

Thank you ALL as always for following along on this crazy house renovation journey!  5 months and counting!

Don’t forget, today is the kickoff for It’s Fall Y’all, and Layla begins with Tablescapes.  You’re sure to be inspired!

- Rhoda


  1. Looks great Rhoda and I’m loving the runner. I’ve been thinking about replacing our runner and you just inspired me to really want to do it! 🙂 Super cute pattern and it’s going to look fantastic on your new stairs. Yes, glad you opted for the new toilet as well 🙂

  2. Everything looks great !! Love the update !! Cant wait until the next one !

  3. Love the bathrooms and the beadboard wallpaper! Nice progress! The runners look fabulous too! Getting closer!

  4. I love everything you’ve done to your new home! The difference is astonishing between what it was, and what it has become; so fresh and pretty. The runner is beautiful but yes, you should cut it back as the stairs are such a pretty addition and seeing more of them would be nice. Soon you’ll be in!! So exciting!

  5. I’m so excited and can’t wait to see when you are totally done!

    I really love the kitchen faucet. I can already tell it will be a beautiful kitchen.

    Blessings, Rhoda!! Happy Fall!

  6. So glad I discovered your blog. I love your style. I’m a Southern gal from Atlanta transplanted up north for now. I have a ton of traditional furniture & rugs, and I like how you use traditional things but add some on-trend in things to mix it up. I have dark hardwood floors on my main level & stairs. Have been thinking of a runner to make stairs safer & to protect the finish. How will you attach your runner to keep from damaging the treads or risers?

    • Hi, MK, welcome, glad you found me! I can’t wait to get all my stuff out of storage and really start decorating again….and living in my new house. I’m going to use a stapler/brad nailer to attach my runner. I’ll be showing it later, so stay tuned!

  7. Just love following along on your journey to move into this new house! Those runners are just beautiful!

    By the way, you have the nicest, most hard-working parents I’ve ever seen!

  8. It all looks so wonderful. I’m enjoying the process, but I know the decorating will be the icing on the cake…lol

  9. I would cut down the runners a bit, Rhoda. Like you, I think they are prettier when you can see more of the stairs. It is good to see you are close to finishing up…can’t believe it has been five months. I have really enjoyed your updates each week. Looking forward to seeing all your decorating once you move in!!

  10. Because of you, I have a lot of black painted furniture, which I adore. My question is why a black ceiling in the laundry? I must have missed the laundry room update, so will have another look.

  11. Ruth Kilchenman says:

    You are doing an outstanding job, Rhoda! I love the runners, and I agree with you about cutting them down a bit. You’re getting so close to being finished and I’m so happy for you! Your parents are so adorable and what a treasure you have in them.

  12. Love the runner and yes I agree, it needs to be cut down a few inches!

  13. Loving it… all of it. I am sooo excited for you to move in and have your own space. I remember your other home and it was always my favorite place to have eye candy ♥. I cannot wait for you to post about doing your countertop in your bathroom. Once you do yours and show us how, I will do mine. It’s an awful ugly beige/yellow/cruddy color and we don’t want to spend money for a new one right now. A new face lift will be fine.

    ~ Lisa from Indiana ~

  14. I love everything you’ve been up to lately! Those runners look great, and so does your beadboard wallpaper. 🙂 Megan

  15. Debbi in Texas says:

    Love the updates. Have you considered painting the bathroom(s) door hardware until you find your replacements? I did all my bath hardware, including the shower surround (took it down and all apart, painted then put it back up and recaulked), the shower fixtures, the sink fixtures and the whirlpool fixtures in the master, plus the fixtures in the powder. Our third (guest) bath had already been upgraded a few years ago. We are moving and I didn’t want to invest in new fixtures to replace the ugly 90’s gold and wanted it to look updated. So I used Rustoleum Hammered Dark Bronze spray paint. FAN-tastic! Durable and CHEAP. Even the damaged areas near the water spout are covered and not visible. Your door hardware in silver could be fantastic. Love the updates.

    • HI, Debbi, I do have some Satin Nickel spray paint and may use that in my hall bath. I’m doing one bath in Nickel and one in oil rubbed bronze, mixing it up again.

  16. I am enjoying every bit of your journey Rhoda!

    Love those dash and albert runners. Great idea for the stairs. I agree about showing a bit more of stairs, too. Can’t wait to see more!

    We finished the new flooring at the condo. We did some of the work, but had it professionally installed. We went with laminate since the condo is strictly a weekend place. The pattern is Driftwood Pine. Just right for a lake place.
    I think we have had enough little projects for this year.:-) Of course, I could get another bright idea.

  17. Debbi in Texas says:

    And a side note, if you have not found them yet, Habitat ReStore takes in used and also NEW items from manufacturers (overstocks). Tiles, flooring, moldings, mirrors, lighting, appliances, hardware; you name it, at greatly reduced prices. The choices are limited but change often. Our ReStore has pallets of subway tiles right now. Check them out, and they get new stuff all the time. I missed out getting my new slipper tub at ours; someone beat me to it for $450, and sells $1150 at Lowe’s. http://www.atlantahabitat.org/restore

  18. I love following you on your projects you make them so easy to follow and not ashamed to make the same mistakes that we would all make. I was just wondering after following you on your other house, what is one thing you will not do again at another house…seems like I keep doing things and then changing my mind and redoing them…

    • Helen, you know it is hard to choose things that you think you are going to love for the long haul and I did learn many things from my first house I built back in the 80’s. I do think I’m choosing some classic things and hope that I will be happy with my choices down the road. It’s hard to say until 10 years down the road!

  19. I just want to know what type of vitamins you take. You have the energy of a six year old kid!!!!

    • Hope, I wish I had that much energy! Honestly, I feel like an old lady so many days, with the aches and pains that I get these days. Bending, stooping, kneeling, all of that kills my body. I just keep chugging along. My dad amazes me too, that man just keeps on going. We are a good team!

  20. Linda Coleman says:

    Always inspiring! So happy for you!

  21. Whew — I don’t envy the process of waiting. These projects can get frustrating at times, but they are so worth the wait. Hang in there!

  22. I had to laugh when I read in your post about the new toilet being 2″ higher than most. Isn’t it funny how much we appreciate that as we get just a tiny bit older? 🙂

  23. I swear all this work you’re doing is exhausting! I just can’t wait to see you move in. I think we’re all as excited as you are!
    Adore those Dash and Albert runners. You’re right, though, the one really is way too wide.

  24. I just Love the stair runner ! You gave me an idea! Thanks!

  25. your house is going to be so beautiful – I love the color in your bathroom, but most of all, I love your beadboard wallpaper.

    P.S. That 2 inches means everything if you ever have to get a knee replaced or anything like that. I hate toilets made for toddlers!

  26. Rhoda, I know you must be beside yourself now that you are so close to moving in! Love, love, love those runners, but I would cut the one down to show more of your beautiful steps. And I love your mama for looking out for your toilet needs!

  27. Your dear dad is such a treasure! I love the stair runner! Classic!

  28. I have found that I am getting more and more excited for these posts as everything has started to come together. You all have been working so hard. You’re parents are AMAZING! I am so very anxiously awaiting move in day. Those pictures are going to be awesome!

  29. Does your county have a toilet rebate? You could have that new toilet for free. I live in Gwinnett co. and got 2 free toliets.

  30. Check with your water department to see if they do rebates for new toilets. A lot of them do if your old toilet was before 1991 or something like that. I know Cherokee county does because that’s where I live and my parents live in Cobb county and did the same thing

  31. Is there no end to your dad’s energy? Unbelievable!! He does more than most people half his age. What an inspiration!

    Love the runners you received! I agree that they’re a bit too wide also, but the styles are fabulous.

    Can’t wait to see the countertop when you’ve finished painting it. I did something like that in our kitchen at the cabin about three years ago and so far it’s held up great.

  32. Nancy Speir says:

    Everything is looking good. I think the stairs look better with a thinner runner. They do look. Also I prefer the quarter rounds white.

  33. I have so enjoyed following your renovations. One thing I love is how you are choosing what you need to keep or reuse & what you can get new. Many times you read about renovations online & it seems there’s no thought at all to how much things cost. I know from reading your blog for a long time that this will be gorgeous even with some of the old things you kept, cleaned up or painted. I cannot wait to see it all finished! I’m looking forward to winter, spring & on to see you decorating for the seasons & holidays. :o)

    • Thank you, Jen! I’m trying to use some of what I have without totally gutting things, so I appreciate your comments. I’m falling in love with this house more and more every day. So much love and effort has gone into it!

  34. It’s looking fantastic! We all would love to live there. I really like your new stair runners. Such hard work for all of you but it is paying off for you. It will be a five star home.

  35. I love it all. I bet you are just chomping at the bit to get in there and decorate! I have to agree with you…I think the carpet needs cut down a bit. Show off those gorgeous stairs! I can’t wait to see your post on spray painting the bathroom counter top. I am curious as to how that turns out. Oh this is a bit of a nebby question…but what are your neighbors adding on to their house?? Making you smile… Once again, I love these posts!! ~Nancy from OHIO

    • Hey, Nancy, I’m nosy too! I have met that lady already & she told me they are adding on 2 bedrooms and a bathroom. I think some family members are moving/have moved in with them.

  36. Almost a real world project. Good to see the pacing of layers. Imagine without the perks of faucets etc.

    My garden is fabulous. Have been in my home 27 years. Most of that time the garden was a mere ‘dream’. But the layers were faithfully put in. Mostly by me.

    I know how to plant boxwood triple my weight. It’s not fast but it can be done. Girl power.

    When the layers are slow the ideas improve.

    Garden & Be Well, XO Tara

  37. Love seeing the renovation of a 70s split so much like mine. Have a full appreciation for all the hard work you’ve done. You got a whole lot of this and even more of that done for just one week. 🙂

  38. Marie in Va says:

    I love your runners!
    I’m getting ready to put one on our stairs-they are stained a dark color like yours. I really didn’t want an oriental style – what you’ve picked out looks great! I plan to see if our carpet guy has this style in stock. You’ve done such an amazing job- you’ve been a great motivator and inspiration! Can’t wait to see what’s next 🙂

  39. Mid-October!?! You are socloseIcantasteit! Almost there, just keep chugging along, your parents are just the sweetest things!


  40. HI, ladies! Thanks for the idea on the toilet rebate. I’m calling the Water Dept. tomorrow to find out the details. I definitely have the receipt! Ya’ll are the best!

    And, I think I’ve figured out a way to use my runners without cutting them, by turning the sides under and then stapling them. They have a great body to them and this should work without showing a bulge underneath.

  41. Delores LeBoeuf says:

    WOW, so much progress has been accomplished, ya’all should be very proud – all of those details are gonna shine and when your pretties get settled in place it’ll shine even brighter…cant wait to see more fotos. Love & Blessings, Lady Delores.

  42. Rhoda…I love love love those stair runners! Good call on cutting the one with the more narrow stairs, I totally agree. Your house is going to be scrumptious!

  43. I absolutely love the runners! I can’t wait to see them when you have them in place. They look gorgeous against that dark wood flooring!

  44. I love those Dash & Albert runners! When you mentioned Dash & Albert a post or two ago, I looked them up and fell in love! Plan to use one when I redo my stairs.

    What incredible work has been accomplished not only in the last week, but in F.I.V.E. months! Beautiful!

  45. The runner looks so pretty — I’d leave it alone 🙂 I see how you would want it less wide, but I think you’ll get used to it being a little wider soon.

    So wonderful to see it all come together! So happy for you.

  46. Sometimes we don’t always see the progress in a big job like this but as you say, each day is another day closer.

    I love the colour of the cabinets in the bathroom, they look great you may not even have to do a complete re-fit later just a new top maybe.

    I don’t think there are any hard and fast rules with stair runners but usually around 4″ on either side looks good.

    Look forward to next weeks update.

    Lee 🙂

  47. Fingers crossed for a speedy moving-in day. It’s been so much fun to follow the renovations from the beginning. Good luck with all the finishing touches, we’re all cheering for you!

  48. Pam from Sylaca says:

    You and your family have done a great job with your house. I am so proud for you. Is the paint you used in the bathroom a mold and mildew proof paint?

    • HI, Pam! Thanks so much and yes, that paint in the bathrooms is mold and mildew resistant, from Sherwin Williams. I was happy to reuse this paint, since we had leftovers.

  49. Hi Rhonda, love that you are sharing your new home renos with us.
    Your home is coming along quite nicely. Love that new runner.
    Can’t wait to see the finish!! Linda

  50. I think the stair runners- which are beautiful, by the way!- would look better if they were narrowed just a bit and bound with twill tape. Are you going to have twill tape on any of your blinds/window coverings? Maybe you could play off of that and coordinate with your window coverings just a bit.
    The house is beautiful and I cannot wait for you to move in and give us the grand, final (for phase one, at least) tour. So close. You give me hope that big projects like this really can be pulled off. Wish you were here to supervise us. We’re trying to get our house fixed up and ready to put on the market, but it’s quite a job with five kids!! Love your blog. Thanks for sharing your life with us. It truly blesses me! 🙂

  51. Your home looks fabulous! You and your family have made outstanding progress! When you need a project just come on down to the southside; I have plenty! You are such an inspiration! I love the faucet, stair runner and bath cabinets! It has come together beautifully! I’m so happy for you!

  52. Wow! You’ve got a lot going on! I can’t imagine working on that many things at the same time!

    Love the runner!

  53. Hi Rhoda: Your new home is certainly coming along nicely. It is interesting to read and see the journey of the house coming into readiness! We also have a laundry room that has a lot of heat pump pipes and other components that were not pretty, and I just painted over them the color I chose for the ceiling, and it does help to make it all disappear into the ceiling. Best of luck with all your continuing projects and hope you get to move in very soon!

  54. Oh dear you all are making me feel really lazy. 😉 I need to get in there and get that wallpaper off our master bathroom wall and finish painting my kitchen and dining room! So many unfinished projects around here but maybe I will better soon so I can get mine done. 🙂

    LOVE what all you’ve done and like someone else said I know even though you’re leaving some things as they are it will be awesome because everything you do in decorating looks wonderful so I trust you to. 🙂
    Yes your Dad and Mom are just so amazing to me and you can just see the love they have for you in all the things they have done! How inspiring they are!
    You’re sooooooo close!!! 🙂

  55. I am new here Love it ! I have read through your blog and I am so happy you got a house it is going to be so much fun decorating it , I can’t wait to see .God Bless your sweet little mom and dad ,you are blessed to have them for sure.

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