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A picture showing the kitchen and apron wall.

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Trimming Out Our Kitchen End Panel

See how we easily installed custom trim work to our kitchen cabinet end panel. With our kitchen remodel almost coming to an end (and the full reveal coming soon!!), I wanted to share about a few more details that have really enhanced our kitchen. To add another custom touch, we wanted to trim out our […]

See how we easily installed custom trim work to our kitchen cabinet end panel. With our kitchen remodel almost coming to an end (and the full reveal coming soon!!), I wanted to share about a few more details that have really enhanced our kitchen. To add another custom touch, we wanted to trim out our […]

A picture of our finished master bathroom.

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Our Master Bathroom Is Finished

Our master bathroom is finished! Take the tour to see all the finishes we selected, as well as the terrible before photos. This is one great before and after! I’ve been so excited to share the big, exciting news! Our master bathroom is finished! And I’m sharing the big reveal below. When we bought our […]

Our master bathroom is finished! Take the tour to see all the finishes we selected, as well as the terrible before photos. This is one great before and after! I’ve been so excited to share the big, exciting news! Our master bathroom is finished! And I’m sharing the big reveal below. When we bought our […]

A sneak peek picture of the downstairs bathroom.

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An Update On Our Downstairs Bathroom Remodel

Below I’m sharing an update on our downstairs bathroom remodel and how far we’ve come with making this bathroom complete.  At the beginning of the year, I shared the plans for our downstairs bathroom remodel. What was once a tiny powder bathroom and a small walk in closet with its own window is quickly turning […]

Below I’m sharing an update on our downstairs bathroom remodel and how far we’ve come with making this bathroom complete.  At the beginning of the year, I shared the plans for our downstairs bathroom remodel. What was once a tiny powder bathroom and a small walk in closet with its own window is quickly turning […]

A picture of our new stair handrail.

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Our New Stair Handrail

 See how our new stair handrail has completely updated our home. Visible from nearly every space in the house, it’s amazing how this update changed the overall look of our home.  We’ve finally done it! Out with the old and in with the new! Our new stair handrail is installed and I can’t believe what […]

 See how our new stair handrail has completely updated our home. Visible from nearly every space in the house, it’s amazing how this update changed the overall look of our home.  We’ve finally done it! Out with the old and in with the new! Our new stair handrail is installed and I can’t believe what […]

A picture of our unfinished kitchen.

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2021 Project Goals

Below I’m sharing our 2021 project goals and the plans we have to keep our home transformation going. Every year, at the start of the year, I like to sit down and really think about what our house project goals are for the year. Since Todd and I do all of these projects on a […]

Below I’m sharing our 2021 project goals and the plans we have to keep our home transformation going. Every year, at the start of the year, I like to sit down and really think about what our house project goals are for the year. Since Todd and I do all of these projects on a […]

A picture of the kitchen open shelves and backsplash.

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2020 Project Overview

How did we do on our project goals for 2020? Find out below as I share our 2020 project overview. Now that we’re fresh into a new year, I wanted to look back and share our 2020 project overview and see how we came out on all of our project goals we set at the […]

How did we do on our project goals for 2020? Find out below as I share our 2020 project overview. Now that we’re fresh into a new year, I wanted to look back and share our 2020 project overview and see how we came out on all of our project goals we set at the […]

A picture of the vertical paneling and open shelves installed in the kitchen.

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Vertical Planking & Open Shelves In The Kitchen

See how we installed vertical planking & open shelves in the kitchen to make it feel bigger and brighter! Our kitchen has come a long, long way. After we had our backsplash installed, it was time to add vertical planking and open shelves in the kitchen. From the very beginning when we were designing the […]

See how we installed vertical planking & open shelves in the kitchen to make it feel bigger and brighter! Our kitchen has come a long, long way. After we had our backsplash installed, it was time to add vertical planking and open shelves in the kitchen. From the very beginning when we were designing the […]

A picture of the new laminate countertops and backsplash.

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Laminate Countertops & Backsplash

The secret is out: Our kitchen has laminate countertops & backsplash! See how we made it look like real marble! It’s been a hot minute since I’ve shared anything about our kitchen, but so much has changed lately! It’s time I shared an update on one of the biggest additions yet, our laminate countertops and […]

The secret is out: Our kitchen has laminate countertops & backsplash! See how we made it look like real marble! It’s been a hot minute since I’ve shared anything about our kitchen, but so much has changed lately! It’s time I shared an update on one of the biggest additions yet, our laminate countertops and […]

A picture showing our new back patio.

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Our New Back Patio

Late last summer we had our back concrete patio replaced. It was such an exciting and house transforming project! We did all the demo ourselves and even though it was hard work, it was so fun to see that beat up, cracked and crumbling patio removed and replaced with a much better and larger concrete […]

Late last summer we had our back concrete patio replaced. It was such an exciting and house transforming project! We did all the demo ourselves and even though it was hard work, it was so fun to see that beat up, cracked and crumbling patio removed and replaced with a much better and larger concrete […]

A picture of the finished dining room cabinet.

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Customizing Our Ikea Pax Dining Room Cabinet

Today I’m sharing how we customized our Ikea Pax dining room cabinet. It’s the perfect way to add character to Ikea cabinets while staying on budget.  Our kitchen is small. We don’t have a ton of storage, and that’s something our entire house lacks as well. Getting creative and adding places to store our items […]

Today I’m sharing how we customized our Ikea Pax dining room cabinet. It’s the perfect way to add character to Ikea cabinets while staying on budget.  Our kitchen is small. We don’t have a ton of storage, and that’s something our entire house lacks as well. Getting creative and adding places to store our items […]

A picture of the new garage doors.

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New Garage Doors

Our New Garage Doors are installed and our exterior is looking better than ever! If you remember back when I shared our 2020 project goal list, adding new garage doors was at the top of our list. We worked on the exterior of our home so much last summer, and we made really great progress […]

Our New Garage Doors are installed and our exterior is looking better than ever! If you remember back when I shared our 2020 project goal list, adding new garage doors was at the top of our list. We worked on the exterior of our home so much last summer, and we made really great progress […]

A picture of the finished stairs.

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DIY Staircase Makeover

Are you ready for a big transformation? Our DIY staircase makeover has made a huge difference for our home! If there’s been one project that’s been glaringly obvious that we need to finish, it’s our stairs. When we were knee deep in demo’ing the house, we went through and removed all the old, super gross […]

Are you ready for a big transformation? Our DIY staircase makeover has made a huge difference for our home! If there’s been one project that’s been glaringly obvious that we need to finish, it’s our stairs. When we were knee deep in demo’ing the house, we went through and removed all the old, super gross […]

A picture of our bathroom with the wall moulding finished.

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How To Install Wall Moulding

We’ve been doing some work in our master bathroom and it’s coming along beautifully. When coming up with the design plan for this bathroom, I really wanted to add some extra character, especially with the bathroom being such a small space. Wall moulding was an essential part of my plan, and we just recently installed […]

We’ve been doing some work in our master bathroom and it’s coming along beautifully. When coming up with the design plan for this bathroom, I really wanted to add some extra character, especially with the bathroom being such a small space. Wall moulding was an essential part of my plan, and we just recently installed […]

5 Tips For Living Through A Remodel

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Five Tips For Living Through A Remodel

Living through a remodel isn’t the easiest thing. We spent months working on our Willow House, making it livable, before we ever moved in. But even with all that time and hard work spent on making this house something we could move into, there were so many different items that would still need finished after […]

Living through a remodel isn’t the easiest thing. We spent months working on our Willow House, making it livable, before we ever moved in. But even with all that time and hard work spent on making this house something we could move into, there were so many different items that would still need finished after […]

A picture of the shower tile and plumbing fixtures.

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An Update On Our Master Bathroom

It’s time I shared an update on our master bathroom! We’ve made such incredible progress, and here soon, I look forward to revealing the finished space! Before that happens though, we have a few things left to finish. Let’s take a look at how far we’ve come! The last time I talked about our master […]

It’s time I shared an update on our master bathroom! We’ve made such incredible progress, and here soon, I look forward to revealing the finished space! Before that happens though, we have a few things left to finish. Let’s take a look at how far we’ve come! The last time I talked about our master […]

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