…Building Series – Building a Home

Hi Friends!

I have a few more home renovations before getting to bulldozing this home and building. We had a great backyard in our first home, but needed a deck. Guess who we called? No one! Brent took on the challenge.

I may have hit a few nails in myself. And apparently I work in bare feet.



Due to budget constraints that year, we waited to put up railings 🙂 But, it still worked for brunch with my parents after church.

Oh, DH, Greta is wondering why Daddy’s hair used to be so curly as she looks at this picture from 11 years ago.

Question for Brent the Builder? Post and he’ll answer!


FYI – I have a TON of new (old) pieces coming in,  in process & just completed. Check out the Shop Furniture Section if you are after something.



…Buildling Series – Buildling a Home

Or renovating a home as we are still on our first place. The “master bath” was probably my favorite bit of construction because it was so – much – work. We knew we would be inhereting a yellow, pink or green bathroom when bying in ourneighborhood. Guess which one we got.

I fondly referred to it as mint chocolate chip. And I was happy to see it go.

Oh my! This is what you get for the money living 10 minutes from Washington, DC.

Lots of trash bags to clean up the following. Deep breath.

Oh look, there’s metal netting holding all that green on the wall. Didn’t know that before we started.

Might be my favorite picture of DH. No looking back.

And what is worse, we had to somehow get all the rubble to the street and the country to pick it up.

Ah, but we prevailed.

Travertine tile, a pedestal sink and new hardware. I have to say, it’s a bit sad because 4 short years later a bulldozer came ripping through the roof pulling out all that stone.

Is that a little chip of tile I see?

Question for Brent-the-Builder on tiling, demolition, etc? Post and he’ll answer!


…Tuesday Building Series – Building a House

I guess this chapter is more Renovating a House. Our first home. We will get the the Building a House soon.

I’ve been showing you all the downstairs and this was a big part of it, at least for my DH. He needed a flatscreen in the wall and to appease me he gave me custom bookshelves.

He hand-built the shelves and cabinet doors hiding all those God-awful black boxes and wires. He also trimmed it all out. Yes, he’s a keeper 🙂

More painting. Ha – look at the Herndon Hornets t-shirt!

A crazy, complex remote that DH bought who knows where. I never learned to use it.

Lights & carpet!

Then I got it in my head that doing horizontal stripes would be a good idea. This was at the height of all those DIY shows and was the thing to do. I had to try it out. I think it was 4 months later I painted over the whole thing. The best thing about being an adult is that we can change our mind.

Meanwhile – while the paint downstairs was drying on the wall, DH got it in his head to build a shed for his tools.

Did I mention he wanted to attach the shed to his parent’s former jacuzzi? Oh my. I go on record saying this was a bad idea.

Question for Brent-the-Builder?

Post a question on your renovation and he will answer!