Week 42 Update

I’m just going to leave these here. Everything is a work in progress. But we’ll get there. πŸ˜€

i mean, swoon. right??
living room getting ready for living
kitchen fully ready to go!
built-in booze cabinet. ready for all the moscow mules!
living room still with much mess. but also, couches

Week 41 Update


We have moved!

Now, we still have just a couple things we need to do before actually start living there. Our goal is to be sleeping there by this Thursday, July 21. We need to fire up the water heaters, do a little more cleaning, test out the stove & dishwasher…. things like that. Oh, and get shower curtain rods & curtains hung so we can actually USE one of our showers. But generally speaking, this house of ours is ready for us!

So today’s post will include a couple photos of things we got done at the house, but mostly will be some general “hey, we have stuff in our house!” pictures. We haven’t remotely arranged furniture, and quite frankly, we’d really like to get new furniture. But….baby steps. πŸ™‚ So here are a few photos, in no apparent order.


Kohler faucet installed
Is it weird to L-O-V-E a sink???
Maybe I’ll actually want to do dishes??

Sink and faucet for the win
Here’s a view from the east (front) side of the house.
Someday there will be actual stairs, not a ladder. For now, just imagine!
It’s actually starting to look like a dining room!
Close-up of the soapstone countertops. I just can’t even.
Our “mud room” bench (which will not have lamp shades on it full time, don’t worry)
How perfect are these crates for underneath??
Would you like to come over? Aaron will cook you all the things on this pretty stove.
This red squishy furniture looks so weird in the living room. But still…we have couches! In our house!
I bet you can guess what Aaron’s first response was to seeing the TV there….
A view from the dining room/kitchen hallway into the entry way. Gott love that bookshelf — a stellar find from the Habitat ReStore many years ago!
Would you like to come over? Gina will cook you all the things in the microwave.
Close-up of the stove

Kitchen beauty

What’s your favorite part?? I think mine is legit the kitchen. I can’t get over how much I love it!


Week 40 Update

Painted doors. Mirrors. Door handles. Master closet shelving. Uncovered hardwood floors. Countertops. Bar stools. A look back in time.

This. Post. Has. Everything.


Am I the only one out there who misses Stefon on SNL? I mean, we haven’t had TV in 9 months, so it’s not like I actually watch SNL these days. But still. I would find a way if Bill Hader as Stefon was still a regular on Weekend Update.


First off, thank you oh so much to all of you who weighed in on what we should do on our stairs. We still haven’t reached a decision. The stairs will remained covered for at least the next week or two, so we have a wee bit more time to figure it out. If you have any additional brilliant comments or suggestions on what we should do, I am all ears!

So, on to what got done this week. It’s some REALLY good stuff, y’all!

The rest of the exterior doors got painted, and the front & back doors got their amazing handles installed. In addition, we got the handle put on the sliding glass door. Doors completed? CHECK.

Front door hardware. It’s so cool in person!
A view of the back door (also with cool hardware)
Don’t you just want to come over??
Behr Allure (red) on the inside, too! (terrible photo, sorrrrrry)
Another view of the back door
Handle on the slider

Brad and co spent all kinds of quality time at the house the last half of last week and chugged through a list of stuff. They were machines! I couldn’t even tell you now what it all was, but trust me, it was a lot of stuff that’s not glamorous but needed done before we could really plan on moving in.

We finally found the right light bulbs to go in the globe light fixture in the dining room. Annnnnnd we found a dining room table and chairs! I went to an estate/moving sale on Friday and saw a beautiful solid wood table with 6 chairs and 2 leaves and I snagged it for a great price. We are going to spend some time cleaning it before deciding if we want to strip it and stain it a darker color. For now, we’ll use it as-is.

Don’t those bulbs totally work in the that fixture?
China not included. πŸ˜‰

Aaron and I (with an assist from Brent, and then Mark & Mary Kay) got the master closet shelving put together over the weekend. We ended up going with John Louis brand solid wood closet organizers, and we are so glad we did! They were an upgrade from standard wire shelving, but very reasonably priced for a custom-ish closet. I will give an update on how we like them once we move some clothes in.

It’s really difficult to snap a compelling photo of a closet
I think we’re going to be really happy with the system!
An attempt to get both sides of the long & narrow closet. Unsuccessful attempt.

The most exciting part of this past week is that we got the protective paper ripped up off the floors. I get to see my beautiful refinished hardwood floors again! We did leave paper in the main hallways and on the stairs, but pulled it up everywhere else for cleaning. Want to know why? Because we are moving in this coming weekend!!Β  (aaaand I probably just jinxed myself by typing that out….)

FLOORS! (Southeast bedroom)
Hex tile exposed!
Master bedroom!
Master closet again, this time with the pretty floors showing
Living room. Pretend the big ugly radio isn’t sitting there….

We also pulled up paper off the countertops in the kitchen, so the soapstone if visible again. Ugh, I love it so much. It’s so pretty! We need to get it cleaned and oiled up, but for now, it’s just so nice to be able to SEE it again!

Kitchen, with floors & countertops showing
I want to go to there.

The last couple things we did yesterday, after getting all the paper ripped up (by the way, Mark & Mary Kay get 1000% credit for that task being completed), was to hang a mirror in the downstairs bathroom and to get my HobNob Market bar stools in the house and placed under the island. Fun fact about the bar stools: the bottoms are steel, and the feet are these weird cups with jagged edges. So we needed to do something to minimize the risk of them scratching the heck out of the hardwood floors. Our solution was to flip them over, fill the “cups” with hot glue, let it dry, then put heavy duty felt pads on the feet. Time will tell if this solution will last, but it seems to be working okay so far. Regardless, aren’t they so cool??? I loooooooooooooooooove them.

How great is this mirror? Thank you, Mary Kay (and Kohl’s)
Bar stools!!!!
There are 4 of them, and they are adjustable, and they all have unique funky reclaimed wood tops.

So there you go. Things are a’happening. As I mentioned before, the plan is to clean this week (and we have a few odds and ends, like installing the faucet in the kitchen) and then to move in our furniture this weekend. Let me repeat that: THIS WEEKEND. There are no words.

If you follow me in Instagram, you may have seen a little photo collage of the living room. I thought it’d be fun to see the evolution of the living room in a larger size. So, behold:


Before we ever started
With carpet removed
With lathe, plaster, and old blown-in insulation removed.
And then with foam insulation
Floor refinishing in progress
Floors sanded down, starting to decide on stain color
Aaaaaand current.

And now, just in case you are unfamiliar with Stefon OR are looking for a laugh on this fine Monday:


Need opinions, please!

So we have a staircase. As you know. We had the treads refinished when all the hardwood floors were redone, and literally my first time walking down them…I fell. All the way down. And I am not the only one who has fallen down, because these suckers are SLICK. 

We have had them covered up with protective paper stuff for ages now, but we are obviously (yay!) getting closer to ripping paper up to start cleaning in here. And we are facing a dilemma. This is where I need your help. 

Because of the slipperiness of the stairs, we are considering putting stair tread rug things on them, or putting a runner up the length of the stairs. Some things to consider: 

  • The baseboard is gray. 
  • The risers of the stairs will be ballet white (same as the walls).
  •  The banister is original dark hardwood. 
  • The treads of the stairs are the same lighter, cherry-ish color as the hardwood floors. 
  • And there is no carpet in the house other than the bonus room above the garage (i.e. nowhere near the stairs). We will have rugs through the house. 

So here are a few views of the stairs, currently covered with ugly dirty paper & blue painters tape (so use your imagination a little bit)

from downstairs entry up to landing
90 degree turn at landing and up the rest of the stairs
a view from the upstaurs back down to the landing

So. What do you prefer?

Option 1:

Runner up the stairs

I snagged this picture from Dear Lillie’s Instagram feed (you should follow her blog, btw). We wouldn’t necessarily go with a print this big, but it gives a good visual. Again, ours has a landing and a turn, which also makes a runner a little more complicated. But I like this option because it’s a more finished look and we could have a little fun with the pattern. 

Option 2:

Stair tread rugs

This is just an image I snagged from Google. We would (hopefully obviously) look for something prettier than these, but you get the idea. The appeal of this option is that it lets more of the stairs show, and is also a little bit more temporary than a big runner. 

Option 3:

Leave them rugless. I like this option because it shows off the natural wood. But I also don’t exactly feel like falling down the stairs is the best way to start my morning on a daily basis. 

this shows the treads refinished

So. What’s your vote?? Which option do you think is best for us?? And regardless, if you have a favorite place to get rugs, tell me please!!

Week 38 Update

Time for another update. First and foremost:


We have a wine sink!! Woo hoo!! Okay, that’s obviously not true. A girl can dream, right?!

So what actually happened at the house this week? Let me tell you.

If you recall, last week Aaron and his dad got the mailbox post set. And then we got the mailbox put in place! Look how sweet it is!! Mom & Dad (with painting assist from Tony) got it for us for Christmas.

Cutest mailbox ever, right??

Aaron’s friend Rod helped us out by painting the windows. We got all the trim taped off, and then Rod went through and did his painting magic. But you guys, it’s legit magic. He first used this stuff call Masking Liquid H20, which gets sprayed over the wood AND the glass. And then the color (Benjamin Moore Kendall Charcoal, just like the trim) went on top. So after it’s all dry, the paint and stuff legit just peels off the glass. It. Peels. Off. I can’t wait to show you a video. Next week.

So the weird haze on the glass is the liquid masking stuff.

A little glimpse of how it peels off.

Carpet is installed in the rooms above the garage. I love it!

I can’t wait to move stuff in here!

Rise Broadband came out and got internet hooked up. So we have internet! #priorities

It kind of looks like an alien basketball hoop, but it’s the satellite for internet!

The first phase of our master shower glass is in place, as of today. The door will come next. I can’t wait!

Door coming soon

Oh, that’s not shower glass. But we did get the other light hung in the master bathroom.

We are getting ready to fire up all our Nest Protect smoke/carbon monoxide detectors. They are cray balls. They talk. And light up. And all the things.

Just waiting to be activated. And take over our home.

The under cabinet lighting is so amazing! It’ll look even better at night. At some point, I will be there late enough for it to be truly dark out to see them in all their glory.

So in last week’s post, I ended by saying that we were maybe going to start moving stuff in. That did not happen. Sadly. So I am not going to end this post by saying that, although I am hopeful…

Week 37 Update

It’s Monday, so you know what that means — time for a blog post with some updates on what’s been going on down our long lane this past week!

We actually got some stuff done at the start of the long lane yesterday. We had asked the Township to widen the entrance to the lane a little bit, which they did a couple weeks ago. We had pulled out the mailbox (which was huge and awesome but full of holes from people shooting it. I don’t know why.) to make room for them to do their work, and as of yesterday, got the new mailbox post in. Aaron and his dad did some awesome work at the end of the driveway to prepare for the mailbox, dug the hole, etc. The mailbox itself will be set tonight, but for now, here’s a picture of the pretty new post!


I know they’ll hate that I post this pictures with them in it, but how amazing are those clouds behind them??
That there is good-lookin mailbox post, y’all

We also got other stuff done outside yesterday. Because we apparently are incapable of doing outside work on days that aren’t 92+ degrees and 7000% humidity. I mowed theΒ  yard, which seems like it shouldn’t take long since the bulk of the property is trees…but somehow it takes 2+ hours. #workingonmytan Aaron and his dad trenched out a line from the house to the west edge of the property and set a 10 foot pole out there for mounting internet & satellite stuff to. So maybe by this weekend, we’ll have internet out there. Obviously, that is a priority. I don’t have any photos, because a) I was too sweaty and gross to even think about it and b) it would literally be pictures of dirt. And a pole. Use your imagination.


Aaron and Sparky Marky (HA!) got the pendant lights hung over the island and I could die. I love them so much. So beautiful!

Pretend that ugly ladder isn’t there
Much better. And swoonworthy.
Unrelated to lights, but Aaron and I did get the microwave set this weekend, too. And no, it shall not be remaining blue.

In addition, Mark got the ceiling fan up on the porch, which has already been put to good use. Even with a breeze, that fan really helps keep it manageable out there on hot days. And Mark got the exterior light up on the east side of the house. Oh! And I don’t have a photo of this part, but he also spent a lot of time last week getting our under-cabinet lighting up. I think the plan is to get it ready to turn on this week, so at that point, I’ll snap a picture. πŸ™‚

Action shot!



The exterior door still needs painted. But you get the idea.

Brad got handles put on the interior doors and I dig them! We’ve been going for “modern farmhouse” and I think these paired with the craftsman-style doors hits the nail on the head! Brad has also been busy painting the trim in place, including the trim along the stairwell. It’s looking so so great!


It’s a bronze lever. Kind of hard to capture in photos.
But I think it gives a nice contrast.

Hard to tell, but trim on stairs is painted.

In the master bathroom, Aaron and I got our Kohler digital valve all up and running. It involved drilling through the tile to install, which will never not be terrifying. But it all went off without a hitch, and we have an awesome master shower now!

Plate: in place
I just realized I should’ve snapped a picture of the valve itself, which lives inside Aaron’s cabinet. It’s so cool!
Here’s the entire shower. The only thing missing is the glass, which is coming soon!
The blue tape marks where the glass is going to go. It’s not a design statement.

We also got the drain and everything hooked up on the clawfoot tub, so it’s now functional also! And you guys, it’s comfortable. I haven’t actually bathed in it yet or anything, but I mean… if we move in and can’t set the bed up right away, I might be able to sleep in that tub. It’s so comfortable. Not to mention pretty!

I just love it so much!



I snapped this pic out the window above the tub. Not a bad view.

So if all goes as planned, the insides of the windows will be painted in the next couple days. And we’ll then rip up all the protective floor cover (NO MORE SHOES IN THE HOUSE PEOPLE) and clean and omg maybe move all our stuff in. Holy smokes!!!!!


Week 36 Update

So apparently the gestation period for a massive home remodel is roughly the same as a human baby. #themoreyouknow

So let’s talk about this week. It’s been a really good one, you guys.Β  So strap in, because this is gonna be lengthy.


First of all, we found some remnants of our furry friend Rachel. Luckily I do not mean poop. I just mean some paw prints, which were surprisingly high up on the wall in the garage. She had mad hops, apparently.

We got our KitchenAid counter-depth refrigerator delivered and set in place. She is giving us some fits in actually leveling and fitting in the space appropriately, so she’s a work in progress. Also, apparently she is a she.

Brad got our little “mud room” bench all installed, and I love it! We call it a mud room, but it’s literally a cubby hole type thing in the hallway. Whatever. It counts.

The built-ins in the living room are fully set and shelved and crown molding-ed up. I can’t wait to start filling them with all the things!

All of these photos will be infinitely more exciting when taken with the hardwood floors exposed

Mark & Aaron got some of the pretty pretty vanity lights up in the master bathroom. They are hard to appreciate in photos, so you will just have to come see them in person because they’re amazing.


Definitely hard to capture their awesomeness
Just missing a mirror!
You can almost glimpse how pretty the glass is in this photo, but not quite. Seriously, come over and look at them.

The clawfoot tub also got reassembled and put in place in the master bathroom. Eeeek! Thanks to Mary Kay & Mark for coming over to help us get that thing wrassled into place.


We got the original built-in moved back into the house. It’s been living down in Grandma’s garage since we started, and now it’s back into its home!! Reminder: this was in the original dining room of the house, which is now the entryway. But we [read: Brad & Tom] built in a niche for it in the new dining room (which is what was the kitchen) and it fits perfectly!!

*cue angels singing*

Interior doors are finished and hung back in place. Handles should go on this week sometime, yay! And the troll door is even up!

Benjamin Moore Kendall Charcoal, you are pretty

Come in, all ye trolls

Brad got handles on the cabinets in the kitchen and bathrooms. I love how they make the room start to come together, especially in the kitchen!

Oh, and we have a dishwasher
This will be much more exciting when the countertops & floors are uncovered
But you get the idea with knobs & handles
Upstairs hall bath
Close-up in hall bathroom
Master bathroom
Master bathroom again

Mark got the big beautiful ceiling fan up in the living room, along with other electrical-y stuff. And he/Aaron – with a small assist from Gina – got some other lights up. You guys, we are getting to start hanging the “pretty” lights. This means we are getting close!!

Trust me, this is exciting
Light in entry way (we don’t have bulbs in it yet)
Light for above our yet-to-be-purchased dining room table

Brad got almost all of the closet shelving up. The only room left is the master closet…and that’s only left because Aaron and Gina are very indecisive and haven’t actually decided what to do in there. Anyone have closet tips???

Pantry (see the troll door at the bottom left?)
A bedroom closet
Here’s our master closet, shelfless. Help??

And that about wraps up this week of things. There are still a number of things to finish up, but that list is dwindling. We also had a brilliant idea to a mass amount of outdoor clean-up work. On Saturday. When it was like 95 degrees. Sorry, Dad! But thanks for your help!! πŸ™‚

Week 35 Update

Well would ya look at this! I am writing an update on time. It’s a miracle. But it’s also going to be kind of a quick update. While there have been many things happening, they aren’t particularly photogenic. But they ARE exciting. Here we go!

Trim has been going up all fast and furious style. Brad is the king of the trim!

Boringest picture in the world? Yes.

And they’ve been painting doors. It looks a little creepy in Dad’s shop right now. Like an army of doors is coming for us.

Kinda creepy, right??
But oh so pretty!

Mark the Magnificent has been putting up ceiling fans and carbon monoxide detectors, which is more exciting than it should be.

Mark hard at work
Pretty Hunter ceiling fan in one of the rooms above the garage
Adorable tiny fan in one of the bedrooms
Nest carbon monoxide detector on the ceilings!

Aaron and I spent the weekend putting up all the towel bars, toilet paper holders, etc. Talk about instant gratification!

Master bathroom
Master bathroom
I just love these towel/robe hooks
Upstairs hall bath — time to pick out mirrors!
Wait, maybe THIS is the world’s most boring photo…

Mom and Dad got the teal cabinet put back together and I love it. Like, you guys. How adorable is it?! I spent a LOT of time cleaning up the hinges and levers or whatever they’re called, and it all looks so good put together!

I mean, don’t you just love it?!

Aaron and I also got just about all the outlet and light switch covers put back on, plus we got floor transitions put down in the places we needed them. We also cleaned and painted the feet for the clawfoot tub AGAIN but I think we finally have it right this time. We’ll hopefully be installing the tub soon! Brad has been doing paint touch-ups, among other things. Our refrigerator is supposed to be delivered today, and the drawer fronts for the bathroom vanities will be reinstalled as well (we ended up with flat fronts, when we wanted 5-panel fronts. Communication breakdown at some point, but Helmuth is making it all better). People, we just might be able to actually live here this month. Who knew!? AAAAHHHHHH!!!!!! πŸ™‚

Send us all the happy packing and moving and decorating love you have!

Weeks 33 & 34 Update

I swear this isn’t a new trend. I have every intention of keeping the weekly updates going… But alas, just like the last update, this one accounts for a skipped week. The good news is that it means this is chock-a-block full of fun stuff. So. Here we go!

First of all, it’s been a wee bit of a rough day, so I’m going start off with a picture that Mom sent me tonight. So beautiful.

Start on the “mudroom” bench area:

Master shower all tiled up:

Kitchen getting ready for backsplash:

Mom sealed all the kitchen backsplash tile for us (thanks Mom!):

Yay kitchen backsplash!

What color will the front door be – what are your guesses???

Master shower so pretty!

We have working a/c!!

Oh wait, shower again! This time with granite edges installed. πŸ˜€

Oh hi, troll door!

Master shower (again). Yeah, these pictures are in no kind of order.Β 


Master shower (again) (again)
And we now have running water at the house!!! So exciting!!!

I think that does it for this week (and last). Until next week!

Weeks 31 & 32 Update

Uh oh, oops, and sorry. I missed updating the blog last week. It seemed like things were going too slowly to even be able to scrape together a mini-update, and yet now that I’m combining the last two weeks….it seems there is A LOT to talk about. So buckle up, this may get lengthy!

Last time we checked in, they were working on the porch, countertops had been templated (is that a legit verb?), the wash-up sink was installed in the garage, the teal cabinet was on its way to being whole again, and we had an appliance delivery.

Since then, Tom & co have started working on trim stuff, and Aaron and I have been spending quality time cleaning the attic & basement and getting ready to finish up all the duct work.

Other than that, there has been a lot happening around countertops and tile. Oh and cabinets. You know, little unexciting things like that. πŸ˜‰

Note -it’s a little late and my iPad is acting up, so I’m giving up on formatting and captioning the pictures. I expect you’ll be able figure out what things are. Sorry for the laziness.  


hex tile in master bath ❀️
downstairs shower
upstairs shower floor (before it got wiped down)
close up of the bee yoo tiful tile!
upstairs shower – so gorg


the start of kitchen cabinets!!!
more kitchen pretty
upstairs bathroom cabinets!
one of the master vanities


slab of granite with the plastic templates so we could get just the part of the stone we wanted
same thing on the soapstone

Other cabinets:

General gorgeousness:

a glimpse of the kitchen backsplash