Lowe’s Spring Makeover REVEALS!

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I am so excited to be participating in the

Lowe’s Spring Makeover Reveal Tour!

You guys are going to be blown away with these makeovers!  Seriously, I think my jaw dropped on each one of them!!!

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 Lowe’s rounded up a team of all-star bloggers this past Spring to help bring some much needed cheer to some of the hardest hit areas of the US from the harsh winter weather. 

But these bloggers could have never completed these projects in two days without the help of the amazing Lowe’s Volunteers!

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These volunteers were ROCKSTARS!!  It is amazing what you can accomplish as a team!

EEK!  I cannot wait for you to check out all of these makeovers!  You will be soooooo inspired!  Be sure to check on each of the pictures below to view each beautiful makeover!

 I am going to start with my exterior home makeover just in cased you missed it a few weeks ago. :)

 

Beneath My Heart‘s Exterior Makeover

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 Cy and I headed down near Nashville, Tennessee to brighten up the exterior of this basic brick ranch.

 

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Brooklyn Limestone‘s Outdoor Oasis

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 I am so in love with pergola’s after seeing this makeover!  And the beverage station is adorable!

 

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The DIY Playbook‘s Patio Refresher

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The Golden Sycamore‘s Bathroom Makeover

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 This bathroom makeover is absolutely beautiful!  Allison took this bathroom from blah to AAAHHHH!

 

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Our Fifth House‘s Spectacular Pool/Outdoor Makeover

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I kept scrolling back and forth on Carmel’s post comparing the befores and afters!  It is A-Ma-Zing!! 

 

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City Farmhouse‘s Breathtaking Outdoor 

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 Jen has CRAZY good design style!  This makeover looks like something right out of a magazine!!

 

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Pretty Handy Girl‘s Front Yard Transformation

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 Brittany killed it on this front yard makeover.  It went from dry and dull, to va-va-voom with color!!

 

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Liz Marie Blog‘s Cozy Sunroom Makeover

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Liz turned this little sunroom into a beautiful, relaxing space for these homeowners! 

 

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Home Stories A to Z‘s Inspiring Sunroom and Deck Makeover

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Beth spruced up two spaces in her makeover.  I LOVE how she took the sunroom from dark to bright and airy!

All Things G&D <— Reveal coming soon! Dusty headed to Maine last weekend for her big makeover and she’ll be sharing all of the details soon. Can’t wait to see what this talented Midwest gal comes up with for the coastal homeowners!

Just A Girl Blog <– Reveal coming soon! Chris has been forced to delay her makeover because of weather issues. Once she reveals the makeover, we will add it to the line-up. And if this makeover is anything like her previous projects, you will definitely want to check it out.

 

Thanks for stopping by!  

 

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How to Build a Window Box

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I wanted to share another project we completed during the Lowe’s Home Makeover in Nashville last month!

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I have always loved the look of window boxes!

So I was thrilled to hear that our homeowners in Nashville wanted window boxes on their windows too!  It gave Cy and I a chance to make some, and it gave us practice for the window boxes we will be making for our own home soon.  :)

They are so much easier to make than you would think.

Here are the supplies we used:

 1×8 poplar boards

1/4 x 2 inch poplar trim piece

18 gauge nailer with 1 1/4 inch nails

wood glue

compound miter saw (to cut wood pieces)

Black support brackets (we got ours at Lowe’s)

 

Important tips that are not included in the video:

1.  Be sure to drill holes in the bottom of the window box to allow for water drainage.

2.  Be sure to let the glue completely dry and set before adding the dirt and flowers.   

3.  You can use “liquid nails” and screws instead of nails to increase the durability of the window box.

 

 


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How to Build Board and Batten Shutters

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Yesterday, I shared the Lowe’s Exterior Makeover Reveal with you, and today I wanted to show you how we made the board and batten shutters.

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We had the most amazing team of Lowe’s volunteers to help with the makeover!

They helped us build, sand, and stain the board and batten shutters for Grant and Beth’s house.  

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Steve, the assistant manager, was helping us make the shutters, and I put him on the spot and asked him if I could video him making one of the shutters.

Without any practice at all, Steve whipped out this 3 minute video tutorial with complete perfection!  He nailed it in one take!

As soon as he finished, all of the volunteers erupted in applause!  It was so fun!  I told Steve he was giving Mike Holmes a run for his money and that he was better than most guys on HGTV!   

You are going to love this video tutorial!  Steve does such a great job!  :)  Please give him mad props because he deserves it. 

Here is our supply list:

  • 1×6 poplar boards
  • 1×4 poplar boards
  • compound miter saw
  • wood glue
  • nail gun and nails (1 1/4″, 18 gauge finish nails)
  • tape measure
  • sanding sponges
  • stain  (We used MinWax Dark Walnut.)
  • rubber gloves and cloths for staining
  • paint sticks to use as spacers between boards

 

 

If you have any questions at all, just ask!  

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Lowe’s Home Exterior Makeover Reveal

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Y’all, I am BEYOND excited to show you the exterior home makeover that Cy and I did with Lowe’s last week near Nashville, Tennessee.   

Cy and I LOVE a good makeover, and this one made a HUGE difference in the exterior of a home.

Now let me back it up a little bit….

Remember last month when I told you how Lowe’s was sending bloggers out to the 10 Bleakest Cities of 2015 because of the harsh winter weather?

Well, Cy and I were assigned to Nashville, and we looked over a bunch of projects that readers submitted in that area.  It was hard to decide which project to tackle, but we ultimately decided on Grant and Beth’s brick ranch home.  

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It might have been because it reminded us so much of our own brick ranch?

Or it might have been because of the way Grant wanted to surprise his wife with the makeover and how he gushed about his love for his family?

Or it could have been because we wanted to show our readers how easy it is to change the look of your home with just some paint (and a little sweat equity)?

Or it could have been ALL OF THE ABOVE!

Cy and I both agreed that Grant and Beth’s home project was the one for us, and we eagerly got to planning.   We had a chat with Grant and Beth via the computer and talked about plans for the house. 

The main things we wanted to accomplish were:

1.  Paint brick exterior.

2.  Add new landscaping.

3.  Build and install new shutters and window boxes.

4.  Build and install new porch columns.

We knew we would have to do some more minor changes as we went along, but those were the main goals of this makeover. 

I have a ton of posts planned that will show you all the steps we took to complete this makeover, but today we are focusing on the amazing BEFORE and AFTERS.  :)

Here is what it looked like when we arrived…

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And here is what it looked like when we left…

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HUGE difference, right?

The homeowners were wanting to paint their brick because you could see where an addition had been added on to the back of the original house.  We contracted the paint job out to a professional painter.  We knew he would be able to paint the house more quickly, and we needed all the time we could get since we had to complete this makeover in two days!

“Paul the Painter” was amazing!!  We changed the colors on him a couple of times during the first day and he didn’t even flinch!  He handle it all like the PRO that he is, and we were THRILLED with the results!  I told him I was going to share his information with my readers because he was THAT GOOD!  So if you live near Nashville and need something painted, you will be very happy you contacted Paul!

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We started out with the color Accessible Beige (which is gorgeous, but too light) and ended up with Balanced beige SW7037.  We had the employees at Lowe’s tint the original paint color to the darker beige color, and they did it awesomely.  :)

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The Lowe’s Heroes ROCKED the landscaping!  They spent the first day ripping out all of the old landscaping and getting the ground ready for the new plants. 

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Didn’t they do a great job?  These plants will look gorgeous as they grow over the years.

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They also added beautiful flowers to our DIY flower boxes!  (Tutorial on the window boxes coming next week!)
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Steve, the Lowe’s assistant manager, helped us make our DIY board and batten shutters.

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He created a video just for my readers on how to make these shutters!  I will be sharing it next week, and you will not believe how easy it is!

Steve’s wife was a ROCKSTAR too!  She doesn’t work for Lowe’s but volunteered BOTH days to help, and she was a workhorse!

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We could not have done it all without the AMAZING Lowe’s Heroes!  They worked so hard, never complained, jumped it to help whenever it was needed, had great attitudes, were funny and sweet, and were such a JOY to work with!

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Here is what the left corner of the house looked like before…

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And here is the AFTER…

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One of my favorite “touches” was the turquoise blue door.  We painted it SW6486 “Reflecting Pool” in Semi-gloss by getting the color matched at Lowe’s.   It really makes the front porch a focal point!

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We hadn’t planned on removing the vinyl ceiling on the front porch, but ended up having to when we installed the new wood columns.  We were able to put the wood bead board ceiling up the second day, but the homeowners were not sure if they wanted to paint it white or stain it.  So we decided that they could make that decision later. :)

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 We also prettied up the right side of the house with more shutters and window boxes.frontMy talented husband built the beautiful wood columns.  I will share more of that next week too! ;)  Lots of great posts coming up, y’all!

We LOVED working with Grant and Beth!  They were so much like Cy and I, and our boys had a great time hanging out with their boys.  Again, more on that later. ;)

 

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A HUGE thanks to Lowe’s and their amazing Heroes that helped with this makeover!  We couldn’t have done it without them!

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*This project and post was sponsored by Lowe’s, my absolute FAVORITE home improvement store!  All ideas and opinions are 100% mine.

 

 

 

 


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How to Stain your Patio to look like Tile {#tbt}

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 Hey Friends!

It’s throw back Thursday here at Beneath My Heart, and I wanted to share with you one of my FAVORITE Spring projects that Cy and I complete at our previous home!

 

 

How to stain your patio to look like tile

 

This project was pretty easy and very inexpensive, but produce HUGE results!

As you can see in the “before” picture, we had a dull, ugly, concrete back patio like many homes do.  We brainstormed ways that we could change the look of our patio inexpensively, and staining the concrete to look like tile did the trick!

To see the complete tutorial of how you can do this yourself,

CLICK HERE

 

You can also see how we decorated our back patio by clicking on the picture below!

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DIY-ing our Basic Brick Ranch into the Cottage of our Dreams {Part Seven}

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Hey friends!

I am back with part seven in my series. :)  I am thinking there will be a total of 10 posts in this series!  That’s crazy!  house transformation series

Today, I am going to share some pictures of Jonathan and Luke’s room in the upstairs addition.  Next,  I’ll share their bathroom and Adam and Eli’s unfinished room. Next week, I’ll finish up with our den and our future plans for our home!  

Here is a reminder of our floor plan…Our House Plans

 

Jonathan and Luke have a long room across the back of the house. 

We thought about putting bunk beds on one side of the room, and then having the other half of the room for a desk and dresser space, but decided since our boys are older it would be best for them to have their “own” space. 

I am in love with the industrial look, especially in a boy’s room, so I decided to build Jonathan and Luke their own set of shelves. 

Here are Jonathan’s shelves…

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I created a space for him to hang his guitars since he is our “music guy.”

Click HERE to see a detailed tutorial of how we made them.

It’s kind of hard to tell in some of the pictures, but we put brick paneling over the studs and painted them the same color as the walls. (Sherwin Williams, White Dove)

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You can see it in the picture below…

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Now for Luke’s side of the room!  I created his custom shelves a little differently since he doesn’t play the guitar.  :)  He has sort of an “explore” them going on…

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I also built the shelves around where his bed was going to be and hung a light above for reading.

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To create some more storage, I made some DIY Rolling Storage Crates.  These are perfect for Luke’s socks and other small items. 

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In the middle of the room, between the two windows, we built a DIY Sawhorse Desk.

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This has become a perfect spot for the boys’ to do their homework.  

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To see a video of how we built it, click HERE.

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We used some old lockers we found in the shed when we moved in our home and turned them into some clothes storage for my boys.  (The closet where they hang their clothes is to the right of those lockers.)

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So that is Jonathan and Luke’s room!  It has been a great space for them.  

Source list:

Bedding:  IKEA

Small rugs:  Ballard Designs Outlet

Large Rug:  Lowes

Lamps:  Home Goods

Blinds:  Lowes

Industrial shelves materials:  Lowes

Red Stools:  Garden Ridge

Arrow sign:  Hobby Lobby

 

Come back tomorrow for a look at their bathroom!

 


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DIY-ing our Basic Brick Ranch into the Cottage of our Dreams! {Part Six}

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Welcome to Part Six of my series!

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Today, we are headed back over to the new addition of our house.

 

 

 

 

I found some old pictures of when we were working on our master bedroom, and I think it will help you visually see where everything is.

This is what you see when you walk into our master bedroom…

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To the right is our sitting area and french doors that lead out to our “someday” wrap around porch…

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You can see the entrance to the master bathroom below…

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And there is the door leading out of our bedroom…

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Unfortunately, I haven’t taken a ton of pictures of our bedroom because there are so many unfinished parts.  And when I say “unfinished,”  I am referring to decorating instead of building projects.

But I have been able to spruce up parts of the bedroom for home tours I have participated in, like my Christmas tour…

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And my fall home tour…

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You can see the makeover I did on our bedside table HERE.

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I do not have any current pictures of our sitting area because it isn’t finished yet.  I basically have two chairs sitting in that area, and it usually is used to “store” items I don’t want to see.   (aka: junk corner)   It is my plan to finally get the sitting area decorated and finished this year!  #fingerscrossed

I also found this picture of our bedroom in our Kentucky Home Tour (notice the sitting area is not included.  ha!)  My friend, Layla, took this picture.

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For our master bathroom, we found a beautiful antique door that used to belong to a classroom in our alma mater, Asbury University.  We replaced the old glass with a new glazed piece of glass for privacy.

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For our vanity, I re-did an antique dresser.  Click HERE to see how we added the sink, and HERE to see how we painted it.

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My favorite part of our bathroom is our claw foot tub.  We found it on craigslist and re-did it.  

Click HERE to see how refinished the claw foot tub.

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To give our ceiling some character, we installed faux wood beams.
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You can see more pictures and a video of how we did it HERE.

Since our brick had an “orangey” color to it, I decided I wanted to white wash it. 

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You can see how we did that HERE.

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We went for a clean, timeless look in the shower by using white subway tile on the walls and Carrera marble on the floor.

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For more pictures of our master shower, click HERE.

Sooo, I haven’t really done anything else in the bathroom except we added this antique knob that we got at an antique mall for about five bucks. IMG_4191

 

I also found this rug that I loved at Home Goods, and it was the perfect size.  It also adds a little color to the space.

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We also added a crystal chandelier above the tub, but it is impossible to take good pictures of it!  UGH!  We got it at Home Depot, I think.  I’m not super crazy about it, but it is fine for now.  I am hoping to eventually find a beautiful antique brass one to go there.

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As you can see, I still need to add curtains and other decor.  When I do, I will be sure to share it here on my blog! :)

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So as you can see, we have built a NEW addition onto our house, but we have tried out best to make it feel OLD.  Are you feelin’ it?

Working on this part of our house caused me to write one of my most popular series on my blog…..

How to Add Old House Character and Charm to your Newer Home

For more inspiration in how to make your new house feel old, click HERE.

Next week, we will finish our series with the upstairs in our addition and our den.  Yay!!

HAVE A BLESSED WEEKEND!!

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DIY-ing our Basic Brick Ranch in the Cottage of our Dreams (Part Five)

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When I started this series, I wasn’t exactly sure how many “parts” there would be, but it seems we are already up to FIVE!  Whoop!

Let’s keep going!  :)

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This small 11 ft x 11 ft room is to the left of our guest bathroom.  It was Eli and Adam’s room when we first moved in, and then it became a junk room when the boys moved into the addition.

Here is what I am talking about…

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I knew when we converted this room into my office, that I wanted a lot of desk space and window seats under the windows.  So I showed my ideas to Cy, and he brought me dream to life!  (I love that man.)  You can see how we began building it HERE.

 

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And more of the building process HERE.

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We gave everything a fresh coat of white paint…

It was looking better already!

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Once we finished the desk, it was time to add upper cabinets!

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We reused some of the cabinets that we had left over from our kitchen makeover and added some open shelving in the middle of them.

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You can see the whole tutorial HERE.

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For the space below the cabinets, I built a large burlap memo board.

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I am so glad I did this!  I use this memo board like CRAZY now!  To see how easy it was to make, click HERE. 

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Below my desk, I had Cy build me a cabinet, and I turned it into a file cabinet.

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I attached a metal file holder to a piece of wood that slides in and out of the cabinet.  You can see how I did this HERE.

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I also made new cabinet doors for the old kitchen shelves I hung above my desks and the window seats.  You can see the complete tutorial of how I made them HERE.

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And you can see how I made my window seat cushions in less than five minutes each by clicking HERE.

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One of my favorite projects in this room was turning the old bedroom closet into my craft closet

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This space has been a life saver!

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It was even featured in an organizing book!  Yay!

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I also love my HUGE command center calendar!  It’s on the wall to the left of my craft closet.

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My most recent pictures of my office were taken when I did a makeover on a chair

 

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Believe me, my desk does not look this clean, nor do I always have fresh flowers on my desk.  :)  Although I wish I did!  

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This chair is not longer in my office.  :(  The boys broke one of the legs while twirling around in it.  Oh well!  Good thing I only paid $6.50 for it at Goodwill, right?!

As you can see in the picture below, I added some wood blinds and a sisal rug.  For now, this space is officially done! I do have a sewing station on the other desk corner, but I haven’t taken any pictures of it yet.  I will try to do that soon and show it to you. 

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If you missed the previous four posts about our home renovation,

click on the links below:

Exterior

Addition

Kitchen

Guest Bathroom

 

Thanks for stopping  by!

Come back tomorrow!  

We are headed over to the master bedroom in our addition! 

 

 

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DIY-ing our Basic Brick Ranch into the Cottage of our Dreams – Part 4

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Welcome to Part 4 of my series!

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Last week, I shared our exterior, our addition, and our crazy kitchen makeover.

Today, I am sharing the next space we renovated right beside our kitchen. 

First off, the guest bathroom.reveal_thumb1

This renovation occurred sooner than we had planned because one of our boys (ahem. Luke.) stood on the soap dish and caused the tiled shower wall to come tumbling down.  Ya can’t make this stuff up!

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I will have to say that I was kind of glad it happened because it forced us to give this bathroom an update it REALLY needed!  

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This bathroom is close to our kitchen and the main one that our guests use, and it was really dated.

Note the cushioned, leaf print toilet seat…yes, that is a fish, moose, and bear at the top of the seat.

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To see more pictures of us gutting the this bathroom, click HERE.

So we painted the walls white, added a beadboard ceiling, installed a new window, tiled the shower walls, and add a new shower head…

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We also added new hexagon tile from Lowe’s on the floor.

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And added wood planks to the walls.  Eli helped me fill in the nail holes with wood filler.

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You can read about how we installed our wood plank walls HERE.

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Cy built us a vanity with some newel post and leftover butcher block from our kitchen renovation.  Click HERE for the full tutorial.

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We added a mirror and light from Lowe’s above the vanity.

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We were thrilled with how our bathroom turned out.  It definitely fits into the cottage/farmhouse feel we are trying to create in our home.
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See you tomorrow for more of our home renovation!

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DIY-ing our Basic Brick Ranch into the Cottage of our Dreams – Part Three

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Hey all!  

Today is the third post in my series of how we turned our basic ranch house into the cottage of our dreams.  house transformation series

First, I showed you the updates we made to the outside of our house when we moved in. 

Then, I showed you the addition that we began building to the side of our ranch. 

Now, I am going to show you our first huge renovation to the inside of our ranch, and that was our Kitchen Makeover. 

 

This makeover has to be one of my all time favorite.  Y’all it was a HUGE undertaking!!

Here is what our kitchen looked like when we first moved in.

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Need I say more?

We had planned on waiting to renovate the kitchen, but it was more than I could handle.  

I begged Cy to let me paint the cabinets white!  I knew that it would at least help make the kitchen more tolerable. 

Well, he agreed to letting me paint the cabinets, but then I got to thinking….(which is very dangerous)….instead of wasting time painting the upper cabinets, why don’t we just take them down and put up open shelving?

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Taking the cabinets down made the soffit stick out more.  ugh.

So guess what?!  Down with that soffit!!  We had insulation up to our knees when we took it down!  Let’s just say that my hubby was not as thrilled with my plans as I was.  It was not a pretty moment in our marriage.  hee.hee.

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Cy patched up the walls with drywall, but we had parts of our ceiling missing where the soffits used to be.

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Visually, I didn’t like how the pantry stuck out in the kitchen and made it look smaller.  So I asked Cy nicely if we could tear it down and build a new pantry?  (I was walking on very thin ice at this point.  But I was on a mission, and I wasn’t turning back!) :)

Cy took a sledge hammer to that baby, and it was gone!  Whoop!  (I’ve got a good man, don’t I?)

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Look how much bigger the kitchen looked already!..

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Cy built me a new long, shallow pantry with pretty french doors, and here is the pantry before we painted it

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You can see how we built the pantry HERE.

We left some space to the left of the oven so Cy could build me some extra cabinets!

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You can read about how he did it HERE.  I was loving the addition of these cabinets to my kitchen!

We then painted all of the cabinets white.

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You can read about the process we followed to painting our cabinets white HERE.

 

You can see how we built them in this post.

Next step was to installed butcher block counter tops from IKEA.

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I LOVE my countertops!  Almost four years later, and they still look amazing!!

You can see how Cy installed the countertops HERE.

We then needed a backsplash, so we chose white subway tile.  Click HERE to see how we installed it.

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My kitchen was coming together!!

Remember the opening in the ceilings we created when we removed the soffit?  Well, we could either patch the ceiling, or install the new wood ceilings I have always dream about.  Hmmmm.  Might as well do the ceiling since we are already in a mess, right?  (Are you seeing where this is going?)

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Cy helped get me started on our wood ceiling and I finished it ALL BY MYSELF!    Cy was out of town, and it was interesting trying to do this on my own!  

You can see a video of exactly how we installed our wood ceiling HERE.

You can read about our molding and baseboard HERE.

Once the cabinets and ceiling began looking good, it made the linoleum floor look even worse than it did in the first place.  And since we were on a roll, why not install those wood floors we were hoping to do one day?

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Details about our wood floor HERE.

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We were finally seeing a light at the end of the tunnel, and we built some open shelves above the subway tile.

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Read about how we built our open shelves in this post.

We also installed a new farmhouse sink and faucet.

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After adding some new hardware from Lowe’s and some Christmas decor, my kitchen was finally complete!!

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And I got the white kitchen cabinets that I wanted in the first place!  HA!

We started this *little* project at the beginning of October (2011,) and we finished it the week of Christmas (2011.)

In three short months, we got our kitchen completely renovated from top to bottom!

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It was a crazy three months, but we were both so glad we did it once we were finished.  

It’s amazing the difference you can make with a little white paint.  {wink}

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Photo by Layla

To see more before and afters of this kitchen makeover, click HERE.

 

Click HERE for a budget breakdown of our kitchen renovation!

 

Wanna see some more great kitchen makeovers

that my husband has done in other homes?  

CLICK ON THE PICTURES BELOW!

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See you tomorrow with some more interior renovations on our ranch!

 

 

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