One of my favorite rooms in my house is my home gym that I created as a part of my basement remodel. It has become one of the most used rooms in my house and helps me stay healthy during … Continue reading
Fair warning– I’m not about to tell you guys how to build a shed because this project was a little beyond me (thank goodness for dads!). But, hopefully this may provide a little spring project inspiration for you all.
Since removing the popcorn texture from my kitchen ceiling, I’ve been on the hunt for a new light fixture. I’m trying to return my kitchen to a 1950’s Mid-Century look, so I really wanted a vintage or vintage inspired piece. … Continue reading
Ever since I bought my house, I’ve hated the popcorn texture on the ceilings. Its not original to the house, and I don’t understand why anyone would cover plaster ceilings with terrible texture. It makes it super hard to paint … Continue reading
My past few weekends have been spent working on the first part of my kitchen remodel: scraping the popcorn texture off the ceilings. The project is going well (although messy!), and I was happy to see that the ceilings are in … Continue reading
I recently began my kitchen remodel that I have been dreaming of since I bought my house. The project will be done in steps (aka as I can afford them!). Last month I FINALLY upgraded my pretty ugly 1980’s fridge … Continue reading
After slowly remodeling each room in my house, I’ve finally gotten to my kitchen. I’ve waited on this remodel because I knew it was going to be the priciest and like every project, I want to do it right and with quality materials so it lasts.
My parents knew the woman who built my house back in 1950 and she told them stories of how her husband was mad at the people who installed the birch cupboards because some of the doors have seams in them. Because I’m sure there are 5 foot wide birch trees just hanging out everywhere! The cupboards have never been refinished or painted (sorry everyone who paints everything white, stay away from my kitchen), and are beautiful solid wood that has lasted over 60 years.
Someone cut a spot for a dishwasher (looking at you previous owners), and I am determined to find someone who can take it out and patch in the spot because it just doesn’t visually fit the kitchen.
When I first moved into my house, my basement was a pretty scary place with dated tile, unfinished ceilings, and wood paneling walls covered in industrial shelves.
Over the past few years, I’ve painted, added carpeting, and stripped the paint off of the cabinets to make the room more livable but still didn’t love it. I’ve been using my basement as a home gym and spending a lot of time there during the cold Minnesota winters, so it was a priority to refresh it into a usable space.
Goals for the remodel were: new ceiling, new lighting (and updated electric), painting walls, and tiling the floor. We wanted to work from the top down, and started with the ceiling. After installing drywall board, mudding, taping, sanding, and repeating, the ceiling looked flawless after being primed and painted.
Sorry for the extended time MIA.. I’m so much better at doing projects than writing about them!
I picked up running a few years ago and am totally in love with the challenge and the transformation it has done to my body. I live in Minnesota which makes it nearly impossible to run for parts of the winter. I try to bundle up when I can, but it’s still difficult to get a good workout in when its below zero outside. Last winter I created a little gym in my basement so I could run indoors on the really bad days. This winter, I decided it was on my to-do list to finish off the room and make it a place that I actually wanted to spend time in.
In part one, I shared how I installed vintage hardwood floors in my hallway. For those of you not keeping up, I salvaged hardwood flooring from a tear down house to match with the existing flooring in my house. That meant cutting each board out, stripping the nails, and sorting out boards that had been damaged or cut off.
Taking on the living room was a much bigger process. After weeks of measuring, squaring, and then ripping up carpet and the plywood sub floor, we put down new tar paper, marked out the studs to nail into, and started flooring.