The Reason We Have Sealed Concrete Floors

Whenever I post pictures of the inside of my house I get questions or comments about the concrete floor. I’ve never talked about it before, and just like most things there is a story behind it.   So why did we choose concrete floors for our new home? Was it because we love the look? Because they're indestructible and easy to clean? … [Read more...]



State of the House, 2017 – Bedrooms, Bathrooms and Loft

Alright, time for the final part of the 2017 house tour! I’ve already posted about the exterior, and the main living areas, so keep reading to see the bedrooms, bathrooms and the loft. Let’s start with the loft... There it is, truth...I bet you weren’t expecting to see a giant mess right off the bat were you? The loft is the only thing … [Read more...]



State of the House, 2017 – Main Living Areas

Alright, who’s ready for an interior house tour? Fair warning, this is not some beautifully staged, perfect house tour that you find all over home blogs, this is a very unfinished and unpretty tour so you know exactly where the house stands. Today I’ll show you the main living areas (areas in red below), and in the next post we’ll do the bedrooms, … [Read more...]



Six Months of Landscaping

For the past six months the big project around here has been landscaping. Its been labor intensive and expensive, but the final product has been completely worth it. So let’s dig right in....here is our house in November of last year (at this point we had been living in it for about three months). Our property is slightly sloped, so … [Read more...]



The State of the House, 2017 – The Exterior

I feel like I need to give y’all an honest-to-goodness overview of the whole house. The entire thing, not just the pretty parts that we have finished, or the parts we are currently working on, but the whole house in all its unfinished glory. So today I’m starting with the exterior, since blogging about that part is quite a bit less intimidating … [Read more...]



Simple Faux Leaded Glass and Our Rustic Pantry Door

There's nothing better than character in a house. Old houses are unique and tell a story, and my goal is to make our new house look anything but new. I think the pantry door and transom accomplish that goal pretty well. I bought the door from the antiques fair in Round Top a few years ago (not the failure of a trip I blogged about, but a … [Read more...]



The Most Organized Pantry in the World

Okay, that title might be a biiit of a stretch, but either way...the pantry is complete! I posted the first part of the pantry redo months ago, and even though we finished a majority of it soon after I refused to post it until it was 100% complete. Adam and have a problem of only finishing things 90% of the way and moving onto the next project (I … [Read more...]



Planning and Building a Pantry (Part I)

A few months ago Adam and I finished our master closet, which became the first finished room in the house. It was so organized and amazing that we decided to skip some of the bigger projects we had planned and instead pick another tiny room and finish it 100%. We debated doing a bathroom, the office, or the pantry, and eventually landed on the … [Read more...]



Master Closet Reveal!

It’s master closet reveal day! I showed y’all the fully installed but empty closet over two months ago, then I had a baby, the holidays came, things got crazy, and the final reveal has been a long time coming. First and foremost, I am so in love with it. I’m not usually one to gush over things, but I’m also not used to awesome organized … [Read more...]



Industrial Pipe Kitchen Shelving

From the time we started designing our house I knew I wanted some open shelving in the kitchen. Not all open shelving (because it would look cluttered), but just enough for our everyday dishes. We put open shelving in our last kitchen and really loved it, I liked having the dishes out in the open, and since we used them everyday dust was never an … [Read more...]



Planning and Installing a Closet System

*This post is sponsored by EasyClosets...and by that I mean that I received the closet system for free in exchange for blog posts about the closet and my experience. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.* When we bought our last house, the master closet had a single rod and shelf around the whole thing. From day one we planned to rip out that … [Read more...]



The Search for a Vintage Farmhouse Sink

From the time I started sketching up our new house on graph paper nearly two years ago, I knew I wanted a vintage farmhouse sink for the kitchen. Not a modern apron front farmhouse sink that are popular today, but an antique one from the 20’s or 30’s. Those weren’t my only demands though, no...I also wanted it to have a single basin, high back, and … [Read more...]



Kitchen Progress – Dark green cabinets, a rustic wood countertop, and lighting

Last time I did an overall kitchen update we had just installed the cabinets and it looked like this.... Well now we have not only moved in, but I’ve painted the cabinets, we poured our concrete countertops, added a wood island top, bought appliances, and installed our island lighting. First thing first, the cabinet color. I wrote … [Read more...]



A Corrugated Metal Ceiling

I know I keep talking about the hailstorm that hit earlier this year, but that dang hailstorm seems to have led to a lot of other things...like rustic beams instead of fake ones, a quick sale of our old house, and now a practically free metal ceiling in our living room. Since day one Adam and I have planned to put a metal ceiling on the living … [Read more...]



DIY Concrete Countertops, Part III – Sealing

If I’ve learned anything about DIY in the last 5.5 years of writing this blog, it’s that it’s all about the sealer. You could do the most awesome job ever on a project, and if you don’t seal it correctly it’s all for naught. I knew I needed an amazing sealer for my concrete countertops, for three reasons.... Concrete is a porous … [Read more...]



DIY Concrete Countertops, Part II – The Pour

*Thank you to Z Counterform for sponsoring this post. Alright, here it is...part II of my concrete countertop series! I know a lot of you have been patiently waiting for this post and I’m excited to share all the details. (Read part 1 here if you haven’t already.) Before we get started on the tutorial, let me just tell you that neither … [Read more...]



DIY Concrete Countertops, Part I- Setting the Forms

Well, we did it...we actually poured our own concrete countertops! Adam and I spent hours and hours (and hours) researching this before we did it. We read tutorials and watched YouTube videos and generally felt prepared and confident...but honestly, the process still didn’t go quite like we thought it would. Turns out no amount of research or … [Read more...]



House Regrets, Second Chances, and Glorious Glorious Beams

I have a story for y’all. It’s a story about regret, catastrophe, and despair. A story about second chances, a story about hope, and redemption. It’s a story about beams. Glorious Glorious beams. So a couple of months ago our area was hit by a series of massive hailstorms. The kind of hailstorms that hit hard and fast at 3am, bringing … [Read more...]



Installed Cabinets

Happy Fourth of July everyone! I was scrolling through Facebook today and looking at all the festive pictures and memes, and interspersed between and the red white and blue was this gem... It made me laugh out loud...so I had to share, of course. Anyway, in the last post I left you with a trailer full of cabinets... and an empty … [Read more...]



Cabinet Beginnings

One of the main ways we are saving huge amounts of money on the kitchen is by building our own cabinets. Way back when Adam and I were dating (as teenagers about 14 years ago) his family ran a custom cabinet shop. They built the cabinets themselves, which means that my handy husband isn’t new to this whole cabinet building thing. We got a quote for … [Read more...]