Archive for the ‘Renovations’Category

Spring has sprung!

Hi Everyone,

I know… I know… this post is LONG overdue. We’ve been really bad bloggers lately. The past month (and a half) has flown by. I should have updated this along the way, and now I’ve fallen behind. Lots to catch up on…

So, here goes…

Craig had this old filing cabinet in his office. It’s an odd green color and sort of beat up. Nothing a can of spray paint can’t fix:

Here’s the after photo… please ignore all the wires behind the cabinet. And again, don’t look directly into the wallpaper:

Another small improvement we made is to the dining room. As you may remember, we lost the only lighting source when the old chandelier was moved to our bedroom:

Papa Naz came over to install this fixture he happened to have in the basement. You gotta love that!

Our dining room bliss was short-lived, however… All the melting snow on the roof, followed by the crazy storms we had at the beginning of Spring, created a leak in our roof… Right over the dining room:

Craig and I have been trying to keep up with the roof maintenance… but since it was neglected for so long before we moved in, it needs a lot of work. Our old slate roof is just not cutting it anymore:

We’re considering replacing the roof with standard asphalt tiles in black:

There’s a ton more to update, so stay tuned!!!


04 2010

Closet Construction

Last week I decided to help solve a closet organization problem. One of our closets in the master bedroom is really big but didn’t have a way to hang clothes nicely. I decided to build a clothes rod. I went to Home Depot to get 48″ and 60″ pieces of prethreaded 1/2″ pipe. I got 2 connectors for the wall and floor and I got a 90 degree coupling. They all fit together and I screwed them into the wall and floor of the closet with wood screws. It actually is pretty sturdy and doesn’t move much.

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02 2010

Makeover Complete!

Hi Everyone,

I’m sorry! I should have updated sooner, I know! After Saturday’s makeover/filming/photoshoot, we were EXHAUSTED! But I’m posting the final results now! What do you think?!?!

Here are Eddie and the photographer staging some detail shots:

Eddie took the old chandelier from our dining room and gave it a complete over-haul! We LOVE it!


Craig and I tried to stay out of everyone’s way the day of the makeover, so we didn’t actually get to take our own pictures until it was dark outside… you’ll still get the idea. Also, we moved in our old dressers… so if you hate those, you have to blame us.

Please ignore our temporary shades…those will be replaced with new blinds over the next week or so…

Now that this entire experience is over, we’re going through Eddie and Jaithan withdawals… I’m going to continue blogging about them so they feel guilty and keep visiting us!


02 2010

Floors are finished!

What do you think? Such an improvement!!!

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02 2010

Totally floored…

The last thing we need to get done before the big makeover… refinishing the hardwood floors.  There was carpet on these floors for years and the wood underneath was in pretty sad shape. Water stains, rough finishing, splinters! Before we moved in, I contacted Savino Brothers Hardwood Flooring Specialists… Our timing didn’t work in our favor to have everything done before the big move, but they were ready to go when I called about the master bedroom.

I knew I wanted a dark stain on the floor. Here are the 3 sample options:

We went with the middle (darkest) stain. Craig worked from home today and was able to keep me updated on the progress. Even just the sanding made a HUGE difference and really improved the look of the floors:

Almost done staining:

Looks great so far!

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02 2010