Kelley

Changing the Kitchen Layout

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  When we purchased this house, one of the big considerations was the fact that expensive, important, and un-sexy work had already been done – the roof had recently been replaced, the foundation repaired (quite substantially), and the sewage lines had been replaced. This was tens of thousands of dollars worth of work, the kind of […]

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Kelley

Installing Nail-Down Oak Flooring

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Rightly or wrongly, we dove into the kitchen renovation with one immediate goal: get the flooring down so that we could put the new appliances in. As I mentioned in the last post, we ended up purchasing appliances during a Memorial Day sale when our dishwasher officially kicked the bucket, and by Independence Day weekend […]

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Kelley

Life These Days: Summer 2016

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Life These Days: Summer 2016

WOW, it’s been a long while since I wrote anything – over a year since any real home improvement. But to be honest, we haven’t had any DIY mojo over the last year (and truthfully we haven’t had any DIY budget, either). We focused on other hobbies and general life, and very little got done around […]

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Kelley

McCalls 7115 Pattern Review – I sewed something!

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McCalls 7115 Pattern Review – I sewed something!

:::::: Update: All sewing-related things will go on my other blog: www.sewfastsewfurious.com ::::::   Normally I write on this blog about homeowner-y things. When I started it, I felt like the blog needed to be about something, and since I spent most of my hobby time doing DIY things around the house, a “DIY blog” made sense. Lately, though, […]

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Kelley

Happy Anniversary! 3 Years of Kelley + Alex

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Happy Anniversary! 3 Years of Kelley + Alex

On April 29, 2012, after several years of dating and a two-year long engagement, we got hitched in Cape May, New Jersey. It feels like it has been so much longer… we’ve been through two houses, a cross-country move, and added a member to our family – a lot for only three years of marriage!   […]

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Kelley

Black + White

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So I decided to paint my kitchen floors white (I’ll let you know later if I regret this decision). There’s not a lot to show… it’s just white-painted floors. But in the same 24 hour period, I also painted the lower cabinets in the kitchen black. So our kitchen is shaping up! To my own […]

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Kelley

Kitchen Floor: Why I Painted My Wood Floor

DIY Projects, Home Improvement, Painting, Rennovations 1 Comment

I know that putting the words “paint” and “wood” together make some people rage. And I understand that. Truly. I grew up in a 200+ year old house, with a mother who dealt antiques and a father who restored furniture, so I do appreciate the beauty of unpainted woodwork, either in a house or in furniture. I […]

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Kelley

Happy Easter!

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I’ll have a kitchen floor update later this week, but in the meantime, here’s a few photos from our Easter celebration. I basically just drank champagne and ate candy all day, which is awesome. But it also probably means I’ll have a headache tomorrow. Oy. I remember talking to my mom around Christmas, and discussing […]

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Kelley

Kitchen Floor Demo

DIY Projects, Rennovations 1 Comment

So I’m glad to say that we followed through on what we started in ripping out the kitchen floor. I am sad (but unsurprised) to report, however, that of course things didn’t go according to plan (or at least the result wasn’t to plan). We decided to cram this whole event into a weekend – […]

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Kelley

The Kitchen: Mini-Reno

DIY Projects, Home Improvement, Inspiration, Rennovations No Comment

Let’s keep talking about this kitchen: We already talked about the plan for our temporary floor renovation, and the floor certainly isn’t the only thing we’d like to change about this kitchen. Unfortunately, we’re not financially in a position to do the “big” kitchen renovation we want this year, which is what we’d originally planned on. So […]

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