Archive for the DIY Projects category

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

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

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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

Kitchen Floor Demo

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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

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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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Kelley

The Kitchen Floors

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That title isn’t a typo – I meant floors, as in more than one. There haven’t been any updates lately because, well… we haven’t really been doing anything around the house. Side projects have taken up time (me: learning to sew, Alex: learning … Playstation?), and we don’t have the money to tackle the project that […]

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Kelley

Built-in Desk: We’ll call it finished

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The live-edge built-in slab desk is not 100% finished, but I suspect this is how it will stay for a while, so it’s officially off the list of active projects. After sanding and sealing the slab, we moved it upstairs to put into its new home in the corner. To hold up the desk, we used legs and […]

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Kelley

Built-in Desk: Finishing the Slab

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Step one in our plan to fill a space of our living room with a built-in desk! We’ve wanted to use a live-edge slab in something for a long time, and when we moved out to Portland we found a great local place called Goby Walnut. Perusing their stock several times, we had tons of ideas and […]

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Kelley

Planning: Built-in desk?

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As much as I wish my house was photo worthy at any moment, it’s generally not. Take this section of the living room, for example:   Truth be told, that might even be a “tidy” day in the desk corner.   Our living room & dining room are combined into one big L, and while […]

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Kelley

DIY Shelving

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We managed to eke out one project over the holidays, mostly out of necessity. The corner of the living room to the left of the fireplace (as you’re facing the fireplace) has been an unused waste of space due to our furniture placement (and the current configuration is about as good as we can do, all […]

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