Kelley

The Kitchen Floors

DIY Projects, Home Improvement, Rennovations 2 Comments

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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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?

Decor & Furnishings, DIY Projects, Home Improvement, Inspiration 1 Comment

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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Kelley

Our journey to Portlandia

Life & Everything Else 2 Comments

One year ago today, we touched down (for good!) at the PDX airport with two dogs, a 3 month old baby, and my sister (lending her helping hands). It was a challenging day, to be sure. Making it through two flights and a too-short connection in Phoenix, we’d pretty much been a traveling circus, towing along a confused […]

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Bathroom Remodel: Minor Progress

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We’re continuing to make (very slow) progress in the bathroom – most recently, on the vanity, where we finally got one of the two drawers built and installed. As of the last update, there was an embarrassingly long list of things on our “to-do” list. Out of 9 items, we crossed two off and made progress […]

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Bathroom Remodel: Building a vanity drawer

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It’s probably well-documented at this point, and I still have a hard time accepting it, but…. I have wildly unrealistic expectations about how long and difficult projects will be. This entire bathroom remodel has proven that over and over again. Yet practically every weekend I have announced to Alex “I really want to knock out […]

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The Nursery: Completed?

Before & After, Decor & Furnishings, Home Improvement No Comment

Still doesn’t sound right to call it a nursery, so I’m going to stop doing that. But whatever it’s called, we’re finished – for now – with working on this room. Here’s where we started: Nothing wrong  – it was pretty much a blank slate. The only major change made in here was taking over […]

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