Kelley

The Nursery: Wallpaper

Decor & Furnishings, Home Improvement 1 Comment

It feels weird to call Jack’s room a “nursery”, but I’m not really sure what else it would be? He’s only a year old, so right on that line between baby and toddler. But is there a special name for bedroom-of-a-toddler? When does a nursery become a kid’s room? Deep questions that keep me up at […]

Read more
Kelley

Bathroom Remodel: Month 2?

DIY Projects, Home Improvement, Rennovations No Comment

What started as daily updates switched to weekly, and now monthly. Yikes. Did I have unrealistic expectations or am I just lazy? I think the answer is probably both. We got ourselves to the “usable” state the day before moving in, and then pretty much called it quits. We had other things to worry about […]

Read more
Kelley

Bathroom Remodel: Week 6+

DIY Projects, Home Improvement, Rennovations No Comment

Here is the current state of affairs in the bathroom: I’d call it about 85% complete. That may seem generous given the obvious amount of work still to do, but consider that this was the starting point: We grossly underestimated how much effort this would be (ok…. I grossly underestimated it, and Alex didn’t step […]

Read more
Kelley

New House Color!

Home Improvement, Painting, Uncategorized No Comment

After a month of (what felt like) non-stop bathroom renovation, there’s certainly a lot of improvement going on inside the house. It’s becoming nicer, by probably any standards, every single day. But the change I’m happiest with at the moment? This: Just a refresher – when we bought the house, it looked like this: Yes, I […]

Read more
Kelley

Bathroom Remodel: Week 5 Recap (Inching towards the finish line)

DIY Projects, Home Improvement, Rennovations 1 Comment

So last week, we had to call in reinforcements in our mad-dash towards the move date. It’s been one week since that post, and I’m happy to say that our deadline has whooshed past… so it’s behind us, one way or another. Here’s the good news: we had a working bathroom just in time for […]

Read more
Kelley

Bathroom Remodel: Week(end) 4.5 Recap

DIY Projects, Home Improvement, Rennovations 1 Comment

Asking for help is hard. I don’t like to impose on people, and I definitely don’t like to owe anyone any favors. But there comes a time when you just need to suck it up and ask for help… and that time is when you’re days away from moving into a house that has no […]

Read more
Kelley

Bathroom Remodel: Regrets

DIY Projects, Home Improvement, Rennovations 1 Comment

Here’s my “shoulda woulda coulda” confession of this renovation… I would not call myself a perfectionist per se, but I do spend an awful lot of time fixating on mistakes, and feeling guilty for not doing as good of a job as I could have (probably normal, right?). And this bathroom project is providing plenty of material […]

Read more
Kelley

Bathroom Remodel: Week 4 Recap

DIY Projects, Home Improvement, Rennovations 2 Comments

I am about to say something that I don’t think I’ve gotten to say thus far in our bathroom renovation journey — things are actually humming along pretty well at the moment & I think (hope?) that we’re actually on target to hit our deadline. This deadline, by the way, is 8/28, or 6 days […]

Read more
Kelley

Bathroom Remodel: A Rant (and beginning Week 4)

DIY Projects, Home Improvement, Rennovations No Comment

Monday was rough. Alex and I each took the day off from work in order to focus our collective energies on this bathroom remodel. We put up our “Out of Office” assistants in outlook, dropped Jack off at daycare for the day, and made the ceremonial (and required) trip to the hardware store. You know. Just to […]

Read more
Kelley

Bathroom Remodel: Week(end) 3 Recap

DIY Projects, Home Improvement, Rennovations No Comment

So, before the weekend began, I laid out what seemed like a reasonable list of four tasks to accomplish over the weekend (while we still had my mom in town to watch the little guy). It seemed perfectly reasonable at the time. But, as per usual, I grossly overestimated our ability and / or underestimated […]

Read more

Welcome!

Thank you for visiting this blog!

Everything you'll find here is the true story of two inexperienced homeowners who never stop asking the question ... "how hard could it be?"

There are many old photos with broken links - we're sorry about that, and are trying to get everything looking good again!

- Kelley & Alex