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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

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

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

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

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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Kelley

Bathroom Remodel: Month 2?

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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 […]

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Kelley

Bathroom Remodel: Week 6+

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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 […]

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Kelley

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

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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 […]

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Kelley

Bathroom Remodel: Week(end) 4.5 Recap

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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 […]

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