• DIY

    Lakehouse Exterior (con’t) and Outdoor Kitchen

      Original House Our exterior renovation of our lake house was a big job to put it mildly.  I covered in my last post: addition/reno of the front of the house.   A few years back we had replaced several of the windows.  This made a big difference in heating and air conditiong, so we are very excited to see how efficient our “new” house is this summer when it’s 110+ degrees in Texas.     To start, we extended the patio the length of the house.  Making and installing the forms ourself using old 2×4’s and stakes then adding metal rebar for stability. Make sure the ground is packed well prior…

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    Lake House Make Over – Front Exterior

    After renovating the inside of our old lake house, it was time to tackle the exterior.  The house was a boring rectangular box that needed new siding, windows, as well as, a new roof.  Storage was a problem, and we had no laundry room.  My husband and I decided to go all in and add a mudroom and a large covered patio.  Next year we hope to add two more bedrooms and another bathroom, but that will be considered Phase 2.  This house is about 2 1/2 hours from our main house, so we had to pay close attention to timeline, availability and weather.      Step 1 – Foundation…

  • DIY,  Green Living

    DIY Ottoman made from an Old Tire

    This is my favorite kind of DIY project, cheap, easy and environmentally friendly!  After updating my bathroom and closet, I needed to spruce up the bedroom.  I’m loving the bohemian look these days, so what better than a ottoman made from a repurposed material like an old tire?  A not so fun fact about tire disposal is that tires are one of the most problematic sources of waste we face today.  44 States have banned them from landfills, but the recycling process is expensive and almost always passed on to the consumer.  Tire DIY /repurposing projects could help, even if just a little….   What you will need: Old Tire …

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    Master Closet Makeover

    I have a large master closet, but unfortunately a bigger closet can just be a bigger mess.  I was in need of some serious organization! Before Pics:     Step 1 – Prepping your space I started be going through my entire closet and divide into three categories; keep, donate, and sell.  Then I removed the items that should not have been in the closet to begin with, like the stationary bike.  I had ordered hardwoods a few years back that matched my bedroom flooring.  So after the flooring was installed and room painted, we started to work with each side of the room as far as organization.   Step 2…

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    Dress Up your Knobs

    During my guest bedroom makeover, I debated whether or not to try and use some Ikea furniture that had recently been cast off from my girls’ rooms.  The dresser and bedside table were not in horrible shape but nothing special….   Notice the small standard black knobs that come on most IKEA dressers (above), this is what I used to make a big difference in the overall look. Step 1 Remove the knobs and consider painting the base color of the dresser/bedside table.  I chose a deep green and used spray paint, but you could also use chalk paint.  These aren’t wood so I would not recommend using regular paint. …