Gallery of Our Projects

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Fall Tablescape

How to Mortar Wash (German Schmear) a Brick Fireplace

How to Patch Drywall

before picture of an old heater in the wall and an after picture where the hole has been repaired.

How to Make a Wipe Board from an Old Window

How to Make Cedar Shutters

Our Porch Transformation

How to Install Tile on a Porch Floor

How to Create a Brick Border (Lay a Brick Roll lock)

How to Install Simulated Stone

Painting an American Flag on Our Dock Closet

How to Chalk Paint a Lamp

Easter Tablescape: Bring in Spring

Making a Headboard from a Door

How to Hang Artwork on the Ceiling

Building Our Outdoor Fireplace

Making Farmhouse Table

Building Barn Door for Dock Closet

Chalk Painting and Recovering Bench

Building Porch Columns

Installing Old Barn Wood on Porch Ceiling

Making Sewing Machine Table

Making Pillow Slipcovers

Milk Can Project

Chalk Painting Front Porch Bench

The Making of a Craft Room

Chalk Painted DresserUpdating Chandelier

Cookie Sheet Chalkboard

Adding Backing to Bookcases

Our Lake House Makeover Project

It is not perfect, but it is perfect for us…

Before:AfterStreetsideLakehouse copy Before:AfterLakeside copy

We found this lake cabin in 2011; it was in foreclosure. Our lake house was originally just a weekend place, but now it is our permanent home. Purchasing this lake house was the beginning of many do-it-yourself projects and still remains a labor of love.

Neal and I are lifelong learners and doers. We are brave when it comes to DIY projects. We look at pictures (I love Pinterest), do some research, and dive in! We break large projects into smaller projects and  watch a lot of YouTube videos along the way. Neal has a real eye for renovating a house. He can see what is possible. We have made plenty of mistakes and sometimes have to redo some work, but we eventually figure it out. Working on projects together is one of the many ways we spend time together. We also enjoy the end result.

We are not particularly trendy and our home will likely not be written up in a famous magazine, but it is a special place to us. We host most of our extended family gatherings, which fills our home with laughter, love, and special memories. Please view our pictures, learn from our successes and mistakes and enjoy our journey!

Click here to see an abbreviated version of our construction process (with links for more detailed blog posts).

Click here to see a detailed version of our construction process.

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