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How We Built Our Outdoor Fireplace and Totally Transformed Our Porch
How to Mortar Wash (German Schmear) a Brick Fireplace
How to Install a Wood Plank (Shiplap) Ceiling Using Woodhaven by Armstrong
How to Paint Door Hinges
How to Install Vinyl Plank Flooring
Updating Light Fixtures (and Ceiling Fans)
How to Sew Christmas Pillow Covers
How to Paint (and Reconfigure) Kitchen Cabinets
Displaying Family Keepsakes
The Bathroom Remodel Project
Installing Our Heart Pine Floors
How to Install Tile in a Shower
How We Updated our Fireplace
How to Install a Shower Base
Vintage Bench Makeover
How to Sew Burlap Pillow Slipcovers
How to Patch Drywall
How to Make a Wipe Board from an Old Window
How to Make Cedar Shutters
Painting an American Flag on Our Dock Closet
How to Chalk Paint a Lamp
Easter Tablescape: Bring in Spring
Our Lake House Makeover Project
It is not perfect, but it is perfect for us…
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.
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!
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