Gallery of Our Projects

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Using an Old Door to Make Wall Hooks

How We Built Our Outdoor Fireplace and Totally Transformed Our Porch

How to Make a Headboard from a Door

How to Mortar Wash (German Schmear) a Brick Fireplace

How to Chalk Paint an Entertainment Center

How to Install a Wood Plank (Shiplap) Ceiling Using Woodhaven by Armstrong

How to Paint Door Hinges

How to Install Vinyl Plank Flooring

How to Install Quarter Round

DIY Burlap Art

How to Chalk Paint Picture Frames

How to Install a Sticky Tile Backsplash (in an RV)

Removing Our Dinette and Replace with a Table and Chairs

Decorating Our RV: Making Our Camper Feel Like Home on the Road

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

the top picture show a black fireplace box and mauve carpet. The bottom picture is a simulated stone fireplace with a TV hung above the firebox. There is a window to the left and orange and white pumpkins on the fireplace hearth.

How to Install a Shower Base

Vintage Bench Makeover

How to Sew Burlap Pillow Slipcovers

How to Install Tile on a Bathroom Floor

Fall Tablescape

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

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

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

How to Crochet a Baby Beanie with a Flower

Milk Can Project

Chalk Painting Front Porch Bench

Chalk Painted Dresser

Updating 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 copyClick 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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