Chalkboard Countertops

We recently had our master bathroom professionally remodeled, which was amazing.  Really amazing.  When someone says the demo in your bathroom was the worst they’ve seen in 15+ years of construction, you say, “Thanks for being here!” and count your lucky stars you weren’t doing the demo yourself.  Someday soon, when I master the use of a…

Cabinet Details

If the entire premise of this blog is “Small But Valuable,” I think there’s an important milestone to note.  Namely, Scott put pulls onto our cabinets, and I couldn’t be happier about it. Our main cabinets (along the wall, were there forever and repainted)  have had hardware for a while, which is helpful with little…

Painted Cabinets: All Seven Layers

Painting our cabinets proved to be a tricky job.  Isn’t that always the way with DIY projects?  That said, each individual step was easy to tackle.  It was not knowing how to start that was intimidating.  Sure, you sand first, then you paint.  I’ve got that.  But we were doing steps I had never tried…

Kitchen Remodeling: Phase 2

Scott and I got down to business with that wallboard in our living area, but we still have a few important steps on our kitchen transformation.  There’s the structural engineer signing off on a plan and the local permit folks signing off on that same plan.  There’s implementation of that plan, and then moving on…

Future DIY Queen?

Scott and I are  about to close on our new home (less than two weeks!), and we’re getting ready for all of our projects.  Well, we’re getting ready for bits and pieces of our projects. Our plan is to start by knocking out a wall between our kitchen and living/dining areas.  Apparently it isn’t a…

The End of an Era (and Fresh Paint)

I’ve loved being a stay-at-home wife for the past several months.  It gave me a chance to start my Etsy shop, to paint more, to cook relaxed meals, and to just feel at peace.  But every season has its end, right? Sometimes while I was feeling at peace, I also felt like a bum.  Sometimes…

Tackling the Spackle and Lone Earrings

Week two of housewifedom is looking good.  I would share all of the gory details of productivity (oh yeah, and that one morning of going back to bed from 9 to 11), but we don’t need to cover all of that.  Especially not the sleeping in thing.  You can forget about that. Part of the productivity has included…