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My Sophomore Year


My experience with True Value started with a contest I felt I might be able to win. I entered a video of my 1940’s bathroom (in which my toddler son waddled in and flushed the toilet) and then your votes helped me win.

(It’s so funny seeing the progression of my hair.  Can you tell I’m someone who likes change?)

I was able to transform my bathroom from this…

…to this…

When True Value asked me to be a part of their DIY Blog Squad last year, it seemed like a very natural thing for me to be involved.

I worked on many projects over the year with the help from the amazing people at Cashman’s True Value Hardware in East Berlin, PA.  The biggest project was painting all of my kitchen cabinets, the walls, and the ceiling in my kitchen and family room.  I also replaced all of the hardware on the doors and drawers.

It was a huge project that took a couple of weeks to complete, but it’s made a big difference in the look of the rooms we spend most of our time in.


I was asked to be a part of the True Value DIY Blog Squad for a second year and it was a no-brainer.  I’m really excited to work with such a great company again.

 I wonder what projects I’ll complete this year…

To follow all of the members of the DIY Blog Squad, visit the True Value Facebook page.

I was one of the bloggers selected by True Value to work on the DIY Squad. I have been compensated for my time commitment to the program as well as my writing about my experience. I have also been compensated for the materials needed for my DIY project. However, my opinions are entirely my own and I have not been paid to publish positive comments.

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  1. Catherine Jennings says:

    Too Funny!!!!! I’m the girl that emailed you to tell you that I grew up near you and went to Bermudian Springs. Well ….. I went to school with Rick Cashman! Tell him I said Hi!

  2. As you run out of rooms at your home……you may need to get another house to “redo.” So, I volunteer mine! : ) LOL!

  3. Beautifully done!

  4. a.) This is the first time I’ve seen your chalkboard wall…love it.
    b.) I’m happy to slide into the Freshman spot! hehe
    c.) I’m guessing you’ll tackle your kitchen floors? Not because I don’t like them…but because you’ve mentioned it on a few occasions! Can’t wait to see whatever you do!


  5. i was going to say kitchen floor, too! and speaking of Freshman Year. . . I was wondering today – Will there be an MMS Milk Paint Booth at next year’s Haven Conference???

  6. Congrats! And I love the chalkboard wall!!

  7. ++

  8. I would say the Kitchen floor would be fun…and here is where I would paint a pattern on a floor.Since all the cabinets are white…you could play with pattern here…Or they have all the supplies for your floor in dining room….just not the labor….darn

  9. great, great, just great 😉

  10. I’ll be glad to take that freshman spot. I know…always taking one for the team :) PS….LOVE the chalkboard wall. I don’t think I’ve ever seen it in your home before!

  11. Cool :) Can’t wait to see the projects you do this year!

  12. Hooray!!! I’m SO looking forward to another year of you and TrueValue! That’s awesome. Can’t wait to see what you tackle – perhaps your floors will be one project?!

  13. I don’t think I’ve ever noticed the “ballet bar” in your old bathroom before.

  14. I don’t know how I missed the bathroom reno, but it’s an amazing transformation! I’m glad I wasn’t there for the demo, when you took down the tile on the walls! And the tile you chose for the floor is perfection! No wonder you won!

  15. Patrina says:

    Love the chalkboard wall. The kitchen looks fabulous.

  16. Hey!
    What happened to the bathroom window??????????

  17. Wow, somehow I too missed your bathroom remodel. Can I just say FABULOUS? I love that vintage style. Add my name to the list – if you need other rooms to work on, I’ve got a great job for you! Rental Unit Condo on the Beach to Cottage, Ironstone, Miss Mustardseed Chic Condo on the Beach. The perks are good – I’ll meet you on the beach in Feb. or March when it’s really cold where you live. Game on?

  18. Fabulous bathroom reno…and for that matter, kitchen too….It is no wonder that True Value has selected you….!!…Love your chalkboard wall with your beautiful artwork!

  19. I thought the wall was a dark blue at first and then I was like “WHOA!!!” That is a chalkboard wall!!!! Love it, and still loving that bathroom…I am with you by the way about the everchanging hair color, can’t be too consistent, it’s boring!

  20. Can I just steal your whole house?! It’s so dang awesome. You guys have done a great job!

  21. What’s the trick to painting an entire wall with chalkboard paint? Is there a tip you recommend? Is it easy? Any special brand you like to use? I would love to do an accent wall in our kitchen!

  22. Your before picture brings back memories. We had the same floor, tiles and sink in a 1940’s bungalow we rented years ago.

  23. I love the chalk board wall! What a transformation!! It has been so fun watching your house change over the last year! keep up the good work!


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