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living with raw wood floors

Back in November of last year, I had finally worked up the DIY gumption to sand down the oak hardwood floors in the front of our house. The polyurethane finish I had applied only a few years earlier was peeling off, taking the dark stain along with it.  I could literally peel it up in sheets with my cheap nail polish, which might be fun when you're 13 and bored in algebra, but  (read more …)

the evolution of my house | part 3 | the home office

Thanks so much for all of the great feedback on this series.  I've enjoyed going through my house in a bit more detail and seeing how far this home, that was not love-at-first-site, has really come along.  If you missed parts one and two, here they are... Part 1 - the evolution of the living room Part 2 - the evolution of the dining room And here we go with part three, the home office. This  (read more …)

Office Light & Start ’em Young

What we thought would be a quiet Saturday at home ended up being a day full of comings and goings, hustle and bustle.  My parents came over to spend time with the boys, the boys had a friend over to play, we had a grocery store run, some other errands and got a few projects done. My dad likes to tinker with things, so while he was over and just hanging out, I asked if he would install the light  (read more …)

a work bench & office light

I mentioned a couple of days ago that Jeff and I worked on getting the basement cleaned up to make it more functional.  That involved bringing in some more wire shelving and moving things around.  We've had a workbench that was left by the previous owners in the basement when we bought the house.  It had an ugly remnant counter on it, but it was a useful piece, so we kept it.  Now that we were  (read more …)


With the boys out of school, it's been really difficult for me to get in my groove, but I have been able to pick away at some organizing projects.  Organizing is the kind of project that can be done in pieces between building Lego's (I'm the "piece finder"), Ukulele practice, "snack picnics" and playing Creationary.  In the past few days, I was able to get my linens starched, ironed and organized  (read more …)

Office Makeover – Answers to FAQs

Thanks so much for all of the wonderful comments about my home office makeover.  I really love the space as well and it's amazing to look through my kitchen into that room and see it finished.  I was asked quite a few questions about it, so I thought I would answer some of the FAQs in a post. First of all, the wall color is Grey Owl in matte and the trim and cabinetry is Waterborne Impervo, satin  (read more …)