Break On Through: A House 2.0 Update

April 16, 2012 at 11:19 pm

And the hits just keep on coming. I promised a House 2.0 update and here we have it. Our kitchen passthrough is finally complete! I say finally, because we started working on this bad boy back in November. We all know what happened at the end of November/December, so yeah I never got around to posting about it. It wasn’t as easy as I had hoped it was going to be—load-bearing considerations, electrical wires, etc—but […]

Powder Room Additions

April 13, 2012 at 10:38 pm

In 2009, I wrote this post about some renovations we did to our downstairs powder room. Why is it I’m always talking about bathrooms?! I think it’s because after the kitchen, it’s the second place in a home that sorely shows its age when it’s out of date. While this isn’t a House 2.0 update (I promise you, that’s coming), it’s been a mini-crusade of mine to finish off the mental checklist for this little […]

The Closet

April 3, 2012 at 4:14 pm

Oh hey… Yeah, I’m back! First off, I’m not going to address my 4 month hiatus here. That’s a topic for another post — or not — depending on whether I want to talk about it at all. So yeah… moving on. I’ve had this post idea on my mental list for a long time (two years to be exact). I believe I had “organize my closet” on my 2011 goal list, and now it […]

Resurfaced Stairs

November 20, 2011 at 10:37 pm

A couple of years ago, I resurfaced the stair risers going up to the second floor with some 1/4″ oak panels. The riser surface was painted white and I couldn’t manage to keep them from getting impossibly marred up with black kick marks. Plus there are knots in the wood that bleed through the paint. Now since we’re in the thick of House 2.0, Mike has been asking me, rather, BEGGING me to do the […]

The Master House List

November 19, 2011 at 10:53 pm

Last night I sat down and typed up a spreadsheet that included each room in our house and a list of all the projects I’d like to do for those rooms. A lot of the projects are of a “someday/maybe” nature, but nevertheless I wanted to write down all the things I’ve had floating around my head. Once I recorded them all, I freaked out a little because the list is substantial! Mind if I […]

House 2.0 September Update

September 22, 2011 at 6:02 pm

It’s been a while since I’ve said anything about the House 2.0 project. So I figured I’d give a quick run-down of what’s happened since I last talked about it. We installed the mantel! and I am in LOVE!! The warmth and rustic quality to the wood really make that wall pop. Plus, we purchased a print by Patty Baker (a somewhat local NY artist) from It’s one of my favorite things about the […]

I Got Wood!

September 6, 2011 at 5:43 pm

LOL, please forgive my juvenile brain for that post title, but I couldn’t resist. Anyway, if you follow my sporadic twitter feed, I posted this a few weeks back: “Behold! My new mantel!” My friend Bill (the handyman guy who hung my drywall), was desperately trying to find something for me via his Mennonite connections, but wasn’t coming up with anything. So good ol’ Craigslist came through for me with the barn wood and for $40 (less than 1/10th the cost of the reclaimed wood place I looked into).

Parting Is Such Sweet Sorrow

August 16, 2011 at 11:30 pm

Since we started this silly house 2.0 project (Oh yeah, THAT?… It’s still going on by the way) I knew I would have to sacrifice a few things in order to get the usable space we wanted. What do I mean by this? Well, we couldn’t possibly do it without getting rid of some furniture. Specifically, my couch and love seat. We decided to get rid of them and keep the hand-me-down sofa from my […]


June 27, 2011 at 11:49 pm

The wall painting is more or less finished! Can I get an amen!? I still have to give the foundation a quick coat of white, but that can wait till tomorrow. My mother-in-law has graciously offered to come and hang out with Gabe while I git’er done around the house. I will be working on the office, painting, folding laundry, the list goes on and on. Let’s hope Gabriel is a good boy and doesn’t […]

Paint Crush

June 27, 2011 at 11:47 am

I think it’s safe to say that I know my paint. I’ve painted every room in my house at least once… some twice. Here’s the rundown: Kitchen (2), Dining Room (2), Living Room (1), Den (2), Office (1), Powder Room (1), Master Bath (1), Guest Room (1), Gabriel’s Room (1), Master Bedroom (2), Hallway (1). Funny story about the bedroom paint: Mike and I had just bought our house and we wanted to personalize our […]


June 22, 2011 at 9:55 am

Progress on House 2.0 is slow… I want my house back already!! Mike continues to remind me that I wanted to do this project in the first place; thanks honey. :) Drywall is up and spackled (thanks to my friend, Bill) and I’ve started a little priming. The one thing that we really can’t do anything about for a long while is our fireplace. The stupid thing is ancient and a chimney guy told us […]


June 2, 2011 at 10:18 am

When we started our basement tear out, it was obvious that we would need to find some way of eliminating the trash paneling and old nail-ridden trim, among other things. But after looking into the pricing on dumpsters—a whopping $400 bucks!!! ouch—we decided we would hold off and weigh our options. Besides, we just didn’t need that volume. We could filter the junk into our regular trash, but that would involve cutting down oversized panels […]