Thursday, September 2, 2021

Thursday, September 2, 2021 The Renovation is Done!!

 Hi Everyone!  I am happy to report the renovations are done!  I have some trim painting to finish and some unpacking but all the actually work is done, the contractors are gone and life carries on!  Here are some finished photos:

I painted the Dining Room (SW Frosted Sage) and hung some valances up.  This room is pretty much done now except for Fall decorating!

Another picture of the dining room.

This photo is hanging in the breakfast room area.  Jenny found this oil painting at a thrift store for $13!  I love it!

New Rug in the den!

I put together one of the two bookcases for the den.  This goes with my desk in there.  Color is Chalked Chestnut.

Living Room

Fall arrangement I made for the Living Room.

Living Room from another angle.

I love this blue and white chair with the blue paint on the walls.

Living room, which I will be putting up new curtains soon.

This is the new front door.  I made a Fall basket for the front door.  I also spray painted the black lanterns I had and put them on the porch.  I put faux candles in the lanterns.  The upper shutters are all back on and it looks great!

This is the first time since this garage was built in 1979 that it had garage doors !  I think it looks so much better.  After I finish up the things in the house, I will then work on the outside gardens.  I want to create a cutting garden, a few raised bed veggie and flower gardens in the backyard, get the shrubs trimmed and clean up the driveway by power washing it.  

That is all the photos I have so far!  I am really enjoying my new house and I'm so glad the reno is over and I can enjoy everything here!  I hope you like what I did!


Monday, August 16, 2021

Monday, August 16, 2021

 Hi Everyone!  I hope you all had a really good weekend!  I went into Charleston with my 2 daughters, Megan and Jenny.  We went for lunch at The Butcher and Bee.  I had a Bee-LT and it was so good!  Jenny had ordered bacon-wrapped dates and we shared them because Megan doesn't like dates.  They were excellent!  We then left Charleston and stopped at a fabric store (the girls were making masks) and then did 2 more stops (Trader Joes and Costco).  We went back to Megan's house to drop off her food, etc. and then we headed back home.  It was a good day but I was really tired.

Saturday when I got home from Megan's the carpet guys were just finishing up the stairs and then they left.  I cannot believe what a difference the carpet makes!  I love that I am not walking on underlayment anymore!  I really don't love shoes, so walking barefoot is just wonderful again!  Here are some pictures:

The stairs were hard because they turn here at the bottom and they turn at the top also.  They did a great job.  I have to paint the white picture framing trim going up the stairs and the bannister.  I don't have stripes going up the stairs, that is the reflection of the bannister!

Up the stairs and a little turn.  

This is the front guest room.  All that is in there now is an antique dresser.  The box that is in the right side of the photo is the mattress for the bed.

This is the upstairs hallway.

My room will need the other nightstand put together and some art work for sure.  It is looking good though.  

The contractor hooked up my refrigerator and stove on Friday!!  That was major!  I actually fried myself and egg yesterday for the very first time!!  See photos below:

The hardwood flooring is all done now also!  You can see some of it in the kitchen but here are other photos of it.

This is the family room all done.  I guess I'll have to go rug shopping!

This is the space going into the half bath downstairs.

This is going into the kitchen.  That is where the stove was installed.  

Things are really moving along!  Today the downstairs toilet will be installed, the dishwasher will be installed and the gas tankless water heater is being installed as I type this post!  There really isn't too much left.  The gutters, garage door and a few odds and ends and then it is complete!  I have been doing this since May 1st and I am to the point where it needs to end, but I have to say the house is looking really good!  I am so glad that I decided to take on this project.  Now the decorating part will start!  That is the FUN part!

Everyone have a wonderful day!


Thursday, August 12, 2021

8.12.2021 Remodeling Update

 Hi Everyone!  Well the remodeling is finally winding down.  I will show you some photos of what has been happening since the last update!

The tub in the guest room was awful!  It was a fiberglass tub/shower combo but it was a weird blue, yes you heard me blue!  The toilet was yellow with a white seat, the sinks were yellowish and were so old, the vanity had also seen better days.  The linen closet was filthy dirty!  Here are some photos:

This is the bathroom completely redone.  I think I am going to paint the mirror white and distress it a little.  Just love it!  I also have put the outlet covers and switch plates on.

This was the old tub/shower combo.  Don't you love that blue-NOT!!

Tada!!  All new and fresh!  I decided to save a little money and had the fiberglass recoated.  It is guaranteed for 10 years.  The plumbing fixtures were missing in the photo but since then my contractor has put the new ones on.  So much better!!

Last week I painted from Thursday all the way through Sunday.  I only ate and slept and the other hours I was painting.  I painted the kitchen, 1/2 bath, area outside the bath and the breakfast room/Butler's Panry area a lovely gray (same as my Master Bedroom).  It is Valspar's Polar Star.  Such a lovely color gray.  Ignore the flooring in the photos, they hadn't put the engineered hardwood down at this point.

This was the existing pantry.  It was filthy dirty-food and bugs everywhere!  I didn't even want to go in there.  I cleaned and cleaned and then painted.  It looks like a whole new pantry!!  Love it!

Today the engineered hardwood floors were installed!!  Tomorrow carpeting will be installed upstairs.  It has been a long few months but it is finally getting there!!

This is the butler's pantry/breakfast room area.

The half bath and area outside the bath.

This is part of the kitchen.

I painted all the bedroom closets over the weekend also.  That would be guest room #1 and 2's walk-in closet, the hallway storage closet, the Master walk-in closet and then the Master regular closet.  I only have 2 photos of the 2 guest room closets so far.  

Front Guest Room Walk-in Closet

Back Guest Room Walk-in Closet.  This closet had tons of BB's from an old BB gun all over the shelves and floor.  There was also a very long mathematical equation written in red all over the back wall.  I think they both look so much better now and will look better tomorrow after they are carpeted!!

I am so glad this has been winding down, but I really do love planning and orchestrating my plans!!

I hope you all enjoyed the tour!  Have a wonderful evening!


Monday, August 2, 2021

8.2.2021 Where Did July Go?

 Hi Everyone!  Welcome August!  Where did July go to?  It just flew by.  It is hot and humid here in SC and we have been having really horrific thunderstorms almost daily.  I try and stay indoors most of the time because the minute you go out it is like a sauna out there!  I do have to take care of my gardens, flowers and the pups of course.  I have been working on the house, specifically painting which is all inside.  Thank goodness!

So far I have moved into the kitchen!  That is monumental to me my friends.  I have been without a kitchen and have been working out of my dining room temporarily.  I use an electric burner that Jenny and Kevin let me borrow.  I have also been using my air fryer, microwave and toaster oven.  Oh and I use my gas grill whenever I can.  I really missed my sink for getting water and washing my dishes.  I had to go to the bathroom upstairs and use the sink and tub.  Little by little everything is getting done!  Here are some photos of the kitchen update:

I bought this riser at an estate sale on Friday for $10!

I am loving this herringbone pattern behind the stove.

All the subway tile is grouted.

I am loving the quartzite countertops.  Excuse the wire coming down the contractor was putting in the under cabinet lights.

Here is my pride and joy-a pull out spice cabinet.  It is really narrow but holds almost all of my spices.  So convenient by the stove.

I have moved into the Master Bathroom also!!  This has been such a lovely thing!  I feel like I am staying at a luxury hotel (just the bathroom though because my bedroom doesn't have carpet yet LOL).  Here are some photos of the bathroom.  Loving the glass barndoor shower door!!

Everything turned out even better than I thought!  I especially love the glass tile border in the shower.  I originally wasn't supposed to have a bench, but there was a vent for the bathroom in that spot, so a bench was necessary.  I like it though :)!

In amongst all the renovations, I decided I needed to get a bicycle.  I went on FB Marketplace and here is what I got:

I have always wanted a bike I could ride around the neighborhood and/or go to the many parks in this area with Jenny and the boys.  It is good exercise.  It has a basket, water bottle holder and cell phone holder.  The lady also gave me a brand new helmut, water bottle, bike lock and a few other little things she said she wanted me to have.

Hope you enjoyed the reno updates!  Have a wonderful day!!


Monday, July 26, 2021

Den Painting and Kitchen Tile 7.26.2021

Hi Everyone!  I haven't been on here in awhile because I have been painting, painting, painting.  I had to put KILZ on the trim and wainscoting in the den.  The wood was stained Black Walnut.  It took 2-3 coats of KILZ.  I then painted the trim and wainscoting with semi-gloss white.  It took 3 coats of that.  I then pick a bold color for the top of the wall above the wainscoting.  I picked Veranda Blue.  I love the way the white paint makes this color pop!  Here is the room so far.

This is what the den looked like before my paint job.  I think the change is so much better!!


The contractor came today and worked on the kitchen backsplash tile.  I chose a white subway tile and behind the stove a herringbone pattern with the subway tile.  Here is the backsplash without grout.  It will be grouted tomorrow.

I love the way this has turned out.  Once the wood flooring is put down the Refrigerator and Dishwasher can be installed.  The gas stove might have to wait because I am waiting for the gas line to be brought in from the street and a meter set.  It will be amazing though.  The appliances are all stainless steel.  The grout will be white.

My contractor also could make the windowsill extra deep so I can put mementors, small flower vases, etc. on there.  (There is a piece of trim missing under the sill.)  So happy about that!

Everything is moving along and I can move into the kitchen soon.  I will still have to use a portable burner because the stove isn't ready yet, but it will be wonderful not to be cooking in the dining room!  I have been doing this since the first week of May.  I also now have water on the first floor!

Thanks for coming along with me on the remodel so far!

Have a wonderful evening!


Ring of Kerry, Ireland
My husband, John and I went to Ireland for our 25th Wedding Anniversary in 2004. We had an awesome trip and we will never forget it. We actually got to visit our friends who live in Northern Ireland. We spent 3 wonderful days with them! The picture above was taken when we visited The Ring of Kerry. The beauty of Ireland is just spectacular! If you ever get a chance visit there.

Megan is my oldest daughter. She and Ken were married on April 12, 2008. It was a wonderful ceremony and reception!

Jenny and Kevin at their wedding 8/30/08. The wedding was at our home and turned out wonderful! Everyone had such a good time!