Category renovation

The hall light 

A tale of folly and victory told in two Instagram posts almost exactly 6 months apart. The first was from July 17th, 2016, the second from January 16th, 2017. Right after our offer was accepted on our house, but three months before we moved in, I prompted convinced Nik we needed to stop in every […]

Small measures

While the work on the kitchen continues, my own DIY projects have chugged along in small increments. At this point, my approach is fairly scattershot and nothing is really complete, although the bedroom is close. Recently, I’ve been working on the “pink room”, a second bedroom on the second floor. When we first moved in, […]

The progress and surprises

Week three started yesterday, and the work continues in satisfying increments. The demo of the cabinets is complete, the tile has come up and the rough-ins for the electric and plumbing are nearly finished. Because I am impatient by nature, I am restless to get to the part where we put the finishes in, but […]

The Befores

It’s been three months and a couple days since closing day, and we’ve undertaken quite a few projects, but few of them feel near completion. We have HGTV dreams, but a DIY network budget, and a couple unglamorous projects- a burst pipe and a roof repair- have distracted our time and funds. The big project, […]

The first surprise

After closing, we got the keys, unpacked, decorated, and lived happily ever after. (…which is hopefully how this concludes in 20 years, if we’re being optimistic.) But have you seen that foyer? You can forgive a house a host of sins with a foyer like that. After getting the keys, we vacillated between celebrating and […]

The next project

After the bathroom, all the major work on the condo had been completed, and we started to think about the smaller projects we wanted to do next. The living room needed a furniture edit and a new coat of paint, the studio needed something to accommodate its multipurpose functions, we really needed more shelves to […]

The new bathroom

Five weeks seems to last forever and go by in a flash. Five weeks ago, this was our bathroom: Every single thing came out. And now: The seedlings of the bathroom renovation took root pretty much immediately after finishing the kitchen. The kitchen was so clean, bright, and open, and I wanted the rest of […]

Almost

The briefest of progress posts just to say we are so close to having a functional bathroom, but not quite yet. (grout, vanity, sink, toilet, fixtures, sconces, window…)

The bathroom of my nightmares, part two.

Don’t freak out, darlings, and don’t question the choices that you make.  It’s all part of the process. Did you you know mildew-resistant drywall is purple? And not just purple, but the very specific shade of reddish plum that happens to be my least favorite shade of my least favorite color? Alas. We’ve got some […]

In the thick of it

At the end of the second week, we’re in the “spot the differences” stage. Progress seems visually slow, but functionally steady. On Monday, work came to a halt when it was discovered that the building’s main water shutoff valve was broken. That had to be repaired, and then the plumbing rough-ins were finished, including rerouting […]