Bath Right

Prime Time for Priming

We recently left for and returned from vacation with Ken’s parents and the kids to Orlando, FL. The week prior to vacation though, we made some progress in renovating the bathroom. So that was nice to come back home to! My husband put a beautiful texture on our bathroom ceiling called a “knock down”. He…

Foyer

New Addition!

We recently made a BIG purchase that caused foyer renovations to be that much more pressing. How BIG can a baby be though? Unless it’s followed by grand and is a piano, then it’s pretty big! That’s right. The new addition to our family is a John Wanamaker baby grand piano! So what does this have to…

DIY: Rope Swing

DIY: Rope Swing

I wanted to share how we managed to hang a rope swing so easily without a ladder or climbing the tree! This project was so easy, a single person could do it on their own even if you’re afraid of heights! This ingenious plan was my Dad’s. The children are so thankful…everyday…for hours. lol First,…

Master Bathroom Progress

Master Plan for Master Bath

This will likely be the last room we actually finish, but the master bath is something I’m really looking forward to. We just happened to make some small progress in here recently. The transformation is hardly worth posting over…Its not like the after picture looks any better than the before! lol At the same time though,…

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What’s In A Name?

Today’s post will likely read more like a book review than a casual post on the transformation of our home, but I’ll take that risk. Besides, I plan to end on a note about the house anyway. No, I’m not talking about Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet either (from which my title comes from). The book I’m referring…

Downstairs Bath

Finishing the Bathroom

Don’t get too excited. I meant, finishing the drywall in the bathroom. We revisited work on the bathroom when we applied the joint compound to the drywall. Of course, the kids thought this was truly interesting considering it was called “mud” but was white and o.k. to put on the walls (unlike the stuff they bring in…

Master Bedroom

A Call For Reinforcements

This past weekend was a lot of fun, because friends joined us in gutting the master bedroom above the kitchen. Five people made light work of a heavy project. I used to think gutting was fun. I thought, Yeah! We get to go in there with hammers and just have fun ripping and tearing everything…

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Building A Wall Around My Yard

When you go from living on a few acres of flat ground to a few lots on a hillside, you really miss flat ground! That’s why we decided to undertake a little excavation project on days it was too pretty to be inside. This was no easy task without renting equipment. Even harder though was…

Kitchen Pass-thru light and water lines

My Kitchen Saga

Possibly the longest running saga (not just on my blog, but ever written anywhere!) is my kitchen project. A kitchen is possibly the most time consuming and most expensive undertaking when it comes to renovating a house. This is especially the case for us, because so many other projects have for one reason or another taken precedence over countertops and…

Tapped Norway Maple

Tap for Sap

It’s that time of year again that I really look forward to, because its a clue that spring is around the corner…tapping our Maples for syrup! At the old place before we moved we had one, gigantic Sugar Maple. Now we have four itty bitty Norway Maples. So I’m very curious to see how that affects…

McGill kids in Bread Dough

Man Cannot Live On Bread Alone, or can he?

The little McGill men could. They love bread any way you fix it…bread rolls, biscuits, croissants, scones, whatever! So they were extremely happy when my husband ran the electric for the stove in the kitchen. Now we can bake all the bread we want! I have had electric in the kitchen for weeks now, but…

Laundry Hook-ups

Drumroll please…

Introducing my totally unfinished but quite usable laundry room! Who knew laundry could be so exciting? Look wise, this room is hardly worth posting over, but I just had to share the news! We’ve ran water and electric upstairs and installed our washer and dryer! We still have lots of remodeling work to do (walls,…