Where Have You Been, Girl?!

September 24, 2018 at 1:03 pm (Our New House, Tid Bits) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Hi all! Yes, yes. It’s been forever. BUT, I am back. And with lots to share.

One more kiddo and a new (to us) house have kept us very, very busy. But this new house has also given us a TON of new projects to show you while we go. So, I’m back and full of fun stuff to document.

The house. If you have been following along here for very long, you know I love me some old houses. And old projects. And old antiques. Everything with a story. Let me tell you, this house had lots of stories. Built in 1860, and sadly remodeled in the 70’s, we have our hands full, both with old stories and new ideas.

So, here she is. All potential and boring right now.

Pretty cool, right?! And a ton of work, a few headaches, blood, sweat, tears… and love. I’m excited to be getting all creative again. As the new little one allows, of course. 😂

As many of you know, this space was created years ago when I got my first house to document and share all of my remodeling and decorating ideas, trials, errors, and adventures. This is where a plan to keep most of my focus now that I am back with plenty to keep sharing. But, I also plan to share some family, kids, health, and even personal stuff. Let me know if there’s something you would like to see!

And finally, I haven’t shared about myself in a very long time. So, my name is Jessica. I am a social worker with a Bachelor’s in Psychology and a Master’s in Forensic Psychology. I love to be outdoors, camp, and travel, decorate, refinish and repurpose furniture, and and hunt for bargains and hidden gems. I live in Iowa with my significant other, Jason, my 15 year old step-daughter, Jordin, my 5 year old son, Brantley, and my 4 month old son, Barrett. Oh, and our little growing crew of pets. Every farm needs chickens and goats, right? We not only love making our new old house a home, but we also love trying out new things along the way. I hope we can inspire you!

Glad you are here! It should be fun, and a little new, so stick around!

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House Tour Continued: The Living Room

November 23, 2011 at 9:23 am (Home Changes and Additions) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

I have finally gotten around to taking more pictures of the house! Again, these are semi-befores, as I have put things away and somewhat decorated, but we have not done any remodeling or painting yet.  We can start in the living room. 

Here is the view from the steps that lead upstairs (where we toured before)…

Yes, the room is peach.  No, it is NOT staying this way.  Also, if I may vent, I hate the couch situation.  That is the old floral couch from my “green lounge room” in the old house.  We covered it with a slipcover (horrible idea!) and the ottoman is the red one one from the office covered in a sheet.  This was our way of making a temporary L shaped couch.  Yeah, I hope it doesn’t last long!

Also, I love the curatins, but I think they are getting traded with another room, more on that later!  And sorry to those of you who do not like animals in decor, but this room has a lot of it.  Fiance and I like it 🙂

The walls will soon be a grey.  Also, the empty wall above the teal table has some art…just not hung yet!

Don’t mind the shelf that is in the process of being moved in the last photo! Next is a shot of the entertainment center.  The last owners built this awesome rustic thing and left it.  We had debated doing away with it, as it is very big, but it has grown on us! I think it may pop in a neat way once the walls are painted, so we will keep her for a while!

A shot of some antique keys hanging inside the entertainment center…

The makers of this cabinet hung a spoon handle on the outside as a coat hook. Such a cute idea!

There used to be a stove where the stone wall is.

Here is the view out our red front door…

fSo, what do you think?  Its getting there.  I can’t wait to paint! Stay tuned for the tour of the rest of the downstairs! 🙂

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Black Kitchen Inspiration

June 6, 2011 at 10:39 am (Inspiration) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

The kitchen needs some help. I can’t change the fact that it’s super small and always will be. But, I can give it a bit of a facelift.  This is in the works.  I already have all the plans in my head.  Yes, I want to paint the cabinets black.  Black.  It doesn’t matter how many people doubt me now, because I already have my mind set.  But, just to put other people at ease, I thought I would share Nate Berkus” gorgeous black cabinet kitchen!

 

Gorgeous, no?  I totally believe I can pull this off too. Stay tuned!

See it posted originally here:  www.housetweaking.com

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Virtual Tour-Starting in the Dining Room

May 26, 2011 at 8:24 pm (Our New House) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

I think I will give you a little before and after tour of each room as I update them in the new house.  Besides the bathroom, the dining room was one of the first rooms I refinished.  I decided not to mess with the beaded board walls or drop ceiling at this time, and the carpet may someday come out to reveal the… hardwood floors! But for now… the before:

Yeah, not much for a dining room, right?  And After…

I really wanted initially to get rid of the blue ceiling fan.  However, family and friends convinced me to work around it.  The fan was new and it had a remote and a dimmer.  They swore it would be handy.  Turns out, they are right!  So, I covered a large lamp shade in silky black ribbon and attached it to the fan over the light bulbs.  I also hung a crystal from the pull.  I think the set-up helps a lot!

On this wall will eventually be a buffet I am refinishing.  Stay tuned for that project soon.

And remember the armuoir I turned into a mini bar?  So, what do you think so far?

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Budget Bathroom Redmodel

May 25, 2011 at 7:57 pm (Our New House) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

I recently bought my first home and armed with a tight budget and a big dream I set out to fix the place up.  The house was built in the 20’s and plumbing was not originally indoors.  The bathroom is large, but appears to be in an old bedroom or closet.  There was a bathtub, but because of the slope of the roof, there was no room for a stand up shower without hitting your head.  I had to get creative in order to stay within my means and also make the place functional for everyday living…

Here are a few before shots of the old retro bathroom:

Not only was there no shower, but this baby also had carpet, dingy tile board walls, no outlets, and only one tiny light.  I had my work cut out for me.

I decided to refinish a clawfoot tub and move it away from the wall a couple of feet in order to add a diverter faucet where the ceiling was high enough to stand to shower.  The rest fell into place after that.  All was done for under $1000. Check it out:


Yea, that’s right, it’s the same bathroom.  Clean, functional, bright, and a bit glamorous.  My own personal dressing room!

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Bathroom Facelift

August 10, 2009 at 7:28 am (Home Changes and Additions) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

I got the shower curtain in the mail… and I love it!  I ran out the next day to get a new curtain rod that is curved (I hate the curtain touching me, and we hated the gold!).  I also picked up a couple white and black towels and a new rug.  The new toothbrush holder is actually an old jar.  What a huge difference these touches made!

Here is the before:

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And here is the updated bathroom:

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A bit more sophisticated?

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Of course there are still changes we would like to make, but it was a great start for such a small budget!  With the new curved rod we are thinking about getting a second curtain, as it is a tight fit.  We would also like to paint the walls.  Next year we are getting a new shower, and would still like to try the corrugated metal idea.  Its getting there!  What do you think?

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Kitchen Lights

May 26, 2009 at 8:35 am (Home Changes and Additions) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

We found the cutest vintage lights for the kitchen!  I had been scouring ebay for a set of school house lights- the hanging kind.  I found a few, but was always outbid and they went to high in price for me to stick with it.  The other day Tony was in our local hardware store and spotted a set of milk glass lights, although not hanging, but still super cute.  The lights even came out of a local library in a recent remodel!  So, here is a peak at how they go so well with our newly remodeled kitchen!

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Aren’t they much better than the old burnt up stip lights?  Also, we did a hole lot of yard work this weekend… so stay tuned to see how the yard is coming along! 😉

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Counter-Tops!

May 22, 2009 at 7:39 am (Home Changes and Additions, Projects) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

They are in, and it’s official- I love ’em!  Here is a dark before to remind you:

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What an improvement, don’t you think!?  It is all coming together so nicely.  We do have a few more projects in the works.  See that vent pipe above the stove?  That is getting boxed in, no more tacky-ness.  We also have a great set of lights that are being installed which I will reveal later.  A few creative touches are in the process as well.

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What do you think?  Suggestions?

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One More Sneak Peak- Countertops

April 20, 2009 at 7:50 am (Inspiration, Projects) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

So, I guess I should have, but I didn’t plan for the unexpected road blocks when finishing the kitchen.  Like, accidentally buying a couple too few hinges!  It is done, but not picture ready.  So I have one more sneak peak for you until then.  Here is the sample card for the counter-tops we are getting.  I originally wanted pure black, but there is no standard laminate in pure black.  I picked black because it was to look like slate.  Laminate is, unfortunately, what we can afford right now.  So, this was the most black laminate we could get.  It is probably going to look like marble.  This may be great to some, but I am concerned it is too far from my original vision.  Will it look to country?  It does tie in the browns from the floor and the white from the cabinets.  It will take about two weeks to get them in since they are extra long… so please, ease my mind until then!  No, really, give me your true opinions!

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Progress- The Kitchen!

April 14, 2009 at 9:05 am (Home Changes and Additions, Projects) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

We have been hard at work painting those kitchen cabinets.  Not finished yet, but getting close.  I just thought that we would update you on some of the process and the progress. 

Here are some before shots of the dark, mismatched, and very worn cabinets:

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I started by using a palm sander to sand the stain off of all showing cabinet surfaces.  They then looked like this:

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Next, I removed all of the old hardware and filled the existing holes with wood putty.  I did not need to fill the holes from the hinges, however, because we were lucky enough to purchase new hinges that fit in the old holes.  But the handles are completely different sizes and shapes, so these holes and to be filled.  I also swiped some of the putty across any cracks and dents I found.  By the way, the new wood putty they have out there is more of a foam than putty. It is super easy to use.  I sanded the putty spots down once they were dry.  For the larger holes I puttied and sanded a second time so that they came out very flat with the wood.  Here’s a shot of that step before sanding (after sanding they look much smoother):

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I then started the painting process (the lengthy part!).  I decided to start with only the bottom cabinets.  There would not be enough floor space to paint all of the doors at the same time.  I taped off walls, trim and floors with painter’s tape.  I also taped down papers on the floor.  (Actually, this is kind of weird, but I taped down puppy pee pads.  We had a bunch left from when the puppy was still having accidents.  She never liked to use them, but instead of throwing them out they made great drop clothes!) I then applied to coats of Kilz primer. 

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You can see that the first coat goes on kind of streak-y, but the second coat covers much more evenly.  We now have the bottom cabinets painted with two coats of white semi-gloss paint, and we are hanging the hardware and doors tonight.  More updates to come… but isn’t it starting to look gooood?! 🙂

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