Category: Design

There will be MARBLE!

Saturday was the day I’ve been waiting for this entire renovation – buying our carrara marble countertops! Sure enough, the saleswoman tried to talk me out of honed. Did I know, she asked, that if they were cleaned with Windex,…

S@*t you don’t budget for

We just spent $428 on light switches. That’s right. You read it correctly. Light switches, dimmers, and plates. When you’re renovating, you know certain things are going to cost an arm and a leg. You save up for appliances and…

Renovation by the numbers

35: Boxes of Australian cypress flooring from Lumber Liquidators 5: gallons of Gray Ghost paint by Olympic from Lowes 13.5: gallons of drywall mud

Flooring continues

Today we got a lot more flooring done. Husband and I are in pain tonight. Only 2-3 more days of this! Oy. But it’s really looking great. Details: 5 1/4-inch Australian Cypress from Lumber Liquidators

Flooring begins

Today we installed two rows of flooring, but started in the middle of the room which is not the standard approach to laying hardwood flooring. However, after watching a recent episode of This Old House they did the same thing…

Color up the wall

After priming most of the room and painting the ceiling white, we started putting actual color on the wall today. We’re doing a mix of grays and a very dark purple/gray. It’s not as black as it looks. East accent…

Preparing for a monster

One of my early wins with the wife was permission to install a massive TV in our living room. It will sit on the wall that houses the old fireplace. However, the studs behind it were not big enough to…

Destroying some marble

It’s almost impossible to buy carrara marble. Sure, it’s sold just about everywhere, but it’s one of the few products salespeople actually try to talk you out of. Every time I walk into a store, I have to preface it…

The wood floor

We have been going back and forth about hiring somebody to install the wood floor, or doing it ourselves. (And when I say doing it ourselves, I really mean husband doing most of the work, and me lying out pieces…