Home Improvements

Since we have plans in the (hopefully near) future to renovate our house, I’ve started looking online at different things we might need for it. We don’t plan to do a lot of it ourselves because the two jobs we have planned are pretty big. We want to enclose our carport to create a bonus room, and extend that room a little farther up our driveway. That will make it bigger, and it will change up the design of our ranch-style house. It will give it a different shape, which I think will make it much cuter, and it will stand out more from the other houses on our street.

We also want to rip out our shower/tub combo, tile the walls behind and then put in a new tub with a shower head. This is the project we’re going to start with, and we’re hoping to do it this fall. This is also my pet project because our current plastic shower wall just looks tacky, and because I have a thing about tubs — our tub has some staining on it, and I cannot take a bath in a tub that is not pristine. I don’t know why that is, but that’s how I am. I’m super excited about this project, and I can’t wait to get it underway.

What Joe and I *do* plan to do ourselves is the painting in our house. We want to repaint all the rooms in our house. Right now, they’re all the same beige color, and I really want more personality to show. I picked out colors a few months ago, but now I’ve changed my mind on several of the rooms, so I’ve been browsing online at different paint colors and tips since I’ve never painted a room before. And, we’ll have to buy all the painting supplies, like different types of brushes, and of course rollers, which should make painting the bulk of the walls much simpler.

What are some projects that you’ve done around your house that you were excited about?

Decorating on the Brain

I’ve totally gotten the redecorating bug. Even though we have other priorities right now and this is on the back burner, I still love looking at ideas for things I could do with our house. Once we get pregnant and have the baby, our next priority is to close in our carport and turn that into a bonus room. I actually want to extend it a little farther up our driveway, which would not only make it bigger but it would give our house a different style than the plain ranch style it currently is. I think it would make it much cuter, even though it’s already the cutest on our street!

That work most likely won’t be done until after we get out of this recession since we’ll need to get a loan for it, but that’s not going to stop me from starting to think and plan and look at ideas. I love browsing online and looking through galleries, like Inviting Home’s gallery, because they give me so many ideas and make me think of things I otherwise wouldn’t have. For example, check out these wall sconces. I love wall sconces, and that’s such a classy way to use them. I don’t know how it would work in our current house, but it’s definitely an idea for when we upgrade.

Besides the addition, I really want to put a window seat in our living room. I’ve always loved them, and I think one would look super cute there. Plus, it would give us more seating, since we plan to get rid of our sectional sofa (which our cats have torn up) and get a regular couch instead. I also think it would be neat to put some corbels in our kitchen but, since we don’t have an island, I’m going to have to think of a creative way to do that. I think corbels look so elegant, though. And, as if all that isn’t enough, I’ve been thinking about putting some crown molding up against our ceiling, at least in some of the rooms. I think it would make them look much more decorative.

Wow, that’s an exhaustive list! It’s a good thing we have a while to plan. I’m sure I’m not the only one who’s got decorating on the brain. What are some things you’d like to do to your house?

Weekly Winners — 12/14/08-12/20/08

Christmas at our House
christmas decorating

christmas decorating

christmas tree

Callie’s first Christmas
christmas tree

Santa’s cutest reindeers



“I’ve had enough of the reindeer ears.”

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I don’t have the best luck. You know the saying, “When it rains, it pours”? That pretty much describes my luck.

We are about to spend thousands of dollars in three months to have a baby. That means we’re doing as much saving and paying down credit cards as we can between now and then. But, for the last few months, every pay period seems to bring some sort of major purchase, from car repairs on down.

Today was our latest in a string of repairs. Our dryer broke. And when I say broke, I mean it doesn’t tumble and there’s hardly a hum when I turn it on. We called a repairman, described the problem and were told it’s most likely the motor, in which case there’s nothing that can be done.

So now we’re going to have to get a new one. I’m not too surprised this happened since I bought it six years ago and it was several years old then. It’s been on its way out for a while. I was just hoping it could wait one more year. And until I had dried the load of clothes in my washer.

I told my mom that now my washer and dryer won’t match. She said that maybe my washer will break and then I will have replace it as well. If that happens, I won’t be surprised. That’s the kind of luck I have.

Weekly Winners — 11/30/08-12/06/08

“Um…you might not want to put anything in this bag. There seems to be a hole in it.”
callie and bag

callie and bag

Callie’s “artwork” on our shower curtain liner. That was our third liner in a week…

Finally … a clean carport!

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Project Completed

Last month, we embarked on The Great Box Project of ’08 and made pretty good headway. We reorganized our storage room and then had to tackle the numerous boxes stored in our carport. This is how it looked:

box project

And this is how it looks now:


Now, we can even park one of our cars under the overhang.


Joe did an awesome job. And now, we begin our moratorium on accepting boxes from either set of parents. Yay!