• Kelly Home Remodel

    Our kitchen is coming together, thanks to the incredible workers we have. My husband, my uncle and my dad have each had their hand in it, while I’ve merely dipped a pinky into the big pot of work that is this room. My dad provided design, muscle and materials like our reclaimed boards and surplus moulding via Millwork Outlet. Troy put in after work weekday shifts installing tile, trimming windows and spent an entire weekend painting, cutting and installing the first ceiling boards. We ran out of boards in the lengths we need, so that project is on hold pending the re-order. My uncle is sheetrocker extraordinaire; mudding, taping and…

  • Kelly Home Renovations Update: Kitchen Remodel

    The kitchen remodel is finally moving on to phase 2 and I am so excited! The subway tiled end is in sight! There are some beautiful pendant lights at the end of this tunnel and I cannot wait to share recipes with you from the final result, the heart of our home, our gorgeous new kitchen. After removing the old cabinets, installing the new, replacing a wall of old wood windows, refinishing the original hardwood floors and installing my dream sink and faucet, my lovely and talented husband is due for a break. (More pictures from phase 1 of the remodel are here.) Plus, he has been working crazy hours on the…

  • Kelly home renovations update

    After a super productive first month in the new house, we have a lot to be proud of. We were hard at work refinishing the floors, replacing the front and back door, removing wallpaper, prepping and sanding walls for paint, painting walls, replacing upstairs carpet and setting up the nursery.  For the last month, the progress has slowed from a frenzy to a slow muggy southern evening on a front porch type pace. This is due to the hot Fall days we’ve (still!) been having, the fact that the TV was hung and most especially, the arrival of Sir Henry.  Our time now has been occupied by learning from and loving this amazing sweet boy and our…

  • Kelly home renovations, Week 1

    Do you know what I mean when I talk about the utter satisfaction of white paint? The catharsis that comes with  rolling a coat of clean white paint over a wall studded with grease, dog prints and the history of a thousand foreign fingerprints? It’s a feeling of release, that I imagine unwinds the tight strings of my muscles and lowers my shoulders just a fraction of an inch in a moment of pure happiness. Ok, so maybe I am a bit type A, and maybe I am overthinking this, but I really love what a coat of paint can do to a room. I’ve had the pleasure of that moment of joy about 47…

  • Re-flooring our master bedroom

    Troy has been making great progress on our master suite, and I hope to be able to do 2 things soon: 1) show you all the transformation, and 2) move out of the smallest, least attractive room in our house that we’ve been squatting living in since last summer. The master suite will be a large office- bedroom combination, with tons of natural light filtering in through a skylight and tons of windows. In the house’s former life, the back room was added on to create a daycare playroom and napping room, so there is still a large happy sunshine mural painted on the walls (what do you think, should…

  • Designing with Bead Board

    I am currently obsessed with bead board. I love the antique charm that bead board instantly brings to a room. Generally when people think of bead board they think of white paneling that is 36″-42″ tall. However, if you are willing to think outside of the box when installing bead board you can achieve a look that is different and refreshing. Recently we finished installing bead board in our kitchen and our barn guest room. In addition to my tips and tricks below, make sure you check out my before and after pictures to spark your creativity. If you have pictures of a project you have done or are working…

  • Kitchen Cabinet Refinishing

    One of easiest and most rewarding remodeling projects is upgrading cabinets and counter tops. This will be my third kitchen remodel and each time I have skipped the expensive option of replacing the existing and opted for a facelift. In this house, I love the fact that the cabinets are original to the house and solid wood.  I have priced enough cabinets to know I couldn’t afford new solid wood cabinets and since the existing cabinets are fully functional I saw no good reason to tear them out…waste not, want not!  Besides being way cheaper, revamping old cabinets is a whole lot faster and when I started this project I…

  • Recycled and Refinished Ikea Linen Cabinet

    Our home is quaint. I am pretty sure that is what it said in the real estate listing, “quaint 1920’s home.” Quaint, which in real estate speak means “real cute” and “real small.” I’ve found that one of the creative challenges for the quaint home owner is closet space, as in there will never be enough. Our only bathroom has only a small vanity for storage,  and before my husband put his magic hands to use (three cheers for working in a cabinet shop all through high school!) the vanity had no drawers. It now has two. Think about that- two small drawers for all of your brushes, curling irons, lotions, face…

  • DIY Kitchen or Bar Cart

    I am currently on a Pinning spree and I am obsessed with farmhouse kitchens. The trend I love the most is the classic white kitchen with rustic wood accents. The look works because the white gives a clean, refined look that contrasts beautifully with the rough edginess of the wood. Because I work at the Millwork Outlet, a building materials store that specializes in reclaiming rustic wood products, I am always looking for ways to incorporate our unique pieces into my home. At the same time, my husband’s honey-do list is already overwhelmingly long so I am trying to prioritize my projects and find projects I do on my own, which is why this DIY Kitchen Cart piqued my…