Tag Archives: remodeling projects

Weekend Rewind: Taste of Spring Edition

You guys, it’s been 60 degrees the last three days in a row. Is it cliche to say the little babe in my womb has been leaping for joy? (Okay, so I’m just now getting to the stage when I can feel those little movements more often) but I like to think it’s because we […]

Nook Drawer Reveal (AKA: No More Big Hole in the Cabinet!)

Yesterday, Wyatt shared the post about all the steps we took when creating the nook. It’s finally done, or at least the bottom part is. If you missed it, find it here. Here’s the reminder of how everything looked before.   Then, it looked like this after we refreshed the kitchen in Phase 1. Our […]

Creating the Kitchen Nook Area

Before getting started on the drywall, I wanted to get started on the nook area. This would allow us to know how far down the wall to drywall. I started by building the sides of the nook area that would be the structure for the drawer cabinet. This will also be what the counter top […]

DIwYatt: Installing Pantry Drawers

After I finished building the pantry drawers, details in this post, it was time to get them installed. Unfortunately, this wasn’t an easy process. The first step in installing the pantry drawers was to make rails for the drawer slides to attach to. If you’ll remember, I build the pantry with a face frame that […]

DIwYatt: Building Pull Out Pantry Drawers

Melissa talked about the plan for the pantry, here. After sharing some pretty revealing photos of the mess we had been living with. To build the pantry drawers, I first needed to come up for a design and plans. For starters, I worked out the plan for how I’d arrange my cuts to use only […]

A Pretty Pantry

We’ve had a busy week. In addition to working on our pantry, Wyatt’s been working on a building project at our church, as well as bottling his most recent batch of home brew beer. Oh, and we’ve had meetings on two nights. Sheesh. So, the pantry isn’t quite done, but it’s getting closer with a […]

Shelf Stable: Mounting the Open Shelving in the Kitchen

Today is part 2 in the kitchen shelves recap. We’re slowly and surely making progress on the kitchen, and in telling you all about it. šŸ™‚ When it came time to hang the shelves (which we talked about building yesterday, here), Wyatt was careful to find and use the wall studs to mount the brackets. […]

DIY Open Shelves for the Kitchen

We’ve taken a break from talking about the kitchen DIY project, or working on the kitchen, but it’s time to get back in the swing of things and get this never-ending project finished up completely. So, today, we’re going to take a bit of step back and catch up talking about building our open shelves […]

We Finally Went to IKEA (and bought lights for the kitchen!)

This weekend, my parents came up for a visit and we made the trek to IKEA. We had a list of small items we needed for the kitchen (things like drawer organizers and other random little accessories. Even though we had fun looking through the show rooms, it was very crowded (we were there on […]

A Custom Vent Cover

Yesterday, I shared our list of remaining kitchen tasks. The first one we tackled was the vent cover for the vent over the stove. We had to move this vent in order to accommodate the range hood. And, since it was only moved the minimum amount, we didn’t *quite* leave enough room for a standard […]

What’s Really Left With Kitchen

Since from the outside appearances, the kitchen might appear done (it did to a few guests we’ve had over), I thought I’d make a list we can cross off as we work on the few remaining items. Plus, we’re both over the kitchen project and ready to move on to other things, so this will […]

Our Goals for 2015

Well, now that we’ve been honest about how we did last year, I guess it’s time to post our list of goals for 2015. I had fun looking back at our resolutions and goals from 2014, 2013, and even 2012. I’ve started calling these lists more goals than resolutions because resolutions typically are more general […]

DIwYatt: From Rickety Railing to Built-in Bookcase

As part of the kitchen/floor/never-ending remodeling project, we wanted to replace the stair railing with something a little more sturdy and functional. Melissa had the idea to turn the area into built-in bookshelves with a railing on the back. I was a little skeptical at first, but she convinced me it would work, and I […]

The Open Shelving is Done!

You guys, our kitchen is so close to being finished that I can finally taste the finish line. (That’s a weird way of saying it…) I want to come back with some details later on to tell you all about how we tackled the open shelving, but for now, I have to share a photo […]

What We Learned About Laying Hardwood Flooring Part 1

It’s been a long journey to this point in the remodeling process. Melissa already shared some preview photos of the new floor, here.Ā But we also wanted to share some of theĀ tips for laying flooring that we picked up along the way. First of all, we want to say it’s important to fully research and completely […]

Trimming and Final Touches

Since finishing the floors, we’ve been tackling jobs that will help us get back to a “normal” state of living around here. Unfortunately, these “finishing touches” take a LONG time. But, with Christmas coming up QUICK, we have no choice but to keep going. Thanks for sticking with us as posts have been fewer and […]

And now that we all know I have no patience…

Here we are, blogging failures lately. Sorry, guys. Not only has it taken us a LONG time to get this Q&A video filmed for you guys, we’ve been seriously slacking in the writing department lately with no new house or remodel updates to share. And as you’ll see in the video below, I’m not very […]

The First Look at Our Flooring

Guys, I can finally say the flooring is done. Let’s all pause for cheering and celebration, okay? I hope you also celebrated Thanksgiving and had a grand ‘ole time. It’s been a crazy, busy couple of weeks around the Loving Here household. Are you all celebrated out? Good. Thanks for joining in on that with […]

Prepping to Lay Engineered Wood Flooring

I shared last week aboutĀ our frustrating progress of demoing all the floors. You can read that here. Then it was time to actually start prepping the subfloor for our engineered hardwood flooring. This is one of those projects where (hopefully) it takes a long time to set up but then goes fast once you get […]

Weekend Rewind: Flooring Frustration Edition

This post was SUPPOSED to go live yesterday. It was also SUPPOSED to include some photos of flooring actually nailed down. But neither of those things happened. Bummer. But let me back up and start at the beginning. First of all, we did get a lot done over the weekend. So I’m happy about that. […]

I Really, Really, Really Like the New Range Hood

And because I really, really, really like the new range hood, I wanted to share some finished pictures of everything all installed. I talked about phase 1 of installation here. Wyatt came back and discussed his work in the attic and on the roof . And now it looks like this: To back up, we […]

DIwYatt: Venting the Range Hood Through the Roof

Melissa wrote about putting up the Range Hood and the vent into the attic here. What was remaining on this project was to continue the vent out of the roof. We were using a long extension piece of 6-inch pipe to get out to the roof that we found at Home Depot. Then, on the […]

Hoodwinks and Hijinks

Did you all know “hoodwink” means to “deceive or trick?” We’re not trying to really trick you, but the photos in this post ARE a little deceiving. I’ll explain why in a minute. As a side note: “hijinks” is defined as “boisterous fun,” and if that doesn’t just perfectly describe our nights on DIY, I […]

Grout, Doubt, and Seal – Our Backsplash Reveal

It’s time to show you our finished tiling job, guys, and I have to say, it was a lot of work, but totally worth it. I can’t get over how fancy it looks! Like a “Real” kitchen. For grown-ups. To back up a bit, after we finished tiling, things looked like this: We let that […]

DIwYatt: Beginner’s Guide for How to Use a Tile Saw

We’ve been discussing our tips and lessons learned while tiling our kitchen but I also wanted to take a few minutes to share some specific details about how to use a tile saw. So we thought we would capture them all in one place for anyone that is interested in the future. For a refresher, […]

Everything You Needed to Know About Tiling Your Back Splash – Part 3

We’re back with part 3, after part 1 and part 2 in our tiling tips series, so without further ado, here are tips 11-15. 11. Back-buttering is an art. A messy art.Ā  We already mentioned we had a LOT of cut tiles. (The larger your tile, the more cuts you’ll have to make) So, to […]

Weekend Update: Laboring on Labor Day

Happy Day After The Day After Labor Day! We had a great long weekend. It was sort of an extra-long weekend because Wyatt and I spent half of yesterday doing a stadium tour and watching the Royals game. (He worked from home so we could do the tour over lunch. Then, we came home and […]

An Engagement Ring for the Kitchen: An Overdue Update

Sorry we’ve been neglecting the kitchen on the blog recently, but I promise we aren’t neglecting it in real life. Want proof? Running water!!! Want more proof? Yep, those are knobs and cabinet pulls! Wyatt made a couple of little jigs to help us attach each piece in the right spot quickly. Basically, he measured […]

Countertops Are Ordered!

Tonight’s post is late (there’s a lot going on around here and I’m super swamped with work right now) but super exciting. Why? Because our countertops are ordered! Yup, we’ve now officially paid for our counters, Wyatt has gone to approve the slabs they’re using, and the guy has been here to take official measurements. […]