• Country Kitchen Island

    My friend, Lucy, helped us find these old wood corbels earlier this year, and we’re so excited to use them on our soon-to-be country kitchen island: Right now, the island doesn’t reflect our personalities at all, so we’re going to … Continue reading


    How To Lighten (Or Darken) Paint

    We’re up to our eyeballs in primer today, but since we had a few questions about why we decided to lighten our Gray Owl paint by 50%, and what it meant to lighten paint, I wanted to publish a quick … Continue reading

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    Gray Owl And Simply White

    Before we bought it, our house had been empty for about seven years, and like many foreclosures that were lacking a little love, we walked into a handful of projects that either needed to be finished, or needed to be … Continue reading

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    Our kitchen is still one big work-in-progress, but we have had fun personalizing it, little by little, over the past few years. It started out pretty builder basic… …but with a little bit of shoestring-style dough, and whole lotta elbow … Continue reading


    No Day Ever Ends If It Makes A Memory

    Pictures of parents conjured up cherished memories today.¬†Funny how they can just race right across time to find us, again and again… …bringing things with them that haven’t been thought about in ten…fifteen…twenty years. Kevin’s memory bridges back a few … Continue reading


    Chalkboard Black

    We hosted a birthday party the other night. I had planned to bake — ok, fine- heat up a frozen –¬†blackberry cobbler, but we kicked our nasty, old, malfunctioning stove to the curb when we had the new flooring installed … Continue reading


    Hardwood Staining

    The whole kitchen/laundry room floor redo ordeal started with Kev and his friend Jason busting up the old (unevenly laid) tile and (badly stained) grout that held it all in place… It was a super dirty job… …but they did … Continue reading


    Removing Ceramic Tile (Part 2)

    There’s a dryer in the kitchen… …and food on the piano. The word “dusty” doesn’t even begin to describe every. single. surface east of the plastic drop cloth that separates the kitchen from the rest of the house. Aw, heck. … Continue reading


    Removing Ceramic Tile

    When we first moved into our house, the kitchen floor was covered in dingy, gray ceramic tiles that weren’t laid very level, and had different-sized/badly-stained (because they were never sealed) grout lines running between them… So right after we moved … Continue reading


    Kitchen Brick

    Remember when we “guested that nest” on Upper Kingston Road? I’ve been thinking about those reclaimed brick floors in the hallway off their kitchen ever since! The homeowner told us they were actually thin slices of salvaged brick, and that … Continue reading


    How To Install Cabinet Molding

    Happy How To’s Day! We’re spending some time celebrating our 7 year anniversary and a birthday this week, so we thought we’d pull up a popular post from the past for today’s how-to party. It’s the one about making your … Continue reading

    TLC Kitchen

    The Lettered Cottage Layout & Our Flooring Dilemmas

    When Kev and I bought this place back in October of 2007, we had to tackle a couple of projects just to get the place livable before we could actually move in. First project- the floors. The carpet in the … Continue reading

    Carpeted Room

    Our New/Old Dishwasher and a Magazine Shoot with Mom

    Hey there! Are you having a good weekend? Hope so! It’s been relatively quiet around here this weekend (more about that later this week), but last weekend, on the other hand, was nothing short of supercalifragilisticexpialidocious! (That’s short for “chaotic”.) … Continue reading

    Our Stainless Steel Swayder-Fritter

    Up until this past Monday, we used this refrigerator to hold our cold and frozen foods… You can’t see it in this photo, but it had a (permanently) red-stained water dispenser lever because of Kevin’s obsession with Crystal Light fruit … Continue reading

    Sealing the Butcher Block Countertop

    We fiiiiinally took the time to seal our new butcher block countertop over the past couple of days. Yesss! We didn’t stain it, (we’re going to have natural-colored hardwood floors in the dining and living rooms eventually) and we don’t … Continue reading