Remembering Richard & Re-Trimming Windows

Hi there- Kevin here.

Layla’s Grandpa Richard passed away last night, so while my bride takes a couple days off, I thought I’d share a little bit about him and what we’ve been up to here at TLC lately.

(Layla and Grandpa Richard, September 2010)

Grandpa Richard was in the Army from 1941-1945. In just four short years, he became a Master Sergeant- and before tonight, we had no idea he received 10 different medals of conduct throughout that time. (One of which was the Bronze Star!) Layla said he didn’t talk about that part of his military days. “Humble & heroic” seem like the perfect words to describe him.

After the Army, he built houses for a living. As a matter of fact, he built the house he and his wife, Evelyn, lived in from the time Layla was born- ’til some time in the early 90’s…


I snapped that photo of her in front of it last month when we went up to Minnesota.
She hadn’t seen the house at least 10 years, but she has dreams about it all the time.

I know she wanted to go inside.
I know she wanted to
tell me about show me all the memories they made there.

I wish I could buy it for her, so that she could go in whenever she wanted.

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I’m pretty sure she gets her love of renovating from her Grandpa.

They built a club house together in the woods behind their farmhouse one Summer when she was a kid. It had bunk beds, and real windows, a shingled roof, and even a screen door.

I hope to be able to do that for my grandchild(ren) one day. Which is sort of funny because when I met Layla, I hadn’t even tackled one home improvement project.  I didn’t own any tools, and I thought when something broke- you called a handyman to fix it.

Since then, I have thoroughly enjoyed learning how to DIO (Do-It-Ourselves) with her by my side.  She’s taught me to embrace the home improvement unknown, and to not be afraid to get my hands saw-dusty. I love her for that.  Well, I love her for lots of reasons, but I love her for that too.

Last week, she and I invested in our first, real deal, scary/awesome power tool- and started working on one of the soon-to-be wood-clad walls in our master bedroom.
But before we start cladding, I wanted to fix up the trim around the windows in the room.

I started by removing the yucky trim that was previously around them…


(Can you believe someone used this stuff?)

…and re-trimmed it with some nicer (less threatening) looking trim.

We shot this little video to document our reno-venture…


(Here’s a link to the YouTube version.)

Fortunately, I got the rest of the new trim up without incident- so, out went the rough/wimpy trim…


…and in came the smoother/chunkier trim…


As Layla would say, Pretty “luscious”, huh?

(Oh- before I forget: pay no attention to the dark gray painted wall. I just did that so if any color showed between our white-painted, wood planks, it would be dark- not light yellow.)

I plan to start Cladfest 2010 tomorrow- so wish me good luck!

(Or at least good aim this time- LOL!)

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Comments

  1. Julie in Holland says

    Sorry to hear about Layla’s Grandpa , the story about him was lovely. Looking forward to seeing the master bedroom come to life and the plans you have to renovate it.

    • Julie says

      I’m so sorry to hear about your loss. :( Layla’s grandpa does sound like such an amazing man. And Kevin, you are such a great hubby for writing this post and helping out your sweet wife!!

  2. says

    Oh, sweet Layla, I am so sorry to hear about your grandfather. Grandfathers can be extra hard to lose, especially for us granddaughters that have such wonderful loving memories. If I remember correctly, I lost my maternal grandfather, Mitch, at about the same age as you. We had such fun together…me growing up. He taught me how to “sing along with Mitch”, (check that tidbit out and my age will show ;-); he taught me how to drive a car, though none of his five daughters ever learned; and since he was a County Sheriff, he took me to the police shooting range to learn how to use his Smith & Wesson 38 special, so I might learn to defend my self. There were lots of other memories we shared, and I will never forget him. To this day, I miss him so.

    I am glad to know that you have fond memories too, and it was good that you got to see him on your trip home. He was probably happy you were there too one more time. Sending big hugs your way, and a small prayer for Grandpa Richard also.

    And Kev…you totally ROCK dude! Ha, and now you NAIL IT too! Two people that fit together as well as you and Layla, just doesn’t happen enough. Hold on tight and trust in each other. You know we are all so happy to see you take on this life together with such faith, zest, and most of all fun. I think it is pretty safe to say that we are all rootin’ for ya! Life IS what you make it. And I, for one, thank you for allowing us to tag along in your journey. P.S. just a funny little side note, I now have my own S&W 38 special, but it has a pink grip that just fits my hands and my personality ;-) P.P.S. Hope I am still around when the time comes for you for be a dad and perhaps a grandfather. I truly think you two will make wonderful parents.
    With Love, Leslie

  3. Jane says

    Everything you two do gets to me. You are such a sweet, sweet couple. Sorry to hear about your Grandfather Layla. Kevin you and the nail gun are awesome.

  4. says

    It sounds like someone left quite a legacy… one to be cherished, not grieved. Praying peace for all his loved ones… and blessing for you for clearly adoring one another. These gifts are not to be wasted.

    Carol
    antiquetexan.blogspot.com

  5. Mel says

    What a really lovely post about Layla’s grandfather. So sorry to hear about your loss. It looks like his legacy lives on through her!

  6. says

    Hey Kevin, I’m so sorry about Layla’s grandpa, I know the pain of losing a grandparent and it’s such a heart wreching thing to go through. Please give her a hug from me. :) I’m so glad she got to see him recently, she’ll cherish that time forever.
    I enjoyed the video with the nail gun! TJ and I bought one a few years back and the first time that compressor kicked on I about had a heart attack….those things are loud! I love our nail gun…it cuts work time by at least a 1/3! :) Hope you guys have fun with cladfest 2010!
    Again, I’m so sorry for Layla…I know her heart is just broken…please send her my love and let her know I’m praying for her.
    Hugs
    Missy

  7. Cindy Logan says

    Kevin,
    The way I understand it, the reason why 1x’s are a half inch shy is because of shrinkage during the drying process. Although the MDF likely would not have shrinkage, they would make the MDF the same sizes as the standard wood. Hope that makes sense.
    Cindy

  8. carol says

    So very sorry to read about Grandpa…peace to all of the family.

    SAFETY GLASSES Kevin lol….and you will have a true love affair with that gun before it’s over with, my most favorite tool EVER.

    Can’t wait to the after-clad!!

  9. Donna says

    I am so very sorry for your loss. It’s never easy to say goodbye to a family member. Thank you, Kevin, for stepping in with your post while Layle takes some much needed time off.
    I cant tell you how much I enjoy your blog. I cant wait to see the finished bedroom.
    You guys are great.

  10. says

    So sorry to hear about Layla’s grandfather , he sounds like a great guy

    Oh that is a big ass nail gun , go big or go home eh …..you will get rediculously comfortable with it in no time and you will wonder why you waited so long to get one , handy persons best friend…

  11. Amber Clery says

    I am so sorry to hear about Layla’s grandfather and i hope she is doing ok-or as ok as she can be at this sad time. Sounds like a man to be very proud of as im sure layla is. those are some very nice things you said-you are such a lovely genuine couple. love the new trim! cant wait to see the finished master bedroom! take care, Amber :)

  12. says

    sorry to hear about Layla’s grandfather. i lost mine last summer and miss him dearly. i love the picture of her with him. good luck with your work! susan

  13. Tabitha says

    The picture of Layla and her grandfather brought tears to my eyes! He remined me of my late grandfather. So sorry to hear about your loss…I will keep you in my prayers.

  14. says

    Layla, I am so sorry for the lost of your Grandfather. Please know that you and you’re family are in our thoughts and prayers.

    I am inspired by you and Kevin daily, I don’t know if I am ready to use a nail gun yet :) but maybe one day I’ll get the nerve to give it a try. Thank you so much for sharing all of your designs, tips and strategies for a more affordable, comfortable home. During the last 10 years I got sucked up into having the perfect house and forgot the most important thing. A house is just a picture it isn’t a home. My hubby and I are inspired by all the ways you and Kevin make your house a home and I have to admit :) we use a lot of your ideas and are having a blast.

    Thank you and God Bless you both!

  15. Laura B. says

    I lost my own dear grandfather last year and still think about him daily. What a beautiful tribute to Layla’s grandfather. Thank you for sharing their story….

  16. Laura says

    My sympathies. I’m sure the many memories you have of your grandparents will give you strength during the coming days.

  17. Amanda says

    One of my favorite things about this blog is the way you guys work together and love each other…it shows through in pretty much every post!
    We lost our grandpa (our hero) this past April, so I feel Layla’s pain today. So sorry for your loss.

  18. says

    Kevin and Layla,

    So sorry for your loss. I’m so happy that you had the opportunity to see him last month and that Layla got to revisit memories she made with him. This post is a lovely tribute to him.
    Kevin, you are doing a great job on the bedroom and I am excited to watch your progress.

    Hugs and prayers,
    Your Friend,

    Deborah

  19. says

    So sorry to hear about Grandpa Richard. You and Layla and her family will be in our thoughts. Thanks for keeping us company while she’s gone, Kevin! And have fun at Cladfest:)

  20. says

    Layla and Kevin,
    So sorry for your loss, but it sounds like Grampa left a lifetime of memories and joy, they will always be with you.
    Kevin what a beautiful post and your love for your wife shines through.
    I just love following you both on your adventures.
    Hugs,
    Donna

  21. April in CT says

    So, so sorry to hear about Layla’s Grandpa Richard, the whole family will be in my thoughts.

    Good luck with the install and congrats to the table winner!

  22. says

    So sorry to hear about Layla’s grandfather. You made me tear up with this lovely post.
    The new trim is going to look great! Definitely “luscious” :) Can’t wait to see the room all finished!! To answer your question, 1 x 4 boards start out as 1 x 4, but after the drying and planing process, they end up just shy of that. Not sure why MDF would be less than 1 x 4, though. Maybe to be consistent with real lumber?
    You will get used to your nail gun, and you’ll love it!! It makes your job go so much faster! My husband installed pine plank flooring throughout our entire house last spring, and installed pine plank trim around all the windows and as baseboards, and I can’t imagine how much longer it would have taken him to do the job without the help of his nail gun. You’re going to get your room all planked in no time! Again, can’t wait to see it!
    Give Layla lots of loves and hugs.
    Beth.

  23. Suzanne says

    I am sorry to hear about Layla’s Grandpa.

    This post brought me to tears today. Kevin, the love you show for your wife is breathtaking.

  24. Kelly says

    So sorry to hear about Layla’s Grandpa.

    Kevin – this was a lovely post about them from your perspective. Thank you!

  25. Amanda mangrum says

    What a touching tribute – I lost my grandpa last year and I think about him every day. It warms my heart to read about building the playhouse:) My thoughts are with you…
    Amanda

  26. says

    I’ve discovered that if you need experience using a common power tool, or at least someone to just show you how to work it, just spend a Saturday morning at a Habitat for Humanity project and ask the experts. That’s what I’ve done!

  27. says

    My own sweet grandfather has been gone 2 years today. The loss is still painful but the memories are still stronger. Prayers for you for this hard time.

    And, this post was beautiful, cladding and all. :) Seriously, back to the house stuff, I can’t wait to see what you’re doing to that room!

  28. Dondra says

    Kevin you did a great job on the post. Thank you for sharing with us. Layla, I am so sorry for the loss of your sweet Grandpa Richard….he was obviously a wonderful man and I know he will be with you always. Your words about him remind me so much of my Daddy Joe who passed away in 2001. He also served in WWII as a gunner in the Pacific (I also learned more about his service after his passing than he ever shared). It is truly humbling to reflect on what these men did for us as a nation and as husbands, fathers, and grandfathers.

    It looks like y’all will make quick work of boarding you bedroom! If you don’t have plans for it, I sure would like to get the wood trim you removed from your windows….it is exactly what I have i mind for a project I want to do with the boys this week. Let me know if it’s available and I’ll come get it. Otherwise I’ll comb the reject bins at HD!

    Lots of Love!

  29. Carolyn says

    I am so sorry for your loss…He sounded like such an amazing man. Kevin, when you said that you wished that you could buy the house for Layla ,I actually started crying.That is one of the sweetest things that I have ever heard a man say…You are a very blessed couple, to have each other.
    Carolyn

  30. Renae says

    So sorry to hear of Grandpa passing. It’s never easy. Sounds as though he was a quietly tremendous man! And Kevin, you stinker, i’m crying at work! “I wish I could buy it for her so she could go in whenever she wanted.” Tears. Seriously. And i’m hoping you’ll email me at renae_reis{at}yahoo.com and tell me what material you’re using for the cladding. We’re going to clad our entry wall and are sort of stuck on what material to use. I think it was Little Miss Mustard Seed that used hardboard but I was worried it was too thin. So even if your post isn’t going to be up for a couple of weeks, i’d be thrilled if you’d send an email with the material in the subject line (i.e., I know you’re a busy man). Thanks and thanks for the beautiful post today. It reminds us all of what’s really important.

  31. says

    Her grandpa sounds a lot like mine…a WWII vet and a home builder. He just passed away last year and I miss him terribly. Also, my hubby has a DeWalt finish nailer and it’s one of his favorite tools. Great purchase!

  32. says

    Sorry to hear about Layla’s grandfather. He was part of my father’s generation and they never bragged about their WWII heriocs, just like our soldiers and marines today. Today’s post is one of the reasons I like to visit TLC, you both are so nice to each other. And I have a few windows that need to be retrimmed so thanks for that info, too.

  33. says

    So sorry to hear about your grandfather, Layla.

    I can’t believe that y’all have done all that work on your house and only just now bought a nail gun!!! Those things are such a time-saver. I have a cheap one…bought the brad nailer and the compressor for $99 at Lowe’s. It’s served me well. One thing I do when installing trim is use a bead of Loctite Instant Grab construction adhesive before nailing the trim. It just makes me feel more confident in the finished product.

    Can’t wait to see the progress on your walls!!

  34. says

    my favorite part of this entire post was when you said you wanted to buy the house for Layla so she could go in it whenever she wanted…
    so hard to lose our grandpas…my thoughts are with you

  35. Sarah Teske says

    To the best blogging couple ever:

    So sorry to hear about your Grandpa, Layla. I’ll keep you in my prayers. God’s comfort and peace be with you and your family.

    Kevin: How exciting about the nail gun! Perhaps I’ll let my husband get one now. They’re just so SCARY!

    As always, I admire your willingness to tackle new projects. So as much as Mr. Layla admires Ms. Layla’s passion for home improvement. We, as readers, admire your willingness to share it with us so we can learn from you.

    Thanks AGAIN! And again. And again. And again…

  36. says

    Layla & Kevin, so very sorry for your loss. It sounds like you have some wonderful memories and were blessed to have such an amazing man in your life. I’m sure he influenced the beautiful person you’ve become today. BTW, Kevin’s post is really great. Nice way to share your grandfather with all of us :) (You should do a little tribute to him like an initial or a little photo or trinket, in your project!) Good luck with the latest project – we’ll be following along!

  37. says

    Sweet Layla, I’m so sorry for your loss. Losing my grandpa was hard, and I had so many great memories with mine too. Praying peace over you today. :)

    Kevin, I love how you love your sweet bride. She is precious, and I can’t wait to see the end result of the cladding. Good luck!

    Blessings,
    Sasha

  38. says

    Layla, I’m so sorry for your loss. I’m so glad you have so many happy memories and I pray that God will comfort you and your family as you grieve. Kevin, amazing post – you two are so blessed to have each other!!

  39. says

    Hi Kevin,

    I wish you both fond memories of Layla’s grandpa, so sorry for your loss.

    You did a great job reporting! Can’t wait to see the wood clad walls in your Master Bedroom.

    Karen

  40. Nadir@StitchSense says

    My deepest sympathies for your loss. It’s so hard to let go of someone who means so much & made a big impact on ones life. Blessings.

  41. says

    Sorry to hear about your grandpa. You guys and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Kevin, that is so sweet of you to take over the blog. Your such a great husband. Good luck on your new project!
    xo,
    Kelly

  42. says

    Sorry for your loss…thinking of you both
    Looking forward to the next instalment of the bedroom makeover
    Nail gun looks awesome
    Hugs x

  43. YoYo says

    You are so lucky to have each other.
    These are the times when love and compassion matter the most.
    I am so sorry to hear of your loss. There is nothing like a wonderful Grandfather…
    Your memories will be a treasure.
    Sending sincere sympathy…….

  44. says

    Layla, you were truly blessed to have such a wonderful grandpa. Both of mine passed before I was born. My heart goes out to you and I will keep you in my prayers. On a lighter note, the video was too funny. I know the first time I used a nail gun, I was intimidated too. Luckily, my dad taught me never say can’t and made me learn how to use power tools in my teens! I’ve never looked back, I think it’s actually addicting!

  45. says

  46. Jenny C. says

    Kevin, What a lovely, lovely tribute to Layla’s grandfather and to Layla also. You two are such an indomitable team. And, today, it was wonderful to hear from the other side of the partnership. You two ARE and HAVE something very special.

  47. says

    ~**~Im so sorry about your loss Layla…my heart goes out to you during this time. My grampa passed 7 years ago and still miss him soooo much. A BIG HUG to you my friend. Your hubby did a great job posting btw!! Hugs,Rachel~**~

  48. Lynn says

    Aww, come on Kevin. Not fair.
    I dropped in for a quick fix of lifestyle beautifyin’ and I end sniffling through a Kleenex or three. What a perfect tribute to your sweet wife and her mentor. I am truly sorry to hear of your loss. I miss my Irish farmboy gardening grandpa all the time but especially when I’m tilling the “turf.”
    Grandpa Richard lives on in your hearts and minds and in the creative mark your both set upon your daily actions. Be well.

  49. says

    Layla-my heart goes out to you…I’m betting you were very close to your grandpa. Grandparents are a treasure!

    Kevin-that nail gun is probably going to become one of your favorite tools. My husband can’t remember what life was like before them!

  50. Nichole says

    I will add my condolences regarding Layla’s Grandpa. Kevin…you did a great job with the post.

  51. Jess Ridley says

    Oh, Layla – I’m so sorry! I lost my grandmother over the summer and there’s absolutely nothing that can prepare you for that loss. That being said, he sounds like he was a wonderful man. I know that you’ll treasure all those memories you’ve shared with him… And he will continue to work through you in your future design ventures. Hang in there and I promise it will get better!

    And I’m sure you already know, but I’m going to point out that you are one lucky gal to have such a sweet guy! I cried when I read what he wrote today… I can tell just in what he wrote and how he wrote it how much he loves you!

  52. says

    Oh bless her sweet heart! Loosing my grandfather was one of the hardest things I have had to go through. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  53. Dorothy says

    Oh, so sorry to hear about Layla’s grandfather. I know what it’s like and I have sniffles thinking about it. You are a great, loving husband. Plus I think I need to rent you for household projects for a while…

  54. geri says

    Layla and Kev.
    What a great post. What a great love you have together and with your families.
    What a wonderful gift being able to see your granpa in Sept.
    It is such a special bond that you have with a grandma and grandpa.
    Nothing can take that place.
    You were every special to him as he was to you from Kev’s great stories.
    Special prayers, & hugs to you both and a toast to your Grandpa with love.

  55. says

    Layla- I’m so thankful that you’ve got such wonderful memories of your grandfather….they will carry you through.

    Kevin-

    “I know she wanted to go inside.
    I know she wanted to tell me about show me all the memories they made there.

    I wish I could buy it for her, so that she could go in whenever she wanted.”

    So much love….you’re a gem!!

    Love to you both-
    Carolyn

  56. says

    Tell Layla that I am thinking about her and praying for her. Grandparents are wonderful. My Mawmaw and Pawpaw passed away one month apart in 2005 and there has not been a single day since then that I have not thought about them. Honestly, that is what made me want to start my blog. They were such a big part of my life that I wanted to tell the world about them. I dream about them more than I dream about anything else and I don’t think it is a bad thing. I don’t ever want to stop remembering them, no matter how sad it may make me sometimes. The memories I have of them will forever influence my life and how I live it.
    We will be moving in to Mawmaw and Pawpaw’s house (The Little House) in a few months when I graduate. There isn’t much to the house besides it will be a roof over our head (with no rent or mortgage). To us it will be so much more. It holds so many memories and it will be like a gift from them. …A gift with no right angles or levels floors… and everyday I will think about them, laugh about them, miss them. I really hope you will one day be able to buy that house for Layla.

    With much love,
    Becky

  57. sarita says

    so sorry about your loss, but what great memories you have of him and his place in this world and your family. thank you to him for his service. Kevin – use earplugs!

  58. Jenny says

    Oh, I’m so sorry about Grandpa Richard. This post got me a little choked up. My grandpa was a home builder, too, and built the house I grew up in. That’s such a sweet thought – that you wish you could buy the house for her so she could go in whenever she wants. I dream about my old house, too (and my grandparents’ old house also – they lived next door to us). Anyway, thank you for sharing!

  59. ann says

    I’ll certainly be praying for Layla, the entire family and for safe travels. :o)

    What a great post, Kevin. I can see why the two of you work so well together!

  60. maggie says

    So very sorry for your loss, Layla. I never had a grandpa (mine died when I was just a baby) but yours sounds just like the one I’d want if I could have one. ((hugs))

  61. says

    I’m so sorry for both of your loss. Even though he was Layla’s grandpa, he has a big part in you too Kevin! After all, if he hadn’t inspired Layla, she wouldn’t have passed that love of renovating onto you! I hope one day Layla does get to go back into that old house he built.

    Love and hugs to both of you!

  62. Glenda B says

    So sorry about Layla’s grandpa. I pray that God will comfort your family during this time of loss. Kevin, I loved this post. You guys are awesome and I admire your spunky attitude that you can do anything-together.

  63. says

    It just amazes me that you are both SOOOO multi-talented. When I read you and your lovely brides words, it sends chills through my body. I even get chills when it’s about a fire place re-do…heehee. Great post…what a thoughtful hubby!!

    xo, Meredith
    The Weathered Bungalow

  64. says

    Layla & Kevin…My sincere condolences on the loss of your grandfather. Hold tight to your wonderful memories of him. Nothing in this life is as important as the relationships we have with our family.

    You two are always an inspiration!

    xoxo
    Wendy

  65. Terri says

    what an amazing man your Grandfather must have been!!!! How precious and blessed you are to have had him for these many years!!!!
    I have so enjoyed your blog site today… I stumbled onto it thru Southern Hospitality!!! so glad that i did!!!!

    Thank you for sharing your gifts and talents …. I WILL BE BACK!!!! Terri

  66. says

    Grandparents are the best! Everything I love about decorating and designing came from my grandparents……what a gift! God bless you! Love the post!

    Desiree

  67. says

    Hello,

    I’m sorry to hear of Layla’s Granddaddy passing. He certainly looks like a sweet fellow in that photo! I teared up when I read that you wish you could buy the house he built so she could go in anytime she wants. That was really sweet and thoughtful!

    sending hugs to you both from across the miles –

    Polly

  68. says

    Layla, I lost my grandmother several months ago at age 96. Isn’t it great all of the lessons we learned from them? Big hugs to you and your family.

    Kevin, are you the sweetest husband on the planet wishing you could buy Layla’s grandparent’s house? You guys have a precious relationship.

  69. Leslie says

    I saw on Facebook when Layla mentioned her Grandpa’s passing and meant to get over here to send my condolences along with all the others. It’s a joy to see a family legacy passed on through the generations and it’s such a treat to follow along with your adventures on/at the Lettered Cottage, knowing Richard was such an influence on Layla’s life and passions. My late dad also was a Master Sgt in the US Army, stationed in England during WWII, so I know how extraordinary those members of, as Tom Brokaw put it, “the Greatest Generation” were and how their service so strongly affected their lives, and ultimately, ours. May you continue to honor Layla’s Granpa’s memory with your kind hearts and good work. Thanks for sharing it, and him, with all of us.

  70. Jackie says

    So sorry to hear about your grandpa Richard. :( It sounds You have some really great memories of him. I’m sure he was a wonderful man. God Bless.

  71. Pam says

    Layla~
    So sorry to hear of the loss of your grandfather. The memories and legacy he passed on to you are wonderful. Thank you to Kevin for his sweet post, and for sharing the memories with us.

  72. Linda says

    Keivn What a great man you are to your wife. If only there were more like you.So sorry about your loss.
    for you and lyla.
    My best,
    Linda

  73. Monique says

    Kevin and Layla,

    So sorry to hear about Layla’s grandfather. Kevin, you wrote a beautiful tribute to him. He sounds like a wonderful person, a DIYer. I’m glad Layla has such beautiful memories of her grandfather. Your in my prayers and thoughts.

    Both you and Layla make a great team. I enjoy reading about your creative designs.

  74. says

    They’re not your only readers on the True Value Design SOS contest! :o) We’ve (Rachel & Josh) submitted our friends (Steven & Angela) to win, they’re #985! We also submitted our kitchen (#460) before convincing them to let us show their basement bathroom. :o) Awesome tutorials b-t-w!

  75. says

    On top of inspiring and beautiful home decor, your personalities are like a ray of sunshine. I am sorry for your loss. May the sun shine upon you as you mourn your loss. Your grandfather will live on through all your projects and this blog.
    Hannah

  76. Sunny says

    Grandpas are very special – especially to little girls. Hold tight to the wonderful memories you are blessed with. Building you a magical playhouse where your imagination could grow. Now you’re all grown up and you and Kevin are building and renovating your own special ‘playhouse’. I think the next time you go up to Minnesota, you should call or write ahead to the current owners and see if they would accomodate you for a trip down memory lane. What a wonderful surprise (for Layla and her mom) that would be!

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