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Adding Wainscoting In The Nursery | One Room Challenge Week 2

We had such an eventful week getting home and recovering from the kitchen makeover we did for the sweetest couple in Baltimore–thank you for all the love on that reveal! We rested and worked from bed for two solid days (just long enough for my ankles to return to a normal size–haha!) before we felt enough energy to break out the nail gun, miter saw and caulk once again to add some pretty dreamy trim to the nursery walls. As a refresher, here’s where the room was last week! So clean, so…plain. There’s a million different ways and styles to add wainscoting to walls. We actually first looked to the height of the crib we had picked out for the room, because one thing we didn’t want was for the top of the crib to line up exactly with the top of the wainscoting, creating an uncomfortable tangent. Our crib is 36″ tall and we decided…

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100 year old home gets a 3 Day Kitchen Makeover for less than $5K!

Back in February, we went through more than 2600 applications that poured in over 48 hours for a makeover, sponsored by Lowe’s. It was our second time traveling anywhere in the country making over one of your spaces in a weekend, although this year was a little different. Last time we ended up on Long Island, transforming an entry/sitting area, but the stakes were a little higher this year as all of the entries were bathrooms and kitchens. The decision was not easy or quick, and included a lot of discussion around, “Could we really do this in 3 days?!” but we found ourselves enamored with a small, early 1900s kitchen in a Baltimore row house and knew that it was the perfect candidate for our weekend refresh. Over the weeks that followed, we spent hours upon hours designing the space, collecting measurements, picking out and ordering everything from Lowe’s and Skyping with the homeowners to try…

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The Start of a new Nursery: One Room Challenge Week 1!

A few weeks ago, we shared our happy news that we’d be expecting our third child, another little girl, this summer! So when we were asked to participate in the One Room Challenge again this Spring, we knew exactly the room we’d want to tackle in the allotted 6 weeks–the nursery! Which currently looks like this: But before we first spruced up the room, back in 2014, it looked like this: The space has served as our second daughter, Faye’s room, for the past three years (check out those pictures here) until she recently moved into the bunk room with Greta, which was coincidentally the room we tackled for the last One Room Challenge (read more about that here)! A few weeks ago, we cleared out the nursery and sold or gave away most of the things that filled the former room for a fresh start, with the exception of the…

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To Baltimore, We Go!

It’s hard to believe we leave on THURSDAY for Baltimore to tackle this year’s Lowe’s Spring Makeover. We’ve been working double time behind the scenes to make sure everything has been ordered, delivered and designed for the kitchen we’ll be making over. There are still a few things we’ll have to figure out on location, but we have the most capable crew (our dream team!) helping us this year and it’s helping ease a lot of nerves and has us more excited than ever. We’ll fly in Thursday and fly home Monday, so this will be the quickest kitchen makeover we’ve ever done (our 4th in nearly 4 years!) and although it won’t be a full blown renovation, I think we’ll be able to fool ya into thinking it was. Chris is finalizing his minute-by-minute renovation timeline (as he does), but a few exciting things we have in the works include: new flooring, an…

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How We Got Here: The Great Room

I love sharing before and after transformations of an area of our home under the hashtag #cljtransformations on Instagram (The new swipe feature has made the them even more fun), but rarely do here for some reason. This weekend, I pulled out my camera, referred to our before photos so I could match angles, and snapped a photo of this rarely seen angle looking from the kitchen into the living room and through the entry, all the way into the half bath. I took the same photo, standing in the same spot over three years ago, right when we moved in, but it looked vastly different: If you’ve been reading our blog for any amount of time, you know that our before and afters  progress photos don’t happen overnight, but rather, we consider each step a victory. Between these two photos, we: Tore up all the old tile and carpet and…

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How to Repair or Patch a Wall + Our Go-To Tools for the Job

Our stairwell has been through a lot over the years. From gallery walls and then no frames, to a new railing and the elimination of a DIY baby gate that was attached to the wall, the scars and gashes the drywall has seen in this corner of our house have been too many to count! Not to mention, our slight orange peel textured walls definitely throws a curve ball in the mix when it comes to patching. But, recently, we finally got around to patching where the old railing attached to the wall (a deep hole!) and where the baby gate attached (minor) and wanted to take you through our fool-proof method. First, you’re going to need a few tools in your arsenal to get the job done right. After 8 years of doing this, we swear by: 1. Fibatape. If you have huge holes or deep gashes, this self-sticking tape is…

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Bathroom Reno 101: Coming Up with a Design Plan

We’re back with another installation of Bathroom Reno 101, where we’re taking you all on an in-depth journey while we renovate our daughters’ bathroom. Today I wanted to share how we came up with a design plan or “mood board” for the room. This was my first time designing a bathroom and there was a lot to consider, i.e.; mixing metal finishes, how everything will fit together in this tiny room, making sure it functioned for little children to adults (our guests will also be using this bathroom), two sinks or one. Of course, this was all after we had the general layout figured out and the plumbing moved. The first thing I like to do is to find that one thing (or few things in this case) that serve as a jumping point to inspire the rest of the room. In the bathroom’s case, it was this shower head. A handheld shower…

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Before and After: Our Home Office is Finished!

Our home office is done (for now) and we’re excited to share the transformation, some details and a few tips and tricks with you today, along with so many photos! The room has actually been 95% there for quite awhile now, but because we were working on it in the very early stages of my pregnancy, when the nausea hit hard around 7 weeks, the room as a whole became a horrible trigger for me. A few days ago, we were able to reopen the door to the room and I felt so excited to finally finish it and start using the space as we intended. We DIYed the wall paneling ourselves (read more about that here) and painted the walls and trim Farrow & Ball’s Pigeon–a warm, light green with a lot of neutral gray undertones. It was really important to both of us, for this room to actually…

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A Quick and Easy Shower Update (Even a Renter can do!)

You may be aware that we’re deep into a full bathroom renovation in our daughters’ bathroom downstairs. While we’re waiting for the concrete patch to cure so we can move on, I wanted to share a quick Bathroom Reno 101 tip that you can implement in under 10 minutes that only requires 1 tool and will drastically change your shower experience. Our “master” bathroom shower is very sad. But since it will be awhile until we tackle that project, we decided to at least update the showerhead…because it has looked like this. For 3 years! What’s worse, it has started squirting water up to our lowered shower ceiling, where it travels just far enough to lose all warmth and then drip ice cold water back on our heads. Enough was enough. Last week, we spent $22 on a new showerhead. The good news is, you don’t have to wait until your showerhead is dripping (learn…

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Bathroom Reno 101: Vents & Drains

Quick Note About Permitting: Permit laws vary from state to state, and sometimes town to town. Before starting any renovation, always check with your local permitting office to discuss your plans and they can give you guidance on whether or not your plans require a permit, what you need to do to obtain one, and how the inspection process will work. Permits may seem like a pain, but they help protect you and the future owners of your home from well-meaning but potentially damaging and dangerous reconfigurations. We’re big proponents of responsible DIY, and encourage every homeowner to look at their local permitting office as a resource for information, not an obstacle in the way of their progress.  One of the most freeing things, when it comes to renovating your home, is realizing that your home doesn’t have to stay the way it was built – even the things that seem to…

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