What’s Going on in the Basement These Days?

We’ve been in a bit of a lull period with the basement after we demo’d it back in January. In February, I worked on putting together a rough draft of the design plan  and we spent the rest of the month and the beginning of March planning the necessities like plumbing, egress windows, floor planning etc.

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How to Build Modern Wood Shutters

One of the many steps in our exterior remodel was replacing the shutters. We chose a dark green vinyl siding  and I wanted shutters that would look good with our brown roof and match our wood door as well. My goal was a modern style that would grab someone’s attention and add some interest to the

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Our Basement Remodel Design Plan

We’re quite a few steps (read: all of the steps) away from being able to do finish work on our basement, but it hasn’t stopped me from dreaming about the design plan! In case you’re new around here: we’re doing a full gut and remodel of our basement, including adding two bedrooms, a bathroom, a laundry room, living

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How to Build Floating Shelves

Before we tore it apart, our hallway bathroom had a fairly good-sized closet. We didn’t necessarily need all that closet space, but we did need a bigger bathroom! Because of that, with our bathroom renovation, we knocked out the closet and reframed a new closet space. I wanted the new bathroom to be the complete

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Basement Demo and Plans

Last weekend, we demo’d our basement! With the help of my parents, we were able to finish demo in just two days and completely fill a 30 yard dumpster. After ripping out the wood paneling, ceiling tiles, a couple walls and closets, and former bathroom fixtures, we have a blank slate to start fresh with

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2018 Renovation Recap & a Look Ahead at 2019

2018 marked our second full year of owning our fifties fixer upper, and although we kept busy with projects, we took plenty of time to enjoy life outside of house projects as well. We also had some exciting advancements and changes with our “brand” and we’re planning on quite a few exciting things for 2019.

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Making a Mudroom

This post was originally shared on my former website, OurFiftiesFixerUpper.com, in Fall 2017. When we bought our home, there was no mudroom. The dining room was a very long, awkward space with two chandeliers, a shelving unit, and a door leading out to the backyard. According to our neighbor, who has lived here since the 50’s,

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Spring 2018 ORC: Weeks 10, 11, & 12

This post was originally shared on my former website, OurFiftiesFixerUpper.com in June 2018. Ok ok, we might have DOUBLED the allotted time slot for the One Room Challenge… but the reality of DIY renovations is that they always take longer than you think! We still will have finished this bathroom in under 3 months (because we

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Spring 2018 ORC: Weeks 7, 8, & 9

This post was originally shared on my former website, OurFiftiesFixerUpper.com in May 2018. Did you see the reveals of the One Room Challenge guest participants and featured designers? There are so many incredible projects! A special congratulations to Erin Kestenbaum and Vestige Home for being selected as the two new featured designers for the next One Room Challenge in the fall- they both

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