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Neutral Patio Decor

Initially, I bought pillows to coordinate with the fabric of the outdoor sofa. A little back story on the outdoor sofa: we moved from North Dakota where Colter (our dog) lived inside. He liked to lay on the sofa and in an attempt to successfully transition him to an outside dog, I decided that he needed an outdoor sofa. My mom took me to a discount fabric store where we found some outdoor fabric and foam and someone to make a bench seat and pillow covers. Matt made the sofa based on the bench cushion dimensions. Last year, I started ignoring the brightly colored sofa cushions and bought orange decor for fall and red and green decor for Christmas. The back door was an eye soar and originally planned to replace it but I eventually chose the cheaper option: paint. The front door is black so I decided to paint the back door black too. I sanded and scraped and painted the frame and the door. Matt installed new hinges and weather stripping. In addition …

Half Bathroom Remodel Complete

It’s done! I just need a soap dispenser and a fancy towel. You may look at this and think, “that looks nice.” So let me remind you what this room looked like before. BEFORE Matt replaced the toilet last year but that was the only update we had done. The room was so dark and dingy. No matter how it was decorated, it was ugly. The cabinets, trim, and countertop had yellowed. It needed a makeover. I quickly recognized that a coat of paint would not be enough. The cabinet had to go too. Each stage of the demo brought a new issue to light. Removing the mirror-wall damage, remove the old sheetrock and replace. Removing the cabinet-more wall damage and bare concrete, repair sheetrock and add six more pieces of tile.  Move the toilet-water damage from old toilet leaks, repair sheetrock. While my Dad was in town he replaced the plumbing in the wall and installed an utility sink in the laundry room (on the other side of the wall). Matt is happy it …

Half Bathroom Makeover Update

It looks like the half bath will be finished soon. It had been painted a couple of times since someone removed the original wallpaper. But the trim, cabinet, and door had yellowed. Matt had already replaced the toilet and purchased a new fan and air vent so I originally thought a new coat of paint would be enough to freshen it up a bit. But then I looked at the countertop. Fresh white paint on the trim would just highlight the yellowed marble countertop. So initially we thought we could just replace the countertop and paint the cabinet but considering the cost, it would be about the same price to just buy a new vanity. BEFORE DEMO So after removing the cabinet and countertop, we realized we would need to lay tile. The mirror was glued to the wall and left a lot of residue. After attempting to repair the sheetrock, we realized we would just need to replace it. SHEETROCK But the other pieces of sheetrock were textured. Instead of matching that one section, …