Ikea Hemnes Dresser Makeover: Removing Dark Wood Stain
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Ikea Hemnes Dresser Makeover: Removing Dark Wood Stain

Do you have a sturdy piece of furniture that’s showing its age? I know the feeling. Our daughter’s dresser is over ten years old and while it’s still holding up strong, the wear and tear of four moves + life with a toddler and two cats was making it look like a piece of junk. So today, I’m showing you how to remove factory stain finishes from wood furniture to breathe new life into your old stuff. Here’s how I turned a 10 year-old Ikea Hemnes dresser into a cute statement piece for a kid’s bedroom …

Classic Black and White Bathroom: Restoring Vintage Charm in This Historic Home for the Fall 2020 One Room Challenge
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Classic Black and White Bathroom: Restoring Vintage Charm in This Historic Home for the Fall 2020 One Room Challenge

Week Six of the Fall 2020 One Room Challenge: We’ve completed the remodel of the guest bathroom in our Historic 1920s Bungalow home. Here’s the final reveal with before and after photos to show how we added modern amenities while restoring vintage charm …

Finding Vintage Accents for a Historic Bathroom Renovation: ORC Week Five
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Finding Vintage Accents for a Historic Bathroom Renovation: ORC Week Five

Every bathrooms a certain number of items that are required for function. In historic homes, it’s important to keep these items looking authentic whilst also feeling fresh in the space. Here’s how I mixed old and new bathroom accessories to create a modern homage to my retro bathroom …

Historic Bathroom Moulding + Trim: ORC Week Three
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Historic Bathroom Moulding + Trim: ORC Week Three

Um, Miss. Your bathroom is done. Yep. I hear that a lot these days. Technically, my bathroom is functioning and therefore, it could be done. But I’m extra and I wholeheartedly believe your home isn’t done until you’re done with it. And I’m not done with this bathroom. So let me show you how I spent $75 on MDF and lumber to elevate the entire look of the space in a few short days …

Historic Bathroom Renovation: Kickin’ It Old School for the ORC
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Historic Bathroom Renovation: Kickin’ It Old School for the ORC

I’m either an addict or a real glutton for punishment. You be the judge. Despite not completing the bedroom I attempted to renovate (build from scratch???) for last season’s One Room Challenge™, I’m back at it again this season! That’s right! My bedroom still isn’t done but I’m ready to finish at least one space in this house and I’ve decided the downstairs bathroom is it! Here’s where we’re at so far …

Principal Bathroom Refresh: High Impact Changes On A Low Budget
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Principal Bathroom Refresh: High Impact Changes On A Low Budget

Today, I’m showing you how we completed a renovation of our suburban home’s principal suite without spending a ton of money. By making calculated design updates and keeping the overall plan simple, we brought this 25-year-old house into the 21st Century. Here’s how we did it and what we spent –

Repairing Historic Moulding + Trim: An ORC Week 7 Update
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Repairing Historic Moulding + Trim: An ORC Week 7 Update

I’m back in the game with a big update to show you how far we’ve come the past two weeks! I’ll admit: We’re not as far along as I’d hoped we’d be at this point but we’re making steady progress towards the finish line! Here’s how I’ve spent my week (spoiler: a scraper, a sander, and a lot of elbow grease included) and here’s how my ORC Bedroom is looking as of today! …

Spray Foam Insulation: Sealing an Old House Against Weather
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Spray Foam Insulation: Sealing an Old House Against Weather

It appears we’ve reached the stage of this rebuild in which one big project will be completed every week. It’s Week Four of the Spring 2020 One Room Challenge™ and today, I’m showing you how we are sealing our historic home from the inside to prevent moisture and weather intrusion and provide a sturdy reinforcement to our old wood siding. Not all progress is pretty but this is my favorite new feature of our house so far! …