Month: August 2016

Summer and a BIG project announcement!!

I know, I know, it’s been a while since I blogged.  In fact, it’s been a while since I Facebooked, Instagrammed  and social mediaed all together. I wish I could tell you I burned all my paintbrushes in one sweet semi-toxic bonfire.  With s’mores.  Or used my computer to tackle the ever-expanding list of books I’d like to read on a beach somewhere. But honestly, this summer was just plain CRAZY busy.  Of course I found the time to de-ugly things, it’s my mission after all, but I didn’t take the time to document a lot of it, and for that I’m a little sorry/not too sorry.


But I have missed you.


And I did have some genuine FUN this summer, here are the highlights:


-My family spent the most GORGEOUS weather week ever in Park Rapids on Lake Belle Taine.  It is the only week of the year where I truly don’t allow myself to work (much), and it is divine.  I always end the trip with a mini breakdown where we all stare at the lake to say our goodbyes, and I tearily remind the family over and over that this was my “one break, …. my one break for the YEAR!”  And they usually pat me on the shoulder and nod in solemn agreement that I need to chill more.


-My 15-year-old daughter Emmalee and I road-tripped to Brandon, SD where we saw her favorite band, Panic at the Disco, and one of my favorite bands WAY back in high school, Weezer.  It is a strange and wonderful feeling sharing the music I enjoyed when I was 15, with my 15-year-old.  (And she liked it) It was 95 degrees, with 90% humidity, and we got as close as we could to the stage in a shoulder to shoulder, VERY sweaty crowd.  But it was a blast! (and my daughter insisted I mention how much I enjoyed Panic at the Disco, which I actually really did)


-I got my hair chopped off!  Over 10 inches.  I did that!  And yeah, I don’t have a before and after, I can’t do selfies.  But it’s cute and retains less heat.


-My beloved sister-in-law Jamie got married!  The bride was beautiful, the wedding was perfect, and so much fun.  And I finally got to wear matching dresses with my daughter and see my son and husband in matching tuxes, what more could a mom want?

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-I turned two years older than 35.


-My mom, sister and I went on our yearly Duluth trip.  My mom found and immediately bought a life-sized doll at a thrift store that we named Bethlehem (Beth for short), and she teamed up with us for much of the trip. (and she got a much-needed makeover)  We also got to see the Temptations and the Beach Boys, which was so much fun, my face hurt from smiling so much.  My sister won our annual rummy game this year, which is weird because she usually sucks.


Take that Shawna!

Here’s Beth watching us eat on the deck.


-AND we have walls up in our garage addition (we are making a much-needed work shop), and hopefully a lot more will be done in the next month or two.


All in all, I can’t complain, it was a really hectic summer, but a happy one.  Now on to school, football, Junk Market, um… snow, deep winter depression, cabin fever….. AND a new BIG project to blog about.


What’s that you say?  A project?


Yes, that’s right!  This project has been a small baby bloom, sprouting in my brain for over 5 years now.  Design aspects have changed of course, but the mission remained the same.

And it will be a huge.

It will be time-consuming.

And many aspects of it will require an unnecessary amount of work (but will be so worth it, I hope)


And here it is…

I am doing some major kitchen remodeling, DIY style, on a budget!  And I want you to journey along with me.   Here’s my plan!

  1. Sand down, prime, prime, paint, and seal the cabinets, change or paint knobs
  2. Buy new countertops and sink, install ourselves
  3. Build the cabinets up toward the ceiling, add crown moulding
  4. Build an appliance garage, move middle cabinet out few inches
  5. Rip out old backsplash, apply new, all the way to the ceiling and on walls
  6. Re-vamp kitchen island with paint and reclaimed wood
  7. New trim on windows and doors
  8. Prime and paint doors
  9. New paint on walls
  10. New light fixture over sink

Just 10 SUPER easy steps!  (that is how I presented it to my husband)  I know, actually, it’s a little overwhelming isn’t it?  Don’t worry, I’m going to break it down for you, and don’t be surprised if one step starts before the other is finished.  (I say this speaking from the future, as this has already happened quite a bit!)

Stay tuned for my next post which will cover my process of painting the base kitchen cabinets.  And of course, here are some before pictures. (sorry the quality is so poor!)


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As always, thanks for reading!



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