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ORC Week 1 Fall 2022

It’s One Room Challenge time!! I asked in Instagram stories what room you thought it was, and many of you guessed correctly!! It’s my bedroom! Many of you guessed my closet but unfortunately I can’t do it yet because I do not have architectural plans for the hallway / bathroom / closet area done yet. […]

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See the details behind building a custom lattice ceiling!

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You are not going to believe the before pictures of our yard! We have been told, that at some point, master gardeners lived here. I think it is obvious by our great soil! Thanks to our neighborhood historian, we actually know every family that has ever lived in our house, but that’s for another post. […]

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ORC reveal!!! The ✨ glam mudroom ✨is done! The old mudroom was not functional, nor was it insulated or heated. My home was built in 1936 and this room was an old side porch (we even found the old milk chute) and at some point it was enclosed, but very poorly constructed. I started this One Room Challenge […]

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This week I wanted to share with you a few exciting updates! First, I decided to reach out to ProBuilt Woodworking to see if they could cut a design in my upper cabinet panel and they are making it happen!!! See the picture below of the design. I’ve seen small holes cut in panels before […]

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It’s time for the 2022 Spring One Room Challenge! I am so excited to be making over the mudroom for the next eight weeks. I am happy to be sharing my design plan with all of you! Please go check out all the participants at www.oneroomchallenge.com/orc-blog Now anything could change over the next eight weeks, […]

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If you want that perfectly smooth finish, painting with a paint sprayer is the way to go. I’ll go through the pros and cons of using a sprayer and share the tools I use. The first step is prep. This is the con, the prep is more labor intensive. Paint travels much further than you […]

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I wanted to talk this week all things estate sales. I asked on Instagram what questions you had, and you had some good ones! Here were the most common: 1. How do you find them? 2. Is the price negotiable and do you know the price ahead of time? 3. Should you go early? 4. […]

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Let me first say that I am not a huge fan of painted furniture. I really enjoy quality wood furniture and I am all for sanding and staining, but not so much paint. However, there are some scenarios where painting just makes sense. In this case, a Henry Link Bali Hai dresser that’s from the […]

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