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Salvage Score: Free Landscaping

Anyone who has visited a tree nursery lately knows how expensive landscaping can be. A nice tree or bush can cost $100 – $200 dollars or more. So we’ve been doing piecemeal landscaping whenever we can. Last year we tried a few trees from a friend’s yard (see this post) but half of them were […]

From the archives: holes in the walls

Yep, we’re still NOT working on the house. It’s lovely. I have seen my friends and family more in the last few months than I have in years! The house is nearly spotless… no drywall dust, no caulk guns lying around, no extra lumber being stored in the kitchen. The physical and mental chaos created […]

Looking back: Homemade Scaffolding

As you’ve no doubt noticed, there’s not much going on at the Fixer-Upper worth bragging about. I’m enjoying the much-needed break. Instead of charging ahead on renovations, we’re working on paying our remodeling bills off (I absolutely despise credit card debt) and squeezing in as much outdoor time as possible before the snow flies. Never […]

Newest closet: an excuse to buy more clothes.

TA-DA! A great and powerful light should be shining out from within that closet, because this is truly a hallelujah-worthy moment. We have a closet in the master bedroom! No more running from room to room to find my clothes. (Note to Dad – that’s Cody’s flag up there, he left it at our house. […]

More bedroom “After’s”

Hey, look at this. I’m actually posting when I said I’d post. You can’t see it, but I’m patting myself on the back right now. Which is pretty hard to do while typing – luckily, I’m double jointed. This is the larger of our spare bedrooms, a.k.a. “Tracy’s bedroom” because it’s the room my best […]

Bedroom pics, finally!

I’ve been promising photos of our two spare bedrooms for about a month now, and I’m FINALLY ready to share. It took forever because the rooms were piled high with crap, because carpeting the upstairs meant moving furniture and clothes and random doodads from room to room as we went along. It was actually a […]

Spare Bedroom #2: Getting a full facelift

I fell off the radar last week, and for that I apologize. I have a good excuse – I’ve been spending all my spare time sanding drywall and painting our two spare bedrooms, which up until a few weeks ago were not at all conducive to sleeping or any other type of human habitation. I […]

Spare bedroom #1 – drywall repair

We have been cranking through some of our more boring projects, hence my lack o’ interesting posts. I mean, how many times can I complain about drywall sanding before someone comes to the house and cuts my Road Runner cable just to shut me up? As I mentioned in this post, we’ve been working on […]

Patching plaster

Yep, the mania continues. Fueled by fresh ground Starbucks (from the bag, we’re not fancy enough to have a Starbucks in town. I think we’re the only town in America without one, actually.) we spread our chaose into one of our spare bedrooms this past Saturday. Overall, it’s not a bad room at all. It […]

Creating historic-looking trim

When we gutted our stairwell and hallway about a year ago, we got rid of any door and window trim that wasn’t original. Basically, we got rid of a bunch of 1″x4″ boards that had been haphazardly nailed up. That left us with 3 doors and a window looking incredibly sad and trimless, and 2 […]