August 16, 2016


Boy oh boy have I been busy!  In the midst of trying to get ready for the upcoming classes in Denver, we bought a little house and have been busy working on it.  It's about three hours away from us, so it's not like we can just pop over and work for a few hours.  We worked a full five days with as many as seven of us working on the place at times.  We're really happy with how it all came out, though and my daughter, who will be living there while she goes to school, is ecstatic.

Here's a before picture:

We had the roof, gutters and downspouts replaced before we closed on the place so we didn't have to deal with that.  The front step was rotted, though, and that was a big project for my husband.  Other than those things, the rest of the work we did was more cleaning and cosmetic.  The little old place just needed some love and attention.

See what I mean?  That's the same tub and same fixtures before and after.  Just a lot of elbow grease.  We did do a couple of makeover projects for some furniture pieces, too.  We took an old round coffee table we found in a used furniture store and made it into an ottoman:

My daughter had a very specific idea of what she wanted in an ottoman.  It had to be large and round and it had to be white/gray.  And cheap.  We couldn't find anything that fit all of her requirements so we came up with this idea.   We're pretty chuffed about the results!  We did the whole thing ourselves never having done anything like that before.  Right down to covering the buttons.  Go team!

We bought this extremely tired, worn and used dresser for $5.

You can't tell too much from the photo, but it's missing a bar between the top and middle drawers on the left side and has a lot of damage to the top (raised spots) as well as one side looking like it was dragged down a street behind a pickup or something.  It got a makeover and became her TV stand with lots of bonus storage.

Isn't that fun!  The finished room includes a loaned couch and chair that her friend's mother recovered - I just have to show you the couch before:

Are you ready for the reveal? 


We painted every inch of the upstairs and all but one room downstairs.  We scrubbed and weeded and cleaned floors on our hands and knees.  I'm tired, but I'd do it again next week!  It was a really fun project.

I had to switch gears in a hurry, though - my Denver classes are coming up this week!  Eek!  I'm still putting together kits for one class and refining my presentation for the Rocky Mountain Bead Society meeting (gulp).  And I still need to add prices to all my finished jewelry since I usually only sell online and don't have anything marked.  So much left to do!  Wish me luck!  

Meanwhile, I'll leave you with another picture of the made over living room.  It makes me happy!


  1. Wow! Can't believe it's the same tub, the same sofa, the same dresser, the same anything. You and your husband did a fantastic job.

  2. Amazing, I love everything you have done. I cannot believe it is the same anything. What a beautiful and professional job. You had a great crew. I love it all. Wishing you good luck with your presentation and classes.

  3. You should be on HGTV! Beautiful job!

  4. Wow, this is gorgeous. I love all the make overs - both through scrubbing and re-covering etc. Lucky daughter!


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