Category Archives: House Projects

In July 2011, we bought a charming 1915 house in Des Moines, Iowa. While the house was already in great shape, as first-time homeowners, there are always projects in the queue to personalize, upgrade and just beautify our space!

Our yard in spring

Spring has been late to Iowa this year, much like in the rest of the country.  As a result, we’re only just now in June seeing many of the flowers that would normally be blooming in May.   I’m enjoying looking … Continue reading

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Kitchen Remodel 6: My Pantry

It’s funny how a quick side project can become my favorite part of the end result. We still have a small kitchen, so I want to make every space functional. That’s when my eye fell on the wall between the … Continue reading

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Kitchen Remodel 5: Countertops

One contractor we talked to said the words granite at least 50 times during his visit. “If we just get some granite on here” and “Granite will really make the room” and so on. We were focused on function and … Continue reading

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Kitchen Remodel 4: Are we crazy?

Taking on a kitchen remodel is not a small task. More than once on this project I’ve thanked my lucky stars that my husband actually seems to know what he’s doing when it comes to carpentry and just focused on … Continue reading

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Kitchen Remodel 3: Going Trendy

We were thrilled to reclaim additional space by the chimney in the kitchen by moving the ductwork into the wall, but we had a hard time deciding how to repair the wall.  Removing the old upper cabinet and the tile … Continue reading

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Kitchen Remodel 2: Choosing Paint

Choosing paint colors is very hard for me. I have spent months trying to choose paint colors for this house and I’m just overwhelmed with too many choices and fear of making the wrong choice, so choosing a color for … Continue reading

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Kitchen Remodel: Getting Started

I’m way behind on blogging because all of our spare time has been spent working on our kitchen.  The kitchen has been an issue with our house from the beginning. It’s small and has a very awkward layout due to … Continue reading

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