The Infamous Home Remodel

Houston, We Have Cabinets!

After lots of boring gas lines, electric, insulation and sheetrock, we are FINALLY putting in cabinets! I’ll try to explain where they all are and what they do, but hopefully it’ll be pretty clear.


Laundry Room:


Movie Theater:


Concession Stand:



The Girls Playroom:


We just have a few more cabinets to finish, and then the painters will be taking over while we vacay!


How To: Make a Joanna Gaines Sign for $6 Plus a FREE Cut File

Hey ya’ll! It’s been a hot minute since I’ve posted. So, we’ve been working like crazy on the house, but as usual, I’m already dreaming of home decor. I saw this sign a few weeks ago on the Magnolia website…



I’m slightly obsessed with it, but there was NO WAY I was gonna pay $50+ for it. That’s not happening. So, out comes the crafty side. As most of you know, my husband builds cabinets for a living, so I simply stole a piece of his wood. I had him cut it into a 20″x24″ piece. If you want to purchase it, I believe it’s cabinet grade MDF. Then I ran off to Michael’s for chalk paint. I usually have a coupon, which makes like easier. Here’s the chalk paint I always use:



I also recommend a little mini roller. They’re usually on the same aisle as the paint You’ll need white and black paint.

So, first step is to cut out the decal on your cutter. If you don’t have one and still want to DIY it, I sell the decal here. If you have a cutter, here is the SVG and studio file. Start by painting the entire sign white. Then, once it’s dry, place the decal down. I then paint a very thin layer of white paint over the decal. Your sign should look something like this.


Once that dries, paint the black over it. Make sure to give it a good coat, so no white is showing through. Then, start peeling! A sharp tool will help, but peel off the decal while the black paint is still kinda wet. And voila! You now have this:




Add a hanger to the back and you are done! It’s that easy. Be sure to comment if you try it out or if you need tips. Happy crafting!





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All the Boring Stuff

So, post cleanup is a lot of boring stuff. You have framing, electrical, plumbing, insulation, and sheet rock. I was chomping at the bit to pick out paint colors, but it’s a necessary evil. There’s not too much to tell. We wired the whole basement, redid the plumbing and gas line, installed HVAC and replacing the existing duct work. We also installed HDMI and speaker cables in the movie theater, and put in central vac. All boring stuff, but I’m sure I’ll be grateful later. When it’s all said and done, our basement will have a playroom, bathroom, laundry room, movie theater and concession area. I’ll explain where everything is going once sheet rock is done!

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Cleaning Out The Hoarders Horror

I’m a bit behind, so expect lots of posts in the coming week. The upstairs of this house was bad, but we hired someone to do it. It took over a month before it was done and I’m not patient. Silly me decided I would do the basement to speed things up. Reasons why this was a bad idea:

  1. The smell was awful. Like, curl your toes, run away and hide, cut off your nose awful.
  2. It was impossible to move some things by myself.
  3. It’s worth every penny to hire a crew.

About a third of the way through this, we hired some people and I stupid-vised. I cannot stress enough how much I advise this. It took 4 trash hoppers to clean out a basement full of horrors, including 3 fridges, 2 washers, 1 dryer, 10,000 golf balls (no, I’m not kidding), 4 pairs of skis and a partridge in a pear tree. But, turns out there actually is a basement down there!

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And so it begins.

If you’re following our house remodel, here’s the very beginning. Let me start off by saying that we never even planned to remodel. We actually bought two pieces of land and were going to build. But ya’ll, picking out a house plan is like finding a pair of jeans that makes your butt look good. It’s nearly impossible, and outrageously expensive. We sold the land and started looking at houses. Nothing was great, but we found a few houses that worked. But every single deal fell through. All of a sudden, right before our honeymoon, we found what seemed to be the perfect house. All brick, full basement, and on 2 acres in the city limits. It needed a LOT of cleaning up, but it was a steal. We made an offer before jetting off to the islands, but didn’t have an answer. In the middle of our honeymoon, we got the call that it was ours. And so began the cleaning….

Have you ever watched Hoarders? Imagine the worst house you’ve seen on there and times that by about ten thousand. Did I mention I agree to buy the house site unseen? That’s because I couldn’t crawl over the piles of crap to see the house. I’m not exaggerating, as you’ll see later.

I wish I had better before pictures. I used to drive by this house almost daily and didn’t even realize there was a house there. Just for cleanup, we had to remove 5 cars. 4 fridges, 3 washers, 2 dryers. 6 30-yard dumpsters of crap, and enough golf balls to fill a football field. It took several weeks for cleanup and yard work, but eventually we went from this…FullSizeRender

To this….

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You can actually see the house now, and the lot it sits on. It’s so pretty. Stay tuned to see what’s next. If you think this was a mess, just wait until you see the basement….




Hello…..It’s Me

Let’s get friendly! A few things about me:

  • I am OBSESSED with flamingos. It’s SO bad. I can spot a flamingo from miles away. My dream is to go to this island where flamingos just walk around and you can touch them.
  • I love all things monogrammed. I firmly believe that “if it’s not moving, monogram it”. My kids know that their clothes almost require “letters”.
  • Harry Potter is my guilty pleasure. On mine and my husband’s first vacation, I made him go to Harry Potter World in Orlando. I think he’s still scarred for life.
  • I know it’s a joke to give socks for Christmas, but I actually love getting fuzzy socks as a gift.
  • I really want to learn sign language. It’s at the top of my bucket list.
  • My favorite Disney character is Maleficent.
  • I’m a super crunchy mom. Which is funny, because I used to make fun of people like me.

That’s just a little about me. Now tell me about you! What’s your guilty pleasure? What are your favorite things? What’s on your bucket list? Let’s hear it!