Phase 2 of DIYplus5

In a couple of weeks, we are starting on Phase 2 of our home remodel (DIYplus5) …this phase makes me a little nervous.


We will be:

  • installing a new bathroom (this one makes me nervous – something new for us.)
  • raising ceilings
  • installing new windows
  • moving our front door
  • removing vinyl siding
  • removing cedar siding (the previous owners kept it -we think.)
  • installing new hardy plank siding
  • packing everything in the living room, again.
  • Making the coffee bar
  • Building 2 closets
  • Adding a wall or two
  • And Maybe adding new flooring
  • AND anything else that might arise…and it always does.

We got this!  (Hopefully.)

Blessings to you!  You are loved!

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Tyler Rose Festival

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Family Toolbox

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Lost and Found by Colleen Coble and Robin Caroll

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Future DIY Projects and Garage Sale Finds

Saturday my sweet hubby took me on a date – garage sailing. We dropped my eldest off at his CAP function at the airport and then went exploring the area for Garage Sales.    We found some unique treasures that I plan to transform to beauty. And at another one we found some vintage white napkins. We find if we go at the end of a sale – people just want to get rid of their
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Scarf Mania

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Family Toolbox Giveaway

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