July 5, 2013

Dry This On For Size.

This post is specifically about how to repair the E1 Error on a Kenmore Elite Dryer. It calls for replacing the thermistor. We suspect dryer repair is kind of simular, so we thought we would post about our experience. It wasn’t nearly as scary as we thought it would be. In the end? Success!  When we first came to look at this house there were two sets of washer/dryers in the basement. Like typical optimistic first time home buyers we thought, “Maybe the house comes with both!”.  And when it didn’t, (duh) we were still happy that the nicer “High Efficiency” versions
June 28, 2013

#MAHAHKitchenReno Continues!

Kitchen renovations mean business! I remember how serious the whole process was when I did my first kitchen reno for a client last year – and we had a contractor and worker bee’s getting it done around the clock and it was still stressful! Lots of stuff got messed up with the cabinets and sizing, sink and faucet issues galore, and last minute switches by the client. Nightmare. I was dead set on making sure our DIY reno went a bit smoother, and part of that was letting the pro’s do their thing on our DIY weak spots – like
May 21, 2013

Fixing Kitchen Mistakes!

It’s been a long hard road with this kitchen. When we bought the house, we figured we would get to it ASAP. As the expenses of home-owning built up, the full kitchen reno kept getting pushed back. Even though most of the kitchen renovation work is being DIY’ed, we are no kitchen experts and we even messed up a few times (here with painting the fridge and then painting everything with matte white). Also, do you know how to DIY a fridge, microwave, dishwasher or stove? We don’t. How cool would that be if we did…hmmmm… So, here is where we
January 4, 2013

This little light of mine…

Happy happy happy 2013! What an exciting and exhausting year 2012 was. We are defiantly very happy to welcome 2013, and we have a few surprises up our sleeves besides a new baby boy in just a few weeks. Eek! Hello 37 weeks today! Enough baby gab, check out what we actually got done whilst preggo in the middle of the holiday chaos! It’s amazing what a single light can do for a room. We were drooling over these guys below for a while and finally pulled the trigger as the holidays approached to get the guest/baby bathroom in order before guests
December 19, 2012

Cover that up!

Mornin’! With the arrival of our guests coming in just a few short days, some minor tweaks needed to be made for their safety and comfort. Last year when we started paying more attention to the kitchen we got some stainless steal outlet covers, but I got the wrong kind for our particular outlet. Fail. So things were looking a little naked. It was actually kind of scary to plug things in and unplug them because nothing was holding the outlet in place. With five people staying with us and not knowing our not-so-awesome kitchen quirk, we thought it time to put safety first,
November 6, 2012

Kitchen Reno Update & Bye Bye Chalkboard Fridge

We have been chipping away at the kitchen very, very slowly over the last three years. We found an architect,  have been using the temp Ikea floors, chalkboarded the fridge that came with the house, replaced countertops, selected flooring we love (about to buy!), and finalllllllly bought and installed all our new appliances. We last has reached $2,793.11 so far in renovations, but our latest purchase upped that number quite a bit.  The last “official update” was back in January and we figured now was good as time as any to see how our past decisions are working out for us.
August 20, 2012

Secret Mold Attack

How much fun was it to find the grossest mold covered drywall behind the old stove when we replaced it with the new stove? The most unfun. Mold freaks me out, and super freaks me out while pregnant. I mean, look at it. That scary stuff (like horror movie scary) was just inches away from food we were cooking. Our old stove was a single unit with a detachable hood. I am pretty sure it was from the 70s. It cooked everything uneven, and was quite an eye sore. You can imagine how excited I was when we bought a new stove
January 31, 2012

Get Your Showoff Fix!

Today is super exciting! Roeshel is sharing a truely amazing before and after, which has me thinking a lot! Roeshel and I met earlier last year, and I fell in love with her immediatly. I am sure you will too!! Hi Making a House a Home friends! I’m Roeshel from the I’m so excited to be hanging out here today. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting Joey and Lana in person. They’re awesome! Recently, I made a quick decision to give our stair landing a quick makeover. No thinking about it, I just jumped right in. I used leftover paint,
January 17, 2012

I got 99 problems, and the kitch is still one…

The kitchen. If you remember we have had a long long journey with out kitch. We started here… Well, this photo was taken before we even owned the house. So you can really see where we started. Sweet floors, eh? Gotta love Joey’s face. We made some edits, starting with the floors…then we painted. Then realized matte paint for a kitchen was a bad idea. Bad. So we painted again with semi-gloss. Better idea. Much better. We painted the mudroom door entrace red. We added some reclaimed wood detail, and redid the kitchen cabinets, which post has been on progress
March 28, 2011

Easy Mirror Update + GIVEAWAY TIME!

*****Give-Away Alert! Keep reading to see how to enter to win $200 to spend at Mirror Mate!***** Oh happy day lovlies! How was your weekend? Did the sun shine in your parts? We did a little Spring clean touching up, and had a little chilly BBQ and officially celebrated our two happy years of marriage. It was a nice weekend all around. We also snuck in a little project, with little time available- and it had big impact! Our My closet is rather huge. We have three closets in our master bedroom, and to be honest, it’s what sold the