Well I may have not posted since the summer but I definitely continued working through fall and winter. I’ve gotten A LOT done since my last post so I’ll try to get most things caught up to speed. Last time I posted I was in the process of landscaping and ripping up my back yard. My yard was a dirt and hay disaster for the fall and into the beginning of fall. With a lot of watering and some fertilizing I was able to grow a much nicer, bigger and improved backyard!


and this is how west felt about it…


Things are starting look just as good inside as out!


Another major project I took on was the upstairs bathroom. It is the only full bathroom in the house so I wanted it to be nice, clean and look new! The peach walls and mildew stained tub just weren’t cutting it for me anymore!

Here are a few pictures of the bathroom before…



The first step of this bathroom was ripping that disgusting linoleum up that was on the floor. When I started to take it up I got pretty excited because they had a pretty unique and cool tile underneath. I knew it was only a matter of time though before I found why they would cover up tile with that nasty stuff…


sure enough I they had an area beside and behind the toilet with no tile at all. I knew it was too good to be true!

I had the walls in the bathroom and the tub all refinished and I installed new tile on the floor. I also painted the walls and cabinets and changed the original lighting fixtures. A complete bathroom remodel but it made all the difference it the world! It was so nice being able to take a shower in a bright, shiny, clean, new bathroom!


For some reason this is the only picture of my bathroom I can find so I will have to take more and upload them tomorrow. This is your teaser…and even though I was stoked about the new tub I knew there was one boy who was going to miss his “ship”…


…jasper seriously loves jumping in bathtubs more than anything. i call it his ship and someday i will write a children’s story called “captain jap and his magnificent ship.”

If that wasn’t enough I still have more! Next was the kitchen floor. I had finished the kitchen a while ago but the one thing left to do in there was get rid of the disgusting floor…


Luckily this floor was super easy to take up. Literally did it in about 20mins, while my dinner was cooking. Typical Friday night!


After that was up it took me a few days to install the new floor. I had a rough time at first because I decided to not read the instructions and just figure it out myself. I wasted a bit of the product but eventually I learned. I saw where a good tool to use would be these…


They worked alright but not great. However now I have a giant ass pair of scissors!


Again I will have to upload more pictures because this is the only one I have and it was taken before the trim was put back on. Gives you an idea though and looks way nicer than it did! Overall this was a really simple fast project. I may have lost a pinky nail while doing it but for me…that’s not that bad!


I’ll post one last project for the evening and hopefully update the rest later this week.

I patched and painted my bedroom finally! You’d think that a bedroom would be someone’s first priority but for some reason mine got the back burner big time. One weekend I finally decided to give it some TLC though…


before was boring and terrible…


I really did a terrible job of taking pictures of the aftermath of my projects. These two were taken before I scraped the windows and hung blinds. I apologize my my messy bed. #thisisreallifefolks!

photo-106There is a better picture of my mint green accent wall and to I brought in a special model to show it off even better….


He wears it well! He also wears this well…


and this…


I promise there will be another post later this week! I have much more to show and projects that I have done. I’m putting this beaut up for sale in about a week. It’s been a great past year here and my boys and I will miss it very much! I’ve put a lot of blood sweat and tears into this house. As well as my heart and soul. I hope the next owner will love it, appreciate it and take care of it as much as I have! It’ll be hard to leave but we are ready to get back to our other “home”…California!

Until then…our hearts are anchored in this little cottage we call home!


4 Comments on “Finally…”

  1. Pam Williams says:

    You’ve done such a great job on all your projects! Very sad to see you leave! šŸ˜¦

  2. Life at the Highlands says:

    Everything looks so amazing! Don’t leave!!!! Waaaaaa! šŸ˜­

  3. Alison Ross says:

    looks great, gretchen!!

  4. Andersen says:

    How much are you selling the house for? And are you willing to do rent to own?

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