Remodeling the Remodel!! Does That Really Happen?? YEPPERS!!!

Ok – I know I have not posted in a  long time. Big Bummer Story…………but we had a water leak on our new, gorgeous, pristine hardwood floors and it really let the wind out of my sails!! As I have said before, I have really enjoyed the remodel process – even tho it was stressful at times. But I seriously had a bad case of denial when it came to getting a grip on the fact that we were going to have to again move everything out of our house to repair and replace the damaged floor. We even had to move out the appliances in our kitchen. Not to mention working with our insurance – that may be another post!!

Here is the process of ripping out damaged wood floors. Once the floor is removed the “dry down” begins……………….seal off the area and add the fans and dehumidifiers. Noise!!

 Heat it up – dry it down!!

With the plastic barriers up the temperature got up to over 90 degrees.

The guys in the background are un-hooking (is that a word?) our Wolf range and moving it to our garage.

All of this equipment was running in our house for 5 days. 5 long days!! Very long days!

You have heard of sleep machines? We had our white noise for 5 nights.

 Industrial size dehumidifier!

Even all the travertine in our laundry and bathroom had to come out. Sniff, Sniff!!

So whatcha goin do? You take care of what needs to be taken care of and move on!!! As of today the floors have been totally replaced, sanded, custom stained, and had 3 coats of seal placed. Now we need to wait 3 weeks for them to cure.

I will post this week other progress we’ve taken on the exterior of our home.

I am back!!

Thanks for visiting and I love your comments!

Tootles -


No Greater LOVE – Even on Valentine’s Day


It is hard for me to imagine that I could love my husband and our boys any more than I do. I hear that God loves me even more than that. A love that I can not even fathom. WOW! It is hard to wrap my brain around how much loves me – loves us. So I have decided today to step away from all the frills I place on Valentines Day and focus on what God says about love. Real. Unconditional. Genuine Love

This first verse we have all heard. But read it now just focusing on God like love

1 Corinthians 13

Love is patient, love is kind, love is not jealous, it does not boast, it does not become conceited, it does not behave dishonorably, it is not selfish, it does not become angry, it does not keep a record of wrongs, it does not rejoice at unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth, bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

Love never ends. But if there are prophecies, they will pass away. If there are tongues, they will cease. If there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but whenever the perfect comes, the partial will pass away. When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I set aside the things of a child. For now we see through a mirror indirectly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I will know completely, just as I have also been completely known. And now these three things remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love.


1 John 4:16-18

God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them. This is how love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment: In this world we are like Jesus. There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. (NIV)

Romans 12:9-13

Love must be without hypocrisy. Detest evil; cling to what is good. Show family affection to one another with brotherly love. Outdo one another in showing honor. Do not lack diligence; be fervent in spirit; serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope; be patient in affliction; be persistent in prayer. Share with the saints in their needs; pursue hospitality. (HCSB)

John 13:34-35

A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.

Christmas Interrupted to Paint the Front Door

We have lived in this house for about 18 months now and I have even shocked myself that I have lived with orange front door. Yes, I said orange -gasp. There is not one color for Christmas that goes well with orange – well, I guess silver and orange looks great.  SO, at 3:30 pm on Wednesday I got a wild hair and painted the front doors!!  Even the wallpaper is orange and the dining room is also!

I was in the mood to paint right then – not later! So I headed to our collection of paint and found the sample can of paint that we will paint the exterior with.

They are double doors with storm doors ………… not a fan of storm doors. Both the doors and the storm doors will go away when we get a new single front door.

Then I mixed up some mocha color glaze with some of my paint I had on hand. I knew that door was getting a paint job – but after that I really wasn’t sure what would happen after the first coat of paint!

Now I need to soften the brush strokes with steel wool.

It now looks like weathered wood but I think it need a very thin black glaze on it.

Now I can put up wreaths on our front doors – the orange is gone!!!!






Stenciled Pantry Doors

These doors used to be white – and  oh so boring. Also they had those builder brass knobs on them. Ugh! Then one day I could not stand it anymore. Step one: I painted them with  two coats of Halle Navy from Benjamin Moore.


Step two: I had already bought my stencil from Royal Design Studio. They are a great online source and their stencils are the best in my opinion.  Then I just rumaged through my supplies of paint and used what I had. Hey! Why go out and spend hard earned money when you already have it? It is my contribution of being green. I went straight to my bucket that is labeled “browns” because I knew I wanted to use shades of brown on top of the Halle Navy.

This is the stencil from Royal Design Studio – it is Renaissance Scroll 718



Step three: I used Sherwin Williams glaze mixed with some of my brown I already had. As you can see it is a dark brown.  I just starting applying it and moving it around with my trusty brush. If you feel you get too much on your brush you can just keep working the glaze until you get a feel for it. If you don’t like it – just have some paper towels ready to wipe most of it off.   Step four: This step was not in my plan but when I stepped back something was needed. So, again I went and rumaged thru my supplies and saw some metallic gold from Modern Masters ( I love this stuff) and painted it in the moulding areas. I did put a fair amount on and then once dry I used steel wool to take off some of it. Steel Wool is our friend. Step five: I picked these handles up  from Hobby Lobby. I think I paid $4.99 each because I waited until they were half off. They started off a yucky brown wrought iron but that’s kinda boring also. So, I used the browns from my stencil colors, some of the gold metallic and some of the glaze and just kept dabbing those colors on.  Suprising enough, the color has not even come off at all. Looks like I bought them that way.