Reno, Demo, & How To

Renovation and Home Improvement

Ever wonder how to learn to DIY your home improvement? So did we, until we took the plunge and taught ourselves EVERYTHING. This is where you’ll find the full collection of renovation and home improvement skills we have learned and honed so that we could share them with you!

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  • LED Recessed Lighting Installation
    Last weekend we tackled a quick but significant quality-of-life project in between all our other projects! We did a quick LED recessed lighting installation in our living room, as well as putting in a new ceiling fan! We had no ceiling lights in our living room, and our hodge podge of Goodwill floor lamps just don’t cut it. So this was a project that we have been looking forward to since we bought the place. Our ceilings are only 7’7” so it was a no-brainer to use recessed lighting instead of fixtures that would make the room seem even shorter.  … Read MoreLED Recessed Lighting Installation
  • How to Paint Kitchen Cabinets with a Sprayer
    We have halfway tackled another big part of our kitchen renovation – painting kitchen cabinets! Ever wondered how to paint kitchen cabinets with a sprayer? It wasn’t something either of us had done before, but we got a sprayer and dove head first into the job! I say half way done because we’ve only done the upper cabinets so far, and will do the lower cabinets at the same time as we replace our sink and counter tops. How to paint kitchen cabinets with a sprayer for beginners If you’re like us, this project sounded intimidating at first, but it … Read MoreHow to Paint Kitchen Cabinets with a Sprayer
  • Kids Bedroom Renovation
    Kids Bedroom Renovation Why is the kids’ bedroom renovation important? Well. As parents taking on a DIY renovation of a whole house, sleep may be the most important element that holds everyone’s sanity together. Especially with a toddler and a newborn, the amount of daytime juggling is a very real factor in the overall success of even the most mundane project. But from the start this house was barely livable, so it should come as no surprise that at almost six months in, we still only have one bedroom in decent condition for living in. That means that all four … Read MoreKids Bedroom Renovation
  • DIY Raised Bed
    It has been a long-time dream of mine to one day have a garden and be able to grow some of my own food. Since moving to the milder climate in Kentucky, it really began to seem feasible. However, we bough a property in town which has a sloped gradient on one side and then a mild incline up the far side, creating a bowl for rain water to accumulate in. Between the standing water and the clay composition of our soil, we realized our best option would be to make a DIY raised bed rather than tilling and planting … Read MoreDIY Raised Bed
  • Three Easy Ways to Spruce Up Your Entryway
    DIY ways to spruce up your entryway One of the most significant ways to spruce up your entryway space is to update exterior lighting. Grab a dust cloth or a broom depending on the height, and wipe away any dust, dirt, and cobwebs that may have accumulated. Once your current lighting is clean you’ll be able to decide if you want to keep it as is, or update. Maybe all it needs is a new bulb, or the glass cleaned thoroughly. It may also be something you want to update but not replace, like putting a decent coat of spray … Read MoreThree Easy Ways to Spruce Up Your Entryway
  • Priming and Painting Basics
    There are different types of primer for different projects. We won’t get into too much depth on that here, (maybe later) but just know that different viscocities of primer will soak in or absorb differently. For instance, drywall primer is pretty thin and the drywall soaks it up so that it seals in and doesn’t soak up all your paint. Other primers are thicker and won’t be absorbed as readily. Try to make sure you have the right variety of primer for the job you’re working on. On a similar note, paint rollers have a different knap and will put … Read MorePriming and Painting Basics
  • Before & (Not) After
    First Home Fixer Upper? It all began when we started renting an apartment in August of 2020 and looking for our first home. Our criteria were necessity based for the most part. The home had to cost $120,000 or less, as that was the ceiling on our mortgage pre-approval. It had to have at least two bedrooms, and a garage for all our tools and car maintenance. We agreed that a place that needed touch-ups or aesthetic help was doable for us, but we were absolutely not ready for a fixer upper. Not for our first home, and not with … Read MoreBefore & (Not) After
  • DIY Thrifted Lamp Makeover
    How To start a DIY thrifted lamp makeover This post may contain affiliate links, which means we may receive a commission, at no extra cost to you, if you make a purchase through a link. Please see our full disclosure for further information. I can’t even tell you how 80s our fixer upper is aesthetically speaking. Well, not just aesthetically – it was built in the early 80s. Its a shame that the place was poorly kept and needs so much work for such a recent build, but that’s the way it is. The good news is that updating small things like … Read MoreDIY Thrifted Lamp Makeover
  • The Great DIY Project List
    I am so grateful to be married to an incredibly hands-on do-it-yourself guy! I am all about DIY, but it definitely takes a similarly minded companion to bring it out of me so to speak. And my husband really encourages me in figuring out how to do all sorts of things neither of us have ever tried, like most things on our project list. My background is that of an elementary school teacher turned SAHM. My husband is a fine artist and bicycle mechanic turned welder. It was a huge transition for him to go to welding school and shift … Read MoreThe Great DIY Project List

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