Holy home improvement, Batman

We had a massive home improvement weekend and it was awesome.  My parents came down for yet another working weekend.  It seems like every time they come, we spend the entire day doing enormous projects.  Thank goodness they are willing to help because it makes for very productive spurts of DIY progress.

Want to know what we did?  Well, I’m thrilled to tell you we installed a kitchen backsplash, made over the fridge handles of our new, smaller fridge, and built in said fridge as well as the oven to finish out the cabinetry. More cabinet prettying in the near future, but for now we are loving the improvement.


Si provided some wicked moral support.  He is such a sweet boy!  He was wonderful all day while we were terribly busy and productive.

Back to the kitchen, we replaced the basement door which used to be a beat up, old, doggy door inclusive beauty with a brass knob.
Ta da!


While we were at it, we replaced all the other knobs in the house with brushed nickel versions.  I can’t believe the difference.  We got pretty lucky and got all but two of them from Habitat for Humanity ReStore.  Thanks for scouting those out, Timmy!

Speaking of Timmy, he and my Dad were quite busy in the basement doing step one of the makeover to come which involved building a wall, insulating, hanging a frameless but gorgeous wood exterior door on a crooked concrete floor, and hanging the interior basement door that was about an inch and a half too tall for the space.  Go, boys, go!  They totally rocked the project challenges.  Here’s a little before and after:


Along with the doorknobs, we have spent the day changing out the bathroom faucet (which was trickier than expected) and planning a few more projects for the week.


Then we worked on weatherstripping all the doors in the house several months later than we should have.  But it’s done!  I also tried my hand at a little wood staining and cutting in with a paint brush instead of taping.  Those were both pretty much C- tasks.  Practice makes perfect.  More practice, that is.

Guess who loves to watch basketball.



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