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#103: Regrets From Our Beach House Reno

It turns out that restoring a vintage stove isn’t all cupcakes & rainbows, so this week we’re revealing some of the quirks that you can’t see from a pretty picture. We’re also spilling the beans on several mistakes, regrets, and missed opportunities from our beach house renovation. What tile choice did we screw up? Where did we go wrong on the exterior? And how are we going to correct things moving forward? Plus, why we’re spending a chunk of money to make our house smell better. SO NOT GLAMOROUS. 

You can download this episode from Apple PodcastsGoogle PlayStitcherTuneIn Radio, and Spotify – or listen to it below! Then use this page to check out any links, notes, or photos we referenced. Note: If you’re reading in a feed reader, you may have to click through to the post to see the player.

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What’s New

  • In case you missed it, here’s the original story of finding the pink stove
  • Also, can you spot the red light that’s always on in the photo above?

  • And here’s Ol’ Pinkie right after we moved it in last October, when it “popped” on us while plugging it in. What a relief that it’s (mostly) better now!

Beach House Regrets

  • I’ll do my best here to represent the mistakes that we discussed in the episode – but the episode is definitely worth a listen for a much more clarified and detailed rundown. Save yourself from these mistakes and just tune in for that 15 minutes!
  • Ok but first here’s a view into the hall bathroom, which is where we put the blue accent tile in the shower… which is hidden right behind that door. Code required us to put the light switches on the left-hand wall (otherwise they would’ve been deemed too close to the shower itself), forcing the door swing to go this way (I don’t think we’d want to walk into the shower as opposed to the vanity anyway) but we sure wish we had thought to use that tile in the downstairs bathroom where you’d see it right from the door. Oh well, at least this view is still pretty!

  • Here’s the downstairs shower, which is attached to the mudroom/laundry room. See how that tile could have been appreciated by everyone walking by thanks to this layout? Lesson learned.

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  • … but when we truly thought about how well it would actually FUNCTION…. well, that it was a good reality check.

  • Here is one of the few shots of our little master bathroom sink. Although one of Sherry’s interior designer friends walked in and said “I LOVE THAT LITTLE SINK!” (which was a pretty nice thing to hear after being so convinced it’s stupid small) it’s still something we’re planning to fix… eventually. For now the shower and the tub still make that room one of our favorites, thankfully.

  • For reference, here’s the sink in our last home’s guest bathroom that still totally charms us. We just feel like it works better in a tiny, vintage-tiled space than our slightly bigger and more open beach house bathroom.

  • The photo below shows how rough the porch on the pink house still looks. So it’s easy to see why we regret not already taking care of it… but it’s on our list to do soon! Still gotta stain that front door too…

  • You can see and hear us talk more about the wooden steps on the side and the back of the house in Episode #99.
  • The photo below (from way before the laundry room was finished) is the best view of how high the plugs were originally placed for the washer and dryer. We didn’t really notice until the appliances were delivered that they would stick up well above them – and interrupt the area where we wanted to add a shelf.

  • So we had our electrician drop the dryer plug about 6 inches so it would sit just under the back lip (the other plug got covered by the storage cabinet). They’re still very easy to access without moving the washer and dryer (the shelves aren’t screwed in, they just rest in the bracket, so you can pop them off and easily reach all of the hookups right behind the top of the washer & dryer). Here’s where can read more about this laundry room makeover.

  • I don’t have any great current shots of our thermostat placement, but in some of these pictures from before we moved in you can see how we had them put near corners of walls (as opposed to being smack dab in the middle of the wall, where we’d later want to hang art and would forever curse their existence). Upstairs we put it right outside the entrance to the master bedroom, giving us plenty of room for art on that wall. Note: these pictures are from before we swapped the stock ones out for our beloved Nest E Thermostats.

  • Downstairs the thermostat is near the light switch in the dining room (it’s the thing covered in blue tape below). Again, that placement left us plenty of uninterrupted wall space for art.

refinished pine floors dining room

  • In the photo above you can also see the transition between the living room and dining room that’s higher than we’d like. No one has tripped on it or anything, but we do wish it were as seamless as the one in the other doorway (see how the smaller doorway’s threshold is sunk into the floor and completely flush?)
  • Just like we did in the episode, let’s end on the high note of how much we love the back bedroom. We worried about adding the wall with the pocket doors, but it has been the perfect solution for bedroom privacy at night without losing allllll the light from that window in the daytime – all while still giving us access to our own “private” staircase in the back.

We’re Digging

If you’re looking for something we’ve dug in a past episode, but don’t remember which show notes to click into, here’s a master list of everything we’ve been digging from all of our past episodes.

And lastly, a big thank you to Universal Furniture for sponsoring this episode. You can enter to win $5,000 in new living room furniture at UniversalFurniture.com/YHL now through August 13th. Remember, YHLHAP podcast listeners have won the last two Universal giveaways, so it could be you this time!!!

Thanks for listening, guys!

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Show Off your Creativity

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I apologize for the delay! If you follow me on social media, you know I was attending the Haven conference and I toted my laptop to Charleston with the intentions to get the party published but time got away from me! SO, let’s get this party started! It’s That DIY Party time!

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DIYShowOff weekly recap:

I revealed some pretty stunning hexagon tiles in the #helloredreno series this week! You have to check it out and let me know what you think of the transition of the floor from the bathroom leading into the bedroom. Too asymmetrical for your liking or are you loving it as much as I do? I chose the hexagon tile pictured below. 

See it here —> Bathroom Flooring

Shaw FlooringWhat about the before picture? The entire renovation isn’t complete but it sure is unrecognizable as the same room! 

Shop the products! 

And this is for a limited time but it’s way too good not to share! If you have been on the fence about getting a Young Living kit for yourself, this is an awesome deal! TWO DIFFUSERS! 13 ESSENTIAL OILS! Did I mention $25 cash back? I have absolutely zero regrets and I don’t care who you chose to get them from, I believe everyone should have them. Young Living has the best products to create a stepping stone to less chemicals in your home. And if you have hesitations or questions, feel free to ask in the comments below or message me on social media. You’re invited to join our fun circle of friends!

Get them  —> HERE!  

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The Dewdrop Duo Premium Starter Kit is the way to go! You will score not ONE, but TWO Dewdrop Diffusers!! One of my earliest regrets was not having another diffuser than the one that came when I enrolled! The second diffuser is already discounted and included in this kit! That is a BIG gorgeous deal! 

It includes BONUS oils 5ml Tangerine & 5ml Peppermint! This means that you get 13 bottles of oil, two diffusers, product samples including NingXia Red and Thieves Household Cleaner, PLUS an amazing supportive, wonderful community of like-minded people! A beautiful home begins with a safe environment and you can’t go wrong with non toxic products!

Oils included in this special kit:
🌿 5ml Lavender
🌿 5ml Frankincense
🌿 5ml Peppermint Vitality
🌿 5ml Lemon Vitality
🌿 5ml Copaiba Vitality
🌿 5ml Thieves Vitality
🌿 5ml DiGize Vitality
🌿 5ml Citrus Fresh
🌿 5ml Raven
🌿 5ml PanAway
🌿 5ml Stress Away
🌿 5ml Tangerine
🌿 5ml Peppermint

The Dewdrop Duo Premium Starter Kit can be found in the “Other Premium Kit” section during enrollment!

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Party time: 

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What’s been going on with you? Did you finish up a DIY project? Share by linking up below and browse the other links for inspiration. 

1. Please use the button above or text and link to this post to share the linky love. Here is the link: http://diyshowoff.com/category/other/that-diy-party/.

2. This blog linky party is for YOUR DIY projects only and YOUR IMAGES ONLY. Links not related to DIY will be deleted. Please share your link one week only. Please do not link giveaways, linky parties, promotions or a collection of inspiration that isn’t your own DIY project.

3. By joining the party, you give permission for your project to be featured and ‘shown off’ via blog highlight, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, G+. (Note: When pinning favorites, I prefer that you have a Pin button on your image or a Pinterest sharing button on your post.

4. If you’re here to share your DIY and link up or just browse the links for DIY inspiration, please consider visiting one of the links above to or leaving a comment to let me know what you think about my DIY too! Feedback makes my day! Thank you so much for your support!

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How to Build a Porch Swing – Single Seater Porch Swing

I put a new twist on an old design and shortened up my favorite porch swing into a single seater. My new shop is feeling more like home everyday, especially with this new porch swing. I love the design so much, I decided to share with you guys and gals. If you would like to build one of your own, you can purchase a fully cut “kit” ready to assemble using this link. Alternatively, you can use this template to trace the shapes onto material of your choice! Something to keep in mind with the template, you can easily widen the design by stretching the slats and adding in a center support on the back and bottom. Food for thought!

If you haven’t already, check out the video below! I had a blast building this swing for the shop, I hope you like it

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Things I Used in This Project:

 

Some of the links above are affiliate links. If you make a purchase using one of these links, I will get a small commission from the sale of the products.  In a small way it helps to keep this website alive and kicking and I appreciate your support in this way. Cheers – April

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Top 7 Items to Consider When Painting the Exterior of Your Home

exterior paintingThe time has come for you to finally repaint the exterior of your home. You have been waiting to do this home improvement job for a very long time, and now there is no more excuse. You feel like your house deserves some refresh and when it comes to aesthetic value, nothing is more valuable than giving your exterior walls a new color. But mind you, there is more to exterior painting than meets the eye. One mistake could ruin everything; you may even find yourself going back to square one. To prevent that from happening, you should consider these important items:

1 – The Environment

When looking to paint your exterior, it is crucial to plan ahead. Know that you have to consider the time of the year when planning for a painting job since the project is not ideal to carry out in certain weather conditions. Simply put, you must pick a dry time of the year, for instance, summer, where there is minimal rain and low humidity levels. The reason is quite obvious: paint needs a lot of time to dry. If the environment is not dry enough, paint fails to adhere to the surface.

2 – Quality

Aside from the weather, you also need to consider the quality of paint to use to ensure a successful exterior painting project. Not all paints are the same, which means you might end up using the one with low quality. Paint technology has seen a lot of improvement in the past couple of decades, and you should take full advantage of that.

3 – Sanding and Washing

Keep in mind that paint does not adhere to dirty as well as rough surfaces. So, if you choose to paint your exterior without first cleaning it by way of sanding and washing, you end up with a botched job. It is a necessity to clean the siding and trim with attention to detail. After washing, you must allow the surface to dry before you sand. You must be sure that you get rid of any peeling paint first so as to come up with a solid surface for the new paint.

4 – Rotten Sidings Are a Big No

If your siding material shows rotting, the one thing you must acknowledge is that it no longer is ideal for repainting. If you think that adding a layer of paint prevents deterioration, you are wrong. Exterior painting is never intended to slow down deterioration or stop rotting wood or any other material. So, before doing any exterior painting, be sure to replace the sidings and trims that need to be replaced.

5 – The Value of the Primer

One of the most common mistakes property owners make when it comes to DIY exterior painting is forgetting about the primer. Before applying the color coats, you must first use a considerable coat of primer and then follow it up with sanding. Some people will say that new innovations in manufacturing paint have made it possible to no longer use primer, but we stick to the traditional yet proven method.

6 – Uniform Color

You probably are worried about how to come up with a consistency in color if you have a very large area to cover, yet paints only come in cans. Well, the solution to that is grabbing a large container such as a bucket and mix several cans of paint of the same color.

7 – Start from the Top to the Bottom

Finally, it is quite obvious that in order to succeed and come up with a consistent painting job, you must start from the top to the bottom. Your greatest enemy in exterior painting is not the weather, but gravity. By starting at the top and working your way down, you are using gravity in your favor. It is true that drips happen no matter how careful you are, but you have enough room to correct mistakes as you go down.

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Top 7 Items to Consider When Painting the Exterior of Your Home

exterior paintingThe time has come for you to finally repaint the exterior of your home. You have been waiting to do this home improvement job for a very long time, and now there is no more excuse. You feel like your house deserves some refresh and when it comes to aesthetic value, nothing is more valuable than giving your exterior walls a new color. But mind you, there is more to exterior painting than meets the eye. One mistake could ruin everything; you may even find yourself going back to square one. To prevent that from happening, you should consider these important items:

1 – The Environment

When looking to paint your exterior, it is crucial to plan ahead. Know that you have to consider the time of the year when planning for a painting job since the project is not ideal to carry out in certain weather conditions. Simply put, you must pick a dry time of the year, for instance, summer, where there is minimal rain and low humidity levels. The reason is quite obvious: paint needs a lot of time to dry. If the environment is not dry enough, paint fails to adhere to the surface.

2 – Quality

Aside from the weather, you also need to consider the quality of paint to use to ensure a successful exterior painting project. Not all paints are the same, which means you might end up using the one with low quality. Paint technology has seen a lot of improvement in the past couple of decades, and you should take full advantage of that.

3 – Sanding and Washing

Keep in mind that paint does not adhere to dirty as well as rough surfaces. So, if you choose to paint your exterior without first cleaning it by way of sanding and washing, you end up with a botched job. It is a necessity to clean the siding and trim with attention to detail. After washing, you must allow the surface to dry before you sand. You must be sure that you get rid of any peeling paint first so as to come up with a solid surface for the new paint.

4 – Rotten Sidings Are a Big No

If your siding material shows rotting, the one thing you must acknowledge is that it no longer is ideal for repainting. If you think that adding a layer of paint prevents deterioration, you are wrong. Exterior painting is never intended to slow down deterioration or stop rotting wood or any other material. So, before doing any exterior painting, be sure to replace the sidings and trims that need to be replaced.

5 – The Value of the Primer

One of the most common mistakes property owners make when it comes to DIY exterior painting is forgetting about the primer. Before applying the color coats, you must first use a considerable coat of primer and then follow it up with sanding. Some people will say that new innovations in manufacturing paint have made it possible to no longer use primer, but we stick to the traditional yet proven method.

6 – Uniform Color

You probably are worried about how to come up with a consistency in color if you have a very large area to cover, yet paints only come in cans. Well, the solution to that is grabbing a large container such as a bucket and mix several cans of paint of the same color.

7 – Start from the Top to the Bottom

Finally, it is quite obvious that in order to succeed and come up with a consistent painting job, you must start from the top to the bottom. Your greatest enemy in exterior painting is not the weather, but gravity. By starting at the top and working your way down, you are using gravity in your favor. It is true that drips happen no matter how careful you are, but you have enough room to correct mistakes as you go down.

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