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Floored

Sometimes all the planning, pinning, and prepping still isn’t enough when it comes to home renovations. Case and point – say hello to my “tax return floors.” I  HAD planned on exposing the beautiful hardwoods hiding under the vinyl floor in the kitchen and the dining room, BUT as we started to poke around, it became clear that we weren’t going to be able to save the wood. Basically, the plywood that had been installed on top of the hardwood was nailed down – EVERY INCH had a nail, so if we had tried to pull them up, the hardwood would either get pulled up with it, or I would have been left with some holy wood! Instead if ripping everything out, we decide it would be best to install new floors on top of the plywood. My father got it into his head that he just had to remove the vinyl floor first (about half way through, he was regretting that decision) A day later after a good  google/ pinterest search – I had made …

things are finally cookin’

What a week! Where do I even begin? My parents arrived and we quickly made our way up to the Cottage.  I had a laundry list of projects I had hoped to tackle while they were in town. As you can see, the biggest project was the kitchen. Here’s a recap of what we did, what I learned, and what we used. I will be following up on the floors in a later post (I’m saving that for the big dining room reveal) THE BACKSTORY/ VISION: As you know, I am a big fan of white. It’s an easy way to instantly make any space feel fresh and updated (and boy did the kitchen need it.) I had already painted the kitchen cabinets last summer when I first bought the place and have been dreaming of taking down the ugly wallpaper and weird fake stone panels that adorned the main wall and backsplash ever since.  I wanted something classic and clean, and not too country. This was a DIY project from start to finish, and …

the quick breakfast

Well hello! I simply can’t believe it’s almost the middle of December! How the heck did that happen?! The holidays are in full swing and I made it up to the cottage this weekend to enjoy a quiet couple of days before the endless holiday parties and festive ensue. So, I did a quick update to the front sun porch and I whipped up a breakfast, that was total accident, but is now one of my favorites. Don’t worry, I have it for you below along with toast trick that was also a total accident. Isn’t that how the best things always come about?! Here you go… Scrambled Baked Eggs with Cherry Tomatoes It was Sunday morning and I realized there were only two eggs left and two  of us, which isn’t enough to just scramble, or so I thought. I still had some cherry tomatoes left over from the night before, so I pulled out my small cast iron skillet (they are perfect size for sides and small dishes) and got creative. What you need: …