Being third-time homeowners, we’ve done our fair share of DIY projects over the years.
Our first home was built in the 50′s and although the man we purchased it from had done many updates including adding gorgeous handmade wooden cabinets and crank-out windows with intricate wooden inlays (that he created himself), we still had our work cut out for us.
Needless to say it was the beginning of a future of do-it-yourself tasks around our home homes, and my love of power tools and freshly cut wood. This chic can build! hehee.
After three kids and living in a one bath home, it quickly became apparent that we needed an additional bathroom. At least one with an extra toilet and sink. I don’t know why but it seemed like everyone developed the same bathroom “schedule”. hahaa!
And so, the task of adding an additional half bath to our starter home was penciled to our list, as was a wooden privacy fence, wooden deck, storage shed, building a closet organizer for Derek’s nursery, tearing down outdated wall paper and some major painting. Yep, we were quite busy!
Project list #2
Our second home was a new build and although you start off with fresh and new EVERYTHING, there were still things we wanted to add — a brick paver patio, privacy fence, storage shed, lots of landscaping and a custom built-in natural gas fireplace (designed by the lovely ME).
BEFORE built-in fireplace #1!
This is Gina and I on her first day of kindergarten & before we built the fireplace in the corner behind us!
AFTER the built-in fireplace #1 was added…
It’s not a very good pic since it’s a picture of a picture. This was before we came out of the stone age & bought a digital camera. haha!
Project list #3
And lastly, our current home (another new build) that we’ve lived in for just over 12 years. Here, we’ve built a wooden cedar deck, lean-to storage shed (that looks like it was built when the house was), added additional cabinets and counter space in the kitchen, tons of landscaping (plus added sod to our backyard), an additional finished bedroom, and a larger custom built-in natural gas fireplace. Plus, I’ve painted nearly every room in the house.
I wish I had photos of everything to share but unfortunately I don’t and couldn’t locate the photo of our newest fireplace that we built from a hand drawing I did. Yep, I’m naturally talented. Ok… and so is hubby since he helped. haha!
Oh yeah, we’ve completed lots of tasks over the years but as you’ve probably read here in some of my other posts, we’re planning to sell our home and move yet again. Hmm, could it be that deep down I love doing DIY projects SO much that I just want something new to do? haha!
Creating things with my hands is like therapy to me. Not only when building things around my home but through cooking as well. It gives me a chance to show my creativity — and I can’t wait to see the finished product. I really feel great pride in my work and it helps keep me busy. I LOVE IT!!!
Of course, as you can imagine, doing projects such as complete makeovers can be costly. It can also become overwhelming, especially when you’re trying to find just the right materials to do the job. That’s why I’ve fallen in love with Floor and Decor. This home improvement super-store is your one-stop shop for the best selection in tiles, and many other home improvement supplies like cabinets and sinks.
Floor and Decor also has the largest variety of low price flooring options such as porcelain, ceramic, stone, tile, wood, and laminate offered in the Columbus, Ohio area. If you’re not so savvy with tools or putting your ideas to actual completed projects, Floor and Decor offers free design services. What an invaluable tool that is!
When you visit a Floor and Decor location you’re sure to gain inspiration just from strolling through their huge showroom. They have SO much to offer families (in an affordable way) so you can create the home of your dreams — all with your own two hands.
Oh boy, I’m getting that itch again…. it’s about time for another DIY project. I can just feel it coming on. So, what will it be next? Well, you’ll just have to wait and see. Spring will be here soon and my creative juices will be flowing pretty strongly by then. hehee!
Doing the work yourself can save you a ton of money, and the results you’ll see each and every day will be worth SO much more than if you had paid a contractor to do it. See the vision, draw it up and make it happen. Then reap the benefits later!