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Our Upstairs Bathroom: Before

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Our Upstairs Bathroom: Before via Life on Shady Lane blog

Ok guys, are you ready to see the scariest thing I’ve ever shown on my blog? Brace yourselves. Introducing: our upstairs bathroom. I showed you our two upstairs bedrooms [here] and [here], but before then I had never shown ANY of the upstairs of our home. The entire year and a half we’ve lived here, we have lived solely on the main floor. We still have some work to do on the main floor, but we have decided to finally…

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Then and Now: The Kitchen

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Then and Now: The Kitchen via Life on Shady Lane blog

The other day I started a fun new series here on the blog called “Then and Now.” I started with our living room [here] and it was so fun to look back at the changes that we’ve made and all of the work that we have put in. Today we’re moving to the next room as you walk through the house: our kitchen. Side note: I’ve mentioned before that this room is so dang hard to photograph because it doesn’t…

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Basement Remodel: An Update

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A vintage sports themed basement renovation

Merry Christmas, everyone!! I took a break from blogging to relax and spend time with family and friends, but I’m baaaack! Did you miss me? ;) Several people asked over Christmas whether we had any home projects going on at the moment. We told them that our main focus lately has been our basement renovation…although really we’ve just been working on decorating the space some more. Everything in the room is complete with the exception of the pallet ceiling and…

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Basement Remodel: We have baseboards and a fridge door!

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Basement Remodel: We have baseboards and a fridge door!

I haven’t posted about our basement/mancave remodel in quite a while just because things haven’t been moving very quickly with it. Since it’s in the basement, it’s obviously not in our faces like other projects we finish more quickly (like our antique ladder + pendant lights over our kitchen island)…but it’s still in the works, so don’t worry! In my last post about this room[here], we had just finished painting the walls and putting down flooring. We hadn’t yet installed baseboards or quarter…

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Kitchen Pantry Reveal

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Last week I shared our kitchen cabinet makeover…and I mentioned that we still had not painted our pantry because we weren’t sure which color to paint it. I asked for advice, and by far and away, the biggest suggestion was to paint the pantry WHITE. So… We painted it green.  I couldn’t help it. The green was just calling my name and I decided to go with my gut and make the riskier choice. I never said I was a…

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Epoxied Basement Floors

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Remember those 2016 home goals I posted about a few weeks ago? We can officially cross one off of our list! Our basement floor is now epoxied – woohoo! I know, I know…it doesn’t sound that exciting, right? Well, trust me…the basement’s “before” was pretty awful, so it feels REALLY good to have this project complete. To give you a full idea of what we were working with when we moved in, here are a  couple before shots: Scared yet? A…

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Plank Wall Inspiration

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I have steadily been building an obsession with planked walls for quite some time now. I mentioned the other day on Instagram that I was considering planking the big wall that runs the length of our kitchen + dining room…and I have been searching for inspiration ever since. While I love the minimalist, clean look of white planks, I can’t get over how cozy stained wood planks make a room feel. We have a long list of projects that we are working on in…

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A Kitchen Update

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After painting our kitchen’s upper cabinets, I took about a 2 week break before even attempting to start the lowers. This project hasn’t been my favorite, but only because it was a pain in the you-know-what. The transformation from when we first moved in to now, though, is aaaamazing. Here’s a picture from the day we got the keys to our house: Here are a couple photos from a few days before we started painting: Aaaaand here it is now…

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2016 Home Goals

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2016 Home Goals

At the beginning of every year, people find themselves making “New Years Resolutions.” But let’s be real…things like giving up chocolate and wine, working out every single day of my life, and keeping my home spotless are just not realistic goals for me (especially with a new baby!). So, I typically don’t make a resolution. Instead, I (attempt to) make an effort every day to do something that betters my life in some way, even if it’s just something small:…

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How to Whitewash a Brick Fireplace

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I have been meaning to get to this post for days weeks. I’m still trying to figure out this whole motherhood thing, and sometimes (quite often), finding the time to write a blog post is a little difficult. However, right now, baby Henry is taking a nap and I have a few minutes to myself. Woohoo! We knew we wanted to makeover our fireplace as part of our home’s “renovation” and after considering all options (tiling over it, painting it, etc.),…

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How to Remove Sliding Shower Doors

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OK can we just talk about sliding shower doors for a second? WHY do they have to be so disgusting? I’m sure they’re great when they are brand new, but they are absolutely impossible to keep clean after that. I’m convinced they should have never been invented…or at least someone should have come up with something a little less awful. *EDIT: This has, by far, been my post popular blog post and the most pinned image on Pinterest. Thank you…

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How to Refinish Hardwood Floors: Part 2

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How to Refinish Wood Floors yourself via Life on Shady Lane blog

A few weeks ago, I posted “Part 1” of the floor-refinishing process. I meant to post Part 2 way before now…but I’ve been just a little busy – Our new baby arrived on Halloween! So it’s a week two weeks after his arrival, and I finally have a moment to finish this post! In Part 1, I talked about the sanding process.  Today, I’ll go over staining and finishing – this part is much more exciting, because you finally get to see…

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How to Refinish Hardwood Floors: Part 1

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Since purchasing our home, the biggest excitement for us has been pulling up the old, dirty carpet and discovering beautiful wood floors underneath. At first, we didn’t think we would need to refinish them, but upon further inspection, we noticed some imperfections…and then decided that we would like them to be stained a darker color. There are quite a few steps to this process, which means lots and lots of photos, so I decided to split this into two posts.…

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Behold: Wood Floors!

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The previous owners of our new (old) home lived in it for 40 years and raised five kids there. So, some wear and tear was to be expected. We chose to look past the paint colors and carpeting when looking at the home though (via FaceTime because we weren’t even in the same state!) because we loved the charm, layout, and location. The previous owners commented that there might be wood flooring underneath some of the carpeted rooms. A tiny corner…

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