Wednesday, April 25, 2012


Aside from the day when the custom built-in and cabinets went in - this has been the most exciting, ok and the backsplash b/c it is AMAZING!!!  Are you ready....
Oh my I'm in love

happy happy squeal squeal

I might just kiss it

There's the backsplash.  I guess I was so excited I forgot to take a picture of the main area.  I will tomorrow.


These rooms are the least noticeable change, for now.  And found out yesterday the carpet for these 2 rooms won't be installed for another 2 weeks - we move Friday.
Boys bedroom

boys bathroom

the ceiling is gone.  don't have many pics here - it's been under plastic for so long

boys room

guest bedroom

making progress

Master Bed/Bath

Original state. 

TWO layers of wallpaper


GRANITE!!!  wall added.

Travertine.  Be still my heart.

Saturday, April 21, 2012


The rest of the rooms seem to change the slowest, but change is still happening.
Before work started.  den/dining, study in left corner 

Wall closed in study to kitchen.  This used to be the dining room


Study french doors installed

First coat of paint.  Jogging Path at Sherwin Williams

Study painted.  Ethereal Mood at Sherwin Williams

Friday, April 20, 2012

The Kitchen

ALOT has changed since I last posted.  I'll start with the kitchen, quite possibly the most dramatic changes in the whole house.  It is getting so close to completion that I have a hard time believing it's real! 
Wall coming down

Support wall going up

Support beam installed

Squeal with delight - our custom design

More cabinets going in

More squealing, hopping, and clapping

Sunday, March 25, 2012

How Fast Underdog Changes

I took pictures 2 times over the past 3 days.  Here's the first set.  Mainly concentrated in office, den/dining and kitchen.  That is where most of the work is happening right now. 
Under the paneling in the study was this beautiful fuzzy green wallpaper. 

And down comes the kitchen wall.

Up goes the temporary walls until the support beam is in place.  Notice the carpet is gone (all through the house) - so no more stale pee smell.

Down the hall. 

Master bedroom

Master bath getting ready for a face lift, ceiling lift - we will be adding a wall to close up the bathroom.

You can't really see, but under the 80s paper was fuzzy iridescent paper. 

And all the junk goes to the backyard.

The Udnerdog Tour part 2

And here is the bedroom wing of the house
This room is left off the hallway, it will be the boys room.  It's not quite as small as it looks.

And the little nook.

Bathroom.  More dropped ceilings.

This will be guest bedroom.  You have to look real hard past all the junk to see it's potential!

Entrance to the master.  You are going to be so jealous of the coordinating 80s theme.

Jealous yet?  Just wait.

Master bath.  What?  No wall?  More matchy matchy.  Wait 'til you see what's under that wallpaper!

The Underdog Tour Part 1

The Underdog is what I'll our diamond in the rough.  Back in January Paul and I stumbled upon a house - we were not looking or in the market - but she was perfect for us to give lots of love to and make our own.  Here's the grand tour of what she looked like when we first toured....
 Don't you love those pretty blue country blue shutters!
 I don't know why but I don't have a view coming in the front door.  You can see it there on the left.  This is the dining room - it will be closed with french doors to become the office.
 Off to the left is the office.  This is the very long den, which will be the den/dining room.  See that dark corner there by the fireplace?  Yep, that's one concentrated area of stale dog pee.  I dropped my phone in it...sick!
 Going down to the far end of that room, you can see the dinette area of the kitchen.  I know your jealous of that.
 And into the kitchen, with the beautiful dropped ceiling.  That doorway down there will be closed up to the office.
Going back to the front entrance - the hallway down to the bedrooms....see next post...