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Super Easy Industrial Shelving DIY [#LowesCreator]

industrial shelves in the pantry DIY

This post sponsored by Lowe's. I was in Crate and Barrel last month and really liked this industrial shelving -- but it was $1499! But I didn't have time to learn to weld, and  I knew I wanted to put my own spin on the project for the #1905Cottage pantry: You'll love this easy to assemble industrial shelving project. There are slightly less expensive options, to be sure, but I … [Read more...]

#1905Cottage: Full Bathroom Renovation [Reveal!]

1905 cottage bathroom redo

It's time to share one of the biggest parts of the 1905 Cottage renovation ... the bathroom! We knew it was going to be one of the biggest projects. A bathroom is a major project in any house, but in this nearly 110-year old house, it was extra exciting. We knew we'd have some unpleasant surprises, but we didn't expect what we found ... So here's what we did to renovate this bathroom … [Read more...]

Link Party Palooza — and $100 Lowe’s Gift Card Giveaway!

1905 cottage outside at tatertots and jello

It's Friday!! Remember, I've supersized the Weekend Wrap-Up Party! Now it's the ... We've combined the popular parties at I Heart Nap Time, Lil' Luna, Somewhat Simple, Tatertots & Jello and Today's Creative Blog to make a giant link party. You'll only have to link up once to to be listed on all five sites, and each of us will choose our own feature posts … [Read more...]

Making My Home More Energy Efficient!

nest thermometer energy efficient

As part of the Lowe's Creative Team, one of our August challenges was Making Our Home More Energy Efficient. I know this isn't a sexy topic, but it really is one that is important and one that I wanted to tackle. When we were doing the BIG demolition and construction at the 1905 Cottage, we discovered that none of the wiring in the whole house was grounded. Can you believe that? Much of the … [Read more...]

DIY How To Make Modern Planked Walls #1905Cottage

DIY Modern Planked Walls at Tatertots and Jello

  I was so inspired by the hall on the main floor of the 2012 Parade of Homes blogger house that I worked on last Summer! I knew that I wanted to do something similar in my 1905 cottage! (I changed mine a bit from what we did there.) I love this treatment because it adds architectural interest to a room or wall and can even make the room or space look larger. It's not hard to create … [Read more...]

Fourth of July Open House at the 1905 Cottage!

1905 4th of july open house

What are you doing for the Fourth?  Every year our community has a pancake breakfast, followed by a down home paradeand carnival. My kids LOVE decorating their bikes and joining in. The 1905 cottage that I've been working on is right on the parade route. I was thinking it would be fun to have the house open after the parade!   Come for the parade at 10 am and then the … [Read more...]

Planning a Kitchen Remodel For A Small Space … and 1905 Cottage Kitchen Sneak Peek!

cabinets instagram2

I am just in love with the 1905 Cottage I'm renovating. While most of the major work is done -- and there's a lot to share with you -- the biggest unfinished piece has been the kitchen. The people who had lived in this cottage before loved it and took good care of it. But it was time to update it. It wasn't bad, but we knew there was something magical underneath. But we had to do some … [Read more...]

#1905Cottage DIY: Build A Rustic Planked Floor Inexpensively!

1905 cottage diy planked entry floor for $40

There's so much to talk about in my 1905 cottage remodel that I barely know where to begin! As you've guessed from the parts of the story I've told, we started with a cared-for but out-of-date cottage and stripped it to its brick frame. (And in some cases, farther!) When we did, we discovered the ORIGINAL hardwood floors (that I will talk about in another post). I'll tell you all about how … [Read more...]

Spring Front Porch Makeover! #1905Cottage

little house front porch after

Thanks for all of your encouraging comments on the 1905 cottage. They really meant so much to me. This is a project that has really captured my heart. This month we have been working on the front of the cottage. And it also worked out that Lowes asked us to work on a front yard mini makeover for April-- perfect!! Here's what we created with the front of the cottage: When the cottage … [Read more...]

Introducing My 2013 Project: Remodeling a 1905 Cottage!

1905 cottage before - outside

Have you ever fallen in love with a ... house? I have to confess, this happened to me. I fell in love with a little cottage just around the corner from my home. It was built in 1905 -- and even though it's been remodeled over the years, its charm shines through. I was afraid someone would buy it, tear it down, and build something else on it. That is what has happened with all of the other old … [Read more...]