The Money-Saving Cure for Drafty Windows

When I was a kid we lived in this drafty little house with single-pane windows that did nothing to prevent cold air in the winter and blasts of heat in the summer.  We could not afford storm windows, so when the weather got cooler, my dad would head outside with a roll of opaque plastic and start cutting it into huge rectangles.  Then he would take his staple gun and Ka-CHUNK, Ka-CHUNK, Ka-CHUNK a whole bunch of staples around the plastic on each window in a feeble … [Read more...]

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Attic Renovation Before and After- The Full Room Tour

The attic is finally complete, so I wanted to gather up all my Before and After photos in one place to show just how far we have come in this room.  Here is the room before-- nothing much to see here except potential... And here is the finished attic turned office!  The transformation is really hard to believe unless you see all the progress pictures. I will link all those up at the bottom of this post so you can get all the details in one spot.  … [Read more...]

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Anatomy of the Attic Cubbies {aka Storage Galore!}

When I decided to finish out the attic as an office and a playroom, I knew I didn't want to waste any of the precious floor space with excess furniture. Garrett's playroom at the old house had tons of little furniture pieces scattered here and there, and after a while it all just seemed to contribute to the clutteriness of the room. Since this room was going to be my new home office, I knew I had to figure out a way to tame the clutter all over the floor for my sanity's … [Read more...]

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The Attic Book Nook

When I was a little girl I was a voracious reader. I read every book that I could get my hands on, staying up late into the night curled up under the covers with a flashlight shining between the pages.  These days I still curl up under the covers with a book, but the light shines out from the Kindle app on my iPhone screen, much to my husband's dismay. I'm happy to say that my love of books has been handed down to the next generation.  My 9 year old, Garrett, devours … [Read more...]

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Craft Room Organization in the Attic

This post is sponsored by Hobby Lobby. All opinions, as usual, are my own.  Hey guys!   Did you hear that really loud squeal this past weekend? That was the sound of me "SQUEEEEEing" as I started decorating my new attic-turned-office space!  That's right--this room is VERY close to the finish line, and I am turning some imaginary cartwheels with glee to finally have the room of my dreams finished.   In case you missed the original attic renovation … [Read more...]

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A Light {or seven} in the Attic

The electrician just left my house and we have LIGHTS in the attic! Woot! Check 'em out! You guys have already seen these copper sconces in the last blog post, but here it is again, minus my fingers holding it up and pretending it was actually installed.  There are three of these copper wall sconces- two on either side of where the desk area will be and one in the reading nook to shine some light in there.  I had originally planned on getting the 12" sconces for this … [Read more...]

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Attic Updates: Paint and Cubby Storage Progress

The last time you saw the attic-turned-office/playroom it looked a lot like Noah's Ark minus the stink.  Today, I'm SO excited to share the update with the latest progress that's been made in the past week! First off, the cubby-making is underway. Heath will be building in all the custom shelving at his workshop, but he brought one over to see how it will look.  Here is one of the cubbies pre-paint job:  Heads up: affiliate links ahead, y'all. He is … [Read more...]

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All I Want for Christmas is Some New Shiplap

The last few weeks have been a flurry of activity around our house, with our attic remodel in full swing. Our awesome builder is Heath Pender of HP Painting and Remodeling from Hoover. He and his son, Nathan, have been knocking it out of the park up there!  At the end of two weeks, and SO much progress has been made on the room. It is moving right along, and I could not be happier with the way it's shaping up.  I've learned a few things along the way and thought I'd … [Read more...]

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Unfinished Attic Turned Office / Playroom: Construction Begins!

Construction is beginning TODAY on a very exciting project in our house. I've been planning this playroom since way before we moved into this house, and today is the day it begins. We are finally going to finish out the unfinished attic space over our garage and turn it into an office for me and playroom for the kids.  Yaaaassssss. Here is the current 10x20 attic room: PROPOSED SPACE TO BE FINISHED: Mood Board for the finished room: This is a way bigger job … [Read more...]

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