Finishing Touches {Final Dining Room Reveal}

Oh it is sooo pretty! Our dining room, I love it!!!!  Before the makeover it was my favorite room in the house and now after giving it its new look well I just want to be in the space all the time.  The funny thing is even though we have a new dining room we still spend many dinners in front of the tube. That is a habit we are working on breaking and now I feel I have an even greater reason to break it.

Because I love this space so much I took a lot of pictures so here they are.














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After we put the new color on the walls in the dining room I realized it looked awful with the color in the living room.  It looked very bumblebee-ish.  Black walls in the dining room, yellow walls in the living room equals bumblebee!  And I actually never really liked the color in the living room so since the dominoes had already begun to fall it only seemed natural to repaint the living room.  I will post pictures of our freshly painted living room soon.

I want to give a shout out to one of my faithful readers, my granny.  Thank you for loving me so much and for your faithfulness to me.  Glad we can stay connected via The Rescued Home.  Love you!


With love,


Dining Room Redo Part 1

So the conversation went something like this….

Joel: I want to do something fun with you.
Me: Ok well if we do something outside it has to be in water or we need to find something to do indoors.
Joel: Want to redo the dining room?
Me: Ok! (not totally sure what he has in mind but TOTALLY pumped about the possibilities)

An hour later we found ourselves measuring the dining room, making a material list and heading to Lowes.  This is what I love about our relationship, we know what we enjoy and we have fun together.  I would follow Joel into any adventure!  Yet, I don’t consider myself very spontaneous, Joel would argue I am the very opposite of spontaneous.  I don’t like it when plans change actually I get really frustrated when plans change.  I set my course then I don’t deviate except when it comes to any project on the house especially when he suggests it as a form of entertainment.  We do all of our projects on a very strict budget and often plan months in advance before we take one on.  We have done all of our remodeling with cash except when we had central ac and heat installed.  So you can only imagine my excitement when Joel said I think we can find some room in our budget to work on the dining room.

Joel has been wanting to put up board and batten paneling somewhere in our house and the dining room seemed like the perfect place for it. The space that we now call our dining room was originally a sleeping porch and was later closed in and used as a master bedroom.  We converted it to a dining room because you have to walk through the space to get to the second bedroom.  This room was one of the things that made me fall in love with the house before we bought it.  I loved the wall of windows across the back and how the natural light beamed in.

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We started our interior remodeling journey over three years ago, in the dining room.  This was the first time I experienced demo, putting up drywall, putting up crown moulding, using a miter saw, drill and nail gun and a whole slew of other DIY firsts.  I loved the finished space.  It was exactly what I had envisioned.

Here it is after we remodeled it.

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After our trip to Lowes we ran into the storm of the year! We pulled into a gas station in a weak attempt to save our cheap plywood! You should have seen us once we got home, running eight foot sheets of plywood across our front yard and into our front door. HILARIOUS!

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We started by setting up shop in our laundry room.  We have an awesomely-big, disgustingly-dingy laundry room that serves as a workshop during projects.


Then we adhered plywood to the wall using adhesive and a nail gun.  The room looked awful with the pinky/peach plywood.



Eliza got her first lesson in how to use the nail gun.


Once the plywood was up we put up the batten pieces.



Once those pieces were up we primed it all.


It took us a week and a day to complete our little Sunday afternoon project.  I have to say I am pretty impressed with our speediness especially with a 6 month old that is teething and wants to be held constantly.

Stay tuned for the finished space. It is quite the transformation!!!

With love,


I would say the nesting bug is in full buzz at The Rescued Home.  I got a new vacuum cleaner for Christmas, the kind that doesn’t lose suction, and it is one of the greatest gifts I have ever received.  I’ve already vacuumed all of our base boards twice!!!  For some reason it is all of a sudden very important for our house to have clean floors and laundry.  Everyday that Eliza stays put is one more day of opportunity to cross one more project off my many lists.  Joel said one thing he knows is that I don’t struggle with laziness!  Everyone keeps encouraging me to take walks but I spend my whole day on my feet walking from room to room working on projects.  In the past week I took down all the Christmas decorations and put everything back in its normal place, helped Joel stain a table, did a little decorating, bought fabric and made curtains for my living room, finished making roman shades for our bedroom (that need a little help but it is looking like I will have time to work on them) and painted a sign for Eliza’s bathroom.  My sister-in-law said Eliza needs to hurry up and get here or her mom is going to redo the whole house!  I have to agree that may just happen.  Here are some pictures I snapped.

A little decorating…

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I put a few empty picture frames around the house that we can fill once our little bundle of joy gets here!

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My new linen living room curtains…

I made these out of apparel fabric.  If you can’t find what you are looking for in the home decor fabric section don’t rule out apparel fabric.  This fabric was 52″ wide, only two inches shorter than home decor fabric.

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Roman shades for the bedroom…

I’m working on adding additional panels for more privacy.  Hopefully I can finish them and snap a few photos in the next few days.

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Painted sign for Eliza’s bathroom…

We found this piece of wood in our attic.  It was part of the ceiling on the original back porch.

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I printed the letters off of my computer and traced the letters onto the board using graphite paper, then painted them with left over sample paint we had in our paint closet.

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I finished this project before Christmas but I love how it turned out and I wanted to share it.

I have been wanting to hang hooks in Eliza’s bathroom ever since we finished it two summers ago.

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I found this board under our house with this amazing color and patina already on it.  I cut it down and had Joel attach the hooks.

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I love the pop of color you see right when you walk into the bathroom.

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I’m grateful I am getting to cross things off my lists but I’m really ready for Eliza to be here!  I will be holding her in my arms any day now!

With love,

Eliza’s Room

It is finished!!!!  I did it, I finished Eliza’s room before she got here and I love how it turned out.   Joel told me he thinks it is my best work yet.  I’m not one to brag but I think I’m going to indulge a little on this one.   I love it!!!  I’m so excited for the many years that she will get to spend enjoying and growing up in her room.  I wanted to create a space that was feminine and not just girly.  A space that wouldn’t need to be changed from a baby nursery to a little girl’s room in a few years.  So let’s start with the inspiration pictures.

In the post, Guest Room Inspiration that I wrote nearly a year ago, I found pictures that inspired the wall color choice and the look we wanted to capture in the space.  It is so crazy because as I looked back on the post I saw that it was posted January 9th 2012 and Eliza’s due date is January 10th!  A baby wasn’t even really on our radar at the time we started dreaming of what the space could look like.  It is so cool to see those dreams and visions come to pass almost exactly a year later.  Here is what I wanted to capture.

A room that was warm and glowed like the tent from the movie, The Holiday.


A room that reflected the time period and style from the movie, Out Of Africa.
A room that had the juxtaposition of rough and soft textures.

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A room that had the colors of a Gala apple


and an English Rose.


A room that was feminine like a delicate tea-cup


and antique lace.


As I look back I think I did it!  Ok I won’t delay anymore.

I give you… Eliza’s room.

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I saw angel wings like this in an interior design store years ago and have wanted to make them ever since.  I stumbled onto a tutorial that showed how to make them out of cardboard and paper mache.  I can’t believe how they turned out!  The only cost was the gold spray paint.

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I made her fitted crib sheet and bed skirt out of inexpensive fabric from Hobby Lobby

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and a full-size lace bed skirt I cut down.

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Her changing table is a $50 estate sale find.

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I made pillows for the full size bed we decided to keep so we would have a place to sleep during our late nights.

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The bed had a linen cream-colored bed skirt I cut apart and remade into a burlap skirt.

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The picture collage wall has a mix of antique prints, baby reveal pictures, an antique baby doll dress and shirt and a blank frame for a picture of Eliza.

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I am so thrilled for her to see it! I hope she knows how loved and cherished she is.

With love,

A New Master Bedroom

I’m going to take a little break while a dresser I’m painting dries.  We finished our master bedroom!!! In less than two weeks, wow this sets a new record for The Rescued Home.  The room feels so wonderful and new, it is going to be a nice retreat for us once the baby gets here!  Now all I want to do is decorate it and be done but I know the room will evolve over time.  Because we completely changed our color scheme and style of the room we are pretty much having to replace everything from window coverings to bedding to accessories;  so, it may be a while before I post pics of the completed space.  Here is what the room looked like when we moved in.

 I can remember the first night sleeping in our new, very old and dingy bedroom.  The smells were funky and the sounds unfamiliar.  I remember wanting to be back in our carpeted, well air-conditioned, freshly painted apartment.

Shortly after we moved in, we painted the cracked walls just so we had one room that was some what put together where we could rest.

This is what it looked like up until two weeks ago.

 Here is our newly remodeled, freshly painted master bedroom.

Joel removed the dry wall, insulated the walls and added crown moulding and a picture rail.

The colors we used are all Sherwin Williams colors.

Antique White (instead of Impressive Ivory) for the walls.

Summer White for the ceiling and top two boards on the walls right above the picture rail.

Greek Villa for the trim and picture rail.

I love it soo much!  I am most excited about the picture rail.  In older homes, the walls were usually plaster therefore, pictures had to be hung from a picture rail.  I can’t wait to show you the drama that will be added to the space once I get a few pictures up.

With love,

Here We Go Again

The song from Mama Mia that goes “Mama Mia here we go again….” is playing through my head.  Here we go again seems to be a theme around here.  After a few days of lying around, Joel needed some purpose so he decided now was a good time to start remodeling our master bedroom.  Sadly, I am having to sit this one out because of the baby.  Believe it or not but I love a good deconstruction project.   It has been weird not being in on the action but I am really excited to see the finished product.

Lately, I have really been digging the Swedish Country Gustavian style. According to the Decorologist,  it is a style that is “marked by grayed pastels, lots of whites and creams, painted furniture, clean simple lines and fabulous lighting.”  Gustavian style is a mix of the formal and informal, comfortable and refined, and the elegant and the rustic.   Let me give you a few pictures to better explain.

Ahh I just love it!  This style is easy to look at and makes me feel at rest. So this will be what I’m going to try to capture in our master bedroom.

Like I said, deconstruction started this week and we are hoping painting will start tomorrow!
Since I couldn’t participate we called in back-up, our friend, Mike.

Thanks Mike for everything!

As you can see the walls under the drywall are solid wood so it has taken a few days to take all of it down.

This is what the room looked like this afternoon.

Our bedroom is a wooden box!  Which is going to look so fabulous painted in a cream color.
Speaking of cream color, color is something we are having a hard time deciding on.  This is what we are leaning toward right now.

Sherwin Williams Summer White for the walls.

Impressive Ivory for the ceiling.

Greek Villa for the trim.

What do you think?

Stay tuned for more updates.

With love,

The Guest Room Is Finished!!!

We did it! This is the fastest remodel in The Rescued Home’s history, 21 days!  Our goal was to finish in 5 days, I think we had some unrealistic goals but they sure did put some fire under our butts.  Now, I have to put our house back in order, it is absolutely filthy.   We finally took down our Christmas decorations.  Every time I looked at them and the layer of thick dust that covered them I was reminded that we were not yet finished with the remodel.  I experienced such freedom after we shoved the Christmas tree back into the attic.

I think we are going to take a break from projects for a while, we need rest.  Here are some highs and lows of the whole process. To see the beginning stages of the remodel click here (All of the posts are archived in Dec. 2011 and Jan. 2012).

High: See another space transformed
Low: See our whole house turned upside down in order to get there
High: Refining our home remodeling skills
Low: Not having every home remodeling skill
High: A beautifully wallpapered ceiling
Low: Must I say anything:) Click here to see our wallpaper post.
High: Making memories with Joel
Low: I don’t think there is a low for that
High: Laughing hysterically at midnight
Low: Having to spend an hour chasing a bird out of our house at midnight. Click here to see post.
High: Having a new space to decorate
Low: Not having any money to decorate because we spent it all on drywall, caulk, insulation, paint, wood and crown moulding

Ok, I’m going to stop talking and let you see for yourself.

This is the first thing you see when you walk into the room.  The bed will be on the wall on the left.

The entrance to the room is on the left.  The new closet is on the right.

The finished closet! New light and all.  After this picture was taken this space quickly filled up with Joel’s hobby stuff.
I guess he can have a closet too.

My finished craft closet.

This wall is going to be home for a row of theater seats we own and have yet to find a place for.

 These past four weeks have been so precious.  I have grown as a person in so many ways and will always remember this time in my life as the time God showed up in powerful and intimate ways.  Thank you for joining us on another one of our many adventures.  You are always welcome!

With love,

Guest Room Inspiration

Good Monday everyone! Hope you all had a wonderful weekend.  This weekend was a juggling act for us and every minute of our time was scheduled except for last night so we spent our Sunday evening watching a movie, drinking hot chocolate and eating popcorn.  It was a nice ending to a very busy weekend.  Because we had so much going on this weekend I feel like we didn’t get very far on the guest room but I wanted to share because I am super excited about the progress we did make.  I have also been inspired and that is what I really want to share.

I have some very good news, the wallpaper is up and staying!!!
And I do have to say, it looks fabulous.

 The walls also got their first coat of paint, Ligonier Tan by Sherwin Williams.

With every stroke of the brush or roll of the roller we would look at each other and say, “Do you like it?” and the other would respond, “I think I like it.”  This is a color I wouldn’t typically pick, it has a lot of orange in it and I tend to choose yellows and greens.  But I was feeling adventurous and wanted to explore color.  I knew I wanted the room to feel warm and soft.  After it dried we decided we really like it.  As we were painting we were trying to describe the color to each other.  We said it looks like desert sand dunes, or fresh-baked bread, or canvas from a African safari tent.

 All these descriptors really motivated me to share with you the vision behind the room.  We usually get a vision for a room before we start tearing into it.  I think these visions of the finished space is what keeps us going.  Currently, the space is used as our guest room but one day it may be a nursery so we wanted to paint it a color that could be neutral enough for a boy or girl.

The things that inspired me for this room was this tent from the movie The Holiday.

I love how whimsical and romantic it is.

I was also inspired by the movie, Out Of Africa, one of the movies that ignited my dreams of Africa as a little girl.

I will decorate it with creams and golden hues and maybe a splash of red mixed with vintage and organic, rough elements.

  If the room is a nursery for a girl (disclaimer: I have to say this for all my girl family members and friends.  We are not pregnant… just dreaming)
I would want to use these colors, all by Sherwin Williams.

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And these are the objects/images that inspire the look I would want.

Gala Apples

English Roses

dainty tea cups

and antique lace.

If it was a nursery for a boy these are the colors I would want to use.

Burnished Brandy

Cupola Yellow

San Antonio Sage

Oak Creek

And these are the objects/images that inspire me.

Nursery from Restoration Hardware

antique world maps

safari tents

and burlap.

Oh how I love to dream!

With love,

The Guest Room Gets Wallpapered

We closed up shop around 11 last night.  I was covered in drywall mud and wallpaper glue!  This was our first attempt at wallpapering and we thought it would be fun to try it on the ceiling.  If you have never put wallpaper on the ceiling well let me tell you it is no easy task!

Funny story,  it was late and we had been working all day and our patience was running low.  The night before we tried to start wallpapering but the glue wasn’t strong enough so it kept falling.  Joel’s solution to getting the wallpaper to stay in the corner was to staple it.  I told him people have been wallpapering for years without stapling, we don’t need to staple it!  Then last night we had successfully put up two runs of paper and were attempting to hang our third but it wouldn’t stick, the glue was drying too fast.  Joel said just staple the corner.  I said in a very tense tone “what is up with you and stapling wallpaper?”  It was quiet for a few minutes then he busted out laughing.  In a very serious voice I asked why he was laughing.  So, here we were standing on five gallon buckets, holding a 130 inch long piece of wallpaper, covered in glue, over our heads and he is laughing.  He then quoted my comment about stapling wallpaper and said that was a hilarious statement.  Then we both start laughing harder.  I told him he reminded me of the dad who was obsessed with Windex from the movie, My Big Fat Greek Wedding. Just put a staple in it!  We looked at each other and agreed we were done for the day.

We are hoping to have the wallpaper finished and primer on the sheetrocked walls by the end of the day.  That means painting comes tomorrow!  Hopefully, the whole thing will be done by Monday!  Here are pictures of our progress

The texture technique we are doing is called skip trowel.  It looks like plaster once it is painted and is a great way to hide imperfections created by amateur “drywall hangers”.

We have five more runs of wallpaper to put up.

Here is the wallpaper up close and you can see the nasty texture we are covering.

Stay tuned for more!
With love,

Thank You 2011 and Room Updates

I spent my morning reflecting on this year.  I reflect a lot, maybe too much!  I am so excited about 2012, I think it is going to be the best year yet!  As I reflected on all God did and all we accomplished I kept coming back to this question.  Did I love well?  I read this quote somewhere and I feel it captures my desire for life,” I’m not too concerned with what I am going to do. I am more interested in who I am becoming. I WANT TO BE A LOVER OF GOD AND PEOPLE.”  I just love it!  So, I asked myself, was I a lover of God and people?  Yes, I can look back and say I did love well. And no, there are times when I failed miserably at it but, I am so grateful for the grace that covers my life when I do fail at it.  As I head into 2012 my focus will not be getting in shape, making my house more beautiful, growing my business, or acquiring more stuff but it will be, I’m going to be a lover of God and people.  I think if I keep my eyes set on that goal all the other things will fall into place.

Ok now that I have that off my chest I want to update you on the guest room progress.  We are five days in and this is what we call the grind or the trenches.  It is the worst part but the great thing is that we know it will end.  What is the grind or trench?  It is the part of the project where the whole house is officially covered in dust and my floors look like this.

And my house looks like a construction zone.

It is when we see progress but it looks the worst.  It is when all we want to do is paint but we still have a list of prep work that needs to be completed.  It is when our bodies ache in the morning and we toy with the idea of leaving town for the day just to escape the huge task before us.  It is when the rubber meets the road and we have to ask ourselves, do we really want this?  I know we couldn’t do this if we were spurring each other on to the finish line.  Here are pictures of our progress.  We took out the door between our bathroom and the guest room. Here is the original view from our bathroom (I lost my shoe hanging spot).

And covered it with sheet rock. We also took out the small closet door and covered the hole.

Where we had cut a hole for the new closet we put in a new header and re-inforced the door way.

Then we moved the door that we took out, from the bathroom, into its new spot and put the shiplap back up.

And we sheet rocked the inside of the new closet and my new craft closet.

We also decided on a wall paint color, Ligonier Tan by Sherwin Williams.

Happy New Year!
I challenge you this year to be a lover of God and people.
With love,