Breaking Up is Hard

I have big changes in store for www.shapingthenest.com. Five years ago I started this blog where talked all about our new house and home renovations as well as creating a garden to eat from year round. Over the years, friends have asked me for both garden advice and home decorating help. It wasn’t until earlier this year that I realized what I should of been doing all along. Instead of just writing for myself I could branch out and write in a way that helps others as well… (Read More)

Downstairs Bathroom Progress

The downstairs bathroom is getting really close to completion. We finished the hard things, new tile, Cameron built the vanity, countertop is on, new hardware, new light fixture (completed after this photo)

Still to be done: Finishing wainscoting, caulking, hanging planter, towel ring, wallpaper, and art.

I found a true before picture of our bathroom in my photo archives! Wait till you see it…

Downstairs Bathroom Design Board

We’ve made a good amount of progress on the downstairs bathroom. It’s about three quarters of the way done. Before I share the progress pictures, I wanted to share the design board I made. Calling it a design board makes me sound like a real designer!

The hardest choice was the wallpaper. I knew I wanted to use temporary wallpaper because I have taken wallpaper off before and don’t want to put anybody through that kind of misery. Plus it makes me feel better that I could change my mind if I wanted to later…(READ MORE)

Kitchen Open Shelving

To get caught up on where we are now in the kitchen, I wanted to show an update of the open shelving. I originally loved having no cabinets above in the kitchen, however, since the kitchen is small and had little storage it needed something. I thought I would test out having open shelving…

Goals for 2019

2018 had a lot of both successes and failures but overall it was a really good year. I grew more in the garden than ever before, the blueberries and blackberries really started taking off, and we made some good progress on renovating our bathroom…

Goodbye Dated Bathroom

Midway through the kitchen project Cam decided to pull off the bathroom wallpaper, which led to me doing what I actually wanted in there on the wall, wainscoting half way up. If you have boys you understand why wipeable walls is a must :) Then once the wainscoting was almost done, I realized the floors had to go. It was a total domino effect! …

Kitchen Demo and Plans... Part 2

The electrician came and and cleaned up all the wiring. We had 6 new can lights wired. Lots of switches moved around. Soon after we had the sheetrock guys come for a quote. We have had them before, and they are always great, so we said yes to the bid. They said they could come the next day!! …

Kitchen Demo and Plans... Part 1

It's finally happening! My horrible, suffocating kitchen drop ceiling came down. I can hardly believe I lasted as long as I did with it like that. One day, I just couldn't stand it anymore and took a hammer to some of the sheetrock…