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I can’t even believe I’m writing this post. We’ve loved this house so much over the past 8 years. When we moved in it was the best that we could afford. We had just moved from Canada to Raleigh and had a 3 month-old. And I was not working at the time. I’m not sure if I actually saw the potential in the house or if I was still in that completely sleep deprived new mom state.

This home had zero charm and character. I recently found some of the realtors pictures from when we bought the house (I’ll post those in another post soon) and it was pretty terrible. Typical builder everything. Not one thing was upgraded.

I’ve certainly learned that you don’t need a historical home with big chunky moldings and exposed brick to have a cute and charming house. Any home can look like this with a small budget and a little bit of DIY’ing.


But I’ve loved the challenge of working on an extreme budget and learning how to do things along the way.

My little business The Salvage Sign has begun to really take off and I have completely run out of work space.

And we have decided to move.

I will be so sad to leave this house. The only house my boys have known. And all of our wonderful neighbors. But I think it’s time.

I will try to update sources and paint colors soon. But I have a lot of boxes to pack before I do that. Hope you enjoy the little tour of our home.

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Bi-Fold Doors Fix

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diy bifold doors Bi Fold Doors Fixhow to fix bifold doors Bi Fold Doors FixThese bi-fold doors broke about five minutes after being installed. Can you relate?

After 7 year of complaining about them I finally fixed them. And it really wasn’t a big job! I was able to do it start to finish in about 4 hours (including 2 coats of paint).

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Built-In Bookcase Tutorial

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I have been wanting custom built-in bookcases for a few years now. And although I had no idea how to build them, I was tired of waiting to save up the money to hire a professional to build them for me. I figured it can’t possibly be that hard.

And it’s really not! It’s actually a pretty easy project! And I am here to tell you that you can easily do it on your own!


Materials: (I’m not going to go into detailed measurement because it depends on the size of the bookcase that you are building)

  • 8 foot by 12″ boards
  • 8 foot by 6″ boards
  • 1″ by 1″ boards (these are used to support the shelves)
  • wood screws
  • lattice- is used to cover up all the cracks, screws etc. Make it look finished and pretty. I think the ones I used were 2.5″ wide.
  • wood glue
  • finishing nails
  • level

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Why I’m Not So Good at Balancing Motherhood & Blogging

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When Meagan approached me about participating in this blog series, Balancing Motherhood & Miter saws, I thought she was crazy.

I haven’t blogged in six months. So why would she want me giving advice!

Blogging is hard. Having a DIY blog means big projects. Like turn your daily life upside down kind of projects. Painting rooms, carpentry work, demolition, messy, time-sucking, expensive kind of projects.

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I actually love a good DIY project. But I have a husband who does not. He hates the mess, and really doesn’t care if we have a plank wall or not.

And as for my kids, who are now 6 and 4, I’m finding it way harder to do DIY projects now that they’re older. Is that crazy. I thought it would get easier as they got older. Not the case. No more naps, still waking up at 6 am, and they now have a crazier schedule than I do. Between school events, sporting activities, birthday parties and play dates there is NO time.

I just blog when I can now.

This past weekend my husband and I decided to tackle a little project that I have wanted to do since we moved into our house 6 years ago!

We built a little closet fort in my son’s bedroom. It’s not done yet. Still needs a railing, some lighting, and I want to make some artwork for it. But it’s ok for it to not be perfect. My kids certainly don’t care that’s incomplete. They’ve already spent endless hours in their little closet fort. And they DON’T care about how pretty and put together the space is. They’re going to destroy it anyways!bedroom reading nook Why Im Not So Good at Balancing Motherhood & Blogging

Want to have a half complete closet nook too? Then check out my link here.

Now I want to see how all these other blogger moms do it!

Day 1 Mamas:

Jillian @ I Am a Homemaker

Bee @ Windgate Lane

Alice @ Thought from Alice

Charlotte @ Ciburbanity

Amy @ Her Tool Belt

Day 2 Mamas:

Danielle @ 2 Little Superheroes

Amanda @ Dwelling in Happiness

Rachel @ Shades of Blue Interiors

Jen @ Migonis Home


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