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We Bought a Condo!

Hi guys!!  Last time I updated you, I mentioned that CB and I were in the process of purchasing a condo.  We closed successfully on June 21st!!!  YaY!!!  Here’s a brief timeline of how it went down: March: Get preapproved ...

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DIY Anniversary Art – Gamer Geek Style

It’s all over blogland and Pinterest – art highlighting a happy couple’s anniversary. Sometimes it takes the form of a print full of numbers: you see these all the time, the bride and groom’s birthday, their anniversary, followed by the ...

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DIY Fuse Box Cover & Command Center

Previously, in my DIY Cat Tree post, I discussed hiding some of the uglier parts of the basement during the renovation.  One of our glaringly hideous problems was the fuse box. It’s mounted on a piece of plywood attached to ...

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TGBR – Floor Plan

I wanted to give you something to “hold you over” while I’m gathering before and after pix and editing them.  I realized I never truly showed you all the floor plan for the renovation.  This was my design and I’m ...

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How to Build a Cat Tree Around a Basement Support Pole

Building in basements comes with a lot of problems. There’s the issue of water damage.  Since Meemaw’s basement is a walk-out, that wasn’t a huge problem.  There was a little bit of efflorescence under the porch / in my future ...

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5 Housing Features & Design Trends I Hate

Flooring:  Carpet This is the absolute number one thing I hate in houses.  Carpet is disgusting.  It’s gross and nasty.  Everything you bring into the house gets ground down into it and stuck in it and no matter how much ...

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Cat Hacks – Top Entry Litterbox for $4.50

So if you know me at all, or have even just read one of my blog posts, you know I’m only one cat away from “crazy cat lady.”  That’s so true I even have a bumper sticker, courtesy of my ...

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TGBR – An Update in Pictures

I’ll try to let the pictures do most of the talking here.  These are roughly in chronological order.

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TGBR – Firing My Drunken Contractor and Other Exciting Adventures

So writing is supposed to be therapeutic, right?  I’m hoping so because damn, I’m super stressed out over this basement renovation.  I have learned one very big lesson – go with your gut. You remember how I wrote a few ...

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TGBR – Bedroom & Closet

Dude, I totally have a bedroom.  And a master closet that’s alllllllll miiiiiine because let’s face it, Canadian Bacon doesn’t have a bazillion clothes and shoes like I do, and he’s more than happy to give me that space.  I’m ...

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TGBR – Beginning Building

Guys, this has been an expensive week.  Meemaw hit up her bank and withdrew the cd she’s funding the renovation with, and we promptly started spending it.  The largest single expense so far?  Definitely our laminate flooring.  We bought 600 ...

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TGBR – Contractor Talk

Yesterday, I showed you guys pix of the empty basement.  Today, let’s talk about who is going to fill that basement up with gorgeous rooms, flooring, and a suspended ceiling. Thus far, we have had 4 contractors come in and ...

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