Grandaddy’s and Grandma’s House

My grandparent’s, John Glenn and Lillian, moved back to the States into this home after an Army career that took them all over the world. This would be the last home that John, known as Glenn, and Lillian would live in together. Their children, grandchildren and great grandchildren loved to visit them often. An opportunity arose and my sister had the option  to purchase my Grandparent’s home, having been out of the family’s purview for several years.

John Glenn & Lillian Mae
John Glenn & Lillian Mae

Built in 1919, the old girl was showing her age. Situated in Ocean View, in close proximity to the Chesapeake Bay, she is an Arts and Crafts bungalow, with an additional bedroom added in the 1950’s.  Massive oak trees once shaded the house. She has gone through many changes over the years. 

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Rental Renovation: Done!

How was your weekend? After finishing up (finally) our townhome reno we looked forward to a relaxing weekend. It has taken us a long time, it was a major undertaking.  Out with the brown carpet, dark-stained wood, vinyl flooring. In with fresh paint, wood and stone floors, roof, windows, vinyl siding, doors. The list goes on. I’m proud that we did most of the demo and work ourselves. We got us some skills! 😀 Sadly, I don’t have a lot of before photos.




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Rental Renovation

We’re renovating our first home, now a 30-year-old rental in need of TLC. To save money Saw Man and myself (and at times our daughters, son in law and family), are doing as much as we can ourselves. We even laboriously painted popcorn ceilings throughout. Something I’ll never do again. Evenings after work, weekends and holidays.  Our hope is that a young family or retiree will find it desirable enough to purchase.

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Favorite Experiences:
Rust-Oleum Cabinet Transformation Kit

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the hardwood floors & new doors


the downstairs laminate day with our daughter and son-in-law, Brianne Pink and Brian Blue.


To-Do List

Self Demolition
remove wall-to-wall carpeting & linoleum
remove 1980s window seat & various built-in shelves
paint walls & ceilings
paint 1980s stained woodwork
hardwood flooring upstairs hall and 3 bedrooms
new ceiling fans & lights in 3 bedrooms
laminate flooring living & dining rooms
replace interior doors
replace 2 toilets & sink faucets
paint bathroom cabinets & new hardware
paint kitchen cabinets & new hardware
tile kitchen backsplash
replace kitchen sink & faucet
hang dining chandelier
add laundry nook shelving

wire dining area ceiling for new chandelier
tile entry hall, kitchen & 2 bathrooms
granite tile kitchen counters

replace roof , windows & exterior doors
vinyl-clad bump-out kitchen window & soffit
vinyl-clad storage shed
carpet stairs

We have a long to-do list and happily we’re nearing the end. I can’t wait to share the final images of our renovation journey.

Have a good week! – – Joanne

Half Bath Remodel



Our tiny 36″ x 96″ downstairs half-bath renewal is almost complete. Gone are the 1970’s pink toilet and fixtures, green and pink wall paper, vinyl tile flooring, platform sink, lights and old mismatched shelving. We did a lot of online research for inspiration and ideas on style and function.




A friend laid the cream diagonal ceramic floor tile and the custom oak wood trim. Once set, he installed a Kohler “Cimarron” water saving toilet.  My husband installed 48″ height bead board with a 2″ wide rail head to three of the walls.




On the back wall, behind the toilet he installed bead board and pine shelves to the ceiling. I used white semi gloss Behr paint on the wood and Behr Silver Sage UL210-8 on the walls.




We found a small 1930’s server for the sink commode. I still marvel that my talented husband dismantled, sawed off one inch from each side and reconstructed the 38″ wide server to make it fit the allotted space.




My nephew installed the white Carrera marble tile top. We added a Kohler “Memoirs” sink and a chrome single hole Pfister faucet.  Wanting to reuse and update the in-wall medicine cabinet, we added a dime store mirror to a craft store stock wood frame and screwed it to the front door panel. My big splurge was on the chrome Reformation Hardware “Asbury” tissue holder and towel ring and two “Modern” sconce light fixtures.




A woven basket for extra tissue rolls, small area rug and hand towels were purchased from T J Maxx HomeGoods. The antique lithography is of our of local naval shipyard.



Still needs two molding strips above the sink, then we’ll be done!