“A Patio Refresh long overdue.”
“This post is sponsored by Sunbrella.”
For those of you who have been following along, you know that I have been working hard on the lake house to get her transformed, so this post is long overdue.
But I’m happy to share that the patio area got a little facelift. I was able to set up this awesome set from Frontgate with cushions and pillows made with Sunbrella Fabric, and it was the perfect addition to have poolside.
Outdoor Furniture featuring Sunbrella
One of the top things I look for when it comes to outdoor furniture is durability. With my furniture being outside and being exposed to the sun, I always want to make sure I get pieces that will stand the test of time.
In any season, durable fabric can make life so much easier, so Sunbrella was a perfect fit. Their outdoor fabric is designed to endure the elements of nature, but the great thing is that you don’t have to give up your style! It is beautifully made with tons of color options
Other Sunbrella Fabric features include:
- Cozy and Comfortable Fabrics
- Fade Proof & UV Resistant
- Weather, Mold and Mildew Resistant
- Easy to Clean and Stain Resistant
I look forward to hosting many cookouts and parties at the lake house, and I feel good knowing that I have a patio set that will stand the test of time.
Sunbrella Fabric Solutions
Sunbrella carries a wide selection of fabrics, colors, styles, patterns, and textures that work in a variety of applications. Sunbrella has ideal solutions with fabrics that fit your needs for all different types of projects. Learn more about Sunbrella here.
I just recently was able to finish a headboard project for an indoor project utilizing Sunbrella’s fabric and it turned out awesome! So whether you have an outdoor/indoor project, or residential or commercial, Sunbrella has got you covered.
Shop my Outdoor Furniture
My favorite piece in the bunch is hands down, this patio chair. I just love how the wicker couples so well with the Sunbrella Rain Fabric Cushion. It's such a comfy chair to sit in.
It works so well with the Palermo Sofa. I always love to mix and match furniture pieces and these two were the perfect match for each other. If you would like to shop my exact furniture pieces in this set up, see the list below.
- Palermo Sofa with Cushions in White Finish with Rain Cushion
- Vercana Lounge Chair featuring Rain Cushion
- Sunbrella® Channel Stripe Indoor/Outdoor Rug in Beige
- Pizzazz Pillow
- Oblique Pillow
As always, thanks for reading guys.
"Having the right tool will make any Home Renovation go smoothly"
Sometimes home renovations require a lot of work, but having the right tools will always make things go smoothly. Here are my top must have tools when renovating a home. I promise you, it will make life easier when renovating a home.
1. Trim Puller
First up is my handy dandy trim puller. Now, normally Im not big on fancy gadgets but I can promise you this trim puller is worth every penny.
Normally, I would jus use a crowbar to remove trim but this tool makes trim pulling so much easier. Whoever came up with this design is a genius, because this tool has made life so much easier.
2. Reciprocating Saw
Since I started the Lake House Renovation, the reciprocating saw has probably been one tool I've used on almost all of my projects. I love the versatility of this tool and it will literally cut through anything; tubs, wood, you name it.
You will want to have this tool handy. Here is a tool review for one of my recommendations for a good recipe saw.
3. Paint Sprayer
Im normally one who doesn't mind pulling out a paint roller, but in a renovation, you become very acquainted with paint, so having a nice paint sprayer comes in handy.
Most people that know me, know that Graco is my favorite brand of paint sprayer. I just had the opportunity to use the new cordless sprayer and I must say it's pretty amazing. Only thing is, its pretty expensive, so I'm leaving links for my top favorites.
Here are my top favorite Graco brands:
Drill is probably one of my most used tools, outside of renovations and inside of renovations. I have a lot of recommendations, but I like my Dewalt drill because it's lightweight.
If you are looking for a good beginner drill, here are some of my recommendations.
Ryobi Hammer Drill - $69
- For Ryobi drills, I am recommending the hammer drill because it gives you a little more power for drilling and a little more versatility with it being a hammer drill. I have tried Ryobi's cheaper drill models and for me they just don't make the cut. Being that the drill is one of the most used tools, you want to make sure you get something solid. Check out my full tool review here.
RIDGID Drill/Driver - $119 (Top Recommendation)
- This Ridgid Drill is a beast of a tool. I have been using this drill for about a year and have had very good success with it. With its 1,3000 lbs. of torque RIDGID's Hammer Drill/Driver is an industry leader and features over 100 settings for dialing in with it's micro clutch. This is an excellent drill with great power and torque. It is a little heavier than my other drills, but the power and performance outweighs the annoyance of the weight. Check out my full tool review here.
Dewalt Drill/Driver - $139
- This Dewalt Drill has also proved to be a pretty good fit for me. It is a little pricey but DEWALT has always been a reputable brand and its something that will last you. This 20-Volt cordless tool is ideal for most drilling/fastening applications and it's high-speed transmission features two speed settings.
5. Brad Nailer/ Finish Nailer
The brad nailer is another tool that most may not consider an "essential" tool but for me, this tool has been very helpful and pleasing in my woodworking journey.
Brad nailers are mostly used detailed applications such as trim work, cabinetry and moldings. They are designed to fire brad nails ideal for binding wood trim.
Ryobi 18 Gauge Brad Nailer - $129 (Top Recommendation)
- This Ryobi Brad Nailer nails up to 1700 nails per charge and is compatible with the 18V Ryobi. battery system. It features AirStrike Technology, which eliminates the need for noisy compressors, bulky hoses, or expensive gas cartridges
Dewalt 18 Gauge Brad Nailer - $267
- I have also had good experiences with this DEWALT brad nailer, in my opinion, the Ryobi Brad Nailer is just as good, but if you are looking to keep the same brand, this brad nailer is also a good recommendation. The only difference from the Ryobi brad nailer is that it doesn't fire right away when you pull the trigger.
- If you are more a pneumatic person. This Ryobi Pancake compressor set is a great option for a beginner, specifically because it comes with a compressor, which can be used for a ton of other things. It comes along with a brad nailer and a finish nailer all in one, so you are getting a lot of bang for your buck. I bought this set a while ago, and even though I have cordless nailers, I still get use out of the air compressor.
6. Miter Saw
Compound Miter Saws would probably be most next used tool in my shop. They are very similar to circular saws in that they make the same rip and cross cut as a circular saw, but the miter saw is fixed in an arm or a track, making it more accurate.
Ryobi 12" Sliding Miter Saw - $219
- The Ryobi 12" Sliding Miter Saw was the first saw that I ever bought and it was the first saw I ever operated. For a girl who had never built anything, I had a pretty smooth experience. If you are a beginner woodworker who plans on doing woodworking as just a hobby I would recommend this saw. I specifically love that it comes with a laser. The laser allows you to see exactly where the blade would be cutting, which was very helpful for me as a beginner. Although, I had great experiences with this miter saw, over time, I noticed that it wouldn't out-stand the wear and tear I would be putting on it. If you are looking to get heavily into woodworking, I wouldn't recommend this miter saw but if you are a beginner hobbyist who wants to just dabble, this is a great option.
RIDGID 12" Sliding Miter Saw - $499 (Top Recommendation)
- This Ridgid Miter Saw is what I currently use and man is she a beast. I personally love that it has a 70 degree bevel capacity. It doesn't have a laser but it does have a shadow light that allows you to see where the blade will hit which is just as good in my opinion. I also have the Ridgid Miter Standwhich in my opinion is the best I've ever seen. It allows you to break down the saw and move it around with ease. It is also compatible with other models if you opt for another saw. The Ridgid miter saw Runs neck and neck with the Dewalt Miter Saw, but you can’t beat Ridgid’s Warranty. Check it out more in detail in this video below.
- This DEWALT is a little cheaper than the RIDGID but still a solid choice. I've used it a few times and have had a great experience with, it does not have a laser or shadow light, which was very helpful to me as a beginner woodworker, but I don't have too many bad things to say about it. I bought this saw for my dad who does construction often and he loves it.
- Although I think corded Miter Saws are a much better option. I had the opportunity try out this cordless Miter Saw and was super impressed. If you are someone who travels a lot with your tools and need a cordless option, I would highly recommend this saw. It is a bit pricey but worth it in my opinion. Check out the video review here if you're interested.
7. Hammer Drill
When pulling up floors, I promise you, the hammer drill will be your best friend. This thing is a beast and can handle just about any floor. Do yourself a favor and splurge on this tool if you plan on taking up any floors anytime soon.
Other great renovation tools to have include:
- Oscillating Tool
- Measuring Tape
Thanks for reading guys, XOXO Ashley.
"This modern sliding door will make every one a fan of barn doors."
Barn doors have been around for quite some time now, but I hear a lot of people say they aren't fans. Well, I found a door that would be hard for anyone not to love. Im bringing a modern feel to the old school barn door and bringing it back in style!
- Trim Puller
- Drywall Screws
- Metal Beads
- Metal Cutters
- Joint Compound
- Joint Knife
- SPAX Construction Screws
- 1x4x6 Select Pine Board
The existing door to the bathroom didn't have a door and I first thought about putting a regular door there, but then eventually I decided to add a barn door. The TV wall is a long wall with lots of room, so I thought the barn door would help give the room some flair.
Having a regular door there also just wouldn't fit with the functionality of how the room works, there's a door on either sides of the opening and a regular door would get in the way.
Once I decided that I was going to go with the barn door, I decided that I was going to case out the door with sheetrock, instead of trim for a cleaner look.
Prepping the Doorway
The first thing I did to prep the doorway was remove the existing trim around the door. I used my handy dandy trim puller to pull the trim off the door.
After securing the sheetrock in place, I added the metal beads to the corners and secured them down again with drywall screws. I was able to easily cut the metal beads with metal cutters. You want to make sure you screw the screws in deep enough so they can't be seen once you apply the mud.
Now with the metal beads in place, it was time to mud over it. Now when mudding, less is better. You don't want to put it on too thick because it will crack. I did three thin layers of joint compound to complete the door frame. I would do one layer let it dry for a day, do another and so on and so on.
After the third layer was applied, I was able to paint the area and it was ready for the barn door!
Customizing the Door
Now, I know most of you are here for the barn door details, so I won't keep you waiting any longer. I purchased my door from Rustica Hardware and chose the French Quarter Barn Door.
These doors come customized exactly for your space, which is pretty awesome. I was able to make all of the selections I needed to make my door exactly how I wanted. Just beware that certain selections cost more. For example, I paid more to get frosted glass and for the gold track, but Rustica's website shows you exactly how much each item is, so you can play around and see what best fits your budget.
These are the selections I made for this particular door.
The barn door was delivered around 3 weeks from me purchasing it, which was super impressive in today's time for a custom door, it came well packaged and I fell in love when I saw it in person.
Installing the Barn Door
To install the barn door, I first had to install a header piece. The holes on the barn door didn't line up with the studs, so I used a header piece and screwed two screws into each stud to make sure the header would hold the weight of the barn door.
Once the header was hung, I installed the barn door track. The barn door came with all of the hardware you'll need to install.
The one thing you'll need is a level, because it will be very important to get the bar completely level so the barn door slides properly when its hung. I also hung my door a 1/2" from the ground to give it enough spacing to not hit the ground when sliding.
We also hung a door stop at the end of the track to keep the barn door from sliding off.
Once the track was installed it was time to hang the barn door; the best part. Overall, I was extremely happy with the look and feel of the barn door, it is a show stopper for sure.
I'm also glad I decided to opt for the gold track, I really love the contrast of the gold with the black; it looks amazing on the brown wall and the frosted glass gave me the privacy I needed for the bathroom.
But I can't leave you guys hanging without a before and after. The space looks totally different and I can't wait to finish up. Next up, baseboards.
As always, thanks for reading guys! Ashley
"Who knew garage floor epoxy could look so good."
My love for epoxy floors begin back at my old home when I had my epoxy guy do my garage floors. Getting my floors done here at the Lake House was a must because I have loved my epoxy floors ever since I had them installed.
Luckily, I was blessed to have the awesome Mr. Epoxy of MTCustomConcrete come out and install my epoxy floors.
The first step was removing the existing surface off of the floor. Anything underneath the epoxy would cause the epoxy to fail if it ever failed, so I wanted to start from a clean slate.
Grinding the surface took most of the time of the whole install, they spent most of the day doing this.
Power Wash the Floor
Once the floor was all grinder off, Mr. Epoxy took his pressure washer and cleaned off the surface really good. This was a pretty quick step, but he did have to let it all dry before proceeding to the next step.
Pour Floor Epoxy
Once the floor was dry, he started pouring the epoxy. He probably spent around 45 minutes pouring and laying out the epoxy. Once it was laid, he let the epoxy dry overnight.
Seal the Floor
After the epoxy dried overnight, they came back the next day to seal the floor. This was a pretty quick 30-minute process and I was able to walk on my floors by the end of the next day.
Overall, I am super happy with my epoxy floors and I would highly recommend them to anyone working in their shop/garage.
"There's nothing like the sweet smell of fresh carpet."
The first time I walked into the Lake House, I immediately knew the first thing I wanted to change was the carpet and it couldn't come fast enough.
So today I'm sharing all of the details on my process of getting carpet. Let's get into it.
The existing carpet was pretty beat up; a 20+ years old carpet that definitely looked and smelled like it. For now, I just decided to replace the carpet downstairs, and worry about the upstairs later.
The two rooms I replaced were the master bedroom and the guest bedroom. I wasn't able to actually sleep in my bedroom until the carpet was installed so I was so ready for this carpet install.
Step 1: Choosing the Right Carpet for Me
Now choosing carpet may seem like a daunting task because there are so many colors and types to chose from. Me personally, I wanted the softest carpet I could find, so I set out to find the softest carpet and the thickest pad, because it's all about the pad!
To help me choose, I actually went into my local Home Depot and felt all of the carpets that they had and eventually landed on Lifeproof with Pet Proof Technology Gazelle II in the color Shale and the Prime Comfort 1/2" carpet pad.
Again, my goal was to find the softest carpet and this was the softest I felt. I decided on a darker color because I felt like it would give more of a luxurious feel.
Step 2: Get the Room Measured
Once the room was measured by Home Depot's Measuring Serviceman, they sent me a quote for what the install would be. Luckily, they had a sale going so I was able to get 10% off and get it a little cheaper (good thing I asked)!
Once I let them know I wanted to proceed, they ordered the carpet and let me know it would be anywhere from three to four weeks out. Although, I was slightly sad to have to wait so long, I was able to use the time to get my room prepped before the carpet came.
Step 3: Carpet Install
After about three weeks, I got a call to schedule the carpet install for the next week and I was all scheduled and ready to go.
Once the guys got here for the install, it went fairly quick. They were able to install everything in less than two hours.
The good thing about using Home Depot is having the installation free with the purchase and free haul away. So they took my old carpet with them; Thank God!
They first removed my old carpet and pad and then installed the new carpet and I can't be happier with my carpet choice.
This small milestone was a huge game changer. If you've ever lived in a live in renovation, you know exactly what I mean.
Thanks for reading guys, XOXO Ashley.
"I tried Yardzen, an online landscape design platform."
As most of you know, I recently just moved into an amazing Lake House, and one of the most exciting projects to think about has been the exterior of the house. However, I quickly learned that exterior design is not my thing, and don't get me on landscaping. Let's just say, it's a good thing I called in the professionals on this one.
I first learned about Yardzen about a year ago, when I saw another blogger working with them and have been waiting for the opportunity to work with them, now I've gotten my chance and I'm sharing all of the details.
Yardzen Design Packages
Yardzen has a range of design packages including but not limited too; landscape design, plant design and exterior design. My main focus was the exterior design, so I decided to go with the Curb Appeal Package for the front yard!
Starting the Design
To start off with the design, Yardzen requested that I go through a nine step project planning phase. During this phase, I was able to upload photos and information for my home as well as share my wants/needs, must - haves and more.
I really appreciate that Yardzen was thorough during this step because knowing your personal visions and wants really plays a big factor into creating a design you love. So I went in confident that Yardzen would deliver an awesome product.
One thing I really loved was the wish list. Sometimes when designing, it's hard to think of everything, so it was nice to see selections listed to choose from, so you don't feel like there is something you're missing.
Once I was able to enter in all of my information, we were headed to the next step in the process.
House Model and Conceptual Design
Next up, was the House Model, where I was able to review a simple 3D model of my property.
Once I reviewed my house model, the Conceptual Design process started, which is the first round of designs where you're able to see your designer’s initial vision and provide feedback.
Reviewing the Concept and Final Design
Now on to the fun part; the design. This was a two step process where they first shared the designers conceptual design and then once feedback was given, they sent over the final design.
Once they sent the first design, I was really happy right off the back with what my designer came up with, but I had a few small teaks I wanted to make.
I must say, I was really impressed with Yardzen's system to give feedback. I was able to click directly on the items that I loved and wanted to change and write feedback on what I wanted to change. This option was available for all pictures and I really liked that I was able to pinpoint what it was I wanted differently. Yardzen gets an A+ for that.
I wanted a lighter version for my final design, but now that I've seen both designs, Yardzen has made it so hard to choose, because they both look so wonderful. Ultimately, I think Ive decided to do a little mix of both!
I'll be sharing both the Conceptual and Final Design together, so you guys get to take up the awesomeness that is Yardzen Design.
My Thoughts Overall
Overall, I really enjoyed working with Yardzen. Their process was very impressive and well streamlined, which was super impressive as a former engineer. But the design overall was really well done in my opinion.
For me personally, I think the design I eventually go with will be a mix of the two ending designs, so I didn't necessarily get the final design in one rendering, but I now feel like I can move forward in the process with a much better vision for what I'm doing.
Seeing is believing and Yardzen really made it easy for me to decide on a design that I think will bring the lake house to the next level.
How to Get the Best Bang for your Buck
Ive had a few people voice their concerns and hesitation about trying Yardzen because they were scared they wouldn't get a design they'd like. If that's you, here are a few tips to ensure you get a product you love!
Be Realistic about Your Costs
With Yardzen , anything is possible. There are so many additions you can have and changes you can make. But make sure you are staying true to your budget. If you give a big budget, Yardzen will design your home with the budget given. You don't want to give a unrealistic figure and then can't do anything with it. Make sure you take the time to figure out what's comfortable for you and have Yardzen design to your exact needs.
Be Specific as Possible
This is the time where too much information is a good thing. With design, there are so many elements that can be created, so knowing specifics will really help your designer hone in on a design you will love. If there are specific things you don't like, please share, things you love, share, colors, plants, you like and don't like, share. Are you getting the list here? Over explaining can only help you in this process.
As explained above, my final design will probably be a mix of two of the final designs, had I been a little more specific, I probably could have gotten them to get everything I wanted on one rendering, but I'm still really satisfied with my end product!
"Estimating the cost of a renovation can seem daunting, but today I'm sharing my Home Renovation Costs to help."
Are you thinking of tackling a home renovation but unsure of what things may cost? Well, I'm here to help! I am sharing a breakdown of all of the expenses for my renovation, in hopes that you can get a little inside look into what a renovation may cost.
Full disclosure, I do have expensive taste, so some of these numbers may seem a little inflated, but I still think you can get a good feel for what prices are looking like!
Now, luckily because I am an influencer, I often have things gifted to me , but no worries, I will be sharing the full cost of everything and whatever was gifted, I will mark with (gifted) or (discounted) for full transparency.
Now enough talk, let's get to the money!
Total Home Reno Cost
|Reno Cost after Savings||$98,709|
General Home Renovation Costs
|10' Dumpster x 3 ($425 per dumpster)||$1,700|
|20' Dumpster x 2 ($525 per dumpster)||$1,050|
|Downstairs Carpet (Two Bedrooms)||$3,339|
|Leviton GFCI USB Outlets x 20 (gifted)||$700|
|Leviton Motion Sensor x 5 (gifted)||$250|
|Leviton Decora Smart Switch x 10 (gifted)||$450|
|Engineered Hardwood-1350 sq.ft (discounted)||$10,882|
The Shop/ Office
|Epoxy Garage Floors||$3,874|
|Electrical (for HVAC)||$650|
|Shop Framing (Lumber)||$10,300|
|Shop Framing (Labor)||$6,500|
|Electrical Work (2nd Story)||$3,400|
|Vinyl Flooring - 1500 sq. ft (gifted)||$9670|
|Epoxy Floor (2.59 per sq.ft)||$1,250|
|Skim Coating Materiels||$175|
|Sliding Barn Door||$1,746|
|Mirror Wall Lumber/Supplies||$562|
|Shoe Closet Wood||$1,000|
|Shoe Closet Lighting||$200|
|Shoe Closet Wallpaper||$54|
|Bathroom Showered Kit||$528|
|Floor, Backsplash and Shower Tile (gifted)||$3218|
RedGard & Concrete
|Plumbing/Tile Contractor/Shower Materials||$5500|
|Countertop/Sink & Install||$795|
|Salt cell, Pump, Filter,Sand, Replumb||$5200|