Kitchen Refresh | Lake House Renovation

Kitchen Refresh | Lake House Renovation

"Discover Kitchen Renovation Ideas to Transform Your Lake House Kitchen"

I have been so excited about this kitchen refresh, mainly because this lake house kitchen looked a hot mess. It was so outdated, and even though I have big plans for a full gut Reno; I decided to do a quick refresh to make things looks a little better I the meantime.


Tools Used

  • Paint Sprayer
  • Oscillating Tool
  • Trowel
  • Paint Brush

The Before

Looking at these before photos, you can probably imagine why I was so anxious to get this kitchen refresh done. This kitchen was so outdated and needed some love. I can't even believe the house was built in 98' because it's giving 70's. But the worst the before, the more room for improvement.

Kitchen RefreshI knew the wallpaper would be my most tedious task; but luckily with a few small changes, I knew we could turn this kitchen around in no time. The plan is to update the paint, add new appliances, change the backsplash and hardware and paint the cabinets. It may sound like a lot, but it's a lot less than a traditional Reno and just what we need to give this space a refresh.

Kitchen RefreshI hadn't planned on the windows getting changed, but I got a lucky surprise when I got new windows installed and that definitely added to the feel of the new space, so we will touch on that a bit as well.

Kitchen RefreshNow that's enough of the before; lets get into how we transformed this space.

Painting the Walls

I say it all the time but paint really has the ability to transform a space drastically and it's usually not that expensive. If you are looking for a quick way to really change a space on a budget; start with paint.

Painting Kitchen for RefreshWith painting the kitchen walls a crisp white, that made the space feel a lot more open and much brighter. This change alone did wonders for the kitchen. I decided to go ahead and switch out that older light above the sink and it was the perfect little light for the space.

Painting Cabinets

Next up was painting the cabinets. Now, I know hat you're thinking; no prep work? Because I know I will be doing a full kitchen remodel soon, I didn't worry about doing all of the prep work I normally would have done since I will be getting rid of these cabinets soon, however this paint really held up well even without the prep.

Painting Kitchen CabinetsI decided to pain the island in Behr Premium Plus Paint: Hi-Gloss in the color potting soil, and I must say, this was definitely the better color of the two, than I painted the other existing cabinets in Behr Premium Plus Paint: Hi-Gloss in the color patio stone. These colors are very similar but I loved that potting soil had a brighter green tone. Either way, both colors were amazing.

Painting Kitchen CabinetsFor most of the cabinets, we removed the hardware and doors and used a roller to paint the main cabinets and then used a paint sprayer to spray the doors. You can either use a brush or sprayer but a sprayer will give you a smoother finish.

Painting Kitchen CabinetsWithout the regular prep, we were able to fully cover the cabinets with three separate coats of paint. Once the paint was all dry we added the hardware knobs and hardware Pulls to finish the cabinets out.

Window Installation

Now the surprise part of this Kitchen refresh was the window installation. I knew that I was getting knew windows but they came early and I am so glad they did because this really was the icing on the cake to this kitchen refresh.

Window InstallationFor more information on my window installation, be sure to check out my post on how to choose the perfect windows for your home.

Installing Appliances and Hardware

Next up, was the appliances install and I am so happy to have some amazing friends over at Cafe Appliances who were kind enough to send me over a new set of appliances. This is my second time having cafe appliances and I am definitely a fan. They just have that sleek look that can turn any kitchen into a designer kitchen.

Cafe Appliances Kitchen Refresh

Here is the exact list of the appliances I recieved:

  • Café™ ENERGY STAR® 27.8 Cu. Ft. Smart 4-Door French-Door Refrigerator in Matte Black - Moderne Brass Handles
  • Café™ Dishwasher Drawer in Matte Black - Moderne Brass Handles
  • Café™ Professional Series 30" Smart Built-In Convection Double Wall Oven in Matte Black - Moderne Brass Handles
  • Café™ 30" Touch-Control Electric Cooktop

 I opted to go for their new brass hardware knobs because I knew it would match my hardware perfectly. If you already have cafe appliances, you can order another color hardware to switch things up if you'd like.

Cafe AppliancesKohler also sent me a matching kitchen faucet and kitchen sink that went perfectly with the appliances.

installing SinkI didn't really want to spend money on new countertops since I was planning on ripping most of this out in the future, so we were able to rip the old sink out and put this new one in without damaging the countertops.


With everything else complete, the last major step was installing the backsplash. We ripped out the old backsplash and replaced the drywall in the spots that were unsalvageable and then started installing the new backsplash.

I had this tile leftover from another project and new it would be the perfect tile for this refresh.

Kitchen refreshI used this Backsplash Tile - Chloe Tile in my bathroom but in the color black and absolutely loved it, so I knew it would be a good fit in here and I was right. Eventually with the big Reno, I plan on bringing the tile all the way up the wall; but for now we just took it up to the window.

Kitchen RefreshOnce the tile was installed, we grouted it with Frost by Mapei and she was complete.

The Final Reveal

Now here it is; the finished kitchen. This refresh came out better than I ever could have imagined and I feel so much better about using my kitchen now that it feels a little more like me.

Kitchen RefreshI feel like I can take my time with the bigger Reno now because the kitchen doesn't remind me of the 70s anymore.

Kitchen RefreshEven though I did have some pricey additions, I'm hoping this refresh shows you that it doesn't take much to bring your kitchen to life. Remember, a little bit of paint can go a long way!

Kitchen refreshThe Kohler sink and faucet were a really nice addition to the refresh as well and I am so glad Cafe Appliances finally pulled the plug and released a brass finish line!

kitchen Refresh

As always, thanks for reading guys! XOXO Ashley

August 31, 2023 — Ashley Basnight
Andersen Window Selection Guide choosing windows

How to Choose Windows for your Home

Upgrade Your Home with Andersen Windows for a Whole New Look"

I think most people can agree that windows are always a major upgrade; and with Andersen Windows; you don't have to give up style for functionality. Today, I am excited to share my process of getting my new windows installed while sharing some good tips on how to pick out windows for your own home!

"This post is sponsored by Andersen Windows"

Andersen Window Selection Guide

Now, I am no window expert, but luckily, I had a lot of help and direction from this amazing Window Selection Guide. If you need some help narrowing down your options, the Window Selection Guide is just for you!
Window Selection Guide
Sometimes half the battle is knowing what options exist; and I really love how Andersen breaks down all of the options for you in this guide. It really takes the guessing game out of the window buying process.
Andersen Window Selection Guide
The guide is full of detailed information that covers these three major questions you may have about your window selection process. If you have any of these questions in your head; this guide is just for you.

1. What type of windows do you want?

The first step in the window selection process is knowing the different types of windows and how they work.

2. What look are you going for?

Details like size, color, grilles, and hardware collectively create a look. Let's learn about all of the options Andersen has to offer.

3. What are your needs for energy efficiency?

Understanding glass types and glass upgrades is fundamental to selecting optimal windows for your climate and geographic location.


Andersen Window Colors

Window Installation

Now let's talk about my own personal window installation. Once my window order was placed and delivered, they were ready for install; which brings me to my next point, the Andersen Certified Contractor program can help you find the right contractor.

Andersen Find a Contractor

I didn't really have a clue as to who would be a good fit for window installation; but I was happy to find that Andersen provides local contractor recommendations based on your area. This allowed me to find a contractor quickly and after the installation; I was very pleased with their recommendation.

If you too are having issues finding an installer, head over to their website here to see their recommendations!

Andersen Windows Installing WindowsI opted to go with two separate styles of windows within the 100 Series - some incorporating colonial grilles and some without leaving the glass unobstructed.

 I was also glad to hear that Andersen Windows does specialty windows as well, to help replace my oddly shaped window in the front. Just look at the difference these windows made compared to the older windows! 

Andersen Windows Selection Guide

These picture windows were the perfect style for my lake house because I have an amazing view in my front yard. You want to make sure you pick something that best fits your needs and the needs of your home.

Andersen Windows Installation
It took roughly three days to install all thirty-two of my windows and I was very happy with my selections. Windows can be a pretty pricey purchase; so you want to make sure you are making selections that you will be happy with in the end.
Andersen Windows Selection Guide
After seeing the windows in a few of my rooms, I immediately knew I had discovered the perfect window solutions for my homes unique style. These black windows were the perfect addition to my new home.
Andersen Windows Selection Guide
If you are toying with the idea of new windows be sure to check out the Window Selection Guide to make your window buying process a breeze.
Andersen Windows Installation
As always, thanks for reading guys! XOXO Ashley
August 17, 2023 — Ashley Basnight
Oak Slat Dining Room Design

Oak Slat Wall Installation | Weaber Lumber

"An Oak Slat feature wall you'll love."

I have been super excited to share this oak slat wall with you because it is hands down one of my favorite feature walls to date. I have been obsessed with slat walls ever since I've seen them around and have been dying to do my own rendition of one and I finally got the chance. 

"This post is sponsored by Weaber Lumber."

My good friends over at Weaber Lumber sent over these fun Oak Wood slats; a new product that they just introduced. Their sleek lines have an architectural quality that is super sophisticated. You can use them to create a multi-dimensional effect for a modern update. Learn more here.

There are some affiliate links in this post, meaning I get a small commission if you purchase through these links, at no cost to you. Click Here to read my full disclosure. 


Project Prep

To prep for the oak slat installation, I first had to paint the wall. If you are installing these slats as I did, you will be able to see the wall behind the slats so you will want to paint the wall a color that matches your walls or a darker color to be more appeasing to the eye. I painted the wall with Behr's Sonora Rose in Matte.

Painting a wall Behr Sonora Rose

Oak Slat Install

I am super excited to be sharing this new product with you guys. My friends over at Weaber Lumber reached out to me to try there new Oak Wood Slats that will be coming soon nationwide and man am I in love. I have been wanting to do a wall paneled wall for a while and this was the perfect product to get it done.

Here is a little info about what comes in each box:

  • Solid Oak 
  • Actual Size – 1/4” X 1-1/2” X 36”
  • 37 Slats Per Carton
  • 1qty Spacer to provide the option for 1/2″, 3/4″ & 1-1/2″ Spacing
  • One Box Covers 20.625 SQFT based on 3/4” Spacing

I opted to use one of the oak slats as my soccer but they provide a spacer that gives you an option to choose the spacing that works best for you.

Weaber Lumber Oak Wood InstallOnce the wall was fully painted, I began installing the oak wood slats. I am attaching them to the wall by applying a small amount of paneling adhesive to the bak and then attaching it to the wall with 2' brad nails and my brad nailer.

Weaber Lumber Oak Wood Install

I love that these were really simple to install; but made a really huge impact to the space. I was able to install two full rows and then had to cut the bottom slats down for them to fit the bottom. If you would like a more even, uniform look; measure your wall beforehand to figure out what cuts you would need to make it even on the top and bottom.

Weaber Lumber Oak Wood Install

The best part about that slats is that they are refinished; so once you install them on the wall; the only thing left to do is filling the nail holes. i used a fit-stick to go back and fill all of the nail holes. I tried to keep the holes to only three to eliminate having to fill too many holes.

Weaber Lumber Oak Wood Install

Overall, creating this oak slat accent wall was a really simple project and something that you can easily knock out in a weekend. Now, lets take a final look at the space.

Oak Slat Wall Final Reveal

I can assure you that the pictures don't do it justice; but this oak slat wall totally elevated this space.

Weaber Lumber Oak Wood Install

This accent wall coupled with the wallpaper was the perfect mix to bring some texture and fun to the space. If you're looking for a product to help create a fun accent wall, these Weaber Lumber oak slats are perfect. You can use them in so many different ways to create awesome spaces.

Weaber Lumber Oak Wood Install

Welp that wraps it up, thanks for reading guys, as always XOXO Ashley.

Ashley Basnight Dining Room Space



May 25, 2023 — Ashley Basnight
Wallpaper Installation | Dining Room Makeover

Wallpaper Installation | Dining Room Makeover

"A bold wallpaper never hurt anybody."

If you've followed me for a while, you know that I am no stranger to a fun wallpaper; so I was super excited to get to install this lovely wallpaper that I found. But to make things even better, this wallpaper collection happens to belong to a really good friend of mine David Quarles IV and I'm happy to get to feature it in my home.

There are some affiliate links in this post, meaning I get a small commission if you purchase through these links, at no cost to you. Click Here to read my full disclosure. 


The Before

I always like taking a look at the before so we can see just how much of a transformation we are getting and man was this a major transformation.

This room was just a plain white room, and I knew I really wanted to infuse it with some color; so I decided on this bold wallpaper.

Dining Room Makeover

The Wallpaper Selection

Chasing Paper Wallpaper Installation

Wallpaper Installation

I'm normally used to installing peel and stick wallpaper, so this was my first time using the wallpaper paste and I must say; it was a lot easier to handle on the wall than peel and stick. Now there was a lot more prep work, but I found it to be fairly easy getting the wallpaper installed.

Chasing Paper Wallpaper Installation The first thing we did was roll the wallpaper paste on the back of the panel; we found it a lot easier to just lay the panel on the ground and roll it; this method worked really well for us.

Chasing Paper Wallpaper InstallationOnce the adhesive sat for a second we started installing the panel on the wall. I always like to install the panel so that and inch of it goes past the ceiling line so that I can cut a straight line after the install. For the first panel, I made sure to use my laser level to ensure the first panel was straight; if it's not straight you will be able to tell later when you go panel by panel so be sure to take your time and make sure that first panel is correct.

Chasing Paper Wallpaper InstallationOnce the first panel was up, the rest really was a breeze. Cutting around the window got a little tricky but no too bad and the wallpaper was looking AMAZING! So happy with my choice!

Chasing Paper Wallpaper InstallationThe wallpaper went so well with the paint color and oak slat wall; I just couldn't wait to get it all finished.

Now it's time for the reveal! I won't leave you completely hanging, so here's a little sneak peak! Now head on over to the Dining Room post for the final reveal!

Chasing Paper Wallpaper Installation Ashley Basnight

As always, thanks for reading guys!

May 21, 2023 — Ashley Basnight
Installing Vinyl Flooring featuring Cali Floors

Installing Vinyl Flooring featuring Cali Floors

"New vinyl floors are in the building; and it feels so good."

If you guys have been following along on my journey to get my studio together; than you're going to love this project because Cali Floors is really helping my transform this studio space.


The Before

I always like to look at the before photo first, just so I can soak in just how big the transformation is. This studio space was only just a room of studs when I bought this house but now with the completion of the flooring it is a fun, creative space where I can bring my ideas to life.

Studio Before

Flooring Info

I decided to go with these beautiful Cali Floors in DOVER BEACH because I wanted a similar look to the wood floors in my last house. I was able to order a few samples first and then ultimately decided to go with the Dover Beach color.

Flooring InstallationIf you are interested in these floors but don't want to commit first you can order a few samples with the code "FREESAMPLE" and check out the flooring in person before pulling the plug.

Cali Flooring Dover Beach XL

The good thing about these floors are that they are 100% waterproof and simple to clean; being that I will be utilizing this space for my office I wanted something super durable. It's protective wear layer helps prevent scratches and it also features a built-in underlayment cushion for quieter rooms.


Now let's talk about the installation process. Luckily, with the click-lock planks installation was a breeze. I was able to install the flooring right out of the box. I really loved that the planks were extra-large as well, at  60” long, 9” wide, and 3/16” thick because it really made the space look and feel luxurious.

Cali Floors Underlayment

I first started out by laying the green CALI Complete underlaymentThis all-in-one underlayment is designed for moisture and vapor protection for all subfloors and floor types. It was easy to lay down and makes me feel that much better about floor protection.

Ryobi Flooring SawI utilized the Ryobi flooring cutter to cut the boards and they cut them with ease; this lightweight saw cut down on floor installation time for sure. I was Abe to knock out this flooring project in two days with the help of my friend.

Once I was able to get all of the flooring installed, I started to work on the dropdown. I first used liquid nails to attach the flooring to the dropdown step and then added a cap piece to cover the edge.

Flooring InstallationI waited to get all of the furniture in before doing this part of the flooring so I didn't mess up the stair nosing but I was so excited to get this part of the flooring done; it was the missing piece.

Flooring dropdown

Installation Video

Seeing is believing; so check out this short clip of me installing the floor in my studio space.

Final Reveal

Without further a due, here is the moment you guys have been waiting for; the final flooring reveal. Man O Man, this pace has come a long way from the day of studs. I am so grateful for Cali floors for helping me bring my studio to life and am really excited about all of the fun tasks I will get to do on my new vinyl flooring.

Cali floors vinyl flooring install

The best part of it all is; not only does it look amazing but it's practical and durable as well. So I'm getting the best of both worlds with this new vinyl plank flooring.

Installing Vinyl Flooring

The color of the vinyl planks couldn't have been the more perfect color for this space; it goes along so well with all of the vibrant colors in the studio.

Studio Flooring

This is definitely a project that I was excited to get finished because it really helped me bring my studio space to life; now I'm ready to tackle all of the upcoming projects that I have in the works.

Cali Floors

This open space was the perfect spot to install this vinyl plank flooring; and with all of the photoshoots and filming I will be doing up there; these floors have been the perfect match.

StudioAs Always, Thanks for reading guys. XOXO Ashley

February 18, 2023 — Ashley Basnight
Patio Refresh with Sunbrella

Patio Refresh with Sunbrella

“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.

sunbrella Fabric

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

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.

Sunbrella Fabric

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.

Sunbrella Outdoor Furniture

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.

Sunbrella Outdoor Furniture

As always, thanks for reading guys. 

September 30, 2022 — Ashley Basnight
10 Must Have Renovation Tools

Top Must Have Renovation Tools | Home Renovation

"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

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.

Trim Puller

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.

Reciprocating Saw

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. 

Graco Paint Sprayer

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:

4. Drill

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.

Dewalt drill

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 Nailer

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.

Ryobi Pancake Compressor w/ Brad Nailer and Finish Nailer - $330

  • 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

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.

Dewalt 12" Compound Miter Saw - $399

  • 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.

Cordless Milwaukee 10" Sliding Miter Saw - $599 

  • 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.

Hammer Drill

Other great renovation tools to have include:

  • Oscillating Tool
  • Crowbar
  • Measuring Tape 
  • Sander

Thanks for reading guys, XOXO Ashley.

August 13, 2022 — Ashley Basnight
Barn Door Installation

Modern Sliding Barn Door Install | Lake House Renovation

"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!

Materials Used

The Before

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.

Barn Door Install

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.

Once, I removed the trim, I cut three strips using sheetrock down to size to fit inside the door frame and secured it to the wall with drywall screws.

Casing out doorway with Sheetrock

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.

Casing out door frame

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.

Casing out a door

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.

Rustica Hardware - 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.

Rustica French Quarter Barn 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. 

Rustica Metal Barn Door

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.

Installing Barn Door Hardware

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.

Installing a Barn Door

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.

Barn Door InstallationI'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.

Installing Barn Door Hardware

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.

Installing Barn Door HArdware

As always, thanks for reading guys! Ashley

June 18, 2022 — Ashley Basnight
Epoxy Floor Installation

Transforming Garage Floors with Epoxy | Lake House Home Renovation

 "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 Installation

Prep Floor

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.

Grinding off garage floor for epoxy

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.

Pouring Epoxy

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.

Pouring Epoxy

Overall, I am super happy with my epoxy floors and I would highly recommend them to anyone working in their shop/garage.

Thanks for reading guys! XOXO Ashley


June 18, 2022 — Ashley Basnight
Installing Carpet - Home Renovation

Installing Carpet | Lake House Home Renovation

 "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 Before 

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. 

Carpet Installation - Home RenovationThe 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.

Liefproof Petproof Carpet Gazette 2 Shale

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)!

Carpet Installation - Home Renovation

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!

Carpet Installation - Home Renovation

They first removed my old carpet and pad and then installed the new carpet and I can't be happier with my carpet choice.

Carpet Installation - Home Renovation

This small milestone was a huge game changer. If you've ever lived in a live in renovation, you know exactly what I mean.

Carpet Installation - Home Renovation

Thanks for reading guys, XOXO Ashley.

June 18, 2022 — Ashley Basnight
Yardzen Review | The Easiest Way to Transform your Yard

Yardzen Review | The Easiest Way to Transform your Yard

"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.

Lake House RenovationI 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!

Yardzen Design Package

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.

Yardzen Review

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.

Yardzen Review

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.

House Model

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.

Yardzen Design

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.

The Design


Yardzen design lake house renovation

Yardzen Design


Lake House view

Lake House View



Lake House Reno Ashley Basnight



Lake House Reno

Lake House Reno

Lake House Reno

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!

June 17, 2022 — Ashley Basnight