Apologies for missing the weekly house update last week! To be honest, I didn’t post because we didn’t accomplish anything! The previous weekend I went to visit my friend Taylor in D.C., and Jonathan went to The Masters, so we kind of took a week off. No worries because I am back with lots to share!

1. Construction Materials

We are officially no longer independent workers! We are working with a local contractor to help us take on the renovation projects that are out of our league. This means we now have a permit sign in the yard (still waiting on the actual permit), a port-a-john, and a big rollaway dumpster. We are feeling legit!

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2. Farewell Fans!


Jonathan’s parents came to town again this weekend to help with some house things. We truly could not do this without them! One small task we accomplished over the weekend – taking down all of the old ceiling fans. Hopefully we’ll be able to sell them!

3. The Last Of The Popcorn


After our painter sanded away the popcorn ceilings, there was still a thick layer of paper remaining. Some folks said it was wallpaper, while others thought it was just a sticky layer of adhesive paper that held the popcorn texture to the ceiling. Either way, it needed to come down before the ceiling could be skimmed and painted. We purchased a yard sprayer from Lowes and mixed up a solution comprised of warm water and fabric softener. We sprayed it on the ceiling and then used a putty knife to scrape the paper off. Simple enough, but tedious – and messy!

4. More Fireplace Demo


I took the rest of the black tiles on the fireplace down with the handy sledgehammer. The tiles on the floor will have to be left to a mason because even with all my might, I couldn’t break up a single piece of it.

5. Major Bathroom Progress

By far the biggest project Jonathan and his dad tackled this weekend was removing the wall in the upstairs (technically master) bathroom. If you recall, the adjacent bedroom has a closet that shares a wall with the bathroom. That bedroom actually has two closets, so we decided to knock down the shared wall, eliminating a closet, but opening up the bathroom. DSC_0074DSC_0076^ Looking in the old closet door. We gained about 3 feet of bathroom space by utilizing the closet.DSC_0014We’ll move the bathtub back into the space that was once the closet, which will give us space for a vanity in the front of the bathroom, rather than the old pedestal sink.DSC_0088^ Under the bathroom tile is… no surprise…. more tile!DSC_0091^ Another injury sustained! This was a bad one and I thought it needed stitches, but we settled for butterfly bandaids.
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To put things in perspective, the picture on the left is how the bathroom looked when we purchased the house, and the picture on the right is how things look right now. We’re making progress!

6. Front Porch Renderings

Here’s a refresher of what our front porch currently looks like:

DSC_0010We told our contractor that we’d like to add a little character to the front of the house so that it doesn’t just look like a sad square box. We knew that we wanted more substantial columns and some interest added to the roof line. Here are the two renderings that the architect sent back:frontrenderingWe know which option we like best, but I’d love to hear your input! Do you prefer one more than the other? Any feedback is welcome! :)



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A few weeks ago my good friend and amazing photographer, Amanda Castle, took some photos of Jonathan and me to celebrate our engagement. In this iPhone age, Jonathan and I previously had maybe 5 photos together taken with a real camera. Amanda certainly changed that!

Amanda drove to Virginia to meet Jonathan and me at my family’s home in the mountains. I had always thought I would get married here one day, but even though the logistics didn’t work out for our wedding day, it was so sweet to have these engagement photos taken in this special place.

This is a season of life that I will treasure forever, and I’m so thankful to have it captured in this way. I can’t wait to have these photos printed in framed in our new home! If you are looking for a photographer for any need – not just weddings – I can’t recommend Amanda Castle Photography highly enough!


This week I earned my place as a serious worker around the Beck Bungalow by sustaining my first injuries. Jonathan won the prize for first injury in our new house a couple weeks ago when he was ripping up the hardwoods and a piece of linoleum tile slid up the crow bar and ripped his thumbnail back. Ouch.

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I won my badge with a tw0-fer in the same evening. Knocking down a wall = big chunk of plaster in my eyeball. Ow. It was a big ol’ piece and in case you’re unfamiliar with the feeling of plaster scraping against your cornea, it’s very sharp. I wanted to call out to Jonathan for help but I was just kind of stunned, so I started running water in the sink and stuck my face under there. Crisis averted.

Shortly after I was taking down the tile that surrounds the fireplace when Jonathan walked in, pointed at my leg, and said, “Um, babe…” Turns out tiny flying tile shards are also sharp. Kinda proud of my wounds and will wear them like a badge of hardworking honor.


Here’s the wall that threw plaster chunks into my eye. Jonathan and I tag teamed this sucker – he took down one side and I took down the other. Those big pipes in there look scary to me (and much like flashing $$$ signs), but Jonathan assures me that they can be rerouted through the ceiling.


Here’s the progress on the fire place so far. I am really struggling with what to replace it with. I kind of like the classic look of brick (like this), but another part of me love the idea of herringbone marble (like this). Also digging this herringbone subway tile. Thoughts??

DSC_0015DSC_0016We also got a good look up into the chimney once we pulled the fireplace screen off. That looks like a nest to me and I sure don’t want to be the one to clean it out.


Upstairs, Jonathan started knocking down the back wall in the current master bathroom. This wall backs up to a closet, so we will just take up that closet and gain an additional 3 feet of bathroom space. Much needed!


We got our floor plans from our contractor this week, so hopefully we can start moving and shaking on some more substantial items soon. We are officially 67 days away from our wedding, so I’m ready to get this show on the road!

See ya next Wednesday with another update, but I promise to try to have a non-house related post to you before that.


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