Wednesday, January 7, 2009

2008 Top 10 Projects......From Suzy Homemaker!

Well, it's 2009 and time to reflect on any projects you may have finished this past year. And Rhoda from Southern Hospitality is hosting a before and after reflection of what she and others have done in 2008, and is asking others to join in. Because 2008, was a big project year for us, I thought why not join in!

Except, there were way more projects within this big project, than 10! I've decided just to narrow it down to 10 pictures of our BIG project. We are as you can see a DIY couple here. We added on a 900 sq. ft. 2-story addition to our home, where a backyard and a old garage used to be. We acted as our own contractor, and hired the excavating and framing out to bid. We had the old garage torn down, and because of variances could not put another one back up.

At the moment I can not hunt down any before pictures, which were of the 100 year old, small garage, and the never ever used, back yard. Because the terrain was mounded and bumpy. So my finished addition pictures will have to do!


Let me just tell you, I Love my new addition, especially the kitchen. When I say, we did almost all of this ourselves, we really did! We were able to buy this kitchen from a showroom in Michigan before we moved, at a drastically reduced price. Then we hauled it here with us when we moved and placed it in storage until we could afford or have time to put the addition on. The cabinets are a beautiful quarter sawn oak, in a darker honey-walnut color.


Most of the items you will see, have come from Craigslist or Ebay, including this gas fireplace insert (EBAY). Then the hubby built a mantle around it. He actually did all the wood work in the addition. All the furniture and windows came from Craigslist. I love to search up a bargain!!!



Look at the beautiful stove from EBAY. It was actually used on a movie set and came across country after a knock down, drag-out, up to the last second, bidding war! We stored that too , until the kitchen was almost done, and then it took four moving men to bring it from storage to here.

The lovely island was hand crafted by the hubby to match the cabinets. It is very hard to find quarter-sawn oak. So we ordered it on the Internet, and then mixed stains together to match the cabinets.



I loved these tiles when I saw them, so the colors of the room were an after thought. I actually tiled this back splash, along with all the other tiling in the addition. My husband said"Go for it, better you than me!", and I actually enjoyed it!!!!

We found this tub on someone's porch, all rusted and gross, and took it to be re-glazed. I painted the outside after having it installed, because I liked it better than all white. I also, thought of putting it up on some sort of stage so it wasn't so low. The sink cabinet was a LOWE'S find where someone had returned it, because it had a scratch. Then marked it down from $800 to $299. Then I wanted it a darker color, so I used Mahogany stain gel. (Nice job on the tiling, right?)



The 3 x 4 shower was my first tiling job ever by myself. It is hard to believe I even attempted it. But I think I did a great job for a first-timer....Tile was from LOWE'S and HOME DEPOT. We would like a glass enclosure, but waiting to find the right price...




After finishing the addition we had the backyard to contend with. We started from scratch, leveling and building. Found most of everything on CRAIGSLIST! (railroad ties, perennial plants, cement patio stones)



Cute little steps for the patio leading from the beautiful french door with side windows, bought off of CRAIGSLIST.


Then we added the addition of a clubhouse made with reclaimed wood and products. Did I mention we have a great dump in our town for finding treasures, including this yellow slide. Then we just used a tarp for the roof. And the outdoor paint color was for $3 a gallon off the mistake table. And we have since, placed playground stone pebbles in the playground area. When if you pick them up yourself is about $3 a big bag, which it took about 20 bags for this area. Making it much cheaper that delivery.


So as you can see these are just a few of the projects we have had in 2008, and of course looking forward to many more in 2009. Check out Southern Hospitality for more ideas from others.


When you think you can't do it, just watch a few How To videos on YOU TUBE, and take a chance. Start out small.....YOU CAN DO IT!

11 Others Say::

Melissa Wertz said...

Not sure why, but I am not seeing any photos. That sometimes happens in my blog. :( I really want to see you bathroom tiling job. I am looking at doing one down the road.

megan said...

I am seriously impressed that you did all this work on your own!! You guys are amazing!!

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

No photo's. :(

Leigh said...

Youy're amazing!Looks great! I invite you to drop by my place and see my before and after's.

Wanderluster said...

Your house is beautiful! And I can't believe all the great deals you got on ebay and craigslist. Good job!

Lamp Tramp said...

I'm so impressed. Your kitchen is to die for. What an amazing stove from Ebay. Love you tile in your bath, I can't believe this was a first time attempt. What talent!

Melissa Wertz said...

Fantastic job on all of your projects! I am most impressed!

Heather said...

Your kitchen is to die for! Fantastic job on the backsplash!!

beth at aunties said...

Your kitchen looks fabulous!!! You worked hard and isn't a big relief when you finally can see the project this size done?
Its realy wonderful!

Brooke said...

WOW! That is amazing that you guys did all that! I am a die hard CraigsList fan too. Your house looks great!

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

What wonderful projects you did last year! I'm amazed at your beautiful kitchen & how you got it all together. Great job on the tiling, you're a pro now. I love to see people DIY things, your a girl after my own heart. Thanks for playing along!