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10 beginner plumbing tips everyone should know

Hey guys!  We actually just got back from 10 days away, up to Maine visiting family and completely unwinding without cell or internet for a few of those days. Sorry for the crickets in the comments and on social media.  Speaking of crickets, we didn't really see much wildlife on our vacation (that transition works, right?), … [read it...]

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real world renovation realities – primitive & proper

We kicked off the idea to ask some of my favorite bloggers to share their real world renovation realities so we could all commiserate about the inevitable ups and downs of our projects with Southern Hospitality.  Well, do I have a treat for you today.  Happy day to you, btw. One of the surprising things that has come out of … [read it...]

how to DIY a shower pan preslope

how to DIY a shower pan preslope {and do you even need one?}

If you missed all of the preparation and planning steps, stop on over here first to get started. Now, in prep for this I may have watched every You Tube video and read every tutorial known to man on the topic of how to DIY a shower pan preslope.  I even asked some questions on the Sakrete blog, spent an entire afternoon in Home … [read it...]

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upcycling idea – a pallet project from the book!

Hey guys!! Today is a little break from the master bathroom renovation project to share an actual tutorial from the book! This is not like the pallet project fail I shared already.  This is one of those upcycling ideas for a pallet that is simple to assemble, requires remedial painting skills (so I can do it!) and makes a … [read it...]

framing a shower bench

how to DIY a shower pan {preparation and planning}

Hey guys!  I took a little blog vacation last week that started off with my 38th birthday, a Red Sox baseball game (and win!) and meeting Nene Leakes.  And ended with me declaring victory over the learning curve of how to DIY a shower pan.  Thank goodness. Other title contender's for this post include "third time's a charm" … [read it...]

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Pretty Handy Girl and I, were we separated at childhood?

Hi, my friends!  I'm going to go unplugged this week and enjoy a little staycation that is all about progress on the house but I have something fun for you today so grab a cocktail coffee.  A fellow "hardcore" DIYer and I got together a little bit ago to put together a fun little Q&A session.  You see, I was talking to … [read it...]

master bedroom renovation

master bathroom renovation – that stage when everything is just hard

Yep, that's right. It's that stage of a renovation where everything just seems hard. That is meant as much less of a complaint than it is a statement of fact. So far we've gone from planning to demolition to surviving the detail demolition work to making all finishes and fixtures decisions to making all of those other decisions … [read it...]

2 light vanity light

10+ 2 light vanity light options – by popular demand, because you guys are smarter than me

Ok, seriously.  I was really hung up on the vanity lighting thing and you guys helped me put it all in perspective.  Like immediately.  Funny how that happens, right?!?! I really, really, really wanted two lights, but for some reason talked myself into that being too much for the small space.  But the comments about it looking … [read it...]

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real world renovation realities – southern hospitality {and a little Haven}

Hey hey!  I'm not sure if I've mentioned here on the blog this year that I attended a blog conference last weekend called Haven?  I did!  It's geared toward DIY and home related blogs and it is always fun to connect in person with my blog friends and just talk all things blog, house and DIY for 3 straight days.  I guess you … [read it...]

master bathroom inspiration

can we just talk about making decisions for a second?

Hey you guys!!  Hope your week is starting off well.  I feel like we've made it through the survival of the fittest stage (and we survived!) of the master bathroom renovation and one thing I've realized is that long after the physical tiredness and soreness fades the mental struggles continues to be challenging and around every … [read it...]

reclaimed wood sign

another reclaimed wood sign idea {seas the day}

Before we turned our main living areas into a closet slash tool shed slash everything-that-needs-to-go-somewhere-landing-zone combo room that plays World Cup soccer games non-stop (or however you would grammatically correctly write that statement) I showed you this. And you guys like the SEAS THE DAY sign.  Thanks!  Yes, I … [read it...]