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Joanna Gaines – Banana Bread


Sometimes I just buy bananas and wait for them to start turning brown, LOL.

I meant to post this back in February hence the Valentine them, lol. Joanna Gaines’ recipe for banana bread is sooooo good! I love that you sprinkle sugar on the top before baking. Adds a nice bit of crunch!

Fireplace Update #2


I added a 2×4 backboard and supports for my mantel.

Then added a 1×10 nice pine board for the top & bottom and a 1×6 nice pine board for the face and sides.

I used a Varathane poly-stain called Kona for a dark brown finish and I love it. I’ll use the same stain when I get to the shelving above the cabinets.

Taaaa daaaa! I seriously just finished the shiplap yesterday! Short a couple of boards on the right, but I’m good for now. I want to add shelves on each side and then onto the flooring!

Fireplace Update #1


I started the shiplap on my fireplace wall. The wall is bowed in the middle (of course) so I had to add some 1/4″ trim to level out the boards.

And of course the ceiling isn’t level or plumb so I’ll be adding trim pieces at some point, but I did get the boards to line up pretty darn good!

I’m loving it so far. Hoping to work on the other wall soon . . . .

Removed the Window!


If you remember, these are the cabinets I bought from Ikea to flank the new fireplace. My neighbor and I removed the window a couple of weekends ago.

I actually finished the insulation, sheetrock and mud & taped the seams but I forgot to add that pic!

I guess you can see the sheetrock, etc. in this pic. The good news is that it didn’t have to be pretty because the fireplace will cover it perfectly! I pulled up the carpet and pad from the area of the fireplace and under the cabinets and I found 1950’s linoleum. I remember finding it in my bedroom too when I finished that floor. The carpet will stay in the living room until next year when I’m ready to replace it with laminate planks. Fireplace install is scheduled for October 12th!!

Ahhhhh A/C Mini Split


My son-in-law & family came up this last weekend to help me install the “mini split” air conditioner in the studio. He used to work on HVAC and has done a few of these.

Pulled the connections through the hole in the wall.

He got it all hooked up – just need to pull the electrical to the unit and release the coolant stuff in the line.

Studio Floor


What do you think? I wish I would have been able to finish the house, but the studio looks great. Another step forward!

Do You Remember These?


I painted these last fall and here they are . . . . .

As always, slowly but surely things are moving along. This is the not finished pathway to my studio.

I just love them! One day there’ll be plants too! LOL

IKEA – Brimnes Cabinet


These are the Brimnes cabinets I bought for my studio. I love them so much I bought 4 more for my Living Room!

They are soooo heavy I decided to pay the $50 shipping fee. They deliver and will bring the shipment into 1 room of your house. Worth every penny!

So this is all in anticipation for removing that window and having a fireplace put in!!!! I soooo hope I can get it accomplished before December – It’s my turn to host our Family Christmas! More details coming (probably next couple of months). Oh the box still sitting there belongs to my daughter. Here’s the IKEA link – get them when you can – they ALWAYS sell out as soon as they come back in stock: