Get thee a clawfoot tub!

You need this. Did you already hear me say this? Oh wait, YES YOU DID!!!

You can get these babies for free (sometimes) and then call the best tub guy in town, Happy, to refinish it for you (PM me for his info).


This baby was behind a friend’s renovation project (he is not a believer in the powerful transforming and healing powers of a CFT) so he gave it to me (thanks, Brent!).


Here we are after the very sweaty Duke’s Dad and Happy got her into position in the new Master Bath. Isn’t she great!?! I wanted to leave that rustic feel to her and Happy knew just what I wanted. Supremely happy with Happy. He’s a hardworking champ!



Here she is after the GREAT TEAM from American Plumbing went above and beyond to help me get a shower in the new bathroom! They went off site and took the hardware off another old tub and put it onto this ole’ girl! Seriously nicest guys ever - thanks Terrence and Mr. Bryan!

All in all, if you want a CFT DO IT! The nostalgia, charm, and TUB SOAKin is well worth it. Enjoy!

NOW for something completely DIFFERENT

I started another renovation in Thunderbolt with my neighbor, DC. He is allowing me to ‘take the reins” while he manages the money-side of things which is a DREAM COME TRUE for me.

The house is unusual in that the original potion of the house was built around 1940. The house was added onto in the 1960’s I believe…..because the AMAZING TERRAZZO FLOORING we found the plush green carpet in the bedrooms and living room!

I spy…..TERRAZZO!!!

I spy…..TERRAZZO!!!

Finalizing the budget but should be underway in early February turning this current 2 bedroom 2 bath home into a 3 bedroom, 3 bath home with big bonus room and party kitchen!


The plan is to go as a nightly rental and have a mid century vibe to the house — the floors certainly speak to that style!

The trees and existing landscaping will allow us a great big entertaining space and we are a stone’s throw to the neighborhood fishing pier.

I have yet to do a mid century house so I’m very excited to get going!

More to come!

HEAD-ing up the progress....

Onward we go! After a couple weeks of planning and slowing down due to the holidays we are back on track! Last weekend Duke’s Dad and I got the doors from Pembroke (pronounced “brook,” not “BROKE”), I finished cleaning out the drywall, and he ripped up subfloor in the kitchen so the tile would be the same height in the kitchen as newly found hardwoods in living room.

The physicality of the work is A LOT! I feel like I have some minor nerve damage from 3-4 hours of pulling nails — what a weenie!

Micha and TT

Luckily for Duke’s Dad, his friend, Micha was able to come down from Asheville to help for a couple weeks. Micha paired with TT have made a big impact this week — headers have been installed where new windows and doors are going. A new exterior door is hung (major victory for me to see!), and outside openings are blocked off w playwood. I feel so lucky and happy that this GREAT PROGRESS is being made by a lively and fun group…

That and the DENIM-looking tile is down in the kitchen!


I closed on another renovation project with my neighbor December 31st (we start bidding next week) and had a disappointment with the small house community I’ve been wanting to build (CHIN UP!) so I was not at the work site as much as I wanted to be this week but did get to shop vac and clean up the site some (I love a sparkling clean site!).