Hello! I'm Suzannah, a serious DIYer. Follow along with my DIY fixer upper house renovations, sewing and crafty projects, real food recipes, and de-stressing goals.
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Mom to Otto born April 2018 and Lucy born August 2020!

Get all of the small things done so we can focus on the BIG, exciting things to come! #stanley90sreno week 25

We are planning two big projects in April, and wanted to get started on the right foot by finishing up our little projects and getting the rest of the house cleaned up!

You can call me crazy now or later, but I'm writing it down anyway--I'm having a party with some girlfriends the last week in April and want to have our powder room totally redone by then. Jason suggested how about we do the guest bath at the same time??

We're going out of town next weekend and so will have two solid weekends to do demo, tile floors, baseboards, plumbing install, vanities, and hardware for both bathrooms. We'll see how it goes!!

In the meantime we just had to get some of the lingering last steps and clean-up done for other things we've done lately. The big news is we got the kitchen tile project almost all wrapped up, including shelves, counters, etc. That is a HUGE weight off my shoulders and it's so exciting to have a functional kitchen!!

Here it is as I write this post. Still need to finish up switchplate installation, caulk the ceiling and counters, and touch up paint outside the grout. And install the quarter round at the base of the cabinets, but I'm hardly counting that. And we will probably need to buy a new range and get some electrical work done.

We had quite the list of to-dos. Here it is--we got the crossed-off ones done!


  • Clean up tile project
  • Caulk counters, ceiling
  • Cut switchplates (1/2)
  • Clean kitchen light globe
  • Oil counters 
  • Finish shelves
  • Touch up wall, ceiling paint around grout (soon?)
  • Put away jars in moving box
  • Clean off small appliances


  • Organize garage
  • Set up gym (1/2)
  • Put away tools on top of dryer


  • Switch desk/table
  • Fix ivory chair
  • Wash chair covers
  • Clear off dining table
  • Hem bedroom curtains
  • Install keypad garage door opener
  • Go through art
  • Paint doorbell cover
  • Caulk finished baseboards

If all of that goes well…

  • Play with stair flooring 
  • Paint package of baseboards
  • Paint bathroom ceilings

As usual, things take longer than you think they will so we didn't get anywhere near working on the stairs or getting a head start on bathrooms. 

And, of course... I've been online shopping for supplies for our bathroom renos! Here are a few of my biggest inspirations for the guest bath... following some big decisions after this post, thank you for your suggestions here and in this Instagram post!

We are going to buy an IKEA white Hemnes vanity for the guest bath!! Big step, starting to spend the real money on this project! How cool do they look in this image, with the handles swapped out??

And I think we've decided on a white hex tile floor and pedestal sink for the powder room. We currently store the medicine cabinet in that bathroom but that's not critical, and I haven't been able to find an attractive small vanity that will work in that room. An inspiration...

So one of my other to-dos this week is to make a shopping list of supplies for the bathrooms. I have 2-3 weeks for things to get here so we can install on schedule! Despite all of our work here at the Stanley 90's reno I've never done two expensive, concentrated, time-sensitive projects at once like this so I am definitely a little nervous. 

Feeling powerful after our week of knocking out so many little tasks, though!

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