Monday Made: Home Projects

Hello from Sheboygan, WI! Amidst all of our travels, we've had some spotty wifi (even in hotel rooms) so my post is a little on the late side. However, in between our trips to Vegas and here, we had a busy 4 days prepping our home for several projects. Only one more room to go before school starts, and I'll be happy with the progress with our home to-dos!

New carpet!

What a process! We decided to pull all of the carpet ourselves to save a bit on cost. Taking up the carpet went relatively quick. However, the padding was so old it left a sticky residue on most of the sub-flooring. As a result, I spent 3 hours one day picking out padding that was left in staples while the hubs was at work.

We spent a coupe of evenings adding more screws to the floor joists to take out some of the squeaks; the results are better than before, but not perfect. Having matching carpet that isn't blue or red is perfect for our home though! Well worth the work 1,400 sq. foot of work! Here's a look at the hallway and our room.


Facelift for trim. 

In our home, the previous homeowners painted the majority of the wood trim. I'm partial to wood myself, but we wanted to recover the white, and paint over the wide variety of colors throughout the house while we had the carpet pulled up. Not to mention, the scuff marks and wear and tear.

Everywhere that had been painted in the past is now painted white. While the trim is a bit dated where it is wood, it's liveable for now, and someday we will probably end up replacing it all.

Paneling Up-Do!

The last bedroom with paneling was ALL paneling. A neat pattern, but really dark for such a small room. Add in the black trim, and it made the room small and dark.

While the carpet was pulled up, we attacked the walls with an off white called Mother of Pearl instead of a bright white like the other paneling we painted earlier. The trim went from black to white. The end result is much brighter and better! 

Although the views in Wisconsin during the summer are fantastic, I cannot wait to get back home and enjoy all of our hard work. (We had to leave as soon as the carpet was installed and the furniture moved back.)
Be sure to check out more home and school DIYs with Tara at 4th Grade Frolics!


  1. WOW!!! Everything is looking GREAT, Christy!!! You have been BUSY!!! Loving seeing the progress!!!
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

  2. I love getting new carpet. It feels so clean.

  3. It's amazing what a coat of paint can do! The bedroom looks nice and bright now. I have the same issue with my trim. It is very dated. I have debated about painting/replacing it for a while now. Yours looks great!

    Fit to be Fourth

  4. Wow, friend - looks like a ton of work! This has been quite a "fixer-upper," and you've done awesome work! I'm sure you're going to appreciate it when you get back and can start living in your new rooms :)

    My brother and sister-in-law live in Sheboygan, Wisconsin!

    Joy in the Journey

  5. Wow, you have been busy. I only have one room to paint this summer and I can not even get to it!! The carpet looks fantastic! I can't believe they had so many different colours of trim in the house!! I would love to replace all of my trim one day - but like you, until then it just gets cleaned up with fresh paint : )

  6. Everything looks amazing!! I can't get over how big the room looks with the paneling painted!! Such a huge difference!!

    A Tall Drink of Water


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