Improving Curb Appeal

With the hecticness of a home renovation project, it was easy for us to completely neglect the outside of our home for a few months.  We live on a fairly busy road, so I can only imagine that hundreds of people a day were judging us as they drove by.  So a few weekends ago, I reached the peak of my patience with how out of hand it had gotten.  Here is a list of quick and easy projects that drastically improve curb appeal, for almost no money and just a bit of sweat! […]

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A Beginners Guide To Tiling

After completing a major renovation project this year, where my husband and I used contractors to build an addition and remodel part of our existing house, we decided to save some money and renovation our 3rd and smallest bathroom on our own.

I am so glad we did!  As you may remember, I recently shared with you how I saved my severely damaged drywall.  Well, at the same time, we began the process of learning to tile a floor.

Guys…..It is SO easy!  Every time I look at the bathroom floor, I kick myself for not tiling the other two bathrooms.  I can only imagine the money we would have saved.  […]

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Open Concept Color Palette

Here is a look at the colors we used to create variety in our open concept home.  As you may have noticed, my love for grays is unwavering.  I never quite hopped on the beige trend, I have always been a gray girl!  Blue-gray, green-gray, […]

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DIY Rustic Wedding Guest Book

Prior to getting married (or getting engaged for that matter!) my Pinterest account was almost entirely dedicated to wedding ideas.  So when it came time to actually get married, I was well prepared!  I knew I didn’t want to go the traditional route and have […]

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Building A Vessel Sink Vanity

If there is one lesson I have learned about buying an old house, here it is:

NOTHING is ever going to be square or even.

So what does this mean?  Well, standard sized furniture is not going to fit.  My number one solution to this problem is build it yourself!  That’s right, YOU! […]

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Master Bathroom Reveal

The beauty is certainly in the details with this one.

In order to create this modest 5×10 master bathroom, we borrowed some space from our previous master bathroom and our old master bedroom, and then we connected it to our new addition.  Since this was part of a larger construction loan project for our recent addition, our contractor handled the plumbing, electrical, tiling, and framing.  In retrospect, we should have handled this project on our own, but it sure was nice to take a break from the labor intensive side of things and focus on design! […]

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Repairing Drywall

If your walls are new and leveled, your wall corners are square, and your house is not covered in wall paper…you are missing out on the true New England homeownership experience.  Here, houses are older, and wonderfully imperfect.  Except when it comes time to renovate. 

I went into our small bathroom renovation thinking, how much trouble could I get into with a 3×5 foot space?

The answer: a moderate amount of trouble. […]

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Power-Washing The Back Deck: A Quick Facelift

If there is one project I have underestimated the revival power of, it was the power washing of our back deck. Prior to taking on this task, I never once used a power washer.  Thankfully a good friend had one, so we avoided renting one […]

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Hello world!

Welcome to Damsel with a Drill!  Here you will find the details of my home ownership adventure.  Be sure to check out the “Our First Home” tab for a glimpse of what our 1940’s Cape looked like when we moved in.  Keep an eye out […]

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