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Something A Little Shuttering

Jennifer —  September 25, 2013 — Leave a comment

Thanks for listening to my recent life posts, but today I am ready to post a good DIY post.  For all of you that are wanting to do something to the exterior of your home I have got just the post for you.  We decided to change-up many things about the exterior of the home we renovated.  Here is the before pic just for fun.

Caudill House Before

Here is what we have done so far:

One of the last things that we wanted to do was add some chunkier shutters.  The original shutters were green vinyl.  Shutters have no function in this home, but they just add am element of texture to the exterior.  They break up the khaki siding in a pleasant way.  It completely transformed the first house we renovated.  I wanted navy blue to be the accent color so I went on a mission to find navy shutters and the cheapest that I could find were these from Lowes.  I liked them, but they were a little skinnier than the size of shutter I had in my head. I also could not order the exact dimension I needed for the windows. Yes, I could find a company that could do such a thing but I would also have to add another $30-$50 per shutter.  No thanks.  We made these stock shutters fit by allowing a little overage so I thought I would try them out.  The cost of the Lowes shutters were reasonable at $150, but after you add tax and supplies need to install them it would add up to about $175.  If they fit, ordering and installing could be worth my time.  I decided the next time that I went to the house I would see if I was okay with the width.  Unfortunately, I was not.  The former shutters were bigger and these new shutters would not cover the holes in the siding.  I knew my only option was to make my own.  Ordering custom shutters would have been a $300 adventure and that was not in the budget. Here is a picture of the window (before the new windows) without a shutter:

Caudill Exterior Before

Here are the new windows with the new shutters:

 caudill exterior 3

Here is what I used to build the shutters:

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Seven Step Rescue

Jennifer —  September 4, 2013 — 1 Comment

I posted this winter that we decided to open up the deck to this house.

Caudill House Before

The roof line was low and the deck railing made it more closed off and dark.  The roof line or the deck railings had to go so we decided to pick the less expensive of the two…the deck railings.  We did, however, have to be up to code.  You can’t just have a deck with a drop off so we add steps the full length of the porch.  We only needed two steps and you could install them without railings.  For more detail about the process check it out here.  Here are the pictures for some highlights.

Deck Front Porch, iloverehabs


 Front Porch, iloverehabs



Front Deck, iloverehabs


We re-used most of the wood but had to replace a few boards that were rotten.  Stain would look nice here but this deck needed a rescue.  The old and new boards would take the stain differently so we decided to seek out and compare deck products.  We decided on Olympic Rescue It.  Here is the video that sold us on this product after a few visits with a knowledgable Lowes employee.

We loved the fact that it could rescue the splinters and the knots of the old wood and make it more secure.  We loved that it could bring the old and new together.  We also loved the $35 price.  We chose Russet Brown.

This process was really simple.


  •  Deck Cleaner

  • Paint Brush – pick a good angled one that can get in the crevices well and won’t get all gross half way through.  This is a budget friendly deck project but don’t go budget friendly on the brush.  Purchase the $8-$10 brush.

  • Paint roller with a high nap.  The high nap helps get in the crevices

  • Paint roller stick

  • Olympic Rescue it – We needed two gallons for our space.  We had some leftover but we were glad we had enough.  The coverage it suggests on the can was spot on.

Total Cost:  Around $100

Time:  6 Hours of painting with dry time in between

Step 1 

Clean your deck.

We power sprayed the deck because we have a friend that has a power sprayer.  We used Krud Kutter Multi Purpose Cleaner.  If you don’t have a power sprayer you can use something like Olympic Deck Cleaner.  The label says no scrubbing required, just let it set for a certain amount of time and then was off.

Step 2 

Allow clean deck to dry

Step 3 

Paint the Edges, Crevices and Knots

This is lengthy process. If you don’t paint between the boards then you will see the unpainted wood.


Step 4 

Roll it Out

Step 5

Wait 24 Hours

Crickets…… (literally because this house is in Missouri and we did this in August)

Step 6

Repeat Steps 3-4

Step 7 


Wait the directed amount of time before you can walk on the deck.

Enjoy your deck!









If you have an old deck who boards have seen better days.  If the deck is structurally sound, don’t give up on it.  Rescue it!

Note:  Olympic did not sponsor this post.  While it would have been fun it they would, we picked this product on our own research.  Unsolicited, I would reccommend it to anyone.  If you can paint a wall, you can you use this product just follow their instructions.

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Everyone loves a good before and after. I love good before and after shows. My favorite before and after are with matters of the heart.  They, in my opinion are the ones that matter.  I also love a good before and after makeover on HGTV or on all those makeover shows.  Today, I have one for you.  Next week I will focus my post on how we made this makeover happen.  Here is the house that we renovated before we moved.

Caudill House Before

The potential was there but this house was dark, and pretty much all one color.  I would have loved to change the roof line over the porch to be a little more open but that was absolutely not in the budget.  So we had to change it up by adding different textures.  The siding was in good condition so it had to stay.  Here is our final rehab turned out to be:

Doesn’t it look so much better?  The largest cost was that silly concrete driveway.  I think it ended up nice minus the squirrels dive bombing the driveway with acorns from the tree.  Do you know how many times that I swept that driveway to come back and hour later and it looked the same?  It was as if the squirrels were taunting me.  I can’t wait to share with you what all we did to update this exterior.

This is actually a project that we did a few years ago.  I realized that I had never shared it with you so I thought I would do so today.  I will be back with more updates on recent projects soon.  We had a little pause on updates because I was in Oklahoma City running a half marathon with my best friend!  Which was awesome!  I am going to share more about it this week.

A few years ago we flipped a house that was a complete renovation.  Here is what the house looked like when we bought it.  Get ready, its bad.

Heritage Exterior




The major costs went into replacing all the windows and replacing the roof.  The good news was we installed all the windows and the roof so we saved tons of money on labor and avoided the mark-up on materials.  The rest looks worse that it really was.  It just needed a little change to do it good.  Thank you Sheryl Crow for the inspiration.  I am sure I was singing that song the entire rehab.

 Besides those to renovations this was our to-do list:

  • Power Spraying th House
  • Paint the Siding
  • Pain the Soffits
  • Clear the trees
  • Wedding the beds
  • Mulching the beds
  • Level and Reinforce the Deck
  • Paint the front and back deck
  • Clear the beds
  • Add Shutters
  • Replace the gutters
  • replace exterior lights

This list was thankfully labor intensive instead of cost intensive.  For about $1200 and two long weekends the house turned into this:





The change gave this house a new life.  I found those blue shutters at the Re-store in our city for $25.  Yep, $25 for all of them.  All they needed was a power spray and a  new home.  It is amazing where a little elbow grease and the Black and Decker Home Improvement book can take you.

Just for fun here are some other rehabs we did in this house

Its 82 degrees outside and I am ready to get out and be in it!  Have a great Monday!

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The Great Match-Up

Jennifer —  March 13, 2013 — Leave a comment

I am sure that you have noticed that I haven’t posted much about the house we are renovating.  Today I wanted to update you on where we are the process.  Here is the house when we first purchased it.

Caudill House Before

Since we started work on the house in the Winter we wanted to get the exterior done while we had good weather.  So we tackled the concrete driveway.

Concrete Walkway, iloverehabs

We tackled the process of opening up the front deck, and even painting the beams white.

One other project that I haven’t posted about was the backside of the house.  Here is the back of the house when we purchased the home.

Caudill Exterior before
The front was sided and the siding was in great condition.  I selfishly wanted to replace it with gray siding but when you are renovating a house to sell you have to stick to your budget.  It is entirely different than renovating your own house where you save up and do what you want to do.  This is an investment and if something is good looking and in great condition you keep it.  Changing it to be another color just because I don’t want Kahki is frivolous and not money well spent.  The back of the house was completely another story.  Here are the problems.

Caudil House Exterior Before

  1. The siding was painted grey wood.  It didn’t match the front.
  2. The siding was rotted in places from rain and snow and it also had been ravaged by woodpeckers and other animals creating small holes.  Animals could get in which is not fun when a squirrel chews through your electrical cords.
  3. All the electrical wires from the basement were in a electrical tube on the outside.  This is fine, but so ugly.  Its also better for the wires if they are in the walls.
  4. There were not many windows which meant that the basement wasn’t getting much light.  The dingy, scratched up by a dog, old sliding glass door was not helping brighten the basement up.
  5. The door on the end was scratched and old as well.

Fixing the backside of the house was a necessary fix.  Animals entering in walls and rot where not okay. So here was the plan to get it done.  This is in the exact order that we had to do it.

  1. Meet with a few siding contractors and get prices and quotes and pray that they can match the siding to the existing siding.  The good news is the former owner picked a basic color so it was matchable.
  2. Change out the sliding glass door for a new, energy effiecient door.  The old one was dingy and didn’t let much light in the basement.
  3. Adding new windows (where none existed) was out of the budget.  Replacing the doors was in the budget, so we spent a little money to upgrade to a  door with a window.
  4. Replace the existing windows
  5. Run the electircal wire inside the house.
  6. Replace the siding.

We did 2, 3, and 4 ourselves and we contracted out the siding job.  Of course, when you renovate to sell you want to do as much work as you can.  A few years ago we would not have done the electrical but since, the siding was off and it was something that my husband had learned to do by working with a contractor, we were able to do this.  Siding was not worth our time and we would probably spend as much money trying to do it ourselves.  Plus you want to finish quickly so contracting out some jobs allows you to do other jobs alongside of the contractor.

The back of of the house looked like this…

Caudill Exterior before

Now it looks like this.

Caudill Exterior 2

You can see the new door and the shiny new sliding door.  Do you see the plastic tube that is on the ground?  That was what housed the electrical wire.  Its gone and the wire is in the wall.

Caudill Exterior

Much better!  There is more work to do on the exterior but its all the “lipstick” of the exterior.  What I mean, is things that re not necessary to the structure of the house but things that will make the outside look good…landscaping, shutters, new light, painted doors, refinished deck (which is necessary)  We will do more when the weather warms up but right now we are focusing on drywall and electrical to get ready for the fun stuff like Kitchen and bathrooms.

Do you have any new projects going on around your house that seem like forever to get to the fun stuff?  Do tell!

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New Life

Jennifer —  April 9, 2012 — Leave a comment

Did you guys have a Happy Easter?  We had a great weekend and it ended with a very restful Easter Sunday.  After church we had brunch with friends since my family wasn’t in town.  We ate and enjoyed time together and had an easter egg hunt with the kids there!  On Saturday a little surprise package was delivered to our door.  It was a 1-800-Flowers box.  The Hubs immediately said “I wish I could Claim this but I didn’t send them”  We opened them up and we had two bouquets of tulips to brighten our home on Easter.  Thanks mom-in-law!  The colorful flowers just pop on my white fire-place.  It makes me want to have fresh flowers there always!  I just gave our living room new life!

Our mantle wasn’t the only place that had new life.  We worked on our front yard.  I never got a picture of the front yard dead weeds but this picture will give you a clue to what our front yard looked like after we bombed it with weed killer.

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