DIY Decor · Outdoor Space

Butcher Block Polish Falcon Clock

Its Dyngus Day! And there’s nothing more fitting than a hand-carved Polish falcon clock! With piles and piles of scrap wood hanging out in the workshop (and all over the garage), it’s always a mystery with what project Dan will come up with next. This one stays true to our heritage, as Dan turned scrap… Continue reading Butcher Block Polish Falcon Clock

DIY Decor · Our home

DIY side tables

A few projects in a row now have been focused on the office. And with each one, I’m slowly coming to terms with the fact that the room we’ve been tackling since day one is now turning into Dan’s man cave. With the family symbol, Buffalo skyline, and desk (that currently has a humidor sitting… Continue reading DIY side tables

DIY Decor

DIY Wall Art: Family Symbol Edition

While Dan and I both share a Polish heritage, his last name depicts his ancestry much more clearly than mine. Meaning yes, he was blessed as a “ski.” Growing up, it was only natural for family and friends to abbreviate this, giving him and his brother, Tommy, a lifelong nickname of “Waz.” Somewhere along the… Continue reading DIY Wall Art: Family Symbol Edition

DIY Home · Room Renovations

DIY Window Seats

One of the home improvement projects I’ve been looking forward to the most is adding window seats to the master bedroom. You might remember that we previously tore down, rebuilt and added more closet space, filling each corner of the room and giving us 2 closets each (or as Dan would say, 3 for him,… Continue reading DIY Window Seats

DIY Decor · DIY Home

Building Buffalo’s Skyline

With each project, I become more and more impressed with Dan’s creativity and woodworking skills. He usually blows it off like it’s nothing, or finds the tiniest of flaws and says “it could be better,” but he’s really just being too hard on himself. While he may not always see the potential in his work,… Continue reading Building Buffalo’s Skyline

DIY Projects

Building a miniature antique trunk

By now you may have noticed that Dan and I have a thing for refinishing old trunks and collecting antiques. Little did I know that it was already ingrained in my DNA. Turns out, my Nana has a knack for trunks as well, refinishing a few of her own and stored amongst her house full… Continue reading Building a miniature antique trunk

DIY Decor

Floating Corner Shelves

While many of the larger renovations in the house are complete, little by little we’ve been working on the detail of each room to make each space feel just a little bit more like home. For this project, we’re giving our dining room a little bit of love. For the most part, the decor in… Continue reading Floating Corner Shelves

DIY Home · Room Renovations

Building Mudroom Storage

Our basement has come a long way since we first bought this old house. From a run down bathroom and spray painted walls, to a refinished space with plenty of room for storage. When we first renovated the basement bathroom, we also bumped out the wall of our basement landing with the idea that we… Continue reading Building Mudroom Storage

DIY Home · Restore

Restoring an Old Trunk: Take Two

The very first project we ever took on was an old trunk that we stumbled upon at my uncle’s house. Looking back, it was somewhat of a turning point for us. Prior to this, we had wandered through antique shops and admired old charm from afar. This was the point in time when we stopped… Continue reading Restoring an Old Trunk: Take Two

DIY Home · Home Improvement · Restore · Room Renovations

Refinishing Window Pane Doors

I’ve written on and on about the .2 seconds it took me to walk in the house and fall in love. And how a big part of that was the original stairs, banister, woodwork and fireplace that it took just one glance to see. But another big part of it was the original window pane… Continue reading Refinishing Window Pane Doors

DIY Decor

Refinishing office furniture

The room with the exposed brick fireplace that was the first project started and last one finished is now truly a blank canvas for us to make our own. We’ve decided that the bonus room on the left side of the house will be used as office space. In a previous post, I wrote about the… Continue reading Refinishing office furniture

DIY Projects · Outdoor Space

Bringing an old bench back to life

One of my favorite things about our backyard is the tree that canopies over the patio, casting shade over an area that’s otherwise filled with sun on a summer afternoon. The only thing missing was a place to sit. Which brings me to our next project. Since we bought the house, I’ve had my eye… Continue reading Bringing an old bench back to life

Home Improvement

A start on refinishing doors

It’s been a busy month in terms of house projects and just life in general, which is why I’ve truly been slacking in keeping you guys up to date on everything. I should also mention that we helped Dan’s brother completely overhaul his new apartment, including paint, a mini-kitchen overhaul, and gutted and refinished the… Continue reading A start on refinishing doors

Outdoor Space

DIY Sliding Barn Door

Now that Dan has discovered how to distress wood by burning it to a torch (aka. became a pyro), it would be fitting that he continue the tradition into the next project. Just can’t get enough. Back when we had the garage door installed, Dan took a saw-zaw and cut a hole in the wall… Continue reading DIY Sliding Barn Door

Outdoor Space

Wooden Beam Vintage Bar Light

What’s a bar without cool lighting? I know I know, we’re back to this again. “I thought you guys were done with the bar!” No no no. We’re just getting started. Back in the winter, Dan stumbled across a Wooden Beam Pendant Light on Etsy. With our eight foot bar, we’d want a six foot… Continue reading Wooden Beam Vintage Bar Light

DIY Fun

A new face for an old bike

Another day. Another Craigslist find. This time, it was a vintage bicycle that I initially bought for Dan, before becoming educated on the difference between a man and woman’s bike (I know, I have a lot to learn). Nevertheless, I got the bike for him mostly because I secretly liked it anyway, so it all… Continue reading A new face for an old bike

DIY Fun

DIY Corn Hole and Washers

While we always have a larger renovation or project going on in the house, Dan likes to have his “fun projects” to work on on the side. This gives him a little getaway from the heavy-lifting work, and always brings out his creative side. This time around, the fun projects were making lawn games for… Continue reading DIY Corn Hole and Washers

DIY Home · Outdoor Space

Bar Stools and Bottle Racks

And back to the bar we go. While the bar has been in place since the Fall, we spent the past few months refinishing the rest of the garage space with paint, a new floor, neon lights and a dart board to create a fun summer hangout. But Dan’s never working on just one project… Continue reading Bar Stools and Bottle Racks

Home Improvement

Heating things up

Remember that story about the rush of emotions that I experienced when first stepping through the front entrance of our house. There were no pictures online, and aside from sneaking a peak through a few windows, we really didn’t know what to expect. It took all of two seconds before I knew we’d found our… Continue reading Heating things up

Our story · Outdoor Space

Keeping family traditions alive

The beginning of my childhood and the first memories I have revolved around the family business, Kapanek’s Pizzeria. My grandpa ran one on Bailey Ave in Buffalo, while my parents ran the other on Seneca St in West Seneca. We lived next door for a few years, and my siblings and I spent our summers… Continue reading Keeping family traditions alive

Restore

A new face for an old Singer table

The art of sewing runs in my family, but may or may not have stopped at me. I don’t remember a day that my Nana hasn’t been creative. Always building and making something out of nothing. And my mom, well, she sewed her own bridesmaid dresses. Pretty impressive, to say the least. While I have… Continue reading A new face for an old Singer table

Home Improvement

Refinishing our staircase

And now for a big piece to our puzzle. One that will make the house look much more put together. Finally finishing our stairs and banister. We really were working with a thing of beauty. A set of old stairs (creaks and all) paired with a beautiful banister that wrapped itself all the way upstairs. Looking… Continue reading Refinishing our staircase

Home Improvement

Color me happy

Refinishing the floors was the biggest accomplishment of this entire renovation (aside from Dan and I not killing each other). While the floors came out beautiful, it was still hard to picture the entire house coming together, as the bold and ugly paint colors were still on the walls, and three layers of paint were… Continue reading Color me happy

Home Improvement

Refinishing our Floors

I honestly don’t even know where to begin with this write-up. Floors. Our beautiful hardwood floors. The very thing I fell in love with when first stepping into the house. Two stories of nothing but natural oak. And beautiful accent borders throughout the first floor. From the beginning, we wanted to stain them darker. What… Continue reading Refinishing our Floors