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

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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

Outdoor Space

DIY Picnic Benches

Ever since Dan discovered the Shou-sugi-ban technique used by the Japanese to age wood, he just can’t get enough of it. From the wooden beam light above the bar, to the recently built barn door, it’s become one of his staples for his carpentry projects. And this time around was no different. Dan was building… Continue reading DIY Picnic Benches

DIY Projects · Outdoor Space

The garden that keeps on giving

One project that I had been bugging Dan all through winter about was having my very own vegetable garden. I grew up “helping” my Dad in the backyard with ours, so it only made sense that I have a garden at my own house. (And by helping, I mean that I constantly complained about watering, but… Continue reading The garden that keeps on giving