On the Road Again

It’s been a busy couple of weeks for Mr. SD and me! Our Waco lease ran out, which meant it was time for me to hustle on down to the house we’ll be living in once he graduates. We’ve spent the last six months spending weekends and vacations fixing up his grandma’s house. And I would say the work has been worth it! It was our first big project as a couple, and we’ve come to head on a few issues about how we work together and what processes we use. Our work styles are completely different. But we’ve learned to work together, and look how far we’ve come!











I could go on forever with before and afters—it’s been a complete transformation. His grandmother had the house built and has lived in it all her life, and by this point it was in dire need of some major updating. It’s so much fun to take on a project like this as a couple. It’s also been a great experience to get to know each other better and begin to work out some issues. For one, I am an obsessive planner. I have to-do lists, supply lists, and schedules. Mr. SD is a fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants kinda guy. This has led to a lot of arguments on how to get things done. But you know what? We got through it. Lots of good conversations and communication taught us that we both bring good ideas to the table, and neither of us are “right” or “wrong” in the way we work. I’m really happy we got to have these experiences together before the wedding, and that we were able to build this home together. And by build, sometimes it’s literally! We’ve hand-built a lot of our own furniture, to enjoy for years to come. How many people can say they built their first bed together?


Or eat home-cooked meals on a hand-built table?


I know we’ll treasure all these memories for years to come. I’d encourage all of you to go out and build something together, it’s eye-opening as a couple! And who knows, you may end up like me and be better than your SO at operating a power saw. 😉

What big projects have you undertaken as a couple? Did you find you worked well together, or were you having to butt heads?


Mrs. Sand Dollar

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    BelaBBear 85 posts, Worker bee @ 6:04 pm

    OMG, are you kidding me with those sinks?! Those are incredible! You guys ARE a good team.

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    teaandhoney 3311 posts, Sugar bee @ 6:04 pm

    Gorgeous work!!! Looks awsome…i would love to see some more before and after pics..i dont think anyone can get enough of those! :)

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    MissKimchi 130 posts, Blushing bee @ 6:10 pm

    you.are.amazing! Can’t wait til you get back! :)

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    jordynrose 6351 posts, Bee Keeper @ 6:16 pm

    Great work! That bathroom remodel is my favorite. I love how you made the original blue tile work so well in the space. The biggest thing we’ve built is Ikea furniture. 😉

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    missbiscuit 1054 posts, Bumble bee @ 6:22 pm

    Beautiful! Congratulations!

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    amanda2011 82 posts, Worker bee @ 6:23 pm

    You guys did an amazing job! I love that you built some of your furniture together.

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    barrettes 913 posts, Busy bee @ 6:28 pm

    Well Done! Very impressive!

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    Lulu, Guest @ 7:13 pm

    I’m so amazed! How did you guys manage all of that? Did either of you have previous experience in building things? Or someone to give you some guidance? The table and bed are amazing! Serious kudos to you both!!

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    cardigan 8645 posts, Bumble Beekeeper @ 7:30 pm

    That’s amazing! I looooove the vanity in the bathroom!!

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    Pincushion 1074 posts, Bumble bee @ 7:46 pm

    Fabulous work! It’s nice to have something that you can say “We did this”.

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    Encore 680 posts, Busy bee @ 7:47 pm

    I am in total awe of your handmade bed.

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    Miss Sweet Tea 289 posts, Helper bee @ 7:54 pm

    Wanna build me a table? :)

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    husky 1750 posts, Buzzing bee @ 8:05 pm

    Wow. Well done – it’s almost unrecognizable from the before pics!

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    pretzel 670 posts, Busy bee @ 8:31 pm

    I can’t wait to tackle our house together :) I love your style BTW

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    jamiemichelle 1052 posts, Bumble bee @ 8:42 pm

    Wow… niiiiiice!

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    snow 875 posts, Busy bee @ 8:54 pm

    Oh my gosh, SD! This is amazing. Kudos to you all!

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    MissMargie 769 posts, Busy bee @ 8:57 pm

    The bathroom remodel was definitely my fave and the pieces you both built together are beautiful…have you had experience doing this before?

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    crazyquilter 34 posts, Newbee @ 9:16 pm

    This is gorgeous! I wouldn’t mind seeing more pictures!

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    glasses 2749 posts, Sugar bee @ 10:12 pm

    Wow! Your place is amazing! Good work! I hope we can do something similar when we move to SF in November..

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    mssocks 1336 posts, Bumble bee @ 10:39 pm

    Great job! I can’t believe how awesome everything looks! We built our three garden boxes together–thought it would be a week-long project, and instead it took two months!! It was so fun and worth it though!

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    misschristinec 163 posts, Blushing bee @ 11:12 pm

    you built that bed and table??? You two are really impressive!

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    sand dollar 1334 posts, Bumble bee @ 12:36 am

    Thanks guys! This was mostly an experiment in trial and error, we’ve never built anything before starting to work on the house. And if you’ve ever heard of Knock-Off Wood.com, you should definitely visit! She posts free furniture plans that are super duper easy to follow. We’ve built three beds, a table, bench, vanity, quilt rack, and picnic table so far. It’s so worth it!

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    eileen marie 1644 posts, Bumble bee @ 2:33 am

    I liked the rooms BEFORE…not! WOW -so impressed. And you got that blue tile to work!! I don’t have to tell you that table is A-mazing.

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    elephant 6339 posts, Bee Keeper @ 9:32 am

    I love looking at before and after pictures, the changes are amazing. I love the hand built pieces, I wish I was handy with the power tools.

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    rachaelrobin 2915 posts, Sugar bee @ 1:49 pm

    OMG wow!

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    PinkBubbleGum 784 posts, Busy bee @ 3:29 pm

    Woah! You both did an amazing job.

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    jlp2w71611 298 posts, Helper bee @ 9:11 pm

    Your furniture looks amazing! I definitely agree that working on big projects provides a great chance to collaborate & grow closer together :-)

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    trailmix 6663 posts, Bee Keeper @ 9:18 am

    I’m very impressed with your guys’ skills, the house looks great!

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    hopeandpray 328 posts, Helper bee @ 12:24 pm


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    starfish 1902 posts, Buzzing bee @ 2:25 pm

    You’ve taken diy to a whole new level with the bed and dining table. Thats so awesome!

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    Querida 1424 posts, Bumble bee @ 3:31 pm

    Amazing work!!! I’m totally inspired!

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    SandraMarie_1986 1363 posts, Bumble bee @ 3:53 pm

    Wow…you guys are AMAZING! I can’t even believe how awesome of a job you guys did. Built your own bed and table?! I am in love with this idea. And the vanity in the bathroom is gorgeous!

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    sand dollar 1334 posts, Bumble bee @ 12:50 pm

    Thanks guys! We spent so much time and effort on this place, and are so happy with the results!

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