Archive of ‘How-To’ category

The Itsy Bitsy Cottage Kitchen Makeover

I will never forget he first time I walked into the cottage I said to my husband  “These cabinets dividing the kitchen and the living room have got to go!”  And on closing day we remove the cabinets under the soffit and it immediately made the kitchen seem more spacious. Aside from removing the curtains and blinds […] Read more…

Farm Table for 14 please

As most of you know I come from a big Italian family.  My sister, her family and my niece and nephew live on our street. My aunt lives one street over from us.  And my parents live within walking distance from us. In addition to having cousins and other family members so close it’s a given we […] Read more…

The Itsy Bitsy Cottage No Wake Zone

Labor Of Love It’s hard to believe that just over 9 months ago we started on this remodeling rollercoaster!  And although the cottage is so small the project ride never seemed to end. The great room was one of the reason why we bought this cottage.  It’s open space and vaulted ceiling gives the illusion that the space is so […] Read more…

Itsy Bitsy Lakeside Cottage Master Bedroom DIY Headboard

Ohio To Honeoye As some of you may know last spring I worked on a new restaurant in downtown Rochester that was built from scratch in a warehouse factory. The owners had purchased reclaimed wood floors to be put into the restaurant that came from an old Ohio mitten factory. After all the reclaimed wood floors were installed, […] Read more…

Where to Start when Buying a Fixer Upper Lakehouse Cottage

Hello friends.  As most of you know from past posts we’ve been feverishly trying to get our Itsy-Bitsy cottage renovated for summer. When we purchased this fixer-upper Labor Day of 2014 we knew that the renovations needed to make this place our own could not be done by the end of the year.  The previous […] Read more…

Makin’ Waves at Itsy Bitsy Cottage: nautical bathroom remodel

The Bathroom Comes First I’m so happy to be sharing the first room finished at the Itsy-Bitsy Cottage! This  9 x 9 square bathroom is quite large considering that the entire cottage including the front porch is only 744 ft.² In addition to the toilet, sink vanity cabinet, and shower it houses a stacked washer and […] Read more…

Easy to Learn Tricks and Tips to Painting Stripes in a Day

I have always been drawn to striped rooms. Fourteen years ago I decided to tackle painting stripes in my daughters nursery. It  was a nightmare! It took me over two days to complete and wasn’t even a large room. Since then in my career I have painted over 100 striped room.  Not only has my painting […] Read more…

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