Garage Storage

Storage is always an important feature in a house and something that most home buyers look for when purchasing. Our clients ran into this problem when they purchased their new home. After pricing out some different options to increase their storage space, the homeowners decided on a simple but effective solution. They came up with the idea to build shelving above the garage doors.  They started with 2x12s on the wall, anchored in at the studs.  Then they used 2x4s and steel brackets to hold everything in place.  Now, when they open the door, everything is out of site, and the cost was much more manageable. This is a great solution to storage and helps keep them organized. Thanks for sharing your home solution with us! Check out our Pinterest Page for more garage storage ideas.



Outside Entertaining

Here is our most recent client renovation. With a lot of patience and hard work they built an outside bench and fire pit for entertainment. Read their story below:

“We purchased a pallet of pavers from Home Depot on sale. We bought the paver sand and gravel in bulk from Lanoha. Several trips and lots of loading sand. We sealed the pavers with a cement and paver mix that we dyed red (which is why all the pavers look red in the picture). The hardest part was using a wet stone saw to size down pavers in the odd spots. Other than that it was level the sand, tamp to compact it, and place your pavers, painstakingly, by hand until finished.”

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“The bench was a faster project. We purchased treated wood from Menards and cut to fit the existing shape of our terracing. Some bolts and wood screws secured everything together and we decided to add a shelf to hold your drink. A lot of drilling for a beautiful bench to enjoy the backyard.”


“We added a fire pit using limestone that was found around the property. Some fire safe brick bought from Home Depot lined the bottom to protect our pavers.  Then we built it up using a cement mix.”  Here is the finished project and it looks fantastic!


Mixing It Up with Chalk Paint

I like finding inexpensive pieces of furniture and refinishing them.  These two bedside tables were purchased at Nebraska Furniture Mart.



I had purchased a sage green bedspread, so I was looking for a complimentary color. I took Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Chateau Gray (which is really a green/gray) and added Country Grey (which is really a beige/gray) by the spoonful until I got the right color. The lady at the Annie Sloan supply store told me that the small 4 ounce paint container would cover both of these tables.  I was skeptical, but she was right!  I ended up using a clear coat on these tables, not the Annie Sloan wax.



Once I got it right, I dipped a shim in it so I could use it to match other items for the bedroom.  I later used this paint chip/shim to choose an accent pillow for the bed. Try this trick: dip paints sticks in the paint and write the name of the color on the paint stick. Helps to match paint colors on future projects. #welcomehomeomaha



Craigslist Furniture Finds

It is always fun to look through Craigslist to find different pieces of furniture for the house. I was looking for four bar stools and found them on my search. The black part of the stools were worn and scratched, and the seats were an undesirable wood.  I liked the style and architecture of the chairs but they did not match the colors in our granite which is gray, cream, and black.


Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Paris Gray to the rescue.  I used the Annie Sloan Dark Wax to cover any scratches on the black portion of the chairs.  Just that made them look like new. Next, I painted the seats of the chairs with the Paris Gray.  Then I distressed the edges of the seats using sand paper.  The final step was adding the dark wax to give it an aged look.  I’m happy with how they turned out and I feel like they were meant to be in my kitchen! #welcomehomeomaha


Traveling Dresser

When we are not working for our clients, we enjoy doing some of our own home projects. In 1978, Dave and I were living in Long Beach, CA in Navy housing. Just married and having moved from South Sioux City, NE we did not have much. We purchased a pair of solid oak dressers for $100. At the time, we did some refinishing to freshen up the used dressers. The dressers would travel back with us to South Sioux and then to several homes in Omaha.

Flash forward 37 years, I decided to update the pair. We had also added a new used headboard to complete our bedroom furniture set. I researched some ideas on Pinterest (check out our Pinterest Page) and developed a plan.  I decided to paint part of the dresser and leave some of it stained.  I had to keep the handles, because they are a custom size, and there was nothing standard that would fit. We had to purchase Rustoleum Cabinet Transformations in ‘Linen’ to use in our kitchen but did not end up using it.  The paint was just sitting in the basement. So I went to work on the dresser and headboard. It took more than one coat of the base since I was going from dark stain to light paint, but it only took one coat of glaze.  I am pretty happy with the results. #welcomehomeomaha



Ranch Redo

We love getting updates from clients on their home renovations. Recently, past clients bought a 1969 ranch home. It had great bones but needed some updating. The home owners have just begun on their renovations, but these pictures show how paint and new flooring can make a huge difference in the appearance of a home. These home owners choose a neutral and soft hued palate to paint and decorate their home. We think they did an excellent job. Looks magazine cover ready.  Below is their renovation story:

“The new flooring (Allen+Roth laminate flooring in Toasted Butternut) made a pretty dramatic difference.  I also primed and painted some of the trim and doors white.”

“We definitely made progress by widening the doorway between the family room and kitchen, installing new laminate flooring (Allen and Roth Toasted Butternut), painting the window seat and trim white, and painting the walls Benjamin Moore Muslin (which I don’t like, so I will be repainting! ).”

“Again, in this room we painted over the wallpaper with two coats of Zinsser Allprime oil-based primer and sealer, then 2 coats of Valspar’s Pixie Dust.  We replaced the carpet with Allen and Roth laminate flooring in Toasted Butternut.  We also primed and painted the trim and crown molding white.”

“For this room we painted over the wallpaper with two coats of Zinsser Allprime oil-based primer and sealer, then 2 coats of  Benjamin Moore’s Quiet Moments.  We replaced the carpet with Allen and Roth laminate flooring in Toasted Butternut.  We also primed and painted the trim and crown molding white.”

Thank you for sharing your story! We look forward to helping you with your future home purchase.  #welcomehomeomaha





Before & After 1960s bathroom


Occasionally, we receive before and after pictures of home renovations from clients. Below is information from a client who recently purchased a home with the assistance of Omaha Home Equity Group. They took on their bathroom renovation but wanted to keep the nature of the mid-century home. Here is what they told us:

“You may remember the 1960s blue tile in the bathroom? It all seemed in good order when I purchased the house, but looks can be deceiving. As I would clean it, the grout would fall out. After a couple of months attempting to replace the grout with caulk to see me through until I could figure out what to do, I got fed up. I’d noticed some potential moisture in the basement coming from the bathroom area, and it felt to me that the back wall was bowing out, I could push on tiles and there was quite a bit of giving and moisture showing up, and there was a cracked tile”

“Since we really want to keep the nature of the mid-century home, and the blue tile went all around the bathroom, and the toilet, sink, and tub were all blue, I had to figure out how to manage all this without taking down all 4 walls and replacing the tub/sink/toilet. We had been given this shower curtain when we moved in because it matched so well, and from it we developed an idea:”

“We decided that rather than demolish the entire bathroom, I would try to take down the tile carefully, with the hopes of saving enough of them to checkerboard it with a same size but different color tile. We chose lime green in accordance with the shower curtain. And then I started with the cracked tile, removed it, and saw what was behind those walls.”

“Mold, and in that area, the drywall was completely wet, and pasty. The smell was just awful.”

“I couldn’t have been happier at that point that I’d started. We took it down to the studs, and even the studs were moldy so I had to bleach them and wait a few days to allow them to dry out really well.”

“During that time, we spent our days boiling, then scraping the old rubber based adhesive off 1960’s blue tiles, then bleaching them. This took 4 days total, 2 of which were 7 hour days. It was not for the faint of heart. (Not a project I’d recommend unless someone was TRULY committed to their 1960s tile.) We got the new, proper, to code, backer board up and I waterproofed like a woman on a mission. I had no interest whatsoever in encountering a water problem in there again.”

“And then I got started!”

“Here’s all the tile up, with the transition to the blue only tile, but ungrouted:”

“Then grouted and painted the walls:”

“We also switched out the faucets for the tub, the hardware holding the plumbing lines in place had corroded through so we fixed that while we were at it, and put in a new light fixture over the sink. We MAY still add a recessed light over the bathtub, and I might even regrout the floor tile in the future, but we’ll call it good for now. THAT is how you keep the spirit of the 1960s home intact while updating a pretty serious problem.

I cannot imagine that there is ANYONE in the world happier in her home than I am. But this renovation stuff is a little too addicting, kitchen/dining room floor is next, and I am fairly determined to do it myself. It seems I’ve developed a new hobby.”