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Miller Manor: Renovation Day One

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After one full day of working on Miller Manor, we have new doors, some windows open, a well dug, and all the bathtubs GONE!  It was a long and exhausting day and I don’t really have a ton to say about it, but it has been a week or so and I wanted to update you on how things are going.  You know, with pictures! 🙂

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See those GORGEOUS lanterns beside the door?  Oh my word!  They are VERY pretty.  I am planning to try to take them down today and see if I can scrub them down and then clean them back up.  I think we are planning to go with a solid white house and I think they would be very pretty black and silver.  What do you think?  I would love opinions on them. 🙂


As you can see in the picture above (and the picture below) there has been a ton of tearing up happening in Miller Manor in just one day!  At this rate, we are going to have to get our dumpster emptied in a week!!  I think they are going to start working on the roof holes on day two and we have a few guys coming out.

Opening the doors and windows

Looks like they did a TON in day one, doesn’t it?  We are heading back for day two to talk with the Cabinet guy and I am pretty excited about that.  There are bit and pieces of things that I really like.  I spent some time at Home Depot (as that is currently my favorite home improvement store – more on that LATER!)  Anyway, I spent some time at Home Depot yesterday walking through their demo kitchens opening drawers and taking pictures of things I like.  This way, when I speak to my cabinet guy today, I can tell him exactly what I like.  You can also see some of my thoughts and ideas on my New Kitchen Pinterest Board (ok, so it is actually my husband’s board, but I am a contributor to it LOL!):-)

Follow Along as We Renovate Miller Manor!

  1. Day OneBegin Demolition and Doing Doors!
  2. Day TwoGoodbye Ugly flooring!
  3. Days Three & Four – Goodbye Weird Arches and Hello Hidden Door!
  4. Days Five through Nine – Goodbye Tile & Weird Wood Squares!
  5. Days Ten through TwelveSneak Peek at my Kitchen!

Do you have a must-have and unique thing in your kitchen that I might be interested in?  Please, tell me about it in a comment below!

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Christina @ Juggling Real Food and Real Life

Saturday 8th of November 2014

Oh Kelli! The house is going to be amazing, but I can't even believe the work you have ahead of you while you juggle everything else in your life. I'm looking forward to seeing your progress. I love total house rehabs. I did it once. I would like to do it again if I ever find a house that is worth the effort.

Kelli Miller

Sunday 9th of November 2014

Thanks! We are super excited! I nailed down what my kitchen design is going to be on Friday and need to get a post about it written up. :-) If you go to my "homemaking" tab and then "diy" you can keep up with Miller Manor!

Crystal & Co

Sunday 2nd of November 2014

Agree with Lindsay! Black!

Kelli Miller

Monday 3rd of November 2014

Yeah, we weren't able to save them so we bought new ones - very VERY similar ones and they are black :-)

Crystal Green

Thursday 30th of October 2014

I have literally gone through Lowe's and taken pictures of their bathroom layouts and kitchen layouts because I love to dream of things that we can do to our house. (I still have ALL of those images.) I keep hoping to get my kitchen and bathroom remodeled. If I had a Home Depot closer to me (it's 45 minutes away) I would probably visit it a lot too.

A white house is always gorgeous. Silver is going to look good too. Looks like you have a lot work ahead of you, but I'm sure you're having fun too.

Kelli Miller

Saturday 1st of November 2014

So, the electrical isn't any good in the lights :-( But, I was able to keep the globe parts and am going to try to incorporate it into my decor somehow. Thoughts?

Lindsay Butler

Thursday 30th of October 2014

If you are going with an all white house I would definitely paint the lights black! I think silver would blend in too much with the rest of the house.

I am going to love this series!

Kelli Miller

Friday 31st of October 2014

There are some gold looking parts and I am hoping to make them brushed nickle to match the knobs and the white stuff all black. We shall see :-)