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Dirt Road Adventures – Guest Cottage Adventures

Hey y’all!! It’s been such a busy week and I’m excited to share what’s happening at the end of our dirt road.

Last Sunday I shared a hint about a renovation project that my husband and I were starting. When we first began our Dirt Road Adventures, we added a mobile home to the property. This allowed us to come on weekends and work on the property.

You may remember this post, Dirt Road Adventures Before & After. I shared how we had spent several years working on the property before we decided to build the Farmhouse and move here permanently.

The original pier had fallen into the water and this photo was taken just after the new pier was built.

We wanted the farmhouse to be located in the same spot, so we moved the mobile home across the first pond to another location. We lived there while the house was under construction and now use it as a guest cottage.

Guest Cottage in its current location.

Renovation Ideas

Last week, we decided the guest cottage needed an update. The bathroom tub had always been a piece of junk. There was still carpet in the bedrooms and the paint colors needed an update. You can see some video footage on my saved Instagram stories here.

Our first plan was to replace the tub with a walk in shower. We measured and ordered the materials.

Next, we would rip out all the carpet and replace with laminate flooring.

While out thrifting, I found a great deal on flooring at Habitat for Humanity Restore. It’s one of my favorite thrifting spots and great for renovation projects. The flooring was new and we found a great supply of new blinds as well.

Expect the Unexpected

As luck would have it or maybe it’s a blessing in disguise, but within a few minutes of removing carpet, we hit our first snag.

The floor was wet, because the hot water heater was leaking.

Fortunately, there was no permanent damage. However, the cost of a new hot water heater and installation time took some of the excitement out of this project.

The carpet is out and the new hot water heater is in. We are painting and adding the laminate flooring from Restore. Hopefully, the shower supplies will arrive soon and we can begin demolition of the current tub. YAY!

We did rip out the old tub surround. See the video below, for a true picture of how demo day went.

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Adventures off the Dirt Road

Why Didn’t I Think of That?

Each week, there are so many wonderful blog posts, and I’m sharing some of my favorites with you today.

There are so many creative ideas, and I’m always asking myself, “Why didn’t I think of that”? LOL

Coco has so many creative ideas and you will love reading all her ideas for summer.

Summer-Home-Decor-and-DIY-Projects-The-Crowned-Goat-4 17 Home Décor & DIY Projects to Complete This Summer Decorating DIY
Coco at The Crowned Goat shared 17 Home Decor & DIY Projects to Complete This Summer

Stacy is a master gardener and you can rely on her professional tips.

The Complete Guide to Roses Care
Stacy Ling at Bricks N Blooms – The Complete Guide to Roses Care

Kristin lives in the Northwoods of Wisconsin and her rustic, lakeside style is amazing.

Summer decor, Americana, vintage soda crates, Pendelton
Kristin at White Arrows Home – Styling Patriotic Decor Inside & Out

Y’all know I love decorating with my thrifted finds and Ann has some great tips.

5 Clever Ways to Decorate with Yard Sale Finds
Ann at Dabbling and Decorating – 5 Clever Ways to Decorate with Yard Sale Finds

Leslie at My 100 Year old House – Patriotic Pillow
Kim at Shiplap and Shells – My Summer Cottage Garden Magazine Feature
Marian at Miss Mustard seed – Tips on Styling a Hutch
Barbara at Mantel & Table – How to Set a Citrus Tablescape

Thanks so much for stopping by today. I hope you enjoyed this weeks edition of Dirt Road Adventures. I’m looking forward to sharing more adventures this coming week.


Thursday 5th of August 2021

I have no idea how I missed this, Rachel, thank you so much! It's hard to believe summer has flown by so quickly. I swear it's like I blinked and we're moving onto another season. Thankfully, it stays pretty warm in Florida most of the year so there's plenty of time to work on fun projects. Can't wait to see how your guest cottage comes together. Big hugs and thank yous, CoCo

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Friday 6th of August 2021

Coco, Thanks so much for your kind words.

Kim | Shiplap and Shells

Saturday 19th of June 2021

I finally got to read your post Rachel. I've been on the boat without strong internet for almost a week. I love following along to see your guest cottage renovations. Can't wait to see it! Thank you for sharing my magazine post. Hope you had a great week.

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Saturday 19th of June 2021

Kim, Enjoy your time.

Marlene Stephenson

Sunday 13th of June 2021

You're a hoot, and so cute!! Thanks for sharing, I'll be waiting for more fun videos and watching the improvements.

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Wednesday 16th of June 2021

Marlene, I really appreciate you for following along.

Miche Ortega

Sunday 13th of June 2021

You two are so cute! I can't wait to see the finished guest cottage. Good luck, Rachel.

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Wednesday 16th of June 2021

Miche, Thanks so much.

Barbara at Mantel and Table

Sunday 13th of June 2021

Wow - you guys don't mess around! It would take us a week just to decide whether we wanted to think about it or not! :) LOVE the Restore too, and that's so cool you found exactly what you wanted! Sounds like it's going to be lovely!

Thanks so much for the inspiration, and for the feature too - that's so sweet of you! Good luck over there, I'll be crossing my fingers that everything else goes smoothly!

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Wednesday 16th of June 2021

Barbara, As you know, nothing goes smoothly! However, it will be worth it in the end.