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Dirt Road Adventures: Water Damage Update & More

Happy Sunday, and welcome to Dirt Road Adventures: Water Damage Update and more! This is where we review all the exciting events behind the scenes, on the website, and the sources of inspiration I discovered online during the past week. This weekly recap ensures you don’t miss any of our adventures.

Hey, I’m so glad you stopped by today. We have been busy refreshing our front porch and all around the pool this week.

It was finally warm enough to enjoy the pool by the end of the week.

We are also working to get our guest cottage back together. If you remember, we had water damage over a month ago. It’s amazing how long everything takes.

A company came in and ripped out the insulation, half of our walls, and flooring, plus basically gutted the bathroom. There was a lot of damage that we felt was unnecessary. Fortunately, the insurance pays for most of the damage and repairs.

However, instead of allowing this same company to come back and profit from the damage they caused, we have decided to do the repairs ourselves. I’ll be taking you along as we replace the bathroom tile and vanity, repair the walls in the bedroom and bathroom, and replace all the flooring.

Here’s a sneak peek at what it looks like now. Notice the broken tile up the shower wall. Why???

They removed the flooring and wall in the bedroom. We can’t detect any water damage here, so again, why?

I could go on and on and bore you with everything they did wrong, but instead, let’s look at what was happening on the blog last week.

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Adventures at the End of the Dirt Road

This is a look back at all my adventures this past week.

Do you have big plans for Father’s Day Weekend? We celebrated this way last year,, and it was so much fun. If you are looking for recipe ideas, be sure to check out Easy Father’s Day Recipes Dads Will Love.

In Case You Missed It

Smoked Old Fashioned recipe. Smoked cocktail kit.

Toast To Dad: Old Fashioned Fathers’s Day Dinner Ideas.

No matter how you celebrate Father’s Day, it’s a great opportunity to show the dads in your life how much you care. This year, why not surprise him with a special dinner that celebrates his favorite things in life? Let’s Toast To Dad with these Old Fashioned Father’s Day Dinner Ideas and Outdoor BBQ.


Hydrangeas in vintage wooden bowl on coffee table of farmhouse.

Shades of Blue for Summer Farmhouse Tour

With Summer upon us, I’m sharing how I updated our neutral farmhouse by adding shades of blue color with florals and blue decor items.


Old Galvanized tub used as flower bed. Salvaged galvanized tubs repurposed as planters.

How To Use Galvanized Tub Planters In Your Landscape

Do you love Vintage Galvanized Tubs or Metal Tin Buckets? I have several that I’ve collected and used to create galvanized tub planters in my landscape and garden. Here are some helpful ideas for adding them to your landscape.


DIY Summer table centerpiece using  woven vase for flowers. Decorations hanging from vintage light fixture.

20+ Budget Summer Table Centerpieces: Creative DIY Ideas

Want to impress your guests with unique table centerpiece ideas as you entertain this summer? See over 20 creative summer centerpieces that include budget-friendly, thrifted, and DIY centerpiece ideas for your summer parties. All of these ideas are easy to put together and won’t break the bank.


DIY Tropical Napkin Rings Dupe. Tropical table decorations.

How To Make DIY Tropical Napkin Rings Dupe For Less Than $5.00

Would you like to add a touch of the tropics to your summer tables? Summer starts tomorrow, and what better time to learn how to make tropical napkin ring dupes for cheap? I made ten cheap napkin rings for $5.00 by recycling an old grass skirt.


DIY Tropical Place Mats made with raffia and burlap. Tropical dinner decorations DIY.

How To Make Tropical Round Placemats With Raffia And Burlap

Looking for a fun and easy way to add a tropical touch to your tablescape? Look no further than these DIY raffia and burlap tropical round placemats! These placemats are simple to make and can be customized to your liking. You can choose different burlap and raffia colors to create your unique style placemat.


DIY Summer Pinecone Wreaths: 3 Easy Unique Ideas

Are you ready for some unique summertime wreath ideas? Learn how to make budget-friendly pinecone flowers that will allow you to use your rustic pinecone wreath all summer long. This summer wreath is made from recycled wreaths and designed with three easy, unique pinecone ideas.


Adventures Off The Dirt Road

Why Didn’t I Think of That?

There are so many wonderful blog posts each week, 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

What’s in my Cart

It’s not too late to order most items for Father’s Day! Click the image below for some great ideas.

In addition, I just received these shoes for my husband, and he loves them.

Naturally, I needed these flip-flops since he got new shoes. LOL


Sunday 9th of June 2024

Happy Sunday Rachel, thanks so much for sharing my new vintage trunk restoration. Wishing you a wonderful week ahead.


Monday 10th of June 2024

Ann, You are welcome. Thanks for stopping by.


Sunday 9th of June 2024

Hi Rachel! Wow, those contractors certainly did a number on your guest cottage. And after you were already dealing with water damage. I have no doubt, though, that you will make it even cuter than ever! I love those pinecone flowers you make. And the placemats are so fun! Thanks so much for sharing my lampshade post! Have a great week!


Monday 10th of June 2024

Molly, Thank you for all your comments and I appreciate you for stopping by.


Sunday 9th of June 2024

Glad things are coming back together after the damage!!! Hope you had a great weekend and thanks for sharing my post! xoxo


Monday 10th of June 2024

Stacy, Thank you so much. I appreciate you for stopping by.