Our Downstairs’ Revival

Alright folks…here you go.  I have created a slideshow of the renovations and updates we have made over the last couple of years to our downstairs; the biggest changes were to our kitchen and downstairs bathroom.  We did everything ourselves, with a lot of help from friends and family, including Michael’s incredibly handy brother, Philip, who installed a new ceiling in the kitchen, all the trim in the kitchen and bathroom, and created the kitchen’s built-in space.  We were able to accomplish all changes to our home on a tight budget, re-using and re-vamping what we already had.  This allowed us to splurge on a new stainless steel fridge, new flooring, and new countertops! Please enjoy the fruits of our labour!

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Ch-Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes, Part 2

Hey everyone…thanks a million for being patient while I made a whole whack o’ changes to A GRAND REVIVAL over the last week or so.  It has been a lot of fun playing around with various themes, headers, backgrounds, widgets, formats, etc., and I am tickled pink with the results of my (somewhat obsessive) tweaking.

 Let’s take a quick look at what changes I have made…


If you’re a wordpress.com user, you know that there are a wide variety of free themes to choose from. Originally, I picked the “Bold Life” theme, as I found the grungy, antique-feeling paper texture, centered main title, and general esthetic appealing.  This theme also seemed befitting for the documentation of my 122 year-old home’s revival.  However, after a couple of months of blogging, I found I longed for some of the really cool features I had seen on other blogs.  So the search began for a blog that still interested me visually, but had more flexibility and features.

 Bold Life 


 A new blog that I follow using this theme is:


 Below are some of the themes I considered.

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Dear Fellow Revivers,

By now, many of you will have noticed that change has been afoot here at A GRAND REVIVAL.  Over the last week, I have been playing around with a new theme, reformatting (or at least attempting to reformat) my posts and pages, and contemplating the direction I wish the blog to go.  I ask for your patience during this time.  Change is not always easy, but we will get through this together (hahaha).

Thanks so much for your support and understanding.

Warm Regards,

Revival Girl

Need some relevant music to listen to while reading the rest of this post???  Of course you do!  Click here for David Bowie’s classic, “Changes”.

I have to say, I really like change — well, good change at least.  Ever have one of those years where your whole world turns upside down, and life as you know it suddenly changes (and not in a good way)?  I have. Mine was 2011 — the year of unprecedented change (and again, not the good kind). I pinky-swear (or pinky-square, if you’re my son Liam) that I will open up about the events of my last year, and finally get around to expressing how starting this blog has helped me pull out of a pretty dark place, later this week.

For now though, I will focus more on the sunnier side of the street.

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