DIY / Trail House Reno

#DemoDay and Trail House before Video

Welcome to my real life Fixer Upper! This is week technically week 2 and in this installment I take you on a video tour of the Trail House.

Y’all, I can’t believe I’ve finally pieced together enough time at my computer to prepare this post.  Last weekend was the first of the #DemoDays at the Trail House.compositedemodaysm

The sledgehammers and hammers shown in this post were gifted to us by Fiskars. 

When I said the Trail House was a big job, I wasn’t kidding.  My time has been split between the two houses; one is super-clean, neat and tidy (because it is on the market) and the other is now a complete disaster.

IMG_1033We happily started taking down walls and demolition in the master bathroom. Don’t these guys look happy?


But before we really got our hands on the sledgehammers, I shot a video tour. You’ll be thankful I don’t make an appearance in the video as I taped it right after a run. Enjoy!

I’ll be back with a complete outline of the scope of the projects we have planned soon. I’ve got some painting to get done today so we can have floors installed upstairs!

Want to read the story behind the Trail House? Trail House

Disclosure: Fiskars provided tools used in photos of this post.  They were a gift. All words and opinions are my own. I only partner with brands I trust and would recommend to you personally.


  • Carrie
    May 8, 2016 at 7:54 am


    What a fun and creative journey you all are on! I’ll be following along with your progress! All the best!

    • Leslie
      May 11, 2016 at 7:58 pm

      Thanks Carrie! It is turning out to be quite the journey. It’s stressful, but I’m enjoying the process of rebuilding and reforming it into something beautiful. Keep coming back, I love having you.

  • Judy Fry
    May 8, 2016 at 10:42 am

    OMG!! I can see why the house appealed to you. However the colors are dark & paneling! I know the house will be bright & cheery once transformed. Can’t wait to see the transformation.

    • Leslie
      May 11, 2016 at 7:57 pm

      I know right? It really is hard to tell from even the video how poorly taken care of this house had been. Lots of the details need work and refreshing. So glad you will be following along!

  • Mary
    May 9, 2016 at 9:21 pm

    Thanks for the tour! Great idea to make a ‘before video.’
    I can’t wait to see the steps along the way & the final reveal!
    You are sooo brave!
    ~Mary H

    • Leslie
      May 11, 2016 at 7:56 pm

      Glad you enjoyed the tour and I’m happy to have you along on the journey!

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    May 17, 2016 at 4:42 pm

    […] I shared the Trail House Before Video Tour, we were 2 1/2 weeks out from the closing. Today the front of the house looks like this.  On […]

  • […] our contractor moved down to the basement. If you recall from the original video tour, (which you can see here.) Richard demolished and removed the drop down, acoustic tile ceiling to make way for a more […]

  • Laura
    February 6, 2021 at 8:18 pm

    Can you please tell me the name of the brick you used?


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