Summer Tour of Homes – Sawdust Girl style

Sawdust Girl house tour 2013

Good morning!  I’m participating in the Summer tour of homes hosted by Gina of  The Shabby Creek Cottage.  Did you just pop over from Lindsay’s house?  Doesn’t she do amazing things with color at Makely Home?  Love her style!


If you’re new here, welcome.  I’m Sandra.  I tear out walls and build new ones.  I design and build custom cabinetry.  I do most everything myself because:  1.   I like to save $$$  2.  I like things the way I like them and 3.  I want things done right.

Sawdust Girl

So the tour started on Monday and I visited every house…and then I pretty much had an anxiety attack about being a part of this tour.

Crap!  90% of my house is under construction or housing all the stuff that should be in the rooms that ARE under construction so pretty much all of my house looks like this right now.

reality check


I do have a few rooms that are mostly done so I’ll show you those.  You’ll have to put on blindfolds while we walk through all the crap in the rest of the house!


Master closet

Sawdust Girl house tour 2013


I started with this wacky space and then spent 4 LONG months tearing out the ugly and building awesome.

master closet makeover

Sawdust Girl house tour 2013

Sawdust Girl house tour 2013


I just recently put in a plank wall

master closet plank wall at


…and of course we added some clothes to bring in a pop of color!  Hahahha!  It does look pretty with a little color added, don’t you think?


Sawdust Girl house tour 2013

This fun photo was taken by the amazing Jennifer Lawrence of Jennifer Lawrence Photography in Nashville.  She is incredible!



Screened in porch

Sawdust Girl house tour 2013


When we bought the house it was all pine.  We hired out the painting,  Wes and I put in the screens…

and then a year later we bought some furniture.  Now It’s a lovely place to have a cup o’ coffee on a brisk morning!

Sawdust Girl house tour 2013

Sawdust Girl house tour 2013


Madison’s bedroom

(If it’s unclear, my blog used to be Sawdust and Paper Scraps.)

World Art Bedroom - house tour

World Art Bedroom - house tour


I built her storage benches (plans and tutorial here) and little hanging shelf that holds the chalk and markers for her vinyl chalkboard wall.

World Art Bedroom - house tour

World Art Bedroom - house tour


Her mirror was a builder’s mirror I ripped out of a bathroom, cut down and framed.

World Art Bedroom - house tour



Library - house tour


Another room that looks good with a pop of color.  After “styling“.

Library - house tour

Library with White Built-In Bookshelves

Library - house tour


…and my workshop is getting there.

Garage Workshop Cabinets

Garage Workshop - house tour

DIY Leather drawer pulls

It is not still empty but it’s such a mess I can’t safely get in there to take new pictures.


The rest of the house is a wreck!

I’m currently working on my Laundry Room

Hanging Rack


pull out storage cabinet free plans

…which is a series of halfway finished projects.  (Pantry style pull out cabinet tutorial.)


I’m also working on my office because I’m currently working in my kitchen which is not working.  I’ve recently started designing and coaching others through building awesome in their own homes as a part of my Sawdust Diaries series and I need space and storage — badly!

Current office


This house is still a work in progress.  4 rooms kinda’ down — 10 to go.  Hoping to finish and stay put for a while.  We move a lot.  I finished remodeling my last house just in time to move.

Sawdust Girl house IL House tour


I’m the end of the tour but Gina is having a link party tomorrow at The Shabby Creek Cottage so EVERYONE can join in the fun!  If you haven’t done so already, go enjoy all the other houses in the Summer tour of homes



…and if you start feeling like your home is inadequately decorated or finished…just come back and visit me again and you’ll feel all better!  :-)






DAY 1 (June 3rd)

2 – The Nester @ Nesting Place
3 – Mandi @ Vintage Revivals
5 – Ashley @ The Handmade Home
6 – Kristin @ The Hunted Interior

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DAY 2 (June 4th)

1 – Beckie @ Infarrantly Creative
2 – Jen @ Tatertots and Jello
3 – Chris @ Just a Girl
4 – Brooke @ All Things Thrifty
5 – Karen @ The Graphics Fairy
6 – Emily @ Decor Chick
7 – Roeshel @ DIY Show Off

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DAY 3 (June 5th)

1 – Melissa @ The Inspired Room
2 – Wendy @ The Shabby Nest
3 – Donna @ Funky Junk Interior 
4 – Marianne @ Songbird
5 – Lisa @ The Pennington Point
7 – Brittany@PrettyHandyGirl
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DAY 4 (June 6th)

Lindsay @ Makely Home 
Sandra @ Sawdust Girl (that’s me!)


Link up your house tour tomorrow at The Shabby Creek Cottage!


  1. Neptune Pigors says:

    I love your masters closet, and the library wall. Im currently rebuilding my house and I thank you for some idea.

  2. excellent job on the millwork! extremely impressed indeed!! i’ve pinned your video for your master closet- i really enjoyed watching your superpowers; the music was perfection…
    xoxo, sharonna misha

  3. that CLOSET. that LIBRARY. *dreamy sigh*

  4. Brooke @ Inside-Out Design says:

    I’m brand new to your blog and loved seeing your house! The construction zones had me chuckling but wow is all the work ever worth it- I’m swooning over all the built-in storage you have everywhere! What you are doing with your house is pretty much my dream to do with our house (once we finally have one of our own again). Your house is amazing and so are you! So glad to have found your blog!

  5. Linda @ Calling it Home says:

    I always thought that library was your Chicago home. Now, I get it.

    • I built a similar library in IL but it had doors on the bottom and didn’t go all the way to the ceiling. :-)

  6. Love it all!!! I am going to use your screened in porch for inspiration around here but I NEED the black desk/hutch in Madison’s room. Where did you get it? Or did you make that too?

    • I bought it at the Pottery Barn outlet years ago. It was damaged (which I knew I could repair) so it was severely discounted. I should draw up some plans for it!

  7. Katie & Jon says:

    Oh Sandra, we love your home tour (even if your home IS a 1/3 of the way complete)! Your custom library and all your custom rooms are amazing! Keep on doing your thing!

  8. Sandra —

    It was so fun to see your home. You are CRAZY talented. I am just amazed at the things you build. And I adore you. Thanks for sharing your home with all of us!!


  9. jessica Ibarguen says:

    um.WOW!!!!seriously, my jaw actually dropped with the first pic of that closet you did. GORGEOUS. you are one talented lady! Besides the building. How did you paint all that? Seriously, what kind of paint? a sprayer?? thanks. the distracted

  10. Heather @ Beyond the Aisle says:

    I love your screened porch, and that closet looks heavenly!

  11. Jenny Lynn says:

    I am sure that I don’t have to tell you how amazing your home is looking. It is totally worth the mess and hard work you are putting into it. Really hope you don’t have to move again once it is all done. You are very talented.

  12. Ann Nell says:

    WOW ! I just found you via Shabby Creek Cottage ! I’m stunned by all of the gorgeous projects you’ve made. You’ve been blessed with a great talent.

  13. Feral Turtle says:

    Excellent tour Sandra! And as always, amazing work!!!! Just gorgeous! Cheers.

  14. Brittany aka Pretty Handy Girl says:

    You’ve gotten a lot done on the house since I visited last! Love the porch and Madison’s room and especially the library. I also love the slant of your tour. I was feeling a little inadequate too after seeing all the gorgeous homes on the tour. xxxoo

  15. Jackie Sorich says:

    Your home is gorgeous and your hard work is stunning. Great photos & great job!

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