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86'n It

Nicole Rittenour

86'n It is a blog detailing the DIY journey of two architects and a baby in the long, long process of renovating a 1920's house.

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windows, preservation, diy

DIY Tales: I Hate This Window

By Nicole Rittenour on Mar 21, 2013

I can't honestly say that I don't have the teeniest, tiniest smudge of reservation about selling this house, because I do. The smallest. smallest. smallest. reservation—but it is there. Up until now the renovations have... Continue reading

decor, how to, diy

DIY Drop Cloth Stencil Canvas

By Nicole Rittenour on Jan 18, 2013

Here is a brief tutorial on how I made the DIY Drop Cloth Stencil Canvas. This idea of using rigid insulation instead of stretching a traditional canvas has been all over the interwebs, so it... Continue reading

decor, windows

Window Blinds for the Family Prudes

By Nicole Rittenour on Jan 16, 2013

I grew up with one neighbor. One. And our houses were far apart. We didn't close blinds in our house. Heck, for the most part, we didn't have blinds. Marc grew up in Detroit and then in... Continue reading


PSA: Important Furniture Safety

By Nicole Rittenour on Jan 03, 2013

After midnight last night while I was itching my pregnancy skin half raw and couldn't sleep because of pregnancy gas. (OMG.  I only ate apple/sweet potato soup. I give up.) I came across a really very... Continue reading

interior design, nursery, diy

DIY Nursery Remodel Reveal

By Nicole Rittenour on Dec 20, 2012

Finally, the day has come:  Pork Chop's Nursery Reveal. Amazing artwork & diaper cake from friends.   Love my rug! DIY Delancey Street subway stop canvas.  (And no, that is not her name. Marc just... Continue reading

interior design

Clean, Fresh, Done: Before & Afters

By Nicole Rittenour on Dec 18, 2012

Last Friday my eyes welled up with tears, because finally, FINALLY, the house didn't look like a crack house anymore. It wasn't a place of which to be embarrassed. I didn't feel compelled to launch... Continue reading

woodworking, diy

I Installed Molding Without Crying!

By Nicole Rittenour on Dec 13, 2012

Seriously, a huge milestone for me. Like epic. The last time I tried my hand at any molding installation was when I put crown in the bathroom. It was awful. AWFUL. I cried. I cursed.... Continue reading


Why Renovating Old Houses Sucks: Part 9,453

By Nicole Rittenour on Dec 11, 2012

So, let's say you need to thread a vent pipe from a bathroom on the first floor, into your attic above the second floor. (Like the above crappy diagram below.) Let's say by some miracle... Continue reading


Normal Plumbing vs. Our Plumbing

By Nicole Rittenour on Nov 21, 2012

Sometimes I just hate an old house. One of those times is figuring out plumbing work. In a new house, this is how the plumbing would work: But in our house: The joists run the... Continue reading


Fall Landscaping

By Nicole Rittenour on Oct 25, 2012

We've been trying to get a bunch of landscaping done now in the Fall so that when we put the house on the market in Spring, things will miraculously sprout and look great with minimal... Continue reading