Update on Loblolly Manor

It was an exciting day this past Friday when I rolled into town to check on the progress of Loblolly Manor, my childhood home. My parents have been hard at work and it definitely shows. While there is still so much work to be completed, it’s definitely starting to feel like a house instead of a construction zone. The biggest change has been in the kitchen. My parents chose to keep the existing cabinets. They were cleaned, sanded, stained and sealed. This is how they looked the last time I gave an update in May.


Here is the July update.  My Dad created molding for the top of the cabinets and they added all new kitchen hardware.


Now that the kitchen floors are finally down, a new under mount sink was installed along with a new faucet. The new appliances arrived and my Dad is installing a new range hood too.  The cover will be stainless to match the rest of the appliances. The blue taped off area is where the kitchen island will go.  He’s making that as well.


Granite countertops were installed in the kitchen.


The beams have all been given a rich stain treatment.  Remember how weathered they looked in May?


My parents stained these all by hand.  My back hurts just thinking about how long that must have taken.


Even the dining room is making progress, check out the new light.


Let’s give it up for the girl’s bathroom.  Remember the hole in the wall?


It’s been completely fixed and replaced with a new cabinet.


The shower and bathtub have also been redone.  Shower curtain shopping is definitely on the list.


My Mom and I walked around from room to room deciding on fabrics, furniture placement, decorative accents and lighting options.  But all of that fun stuff is going to have to wait until the floors get put down.


The outside of the house got a makeover too.


I’m pretty sure I’m going to need this carriage house style door and lights at my house now too.  This is my favorite transformation so far.


We have some great ideas already and I can’t wait to get started.  We’ve been picking up fun items for a few months now.  Of course, I didn’t drive all that way and arrive empty handed.   I can’t wait to put everything together.


Many blessings,



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  1. CoCo…how fun to chronicle the transformation of your childhood home! It’s obvious you get your DIY entrepreneur spirit from your mom and dad! The hard work is paying off in their “new” home 🙂

    1. They have worked so hard to make it all happen Vicki! I know my Dad is ready for the floors and my Mom is ready for the “fun stuff” ha ha

  2. Looking good! What a great project to help your parents with. I’m sure Loblolly is going to be amazing when it’s all done.

    1. Thanks, Angie, we had to take it all the way back down to the studs so even little bits of progress are exciting!

  3. Donna - Faded Velvet says:

    How sweet is it to return to your childhood home? Your parents are putting their hearts into it and it is looking lovely and homey. I, of course, love all the things you brought to add to it!
    Thanks for sharing the progress with us,
    Donna-Faded Velvet

    1. I think about this place every time I see your storybook childhood home Donna! Thank you so much for your kind words. They have been working really hard. I can’t wait to see it all come together!

  4. Renee @ The Refined Relic says:

    Coco, I love the updates your parents made to your childhood home. The cabinets and beams look great and I know they were a labor of love. I love the cedar shake siding and the garage door adds a cottage feel. I can’t wait to see the completed project. I know your mom and dad are glad you are helping with the color choices and finishes. Oh, by the way you always find the most amazing baskets in your area. I can’t wait to see all of them. Love and prayers!

    1. Thank you so much for your sweet comments Renee! I really appreciate them. They have been working so hard and I can’t wait to see how everything comes together. Baskets are a hot item in my booth and home. I am always on the look out for them! Love and prayers to you too!

  5. What fun! It’s looking great so far, and we ca tell this is a true labor of love. XXoo

    PS: What is it about naming ones home that makes it so romantic?

    1. Loblolly Manor is a definitely a labor of love!

  6. I see where you got your DIY spirit now! So cool that your parents are doing this and you are able to visit and contribute. Looking forward to future updates! Bwg ~~~

    1. They have been working really hard on the house, I am so proud of all they have accomplished!

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