Sometimes, you just get the itch to change EVERYTHING in your home. (and sometimes, its because you had a leak and repaired it, your foundation, your subfloor, your roof and decking and will be replacing the walls and flooring too..... #newhome so you think you might as well upgrade other stuff as well ;) whew! lol). What can I say? I live alone and I do what I want.
Well, lately in my occasional (okay, constant) perusal of pinterest I have fallen in love with black doors. I even repainted my front door to this beautiful shade of black.... which led to updating the trim to ultra white, and I'm still stripping/sanding/caulking/painting window trims! (and eventually the the gable will get the white/black treatment.... and further down the road all of the siding.... the list grows on....)
To remember what my last island redo created, see above. While it is beautiful the way it is, my floors are being redone due to a leak, and as I've drastically changed my lower cabinets to Night Watch green color, I felt the island needed a bit of a punch up. I ultimately decided to leave my faux shiplap, but the gray paint needed to leave.
Many bloggers will write of their experience stripping furniture down. I've done it, and tried many different products. ALL of them require a time consuming process, levels of stripping and sanding and stripping and sanding before ultimately painting or staining. My "pinspiration" was to do a rustic stain, keeping the glass knobs. Due to budget and having plenty of time to complete my project, I opted to use my heat gun for the stripping process....
I miss those Saturday mornings watching "This Old House" with my dad.... maybe I should move home....lol
Did you know they have them on youtube now? WHAT? I know! So, I have already made raised beds in my backyard following several different videos, and I thought, I can make some super cheap window boxes following a similar method. I used old fence pieces I still have. I know the still need to be sealed, and aren't the best for this kind of project, but I'm literally going to attach them to my siding an set those plastic planters inside, to make it easy to change out with the seasons or when I inevitably kill the plant. But here's a video on how to do it.....
Three down, two to go for my front windows.... It started monsooning so I haven't finished them, and I know they aren't perfect, but they will look cute when I get them stuck on the house.
While my house is in a state of disarray, aka being reconstructed.... I decided it was time to update my cabinets. I still haven't decided how I like them, which is why its taken me a little over a month to get it 85% completed.....
Here's my inspiration:
In my efforts to conserve resources and money, I knew I had some dark paint to work with so I spray painted them. Dark grey. Hmmm....
The day will come when you decide you have too much fabric in your stash. Especially, if you are a borderline hoarder that keeps up with your scraps..... I was perusing a certain site that I mention nearly every post, and came across something cool to do. This project literally cost me $0 because all the fabric was from scraps from leftover projects, one old tattered sheet, a thrifted sheet (they make great drop cloths and for twenty-five cents, who cares) and an old t-shirt or two....
NOTE: I know how to crochet. It's basic, but I have knowledge to build from. So when I'm getting lost on youtube, I understand what they need me to do. Thank you grandma! (and mom for that matter)
Life is funny! Sometimes, you look at your house and think, I wouldn't mind changing the floors, and then.... your water bill goes from $30 to $800! YES! Eight HUNDRED dollars!!! I about died. So after three hours in a crawl space with not one, but two different plumbers, we found the leak. The galvanized pipe from the city connects to my copper plumbing at the concrete footer, and flooded my crawlspace. Well, we had to call the city and it took two days for them to come out and turn it off. In the meantime, tsnuami/monsoon season decided to happen to end our drought. I think pictures speak louder, so.....
Organization was a strong point when I was teaching. But for some reason, I couldn't keep it together in my home office. So, I was wasting time on Pinterest, as I often do.... and I came across this super cute organizer upgrade. You know, those sterlite, three-drawer things.... we all probably have from childhood or dorm life?
The "list". Every home owner has a never-ending list of things they want to do and re-do in their home. Mine currently has 32 items. lol. It's ever-changing. One of those things, my shed.
So in another post, I showed the repainting, ramp-making, flowerbed expanding of my shed. This one, will be an evolution! One day, I was sitting on my back stoop and thought my little raised bed was sad and needed friends. I reached into my stash of fence pieces and began constructing a higher raised bed. Then the project just snowballed.
Hello! (and Welcome!) I am by no means an expert at any of the projects shared on this page, but I am a lifelong learner. (& former teacher & a realtor & crafter.. diy-er... hobby lobby enthusiast ... maybe I should say "entrepreneur") I love creating, so this blog is dedicated to all the ideas that pop into my head. Enjoy!