the never-ending project


For some reason this posted from my phone. So forgive me for posting again. Plus, it posted to the wrong blog. 

Anyway, this door is never going to get done. We’ve sanded and painted once already. But when we got to the scraping off the paint, it came off and revealed the white paint underneath. So-o-o-o-o-o-we had to do it all over again. The sanding, everything. So now, because it’s cold in the garage, it’s set up on saw horses in the back hallway. I applied the primer yesterday (we hadn’t done that before and felt that was the problem), which is the picture you are looking at. I’ve applied one coat of Sherwin-Williams black paint. I’m determined to have some black interior doors. They’re all over Pinterest.

So yesterday after I applied one coat of the black paint, I held my breath as I scraped away the black paint.  Yea!!!! It worked.  Of course, you probably realized before I did that I should have had the primer tinted black.  DUH!!!!!!! Bu how often do I need black primer?

So today I will apple coat number two. I hate to think that I’m going to have to paint a third coat, but I think I might have to and the fact that it’s a French Door with all those panes, ugh.. Guess what I’m going to do on the other side? I’m going to try to  paint the door without the primer. After all, we have it sanded down to the “raw” wood state so I’m thinking it should work. So what if the first coat sinks in? I’m going to have to apply two coats anyway.

Then last night my husband and I were talking and I asked, “Why didn’t we just spray paint it?” He responded that he’d thought of that, too but was concerned that we’d have a hard time covering the glass. But even if we had only covered the main areas, it would’ve worked because I’m not taping it off as it’s too hard to get the paint right down to the glass. So I’m scraping anyway. Wished it were warmer in the garage because spray painting is exactly what I’d do!

I blame Pinterest.

DIY/guest bedroom

Last year my husband and I were having a conversation about and redecorating the bedrooms. He looked at the ceilings in this room and in another bedroom and said, “What’s the point of redoing the rooms when the ceilings look like their about to fall down.?  You know where this  is heading, don’t you? Here are some before pictures.

  Faux deer 030   Look at the trim. Pathetic, huh? Remember, this house is over 1oo years old! Faux deer 099Faux deer 033  Finally, it’s done. I moved the rods to the ceiling which are nine feet tall and just let them puddle. The green coverlet at end of bed I purchased at Goodwill for $5.00



This is a close up of the great medallion piece I bought at Hobby Lobby. The color is perfect.

This is close up of bed and wonderful medallion I recently found at Hobby Lobby.. Am thinking about painting the bed black for a little more contrast.

The color was perfect. The “dream” garland above was traced from stencils and then cut out of scrapbook paper and glued to a ribbon. The pillows on the bead are all vintage ones I’ve picked up over the years.You will notice the bird pictures to the left of the window in a previous picture. I loved the frames but hated the picture. I knew I would end up putting a different picture in them. One day I took out some wallpaper samples and began drawing. I like the metallic paper so thought, “Hey, I’ll create one bird for each picture. I wanted the pictures to be very simple. Here is the original picture. 001

 Metaliic wallpaper cut into shapes

Metaliic wallpaper cut into shapes

 Added wings with "sharpie"

Added wings with “sharpie”

 Final product

Final product

Pictures on the wall.

Pictures on the wall.

Here is another view of the bedroom. For some reason the pillows and the chest have a pink cast to them which isn’t correct.IMG_2298



Yea, finally getting away for a few days. As you know, an earlier trip was cancelled due to my mom’s illness. But in two days we’re heading up north for a ski week. Meeting family up there and have rented a little cabin. I’m busy cooking and shopping as we’re all contributing to the meals.

I SO need this.

We are still in the middle of the renovation and I finally have pictures to post. Today I thought I’d begin by posting some pictures of accessory items I’ve redone. As I think about it, we’ve not only done the “big” renovation stuff, we’ve also revamped all the furniture. I’ve repainted pictures, lamps, tables, chairs-you name it. Anyway, I’m going to start with my new lamps. Apparently, I didn’t take “before” pictures so I’ll just tell you they were a rubbed on blackish finish. I’ve had the lamps for many years and they were one of my rare costly purchases. I bought them because they were very heavy which is the hallmark of a quality lamp. I knew they’d last for years. Anyway, I shopped for inexpensive new ones but nothing compared to these so of course I had to paint them.

Again, I didn’t think to take a picture of the can of spray paint because the DIY part of this blog is very new to me. I now take my camera with my when I start any project. Anyway–the paint color is the infamous Heirloom White spray paint by Rustoleum. I use this color everywhere. This first picture shows both lamps, one with the satin spray paint and the other with a metallic finish. I did take pictures of that.

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The lamp on the right is spray painted with the Heirloom White. It was just too flat and I didn’t want to leave them that way. But I also just didn’t want to use plain old gloss paint. So I went to Home Depot and I found this Martha Stewart product.

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I love this stuff.

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I used a brush and “scrubbed into all the crevices. Then I wiped off the excess with a soft dry cloth. Took about five minutes! Here is finished lamp on finished table.


All I did was spray paint the table with Rustoleum Spray paint, Black Canyon.

Yea! I found a before picture of the lamp and the end table. I had just purchased the shade and I think that’s when it struck me to paint the lamp white. It was paint the lamp white or the table white. I chose to paint the lamps white. Notice the slip-covered sofa. Purchasing white slip covers for my dark burgundy colored sofas was one of the smartest things I’ve done. It inspired everything else plus not having to buy new sofas saved me a ton of money. I love that!

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Anyway, I realize this wasn’t the best DIY project as far as photos or explanation. As I said, I’m much more comfortable with writing about life issues. They don’t need photographs taken at each step. Every time I started a project I’d get halfway through and realize I was supposed to be taking pictures from the beginning. I’m learning though. The upcoming pictures of the living room re-do are much more detailed. Maybe I’ll find that darn USB cable so I can use my camera. Stay with me. I learn more every day.

ps. WOW! Guess what? My hubby surprised me with an early Valentine’s present. A new camera! No more tiny little camera that doesn’t do anything. It’s not real expensive but if I can learn how to use this one, then we’re considering upgrading me in about a year. For right now, it’s the perfect size and not too complicated. Of course DIY pictures of finished projects will still be from my i-phone but future projects will be from my new camera. Again, YEA!!!