Black painted front door (and it wasn’t an epic fail!)

Thank you so much for all your kind words about my biggest DIY disaster of all time. I love sharing my DIY adventures, the good and the bad, with you guys. If my epic fails can help at least one person to not make the same mistakes that I've made, then my misadventure wasn't a waste after all. I am so grateful for all your support and comments. In just one week the post already has more than 90 comments and over 2k+ pins on pinterest. Crazy town. I'm glad my stupidity has gone viral. All press is good press though, right? Even if it's a post about me looking like an idiot. … [Read more...]

The difference 2 years makes

Two years ago when we bought our home I cringed when I opened the door to welcome you in. These days, not so much. Welcome to my home. It's still not perfect and I still have loads more I want to do, but when I see these before and after pictures I can't help but smile and pat myself on the back. In case you are curious, yes, I've changed a few things since I snapped this picture. The house is always in a state of flux. My favorite thing? I'd say the paint and moulding. … [Read more...]

Oh, just put your sticks in it already.

I've got these sticks next to my front door. I really like them, but they always get so dirty and full of cobwebs around the base. I will neither confirm nor deny if I've found little bugs under the stick bundle as well. I've been on the hunt for a large glass vase to put the sticks in. I think it will look more classy and will also keep the base of the bundle free from cobwebs and debris. Do you realize how much huge glass vases are? Oh my word! They are not cheap. The cheapest I've seen them is about $25 from Home Goods. Ikea is charging $25-$35 (I think). And those are … [Read more...]

3 projects; 1 post. Tackling the foyer.

Would you believe me if I said I checked off THREE more projects from my to-do list?! Well, guess what? I did. For realz. I have now checked Projects 17, 18, and 22 off my list. What? Oh, you want to know what those projects are?! Okay, sure I'll elaborate. I have finished: Project 17: Replace light fixture in foyer. Project 18: Finish painting foyer. Project 22: Replace light bulb on front porch. Project 22 is a no-brainer so I don't have any "after" pictures for you. But Projects 17 & 18 were quite the ordeal, so I've got loads of photos of the process to … [Read more...]

24 projects I should have finished by now

Source: primitivesbykathy.com And now, in no particular order, here are the current partially finished projects I've got going on in the house, and what I need to do to finish them. I've tried to organize them room-by-room, so I'll start with the dining room. Project 1: Finish all 10 dining chairs. (photo via) It's a big project, so maybe I should divide them into sub-projects. To finish these chairs I need to: a) sand them down a bit b) hook up my paint sprayer and spray them all with a few good coats of primer and paint c) and finally, upholster them. Project … [Read more...]

My dirty rug’s now looking so fly

This is my foyer. This is my foyer with a filthy rug. Any questions? The moral? Don't Do Rugs. Or wait, isn't it Don't Do Drugs? Um, ya. Never mind. I couldn't resist stepping back into the '90s for a minute there. Or was it the '80s? ("This is your brain on drugs" - remember that campaign?) Okay, I'll stop now. Moving right along... ::whistling:: So if you hadn't guessed by now, I have a really dirty rug in the foyer. What dirt? Seriously? Did you really just ask me that?! THIS DIRT. Even the poor rug was begging me to clean him. I've heard … [Read more...]

A year already? Shut the front door.

Like, oh mah goshhh. Can you believe We've officially lived in this house for a year now?! Where on earth has the time gone? In some ways I feel like we haven't done anything to the house, but when I actually look back at my archives I'm shocked at how much we've accomplished around the 'hood. I swear, I'm not planning on boring you to tears or anything. I just want to show everyone how far this little house has come in exactly one year of us moving in. Outside: We haven't done much with the outside of the house, but even still, it looks better than it did last year. We've … [Read more...]