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 share with ya!

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One of my favorite friends has a two-story living room. She and I have been talking for months about renting scaffolding, sharing it, and splitting the cost. She called me a few weekends ago and was all, “we rented the scaffolding and are done with it! Wanna come get it?!”

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The difference between Wendy and me is that she actually puts her money where her mouth is, while I’m generally all talk. I was shocked that she had actually gone out and rented the scaffolding! I talked about renting it, but had never actually put another second of thought into it. Thank goodness for people like Wendy in my life who give me the kick in the rear that I need.

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So of course we dropped everything and raced over to her house to pick up the scaffolding. Then they came back to our house with us and helped us put it all together. (They live less than a mile from us.)

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I had approximately 2.5 days to finish everything that needed to be completed in the foyer. It was a lot of hard work and I had to kick it into serious over-drive to get the projects completed. Good thing God created Energy Drinks.

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That’s me up there getting ready to paint.

First order of business? Finish the paint that I started waaaaay too long ago.

I had to put a ladder on top of the scaffolding to reach the edge so I could cut out. My legs were trembling. I’m totally terrified of heights. But the painting got done. :)

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Next on my super-speed-DIY tour was the light fixture. This piddly little thang is what came with the house. It’s just too small for the space and the three puny bulbs don’t give off much light.

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I wanted to swap it out with the chandy I recently pulled out of the dining room.

Here’s a waaaaay-before of the chandelier when we first moved in; purple and gold faux walls and all:

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The fixture wasn’t bad at all, it has a nice shape and I like the glass bulb covers. I just am not a fan of that copper-ish color. At. All. No biggie though, I just strung it up in a tree, removed the bulb covers, covered the bulb area with painters tape, and gave it a few coats of spray paint.

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I started with two coats of Rustoleum Flat Black.

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Then I came back and gave it a really good coating of my favorite spray paint ever, Oil Rubbed Bronze, or “ORB” for short.

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This color is the perfect color, in my very humble opinion. It’s black-ish but has a sparkle sheen on it. It’s like an orgasm in a can it’s so awesome.

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Just look at that color! It makes my heart race and my palms sweat just looking at it. ;)

Okay, so why did I do Flat Black first? This is my personal opinion, BUT! ORB is expensive. Like, almost-$8-a-can expensive. I paint with basic black first so that I don’t have to use as much ORB on my final coat. It saves me money and ORB.

Here’s where things get a little tricky, so stay with me, mmmm-kay?! The chain and wiring on the big chandelier (the one I just painted) was too short for the foyer. The small fixture I was removing was the perfect length (because it was already installed in the foyer).

I had to re-wire both fixtures.

I unwired the small fixture and the large chandelier, and swapped wiring and chains.

Here’s the small fixture about to get de-wired…

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And the big chandelier mid re-wiring.

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I was going to give a play-by-play tutorial on how to do this, but once I started I quickly realized that unless you know what you are doing, this is really a job for a pro. There were lots of little steps and it was going to be very confusing to explain the process. Plus, I don’t want to be responsible for any of you burning your home down due to improper wire swapping.

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If you want to re-wire fixtures, here’s my simple advice. Put the wires back the same exact way you take them apart. If you are not totally confident that you can re-wire fixtures, I suggest you call someone who knows how.

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After I removed the long chain and wiring from the small fixture, I took it out back and gave it a few good coats of flat black and ORB as well. When it was all dry, I re-wired the large fixture and hung it all back up. Afterward I grabbed a bulb, screwed it in, and had Ben flip the switch as I cringed and leaned back praying that it didn’t blow up. And it worked perfectly. Whew.

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While we had the scaffolding, I knew I better do every project I could think of because this was pretty much my one shot. So even though I was dying and was T-I-R-E-D, I sucked it up to take care of that boring window.

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I gave that sucker some moulding! Woot!!

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I pretty much “fake” my windows in my house. I put trim around them, and then I paint the inside of the window area and the new moulding both with the high-gloss door and trim paint (Sherwin Williams Trim & Door paint in Alabaster). This gives the allusion that the inside of the window is also trimmed out with wood and moulding.

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And now, here are all the “after” pictures of the painted foyer (project #18), the new light fixture (Project #17), and my bonus project, moulding around the window.

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Before and After chandelier:
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Foyer Before & After:
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Look! All the walls are painted! (after)
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(before)

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I’m so glad I swapped out the chandelier. This one puts out so much light! During the day you couldn’t even tell when the small one was turned on, but this new one lights up everything. It’s awesome.

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I think I like this fixture so much because a) it’s now ORB, b) it’s so bright, and c) it makes my favorite shape: a star!

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There you have it. Four completed projects, three of which can now be checked off the list.

I’m now down to 19 more projects to go. Slow and steady. These slacker-projects are getting de-slacker-ified.

Have you tackled any big projects lately? Do tell!

** edited to add: the scaffolding was rented from Home Depot. A week-long rental was about $100, so since Wendy and I split it, I paid only $50.


     

ORB candlesticks

FINALLY!!

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I’ve used the beloved ORB again!

(Oil Rubbed Bronze spray paint by Rustolium)

I have this space, kinda like a window I guess, in between the dining room (the ugly gold & purple walls that you see) and the entry way.

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Isn’t my little Kinsey just such a cutie-patootie?

Anyway, I gathered up several candlesticks I had around the house to display in this open space. I’ve got cream candles to go on top but for the holidays I bought some silver ones at IKEA.

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They totally clash though – especially with the silver candles on top.

So I went back to my roots, my bread-and-butter, and painted all the candlesticks with my beloved Oil Rubbed Bronze spray paint from Rustolium aka ORB.

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Love.

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This new house of mine is slowly starting to come together. :) Now I just need to paint those ugly gold and purple walls!

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After Christmas I’ll take down the silver candles and replace them with the cream ones I already have. That way the candlesticks can stay up year round.

ORB rocks. Again. As always.


     

make your own storage boxes

Many of you know I just moved into my house.

And with a new move comes lots of additional expenses including all the accessories you need just to get settled – drawers, baskets, organizers, etc.

I’ve waaay over spent lately on trying to get this house livable (and not even decorated!). I wanted some open storage boxes for the shelves in my garage but I just am sick of spending money! So I improvised.

And I’m happy to say that I’m actually quite happy with the outcome and plan on making at least 4 more storage boxes.

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What do you end up with that’s free when you move and unpack?

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Moving Boxes. Lots and lots of moving boxes.

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I took a square moving box and cut it in half with a box cutter.

It makes the perfect open storage box for a garage!

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Not only does it hold all my spray paint, but it actually pulls in and out from the shelf quite easily and is very sturdy (after all, it is made to hold lots of heavy stuff!)

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I took the other half of the box and taped the ends together to create another open storage box.

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I’m obviously AWESOME at eyeballing exactly where the middle of the box is to create two equal halves.

So, um ya… anyway… I put all my little random stuff in the 2nd box. You know, the things that I use all.the.time. and want right there next to me in an easy to find location…

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I’ve got stuff like caulk, utility blades, WD40, wood glue, paint stirrers, liquid nails, Gorilla glue, steel wool…

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Am I the only person that thinks these items are a “must have” and keep them close to me?

In case you are tying to get a glimpse of what is on the shelf next to my homemade storage boxes, here it is.

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Mainly cans of paint, a tarp (mainly for painting), saws that I borrowed from my dad, and of course random pieces of broken tile, because why wouldn’t I have a pile of random pieces of broken tile?!

And just to keep it totally here, I’m NOT as organized as I try to lead you to believe…

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Lets see… piles of tools not put away, piles of boxes of nails and screws, trash from when I cleaned out my car, cans of spray paint, a drop cloth, piles of broken tile that I found on the side of the road, small wooden drawers I found on the side of another road, more piles of crap… But hey…

at least the spray paint is organized!

How do you organize your garage? Or how do you NOT organize your garage? haha.

Do you keep your garage clean enough to park your car, or is it stuffed with so much crap you can’t even walk through it?


     
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