Who’s planning to spend some time at the beach this summer? Would you believe it if I told you that we moved to Key West in January and I haven’t been to the beach once? True story. That could have something to do with the fact that we moved here from a Caribbean island with the most beautiful water on earth. Or, more accurately, that I’m not really the lay on the beach type … I’m more of a scour-the-beach-for-seaglass-and-driftwood girl so I can whip them into easy craft ideas.
So, which end of the paint color picking spectrum are you closer to? The ‘any ol’ color will do’ or ‘I can’t paint anything until I find just the right shade of perfect’ end? I would have said I was closer to the end where as long as I liked the color I was fine with it … until this house. I’ve never really been stuck with analysis paralysis when it comes to paint, but I have two strategies that have worked basically fool-proof for me over the years.
OK, where did we leave off? Oh right, we have a high board and batten wall!!! Have I mentioned we love it?!? Yes, it is the only finished wall in this place, but we are still in love. To get all of the background on this wall and how we learned that part of it used to be a hallway and how this board and batten (some call it wainscoting) is the perfect solution to cover up all her imperfection go here. This is going to be a full rundown of how you, too, can design and create your own accent wall that can serve the purpose to cover up an unsightly wall.
Oh yeah! We’ve actually “finished” a wall around here. :) And it’s a feature wall with board & batten even. And the feeling is … well, awesome!
Because I begged and pleaded and told them about my secret crush on them, Kilz is my primer sponsor for our Key West conch home remodel. I love them to pieces and am excited to share with you why. I will never write a word about their products I don’t believe 100%. You can find my full disclosure here. Confession time. I’ll go first. We bought our first house in 2001. A cute, cute little brick ranch in Indianapolis, Indiana. That had been owned and lived in for over forty years by the same old couple … who were smokers. The house was literally stained with smoke. There were squares on the wall where pictures had hung and the ceilings were more of an ashy grey than the white they had started out. It sounds so prehistoric now, but we hadn’t jumped on the digital camera bandwagon yet so we don’t have any digital photo evidence and I can’t even find our old photo albums to try to scan some pics for you. (I can’t imagine why.) But here’s the outside, hiding all of that smoke stain and stank inside. Cute, right?!?! Well, what is not cute is my personality after painting the same ceiling 5 times. Yep. It was our first house, and we were young and ambitious and bought a little bit of a fixer upper, in the form of all-smoke-stained-surfaces-needed-help.
I don’t think I’ve mentioned how much I love having access to such a great home improvement store only a few minutes away. Since I’m averaging one trip to Home Depot per day, it’s a pretty good thing it’s so close. :) I was just there yesterday talking with the associate in the appliance department about some of their newer options … have you heard of the new slate color for appliances? I might be in love with it. Here’s a great video that will show you why Home Depot is my go-to place for our Key West conch home renovation. Update: The video should be working now, sorry for the confusion.
Have you ever been known to do something? Something that seemed weird to others? Or may not even really seem like a good idea to some? Something that you yourself even question at times? No, I’m not talking about frequenting strip clubs. Get your mind out of the gutter. I’m talking about spackling over cracked paint. I will admit that this is a technique I’ve used since we bought our first house and has always seemed just a bit … I don’t know … like more of a shortcut than a real solution. Even though it always works. Don’t feel like stripping that cracked paint? Just spackle it. Don’t feel like working out to get rid of that extra inch around the waist line? Just put a sweater on. Those two solutions seem like a similar approach. You know?!?! So when I recently went into our local home improvement store to inquire about the best way to paint over cracked paint (not chipping or peeling) on our newly uncovered Dade County Pine ceilings I was flabbergasted to hear the suggestion. Just spackle the crackle.
Celebrating Moms It’s that time of year again. The one where we can focus on the person to blame for all of our idiosyncrasies. Errr, thank them for all that they have done for us through the years. You know, our moms. :) Last year I put together a very heartfelt list of things that are totally my mom’s fault. So this year I thought I’d switch it up a bit and celebrate in a little different way. :) Join us for an exciting giveaway from Save1.com worth $800 in value, and enter for your chance to win one of four Amazon e-gift cards! One winner will receive the Grand Prize of a $500 Amazon e-gift card, and three winners will receive a $100 Amazon e-gift card!