Let’s just start right out with this since it makes me laugh out loud. Let’s just say that my first afternoon attempt at using a paint sprayer didn’t go as planned. It was actually kind of another one of those “what I learned about my husband while trying to learn how to use a paint sprayer” days. Like the whole closet door making experience. Just getting started in trying to get this thing figured out was just kind of intimidating to us. It has been looming over our head in our shed for months and we were finally to the stage where we’d picked out a color we wanted to try and it was time to give it a go. So Joel took a nap. :) Yeah, he wanted no part of what was sure to be a paint sprayer fiasco. Smart, smart man. And lesson learned, this guy really does hate painting as much as he claims. But, want to see something cool? I figured it out! Well, that is not entirely true, but more details on that in a minute. I actually instagrammed this picture as it was happening and many thought this was white paint. It’s actually Dewey House Grey, it is a custom color that matches a hotel in town. We liked it and knew we would have to get our color approved by the historic approval committee so we thought an easy way to go would be to pick a color that had already been approved. We figured there was no sense getting our hearts set on a color just to have it denied. And see how it’s so much lighter on the right, in the sun, than on the left, in the dark. We’re realizing the “50 shades of gray always a different shade … continue reading
Alternate titles in consideration for this post were “that day I was thankful the neighbors weren’t around”, “I guess painting isn’t like riding a bike” and “dude, ladders are hard”. All I can say is that I really was happy no one saw me fall off my ladder on our front porch the other day. Yep, that totally happened. And my paint tray went flying onto the sidewalk and this happened. Not my finest moment, but one of those four little ladder legs got unruly and slipped off the porch while I was painting the ceiling joists on the underside of the porch ceiling and although I saved myself, there was really nothing I could do about the sidewalk. Let’s take a look at a little illustration, please don’t be distracted by the man powerwashing in the photo, that really has nothing to do with anything. There is about a 5 inch gap between the edge of the patio and the front wall where there used to be weeds flowers. I’m not exactly sure how the ladder leg got in there, but at some point while I was painting over my head I lost track of what was happening below my feet and things got hairy. But just for a second. I wasn’t hurt, well, maybe my ego, but after a quick perusal of the street there was a sigh of relief for no witnesses. Heck, the tourist train could have been going by with some unsuspecting tourist getting me on their vacation video. Aaaanyway, it’s never dull around here. :) The front porch progress so far has included Joel using the scariest tool he ever used to grind off nails poking through the bottom of our porch roof and then we finished up the trim around our new exterior siding. … continue reading
I feel like celebrating this hardiboard siding installation accomplishment, but before I go giving myself a pat on the back I feel like a little background information is in order to explain how we got to our new look. Maybe it’s because this project actually started over Labor Day 2013, that would be almost 5 months ago for any other score keepers out there. Granted, she is a far cry from finished, but remember the peach paint, faux brick facade, stubby windows and unfortunate brown color shutters that made us say “we need to own this house” back in April 2013? That photo hurts my head. We knew if we were going to make any significant impact on the overall curb appeal of our diamond in the rough the whole front look of her needed a facelift. So we hired a small crew who worked over Labor Day weekend and got rid of that awkward 3-roof-line look and raised the roof on the front part of the house to line up with the gable we had over the rest of the house. Here’s another shot of the roof raising in process. Here they are leveling the new ridge board, the length of that shows the length of the roof we raised, it’s just over 6 feet of new vaulted ceiling. That we still adore. You can also see on the section on the right where they heightened the wall, they framed it in with 2 x 6s so it would stick out farther than the previous exterior wall so we could hang the siding over the old faux brick. Oh faux brick, how we don’t miss you one iota. Once we had the new exterior framed out to a flat surface, all the deets on that here, and all of the … continue reading
So, here’s the deal. Last August I posted about my DIY dilemma and got so many great responses. Basically, I asked you guys a few questions and you responded with some answers and more questions of your own. One thing many of you mentioned is that you’d like to see more photos in and around Key West and I plan to focus on that in 2014. I totally failed on that idea around Christmas, there were so many decorated houses with fun lights, like a fishing Santa complete with moving fishing pole and swimming dolphins, and I just never got around to heading out on the town at night with my camera. This year, I swear. And then there was this great comment that Kim left on the post: “I love your blog. I always wonder: What do you do for meals and how you manage the pets and kids when you are knee-deep in renovations? How do you do your day job with all this work? Where do you sleep and eat and get some clean space? What does it all cost? How do you decide what you will do yourself and what you will contract out? How did you learn how to do this in the first place? What is safe for me to do and what will I mess up? How would I be able to finish/apply this project at home?” And I responded: “I think I’ll actually write up a post to address all of these questions … because they’re all really good ones and deserve a thorough answer!!!” So, 5 months later, here it is, wicked sorry for the delay! What do you do for meals? I’m no chef but we do seem to manage to eat well in spite of the renovation madness. … continue reading
Because it’s never enough to have dad help with just one project, we also tackled a little preparation for the new lighting in the vaulted entry!
Here’s a handy list of some things that could, if you’re not perfect, possibly, maybe go wrong while making a wood bed frame. I mean, if it were someone else making the bed. In spite of it all, here is how my bedframe turned out here. Let’s just agree that these problems didn’t happen to me. And that these are pictures I found online from someone else’s bed making attempt. I know what you’re going to think, “it’s crazy that the random person’s yard and room and bed frame looks just like mine” … I thought the exact same thing. :)
Well, somehow I did it again this year. A random idea for an easy pumpkin craft popped into my brain and just like that I made a pumpkin. Out of a slinky. Seriously.
Everything happens for a reason, right?!? So when we got delayed by a week on our hardwood floor restoration adventure we had a little extra time to over analyze the situation.
Did you hear the one about the DIYers who rented the wrong floor sander? Yeah, that totally happened. But, what is it they say, all’s well that ends well and albeit a weekend later than expected we managed our own hardwood floor restoration in the guest bedroom. Holla!!
Clearly we’re still talking about drywall and spackle here. ;) And it’s impossible to drywall without ending up with a few butt joints. You know, the butt joint, it’s when two edges of drywall come together that aren’t the manufactured, tapered edges. Raise your hand if you think it needs a new name.
Hey, hey! Happy Thursday!! I showed you a little sneak peek of what we’re currently working on in the room here. (Ummmm, please tell me that picture makes you as excited as it does me!!) But I didn’t just want to skip over the ever important “smooth walls would be nice” part!
Now, I’m not usually a “right fighter”. You know the type. Where justification for pretty much everything comes down to “because it’s the right thing to do”. But I’ve had a few moments in this guest bedroom renovation where I just wanted “because I don’t want to” to be justification enough to actually not do something. Ummm, hello pressed sawdust covered walls.
I saw this funny e-card the other day that said something like “Now remember ladies, chevron is the new floral wallpaper”. Funny, right?!?! And it makes me wonder, what would be the e-card for drop ceilings? I’m not nearly witty enough to think of any right now, but I know you guys are. :)
Happy, happy Friday everyone! I hope you had a great 4th! I’ve been plugging away on the guest bedroom remodel … before surrendering for the afternoon yesterday to get this mess of a construction zone house in order to host some friends for a BBQ.
So this happened. Sorry for the bad, I can’t believe this was hiding under the carpet, picture.
Hey hey! Happy Friday!! I am going to jump right in and say I feel like we’ve been purging money lately. :( You know, just walking out into the street and throwing my hands up in the air and letting loose handfuls of cash. Then just watching it blow away into the universe. Ugh, I can feel my heart rate increasing as I think about. There aren’t many things less appealing than spending money to this thriftress.
So, we told you last week that we called in the professionals to whip our hardwood floors into shape. The timing actually worked out perfect since we had a friend come to visit for the week. So I could do some gallivanting around Key West and still feel like things were happening around the house. Extra points to me for slacking off and still ending up with floors that look like this right now. :) (And if you like gallivanting pictures, they all go down on Instagram, I’m @thespacebetweenblog.)