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
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
Holy 2014! Where did you come from exactly? Hopefully you had a festive new year celebration. It is odd for Joel to not have to work on NYE so we enjoyed our own little night of merriment and saw our first Key West new year’s eve party live. Funny enough we actually saw the coverage of Key West’s new year’s eve party last year from Curacao on CNN. Yes, we were home, just us and the dogs, watching the world celebrate. We are rock stars like that. Remember the wall-to-wall closet we made for our guest bedroom way back in 2013? She has definitely come in handy to house all of our stuff that doesn’t have a real home yet. Right now that consists of all of my project supplies, lamps and lamp shades, vacuums, unhung artwork (which is basically all of anything we have ever hung on a wall except these guys) and all of my clothes and shoes can be found in there. Oh, not-yet-built-master-closet how I yearn for you. I have high hopes for more organization in time as we get to creating what I hope to become a craft corner in the guest room and an office nook on a wall between the living and dining room. But, until then, this closet is probably my most used accessory. And, what once looked like the picture above, after a few short months started to look more like this. One thing that I’ve learned from our house guests that doesn’t translate well on the blog is just how tall these guys are. They are a full 8 feet tall, which is the height of the ceilings in many houses. Our ceilings are 9 1/2 feet tall throughout the house and I guess I don’t do a good job … continue reading
Tip #1 Blurred Lines by Robin Thicke is an excellent song to stain to. I guess that’s a matter of personal preference, but I don’t think I’ll ever be able to walk in the guest bedroom again without singing “Everybody get up”. And I stained that floor long before all of this Miley twerking business and I refuse to let her ruin it for me. :) The Billboard Top 100 list was my closest companion during this hardwood floor restoration process so I’m going to give you the billboard chart of hardwood floor sanding and staining tips and tricks!
I’m going to start right out and say that I was more than skeptical when Kilz sent along some of their Kilz Klear for me to try on my newly drywalled walls.* *Side note – spell checker does not like the use of the word drywall as a verb. But since I often find myself in the act of drywalling I will insist on continuing to use it in such a manner. It’s like funner and bestest and those other non-words that really are words. I apologize to all of the grammar fanatics out there. :) I gave you a sneak peek when my cousin was here. And it really wasn’t my strategy, but I ended up tasking her with the priming and am now realizing that if it hadn’t worked out I would’ve been totally justified in blaming her for her poor application skillz. :)
A few months back I showed you one of the biggest DIY lessons we learned the hard way. And yesterday I showed you a little trick we use every so often around here when good drywall intentions go bad. And today I’m going to share a little story with you. Happy Saturday btw. About 12 years ago, right after we bought our first house … look at her, isn’t she a cutie?!?!
So we’re tearing out walls and building them back. And resurrecting old wood slat walls. And adding wood and rope accent walls. And all the while we running new electric and updating old electric and using old outlet holes that have previously been cut and cutting our new holes in new drywall. Like so.
Look at us go. Day #4 of the 31 day series and things seem to be going strong without a hitch. Get started at the beginning here. And I’ll apologize now if there’s a delay in adding this weekend’s links to the main page. I’m headed to Cali, baby!! That’s right, I’ve been sharing pictures all week on my Instagram feed from when Joel and I lived in Carmel, CA and I am beside myself excited to be heading back.
I would love to be able to say “So, I tackled the next project on our to-do list and I’m here today to tell you about it. Our brand new DIY wooden mailbox.” But the truth is, that’s not at all how things happen around here. :) Seemingly unrelated question – Do you travel to have girls’ weekends with your friends? Not to alienate any male readers. Next week we’ll talk about guys’ trips.* *no we won’t
Hello hello!! Happy week to you! We are having a great time with my dad and his girlfriend, Catharine. Between house projects, sunset sails and walks around town we’re fitting as much Key West fun into this “vacation” as possible. Now, most people’s idea of a vacation doesn’t include something like this …
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. :)
Holy heck … we made a wood bed frame!
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.
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.
We are definitely getting a taste of what rainy season is like in southern Florida. :) While I actually don’t mind the rain, it isn’t doing anything to help our floor curing situation. :) It was recommended to give them 3 full days to cure, but with this damp weather and humidity we were told it wouldn’t hurt to add on some extra time. And while we’re extraordinarily excited to keep making progress in there, after all the work to get the floors looking so nice, the last thing we want to do is rush in and scratch them up. But she is definitely starting to look mighty fine. :)