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. 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. :)
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. :)
If I had a nickel for every time I’ve said “thank goodness for this little pry bar” I’d at least have ten cents be loaded. :) But seriously, these little guys have proven invaluable so far in our full house renovation process. It’s no secret, I’m a big fan of all things power tool, but if you’re looking to make a little investment in a tool and you have some demolition or building projects in your future I highly recommend both the flat edged pry bar and the nail puller, we call the cat’s paw, with more claw-like ends.