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
So, something funny happened to me when I was in Chicago. I got on the treadmill. haha That alone isn’t funny, but it kind of reminded me that it had been a loooong time since I’d actually gone for a run. And I can have a tendency to love a good jog, so it’s funny that I’ve gone so long without one. And then something notatall funny happened. I was going to buy a shirt at the concert, so I tried on a larger size than I normally do, knowing the sizes tend to run snug on those kinds of shirts, and when I turned to Sue to ask her if it was too tight, she said, what all best friends would say, “It’s fitted.” Except that’s not at all what I would have said. I’m not the girl who always has the right thing to say. I would have had more of a “I can see your every bulge” look on my face that would have spoken for itself and been inadvertently offensive at the same time. Anyway, for those two little reasons I’ve come home and ventured down the path of trying to find some new healthy things to add into my day and I decided it was high time I tried my hand at something I’ve heard many people try, fat-free baked kale chips. This is what kale looks like raw, incase, like me, you’d need to take a double-take when looking for it in the grocery store. And I surprised myself with how much I ended up loving them. You know, there’s the kind of food love that is just because it’s awesome, like peanut butter cups and fluffernutter (affiliate link) and pie. And then there’s the “I love this because it doesn’t taste like charcoal and … 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
One of the reasons that we weren’t able to work on our living room progress in a normal working order is because we wanted to insulate the attic before we drywalled it in. Turns out we are leaving a small access opening in the front of the house so it didn’t really matter. #BestLaidPlans Buuuuut, I choose to believe it is all for the best because if we had the drywall up already it would have made it nearly impossible for me to hear Joel while he was maneuvering his way around our cramped little attic with the long hose attached to the loud insulation blower. It was a bit of a Marco Polo situation as it was, so all’s well that ends well, right?!?!
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. :)
Well, we did it! We made through the 31 day series! It has been so fun for me to share some simple yet sometimes overlooked tips and tricks we’ve picked up along the way. And a few things that didn’t really work out, like that garbage can trick, and I’m still not sure about the bottle cutting thing. I am oddly rejuvenated to get back on the home renovation wagon and forge full steam ahead toward some serious progress. We’re on the cusp of some BIG changes around here. Joel and I keep saying “we’ll be living like normal people before we know it”. And yes, that involves moving our furniture out of our side yard and into our house! #Can’tWaitForThatDay But, let’s get this series wrapped up pretty with a bow before we shift gears.
My official answer is … I think so. :) Update: My official-official answer … not well enough to be a fun craft project. :( Decisive, I know. But here’s the deal, my BFF Sue tried it over the summer and totally couldn’t get it to work. And when my very Proud younger cousin who enjoyed her recent visit said she had also tried and couldn’t get it to work I knew I had to give it a go. So I gathered my supplies.
So I bought corn on the cob before my cousin got here because a) I wanted to try this trick and, b) she loves corn on the cob.* *Truth be told I had no idea about b, that was just a happy coincidence. But, we never got around to it. What, between sanding and priming and drag shows and all. You’ll need to be following along my Instagram feed if you want to see pictures of that last part. Let’s just say the costumes equaled FABULOUS! :) And our corn ended up looking like this.
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?!?!
This little tip comes to you all out of necessity. You know how I taped a video tutorial for you from our hotel room earlier this week? Well, I decided at the last-minute to take a little road trip with Joel after my cousin left. Joel had a meeting, I knew where he was going would be beautiful …
So my friend Carrie posted today about one of those super simple tricks that works in seconds and uses something you most likely have around the house. And I thought, hello, this is a thing I need to know and can’t believe I didn’t already. The trick to removing sap … I’m from Maine for crying out loud … I should know these kinds of things. :)
Are there even professional fitted sheet folders out there? I have no idea, but I learned a technique about 10 years ago that has worked for me without fail over the years so I thought I would share it with you.
Happy Monday!! Hey, thanks for letting me catch a little breather over the weekend. I dropped my cousin at the airport early this morning after a fun filled weekend. Fantasy Fest has officially started here in Key West. If you don’t know what that is, like me when we moved here 10 months ago, google it. But be very careful if you choose to do a google image search. I’m just sayin’. But, all this talk of my cousin on vacation and this being one of the biggest vacation weeks in Key West, it seems like a good time to share a little idea for where to hide your money on vacation.
Hey hey!! Day 17 baby!! I’m equal parts impressed and surprised that we’re keeping the streak alive. Who knew we had it in us? My cousin is visiting and it doesn’t hurt that she makes me breakfast and cleans my kitchen and does my dishes while I write up a tip each day. I think it’s a fair deal, right?!?! So today I’m going to toss out a little tip that is all about the white glue. They are actually all things that I’ve already shown on the blog in different projects here or there. But since they’re techniques I use a lot and love I thought a little synopsis was in order.
Ok, it’s well documented that me and the kitchen aren’t always on speaking terms, but that doesn’t mean that I don’t have a few tricks up my sleeve that I try to work into every meal I do get around to cooking. Now, seriously, did you know cabbage is a superfood? I did not until about 3 years ago.
So, I definitely don’t consider myself an expert on furniture transformations, although I’m not afraid to give anything a try. But I helped a friend of mine give her cute little bike cart an aged look recently and I noticed one big hesitation she had through the entire thing that I kept saying “this is the trick to an authentic looking aged paint technique”. And I thought, if this was news to her it might be news to you, too. First, her cute little bike cart.
Ok, so maybe you see a bed frame or headboard/footboard set you absolutely love but they are not the right size for your bed? Or maybe you think you’ll try your hand at making a bed frame and decided to make the measurements 2 inches bigger than your mattress on all sides for some silly reason. Here are a whole list of things I did while making the bed frame that I highly recommend you do not. :) Either way, here’s a super simple way to fake a bigger bed than you actually have.