Thursday, March 10, 2016


We have a narrow hallway upstairs and all the doors are very dark stained wood.   It made the hallway seem dark, narrow and depressing.  

You can see how narrow the hall is.

I initially painted the hallway using Valspar paint in a satin finish, the color is called Ghost Ship.  The picture makes it look like a light blue but it is actually a pale blue with gray tones.  I thought the light color would open up the hallway, it didn't the hall was still way too dark and gloomy.

So I decided to paint the doors white but I had some misgivings about painting over the wood, but I knew I wanted a brighter hallway and the only way to do that was to paint the wood doors.

As you know there are a million different shades of white, so after looking at what seemed like a 100 different types of white and comparing them in different light, I ended up using Lowe's Valspar paint in white, (just plain old white) in a semi-gloss finish, which worked out great since I already had a can of that paint in the garage. 

As with any painting project, first we had to prep the doors. We sanded the doors, sanding in such an enclosed space was not fun.  (I really hate sanding, but there is no way to get around it on most jobs.)  I'm happy to say that I didn't have to use a primer on the doors since the Valspar paint is paint and primer in one.  I also didn't remove the doors to paint them. 

The project only took one day with the help of my kids.

It is amazing what a little paint can do.

I think the hallway is much brighter, and the white also widens up the space.   I also painted the wall below the chair rail white.

It was hard to get a good picture due to the limited space, but I think it shows what a difference the doors painted white makes.

We have been working on the house for sometime, I enjoy it (most of the time), I also like the fact that something as simple as painting the doors white can have such a huge impact.  

Here is a side by side comparison:

Now that it is almost spring, I feel rejuvenated and ready to tackle more projects around the house.  Stay tuned.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016


We are still working on so many projects around the house. However we took a break last weekend.

I didn't want to tackle any big projects, but I felt the need to do something.  I took a look at all my projects in waiting that are in the garage and I saw a vase I had gotten from Goodwill months earlier.

I saw the vase on the table behind some junk projects, and decided to dust it off and finally get around to making it pretty.

I liked the shape of the vase, but the pink and blue. Ugh!  My plan was to paint it,  but somehow I never got around to it and it sat in the garage collecting dust.  

I had some white spray paint on hand and it took three coats of paint and this is how it looks now.

I think it looks a lot better.   No more pink and blue. 

I was too lazy to go out and get fresh flowers so I had some silk ones and gave it a try.  I think it will look great with some fresh flowers.  Now I just have to find the perfect spot for it.  

Not bad for a 10 minute DIY.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016


We were in need of a dining room table.  I had been searching for a table I liked and not having much luck.  I saw some really nice tables at Restoration Hardware, but they cost too much, I refused to pay over $2,000.00 for a dining room table. Call me cheap,  (I actually am)  so I guess you can call me that.  

I began looking at Consignment and Thrift Stores and I still wasn't able to find anything I liked in my price range. Then one day I was leaving a thrift store and I saw a table leaning up against the wall outside of the store.

As you can see the table was stained with paint.  It looked like it might have been used as a craft table.  When I saw it, I knew it was the one for me paint stains and all.  I asked how much for the table and they asked me how much I wanted to pay. I said $20.00, and he said "sold".  

I was happy with my $20.00 find and knew I could pretty her up.  

At first I thought I would paint it because of all the paint stains on the top.

As you can see the stains were bad and some of them seemed like they had bled through the wood.  

So I set the table up in my garage while I took a little time (maybe more than a little) to decide what to do with my horribly stained table.

I finally decided to strip off the finish, which didn't take too long to do. Most of the paint came off but there were a few places where it was deep in the wood grain.  

So I sanded, and sanded, and sanded some more until a got a smooth finish.  It took a lot of time and patience but it paid off in the end.

Next I had to decide what type of finish to use on the table top.  At first I was going to stain it a walnut color, but I liked the color of the natural wood so I decided to leave the natural finish and just wax the top.  

I used SC Johnson Paste Wax. It took four coats and lots of buffing inbetween each coat.

I liked the way natural wood finish of the top looks with the wax.  Next, I decided to paint the bottom of the table and the table legs.  I wanted white, but not bright white so I went with Paper White by Sherwin Williams.  

I now love my $20.00 table.

I am glad I didn't give up on my search for a dining room table. I'm also glad I didn't spend a lot of money but got a table I love.  

In an upcoming post I will tell you all about how I made over the china cabinet and chairs.   

Friday, February 12, 2016

Powder Rooms I Love

I love this bathroom - Here

As you know from my previous posts we are working on making over our powder room.  Right now the room is stripped down to the studs.  While we haven't really done anything to it this week I have been dreaming about what it will be.

Here are some of my inspirations:

I like the muted colors of this bathroom.  

I like the use of space in this bathroom:  Here

This is a great idea for that bathroom I want to redo. Same size and layout.:

The bathroom above looks very small but they worked with the space they had, I especially like the pedestal sink, it really opens up the space.  Our powder room is tiny so I am thinking of going with a pedestal sink also.  

I also like these dramatic bathrooms, some with large pattern wallpaper like these:



These bathrooms are lovely and quite dramatic.  While I won't be going that bold, I like the fact that when you are dealing with such a small room you can be a little more dramatic.
Right now, we are still trying to decide on what sink and toilet to buy, so I have some time until we get to the fun part of decorating.  

Friday, February 5, 2016

My DIY Sunburst Mirror

I have always wanted a sunburst mirror.  I would look in the magazines and on the different blogs and there was a large variety.  Since I love DIY I decided I could make one. I saw some good ones on the blogs:


These were all great and they all have great tutorials but I still didn't see what I was looking for.   So time passed and still no sunburst mirror for me.  I was going to give up, I was beginning to think that sunburst mirrors were a thing of the past, so 2014.  I have been seeing them now for a couple of years but then I don't really follow trends, I go with what I like. So I didn't give up on my quest, I just put it on the back burner, as I have with so many unfinished projects.  

Then one day I was in a thrift store and really didn't see anything I liked, I was about to leave empty handed when I spotted something just thrown up on a shelf underneath a lot of junk.

A vintage sunburst clock.  I didn't just see a broken old clock, I saw my Sunburst Mirror.  You can see the price $4.74, I thought "score".   

I removed the clock even though it was vintage.  I didn't want or need a clock and besides I thought the clock was very small and would be hard to see, but I loved the style and shape.

I decided to pain it silver, metallic silver.  

As soon as I painted it, I realized I hated the silver color and the mirror was too small.   That's what I get for trying to be super cheap, I mean thrifty.  I had used a mirror I had on hand from another project, instead of buying one that would be a better fit.  I found that I liked the original color better, the brassy gold.  So, I went and got some gold spray paint and a larger mirror.  

Here is the sunburst mirror that inspired me it's from Ethan Allen, it was $239.00 Here.  Which is way more than I wanted to spend. 

This is my DIY Sunburst Mirror after: 

The total cost for the mirror was $12.12.   I spent $4.74 for the clock, $3.50 for the mirror, and $3.88 for the spray paint.   I love how it came it.  I don't know if the sunburst mirrors are passe or not,  but I love it and I think it looks great in my living room.   I may be bias but I actually like my DIY Sunburst mirror better than the one from Ethan Allen.