DIY

Sometimes I’m Spontaneous

Sometimes I’m spontaneous.

Ok, often when it involves a DIY project, I’m almost always spontaneous.

The rest of my life is pretty planned out. I have my planner (I’m a paper and pen kind of planner gal)  and all of our family’s activities penciled in, but when I decide it is time for a project….

HOLD ON TIGHT.

This is what happened last week. Dicky and I were talking down in the kitchen and then my eyes started wandering around. He immediately knew what was about to happen. This isn’t the first time this has happened.

“Oh no. What are you thinking? You want to paint something, don’t you?”

“How did you know?”

“I know that look.”

“Ok, I’m going to paint the cabinets this week.”

I know he had to be thinking “Good grief woman.” But he was (as always) behind my craziness.

“Ok, how about I can help with Millie while you paint?”

I. LOVE. HIM. Teamwork at its finest.

There have been seasons where he’s all up in the project with me. But the season we’re in…playing defense with the toddler is the most helpful thing he could offer. If you have little ones at home, you know what I mean.

Sometimes she is helpful. 🙂

WHAT HAVE I STARTED?!?

Once I got started, I knew this was going to be quite possibly one of the biggest projects that I had ever tackled. There was chalk paint and wax on the cabinets. Nothing wrong with that. I had done that on our previous house. But….it was going to take lots of research and elbow grease to figure out how to remove the wax  and then prep the wood before I could move on to the actual painting.

Oh and I had to get this done quickly because we have house guests in 2 weeks. That’s another thing I tend to do. Start a project when there is a deadline coming up. Hey…it makes you work fast.

If you’ve done a big project like this, you know that we rest of the house temporaily falls into a chaotic mess because all of your energy goes towards getting your project done. And we eat lots of Kraft Mac and Cheese. Powdered cheese and all. And use paper plates. And use lots of dry shampoo. All something to stock up on before you start a project. Mac and cheese. Paper plates. Dry shampoo. Grab a big box of goldfish while you’re at it.

I’m planning to share each step of this process with you once I’m all finished. I need to finish the island and our hardware has been ordered and is (hopefully) on its way soon!

This picture makes me laugh. I’m smiling here and feeling all proud of getting the first coat of paint on. Little did I know that a few hours later, the paint would be completely stuck and painted onto that paper that I have the doors laying on.

Uggg.

I wasn’t smiling then. So that’s what NOT to do. Don’t lay your cabinets on paper. I should’ve known better.

I will share all of my tidbits with you once I’m complete, but here are some of the things that I learned during this process…

  1. How to paint over chalk paint and wax. Actually how to remove all of it so that you can paint with a paint other than chalk paint. I had trouble finding a lot of info on this, so I will share with you how I successfully removed it and painted over it.
  2. How to pick a cabinet color that will coordinate with what you already have going on. Sometimes (ok, this is the case most often) it just isn’t in the budget to get new counter tops, so you have to work with what you’ve got going on vs picking the color of your dreams. It all works out in the end.
  3. The best paint for your cabinets! This is my 4th time using this paint and once it is fully cured, a complete DREAM! So durable if you have littles. See where I used it on our front door here.
  4. Get out of your comfort zone when getting new hardware! I’m so excited about the cabinet hardware I ordered. It isn’t something I would normally pick. Here is a little teaser…BRASS IS BACK. At least maybe in the kitchen hardware department.

I should be done soon and I will share with you once I am! I hope you enjoyed a sneak peek and a little dose of reality behind the scenes!

 

DIY or BUY-Farmhouse Chandelier

Ok y’all. I’ve had a few of you tell me that you aren’t crafty or that you don’t want to do the work, but if I could tell you where to buy something then you’d be good with that.

I get it. We are all wired differently.

And although I love to do things myself, sometimes you just gotta buy it.

So I had this great idea to give all of you friends some options.

Today, I’m pretty pumped to share with you the first official (drumroll please)….

DIY or BUY post.

Let’s talk about this chandelier.

I could ooh and ahh over light fixtures all day, but the reality is that all of those small changes and updates can really start to add up quickly.

The faucet updates, new fans, hardware…the list goes on.

The first big thing we did when we moved in was pay painters to help paint the tall foyer. We thought for a hot minute about doing that ourselves but decided not to take that task on.

So since a big part of our budget went towards that, it meant DIY chandelier update versus buying.

If you want to DIY, here is what you’ll need…

-A chandelier or any light fixture of your choice. Don’t worry about the color. We will take care of that in a minute.

Flat black spray paint.

This is the “>paint you want!

You could really go any color, but I was going for an old wrought iron, farmhouse look.

Once you get home with your goodies, it is really pretty simple. Take you chandelier somewhere where you have good ventilation and get to spraying.

*SPRAY PAINT TIP: It is better to do a few light coats than to hold the nozzle down and try can cover in one coat. This will lead to drips and you don’t want that.

Wait until it is nice and dry before you install otherwise it will be sticky and then you’ll have fingerprints all over your chandelier. That would be a spray paint foul.

DIY Farmhouse Chandelier

Do you like that barn door? Read about the day the barn door spoke to me here.

If you want to BUY, here are a few options…

The following are all found on Wayfair and are by Laurel Foundry Modern Farmhouse. You’ll notice that the price goes up as the number of lights on the chandelier goes up.

Shaylee 6-Light Chandelier

Shaylee 8-light Chandelier

Giverny 9-Light Chandelier

Are you an amazon fan?

I found you another 8-Light Chandelier option.

So there you go, friends!

I hope you have fun updating your chandelier, whether you choose to DIY or BUY!

The Day The Barn Door Spoke to Me

The barn door spoke to me. Has that ever happened to you?

Have you ever been walking around at a store or maybe a flea market and you just KNOW that one piece is speaking to you?!

I’m serious.

Like it is saying “You know you need me in your house.”

And then you think, “But what will I do with you?”

Then it says “Figure that out later, lady. If you walk away someone else will snatch me up.”

“YOU. NEED. ME.”

I speak back. “Ok, you’re right. Let’s get you home and then I will explain this to my sweet husband later. Surely he’ll support my vision.”

Yup. That’s pretty much how it went down the day I brought this amazing chippy, rusty, rugged barn door home. I was driving home and had all three girls with me, but I just had to make a quick stop at the consignment store.

You know, just for fun.

I walked into the consignment store to look for chairs. The rest is history. We left with a barn door.

I really tried to walk away 3 different times but I just couldn’t leave without it.

Clearly, not everyone was as thrilled with the purchase.

Let’s take a minute to look up close at the character that this door has.

The rustier the better if you ask me!

If you look closely, you can see tire marks that are still on the door.

I LOVE a piece that has a story behind it.

Sure, we may not always know the story.

But I can only imagine all of the neat places this door could have come from.  So neat to think about.

Well, now what?

I had a big open wall in our dining room that I had been trying to figure out. This would be perfect! And it turns out Mr. Man liked it a lot, too!

After we hung it on the wall, it stayed just like that for about a month. I loved the door but just didn’t know what to put on it or around it.

But then it happened.

We got a Target gift card and my sweet husband said I could use it for whatever I wanted.

I had been eyeing a boxwood wreath for several months but just didn’t want to spend the money.

So I took the gift card and drove myself straight to Target to get my new boxwood wreath.

Boxwood Wreath

I also had a rusty GATHER sign that needed to find its place in our new home.

I LOVE how it all came together!

Painted Front Door

Hi there. I’m guessing you’re here to read about our freshly painted front door.

I WILL tell you all about it.

But first, let me walk you through our morning. Then you’ll see why I chose to do a post about the bright and happy colored front door. Ha.

As I sit here and write this, it is cold and rainy outside.

Anything below 50 degrees and my kids think there is going to be a blizzard before the sun goes down.

I was up from 4:00-6:15 with a “jack in the box” toddler who WOULD NOT stay in her bed.

That girl has will. Can anyone else relate?

But based on all of the self-help websites I was reading at 4:43 am, we are just supposed to out endure the will. I’m not so great at that at 4:43 in the morning, but we did our best. Then we got 15 minutes of sleep before it was time to wake the other two up for school.

We get them off to school. No major problems with the morning.

Phew.

Now get Millie to preschool, and then…breathe.

Nope.

As soon as I was about to walk said toddler out the door for preschool, the school nurse called. A Smith kiddo was down.

I knew I had to lean on the Lord for strength because I didn’t have any on my own this morning.

But I am thankful for family and sweet teachers who have brightened our day. Turned out to be a virus that called for hunkering down and watching movies and resting.

So on this cold and rainy, sleepless Tuesday, I’m thankful for this brightly painted door.

Let me tell you how I did it.

Painted Front Door-Before
My enthusiastic assistant

PREP THE DOOR

If you see any minor nicks, dents, or scratches from the dog (that was our door) then fill them in with a sandable wood filler.

Let any wood filler that you used dry completely. Then lightly sand the sheen down. I didn’t spend too much time on this. Just sand enough to take some of the shine from the previous topcoat down.

After you clean up the mess (there may not be too much of a mess) from sanding, it is time to prime.

I used a shellac primer that I already had on hand and applied with a brush in the crevices and a roller on the rest.

Primer never looks pretty does it? But at this point, it already felt better and brighter in our entryway.

TIME TO PAINT

Now my favorite part. Time to paint.

Use a very fine grit sand paper to sand down any areas where the primer may have dried unevenly. You will want to do this between coats of paint as well.

I used a paint that is newer, Sherwin Williams Emerald Urethane Trim Enamel, and I love how much potential it has. I painted the door about 2 weeks ago and it is still curing, but it already seems very durable. It should be fully cured at 30 days, but we haven’t noticed any problems so far.

This is a newer paint that Sherwin Williams offers. It is a paint that has an enamel mixed in it. This is awesome because it eliminates the step of having to apply a clear topcoat, like a polyurethane. Plus it will be crazy durable.

Fewer steps and more durable…sounds good to me!

The color that I used is Silvermist. I tend to lean towards neutral colors, but I stepped out of the box a little and am so glad that I did. 🙂

I painted with the same application technique that was used for the primer. A brush on the panels and a roller on the flat areas. This paint did dry without any noticeable brush strokes or roller marks.

Interior door painted with Sherwin Williams Urethane Trim Enamel in Silvermist

If you’re wanting a pop of color on your door, go for it!

Save the Pumpkins and Your Money

Let me set the scene for you. It may sound familiar.

It’s October. If you live in Texas, that doesn’t mean much. But we pretend it feels cooler out.

You burn that pumpkin candle. This is the one I’ve been burning lately.

The crockpot is on and you’re making that family favorite soup.

Today is the day.

The day you decorate for fall.

You get those tubs out of the attic and you can’t wait to open them. But when you do, you realize a lot of it is dated and “not your style anymore”.

So you make an action plan.

Go tell hubby that you need to go to Hobby Lobby because fall stuff is 40% off. To which he will remind you that “they always have a sale.”

Darn it. He figured it out.

Sound familiar?! If so, let me share with you what I do in situations like this.

I do go and get maybe one or two new things a season. Nothing big. I’ll sometimes try to wait until the season is over and the price is really marked down. But when all else fails, I paint!

PAINT YOUR OLD PUMPKINS

You will soon learn that about me. My family jokes that if you walk by me, I may paint you.

I’ve tried to do more neutral fall stuff inside the house but I had so many bright orange pumpkins. If you want to update your old pumpkins the way that I did, here is what you’ll need:

-old pumpkins

spray primer for plastic. There are many different brands and I didn’t spend much on it. Just grab whatever you can find at your local hardware store. I did fid it online, but he price was higher than I paid.

-paint in color of your choice (latex or acrylic craft paint would work)

sponge brush

Side note: Another thing you could use is chalk paint. No need to prime with chalk paint and it should stick to your pumpkins just fine.

It is really pretty simple from here. You could even involve the kids and they’d love it! Maybe even give them a few to do their way. Warning…it may end up with 6 googly eyes all over it if you do. We kind of have a thing for googly eyes when we do crafts. Don’t ask me. It just kind of happened. 🤷🏼‍♀️😆👀

First, you’ll want to spray prime the pumpkins. As soon as it dries, you’re ready to paint.

I used sponge brushes to paint but I guess any brush that you have on hand would work. I did 2 coats of paint on most pumpkins and then they were good to go.

I hope this helps you update your fall decor and stay within your budget, too!