My Painted Kitchen Cabinets – Five Years Later

Since we have been on the subject of kitchen cabinets lately, I thought perhaps y’all would appreciate an update on the ones I painted five years ago. Truth be told they aren’t holding up that well, so if I can keep someone from making the same mistakes I did that would be great. So five years ago Adam and I took this dated, boring, builder … [Read more...]



Ten home improvement projects I would do again

Well, I didn't really expect to be sitting around my house writing posts this week, but alas, here I am...41 weeks pregnant. According to the doctor there are no signs that I will go into labor in the next week, so he scheduled me for an induction on Wednesday if nothing happens before then. I'm praying it doesn't come to that though, because … [Read more...]



Ten home improvement projects I won’t be repeating

  1. Raw mdf trim Adam and I have replaced all the trim in our house (except the master bedroom, but we'll get there) and have learned a lot. We started out in the living room and chose 6 inch raw MDF that we routed ourselves (because money was our biggest concern). We ended up doing this in all the main areas of the house so that … [Read more...]

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My Painted Shower – One Year Later

Last October I did something crazy....I painted my shower. The post I wrote about the process has become one of my most popular, probably because (much like my paper bag flooring) it's just an unusual concept. Anyway, since it's been over a year I figured its high time for an update. After all, whats the point of posting crazy tutorials if I'm not … [Read more...]



Guest Room Paper Flooring (and why I’m disappointed with it)

This summer I started redoing my guest room, and the first step was new flooring. I wanted to do paper bag floors, mostly because they're cheap and beautiful, but also because I wanted the flooring to match in my boy's room and the guest room (they're right next to each other). CLICK HERE TO READ MY ORIGINAL POST ABOUT INSTALLING PAPER BAG … [Read more...]



40 Bags in 40 Days – The Results

The 40 bags in 40 days challenge ended a couple of weeks ago...how did everyone do? I did pretty well. My house still isn't an organized haven, and I wasn't the ruthless, hard-hearted, clutter destroying machine that I had hoped to be...but I still got my 40 bags. More than 40 actually. When I first read about this challenge 40 bags sounded like a … [Read more...]



The Paper Flooring Experiment, Part IV – Misfit Questions & Other Resources

  Can I paper over tile? Yes, it actually works really well. This tile has some bumps and ridges to make it look more natural, and it shows through the paper and looks pretty cool, almost like real stone (if my stain job wasn't so terrible). Just know that if you paper over tile the grout lines will very clearly show. I don't … [Read more...]

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The Paper Flooring Experiment, Part III – Sealer Options

#8 Parks (RustOleum) Water based Poly for Floors - $40 a gallon Look familiar? That's because it is...this is the sealer that I used to seal my boys floor. It finished dead last, much to my horror. Although there is a silver lining - I was somewhat impressed with it after a year of use, so if the worst performer held up alright then you really … [Read more...]

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The Paper Flooring Experiment, Part II – Stain Options

 Welcome to round two of my most well researched project ever! The first part of this experiment covered paper options for flooring (read that post HERE if you missed it), this one is all about stain. Oil based vs. water based, different colors, etc. Everyone has a different opinion on oil based and water based products, I personally like … [Read more...]



The Paper Flooring Experiment, Part I – Paper Options

Builders Paper You can pick this paper up at Home Depot near the paint section, it costs about $11 for a 140 ft roll (it will last you forever). This is the paper that I used in my boy's room. Here are my observations about it... The thickest of all the papers. The darkest of all the papers The most difficult to rip and crumple … [Read more...]

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My Paper Bag Floor – One Year Later

Well here it is, the post everyone has been waiting for me to write. I installed a floor made of brown paper and polyurethane in my boy's room last year (read that post HERE), and since then I have gotten a ton of questions about it. The original tutorial post currently has 645 comments, most of them questions that I have done my best to answer and … [Read more...]



My Butcher Block Countertops, Two Years Later

A few weeks ago I got an e-mail from a reader asking me to write a post about how our butcher block countertops are holding up. I have to admit, I'm a little embarrassed I didn't think of this myself....of course I should write a follow-up post. My main concern when we choose them was how they would hold up over time and I'm sure many of you are … [Read more...]



Sometimes I Give Terrible Advice – A Plate Wall Update

I mess up a lot of DIY projects. In fact, I mess up nearly every single one, though usually I am able to fix my mistakes before I blog about it and give y'all terrible advice. That was not the case with my plate wall though (original post HERE). After hanging the plate wall I waited a couple of weeks to blog about it to make sure all was well. … [Read more...]