On a Roll


Sometimes long projects can make you feel like you could use a good rest before beginning the next one. And sometimes, they do exactly the opposite and give you more energy to tackle other spots in the house. And after seeing such a dramatic change in my dining room last week, I was on a roll (as in, roller?) – I decided that the long-awaited hallway paint job would finally be done. One room at a time is for (Thanks, by the way, for all of your awesome comments on the dining room paint last … [Read more...]

How to Paint a Tall Hallway Above Stairs

hall ceiling

I've said it before, and I'll say it again... one room at a time is for suckers. At least, that's how I justify skipping around from project to project like I do. I don't seem to have the ability to simply focus on one room at a time, and it's often to my detriment. Instead of one room being finished, I have basically all rooms in this house at some type of percentage of completion. And that means living in my own personal brand of hell chaos. But, in my defense, sometimes it's a matter of … [Read more...]

Giant Baby Steps: Hanging the Stair Handrail

hanging the stair handrail

As a DIYer who does a large number of projects solo, I'd like to think that I've improved in a number of ways.  Sure, the typical DIY stuff can be a challenge (knowing what materials to use, how long things might take, the constant measuring & re-measuring, etc.), but for me, there is an entirely different obstacle:  figuring out how to do something without extra hands involved. It's not that I don't have friends and family who will gladly help if asked.  But, as often happens in this … [Read more...]

Staircase Update No. 374: Runner Me This

That number is completely made up.  But let's jump right in!  Looky what I'm considering: I know when I updated you last week, I mentioned using color for my stairs.  Lots of it.  And I think that sounds awesome.  But when I spotted these black and white curtain panels at Ikea last week, I fell in love with the pattern.  I can't explain it, but I had to take them home to try them out.  In all honesty, it was probably the fact that for $12.99, I can cover more than half of my stairs with … [Read more...]

Corbel Contemplating

When I picked up this corbel a few weeks ago, I thought that it might wind up as a nightstand in the guest bedroom similar to how other bloggers have done here and here. But now, I'm thinking it's too pretty and quirky to tuck away in a bedroom that I haven't actually had anyone sleep in since moving in (which is mostly my fault as it hasn't taken priority to actually decorate over the other rooms like the one with a working toilet).  Now, I'm thinking that this little decorative nugget … [Read more...]

Dueling DIY: Stair Runner Tryouts


Usually, the first rule learned in DIY is that things don't always work out the first time around.  As evidenced so far with my terrible idea to paint the stairs white.  I'm glad I've since come to my senses and painted them black in the epically long challenge Kit and I dubbed Dueling DIY, but the question I seem to get the most often is: with Charlie walking around on them, do they ever get scratched? Yes, of course they do.  And last night, I took a picture to show ya.  That last step on … [Read more...]

Fifteen Wall Surfaces

entryway bench

I briefly mentioned it yesterday, but it bears repeating: there are fifteen different wall surfaces in this house that are turning from a medium tan to a light greige. Among these surfaces include: the hallway to the kitchen (done) the entryway nook (done) the bow window in the living room (halfway complete) the wall along the fireplace (not yet started) the support wall separating the living room and staircase (not yet started) the (obnoxiously tall) staircase walls (meh - maybe … [Read more...]

The Other Bright Side

Guess what next week is?  Finals.It's actually just one final.  And I know what you're thinking: wasn't I just complaining about starting the semester a month ago?  And wasn't I complaining about an exam last week?Yes - yes, I was.  Because I wasn't paying attention when I signed up for my Tuesday graduate school classes and unwittingly took on a "mini mester" course in addition to my normal two-classes-every-other-Saturday schedule.  Before I knew it, I was staring down the barrel of an eight … [Read more...]

A Day Off

Nowadays, having "the day off" from work hardly means that I get to actually spend time doing leisure activities.  Instead, I'm usually hard at work on the house.  And then I take a nap or take the dog to the park and allow myself to do a little leisure reading before getting right back to DIY.Since I have "the day off" today, I'm taking advantage of the sunlight and photographing a few projects I've been meaning to show you.  You see, I get most of my DIY done at night, which is less than … [Read more...]

Entryway Changes & An Atlanta Discovery

Today's post is sponsored by Simons.  All thoughts and opinions are 100% mine.I must learn to weld.  That's the thought when I saw this entryway:I have found an entryway that perfectly demonstrates what I want mine to look like.  Only this one was created by Life begins at thirty, right? (love that blog name).  The changes I'd make to turn this look into my own:  handmade art (something like one of these springs to mind), different rug, and a black newel post. That's about it.  It's stunning, … [Read more...]

Dueling DIY: Decisions, Decisions

every other

It's time for another update on the staircase showdown... Kit's been quiet this week.  I figured it was either that elves had kidnapped her, or she was really working hard to recover from the smackdown I'd laid last week.  As for my progress this week?  Meh: Not much looks like it has changed since last week for me.  I could say that it's all thanks to a finance exam that took priority earlier in the week, but believe it or not, I've still made progress.  It only looks like little change … [Read more...]

Dueling DIY: Primed and Ready


It's time for another update on the most exciting competition about staircases you've ever seen... Come to think of it, I hope this Dueling DIY is the only competition you've ever seen about staircases.  Not because I want to be original... but because if you have seen multiple staircase competitions, I think you should question your lifestyle choices.  Go outside, would ya? Anywho, I made some significant progress on the stairs.  And I had a helpful visitor swing by, too: Mom wanted to … [Read more...]