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Dueling DIY: Come At Me, Bro

Oh, it’s on, you guys.

One of the things I’ve enjoyed about blogging is that I’ve connected with a few other DIYers on a personal level.  As in actual phone calls and texts like real friends and sharing the latest personal life developments with each other.  One of the bloggers that falls into this category is Kit from DIY Diva.  If you don’t already follow her amazing blog, Kit is hilarious.  And she’s also totally nuts for buying an old farmhouse at auction while sitting in a bar (without ever having walked inside).  She’s a single woman renovating her house just like me, and she’s got she’s got just the right balance of determination and brutal honesty that makes reading her blog addictively entertaining.

Her amazing stories aside, Kit and I both share something else in common:  we do a lot of projects at once.  As I mentioned earlier this week, sometimes that’s out of my control (when someone offers to help on a part of the house that’s not on your mental list of things to tackle this week, you say thank you and do it anyway).  Sometimes, it’s because someone offers you a kick in the pants to finish off a project that’s been bugging you ever since you moved in.

The conversation pretty much went like this:  she wants to reno her staircase.  I have a staircase too.  She knows that I want to redo the railing and work a little black magic into the look (and that the all-white is perpetually dirty thanks to a dirty, shedding dog).  This really shouldn’t be that hard of a project to complete.  But I’ve got six other projects going on at any other given moment.  And, shocker, most of them require running up and down the stairs (like ripping out the master bathroom).

So Kit’s challenge is that we both throw down at the same time.  Both work on our staircases from start to finish.  Someone will finish first.  That same person might also finish best.  But in the end, we’ll both be able to cross a project off the endless lists that never seem to get anything crossed off before moving on.  We’re calling it Dueling DIY.  The winner gets bragging rights.  Or maybe a photoshopped image of one of us standing in triumph over the other.

When it comes to my project, and what you’ll see on this blog in the coming weeks, I plan to:

  • scrub everything down
  • paint the treads black
  • re-hang the handrail we ripped out of the wall when moving in (also after painting it black)
  • paint the handrail that’s still connected to the wall
  • touch up any white paint that I half-assed when I last painted the stairs
  • add a runner up the middle for Charlie’s slippery feet
  • possibly create some amazing artwork out of all of the empty beer bottles and caps I’ll have after painting a staircase night after night and drinking away my sanity

So, Kit, I accept your challenge.  Bring it.  I’ll be over here blasting my workout playlist and wielding my weapon of choice (a paint brush, of course).  I don’t have high hopes at my odds for winning (I’ve still got a dining room to sand and paint after all).  But if this works, and I get it finished, and it’s because you baited my competitive nature, then I’m going to do this again.  And then again (and challenge a few other bloggers along the way).  But with exactly one fewer staircase to paint.

In fact, if there are other folks out there who have their own staircase to redo and want to join in the competition, feel free to link in post comments.  Or just keep up with our challenge each Tuesday to follow along (be sure to head over to Kit’s blog too to see her updates).

Who knows?  At some point, I may actually have more finished projects than finished six-packs of beer.  One can hope.  It’s on!

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  1. Bobby says

    How did your kitchen cabinets turn out? Didnt see any finished pics. Doing mine and unfortunatly im sanding. Wish i did this before i did my granite and subway tile… And before I put in the new appliances.

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