Before and After Loft Workspace With National Painting Week

Before and After Loft Workspace With National Painting Week

 

I have been waiting for 1,900,800 seconds to show you this before and after I worked on in conjunction with Sherwin-Williams National Painting Week.

That’s 31,680 minutes.

Or 528 hours.

Or a really, really, really long time.

It all started with a request.  We have a brand new cancer center going up in our town. My sister is a local artist and she was asked to create an mixed-media art installation with a group of cancer survivors.  It’s a giant tree with leaf after leaf after leaf created from the pages of each of the survivor’s journals.

Words transformed into art transformed into inspiration…

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I’m Donating My Color (and a Sneak Peek)

I’m Donating My Color (and a Sneak Peek)

 

Did you think I forgot something today?

Does the blog look a little different?  A little off?  A little unusual?

Can you guess?

IT”S THE COLOR.

It’s gone.

Poof.

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How To Pick the Perfect Paint Color for a Room Without Repainting it Five Times

How To Pick the Perfect Paint Color for a Room Without Repainting it Five Times

 

When we finished this room and the walls were removed and the wallpaper was stripped and the floors were refinished….

…we finally painted the walls.

Not once.

Not twice.

Not three times.

No, not even close.  Truth? We painted this room FIVE times in a month.

(total aside:  my husband has the patience of a saint)

The moral of the paint story?  Sometimes you encounter a few paint speed bumps along the way to the perfect color for a room (this one is painted SW Mindful Gray).

Don’t be like me.  Choose your paint wisely.  If you are on a paint journey or about to be on a paint journey or think that painting a room might be in your future?

This is the post for you.

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How to Paint a Herringbone Wall

How to Paint a Herringbone Wall

 

Remember how I posted this blank wall a while back?

And then I told you all about the renegade drummer in geometry?

Good thing he put down the drum sticks and paid attention in class.

Good thing he knows his way around the Pythagorean Theorem.

Good thing.

Because when you take drum sticks and math and a ruler and painter’s tape and mix them all together…..

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DIY Ombre Herringbone Wall and a Math Love Story

DIY Ombre Herringbone Wall and a Math Love Story

 

disclosure:  This post is sponsored by Sherwin-Williams.®

A long time in a land far away I sat in geometry class and watched a super cute boy wearing a backwards baseball cap play his drum sticks on his math book.

My friends and I would laugh and giggle and he’d act like he didn’t notice us.

He was way too cool for any nonsense like that.

Of course he was….

…he had drum sticks.

I remember thinking two things:

1. He had no idea who I was.

2. Geometry was nonsense and I’d never, ever use it in my entire life.

I was wrong about both. 🙂
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The Day the Bathroom Went from After to Before

The Day the Bathroom Went from After to Before

 

Remember when I talked about renovating my bathroom last year?

Remember when I told you about our bathroom renovation ideas and that we were moving walls and making changes and living high on the bathroom hog?

And then?

I never ever talked about it again.

I didn’t mention it or reference it or show you any more ideas.  It’s like the bathroom renovation that was never meant to be.

Until now.

Now this bright shiny clean bathroom with its sparkling sink and fluffy rug and claw foot bathtub and white bead board walls….

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Thistlekeeping

Thistlekeeping

I think I need to move to England.

Seriously.

I just finished binge watching the second season of Lark Rise to Candleford and they had me at the countryside.

And the people.

Have you been to England?  Do you live in England?  Is it as wonderful as the cinematography makes it appear?  Is it a place to leave your heart?

I froze the last episode on a picture of the rolling hills and the sunshine and the moors and thatched roofs and the dirt roads and the winding country lanes and I decided right then and there….

…I think that’s what Kentucky wants to be when it grows up. 🙂Continue reading

Love is a Painted Door

Love is a Painted Door

 

I live life on the edge when it comes to DIY.

I paint signs in dresses wearing red lipstick.

I stain frames in a ruffled shirt and chandelier earrings.

I laugh in the face of spilled paint or a runaway river of stain or splotches of splattered glue or glittered fingertips or layers of dripping glaze.

You’ve got this, I tell myself as I throw my head back and laugh with abandon.  Show that DIY you’re the boss.  Don’t ever let a few drops of paint get the best of you.

And then.

Last week it happened.

Along came a DIY project that stood up and took names and put me in my do-it-yourself place.Continue reading