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My Old House-Living Room

Those of you that have followed my blog for very long know that I have an old 1920’s house that I bought in March of 2022.  I have been working on it to get it fixed up, a little at a time ever since.

Above are photos of my living room before and after a paint job.  On the left, when the walls, floors and rug were all dark colors, I felt like I was living in a cave!  It was depressing.  In the photo on the right, you can see what a difference just changing the paint color made in this room.

Now, I think the room has a much lighter and brighter feel.  I’m very happy with how it turned out.

Rocket likes it too! 🙂

With the photo on the left, I wanted to show the dramatic difference in the color change.  The photo on the right is another view of my living room. I will eventually replace the ceiling fan, once I find something that has a vintage look & feel to it. 

This room was one that I didn’t have to do a lot of repairs to before painting it.  But JUST painting is a challenge, with almost 12′ ceilings!

If you would like to see more of my before and after results you can find those HERE on my bedroom, and HERE on my bathroom.

Next, the kitchen! 🙂 Stay tuned! 

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Bathroom, A Low Cost Remodel

Those of you that follow my blog know that I purchased an older home (1925) in March.  Since then, I have been Working on it, getting it cleaned up, up to date and remodeling.  This bathroom is my latest project.

The photo on the right, above, shows you what I started with.  The walls were a dirty light brown color.  The floor was covered with cheap linoleum.  The vanity was small, cheap and falling apart. The sink and faucet both leaked.

The first thing I did was to pull out the vanity and sink then pull up the linoleum.  I was left with the plywood sub-floor.

I took some Liquid Nails and wood filler and glued and patched the plywood floor.  Then I sanded the areas that I patched smooth.  I then primed and painted the floor with Kilz Gray, 3 or 4 coats, I think.  I don’t remember for sure.

I patched holes in the walls and painted the entire room white, including the ceiling.  After such a dingy looking room, I was looking for clean, light and bright.

I put the new vanity and medicine cabinet in.  I also replaced the shower curtain rod with a curved one, giving me more room in the shower.

The vanity and medicine cabinet were purchased on sale.  I waited until I found a good deal on them.

My dear brother, Bruce, helped me muscle the old vanity out and put the new vanity and sink into place.  I am grateful to him for his expertise, skill and patience with my tons of questions. 

With the exception of swapping out the vanities, I did the rest of the work here myself.  With a couple of YouTube videos and my brother’s advice, I’m proud of how the room turned out. I estimate that the cost of redoing this room was less than $500.00 total. 

I still have a couple of little things to do.  The light above the sink is not centered since I had to replace the vanity.  So I will eventually get another light to put in its place.  I also need to put some quarter round along the base of the floor where it meets the walls.  All in due time.  

My next project, my living room!!  

Thank you for joining me on this journey. Penny ❤  

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DIY Kitchen Project

BEFORE
AFTER

The photos above will show you my latest DIY project. I hated my counters and have been looking for a way to update them, affordably. I found this paint called Beyond PaintIf you check out their website and YouTube videos, you’ll see that this paint is supposed to be able to be used on almost anything that you want to use it for, without priming or sanding! 

I thought that if the claims are true, this would be an answer to a prayer for me. I looked at lots of videos and read lots of reviews and comments on this product before deciding to try it.  The application is pretty straight forward.  After thoroughly cleaning, you simply paint it on using a roller as much as possible to prevent brush marks. The product is surprisingly forgiving and is supposed to be self leveling which pretty much eliminates all brush marks. I was amazed at what a beautiful, smooth finish resulted. 

There is also a sealer that needs to be applied, especially for something that will be used as much as a kitchen counter.  I’ve got two coats of the sealer on so far and I will apply 3 to 4 coats total.  The sealer is also forgiving and easy to apply. It leaves a nice satin sheen when dry.   

 The entire project, including supplies, cost me just under $100.00  I am so please with the results so far!  

So tell me, do you DIY?  What was your last DIY project? 

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Kitchen-Before & After

I promised Before and After pictures of my kitchen painting project.  So here they are.  If you can’t tell, the dark blue was the Before color and the sunny yellow is the After color.  I just love it.  The whole process was much harder that I realized it was going to be just because of a few unforeseen incidents.  Also there is the fact that this 63 year old body is not used to spending a lot of time on a ladder.  I forgot how much hard work painting is!!

There are still a few things that are needed to complete the look.  I have blinds and a new ceiling light fixture on order.  So those will be put into place.  Eventually I will change the look of the counter tops and backsplash.  But that will be another time.

I’ve always thought that a kitchen should be light and bright.  This one fits the bill.  Instead of hating the look of my kitchen, now I love it!  It was hard work, but well work the effort.

Have you done a big DIY project that you’re proud of?  Tell me about it!

Thank you for joining me on this journey.  Penny ❤

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Oh, the Joys of DIY

If you’ve been wondering why I’ve been absent lately, the photo above will explain why.  As you can see, my kitchen is quite the disaster here.  This photo shows me ready to repaint my kitchen.  You may like the color (I don’t), but the job they did was terrible.  Very sloppy.  I’ve been in the house for 2 years now, so it’s time.

This will give you a hint to the new color.  🙂

I’ll be back in a few days with AFTER photos.  Meanwhile, take care of yourselves and stay safe. ❤

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DIY

car garden diy

I’m a DIY kind of girl. I’ve had to be. Most of my life, I could not afford to hire someone to do things for me, so I’ve always had the mindset of make do, figure it out on my own. DIY.  My mother, bless her heart, taught me to sew before I ever started Home Economics (I don’t think that still exists, does it?) in school. At about the age of 5, she sat me down and taught the art of hand embroidery. I was her shadow in the kitchen, learning to cook. Mom did well at preparing for me for as lot of things in life. Because of this, I’ve never been afraid to tackle something if I thought I could do it. Things didn’t always work out, but I tried. I do know my limitations, most of the time, and if it’s something out of my league, I leave the project to someone else.

I scour the internet and YouTube looking for instructions on how to do things all the time. I recently made my own bar soap. The kind made from lye, the real deal. It turned out lovely and I gifted some at Christmas time. I also tried homemade laundry soap, but I’m still perfecting the recipe. Not so sure about that one. I was taught a couple of very basic crochet stitches and have since taken to YouTube and have followed along teaching myself more.  I gift my crocheted projects all the time.

I’ve painted and laid tile. I added shelving in the kitchen, bathroom and garage. It seems as though I’m always tackling a do it yourself project. There is a lot of satisfaction that comes from doing it yourself. Being able to stand back and look at what you’ve accomplished.

The VW Bug above was pictured in a article about DIY gardening. While a lovely thought, I’m afraid that I would just end up with a rusting hulk in my yard. I know my limitations. 🙂

How about you?  Do you DIY?

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