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DIY Kitchen Project


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 ❤

Copyright (C) 2020 Penny Wilson

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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. ❤

Copyright (C) 2020 Penny Wilson

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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?

Copyright (C) 2020 Penny Wilson




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DIY Has It’s Hazards


I’ve been coloring my own hair for YEARS.  I won’t tell you how many.  🙂  Over the years, I’ve experienced a few bad dye jobs, but not very many.  I’ve mostly had good experiences.

I cut my hair very short recently.  I have 2 reasons why I did this.  #1. I live in Texas.  Explanation enough?  It’s 102 degrees here today.  #2. I had not colored my hair in MONTHS and I thought this would be a good way to transition into going natural.

After several weeks of having it short, I became frustrated with the color.  Right in front, I left my hair a little longer for bangs.  In that area, I still had some of the “color” left from when I had been coloring it.  And some of the white had sort of a yellowish look to it.  So I had tri-colored hair!

I had tried the rinse in-rinse out temporary colors, but they do not have enough pigment to cover what I wanted to cover.

I went online and did some research on temporary hair color.  I decided, in my infinite  wisdom, that a DEMI-permanent hair color would be the way to go.  The Demi-Permanent is supposed to wash our gradually in 4 to 6 weeks.

I went to the local Beauty Supply Store and  after some help from the sales girl there, I chose a pretty chocolate brown color.   I felt good about my decision and left the store with a smile on my face.

The next day, Sunday afternoon, I decided it was time to color my hair.  I had all my chores done for the weekend and didn’t have any other distractions to worry about.  I read the directions carefully, again and proceeded.

After getting all the goop in my hair, I had to wait between 20 to 40 minutes “for the color to fully develop”.   I set my kitchen timer for 20 minutes.

I looked at my head in the mirror a couple of times during that 20 minutes and thought “gee this stuff looks pretty dark!”.  But I wasn’t really alarmed.  I’ve colored my hair enough to know that the goop on your head is not necessarily the color you will get in the end.

When my kitchen timer went off I rinsed and rinsed and rinsed.  The box says to rinse until the water runs clear.  So sometimes this takes a while.  Afterward, I carefully used a bunch of conditioner on my hair, knowing that coloring it is hard on my hair.   Then rinsed and rinsed.

After the waterboarding at the kitchen sink, I went back to the bathroom toweling my hair as I went.  Looking in the mirror, my hair was BLACK!  I mean Jet Black!


I know that when your hair is wet, it usually looks darker.  So I tried not to panic.  I thought I would reserve judgement until after it had dried.  So I toweled and checked, toweled and checked.  It didn’t get any better.

I went back to the kitchen sink for more waterboarding.  I washed my hair 3 or 4 more times.  The rinse water showed some color coming off, but in the mirror, it still looked black.

It was time to go online again to see if I could find a remedy.  I won’t bore you with the details, but I tried lemon juice, baking soda, peroxide, and vinegar.  I washed and washed and washed my poor hair.

I don’t know how many times I actually washed my hair. I’m guessing 15 or so times.  I felt like a waterboarded drowned rat!

water board

The next morning, Monday, my hair still looked Very dark.  I told you , it’s 102 degrees here today.  So it’s the wrong time of year to wear a stocking cap.  I couldn’t call in sick.  What would I say?  “Boss, I’m having a bad hair day?”  I don’t think so.  I had no choice but to just hold my head up, bite the bullet and go to work.

Men are funny about this kind of thing.   Usually they will say NOTHING, if the result is a bad one.  IF the result is good, they MIGHT say something.

The office staff was SILENT about my hair color.  So I knew it was bad….

One brave soul said something like “so did you color your hair a little dark or something?”

Monday night I washed my hair 2 more times and used Lots of conditioner.  My scalp was actually getting sore from the abuse I was putting it through!

Tuesday, on my lunch break, I bought one of those, “OOPS remove your hair color mistake” kits from the drug store.  AND I bought a box of what I knew was a brown hair color that I had used before.

When I got home that night, I was putting the color remover and hair color in the bathroom.  I looked in the mirror at my brown/black hair.  I looked down at the 2 boxes I had just placed on the counter.

I’m scared to try anything more with my hair right now.  So I think I’m just going to leave it alone.  It’s not like the color is green or anything.  If I keep abusing my hair, I’m afraid it might all just fall out!

Green hair

This DEMI-Permanent hair color is SUPPOSED to fade out and bring me back to my natural color in 4 to 6 weeks.  But after washing my hair a million times already, I hold out little hope for that to actually happen.

Do any of you have any home remedies for a bad hair dye job?