My New & Improved “Smiley Face” Yellow Painted Upright Piano

yellow painted piano - after 7

My "new" yellow painted upright piano is finished!  And this time, it's just right.  :)  I realize not everyone will agree that this is an improvement, but for me, and for my house, and for the vision I have for this room, it couldn't be more perfect! This is exactly what I envisioned all along, although I didn't envision it sitting against … [Read more...]

Help Has Arrived…Again

garage mess

Did I mention that my father-in-law is back?  He arrived last Friday night, and is here for a three-week stay this time.  Every time he plans a trip and asks me what I want to work on while he's here, I'm like a kid in a candy store.  "I want this!  Wait, no!  I want this!  Ooohhh, no I want this instead!  Or maybe this would be better!"  But I … [Read more...]

How To Remove Dried Paint From A Paint Brush In Five Minutes (A Completely Paint-Filled, Dried-Hard-As-A Rock Paint Brush)

how to remove paint from dried up paint brushes in five minutes - 2

Do y'all know how much money I waste on paint brushes?  I don't even want to think about it.  I always buy Purdy paint brushes for my projects (specifically my favorite Purdy XL Cub), which run about $12 each.  I buy those because they're the best, and they make my painted finishes look so nice, but I have such a bad habit of wrapping up those … [Read more...]

My New Philosophy: Decorating Hedonism

Painted yellow piano sneak peek

Well, y'all, it's been an enlightening weekend for me.  I went into the weekend confused, frustrated, and ready to throw my hands up in defeat when it came to my music room.  (I seriously considered hiring an interior decorator for an hour consultation or so just to get me back on track.  Is that weird?  An interior decorator hiring an interior … [Read more...]

My Thoughts On Negative Blog Comments

So let me see if I understand.  Y'all didn't like the wallpaper options yestereday?  :-D Ha!  Just kidding.  I got the message loud and clear.  :-D  I'm pretty sure yesterday's post was a first!  Out of just over 280 comments, the opinions were almost unanimous.  That almost never happens.  And that they were almost unanimously *negative...well, … [Read more...]

Options For My Music Room Walls

walls with Schumacher Birds & Butterflies wallpaper (done in Photoshop to see how it would look)

Now that my piano is refinished and repainted, I've been so anxious to work on the music room!  I will not be making it a priority over the entryway and dining room, but I will probably be doing some projects in there as I'm also working on the entry and dining room.  After all, these three areas are all open to each other, and all visible from the … [Read more...]

Vintage Desk Makeover With An Added Hutch

vintage student desk makeover - after 1

My mom and I have finished another project for my niece's bedroom -- a vintage desk makeover with an added hutch made from 1" x 8" lumber and 1/4-inch plywood. We found this desk at a local consignment store for $40, and it's made of solid wood. It was actually in great shape when we bought it, other than a few stickers that were on … [Read more...]

Refinished and Painted Upright Piano (The Post Where I Eat My Words)

piano refinished with combination of stained wood and gray paint - after - 1

Well, it's a good thing I'm writing this post before I eat breakfast, because I'll be eating my words...sooooo many words that I'll probably be quite full by the time I'm finished with this post.   The good news is that I finished my piano.  But it doesn't look anything like what I had planned.  And to be quite honest, I'm much happier with the way … [Read more...]

Dining Room & Entryway — Finally Ready To Get Started!

dining room ceiling 6

Hello, all!  It's been a slow DIY week around the house, which is why it's been a slow week on the blog.  These soaring temperatures (up to 107 degrees on Monday and Tuesday, with the heat index up to 109 degrees) has really zapped my energy and motivation.  But I still managed to get my piano almost finished.  I should be able to get the last … [Read more...]

Seven Of My Past Furniture Makeovers And The Lessons I Learned From Them

Antique credenza makeover

I've spent the past couple of days working on my piano.  There are probably a thousand other projects I should be working on right now (taping and mudding my entryway and dining room ceiling, for example), but I just didn't have it in me this week to start on something like that.  I went straight from working on the condo, to finishing up my … [Read more...]