A Different Direction

It’s no secret that I design my blog myself. I love digital scrapbooking, so it is a welcome challenge. I also can’t afford to pay someone to do it for me. I have always said that I will if I ever decide to blog for a living.

I have also changed direction a few times, and maybe that makes it hard to gain readership. But it has taken me a while to really share everything that I love. Some things I just don’t like people to know (at first).

I started blogging on Blogger with a crafty theme in mind. Then one day realized I needed a better camera if I was going to take great quality photos of items I wanted to sale on Etsy. So the story of blogging about my pictures began. I started following all the other photo blogs and started following along in challenges and really opened up into photography. Which really took me out of a funk I had been in for years. And also took me away from crafting (for the time being).

I started baking a few years ago. And photographing it. Still photography. I loved it. I always take the extra food to work and they love it too. Then I got into digital scrapbooking when I wasn’t taking as many new pictures. So I was going into a whole other world but still sharing pictures that I had taken, years before even. Then I bought my house and started renovating it. This is where I decided to open up the focus on my blog into my whole DIY life. I have been sharing projects at many other blogs but have not gotten any comments in over a year. Don’t get much traffic at all actually. (I think I have made too many additions in too short of time.)

At some point I moved over to WordPress and started calling myself Sanukipity. I love my made up name, the mix of serendipity and Sanuk. But I have decided that it may appear weird to others without coming to my blog and looking into what it means. Today, I am going back to Lili’s View. This way it encompasses all of me. I can still use Sanukipity in my watermarks on my pictures. I am also trying to make my blog look more simplistic. Draw more focus to the photos I share. Tell me, could the header be less noisy?

I am glad you joined me today. I always love to hear your thoughts and suggestions. Have a great day.

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Saturday Distractions

I have tried to become more focused. I keep thinking I would love to blog full time and stop working my back breaking job. How much I would love that. To work on my little projects all the time. But I have been so tired lately. And distracted. I wasn’t ready to work on my front porch, but Lowe’s had the pavers on sale. Oh, and the wind. Keeps you from wanting to be outside, that’s for sure. In June, I vow to take a week off and finish all the little things in each room so I can start posting my completed renovations.

In the mean time, I thought I would share some of the things I am (crushing on) distracted with lately. Maybe I will make this my weekly Saturday post (clicking on the photo will take you to the rightful blog).

jj-countdown-day6-Numbered_stamped veneer 1I am not really an eclectic person, but this fairy garden is sooo cute. I want to put one together. I need to make a trip to Joann’s Fabric.

Beach Fairy Garden

jj-countdown-day6-Numbered_stamped veneer 2 I adore this storage ladder for the bathroom. I’m itching to make one. I would have to put it behind the toilet though, so it would have to be instead of shelves. Curse you small bathroom.

Love the look of this DIY ladder! Such a great way to add some extra storage! // cleanandscentsible.com

I do like the blanket ladders too. My luck, I would get splinters in the blankets. I would just have to do a better job at sanding than I usually do.

jj-countdown-day6-Numbered_stamped veneer 3Everything about this kitchen. I want to trim out my fridge and put moldings on the soffits, or fur down, now. I love the back splash too. I don’t want to do wood counter tops, as the island top is wood, but I am in love. I have been trying to figure out a way to reface my already refaced cabinets. Not sure how to remove the overlay, they didn’t put it on there good enough to just paint over. And the doors would have to be replaced.

jj-countdown-day6-Numbered_stamped veneer 4These shutters and old windows.

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I have a set of shutters that I need to figure out how to add a rounded part to the top of. (The last two images were found on Houzz and are from Fixer Upper.)

Upcycled Gallery Wall Art

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My “den” is a long narrow room. It was originally the second half of a 2-car garage. But the other owners once turned it into a den (that looked like the Golden Girls’ lanai). Of course, I made it look even longer when I shiplapped it (before I had any idea what Fixer Upper was and that it was called shiplap). I can’t even put the tv on the wall across from the sofa because it would be too close. So I have it in the corner. The wall next to that is the second longest wall in the room and I decided to turn it into a gallery wall, with my favorite pictures of my son.

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The picture on the far left, with the blue background, was taken at his first day care. I was actually living in Austin at the time, in the management program with the Hyatt. With a different schedule every week, Mr B stayed in New Mexico with my parents. I had come for a visit and visited him at school. I had told my mom about these cute pictures that had been in his locker, asked her if she had seen them. She hadn’t even known he had had a picture day. Hadn’t picked out special clothes or done his hair even. I loved them. She told me she would look into them and later told me it was too late to buy any. They surprised me with it for a birthday present.Sniff sniff!

The baby picture was the one and only professional picture I ever had taken of Mr B. It was his first Christmas, he was 3 months old. My mom shaved his head earlier that week because so much blonde had grown in, there was a perfect line of blonde on top and dark brown on bottom. It was weird. He did so good for these pictures, smiling and laughing. The next year, I took him right before Christmas time again and I couldn’t even get him to sit on the table for them. (He had had a cavity on his front tooth that had to be fixed and the dentist I took him to, a pediatric dentist, had strapped him to a board to take care of the cavity. Claiming that was the only way to do it. I never went back to that dentist again and it took awhile for Mr B to be okay with sitting on any table for any doctor after that.)

The other 3 pictures, I took myself, and are my favorites of all I have taken.

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The tv is to the left of this picture and that black thing in the top left corner is the Leaf. One day I will put a frame around it and paint the cable coming off of it the same color as the wall. (I also still need to touch up some paint around the door and the trim.) I have a new favorite spray paint color. It’s Rustoleum’s Metallics in Flat Soft Iron. I went over 3 of the frames with this, and splattered some on the B after using a silver. The gears may be in that color too. Those were just 2 gears from the used bike shop that I spray painted and hung up with Command hooks. I actually have the B hanging upside down, but I liked it better that way.

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Even more than just the gallery wall, I am here today to tell you about the other 2 pieces I DIYed.

When I had done my gallery wall in my other house, and had to pack up less than 2 months later, I had wrapped all my framed art and pictures each with packing paper. Needless to say, the paper stuck to every single frame. I had to sand some of them to get it all off. All that I used again had to be painted again. I had some of the frames laying around wondering what I was going to do with all of them when I noticed some small leftover pieces of cedar paneling from the kitchen island. There happened to be two pieces that fit perfectly inside one of the frames, and there is a little bit of a lip inside so it holds the boards in place, they are the kind that slide into each other so they hold each other in place too. I stained them with Minwax’s Special Walnut and then “white washed” them with an aqua tinted paint.  They looked much like the back of the island does.02 07 16_2679

From here I sort of sat on them for a little while because I still wasn’t sure what I wanted to put on them. Then it hit me. I was always telling my son “love you more” (not knowing at the time this was all over Pinterest). So I used the technique from the Love sign and printed out the “u” and the “more” using different fonts. The heart I found at Michael’s and all of it fit together perfectly in the frame. And other than the heart, I had everything on hand.

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After I had gotten everything hung up on the wall, I had a long “hole” at the top. I needed something long and slim to fit in this space, to make the whole wall of art more squared off. I wanted to make an arrow and wanted it to be like the metal ones I kept seeing at Hobby Lobby. This took me longer than it did to decide what words to put on the other sign. Finally, one day I was out on the screened in porch and noticed a leftover piece of baseboard from the bathrooms (we had used taller baseboards in there to cover up where I had taken down tile). It was also already painted. It would fit perfectly in the space. So I sanded it up, getting the edges really good. After I cleaned it up, I taped off the arrow with masking tape (I had decided to use the board upside down). Then I stained it with Minwax’s Weathered Oak, but that really only got into the bare spots. The next day, I dry brushed it with a Lowe’s sample paint that says Summer 2012. I took off the masking tape right away and noticed that the stain, but not paint, had seeped under it some. After it was all dry, I was going to touch up the arrow but Mr B said not to. He liked it like that, more rustic. So I sanded it a little and hung it on the wall with those Command velcroy strips. This project cost me nothing, I had everything on hand. I love it.

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My Love/Hate Relationship with My Kitchen

It really doesn’t help that this is the one room I haven’t really finished. I mean, yes, there is a lot we have done to it. It is really really frustrating trying to figure out how to make it better.


I do admit that it is 50 million times better than the day I got the keys. The carpet was the rec room type and it was all put down over the original linoleum. There were two different wallpapers and that lovely stained glass (all plastic) door didn’t open. It was such a tiny room with that wall. That little cabinet was on wheels (it now resides in the shed and I will turn it into a potting bench when I get that shed cleaned out). The dishwasher and the oven hood didn’t work and the fridge didn’t make ice.

I removed all the wallpaper, removed the backsplash that was over the sink, painted everything but the ceiling, changed out the light over the sink, changed the faucet, changed the metal blinds to the fabric ones and added “curtains”. Removed the oven hood and installed my parents’ old microwave, switched out the dishwasher and fridge for my parents’ old ones and had all the outlets changed out (to white ones). And removed a bookcase, a rolling cabinet, carpet, padding, sand and linoleum. And cut down a wall.

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The ceiling in here is smooth, not popcorn, so nothing has been done to it yet. The big bookcase thingy was bolted in (my dad had to go into the attic to get the other end loose) and the electric lines from the wall we removed are tucked into the ceiling, so there are those patched holes. I haven’t painted that ceiling yet because I need to replace that florescent light first. My brother thinks I should have had recessed lights put in when the electrician was here but frankly I don’t like the look of those. I would rather just put up a track light that matches the other lights and will shine onto the island. What do you think? Would the recessed lights be better for resale?

allen + roth Tucana 4-Light Oil-Rubbed Bronze Dimmable Fixed Track Light KitThis kind of track light is movable so you can shine the lights where you want them. They also kind of match my other lights. I also like the kind where you can add as many pendants from the track as you like.

allen + roth Bristow 4-Light Specialty Bronze Dimmable Fixed Track Lighting KitThis is what I have where they used to have the dining room table. It is kind of empty space now with the pantry we are building. I am kind of thinking it would be better over the island, with recessed lights in the rest of the kitchen and something smaller by the pantry.

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Seriously? These are lovely. Ali at Gimme Some Oven used the pendants that match my other lights. I think these lights would be perfect.

But on to the other elephant in the room. That time when I cut down the wall.


Power tools that can hurt me, kind of scare me. I picture cutting off a finger. It can be nerve racking. But we got er done. (I really was wearing goggles and a mask to do the work, this was a staged photo.)

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All those nails sticking out of the 2x4s? They all got removed. But the 2x4s aren’t budging. They are staying there. Have to work around them, somehow. See that “invisible” line on the ceiling, over in the middle, where the tape is hanging? That is where the kitchen and the old popcorn ceiling were “divided”. The kitchen side is smooth and was painted in a glossy paint. I haven’t painted it yet but the difference in texture have me pondering what to do to make it more seamless, or completely seamed.

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The elephant. You can see where my mom tried to cut out the other wood on the wall but it only seemed to burn it. I might just have to use a chisel. We need it more of a hole to get a piece of drywall on there to make that part of the wall flush and finished. The question I have today (though I haven’t received a comment in over a year) is how to finish off the 2x4s? Cover it with what? And how do I make the ceilings more blended over there were the old popcorn meets the kitchen part?

The rhino (uglier than an elephant) in the room is the cabinets. I have these brand new cabinets that made the island. The drawers open. There is no laminate peeling off. There is no gap where they didn’t make the doors tall enough for the cabinet openings. The drawers aren’t plastic. I thought maybe I could just pull off all the white laminate (since it’s peeling) and paint everything white, just for a temporary fix. But it is only particle board under the white laminate. Still, figuring out how to paint them all white would help disguise better their imperfections. (Not to worry, the front door has since been painted.)


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Rustic Love Sign

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I wish I could say this was a simple and easy project. It was, except that the lettering was really a lot of work. LOL.

There was a board out in my car port, left over from the previous owners. I had my dad cut it into 3 pieces, not necessarily equal, and I was going to attach them to look like a shutter. The other day, I had other plans. The main supplies for this project were

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  •  One of the pieces of scrap wood
  • Minwax’s Special Walnut (I was testing which color we wanted as a base coat to the new pantry, so I had a few colors around. This one is perfect; not too dark, not too light)
  • Any light colored paint
  • A dark paint for the lettering, but not black
  • 2 foam brushes, a clean rag, a small angled brush
  • Printer and plain white paper (Ink Jet is best and not even sure that mine is)
  • Cute fonts like Heartland
  • Sharpie or other rounded cap that size


I started off by giving the wood a good sanding. Wiped it down. Then I used a foam brush to wipe on the stain (I didn’t do the back side). I then wiped off the stain with the rag. Once this was dry, I used a “white washing” technique. I mixed 1 part paint (about a small spoon full) with 3 parts water. I did this in a 5oz dixie cup, so there wasn’t a lot of waste. I used a foam brush to wipe this on the board, in small sections and wiped it off with the rag as I went.

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You can see, that the board had imperfections that took well to the stain and then the white washing. It looked gorgeous when I was done. After this, I spent a lot of time trying to get the letters perfect. I used 3 different fonts to get the look I wanted so I had to play around with the sizes a lot to get them perfect. I printed these each separately and then taped them to the board all together. Remember when printing them, to print them inverted (I finally had to go into Photoshop Elements to rotate the print). Once you have them taped to the board, start to work on one letter at a time with a small brush and water. Brush the water over the lettering until it starts to look darker. Then use the lid end of the sharpie to rub the lettering into the wood. **Maryann gives a great tutorial over at Domestically Speaking. Slowly pull the paper away, making sure you got all the letters. For me this wasn’t dark enough with the coloring of the wood, but worked as a good outline. I then used a small angled brush to paint over the letter transfers with the Plaid Metallic. I LOVE how it came out. Once this was dry, I sprayed the board with a poly, knowing it was going outside.

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I had originally wanted small wood hearts to attach to the side but I came across these plastic cookie cutters at Walmart and decided they were perfect. I had thought I would be able to punch a small hole in them to run the thread through but the plastic was too hard. I just tied 1 small one and 1 big one to each end of a piece of bakers twine, tied all 3 pieces together and thumb tacked them to the top of the board. Isn’t she lovely?

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What project have you done with reclaimed wood?

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My Valentine’s Decorating


I love to decorate for the holidays. I even had out winter decor this year. I hate that I don’t have a mantel and seriously keep thinking where I can incorporate one. I am thinking that when this wall gets to a finished point, I can add a table that will be attached to the wall, that can act as a mantle.

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For now, I use my bookcase, but I may go a little overboard.


The love blocks, flower canvas, paper banner, and the spindle are all things I made in the past. The spindle has a flat top with a little hole that I can’t figure out how to finish. The pom poms I made last month, just added two pink ribbons to the ends.


I have this candle holder on the toilet in the hall (my son’s) bathroom. But I didn’t want to go buy pink candles so I just filled the holes with purple and white beads (I had tried my hands at jewelry making and failed) and these little white flowers. On the wall is a sign that says “Be Mine”.


Between the chairs in the living room is a little table from Target. On it sits this new twig heart on a stand from At Home. I stuffed the pink flowers in it. On the window sill, I switched out the berries with red ones.


I think I found this pink raffia at Target on sale after Valentine’s Day last year. I had 3 things of it. What a simple change up to make. I took a plain candle and wrapped the raffia around it, tying the wooden heart on at the end. I had just finished using up my Parmesan cheese and really loved the texture on the jar. I should try painting it so you can really see the texture. I just wrapped some of the raffia around it, tying on the wooden heart and filled the jar with kisses.


This is the top of my island. For a lower priced butcher block, I sure love it. I got this charger at Michael’s, I loved the design of it so much. I leave it on the island all the time. I found the candlestick at TJMaxx (what a great price) last month in the Christmas clearance and the little lantern at At Home. Easily turned it all into Valentine’s decor with some more edible color (Kisses) and threw in some red paper strips into the lantern. Which can all just as easily ease into Spring and then Easter decor.


The snowman is not to be outdone or put away yet. Just add some pink flowers and a blinged out heart, and he’s all ready for love too. I did the same thing to the one outside.


I don’t really have a true front porch. And my “flower bed” to the right of the door is rather bare right now. This chair is supposed to go with my back porch table but I love how it looks after I tried to sand it clean to stain the seat. I think it is here to stay. The flower pot was also a little bare so I made this wintery topiary for it last month and added some Valentine stuff to it. If the groundhog was right, spring is right around the corner. I can plant real flowers next month.


At the end of the sidewalk, in front of the door, I have this metal tub I have had upside down and decorating since fall.  I filled the lantern with some red accents (need something red to replace the gold owl) and just made the love sign, more on that in another post.

Do you go a little crazy sometimes when it comes to decorating? I am glad it doesn’t stay long though and most of this stuff I had. The only new things I bought for this holiday was the twig heart and the Kisses. And as I look at the pictures of the bookcase, I think I need to cover some of those books with paper and take off the jackets on the Harry Potter books. Take away some of all that different color.

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Inspire Me Monday #97

Industrial Bed Inspiration

I really love the Brooklyn bed from the new Target Industrial line. Swoon. The Industrial Shop™ Brooklyn Bedroom Collection

Because I am putting so much money into my house, I can’t afford $500 on a bed. Plus I might not really like all that metal after a while.

I have been scouring Pinterest for a way to recreate this look with more wood and less metal. Crafty Girl over at Crafty Corner, made a tufted headboard for her son and turned the box spring into a platform bed.

I really like the style. Instead of the midcentury legs, I am thinking pipes. Also, only the frame of the headboard really fits my idea. Using this build , I could upholster only the inside of the frame and paint the rest to look more like the Brooklyn. That would also take less padding (I have read several times that using an egg mattress is a lot cheaper). Quarter rounds, painted silver, would frame in the padded area nicely.

The Industrial Shop™ Brooklyn Bedroom Collection

Another thought I have in this process, is to go with a built frame instead of the box spring (putting legs on a boxspring isn’t always as sturdy). Sally at Mrs Fancy Pants shared a great tutorial on building a bed frame where you don’t use the box spring at all.

And it uses my pipe idea for legs. And I could maybe have just a little bit more height in the legs to make it a little taller. Maybe make the end piece a little taller and make it look more like the footboard in the Brooklyn piece.

Currently, I have a fourposter bed from World Market. Though it started out as a sturdy bed, it has been taken apart, moved and put back together more times than it was probably made for. I thought my not very old mattress was already sagging, and exchanged it for a new one, but it is because of the support (lack of) from the bed. After a fix to the siderail, it creaks so much when I get in and out of bed that I worry it is going to crash to the floor on me. So bed ideas are something in the near future for me, even if I hadn’t wanted them to be that near. Thank you Sally and Crafty Girl for the inspiration that I think I can use to pull off a Target hack.

Focus in 2016

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This is a post I meant to write right after I did Memories, Dreams and Reflections but I forgot about it. This is a good post for me to write, to focus myself on what I need to focus on this year. Of course, making a house a home is always an evolving process but there are so many things that need to get finished in each room. When each room in complete then I can post about what was done in each room.

In case you are wondering why I keep saying focus, that is my word for 2016. So fitting for the road ahead.

I am going to go a little off topic here and say that I would love to make this blog more a full time job. I would love to make that my focus and get paid to do all the things I love to do. I just haven’t found the niche, or process, to make that happen. How happy that would make me to be able to re-purpose items as well and sell them. I would have to make a flea market road trip, people are really weird about how they price their junk around here, too pricey. There is this really awesome craft fair in Albuquerque every year, the first Saturday of December. The last few years there has been this booth that sales painted shutters, and filled terrariums, lanterns, ect. But their prices are still really good. No way they are buying the antique, or used, items around here. This year, I asked and they go to Colorado and Arizona to find most of their stuff. Go figure. I would have thought Texas.

Back to my focus on my house and blog for 2016.

Master bedroom/bathroom:

bedroomWhat a long way it has already come. But a lot to do still.

  • Find a way to stick the finials in the ends of the DIY curtain rod
  • Reattach the gliders to the floor for the closet doors
  • Make the barn door and hardware for the bathroom door (I removed the door because it opened into the bathroom, right at the sink, and I thought it took up too much room). The hardware for the door looking something like this:
  • Window cover in the bathroom
  • Finish ripping out old shower tile and walls (they were in bad shape once I pulled one off to look)
  • Re-tile shower
  • Maybe rip out the overhang/bulkhead ceiling over the shower as well and make it more open (have to make sure it’s not hiding duct work or something)
  • Add tile back splash to the vanity

Laundry Room:

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I pretty much gutted that closet. Sold the washer and dryer because I already had my own. Painted it/parents tiled it, even gave it a tile baseboard. My brother installed the cabinets he brought home for me and I decorated. Because it had had that plastic accordion door, there is currently nothing on there right now. It is aesthetically pleasing so a door isn’t needed for the purpose to hide anything. I just want to be able to block out that noise a little. What do you suggest? It’s in the hallway, the master bedroom doorway is right to the right so I think french doors might be too bulky. I really don’t want to do bi-fold. I think something like what Leigh Anne at Houseologie did here (but I would have to do double doors as a really big door would hang way into the hall when open for the dryer):

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Hall bathroom:

This bathroom is pretty much complete but I wouldn’t mind painting the shower tile white. Just to get rid of the yellowy brown tile. It also needs the tile back splash on the vanity.

Spare bedroom:

I use this as an office, storage room. Really all it needs is to be organized and have everything put away or purged.

Brendan’s bedroom:

His room is pretty much complete. It may need some paint touch ups. Oh, and the finials attached to the DIY curtain rod and the floor glides put back on the closet doors.

Living room/dining room/greatroom:

It’s really just one big open space. All I need to do is paint inside the arches again and touch up some other paint. Put some pictures in the frames on the wall.


  • Replace door to screened in porch with a door that is half glass (need the bottom half wood to add a doggie door)
  • Replace door molding so it matches other 2 doorways
  • Finish shiplap and paint it
  • Disguise electric box
  • Hang art/pictures/ect
  • Would really love to build a faux fireplace on the wall that has the screened in porch on the other side but that would be last on the list (or have a real fireplace installed)

This room was once half of the 2-car garage. I don’t know at what point they finished it off but at least they did is properly. Except that it is colder than the rest of the house right now. But the garage is pretty cold too so maybe I need to do something about that. As you can see, there were 3 (3! people) different wallpapers in here. I think it was her Golden Girls patio type room. See all the plant hooks up there? The floral paper came right off. But the textured stuff on the bottom was a different story. And that whole garage wall wasn’t textured before it was papered so there was a lot of damage with the paper removal. So what’s a person to do? Add shiplap of course (I learned we’re calling it that now because of Fixer Upper). I textured the top half of the wall and added shiplap to the bottom half. And painted. The after isn’t really how the room looks today but it’s not a finished room. The other side, where I am standing, still needs to be finished. Luckily, this room didn’t have popcorn ceilings so when my dad removed the florescent light and put in the ceiling fan instead, he was able to fix the ceiling without really being able to tell there was a hole there.



  • Paint ceiling
  • Replace florescent light with track lights that also shine on the island
  • Fix top of wall where we removed the wall
  • Finish the “beam” from where we removed the wall
  • Finish island 1. Paint the shiplap side 2. Trim the edges 3. Add baseboard
  • Replace cabinets
  • Redo countertops (maybe cement, maybe painted marble look, depends on the new cabinets)
  • Replace sink

This is the room that we made livable and have a lot of bang to still add to it. At some point, they replaced the cabinet doors with laminate covered plywood and the drawers are plastic. The laminate is peeling in some spots. I wonder if I could just remove it and paint the wood for now. I might try that. My brother is constantly looking for cabinets for me. I told him they didn’t all have to be the same color, I could paint them. I really need the free route on those. LOL.

As you can see, I also need to finish painting the door. I need to make it a day I will be home all day so I can take off the handle and do the inside and outside. I have a gorgeous color for the outside. And I also need to replace the light outside while I am at it. It’s currently sitting in the hall closet. I also want to make a house address sign, something like what Whitney did on Shanty 2 Chic:

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Standing at the kitchen sink, you can see what they had used as their dining room. We built a pantry (my parents did).


For some reason, my photo grabber wouldn’t work and take the picture off of my phone. So I uploaded it to Instagram. Then WordPress couldn’t find that link, so I had to settle with a screen shot. My parents got a new slider upstairs and we were going to switch out this one with their old one, but the company couldn’t take it out in one piece. So I am stuck with this one for now. When I can replace it, it needs to open from the other side but I would prefer french doors. As soon as we get doors on the pantry I can add the curtain rod, which I think I want closer to the ceiling anyway so I will have to move the one at the living room window up too. We are going to put barn doors on the pantry. Something like what Erica at Designing Vibes did (but don’t need the hinges since they are going to slide, and the sliding part will be much like what I am doing for the bathroom door):

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Well, I think that is a lot to focus on this year. So I best be getting at it. I have four vacation days coming up later this month so I see that door getting done. =-) The future of the house also includes a new furnace (still using the 40-year-old one), new windows and the paint redone on the stucco. Before the beginning of summer break, I also need to get the cut down tree and the cactus trashed and the new fence on the one side of the yard put up. Brendan and I really want a dog and over summer break is a great time for him to be able to get it house broke. Happy DIYing.

Industrial Towel Bar

towel bar

I love a little Industrial style. I really love the new line at Target. Have you seen it? Too bad it’s all online only.

I also like some of the Farmhouse style. A little rustic.

I have been incorporating some of this into my new home.


I got this bookcase at Sam’s a few years ago on sale. I work there and have no problem buying the displays if it looks good. The fan and the chairs also tie into the Industrial look.lightsI love this light. I used this light throughout the house. The only difference really is that in the bathrooms it is brushed nickle. There is also one in the entry way, not pendant, but a wall fixture. I couldn’t find a long version to go where there used to be a chandelier in what used to be the dining room area. But I think the one I found goes pretty good. (The area now is just open space in front of the sliding door, with a pantry on the wall.)

Of course I knew I wanted to incorporate a DIY pipe project somewhere in the house. So I ended up making a towel bar for the hall bathroom.

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Using Roeshel’s idea from the DIY Showoff blog, I stained a cut piece of wood with Rustoleum’s Driftwood and then did several coats of a poly. I lightly sanded between coats to eliminate any bubbles. My brother screwed the board right into the wall next to the shower for me (using 1 stud for the middle of the board because I knew we could cover up those screws with the hooks).

Here is Roeshel’s shopping list (I used it exactly):

DIY pipe coat hooks

  • Three 3/8 inch galvanized flanges
  • Three 3/8 inch 90 degree elbows
  • Three 3/8 inch black caps
  • Three 3/8 inch x close steel pipe nipples
  • Twelve 3/4 inch sheet metal screws (these fit nicely for securing the flanges to wood)
  • RustOleum Universal Metallic spray paint + primer (oil rubbed bronze)

I put all the pieces together and then spray painted the hooks as 1 piece. I even put the screws in the bottom of a cup and sprayed them (however, they got blown across the yard and I lost 2). I connected the hooks in this order: flange, nipple, elbow, nipple, cap.

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Even though I got more screws, I never got them spray painted and added. Right now, I couldn’t even tell you where they are. Too many projects since. Oops. After the hooks were all dry, after a few coats of spray paint, I also gave them a few coats of a clear sealer (I think Mod Podge). Then my brother screwed them into the board for me, centering the middle one.

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I added the towels and hung some pictures. I love how it turned out. I really ties into the beachy theme of the bathroom and the industrial elements of the rest of the house. I even did a single hook by the sink.

towel hook

I think I need to take better pictures with my real camera. LOL. A simple project with a huge impact. (When everything else in the house is complete, I would love to paint the shower tiles white. Someday.)

towel bar

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