Thursday, July 9, 2009


I call this post "Remember..." since I have started several projects around the house and I am ever-so-slowly doing one thing for each project, here and there. I wanted to show you some progress on some of them.

Remember our basement bathroom remodel? Well, the colors of this decorative pillow really appealed to me so I decided to do a burst of some of these bright colors here and there. I haven't done any of that yet, but I thought to show you the pillow anyways because I think it's just so purdy!

I also decided to switch out the light green bath rug with this brown and beige one.

I still have to put my cream shower curtain here to finish the look.

Remember the light fixture that I purchased? Well it finally went up and made it itself a home to complete the vanity. What do you think?

Remember my great thrift store find, the three black press chairs? Well two of them are sitting pretty in my sunroom...for now at least.

We never got around to finishing painting the sunroom so hence the two random colors.

Moving on...

To the exterior of the house. Our front door looked really worn out and bland. It was a faded color of teal green and not to my liking. So we found some brick red exterior paint and voila. Much better and brighter.

(Side project - still need to spray paint all the gold fixtures and door handles)

And since we are outside, here is my little front porch. It's still a long ways to go before coziness and ice cold lemonades


frillsfluffandtrucks said...

Oooh, that black chair is so pretty!!

Thanks for the compliments on my kitchen. It is time consuming, but I think it will be worthwhile in the end!

I'll post more step-by-step stuff later, but here is the short version of doing beadboard...

We bought 4x8 sheets of beadboard at Home Depot. We ended up going with the MDF version rather than real wood because the real wood had lots of knotholes and I was worried they'd take tons of primer to cover up.

My husband did the measurements and used his table saw to cut the boards to size. I think you really do need a table saw if you have any big pieces to put on, but I'm not quite sure. He did make some smaller cuts using the chop saw, but as far as I know, a table saw is the way to rip (cut lengthwise) the boards.

Anyhow, then we used clamps (about $3 each at Home Depot) to hold the boards up on the sides of the cabinets to make sure they fit.

Then we took the boards down and used Liquid Nails to adhere the beadboard to the cabinet. You apply Liquid Nails using a caulk gun and do a bead of it about 1.5-2 inches from the edge of the beadboard plus a big squiggle of it down the middle of the beadboard. Then use your clamps to hold the beadboard in place while the Liquid Nails dries.

We did the same process for applying the beadboard to the cabinet insets, too. Except instead of clamps, we had our children stand on the cabinet doors for a couple of minutes. LOL! They loved helping! (Yes, I'm serious--this really is what we did!)

The final step is to caulk the edges of the beadboard so that it doesn't look like you glued something onto your cabinets. We ran a thin bead of paintable caulk down the outside edges of the beadboard and then wiped away the excess.

I hope this helps--let me know if I can be of more help!

~ Sarah

Anonymous said...

I have been wanting to paint my front door for awhile now but have just been to busy with other projects. Yours turned out just beautiful! I wondered what kind of paint to use, so thanks for the tip.