DIY Projects Continue: Paint & Lighting


I lost track of how many gallons of paint I purchase for my recent DIY project, but I’m thinking it was about 20 to cover every wall and ceiling. After I completed our kitchen and bathroom cabinet transformation last fall, the paint throughout the house needed redone. We just marked 11 years in our home and we were lucky enough to be able to move right in since all of the paint at that time was fresh and a perfect color to our liking.

Fast forward throughout those 11 years to color fading, along with wrestling by the hubby and dog who fells into the walls, and this home needed a paint refresh.

New color on the left - Behr Smokestack - versus the old.

New color on the left – Behr Smokestack – versus the old on right.

We picked the colors last spring when I started my painting project in our master bedroom. My goal – keep the paint consistent and as neutral as much as possible throughout and then accent with color. The new color – Behr Smokestack – the perfect taupe color with some gray undertones that blended perfected with the carpet – another home project!

However, one bathroom into my paint job and I realized just how badly the ceilings also needed paint. Honestly, I don’t think they were actually white! I pride myself in keeping a clean house, but those ceilings were either gray or dirty. (I’m going with the gray.)


The wall color completely transformed our space changing from a yellowish tan to a fresh smoky taupe. But the mess also followed me. For weeks we lived in a plastic draped home cover every piece of furniture, flooring and cabinets. When I finished with the base color I even added a couple of punch walls with burnt orange and espresso brown.





And then I called in an electrician. If we were going to paint the ceilings, now was the perfect time to get rid of the dated kitchen lighting. Out with the old track lighting and in with new recessed LED lights that brought our beautiful kitchen up to spec. The difference is extraordinary that I can’t believe we waited so long. We also updated our dining room and flyer lights, as well as the bathrooms to get rid of the builder grade Hollywood vanity style.



bath-1With that, this recent DIY project is complete. I’m OK if I don’t see a paint brush for another 10 years. Now to enjoy our home for the holidays.


Pallets Repurposed


I’ve admired dozens of pallet artwork projects in recent years as I checked them out in stores and pinned them to my Pinterest page. You know the type – recycled wood pallets ripped apart and then painted with beautiful artwork and phrases. These artistic wall creations add a unique style to any room. All you need it a little creativity and imagination to turn a weathered piece of wood into artwork.

My Pinterest idea boards continued to grow as I knew someday I’d make one of these fun art projects. Then I was told I could take as many pallets as I wanted from an ever-growing pile. I filled our truck and put my hubby to work pulling them apart so that I could put them back together in sign format. That was two months ago. The completed signs sat in my garage collecting dusk as I figured out what my first project would be.



Then I came across my favorite phrase for the season (and a favorite movie!) – It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year – and went to work on my first pallet project.

With paintbrush in hand, my deep red base coat went on. I laid out the wording on my computer and printed the letters to trace onto the pallet. Letter by letter the project came to life.



While this particular piece was auctioned off for a good cause, I’m ready for my next project. Christmas is right around the corner!

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