A roundup of DIY house projects, room by room

A roundup of DIY house projects, room by room

Sometimes, I enjoy going through my old blog posts, reading about how our house has changed as we tackle various areas.

IBlog Photo've seen other bloggers devote a page to organizing such posts by room. I thought it might be a good idea, as we tend to fix up various areas in no particular order. I hope this page is useful for you, but it also helps me remember what we've done. Seems like we've been busy.

Kitchen and dining room

Scraping through vinyl and linoleum to find wood floors

Figuring out a way to have a vintage-shaped, bright red fridge without paying $3,000

Painting the kitchen Valspar's Dockside Haze

Resurfacing the countertops with salvaged slate

Sealing them inexpensively with mineral oil

DBlog PhotoIYing a dining table with a salvaged spool

Creating a kitchen message board with cookie sheets and chalkboard paint

Organizing utensils with wall-mounted canisters

Storing dishes and other items in a family hutch

Hanging wall-mounted pot racks with shelves

Using tension rods to organize cookie sheets and cutting boards on those shelves

Hanging in-cabinet storage for aluminum foil and plastic wrap





Blog PhotoLiving room

Hanging industrial-style curtain rods made with galvanized pipe

Putting up a vintage milk crate wall-mounted entertainment center

Replacing a ceiling fan that didn't match the house






Blog PhotoDeciding to paint the cavelike space bright white

Researching and hanging a sliding barn door

Sprucing up that barn door with Watco Rejuvenating Oil

Creating a wall of mirrors (but not in a creepy way)



Making a ruffly shower curtain from an old bedsheet

Painting it white and navy

Then painting it all white



Upholstering and hanging an antique mantel headboard

Using galvanized shelf brackets as curtain tiebacks


Blog PhotoFront porch

Painting the floor white and adding a dresser for storage

Making a lighted marquee letter for decoration

Installing a new glass storm door

Finally decorating our porch's shelves; you'll notice a heavy chalkboard theme

Painting our front door Refresh's Barcelona Blue

On that front door, I've alternately hung

- a chalkboard cookie sheet

- wreaths

- a combination of wreaths and the chalkboard for Thanksgiving, Christmas and Valentine's Day

- a mirror


Blog PhotoOutside

Putting in a patio

Putting up a privacy fence made with with long, tall doors

Building a tomato cage to keep the squirrels and bunnies out

Digging up lemon balm

Digging up honeysuckle stumps



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ReallyOldGuy wrote on May 04, 2012 at 1:05 pm
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I really like your privacy fence made of long doors.  What did you do to the wood to prevent its decaying?  How is it holding up to the elements?  Thanks!

Meg Dickinson wrote on May 04, 2012 at 1:05 pm
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We painted them really, really well with heavy duty oil-based paint. So far they look OK - a small amount of warping but nothing too serious.