Now that “Weekend DIY Girl” is back, you might have noticed that I’m posting only on Fridays. This is deliberate: 1) because it’s the start of the weekend (duh), and 2) so you know when to expect my nuggets of goodness (in other words, to keep me on track so I won’t leave you again).
Starting next week, I will give my best efforts to post a new project, question or suggestion pertaining to DIY, crafting, or Home Improvement biweekly.
My first floor refresh project idea all started with a new paint color. I wanted to paint the walls of my whole first floor to lighten things up, but I knew with the amount of windows, and that I wanted to paint the trim as well, I would need a professional.
Then, one of my BFFs suggested wallpaper for the dining room. And then lighting went on sale.
Then a transition from my current laminate flooring broke, and I decided to do the floors. I wanted this to be done professionally, too.
Well, turns out floors should be installed before paint. And all the pretty accents after that.
This started in about February. With the pandemic still raging and only healthcare professionals getting vaccines, I naturally wanted to wait. I had a couple of days off in May and my hectic schedule slowed down then, so I decided on May delivery and installation.
So, while I waited for a break in the pandemic, I put together a complete design scheme with phases included, with floors from a certain big box store.
Valentine’s Day is not just about giving candy and cards to significant others and friends, it’s about showing your love language. Which for my brother must be acts of service because it involves replacing a toilet seat.
Well to be fair, I had already called my brother to help repair a piece of furniture, and we had both forgotten it was Valentine’s Day weekend, and since he already had the tools out for the furniture, he replaced the toilet seat in my guest bathroom, too. He uses that one after all. So, this really has nothing to do with love. Well, some caring.
Brief backstory: if you will remember my IG post from July 2020, I had this as a TO-DO project. It’s not a hard thing to do, especially with newer toilets like I have, but for some reason I didn’t have the motivation…or something to get this done. It’s probably a combination of not liking germs (I’m a little germophobic, and this is the guest bathroom) and scared that my phone would fall in the toilet while I tried to get a picture.
I attempted two final projects in my home office renovation that I thought could easily be done with some items I already own. One was a clock, the other was a wastebasket. Turns out I was wrong. On both counts.
I attempted the clock a few months ago. Like, it was still hot outside. ( Of course that could have been yesterday in my neck of the woods.) After I broke down my desk for its upcycle, I had several pieces of wood left over. Because my clock was slowly disintegrating – as in every time I moved it, a piece would break off – I thought why not cut another clock out of one of these pieces?
The Clock Mistake
First problem: I used the glass front of my old clock as a template for the new one. I had a piece big enough for the pattern, but cutting it was a different story. This particleboard is seriously thick, and my jigsaw blade was not having it. Hence, the lopsided circle.
Second problem: After painting, I drilled a hole for the clock’s hands to fit through. After about 4 tries with estimating the size of the hole needed, I’d cut it too big – and as I would find out later – not centered. I threw it off to the side – paint still wet, so it stuck to some paper – and gave up on it for a few weeks.
Quarantine has been interesting for my #WeekendDIYGirl projects. I can’t help seeing all these projects I want to tackle because I am around the house all day.
This project happened because I decided to rearrange my bedroom. (I had the furniture moving stuff out from my home office reno and thought why not? *smh*) When I did, I found that I had too much furniture in my bedroom, so I moved these to my bonus room, which could use some better lighting solutions. The oak wood and beige shades were not the right look for my bonus room’s vibe, so I repainted these and got new shades for them.
I’ve reached 200 followers on Instagram! To celebrate, I am giving away a craft item from one of my favorite Etsy Crafters, Create Some Envy. You probably remember my post on her store when it was Free Spirit Crafting Co. She has expanded her offerings, so you should check them out!
In the meantime, see my post below on how to enter. Giveaway ends 10/31/20 at 11:59 PM EDT!