Color outside the lines – Cabinet doors to wall shelves

Wall shelves from cabinet doors

I can give you three good reasons why you should never throw away wood cabinet doors. Here they are…one, two and three… Are you convinced?  What if I said I only spent a total of $8 for the entire art nook pictured here? Wood is wood, whether it starts out pretty or not! I hung on to every bit of the stuff we pulled out of the kitchen, knowing I would find something to do with it eventually. As it turns out, these cabinet doors were just exactly perfect for the art corner I’ve been working to finish in the guest room. I took off the hardware, filled in the holes, sanded, spray painted, screwed on brackets, and called it done! Not too shabby for old doors growing mold in the scrap pile! This little art spot for the girls, is coming along just nicely. It’s exactly what I pictured, simple, … Continue reading

Dot to Dot Sewing – Tunic Top for Girls

Tunic Top for Girls

My children grow so randomly, I’m not sure if that’s normal? My four year old has been the same size for the last two years, and then all the sudden whamo! She’s suddenly a good three inches taller and nothing fits! Um kid? Can we do this growth thing gradually and consistently next time? It would make mommy’s life so much easier trying to clothe you, seriously. For the time being, little Miss thinks new handmade clothes are super special…so I’m running with it until she gets too trendy for my sewing abilities. She helped pick out the fabrics out of my stash, and supervised the process closely. This tunic top builds off the pattern I showed you how to make for the basic girls shift dress HERE. You’ll need to reference that to make this pattern. The pattern is all the same, except we are going to add actual … Continue reading

Updating the guest room’s fifth wall with color

painted ceiling chapter37

Do you know what the fifth wall in a room is? Of course you do, look up! Your ceiling is arguably the most looked at “wall” in a bedroom, and shouldn’t be overlooked when painting.  While color on the ceiling may not be your thing, even a fresh coat of just white may make more of a difference than you think. I personally enjoy a colored ceiling, specifically if all the walls are white. The main areas of our house have wood ceilings, while the bedrooms have drywall ceilings. I chose to leave the wood ceilings alone, and paint all the dry wall ones…which were a stylish shade of 50′s pink. Pink…really? Of all the colors you could pick…. Painting a ceiling is just like painting a door, it’s a very easy way to change the look of a room without investing tons of time or money. It’s a small … Continue reading

Do you understand it?

The love of God chapter37

Understanding that God chooses to love me, on purpose, without any requirements, without any limits, is truly life changing.  I can always have joy, because God loves me. My future is secure, because God loves me. I will always have a purpose for today, because God loves me. Do you know how much God loves you? The love of God is greater far Than tongue or pen can ever tell; It goes beyond the highest star, And reaches to the lowest hell; The guilty pair, bowed down with care, God gave His Son to win; His erring child He reconciled, And pardoned from his sin. O love of God, how rich and pure! How measureless and strong! It shall forevermore endure The saints’ and angels’ song. When years of time shall pass away, And earthly thrones and kingdoms fall, When men, who here refuse to pray, On rocks and hills … Continue reading

How to fake a painting with modpodge

How to fake a painting

I have very random tastes as to what odd little thing I’ll fall in love with and drag home. Random yes, but also very specific. I appreciate a good story, and some things just look how a well written book reads. I found this large train print in a junk store, falling out of its frame and warped. I loved it. It immediately transported me to tales of the old west, the novel Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand, and the summer I spent as a kid with an Uncle who lives in a place that looks just like this picture. I can taste the dust in the air, and feel the hot breeze in my face, can’t you? The only problem with my little find, it was dull and flat. The colors had faded a bit with age, and it needed something to freshen it up a bit. I decided to try a … Continue reading

Staircase – A series of steps or a piece of art?

staircase redo planing

My next painting project I plan to tackle is my staircase. It’s the first thing you see when you step through the front door, so I think it’s high time for it to receive some attention. Hmmm why yes, I am still in the middle of my guest room, and the living room still is unfinished with three pieces of furniture needing slip-covers, two pieces needing painting, and art needed for the wall…just never you mind about all that. We like to have big goals around here. I’ve had very specific plans for my staircase since the moment I laid eyes on it. Its narrow and dark, with a bit of a twist at the top…it’s quirky, creaky, and irregular…just my style. It’s my “story book” staircase. Our contractor told us the staircase would never pass current building codes, its too narrow and the stairs are too steep. I don’t … Continue reading

The Dining Room Makeover

dining room remodel via blog.chapterthirtyseven.com

We are on “round one” of our home renovation. Round one is defined thus: get it clean, get it livable, and get some paint on the walls for the sheer relief of my eyeballs! Round two will be more important things like, replacing floors, windows, maybe even getting doors which open and shut…novel concept to be sure. Let’s not underestimate round one though…it may be small budget stuff, but it’s a ferocious beast. Want evidence? I have plenty. This way if you please…this is my dining room before paint….and before extreme sanitary measures were taken. And this is my dining room after paint…white to the walls, black to the doors. See that wall separating the kitchen and the dining room? I wish I had a close up shot of the counter before I messed with it, It was so. gross. I don’t even have words really. I didn’t want to … Continue reading

Giving my kids the good life, or is it so good?

giving my kids the good life chapter37

We all want our kids to have a better life than we had growing up. Even if you had a great child hood, I think it’s an idea that just comes naturally to everyone. I wonder though, if that goal is really doing more to harm our kids than help them. Take birthday’s for an example. When I was a child, we didn’t have Pinterest perfect birthday parties with cupcakes flawlessly matching the hand constructed pendent banner complete with a table creaking under the weight of gifts…a scene which seems to be the norm for children now. Did I suffer from it? Did I feel deprived as a child? Not exactly, I adored my birthday! I had a homemade cake, and usually one gift from each member of my immediate family. If I was especially lucky, Grandma and Grandpa would send me a few dollars. Birthday’s were looked forward to … Continue reading

The future of the guest room

guest room remodel planing chapter37

I’ve discovered that home renovation progress goes in spurts. You just have to get done what you can get done, when you can do it, and be happy with that. Easier said than done for  “I have an idea and I want it done by exactly 4.5 hours from now” types like myself. I’m getting antsy to finish my guest room, but other obligations are taking precedent just now so I’m learning patience. Yay me. Since it’s stuck on my brain though, I thought I’d share some of the before pictures of the room and some of my plans for it. This room is pretty average, nothing especially gross or weird about it. Wood walls, check. Dirty pink ceiling, check. Disturbing burn spot on the closet door, check. Creaky parquet floor, check. Door that you have to body slam open or shut, because absolutely nothing is level in an old … Continue reading

Painting Interior Doors Black – Why I chose to do it

painting interior doors black chapter37

Doors are pretty average things in a house, and so are walls for that matter. Most of us analyze paint cards and paint samples with great attention, and think long and hard about paint colors for walls…why not for doors? I’m a big believer in making any ordinary “bone” of a house, as un-ordinary as humanly possible. If you’ve got to look at anyway, make it art! One really easy way to do this, is to not overlook the doors! I knew I was going for white walls and trim through the entire house. I wanted the doors to the main rooms (not closet doors) to break up all the white, and to contrast sharply, so I went for black painted doors. Here is a shot of the front hallway in my house before I painted it. Here is that same hallway after paint. (Please disregard the stairs, they are … Continue reading