how to paint a granite fireplace surround

Marian ParsonsAll Things Home, Decorating, home improvement, Living Room, My House, Painting & Refinishing, Room Makeovers, Tutorials30 Comments

One of the downsides to buying a house that is new-ish and in nice condition is that it’s hard to rip out and replace things that are perfectly nice.  In the other homes we’ve owned, I’ve been able to take the approach of “we can’t make it any worse, so let’s just go for it!”  In this house, we can … Read More

Edging & Painting the Concrete Patio

Marian ParsonsAll Things Home, Decorating, Exterior, Gardening, home improvement, My House, Painting & Refinishing, Tutorials18 Comments

Last Thursday, the weather was lovely.  It was sunny, wasn’t too hot, and there was a light breeze.  It was the perfect day to get the patio under our deck painted.  Oh, this patio was so sad and neglected.  It felt so good to finally give it some attention! Before we could paint, we had to get it all cleaned … Read More

studio built-in shelf dimensions & cut list

Marian ParsonsAll Things Home, home improvement, Home Studio, My House, Tutorials, woodworking5 Comments

Reminder – Always use caution and common sense when using power tools. Also, I know that most home improvement stores are still open right now, but I would suggest seeing if you can get a delivery option for the materials you need if you plan to build this shelf soon.  It’s simply not worth leaving the house to get supplies … Read More

painting checkerboard floors | part 2

Marian ParsonsAll Things Home, Decorating, home improvement, Home Studio, My House, Painting & Refinishing, Room Makeovers, Tutorials33 Comments

When you last saw the floors, they were all taped off and ready to paint.  You can find that post HERE if you missed it. The taping was definitely the most time-consuming part.  After that, it’s pretty much smooth sailing for this project. I initially purchased the same color I used on my kitchen walls – Stonington Gray mixed at … Read More

Painting Checkboard Floors | Part 1

Marian ParsonsAll Things Home, Decorating, home improvement, Home Studio, My House, Painting & Refinishing, Room Makeovers, Tutorials30 Comments

I’ve had this itch for a long time!  Back in 2012 I was contemplating finishing my dining room and living room in a two-toned stained checkerboard pattern (you can find that post HERE), but Jeff didn’t love the idea and talked me out of it.  I was slightly relieved because the prospect of doing all of that geometry made me … Read More

picture frame molding tutorial

Marian ParsonsAll Things Home, home improvement, Tutorials30 Comments

While my mom was here, the biggest job on our project to-do list was wallpapering the guest room.  I was planning on installing the chair rail as a part of that, but I was going to stop there and work on the picture frame/box molding with Jeff.  He’s the real woodworker in our family and he is much more detail-oriented … Read More