making way for hardwoods | ripping up carpet

Marian ParsonsAll Things Home, home improvement, Office, Room Makeovers, Tutorials27 Comments

I’m sharing everything in reverse when it comes to the office makeover, but that’s just how it goes sometimes!  I usually write about what is most “at my fingertips” and sharing progress on the room was a lot more fun than talking about ripping out carpet.  But, it’s an important bit that some of you might want to know more … Read More

hang your head in shame, faucet

Marian Parsonshome improvement, Kitchen62 Comments

The kitchen has come a long way since we moved in and, while it looks like a big overhaul, it’s really just involved paint, changing out the lights over the island, and hanging the pot rack.  The one big change we made was converting the electric stove to gas and replacing it with a beefy commercial-style range, which has been … Read More

painting cabinets | applying the paint

Marian Parsonshome improvement, Kitchen, Painting & Refinishing, Tutorials44 Comments

I know this series is called “painting cabinets”, but painting is just the final and probably the easiest step!  Before you break out the paint, make sure you check out the first two posts in this series… painting cabinets | prep painting cabinets | priming Now, let’s talk about the paint. For the cabinets and trim in my house, I’m … Read More

painting cabinets | prep

Marian Parsonshome improvement, Painting & Refinishing, Tutorials34 Comments

I have been sharing some snippets here and there of the process of painting my built-ins and kitchen cabinets on my Instagram Stories and I’ve been getting tons of questions about the process and products I’m using, so now I’m sharing the details here on the blog. First off, I know painting cabinets is intimidating and understandably so!  They are … Read More

spraying paint again…

Marian Parsonshome improvement, Living Room, My House92 Comments

When I first started my decorative and painting business, buying a paint sprayer was a no-brainer.  My pieces would have a smoother, more professional finish, and I could crank out pieces much faster than painting by hand.  I did a ton of research and ended up buying a Graco HVLP FinishPro.  (HVLP stands for high volume low pressure.)  I used … Read More