A few weeks ago, I invited my followers to ask questions on my Instagram Stories. I was initially planning on just answering them as they came in, but as I was flooded with over 100 questions, some of them with answers that would take longer than a 15-second frame, I decided these would be better answered in blog posts. I consolidated ones that were similar and then sorted them into categories – home, business/blogging, art, MMS Milk Paint, & random. I’ll write a post on each category, answering the questions.
Today, I’m answering all of the home-related questions.
Are you going to be doing bathroom renovations?
Yes! We are starting on a renovation of our half bathroom next week. We’re working on that one first because it’s connected to our foyer, which we’re having retiled. It just makes sense to do it all together. I’ll be sharing the plans for it soon along with a picture of the space (I couldn’t find one!)
I’ll also be doing minor updates to our three full bathrooms. One is in the basement for guests, one is the boy’s bathroom, and the final one is the master bath. I’m going to focus on inexpensive fixes that we can do ourselves, like painting the walls and trim, painting the cabinetry (in a couple of cases), and decorating.
In the master bath, we’re replacing the faux wood blinds over the tub with white plantation shutters. And that valance is coming down. We would eventually like to make bigger changes, like replacing the tile and building out a larger shower, but those are expensive projects that are low on the priority list, so they won’t be happening for a long time. All of the bathrooms are in nice shape, neutral, and have great layouts, so some paint and personality will do a lot.
Will you do a walk-through of your house?
Sure thing! I did a couple of times when I first moved in, but I’ll do an updated walk-through and save it to my Instagram Story Highlights. Until then, you can see the rooms we’ve completed on my Home Tour page.
Repost the toilet cleaning, please?
It is so funny that one of my most popular posts from last year was about cleaning toilets. I guess we all clean our toilets, so that makes sense. You can find that post HERE. (If you’ve never tried a scour stick, you really should!)
Are your green cabinets in the kitchen painted with milk paint?
The color I matched Benjamin Moore’s Advanced in Satin to is Boxwood. Here is the formula for the custom color…
Where are your curtains from in your studio?
I made them! You can find a tutorial HERE. The design was sold on Decor Steals a few months ago, but I’m not sure if they’ll be offering them again.
I’m moving. What is your #1 tip and biggest regret from the first year in your new home?
Oooo…good question and a hard one. I had to think through this a bit and I don’t think I have any regrets. That doesn’t mean I haven’t made mistakes, but I think mistakes are a part of the process of moving into a house and making it your own. It’s a journey that you have to feel your way through. Some decisions you make right off the bat might prove to not work down the road. For example, I painted my living room when we first moved in, because I couldn’t handle the dark beige that was on the walls and painting the room was a quick and easy fix. Down the road, I realized my color selection was a little off compared to my selections for the adjoining rooms.
I don’t regret painting those walls, though. I’m glad I did and doing so allowed me to enjoy the space while I figured things out.
As far as a tip…I would suggest that you don’t feel bad about changing something that is perfectly fine as is. This is your house and the previous owner’s choices, as quality as they may be, might not work with your aesthetic. In some ways, I think it’s easier to fix up a fixer-upper because improvements need to be made. It’s harder to get past jacking up perfectly good, unoffensive, builder-grade tile. But, if you want to do it and it’s in the budget, then do it!
How do you pick paint colors for rooms with woodwork that my husband won’t let me paint?
I sometimes wonder why men won’t let women paint woodwork. I know that’s a very generalized statement, but it comes up a lot! I can understand if it’s an old home with original woodwork. While I might choose to paint it, because it would be too dark and heavy for me, I completely understand and respect someone who wants to leave it alone. When we’re talking about 1980’s 3″ oak baseboards, I just don’t get that. Is it really that important to not paint them when your wife really wants to? Can you get your wood fix with wood flooring or some beautiful pieces of wood furniture?
Okay, rant over.
I would suggest painting the walls a neutral, like a nice, clean white or cream. If the woodwork is so important, let it be the star and the walls can be an accent. I would then add some wood touches that tie into the trim…picture frames, furniture, an accent in a fabric or rug that ties into the wood tone. That way, it looks intentional and not like you’re trying to work around something you dislike.
Here is an example of how pretty it can look…
How do you keep white sheets white and prevent them from shrinking?
I really don’t know! I just throw them in the washer and dryer. I have heard that boiling linens makes them bright white, but I’ve never tried it!
Where would you look in general for a good solid wood table?
I would definitely look on craigslist! I have bought almost every table in our house off of craigslist. Just look for something that is on the vintage/antique side that is in sturdy condition. Scratches, water rings, etc. can always be sanded out and the table can be very inexpensive if it has some cosmetic issues. I’ve paid around $100-150 for most of the tables I’ve bought, but you can find them for $10-20 sometimes!
Look often and jump right on it when you find one you love at a good price.
You can read the tutorial on how I refinished my craigslist dining room table HERE.
Is it ok to cover over old fabric? Just got a used kitchen table and the chairs have so many staples!
Yes. If the chair seats screw off and they just need to be covered with a piece of fabric, yes, you can staple a new one on without removing the old. The only concern might be the layers of fabric being too thick, but if they are thin enough, you can get away with it. Just be aware that some staples might pop back if they hit another staple.
If you’re upholstering a chair with arms, an upholstered back, etc, then I would remove all of the fabric (as much of a pain as that is!)
How did you learn to do all the handy work you do? YouTube tutorials? Courses?
All of the above! I also like reading books and articles. I enjoy learning new things and testing out new skills. Some things I do once and know they are not for me, like tiling and quilting, and other things I try and I have a knack for. In a nutshell, I’m not afraid to stretch myself, to try, and to fail.
More answers will be coming soon and I still need to share all about my brief stay in Florence!