My First DIY Project

Today is the last day of school…

Tomorrow I’ll be at the lake…


But before I get away for a few days, I wanted to share final pics of my very first DIY project.  I’m pretty darn pleased with the way my back hallway turned out. 

You remember it’s ugliness, right? (I promise this will be last time I’ll show these.  I’m just a little giddy over it’s transformation!)


 (the laundry room is behind this door)

(Just realized you can see my messy office in the reflection…please ignore!)

A few “in progress” pics

Super Sabrina is a big reason why this project even began.  She is an old friend who was willing to come help and boy did she ever.  She was here all of 5 minutes when she started ripping out the existing indoor/outdoor carpet!

I hadn’t made any flooring plans so I panicked a bit at this point because the linoleum was worse than the carpet (if that’s even possible)!  But, I’m so glad she made me take it up because it forced me to make a flooring choice.  Even if it’s not my forever flooring, it’s about 1000x better than what was there. My good friends at B&J Floor Service hooked me up with new carpet and I must say, I’ve never been happier to have indoor/outdoor carpet installed in my house!

And then some painting began and lasted through most of the day.  I could tell immediately that I was in love!

And jsut like that, we were done.  No seriously, it really didn’t take that long.  We prepped on Friday night for about 2 hours, worked all day Saturday for about 10 hours, and I followed up on Sunday after Sabrina went home for maybe another two.  Ok…so maybe that is long when you think about it in hours, but it was practically completed in one weekend.  And I consider that a huge accomplishment!

Looking back at my inspiration photo, I think I came pretty close.  I will add more frames to the mix over time and perhaps a few other quirky things too.

I even have a new track light thanks to this find at EX-CESS and some electrical skills from The Mister and his dad.

It’s supposedly some sort of chicken feeder, but I’m not sure how it works in that capacity.  We (them) installed a few sockets inside the cylinder, ran new wires in the trough part, and hooked it up with the wires in the ceiling from the old fixture.  And voila, done!

So, all in all, I am thrilled with the outcome.  I honestly was so surprised at how much I liked the black.  Really was hesitant about putting chalk to it, but it’s been very easy to clean.  And it just goes to show, a little change in paint and flooring goes a very long way!  Up next, that horrible yellow laundry room.

Have a good one!

Where To Begin?

My super duper awesome cousin came to visit over the long weekend and to help me unearth my Dining Room.  It had become the dumping zone during the move and it was very, very scary.  So scary that I just couldn’t bear to clean it up alone.  I feared it would forever stay that way because I’d walk in there, and literally just turn around and leave.  It was B-A-D, but now it’s a Dining Room again.  Free of dog kennels, extra drapery, headbands, random towels, and a dead cockroach. I still have a few tiny piles of things to sort through and the garage to clean out, but for the most part, I’m unpacked!

Which means I might actually be able to start one of the many updating projects needed over here at The Little Stone House.  There is so much work to be done and it can be a little overwhelming deciding which area to tackle first, especially when new HVAC units, new gas lines and various plumbing repairs keep eating into the very little budget that I do have.  There are obvious areas that just wont happen for a while because they are cost prohibitive (kitchen remodel…master bath and closet remodel…and many others), but there are a handful of spaces that with a little ol’ blood, sweat and tears, The Mister and I could probably tackle them ourselves.  We aren’t really DIY-ers, but we are going to have to learn how to be with this house!  And since we plan to live here for many years, time is on our side.

I’m fairly certain the back hall will be the first space to fall victim to my becoming a DIY-er.  Wouldn’t you agree, or do you love vomit colored indoor/outdoor carpet, dingy baby blue painted walls and a truly ugly track fixture.  Doesn’t track lighting just scream English stone architecture!!  Sheesh…  I only walk through this hallway about 27,000x a day, and so it might greatly improve my attitude if it were prettier.

(yes, I see you Swiffer mop)

So on to some ideas floating around in my head (aka my New House Pinterest board).

Without a doubt, I know I want to recreate this for the walls of the back hall.  I adore this and already have a few empty frames and screens, so I’m on my way!  Just need to paint and hang the frames.

And looky here…I hung a few things I had hanging around just to see if I am going to like this idea.  I definitely think so!
Next up, lighting.  Because there is no true attic to speak of in this house, a flush mount fixture is what I need.

I really like this one, because I think it would look nice with the wall treatment, and the price is reasonable, but is it too nautical looking???  It’s a front runner though.

I could splurge on a single strip of Aldo Bernardi L’Impinato with two or three of either spot. 

I like these from Circa Lighting

And these too

A more industrial fixture from West Elm

Hmmm…maybe I should consider the flooring first?  There are lots of little spaces here created by numerous doorways, so I would prefer to add wood floors to tie into the main part of the house and the kitchen which also have wood floors.  But, I’m not sure I want to go to all that trouble and expense right now.  So perhaps a temporary selection?  And temporary meaning “mightbeforever” in our house.

Even though it’s hideous, our existing indoor/outdoor carpet is quite practical.  No worrying about dirty grout lines, easy to clean, relatively inexpensive.  Flor tiles would be fun?  Anyone ever used them?  Easy install, or so they claim.

(sorry about the picture quality…can’t make them bigger without being distorted.  Check out the last image via the link above.  Looks just like seagrass!)

I’ve even considered using VCT tiles.  Had them before in my laundry room and loved it.  Easy to maintain, endless patterns to create.

Or, brick pavers?  Loved this floor in a stationery store I visited in New Orleans recently (pardon my feet).  I’m not sure my skills are worthy enough to tile just yet, but I do really like this look.  Feels authentic to my house.

This one is beautiful too.  And I especially appreciate the dark grout, knowing that my floors would get alot of wear. 

As always, so much to consider.  I think I will tackle the walls first and see if that dictates what lighting and flooring I should choose.  The problem most definitely lies in the fact that I like so many different things.  I probably wouldn’t go wrong with any of these choices.  It’s the over-thinking on my part that makes it difficult!

What have you used in high traffic areas? Would you be willing to try something with a bold pattern in a smaller space. Something lively? Or keep it simple? Would love to know your thoughts.
So next weekend (gotta clean out the garage this weekend), I have a date with paint.  I’ll be sure to let you know how it goes.  I’m sure there will be hilarious stories to tell…I’ve never, not once, painted. 

Happy Friday, y’all!