DIY Banister Update – Part 3

Even though it is late I am still getting this up on Sunday! ( yes, I am patting myself on the back right now ) this DIY has been such a pain in my rear that for this final banister post I wanted to pass on my learned-the-hard-way wisdom.

#1 Don’t rush the preparation! I will admit that I did everything the way I was advised to but I only had a limited amount of time to get it ready while grandma watched the little one. So if I had to do it again – which I won’t, EVER – I would definitely set aside more time for prep work.

#2 If you are in doubt when buying supplies buy more than you think you need and keep your receipt! The worst thing ever is when you are working on a project and you run out of something and you have to make the drive all the way back to Home Depot. I would also suggest making a list before you go, whatever is not used just return.

#3 Cover your flooring extremely well. I would even go as far as to suggest taping your tarps to the floor so nothing moves out of place. I did not do this and our carpet got quite a few paint drip (sorry babe)

#4 Remove your painters tape when the paint is tacky, do not wait until your paint is dry. Not only will you life up your tape, but also portions of paint off you banister Yikes!

#5 know when to call it quits. This is very hard advice for me to follow especially when I start to get frustrated with a project. I want to keep at it until it is perfect and in reality, especially with this DIY, it was / is never going to be perfect so I just needed to walk away. To be honest I knew this project would be a major undertaking, but even then I underestimated it!

I hope you all enjoyed this DIY, I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments 😁

-Allison

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DIY Banister Update – Part 2

Welcome back! If you are reading this than that means you are interested in seeing (and hearing) about this hellacious DIY project. (Please note that all the photos in this post are the finished project, sadly my camera deleted the “in progress” photos)

We left off in part one with prepping the banister, and the next thing I did was use Kilz as a primer (this is what was suggested during my research and at Home Depot) I have personally never worked with this product before and it was odd to say the least. It is more of a thin consistency than paint, has major fumes, is oil based (so it will be on you and your clothes for-ev-er) and the kicker is after a certain point it is literally like painting with honey.

-I’m sure you are now starting to understand why I ended up hating this project so much-

So after a good solid coat of that I took a break to let it fully dry then started with my semi gloss Behr paint. I just chose bright white – the standard color and I do love it. I figured two to three coats would do the trick… more like 4 coats and the sealer! At one point I did take apart the banister in sections (like I mentioned in part one) and did each piece individually, and although this was so much more labor intensive I regret not doing this from the beginning because it would look so much better.

After the paint was dry I when over most everything with a polyurethane top coat. The first few days it looked great, but after 4 or 5 it started to yellow!

-As you can imaging I was ready to take a sledge hammer to this thing! –

So I lightly sanded it and put a very thin layer of paint over certain areas. It definitely turned out more rustic than I wanted and I am still nowhere near happy with it, but it is a major improvement from the cat scratched beat up oak.

Make sure to stop by on Sunday when I will have my final post in this series about what to do different, what I learned and all the products I used.

Hope you are having a great day!

-Allison

DIY : Banister Update – Part 1

We have lived in our home going on three years, and while the bones are great, some parts need some upgrading – case in point the banister. I loath light wood trim, cabinets, banisters… it just drives me crazy! I think it looks cheap and thrown together. Don’t get me wrong lighter wood can be beautiful, if done the right way, but in our home’s case the builder just put in the least expensive option possible. Since the time we moved in we both knew we wanted to rip out and replace the banister but the project kept getting put on the back burner as other things took priority. So here we are 3 years later with a banister still in horrible condition from the previous owners cats and no change in sight, so this DIY lady took matters into her own hands.

I did do quite a bit of research before even starting the project to see what the best course of action would be and I was a little disappointed that I did not find anything similar to our banister, so I did have to wing parts of it and honestly this DIY kicked my butt!

The first two photos below are of the banister before anything was done to it. Tons of scratches from the cats and additional wear and tear of the family with kids that previously owed the home.

These three photos below are after I wiped down and sanded the entire banister. This was a lengthy process and as you can imagine messy! In hindsight I wish I would have unscrewed all the “spindles” sanded them, prepped and painted them, but the reason I did not is because one, the entire thing our have collapsed so I would have had to do it in stages (finished one whole section, then start another) and also, it would have really freaked me out to not have a banister as all of the bedrooms are on floor two, and we do walk up and down the stairs with baby frequently.

As you can see in the last two photos I taped off for primer and then wiped everything with a damp cloth to remove any sawdust. The next part is where things got sticky, literally! Check back tomorrow for part 2, and my tips to make this project easier for you

Hope your having a great day!

-Allison

Currently Loving : Mantle Decor

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I have a love affair with home decor. I could do home decorating, look at it, watch shows about it and never get sick of it. I am constantly rearranging our house, because why not? Our current mantle decor I am in love with so I. Thought I would share some photos, and also share some major #MantleGoal photos I found on Pinterest. Above is our mantle, below is some inspiration. I have linked items on our mantle (or very similar ones) at the very bottom of this post as well as my Pinterest – Happy Decorating!

Fake Palm Leaves<a href="http://Fake Faux Artificial Tropical Palm Leaves for Home Kitchen Party Decorations or Handcrafts 18 Counts by ZXSWEET” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”> here

Vase and Gold Shelf thrifted 

Letter board thrifted(brand new!) similar<a href="http://Changeable Letter Board Dark Grey Felt 10×10 Inches. Changeable Wooden Message Board Sign. White Vintage Letter Board With Large and Small Letter Sets. Distressed Wood Frame” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”> here 

Skull Michael’s Halloween Clearance, similar <a href="http://custom & Unique {3.2″ Inch} 1 Single, Small Home & Garden “Standing” Figurine Decoration Made of Grade A Resin w/ Small Gothic Human Skull Style {Bronze Color}” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”>here

Follow me on Pinterest here, I would also love to follow you back! Thanks for reading

-Allison

2018 House Purge : Update on my closet / office

Even though these photos are still a bit of a mess we are making progress and that is what it is all about right!? I am happy to say that I was able to get rid of 4 trash bags full of stuff and have 3 more I want to re-sell!!! Wowza – That is a whole lotta stuff and I haven’t even gone through my purses yet. (Remember, no judging)

This has definitely been a difficult process and I have become very overwhelmed at times as I really started to realize how much stuff I had when trying to clean and organize it. I do work full time, have a young baby and a husband which have my attention 99% of the time so needless to say that I have not gotten as much done in this room as I like so for now I am calling it a work in progress😁

I thought I would share a few tips I have learned so far that will hopefully make your de-cluttering journey more simple than mine.

– before doing anything think about your goals. In my closet / office I wanted everything to have a place and to have extra room for things (one of the worst feelings is trying to put things away, but there is no room anywhere!)

– once you have a goal in mind get 3 boxes or bins; one for trash, one for donate, one for sell.

– once you are in the thick of it know your limits. If it is just too much and you are overwhelmed start small – a desk drawer a day – then graduate to bigger tasks like your pantry

– if you are having a hard time getting rid of things get a friend to come help! We all have that one person on our lives that throws out any and everything (not in a bad way, some people are just really good with decluttering) and they are perfect! Luckily for me that person in my life is my husband. I was having a really hard time getting rid of shoes so I had him sit with me when I went through them and give his opinion. There were a few pairs that I was going to keep and he honestly asked “where and when would you wear those?” And I had no answer – to the sell or donate bins they go! And it actually felt great!

What are some things you do to stay on track when cleaning or organizing?

Hope your having a great Wednesday!

-Allison

MamaHood Monday Vol 8

If you are anything like my husband and I our two dogs were our children before we had our daughter, and they still are so I consider myself a mother of three, not one 🤪 Also like us, if you are a dog parent and also expecting or have a little one you probably also have fears regarding your fur children and your human children. I have to say my husband was a lot more concerned than I was, not for any reason in particular, but just like people each dog has a dog different personality and can react different to each situation. (Our younger dog in most the pictures above was Jerrod’s main concern because he is my dog (jealousy issues), but he has become Ro’s main protector and buddy) So all this being said we went in search of some tips to help our pups cope with the big change.

First things first all the baby stuff you get before the little one arrives is very exciting for your pup! We let the dogs go crazy sniffing all the stuff (and washed everything afterwards of course) this gets them somewhat accustomed to the new smells and gear that comes with a new baby. We never discouraged them from being curious, only if they tried to steal things 😅

Some people said to play recording of crying newborns before you deliver too but we never did this. I personally didn’t want to because I thought it would cause more confusion for the dogs rather than prepare them.

This is the big one that I recommend to a lot of people – if possible before the baby is brought home have your spouse or someone take something that has been on the baby (a hat, a blanket, booties, etc.) home and rub it on the dogs beds, and leave it there. this can help your dogs associate the smell of a new baby with something positive and comforting – like their bed!

Last but not least, never discourage your dog from being curious about baby, and never leave them unattended. In the beginning we would carefully watch our dogs with the baby and after a good interaction we would praise them (treats, or just lots of love) This being said, also never force an interaction between your dog and your baby, sometimes it takes a while for everyone to get used to the new dynamic even the dogs might need time and space.

I would love to hear about the positive interactions your little ones have with your dogs; hope you are having a great day wherever you are 🙂
-Allison

Home Decor : Macrame Everything!

Being a kid I often heard about my mom and dad’s projects creating macrame in the 60’s and 70’s and how awesome some of them turned out – sadly before I was born they were donated (I am crying softly as I write this) but the love of Macrame was definitely passed down to my sister and I and my mom still has her 1970’s Macrame instruction book so I guess that is the silver lining? Fingers crossed I will get around to making one of my own someday! 😉

As I am sure you have noticed Macrame is all over the entire internet and has definitely made it’s comeback. You do always have the option to create your own or buy new, but I personally love looking at the thrift store as you can find some really intricate patterns for dollars!

As you can tell I am totally in love with Macrame, in trend or not, I dig it! It truly gives such texture and interest to a space. What are your thoughts, love it or leave it?

Hope you are having a great day wherever you are 🙂

All images via Pinterest

-Allison