Dear Reader, Do you ever need a brain break?

Hi dear readers! Since I’ve been posting so many blogs about book spine colors, I thought I’d just go way off the beaten path and chase a squirrel today and share with you a couple of colorful home improvement projects I manically and maniacally threw myself into last weekend after submitting copy edits for Lead Me Home to my editor.

Copy editing, while truly my favorite part of the writing process, is also the most mentally exhausting. So when I hit the “send” key, I tend to collapse–at least in the writing and reading sense.

Painting and decorating and upcycling  have always been BIG stress releases for my mind and even my body, which had been too-long hunched over my laptop. And I think the fact that I can start and finish a painting or decorating project in a few hours or a couple of days helps restore my confidence in being able to accomplish something. You see, the middle of editing a novel manuscript can make a writer feel like they will never, ever be done.




So without further delay, I’ll accomplish this blog post and show you my before and afters and reveals and cheats and hacks!

First up, the inside of our front door. I’d seen this trend all over Pinterest and it looks so “WOW” I decided to try it. And WOW it is, IMHO:


Thanks, Pinterest!

The second project was redecorating and repurposing the room in our house that is supposed to be a dining room. But come on, who really eats in their dining room? Maybe if we had guests more often, but no one wants to visit us because of our three big slobbery dogs. And besides that, the room became an oversized, 10×12 junk drawer. Catch-all. Disaster.



Evidently I’ve loved the colors red, green and gold so much it paid off, because I truly only bought paint and the fabric for the curtains. (Don’t you just love those great big happy checks? I’ve been eyeing that fabric for years!) the settee was a cast-off, the barn paintings were from a friend, and I had the little flowered chairs for over 15 years. There are two walls that will have BIG white bookshelves for our BIG stacks of books and that we’re still waiting to get, but I’m so happy we have a brand new-to-us, usable room.

The third project is the red bench in the pictures above. The room needed a footstool, but I couldn’t find any I liked. So I had a white wooden bench, a fabric remnant, and bought some foam from Hobby Lobby (Lord have mercy, people, don’t let me go into that store alone anymore!!!):

I put the labels of the foam and batting on here in case anyone wanted to know:

IMG_8369THIS product is brilliant. The person who invented it needs a Pulitzer or Nobel or Grammy or all three, because instead of having to pound in every. single. nail. you just pound in every 6th!   
Oh, and please note that a heavy duty staple gun is essential for this project and life in general.

So, that’s it, dear readers!

Put a link in the comments about your favorite project, and why!


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Just some paintings

 If you’re a follower of my past blogs, you’ll remember these. I just felt like posting them today. They were painted during some of the more intense times of my therapy. Enjoy and be blessed.