Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Your Favorite PB&Jstories DIY Projects | Inspiration

I can't help but reflect on three years worth of blogging as we're starting our next biggest adventure.  People ask why I started blogging, what I blog about, what I hope to gain from my blog, etc etc all the time.  I never know REALLY want to answer, "I began blogging because... my husband was deployed and I got tired of talking to myself." ... "I blog about... DIY attempts, projects I think others may might possibly could do themselves when following my tutorial of fumbling through steps... actually I mostly just ramble."  What I hope to gain from my blog.... "Friendships? Relationships? That's what I've enjoyed the most!"

But reflecting on where I've grown as a DIYer, as a photographer and all I've learned about content development I'd say I'm happy, no I'm excited and grateful that I've had this journey as a blogger.

That being said -- I did a quick reflect on overall favorite posts that YOU guys have put up in my rankings and it was fun to see out of everything I've done, what you seek out the most.

Here's a break down of each DIY tutorial and a link to jump to the project! Would love it if you'd share any new ones you haven't shared/pinned yet!

DIY Wood Headboard Tutorial

(Original picture from tutorial)

 (Another picture of the headboard once I completed my master bedroom makeover)

DIY Painted Curtains
(Again, a picture from the original post....)

(And another from the Master Bedroom Reveal)

(PS Reminder: If you want to pin any of these projects it helps to go to the original tutorial and pin from there to reference back to easiest!)
I can't thank you enough! To each and every one of you that lands on my blog, reads a post and even saves the page to come back to later to maybe follow a tutorial, or share with a friend!
You guys are the reason I blog! 
Thank you Thank you!

Do you have any favorite projects I've done you don't see here?  I'd love to hear!


Wednesday, August 6, 2014

How to Keep Your Home Safe During Renovations

I am a Filtrete Brand blogger ambassador and was compensated for this post, but all opinions, tips, rants and ideas are my own!  Seriously though, stay safe!

Before we jumped into purchasing our second home and taking on BIG renovation projects I always described myself as a "cosmetic DIYer".  All the projects I did in our other home didn't bring any real equity value to them, and were mostly just turning our house into our home.  It's easier to learn easier to learn tutorials and fun “to do” projects when it isn’t a necessity, but rather a "hobby".

Well now that we've taken on our massive renovation projects, we're literally knee deep in construction zones and it's been a real test to always be sure we're keeping safety as our number one priority.  When you're working late at night after a full day's work, or when you're coming in and out across several days working on the same project it's almost "tempting" to forgo safety and just jump in.  You know -- you think oh it's just one quick cut with the saw, I don't need safety eyewear this time.  Or I'm just stopping in working on something for an hour, it's okay I'm wearing flip flops.

But, that's when accidents happen.

Not only is there a personal safety concern when doing renovations and DIY projects -- but there's a big HOME safety concern.  We're not living in our renovation mess so it's easier for us to contain the mess and where the danger zones are.  All our belongings are in boxes so they're a little more protected from all the dust and commotion.  Our kids aren't playing amongst the miter saws and nail guns... so there's that bonus too.

I wanted to recap certain ways to help keep your HOUSE safer during a renovation project that I've thought about or been sure to keep in my mind during these past few months.

1. Protect yourself: I've discussed before the importance of safety first when DIYing, and it's a must.  Wear proper protective gear such as protective eyewear, ear protection, gloves, proper shoe wear etc.

2. Do messy jobs outside (if possible): utilize outdoor space when you can to keep sawdust and messes outdoors.  Use the driveway, backyard, or even a balcony for saw cuts, sanding, etc.  This helps reduce the toxic substances and irritants that end up in the air in the home. 

3.  Be earth-friendly and "go green": There are so many options during a renovation to use "green" products such as paints, cleaners, and finishes.  Check labels and choose wisely.


4. Help protect the air in your home: It's easy to remember to tarp off work zones, and wear protective masks when sanding and painting, etc.. but it's easy to forget to filter the air in your home.  Open windows, use fans to circulate airflow, and remember to change your air filters more often than usual when you are renovating.  Depending on the length of your project, changing your air filter 2-3 times a month during big renovation projects will help the efficiency of your filter and the air circulation during and after the project.  Filtrete Air Filters offer a variety of styles of air filters that may fit your specific needs during high dust and allergen seasons!

5. Move out during big big projects (if possible): Depending on what type of projects need to be tackled, it may be best to stay at a friend's or parents house during certain phases to protect yourself.  Projects such as removing ceilings where you're taking down a lot of insulation, or anything with paint/walls if you have a home older than 1970's. 

6. Obtain necessary permits: Whether you're tackling DIY projects or hiring a contractor be sure you have the necessary permits to keep your home, and projects safe.  This will also be extremely important if you're trying to build sweat equity and turn around and sell your home to be sure renovations and projects were completed up to code.

7.  Call the experts if unsure: If you are unsure if your home has lead paint, asbestos, or other possible chemicals in particular areas, call an expert to have them come do test to keep you, your family, and your home safe and be sure they're handled with expertise.

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Thursday, July 31, 2014

One Room at a Time | PBJreno

A few weeks ago I shared about our kitchen renovation update... we're still chugging away on that project.  During it though I try to find time to start tackling some other parts of our house so it's more move in ready once that time comes (once we complete our kitchen). 

I began with Baby Girl's room because it's the smallest so was being sure I could "chew what I bit off".  Also, it's the first time I was installing baseboards and casing myself, so figured the smaller the better. 

I decided to go bold with her bedroom color as I've mentioned... it's a dark purple that I typically would NEVER pick. But, it spoke to me (after 7 paint samples and endless Pinterest searches).  So I grabbed my paintbrush and got to it....

 pssstt this is UNSPONSORED SHOUT OUT TO HOMERIGHT ... their EZ-Twist Paintstick makes painting a room slick as ever.  In fact the first time my husband used it the words straight from his mouth, "I could crush rooms with this".

I wanted to update all the baseboards and casing in the home, not only to give them a fresh crisp white paint job... but to also bulk them up and bring in a little craftsman style.  So the room needed to have all the baseboards, door casing and trim removed...then I painted the whole room.  Then I installed new trim and painted those up!

But... dealing with a home from the 50's and plaster walls... as a "newbie" I had a few challenges to overcome... like what to do when NOTHING IS SQUARE... orrrr what to do when it all looks like CR*P when you reveal below the original trim..

Once that was all said and done I switched out the outdated fan that was in there with just a flush mount light for now.  All of our belongings are still in boxes and after opening about 6 of them to find her original light chandelier I gave up so I'll just replace that at a later time. 

Her closet beforehand was BRIGHT pink, so smothered that with a new coat of white paint and ripped out the old closet rod which was not only too high but just ugly.  I'll be putting in some shelves and rods to make it more organized for a toddler-age closet.

Since her room was kind of the "do it as I go and figure it out" method of installing the trim, now I have it down and once I begin in J's room I'll be sure to take clear step by step pictures to show you all how I went about updating it all.

So overall here's what I did in her room so far to have it be "move in ready"
Removed popcorn ceiling
Removed old baseboards and casings
Removed old door and closet door
Replaced register and air vent and cleaned the vents
Painted the room and closet
Installed in baseboards and casing
Scraped off old paint job on window, patched, resealed for no more air leaks
Replaced old fan with new light fixture
Still to do:
Replace the outlets and light switch from dated yellow-tone to white faces
Replace with new light switch and outlet face plates
Decorate entire room

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