Updates on the front room 1/20/2018 and some feelings


I’m posting again! HI TO ANYONE THAT CARES!

I’ve been pretty active on Instagram, for me, and I might be bordering (or fully surpassed, idk) on annoying with my insta stories. They don’t really have anything to do with DIY or projects and are more about me/life.

But, I don’t have a different Instagram for that? And my momma told me that it’s ok for me to be more of a person on it. She doesn’t have Instagram, but I would totally follow her if she did.

If you’re not following, and annoying stories about my cat interest you, you can follow me. Tempting, I know. I really enjoy the messages and conversations from them!

Speaking of Instagram, I had to unfollow a lot of well-known DIY home bloggers.

Most real people cannot keep up with the pace they set for DIY projects and large home renovations. Then they write a post with a budget breakdown and what? They didn’t actually have to pay that?

No one is going to give me $15,000 worth of appliances or materials or come do the work for free. It feels unrelatable.

And I’m not saying that I DO want any of that. But, it gives an unrealistic expectation of what my house should look like 5 months after moving in.

Then I get frustrated that I’ve been in my house for 5 years and I only see the things that I haven’t finished.

Thennnnnn I pull up ‘before’ pictures and realize that I have made a ton of progress. And I remember that it’s for the best for this process to be slow, thought out and organic. Otherwise, I end up making a lot of decisions that I regret and will change.

And I’m like: lmaoooooooooooooo remember how in the front room, the previous owners had blown insulation put in with big holes/wooden plugs AND THEN LITERALLY PUT SQUARES OF WALLPAPER OVER THE HOLES WITH GLUE!? OMG FUN TIMES.

I removed the drywall, skim coated the walls, and painted the trim white.


And moved the original wood door, to replace the horrible steel exterior door.

I forgot my point of this post? omg do I ever shut up?


Quick snap before it was installed

Last time I hung (hanged? English language, you so crazy) a door with my husband, it turned into an explosive fight and I vowed never to experience that again. It would likely end up in a homicide/suicide situation. Best to avoid that and hire it out.

It was surprisingly difficult to find a professional who knew how to simply mortise the new door for hinges and install it in the existing door jamb? When I would call for an estimate, they usually told me that they only installed pre-hung doors. So I gave up for a few years.


I called a handyman service and explained to the nice lady what I needed and she told me that would be fine and she would schedule their carpenter.


So I repeated the situation about 7 times to make sure I was clear, and she clearly thought I was unwell mentally.

He did a great job and it cost $165.

I opted to install the door hardware myself to save money.

He really, really, did not want to let me. He kept asking me if I was sure that I wanted to do it. It wasn’t mean but also fuck off because I said that I did already like 45432124 times and I know that I am a woman but I am still capable of using my hands?

I hadn’t ever mortised a door before, so cue the stress sweating, but it went pretty well and it only cost me $5 for the drill bit.

I am not saying that I am a door knob, but if I were, I would be this door knob and thumb turn combo.

I still haven’t finished scraping off the paint from the glass. I’ll probably do an update post on that in about 2 years. THE ANTICIPATION MUST BE KILLING YOU.

The color is from Ace, OPI ‘Care to danse?’ in exterior satin.

Still a stupid name and I hate asking for it. I quite literally cringe.

That fucking wallpaper. I still love it so, so, so much.

A few months ago, I built this floating bench for this odd little nook.

Andddddddd I bought this mirror from Anthro last year (20% off sale for the win!) to go above my campaign dresser. It doesn’t seem to be available anymore. 

I really struggled with lamps? The scale baffled me. That was until I saw these ones from CB2 and I was like YASSSSSSSSSSSS GIMME.

Ignore that bright orange extension cord ok? I almost  moved it and retook pictures and then I was like nah. We are bright orange extension cord people in this household. And lazy.

These guys are always lurking. 

Seriously, how do I use so many words for nothing?

SO, the point. Yeah, it’s taken me 5 years to get this room here. BUT I AM COOL WITH IT. YOU BE COOL WITH YOUR PROGRESS, TOO.

Also, as always, I appreciate all of you wonderful people for your support, comments and inspiration.

6 Replies to “Updates on the front room 1/20/2018 and some feelings”

  1. Dude, I am WITH you on unfollowing some of the home bloggers who spend all their time on this stuff and none of their own money. It’s not realistic, makes me feel like crap, and convinces me I need to do things I don’t need to do. There’s a difference between inspirational and goddamn impossible, people. WE KNOW YOU DIDN’T BUY THAT FANCY FRENCH STOVE.

    1. I wish that I was above feeling shitty about it sometimes, but, I’m not. So instead I’m going to unfollow, take a look around my ‘lived in’ house and be proud of what I have accomplished. You be proud of yourself too 😘

  2. Yeah, I was listening to CLJ’s podcast the other day, an old episode, and they said something about the ORC and how it wasn’t that hard because 6 weeks is a good amount of time to re-do a room. Now I LOVE Chris Loves Julia (and their podcast), but… some perspective would be good. 6 weeks if that was my job would be a good amount of time. 6 weeks when I work another 50 hour a week job is HARD. Thanks for this post, I needed the commiseration 🙂

    1. Heyyyy Beth. Now, I only read this on someone else’s ORC post, so I don’t know if it’s true: they said that CLJ said they usually started the work on their room before the orc, too. So, yeah. If you do that, and have it be your full time job, and have sponsors etc, it’s probably plenty of time.
      It is SO HARD when you have a job, kids, shortage of money, and are just tired. Just make sure you look at those lovely blue walls, chilling in your hanging chair, and be proud of what you’ve accomplished. 😘

  3. Yes! Totally agree! I used to read over 150 home decor blogs, but have pared back to about 10, and I try to keep it to blogs where people are actually doing stuff to their own homes themselves with their own money. I just got estimates for renovating two bathrooms, and its the price of car. Think we’ll be getting some new toilets and fresh paint and calling it a day.

    I love this little front room, and the blue dresser is the prettiest.

    1. I am humbled that you take the time to read mine! Thank you, Lisa. It’s crazy how expensive it gets. You think it’s such a small space, but then all the tiniest little things really start to add up. I’m sure new toilets and paint will be a huge and pleasant improvement!

Comments are closed.