Spruced Up Doors

This is how our den looked on Labor Day:


As I was raiding the bookshelves for this little project, I realized I never posted about our “upgraded” (BB’s favorite word) doors project – oops! (I did post on Instagram about it here and here.)

We are slowly working to update all of the interior doors in our house.

Several months ago, Husband suggested we paint the interior doors a fun color. The doors are inexpensive hollow core doors that have probably been here since the house was built in the 1960s. We are not in the market to completely replace all the doors (replacing all the windows is MUCH higher on The Big List), so painting would be a more cost effective alternative. Before we painted, I wanted to add….something. Several hours and multiple Pinterest photos later, we decided to use trim to add some “architectural interest” to the doors.

We started in the entryway.


The closet doors in the entryway are directly perpendicular to the front doors (above). I wanted the trim detail to echo the proportions of the front doors, so I started out by measuring the “border” around the front door windows and the crossbuck panel at the bottom. (Yes, I googled that. No, I had no idea that’s what it was called.)


I used the measurements to draw guidelines on the closet doors. We used a miter box to cut the trim at an angle, pieced it together like a picture fram, and adhered the trim to the doors with liquid nails.


Even before it was painted, I was already in love.


The stacks of books help to keep the trim pressed down on the doors while the liquid nails dries. (Free weights help, too.)


After the liquid nails was set, we used a putty knife to clean up any excess before moving on to painting.


The hardest part was choosing the “fun” color – we went with Lime Zest.


Here’s Husband, on Fathers’ Day morning, before the kids even woke up, painting the doors.


I love how these turned out! Just a little detail can make a BIG difference.


We changed out the door knobs and hinges as well.


Edgar is thrilled with his new view.


This weekend, we worked on the kids’ bathroom door and a small hall closet door. We are still in discussions as to whether they will be painted bright white or get a “fun” color treatment as well. Stay tuned! Only seven more doors to go!

Five Things

Hello! Happy Friday!

Thanks for all the sweet notes about my skirt project this week – was a nice welcome back to blogging after taking a bit of a break. I appreciate your being here more than you know.

It’s been a kooky week around here. Husband was gone for work for the second week in a row, BG was sick at the beginning of the week, and we are still adjusting to our new schedule. I wake up at the crack of dawn, but for some reason, we CANNOT get out the door on time in the mornings. Hoping next week is a little easier.

But for now, we’re making plans for our glorious 3-day weekend and soaking up these last little bits of summer. Speaking of summer,while I didn’t do very many Five Things posts these last few months, I kept a running list of good stuff on my laptop, so here are a few things I found noteworthy this summer:

photo (52)1. I finished this book this week, and I loved it. Great information and ideas, and it also referenced a bunch of other books I’ve enjoyed this year (like this and this and this and this and this). I feel it is a little more geared toward parents of high schoolers, but there’s plenty of inspiration and ideas for parents of younger kids, too. It didn’t reference this book (which is the parenting book I use most – I took a class on it that was so helpful), but I felt like it could have – lots of similar ideas on how to help our kids be independent and solve their own problems.

2. This was interesting. Are you a wine person? What do you think about this?

The Key Jar3. The Key Jar. I found this last spring from Momastery, but I didn’t print it out and start using it until summer. I’m finding that it’s even better now that school has started and BB is making new friends in a new class. We get much deeper conversations than the “How was your day?” question draws. Both kids beg for more and more questions every day – it’s like a game for them.

4. This makes me SO ready for fall.

5. This cracked me up. I still feel like a newbie on Instagram, but I love it – avocado toast, rosé, fancy designs in lattes, and all.

So, apparently, I have parenting and wine on the brain. Must be back-to-school time! How about you? If you’re in the States, do you have big plans for Labor Day? Husband and BB started a go-kart last weekend, so more of that will be happening, we’ve got plans to BBQ with friends, and then we’re going to escape for a little daytrip (destination TBD). Hope you have a wonderful weekend!


Back in the Swing of Things

I love this time of year. I thrive on routine, so having the structure of school is really great for me. BB started first grade last week, and BG started her first day of preschool today. After lots of “one more” hugs, I left her at school, ran a few errands, and then came home to a quiet house.

I honestly can’t remember the last time I was alone in my house. It was very strange. I wandered around, trying to decide what I should do.

Now, with driving to and from school across town and errands, it wasn’t like I had an enormous expanse of time – it was maybe 45 minutes – but it seemed long and open and glorious. And very, very strange. I started thinking of all the cleaning projects I could do – purge kids’ toys and clothes, dig into the deep recesses of the china cabinet, tackle the ever-elusive garage.

Instead, I sat down and read. It was fabulous.

And then, during nap time, I finished a couple of projects.

I posted a photo of this beautiful fabric on Instagram last week (@beautifulobjs):

Vintage Floral Fabric

It came from this dress:

Vintage Carol Anderson Dress

A fantastic vintage Carol Anderson  dress, complete with shoulder pads and an enormously wide collar (which will come into play later.)

Vintage Carol Anderson Dress

I believe this is the same Carol Anderson that is now the CAbi clothing line.

When I saw this dress at the thrift store, I immediately had a plan. The bright colors and floral pattern were begging to be a more modern full skirt. I planned to add an elastic waistband and then cut off some of the hem to make a belt, but once I tried on the skirt in its full length, I changed my mind and wanted to keep it a maxi, so I needed to create a belt from something else.

Vintage Floral Fabric

Enter the enormous collar! I cut it off and cut it in half. I stitched the edges to prevent fraying.

Vintage Floral Fabric

My plan was to simply overlap the collar pieces and sew them together to make the belt. The problem was, even though the collar was enormously wide, it wasn’t long enough for a belt.

Vintage Floral Fabric

And here’s where I kind of geeked out: I realized if I flipped on of the collars around, the overlap was shorter and provided the couple more inches of length I needed.

Vintage Floral Fabric

Brilliant (if I do say so myself)!

Vintage Floral Fabric

Small victories! I sewed one piece on top of the other, and that was it.

Maxi Skirt from Vintage Dress

Here’s the Franken-belt (see another “Franken” project here).

Maxi Skirt from Vintage Dress

I was able to keep the original pockets from the dress in tact! Win!

before and after

Maxi Skirt from Vintage Dress

I love how it turned, but I’m still undecided if it will stay this length or if it would be better as a full knee-length skirt.

Beautiful Objects Necklace

And here’s another new project – a necklace in my shop. Apparently I’m on a pink kick.

When I posted the photo of the fabric on IG, my dear friend Cathy responded that it was so pretty, and I was reminded of that phase I went through in high school where I “hated” pink, probably because it wasn’t cool to like pink or something silly like that. I also happened to have a bedroom that was top-to-bottom mauve floral (think Laura Ashley) that I LOVED in 3rd grade and which stayed that way until I left for college. And maybe is still pink floral to this day. (My brother’s room was done in Wedgwood blue around the same time. Mauve and Wedgwood – could we have been more 80s?)

So, at risk of sharing one of those “you had to be there” stories….

When I was in high school, the first time I tore my ACL, I had a date that night with a boy. So, he comes to my house and brings me flowers – pink in a pink vase tied with a pink ribbon – SO MUCH PINK. Cathy also comes over to check on me and bring me flowers. (Also, prom boy came that night with chocolate chip cookies and flowers to check on me and try to soothe things over after I told him I wouldn’t go to prom with him. This part of the story sounds full of drama, and I am the opposite of drama, so the whole thing was just so bizarre.)

So Cathy unknowingly makes a comment about how much I HATE pink and how she would NEVER bring me pink flowers.

My mother, always the gracious Southerner, trying not to embarrass the boy, says, “Oh no! JUST mauve, and ONLY in her room!”

Cathy and I LOST IT! For years to come, out of nowhere, the phrase, “Just mauve, and only in her room” would be uttered, and we would fall to pieces. Even now, I cannot hear the word “mauve” without chuckling.

I have come to embrace pink again – especially pink flowers – which is fortunate, as I have a daughter who thinks it is truly the only good color in the world.

original vintage necklace

Speaking of pink and Franken-projects, here’s the original necklace as I found it. Not bad.

pink + gold reversible pendant necklace

But I knew I wanted to make something simpler out of that pendant.



pink + gold reversible pendant necklace

It’s even reversible to the gold-tone only side.


And here’s what I did with some of the beads from the necklace. It’s like a “Franken-project”, only this time, instead of putting together different pieces, I took a mix of elements from one necklace and made new, different pieces from what I found.


Blouse: thrifted (Old Navy)

Skirt: thrifted and remade by me

Necklaces: my Etsy shop


OK, what do you think about the skirt? Keep it long? Hem it short? Will I ever wear it long? Will I regret cutting that beautiful fabric? I am still undecided.


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