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

Happy Friday!

It’s been almost one week since the big fundraiser, and life around here has felt so quiet. I know there are busy days on the horizon, but for now, I’m savoring quiet mornings with coffee and books, little people in PJs until lunchtime, and afternoons spent outside until dinner.

In the midst of the calm, here are a few things on my mind this week:


1. This book. I finished it Wednesday night, and I immediately wanted clean out ALL THE THINGS. For some reason, the china cabinet called to me first. The author says you have to start with clothes, and Husband (who hasn’t read the book) said we should start in the den. I’m hoping my motivation remains strong without re-reading because it’s a library book, and I waited almost two months to get it. I feel like purchasing it would defeat the purpose. I’ll let you know how it goes.

2. Speaking of cleaning out closets, this was a great read on balance.

3. Outdoor daybeds. I finally found one on Craigslist for a steal! Now I need to find a relatively cheap mattress and decide what color covering I want for it on our back porch. And pillows! Oh, the possibilities. Can’t wait to sit out here this spring and read. Or nap. Definitely see some back porch naps in my future.

billy joel

4. A ranking of all of Billy Joel’s songs. Billy Joel’s Greatest Hits Volume I and Volume II sounds like high school for me, even though the songs came out quite a few years before that. I remember listening to “Only the Good Die Young” on my Sony Discman that was attached to my car with a cassette attached to a cord (remember those?) on the way to play practice and dance rehearsals. I saw him in concert when I was 15, where he closed with “Scenes from an Italian Restaurant”. “She’s Got a Way About Her” is still one of the prettiest songs I know. I loved Movin’ Out. And honestly, while I don’t know many of the songs on this list, the ones I do always make me smile. Isn’t that what pop music is all about, really?

5. This made me laugh. Electric Youth perfume. Totally guilty.

What are you up to this weekend? We’ve got lots of fun things on the calendar that will keep us busy. Hoping for a little downtime for reading – I’ve got no less than 7 library books checked out. Also hoping to add a few new jewelry pieces to my Etsy shop. Hope your weekend is full of calm and quiet and respite and making good memories.


How to Update Vintage · Style · Thrifts · Uncategorized

How to Update Vintage: Hem Like My Mammaw

OK, I’m back today with another little tweak to a vintage piece, and I LOVE it. It was such a simple little fix that changed this dress from a little bit frumpy to fantastic.

DSC_0016Here’s what I started with – and let me tell you about it. I have a favorite thrift store here in town that is attached to a consignment shop. Most people would say there’s a thrift store attached to the consignment shop, but I always hit the thrift part first because the prices are great. The consignment shop usually has newer, brand name items (I’ve found great jeans there), but the deals – and most of the vintage – are found at the thrift store.

DSC_0063So, a couple of months ago, I was shopping for a light, summer dress, and I decided to try the consignment shop. I saw this one – fun colors, but not really what I was looking for – and it was at consignment price (maybe $10). I liked it, I saw it’s potential, but I didn’t want to spend $10 on it. (I KNOW, it’s only $10, but thrifting has ruined me for prices.)

DSC_0073Then I went in a few weeks later, and the dress was still there, but now it was $3. YES, I will totally buy it for $3. All it needs is a new hem.

Now, I know you might be thinking, “Why would you cut apart vintage? Isn’t that like painting an antique? Won’t you ruin it?” Maybe, but I am a believer that even antiques are meant to be enjoyed, and that might not be in their original state. When I find that antique armoire I’m dreaming about, if I don’t like the color, you better believe I’m going to paint it. And if I’m going to actually wear this dress, it’s going to need a better hemline.


This is a homemade dress made out of a thick polyester knit. It is just like the pantsuits my Mammaw used to make.


She used the leftover fabric to make polyester quilts for all the kids and grandkids. (I should note that Mammaw also made other beautiful quilts out of cotton calicos – the one I remember most is a Holly Hobbie pattern.)


But the polyester quilts are famous in our family – many a picnic or ballgame has been enjoyed with a “Mammaw Quilt”, and I remember my dad using them on the garage floor when he would crawl under the car to change the oil. Even now, miles away from their East Tennessee origin, I keep a Mammaw Quilt in the back of our car, just in case.


I’ve always loved looking at the different prints – can’t you just imagine the polyester pantsuits made out of these fabrics? Gotta love the 70s.


And you’ve got to love a dress with stripes, especially if you’re hemming it. It’s so easy – just pick a stripe and cut along that line. Then, when you’re setting the new hemline, use the stripes as guides for ironing and pinning.



It works as a fun dress for summer…


and it will work well with boots in early fall.

mammaw polyester dress

What a difference the hem makes! Don’t be afraid! Small little updates can make a big difference.