External and internal decorations

"A designer knows when he has reached perfection not when there is nothing left to add but when there is nothing left to take away."

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how to wood fill, sand, caulk and paint window and door trim 2

I spent some time working on the studio yesterday and trying to get the window trim finished. I installed the casings quite a while back, but they still needed wood filling, sanding, caulking and painting. And since this is a process that so many of you have asked me about, I decided to do a video of the products and the process that I use. But first, if you missed the tutorial on how I create my very simple window and door casings (no miter cuts!) that look fancy and custom, you can find that here: How I Trim My Windows And Doors (Easy DIY Window Casings With No Miter Cuts!) Even though this style of trim looks fancier than the standard door and window casings with the mitered corners, this is actually a much better style for someone with very little experience using a miter saw. Since all of the cuts require a simple 90-degree cut, and there are no mitered corners to deal with, it’s deceptively simple. Anyway, my trim has been installed for a while now, but I finally got around to actually finishing one window (and almost finishing the other two) yesterday. So if you’d like […]

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I know this isn’t my usual type of post, but I’d really love any input from those of you who have been through this, have had to deal with your aging eyes, and have found a solution that works really well for you. I’d especially love to hear from those of you who are creative types who are continually working on projects, whether it’s sewing, painting, building, or anything else like that. The bottom line is that ever since I turned 40 (ummm…that was six years ago!), I’ve noticed my near vision changing. For a long time, it was just a bit annoying, but now it’s to the point that something really needs to be done because it’s affecting literally every single project I work on these days. In order to clearly see any project I work on that’s relatively close to my face (i.e., the distance between my eyes and the top of my new work table), I have to put my glasses as far down my nose as possible like this… …which is totally impractical because half the time, I’m working outside using my saws, and my glasses just slip right off of my sweaty nose. If I […]

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I’ve officially completed my first art project (and video!) in my studio using my new, awesome work table. Y’all, I’m going to have so much fun in there creating projects and videos to share with you. For now, I’m in the mood to do some easy and artistic projects, but the building, sewing and upholstery projects will be coming in the future, so if those are the things you’re interested in, stay tuned! But for today, I want to show you how I turned a simple serving tray (that I found on sale at JoAnn Fabrics) into a function piece of artwork using acrylic paints, gold leaf, and resin. Having trouble with that video? You can click here to watch on YouTube. Here’s what you’ll need for this project: Serving tray – you can use either metal or wood Acrylic paints in your choice of colors – I used six colors of craft acrylic paints and art acrylic paints Floetrol Water Mixing cups/jars Stir sticks Gloves Propane torch (or some people use butane) Water-based clear coat (I prefer General Finishes High Performance Topcoat) Pattern or stencil for design Painters tape Permanent fine point felt tip pen Extra thick adhesive size […]

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pendant light over office desk

Remember those cheap lights I ordered from China for my studio? To be clear, I didn’t know I was ordering them from China. I searched online for what I wanted, found a website that sold them at great prices, read the wonderful and glowing customer reviews, and then ordered them. Six weeks later, and with no update on tracking info, I was regretting my purchase. Several emails to customer service only returned not-so-helpful responses like, “Just be patient.” and “Your items are probably on a ship from China, and we can’t tell you exactly where they are.” *Sigh* When they finally arrived about two months later, I was very pleased with how they looked, but the wiring was skimpy and the canopies that attach to the ceiling were tiny. There was no way they would work, so they’ve been sitting in the corner of my studio ever since while I moved on to other projects. Well, I finally tackled those lights this past weekend, and look! They’re up! The fix was pretty easy. I picked up a couple of these pendant light kits from Home Depot. They’re actually a dark oil-rubbed bronze, but they look almost black. It would have […]

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DIY studio work table

The first of my two DIY studio work tables is finished. Here’s how it turned out… It’s green! I had originally wanted to paint it a light yellow, but it looked awful with the floor. So I gathered up some craft and art acrylic paints that I had in yellows and greens, and just started mixing them into the quart of yellow paint I had purchased until I ended up with a color that I liked. And I do love the bright, cheerful green against that clean white table top! So when I left off the other day, the base of the table looked like this… If you missed the building process, you can find the details here… Large DIY Craft Room Cutting Table — Part 1 After making the table top, I thought it still needed a little something to give it a finished look. After all, this table is for my studio, which I want to look nice and pretty when it’s finished. If these were tables for my (future) workshop where I’ll be using my saws and other tools, I wouldn’t be worried about it being pretty. Of course, I also wouldn’t waste money on laminate for […]

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I know this project seems to be dragging on, and if you follow me on Instagram and saw my stories, you know that I kind of had a rough go of it at the beginning. But I finally got the laminate table top finished on the first studio work table. (By the way, I’m gong to make a concerted effort to start sharing more progress on Instagram stories throughout each day on the projects I’m working on, so if you’re interested in seeing that, be sure to follow me!) Anyway, after having trouble with the laminate edges and not having enough laminate for a second attempt, I decided to use the laminate on the table tops, and then trim out the edges with wood. I was disappointed at first, but when it was finished, I was pretty thrilled with how it turned out! Y’all, that is a five-foot-square table top. That’s a glorious 25 square feet of work space right there on one large, durable table top. I’m pretty darn excited about it! 😀 And I still have another table to build, that will double the table top space. I did a video of the table top process, so hopefully […]

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Webber Row, London, SE1 8QP Client: London Borough of Southwark Description of Project: Internal & External Refurbishment Details of Project: Internal and External Refurbishment works... Read more »

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Devonshire House, 1 Devonshire Street, London, W1W 5DS Client: The Langham Estate Duration of Project: 12 weeks Description of Project: Internal Commercial Refurbishment Details of... Read more »

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Whorlton Road, London SE15 3PD Client: London Borough of Southwark Description of works: Overhaul of existing windows to include draft proofing, repairs and decorations Brick... Read more »

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how to build a big craft table - 25 - finished table base

After stressing for months over the design of my big workroom table for my studio (which will be used as a cutting table, sewing table, art table, craft table, etc.), I finally decided on a design and got busy building the first table yesterday. After looking at designs that included drawers, cubbies, shelves, and all kinds of fancy storage and organization, I noticed that I kept being drawn to the very simple workroom tables that had a large top with one big, open shelf underneath. So that’s what I decided to go with. But just about every single craft table/workroom table that I found with that design was built out of very rough lumber, like rough 4 x 4’s for the legs and 2 x 4 studs for the frame, and I didn’t want a rough, strictly utilitarian-looking table in my studio. So I came up with a design that used nicer lumber and will have a more polished look when it’s finished. I also decided to take the advice that many of you gave me and build two tables that can be hooked together when I need one long table (when I’m sewing draperies, for example), but can be […]

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master bathroom tile options - 2 - scale design in blues and white

My bathroom countertop problem has been solved. Some of you probably saw my update at the end of yesterday’s post. But if you missed it, I headed to Design Superstore yesterday to look over their quartz remnants and see if they had anything that would work. I had my heart set on solid bright white, but sadly, they didn’t have any of that in a remnant. And paying full price for such a tiny bathroom that isn’t a main bathroom in our house just wasn’t an option in my mind. They did have several remnants of one called Snow White, which has very subtle flecks of gray. I brought the sample home and decided that it’ll work. I’m excited about this decision. This countertop is going to see a lot of wear and tear, so quartz will be able to stand up to it much better than resin. They’ll be here Thursday afternoon to measure, so hopefully it’ll be installed at some point the following week and I can get back on track. While I was there, I also ordered a big 5′ x 12′ piece of Wilsonart laminate for my work table(s) that I’ll be building very soon. I’ve […]

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white DIY resin bathroom countertop using Stone Coat Countertop resin - yellowed after two months

I’ve been working slowly but steadily on my studio bathroom, and I finally got the faucet and sink hooked up. And while this should be progress to celebrate, I have to admit that I’m just frustrated right now, and the source of my frustration is my countertop. This countertop is one that I made myself out of two layers of MDF and white tinted resin. Initially, I used ArtResin brand resin and used latex paint to tint it white. I was so happy with how it turned out. The white was so bright and clean… If you missed that project, you can find the details here… DIY MDF Bathroom Countertop For An Undermount Sink In hindsight, I wish I had just left it at that. It was just fine as it was, and ArtResin is one of the least yellowing resins on the market. But then I convinced myself that because ArtResin is formulated for art and not for countertops, that I needed to do a second coat with a resin that’s actually formulated for countertops. So after doing some comparison shopping online, I decided to go with Stone Coat Countertops resin. They emphasize that their resin can’t be tinted […]

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Y’all, I’m pretty excited because I have finally decided on the layout of the master bathroom! It came to me in a dream. Okay, not really. 😀 It actually came to me in an Instagram house tour video by Coastal Hampton Style that was posted just a couple of days ago. You can see it below (or see it here), and if you just want to see the master bathroom layout, you can forward to the 7:45 point in the video. View this post on Instagram A post shared by 𝑺𝒖𝒔𝒂𝒏𝒏𝒂 𝑻𝒐𝒍𝒐 ⚓️ (@coastalhamptonstyle) on Aug 13, 2019 at 2:31am PDT Let me remind you of where our master bathroom will be located in our house. It’s currently the master bedroom, but will be converted into a bathroom, and then we’ll add on a new master bedroom. So everything in pink is what will be added on in the future. The white areas are currently part of the house, and this is how they they will be arranged after the next phase of our remodel (and after some walls are moved, some are removed, and some closets are removed). The master bathroom will be 18.5 feet by 12.5 feet once […]

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I decided to go ahead and finish up the back entry before tackling the half bath, and I had planned to make some curtains to go on the back French doors, and then make some artwork for the walls. But after getting the curtains finished and hung, I decided that I liked the back entry just like it was. Black, white and green. Simple, bold and graphic. Adding artwork with additional colors (or even just black and white artwork) only would have added busyness, and I didn’t want that. I apologize up front for the dark nighttime pictures. I finished installing these curtains last night, and didn’t want to wait until this morning to take pictures. Plus, during the day, all of my tools show very prominently through the glass doors. 🙂 I promise that when the studio is completely finished, and I get those final “taaa daaa” pictures, I’ll take them during the day and my mess in the carport will be cleaned up. So anyway, here’s how my back entry looks now. I’m calling it finished (other than the fact that I still need to install the door handle on the French doors). Now just as a reminder, […]

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I’m still waiting to hear back from my contractor about a quote for everything we’re wanting to do right now. Of course, the main focus will be the bedrooms and new master bathroom, but I also asked him to give me a quote on enclosing the carport to create my workshop. When I met with him a week or so ago, I happened to catch him right before he left to go out of town for a few days, so it still might be a few days before he has my quotes ready. In the meantime, I’m supposed to be finding a source for the doors for the workshop. I shared a few days ago that the plan is to leave a “breezeway” type of open-air walkway (which will still be covered by the roof of the carport) just outside the back doors of the studio. And then just past the breezeway will be the front wall of the workshop. It’ll look something like this… The doors on the front of the workshop (i.e., the doors closer to the studio) aren’t as much of a concern for me since they’ll be underneath the existing roof of the carport. So even […]

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We got the quote from our contractor for Phase 1 of the bedroom and bathroom remodel, and while the line item pricing seems totally fair and reasonable, the total price is just more than we want to spend on this part of the house remodel. I’d rather save as much money as we can on this phase so that we can splurge on the bathroom remodel. Now I need to go through the line item quote that our contractor gave us and see if there are any items I can do myself to bring the cost down. And I’m so thankful to have found a contractor who’s actually willing to let me do that! So many contractors don’t want homeowners getting “in the way” and get pretty prickly if homeowners want to do parts themselves for fear that it’ll slow down the project. But Mike is very reasonable about working with homeowners to get the job done however it needs to get done. So here’s how the cost of the project breaks down, and this doesn’t include the master bathroom. The master bathroom will be Phase 2 of this project. Master Bedroom (soon to be bathroom) and Hallway Demo/Frame — […]

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Now that I have the back entry of the studio mostly finished (with the exception of a few finishing touches), I need to concentrate my energy on getting the studio half bathroom finished. If you missed the post showing how the back entry looks now, you can find it here… Studio Back Entry Progress (All The Big Projects Finished!) I really lost focus on the half bathroom over the last few weeks. I was going full steam ahead on it right up until I got to a point where I couldn’t do anything else on it until the floor was finished. Then once I started working on the studio floor, the bathroom was pretty much forgotten. So now it’s time for me to get it finished. Here’s where I left off. I got the geometric hand painted design finished on the walls (although I forgot to remove the tape on one wall, so I’m hoping it’ll still come off cleanly and not ruin the design). You can see the details of that project here… DIY Geometric Ombre Square Spiral Wall Design I also made some custom yellow resin tiles for the backsplash/wainscoting, which you can read about here… DIY Custom […]

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I was beginning to think the back entry of the studio would never get to this point, but I finally got all of the trim installed, wood filled, sanded, primed and painted. I also got the doors to the storage closet and bathroom painted, and you might notice that the walls are a bit lighter green. I had originally painted them Behr Hills of Ireland, which turned out pretty dark. So I decided to go a shade lighter and repainted them with Behr Belfast. I think that small change in paint color made a really big difference. It’s still not completely finished. The ceiling light is still covered in layers of dust from when I sanded and finished the hardwood floors, so that needs to be cleaned. I’m not at all looking forward to that task with those 13 globes. I also still need to install the door handle on the back door, and the door pulls on the bathroom and closet doors. In addition, I think I want to put curtains on the back door. I’d like for all of the exterior doors and windows to have curtains/shades on them that I can close at night, because right now […]

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Oh, hey there! It’s me, Kristi. Remember me? 😀 Have you ever followed a blogger who just disappeared? Disappeared from the blog, from social media, and seemingly, from the face of the earth with no word whatsoever? I can think of two bloggers right off hand who did that, and I always wondered, “How could they do that? How could they just disappear like that with no word?” Well, I kind of get it now. July was just a bad month all around for me. I was tired, both mentally and physically. I was dealing with some things that really had me feeling down and discouraged and not wanting to face the world. I was sick of working on these never-ending projects on my house. And I just wanted to crawl into a hole and be left alone for a bit. So in a way, I did that, but not in an unhealthy way. I made a point to spend more time with family, and Matt and I came up with a plan for me to not only have a day off every week from house projects, but a day completely away from the house where I can do fun […]

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chair makeover - from dining chair to rolling desk chair - 1

Well, I didn’t get my velvet green desk chair. I just never could find one that I liked for a price I was willing to pay. I wanted a high back chair that would actually show significantly over a 30-inch desk, and the only two green chairs I found that I really liked had very low backs that would only show about four inches above a desktop. That just wouldn’t do. So I let go of the idea of having a green velvet chair (or a green chair at all) and set my sights on finding any chair that I really liked, in any color that would go in my studio, that could be used as a desk chair. And that’s when I came across this high back, wingback dining chair from Overstock. I loved this chair immediately when I saw it! The tall back, the narrow wings, and the nailhead trim all whispered my name. 😀 And it’s comfy! Although I’m short, and I’m always more comfy with a lumbar pillow. The only problems were that I really needed casters on the legs, and the nailhead trim was silver. So I added some casters, changed the color of the […]

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Well, y’all, I’ve been struggling with motivation lately, and I have no idea why. I think I had one good day the other day (that I’m pretty sure I mentioned in my last post) where I really felt motivated and got things done, but the next morning, my motivation had completely fizzled. I honestly don’t know why I’m having such a hard time. In all of my time blogging and working on projects, I’ve certainly gone through periods of time where I just needed a break. But this feels like something else. I feel like I’m at the point now that if I had the money to just hire out every single thing, I’d probably do it. I’d also probably be really disappointed in myself in hindsight, though. I didn’t want to buy a fixer upper so that I could hire out everything. I wanted to buy a fixer upper to challenge myself and see what I could do with it. So I’m hoping my motivation will return soon, because forcing myself to work on things that I feel completely unmotivated to do is torture. But that’s exactly what I did yesterday. I forced myself, and I made some really […]

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So, y’all, I’ve been doing some thinking. You know how sometimes, when you move into a new house, you have to just let a room sit there for a while to see how you’re naturally going to use it? Maybe you had originally intended for it to be a guest bedroom, but then you decided to start a business, so it turned into your home office. Or maybe you had intended for it to be a sitting room, but you found it more useful as a home gym. Well, that’s where I am with the carport. As the name would suggest, when we had it built last summer, I had intended for it to be the place where I park my car and truck. But do you know how many times that’s happened since we had it built last summer? Once. I parked my truck in the carport one time in the last year, and that was only because the bed of the truck was filled with plywood and a storm was coming. Yep, I parked the truck in the carport to protect the plywood. 😀 Our plan has always been to build a separate workshop — a separate building […]

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Bathroom countertop with Stone Coat Countertops resin tinted white

Oh, hey there, strangers! 😀 So last week kind of got away from me. It was just one of those weeks where I had so little motivation to do anything. But I did manage to make progress on one project — my resin countertop in the half bathroom. So I want to share with you my thoughts about the new resin product I tried (made specifically for countertops), plus my thoughts on resin countertops in general. So to recap, a while back I made a countertop for my half bathroom using two layers of MDF, which I primed, painted, and then coated with resin. If you missed that project, you can find it here… DIY MDF Bathroom Countertop For An Undermount Sink But when I made that countertop, I used a resin product called ArtResin. As the name would suggest, it’s formulated specifically to coat artwork, and not really intended for heavy use surfaces like countertops. But it’s all I had on hand, and so I decided to use the ArtResin as the first coat, and then order a resin that’s actually made for countertops for the second and final coat. So that’s what I finally got around to doing […]

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Y’all, I’m finally feeling motivated again! I went into the studio yesterday knowing I needed to just get busy and get stuff done. I dreaded it, and procrastinated, but finally picked up my tape measure, took measurements to trim out the cased opening between the studio and back entry, and just made myself do it. And you know what? The more I worked, the more I got into it, and the more excited I got about getting things finished! Sometimes you can’t wait until you “feel” like doing it. Sometimes the doing comes before the feeling. But anyway, Matt and I finally got our plans for the bedrooms and bathroom figured out, and as it turns out, just getting to the point where we can start on the bathroom is going to be a much bigger job than I had originally anticipated. And while we were deciding on those details, I also made a decision (base on some of your absolutely brilliant suggestions!!!) about how to turn the carport into my workshop. But first, here’s the plan for the bedrooms and bathroom. This is how the area currently looks… So here are the changes that we plan to make during […]

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Well, folks, the year is halfway over! I’ve really slacked off lately in getting things done. First, my day off for my birthday kind of turned into a week of being lazy. Then I started my 60-day keto challenge group and focused on that for a while, and then there was Independence Day and that excuse for a long weekend. And now here we are. The year is halfway over, and my progress on my “to do” list for 2019 is nowhere near where I had hoped it would be. The good news is that I’ve gotten quite a bit done on the studio and half bathroom so far this year. At the beginning of the year when I wrote my “to do” list, the studio looked like this… And now it looks like this… I just realized I don’t have any recent wide angle views showing the finished floor, painted walls, and wallpapered front wall. I’ll have to remedy that soon! But that’s quite a few items crossed off of the list. Electrical work is finished (other than installing four lights) The room is insulated and drywalled The flooring is installed The floor is sanded and whitewashed The window […]

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It’s Q & A day! And I decided to answer your questions in a video. I’m a Chatty Cathy, so the video is pretty long. If you don’t have the patience or desire to sit through the whole thing, you can find the questions that I answered listed below the video, as well as the time marker in the video where I answer each question. Unfortunately, I accidentally skipped two questions, and then I had some late additions. So I’ve written the answers to those questions in the post below. Having trouble seeing that video? You can click here to watch it on YouTube. In the video above, I cover the following topics: 00:40 – When you were young and thinking about you would do as a career, what was it, and how did you arrive at what you do now? 03:30 – What did Matt do before he became handicapped, and does he have a career now? 06:55 – Updates on Cooper, Peeve, and Felicity Smoke. 10:17 – How do you like the new carport? 11:00 – What/where would you recommend doing/going in Texas? 10:40 – What is in Matt’s game room? 15:50 – What project have you done […]

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