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DIY Kitchen Word Art: What’s Cookin’ Good Lookin’?

Easy DIY Word Art Tutorial - Design Lively

Last week I posted on my latest adventure with beadboard wallpaper – my kitchen backsplash. Well, I got inspired and decided to re-do the art above my stove.

About a year ago I made a word-art sign that hung above my stove that said “What’s Cookin’ Good Lookin'” because it’s not an unusual occurrence for someone in this household to burst out singing this song.

While I loved the pop of yellow, the text didn’t read well from far away, so once I had my new backsplash I was inspired to give it another go! This time around I choose a higher contrasting blue and white letters and a chunkier typeface – Helvetica.

As a reminder of how I transfer my letters on to my wood board, see below!

The EASIEST Way to Transfer Fonts to Wood Boards:

Easy DIY Word Art Tutorial - Design Lively

1. Choose a font and what you’d like to say – and print it out!

2. Turn the paper over and rub it with chalk

3. Tape the paper (chalk-side down) and tape it into place. Trace over the outlines of the letters with a pen or pencil.

4. The pressure of the pen should leave a chalky residue behind, transferring your type.

5. Begin painting! Start with the outlines and then fill the letters in. I used craft paint and a tiny paintbrush.

6. After the paint has dried, the chalk residue will just wipe away.

Easy DIY Word Art Tutorial - Design Lively

You tell me, what’s cookin’ good lookin’?

(And on that note – I need to cook some dinner!)

I submitted this project to Beneath My Heart’s “Best of DIY October” Link Party

How to Paint Unfinished French Doors

How to Paint Unfinished French Doors

Nearly as soon as we purchased this house, we talked about adding french doors to this entrance.

Thirty pretty panes letting in the light and airiness.

A less expensive way to add French Doors to your home is to purchase unfinished ones.

How to Paint Unfinished French Doors

To paint your doors, you will need to lie them flat across two workhorses and remove all the hardware.

Do NOT remove the plastic that is covering the glass!! You will be sorry!   How to Paint Unfinished French Doors

Lightly sand all the surfaces and edges. I used a very high-grit sanding “sponge” we used for finishing the kitchen island and sideboard.

Then I primed the doors with Kilz primer, for the best protection from bleed-through. I gave each side two thin coats, letting it dry fully between coats.

No worries if you get paint all over the glass area – this is why you want to leave the plastic ON.

Then you will want to paint your doors. I used our trim paint – Valspar Swiss Coffee in semi-gloss.

How to Paint Unfinished French Doors

Give each side two thin coats – use thin coats to avoid paint clumps and globs.

Make sure the side is fully dry before flipping it over to paint the other side.

Do not paint the area where the hinges will go except for one quick swipe – the paint buildup will prevent the hinges from sitting in the notch correctly. You may need to cut some paint out of the hinge at the end if it is not sitting the right way. You might not actually need to paint them at all.

When you have painted everything to your satisfaction, use a razor blade to cut off the plastic in each pane of glass.

How to Paint Unfinished French Doors

Then re-hang the doors on the door frame. I did my final paint touch-up with the doors hanging.

Any paint you get on the glass can now be scraped off with a razor blade.

How to Paint Unfinished French Doors

Then you will add your knob. Determine how high you’d like it (the average is 36″ from the ground).

Then sit back and appreciate that you just save a few hundred dollars. : )

How to Paint Unfinished French Doors

This room is SO close to being finished – I can’t wait to take up the floor paper. Then we can really celebrate!

I’m off to Atlanta for the week for work – talk you y’all later!

Have you been to Atlanta before? This is a first time for me!

50 Shades of Green: The Dining Room

Green Cottage Dining Room

When we moved into this house, the first room I worked on was the dining room.

We ripped down the taupe iridescent wallpaper  and painted the dining room a limey-pear green, Dried Palm by Behr.

It was fresh and summery, and I liked it for a while. But in the evening light the color on the walls turned quite… sorbet colored. It was more melted pistachio ice cream than crisp celery.

So I decided to repaint.

Green Cottage Dining Room

This is certainly not the first time I’ve repainted over another color choice I’ve made.

Remember this disaster?

I love painting rooms. Some people feel very committed to paint colors – not me!

When I painted our Powder Room, I picked a gray-green color from Valspar called Willowind. I liked it so much that I went back for another gallon and painted the dining room with it.

Green Cottage Dining Room

And it’s perfect! Repainting is an inexpensive way to completely update a room.

This updated, earthier green color matches the other colors we’ve painted on the first floor.

Green Cottage Dining Room

For some of my painting tips, read this old post.

In this round of painting I used garbage bags to line the tray for easy clean up.

Green Cottage Dining Room

Next up is adding crown molding. That’s why my top trim line isn’t perfect. That’s our next DIY project waiting in the wings.

Don’t be afraid to paint! It’s always worth it in the end.

Once you get the right color that is. : )

Are you a color-commitment phobe?
Do you like or hate to paint?

Paint Me a Family Room

DesignLively - our DIY renovation

I think I’ve mopped 20 times in the last week.

And written “wash me” in the construction dust covering the first floor of our house.

And even though my house has pretty much looked like these for the past two weeks:

DesignLively - our DIY renovation

It’s totally worth it because it’s coming together!

By the way, if you look closely at the photo above (beyond the sea of tarps and dust) you will see we expanded the doorway into the living room by 14 inches!

DesignLively - our DIY renovation

On my last post about this room (we’re having trouble “renaming” this room – the family room? the back room? the den?) I posted some crummy iPhone pictures I took at 9pm at night.

Now you can really see we have new walls! And new windows! And new trim!

This room has a whopping 9 windows, so there was lots… of… trim… to paint around.

DesignLively - our DIY renovation

First I painted one quick layer of paint on the wall – we decided to continue with Valspar’s Shoreline Haze, which is in our living room.

My friend Alli always makes fun of me because I need at least two words to describe a color. This room is a putty oatmeal.

DesignLively - our DIY renovation

Then we spent a while going through the room filling nail holes with spackle and sanding them down.

And then we used caulking to fill all the spaces between the trim and the walls.

DesignLively - our DIY renovation

Then I taped off the windows and painted the raw areas with Killz. Twice. No bleed-through!

Then I gave the entire room and all the trim two coats of paint.

And somewhere along the way we added baseboards.

DesignLively - our DIY renovation

Lo and behold, we’re actually looking at furniture for this room right now, so hopefully soon enough I’ll be relaxing with my feet up in this room!

My nice, clean, dusted off feet that is.

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