Hollow Core Door Makeover...round 2

Our Bathroom Door desperately needed updating...
as you can see in the photo above that Owen helped with.  :)

Hollow core door makeover round 2!  This one was a little bit trickier, as there was a large hole in the door behind the strategically hung mirror. 

I followed all of the same steps as outlined in my previous post...Hollow Core Door Makeover.  To cover the big hole in the door, I cut a piece of luan (1/8 inch thick plywood) and wood glued it to the door.  I then trimmed around it. 

This is the square that covers the hole.  Because of the trim, you can't even tell that there is a board glued down over the hole.  The luan has the same texture as the hollow core door (I think that the door is actually made of the same material).  Once it is painted, the grain blends right into the door.  I did run painter's caulk around the outside of the square prior to painting to make sure there were no visible seams. 

I primed once with Kilz, and put three coats of semi gloss (Popcorn, Martha Stewart - color matched to Behr). 

I am going to tackle the boy's rooms next.  I am thinking of replacing their hollow core doors with dutch doors - so I have been on the lookout for wood doors that I can cut down.  I think a trip to the Habitat for Humanity store, ReStore, is in my near future!



our little shop's grand opening

"Glimpse of Paris"
I am so excited about a new adventure I am taking on...opening up an Etsy shop to sell my art.  This, in part, is why there hasn't been a lot of activity on the house lately.  Although I really love the challenges that designing and renovating the house brings, there is something about paint on canvas that fills me up and makes me happy.  So, now I'll be doing both. :) 

The name of the shop is BitsyBitsy - you can thank Owen for the name as it is is favorite song.  "BitsyBitsy spider went up the water spount..."   I'll be selling mainly prints of my original art.  I am not sure if I'll also be posting my original paintings in the shop as well.  I'll see how things go.  Additionally, I'll be selling original custom art maps like this one below and the one from previous post...

"People that Love Me Map"
8x10 Acrylic on Canvas

Stop on by our Etsy shop to check out more art.   Also,come like our new facebook page.


Gearing Up for our Grand Opening

Happy day after tax day everyone.  We were those people this year. You know, those people at the post office at 11:45pm hoping to get the returns in the mail on time, and yes, we made the deadline.  :)
Just a few of the new paintings I created for my series
"Little Zoo" and "People That Love Me Maps".
We are just a few days away from our grand opening of our Etsy shop, BitsyBitsy.  As you can see from the photo, I have been busy working on a new series for the shop.  We just finalized a deal with a print shop, and I am expecting my mailing supplies to arrive today or tomorrow.  

As for the house, I just picked the paint color for the peninsula cabinet.  It's pretty bold - but no sneak peeks.  I'll do a final reveal after its complete.

I am still working on our hollow core doors - one at a time.  It is tedious work, but makes such a dramatic difference.  I have been thinking for awhile about dutch doors for the kids rooms.  Does anyone have any ideas for DIY dutch doors?  Would love some guidance on this one!


Family Map

Our Family Map
Acrylic on Canvas
 Here is a piece that I just finished. It has our house, as well as all of the grandparents houses.  This one is going up in Ryan's room. 

I have some exciting news to share.  On April 20th, I will be opening up an Etsy shop named Bitsy Bitsy.  I'll be filling it with paintings and prints designed for kids.  This painting will be featured as a new custom product that will be called "People That Love Me Maps".  Over the next couple of weeks, I'll be sharing more info with you, but in the mean time, please check out the new facebook page that I set up by clicking here.