Questions to Ask of a Painter – with a FREE PRINTABLE Included!

You may have heard me mention in previous posts that we are gearing up to have our house painted. We didn’t LOVE the color when we bought the house two years ago, but there were a few more pressing things that we wanted to take care of before painting got to the top of the priority list. You know how that goes when you buy a home!

So now, we’re ready! We have the money set aside, we’re in a good season for painting in Florida, and we’re doing the MOST fun part: looking for a painting company.

Hands down, one of my LEAST favorite things when it comes to home ownership is looking for “a guy”.

You know how people do. “Oh, you’re gonna get your house painted? I know a guy!” And while some folks are just handy with EVERYTHING, we are NOT those folks. And it’s not for lack of trying…we just are not those people! What we ARE is people who work hard so we can pay other people to do things that we can’t do. And the world needs people like that, too!

So far, we’ve got “guys” (or gals, as the case may be!) for pest control, lawn care, screening, garage door, air conditioning and carpentry. I think that’s it. So I’m in the midst of the hunt for the painting “guy”.

While calling and emailing and searching, I decided I would be much more productive if I could do it in a more organized manner, so I created this:

Signature creations

Organized, and cheerfully colorful, too! (These are the things that help me get stuff done!)

If you would like to download it, please feel free to do so by CLICKING HERE!

And if you’d like more information on the process of having your home painted, check this out: I guest-posted on this very subject over at Sly Deluxe, an awesome home improvement site! If you’d like to read “Tips for Choosing  a Painting Company for Your Home”, CLICK HERE!

Have you had YOUR home painted? Do you have “a guy”? Any other questions you would add?

Due to the amount of comments from all of my wonderful readers, it is not always possible for me to respond to each one. However, I absolutely do read them all, and if you’d like to address something specific, or have a question for me, please don’t hesitate to email me at I will respond to your email as soon as possible! Thank you for visiting the blog!

Cheap & Easy Ideas for Updating the Look of Your Front Door – A Guest Post!

I’ve been looking at my house from the outside recently. You know how you do. Winter is pretty much over. The weather is turning towards Spring. And you feel the need for something fresh and clean and NEW! So when Elizabeth Hill contacted me and asked if I was interested in publishing a post on updating your front door, I thought that was just what I might be looking for! So let’s see what kind of ideas she has for us…

As summer approaches, looking for ways to enhance the look of your front door can be a pretty exciting endeavor, as there are many options to explore!

Here are some of the most exciting types of changes that you can make:

Hotel door handle

1. Update Your Door Handles

If you live in the UK or even in some of the historic areas of America, your door handle actually might be quite an antique. On the other hand, all door hardware (like handles) have an expected life, and if they no longer fit as a design statement or have lost some of their functionality, then upgrading them to the latest style is a good idea. You may have seen several online stories about the smart-phone/smart-lock companies that created door handles that can be controlled by using your smart phone and a software application. Now that some of those locks are on the market, people have enjoyed making the changeover as it gives them more control over who comes and goes in and out of their house than before. A great place to actually find updated handles is at Door Handles Ltd, one of the UK’s largest online suppliers of door handles and accessories.

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Pinterest Project Presented!

I’m a HUGE Pinterest fan, but, as my husband so eloquently commented, “You pin a lot more than you actually do anything with!”

Yes, he got “the look” for that, but he’s absolutely right. I have thousands of pins…because who can help it? Once you get on there, you just keep going! You know what I mean, right?

However, there was one idea I pinned a few weeks ago that I KNEW I would come back to and use. So, here it was:


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Garage Dreams

Our big project over the weekend consisted of spending 6.5 hours in the garage at our new home.

While the interior of the actual house has been painted and has had new floors laid, the same could not be said about the garage. I’m not sure what the original color of the garage walls were…but they were less than dingy when we bought the house. We really aren’t accumulate-a-ton-of-tools-and-junk-and-do-projects-in-the garage-all-the-time people, so we really wanted to give it a nice makeover.

First step: cleaning. It’s funny; when you buy a home that has been lived in previously, you’re suddenly VERY conscious of all the dirt and grime from the people who lived there before! (Since all we had to clean up on the inside of the house was a little construction grunge, we were thoroughly baptized with the garage!

Second step: painting the walls and the door. We painted the door and all the walls good ol’ white, except for one wall. That one wall took the longest, but it is now a beautiful teal…”Seafaring Teal”, to be exact.

It all started when I saw this picture…


Now THAT is a BEAUTIFUL laundry room!!! I loved the color combination of the teal and the white – so fresh and clean! Yes, I even liked the chandelier, ha!

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