There might be something wrong with me…

… because I have started reading – and seeking out – DIY blogs.

Oh, not just any DIY blogs. The ones where some very attractive mother of two single-handedly remodels the family room in three easy steps. Steps that involve painting – free-hand – complex murals with sweet little birds and stripping and sanding the reclaimed wood floors.

Pretty Handy Girl

Photo Source: Pretty Handy Girl Blog

Anyone who knows me is laughing out loud right now. I mean, most mornings I don’t make my bed.

So why am I fantasizing about ripping up the carpet in my living room and painting all my wood furniture with chalk paint and SERIOUSLY CONSIDERING retiling the floor of the hall bath JUST TO SEE IF I CAN??!

Tile floor

I’m not kidding. Nick and I actually talked about it, and wondered how much it would cost to hire someone to fix it if I totally screw it up. I’m currently researching the best way to remove a very large mirror that’s been glued to the wall without shattering it. I think I’m in full-blown nesting mode. I cannot explain it. As I write this, I have bread dough rising in the kitchen. Really. A recipe from Pinterest.

There might be something wrong with me.

12 replies
  1. Cynthia@OrnamentalStyle
    Cynthia@OrnamentalStyle says:

    About removing the mirror, I removed the plate glass ones in my two bathrooms so that I could install decorative ones. The first one I removed by myself since it was small (2 x 3?). I closed the door to the bathroom so flying glass wouldn’t escape into the bedroom, I wore safety glasses, put sneakers on so I wouldn’t cut my feet. First thing I did was slide a metal yardstick behind the mirror to see where the mirror was lose and where it was stuck. I could slide that yardstick pretty much all over except for a couple of spots. Hmmm, not as stuck as I thought. I pretty much ended up just pulling it off the wall. (I might have poked at the stuck spots with the yardstick.) The mirror came off in one piece! Set it out at the curb and someone snatched it right up.

    The second mirror was much bigger so my mom helped by holding onto the mirror. It was the same process though and again someone got a nice mirror curbside.

    Of course your mirrors might be more thoroughly glued down. Mine just had like 5 glue spots about 2-3 inches in diameter. If that’s the case with yours, a little bit of drywall compound will fix up any spots where you take a layer of drywall off. Then you get to hang up a pretty decorative mirror (which might just cover those spots anyway)!

    I love DIY blogs but yeah, I pretty much don’t attempt much either. Maybe the fall season is responsible for your nesting inclinations. Mmmm, fresh bread!

    • Francesca
      Francesca says:

      Thanks for the tips, Cynthia! I haven’t quite screwed up my courage enough to give this a try, but I’m getting closer. You comments were encouraging – both of the mirrors I’m considering dismantling are about 2 x 3, which I think it manageable if I’m careful. And who knows?? If I am successful in remodeling my powder rooms (on either side of a jack-and-jill shower room) I might be emboldened to do…. MY KITCHEN!! OMG!!! 🙂

    • Francesca
      Francesca says:

      True, Miss Janis – but hiring someone involves money we don’t have, also. I haven’t committed to anything, but I’m hearing lots of great tips about how to take them down safely and if I can screw up my courage, I may just don a pair of safety glasses, some long sleeves, and a pair of heavy boots and give it a shot. Thanks for caring about me!! xoxo


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