House Projects On the List

I am hankering to get house projects done. It's a super good time to be doing that since I can't take my arm out of this sling for 8 weeks and winter is around the corner. My timing is impeccable. Regardless of my timing, lists are my thing, and my thing will not be denied. I narrowed it down to the top 6 projects I reeeeeeeeeeeeeally want LB us to do. I'll list the project in bold and then any other thoughts, steps, resources below it. Get it? Got it? Good! (Is that from Full House?)

Board and Batten in Hallway


After seeing this brilliantness on Young House Love a year ago, I have wanted to do it in our hallway. It's cheap and would be a good primer for our crown molding project! If anyone was looking to get us a $60 present and spend a day with us getting us started, this would be the way to go.

Paint Trim and Shutters Outside Black


Enough said. The paint is already purchased and we just either need to do it or hire someone to paint (a crime against DIY laws).

Paint Front Door Screen Black or REMOVE


Since the picture below is what we are going for and we have already painted the front door black, this white and gold screen door isn't really doing it for me. But OOOOOOO, do I like the tall shutters flanking the door in this picture below.... I wonder if the scale would look totally wackadoo on our house.

white house

Remove Wall Between Kitchen and Living Room


I've already posted about getting contractors bids to remove this wall and I am pretty pumped about it. The island we are going to put in its place? Well, it's inspired by two things: the current butcher block rolly cart in the kitchen and Angie and Preston's place.


Crown Molding Throughout All of First Floor


You might have asked yourself, "What crown molding project?" Well, this one is your answer. On the WHOLE first floor. Just look at those bare ceilings. ("TREANA! Make us pretty!!!!!") The walls will not be denied. Again, this YHL tutorial has been my go to. We've already acquired the Kreg Crown Jig (it's about $30) and they only sell it at Lowe's or on Amazon. There's also this option if we want to pump up the crown in certain rooms. We've also got some awesome friends who have a Dewalt Saw. Query: do you think getting the saw and setting it on the dining room table is too obvious? Is there such a thing as too obvious?

Dining Table


Friends. Something needs to be done with this orangey-yellow thing. Katie send me this pin and thinks we should do this for the dining. I am inclined to agree. What are your thoughts? I like the midcentury modern lines of it and it is heavy as snot and could last a good long while, so I don't necessarily want to replace it.

So who wants to come be my house fairy? Should only take you a few weeks... I pay in beer, food, and hugs.

Best of House of Bennetts: July Edition

WOOT WOOT! We are back with the best of because my whole statistics thing has successfully migrated over from the old blog! WOOT! Let's nerd out y'all. Photo Cred: Etsy:

In the month of July we had 5,553 unique views on this little blog of ours. We also have a new most viewed post ever: Painting a Metal Front Door... lots of lovely folks out there have had a lot of metal painting questions lately, so keep em coming! The painting a metal front door post has now overtaken the previous champ: Rustoleum Countertops. You had a good run countertop post. You really did.

Aside from getting your paint on, you all were super interested in what jams I have been road tripping to (number 5) and the perfume I am digging (number 4).

Slide1 Perfume

The third most viewed post was the DIY Onesies tutorial and I hope that you'll share the crazily cute baby goodness getting made as a result! Remember: baby onesies, adorable, kryptonite.


The runner up spot goes to the Throwback Thursday of all Throwback Thursdays: the Chore Chart for Adults. Get your clean on!


You super fans also reeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeally wanted to win some of Anna Moor's awesomeness, because taking the top prize for most views in July was her giveaway!


What goodness did you see around blog land this month? Care to share in the comments?

Stay tuned tomorrow and Friday for a special Throwback Thursday and the final excellent post from the "florkens" on Friday!