I have a love-hate relationship with painting. I hate that the house is in disarray (moving everything out of the room into other rooms) and I don’t exactly love to paint . . . but I LOVE the result! I am never disappointed with how clean and crisp the room looks when we are finished.
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- crown molding
- measuring tape
- miter saw (we have a DeWalt miter saw)
- miter saw crown stops
- stud finder
- trim nail gun
- finishing nails for nail gun
Neal and I have installed a lot of crowning molding over the years. We have made many mistakes and wasted a lot of crown molding trying to get the “cuts” right. However, we have perfected (well maybe not perfect, but better 😉) our technique and want to pass on what we have learned to you.
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- Canned lights (and stencil)
- Electrical lights
- Measuring tape
- Certified electrician (safety is essential)
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Read How to Install a Grid Ceiling prior to reading this post.
Prior to installing the wood planks, the exposed HVAC and electrical wires were exposed. Several years ago, we painted this black. However, we wanted to give this room a more finished look. We are so pleased with the result. Below is a BEFORE picture. 😲
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- string and string level
- grid system
- measuring tape
- chalk box
- wire cutters
- tin snips
Below is a picture before we installed the grid ceiling system.
Mark the parameter of the room (ceiling height):
Determine the height of your ceiling and use a laser level to establish the line around the entire room. At least eight feet is preferable; however, because of some ductwork, we had to make our ceiling 7’ 9”. Use a chalk box to mark the wall at the correct height around the room. Continue reading “How to Install a Drop Ceiling Grid System” Share This:Follow Life with Neal and Suz:
Just a little background about me to give you some context . . . I worked as an educator for over 31 years. I enjoyed this work, but my last 15 years of being a superintendent were all-consuming 😫. I was accustomed to working 12-16 hours most day with tremendous stress. I retired a few years ago and now work part-time as an education consultant. The time demands and stress are far less and for the first time, I have more balance in my life. 😊
I have always been a lifelong learner; learning truly feeds my soul. I am constantly trying to become a better version of myself. To do this, I read my Bible (try to do so daily but sometimes fall short 🤦♀️), pray 🙏, and listen 🎧 to spiritual and personal growth books. Continue reading “JOY: Love Jesus, Love Others and Love Yourself . . . and Some of My Favorite Books” Share This:Follow Life with Neal and Suz:
My Mom purchased a small house down the street from us. We spent several months updating the house prior to my Mom moving into her new home. We are so glad she lives close to us. ☺️
The door hinges were mix-matched. Some were brass and some were silver. We ordered new black doorknobs and wanted to paint the hinges to match so we decided to spray paint them black. Continue reading “How to Paint Door Hinges” Share This:Follow Life with Neal and Suz:
This blog post is one of a series that describes how we updated the house my Mom purchased a down the street from us. We made several improvements to this house prior to her moving in.
Preparing the Floor Surface
First, we removed the old flooring. There were several issues. It was raised in some areas and there were gaps (with years of dirt and grime) between the planks. Continue reading “How to Install Vinyl Plank Flooring” Share This:Follow Life with Neal and Suz:
I visited my good friend Britney and greatly admired how she decorated her table. I liked it so much that I wanted to share it with you. Continue reading “Farmhouse Table Decor” Share This:Follow Life with Neal and Suz:
I love to crochet. My mother taught me when I was a child and I am thankful to her for teaching me. Continue reading “How to Crochet a Bobble Scarf” Share This:Follow Life with Neal and Suz: