Entryway Makeover DIY

My entryway is finished.

FINALLY, a finished project.

54 square feet of serenity.

The 1970’s’esque entry had sliding doors in front of the ‘mini’ closet and on top over the shelves. And, Yellow.  Yellow trim, yellow interior doors, white paint with a yellow undertone. Yellow. Lots and lots of Yellow.

Below is the ONLY picture I could find (midway through hallway construction craze) where you can see the door and ‘the yellow’. Bummed that I didn’t take any before pics…perhaps because the start of this project was a bit how they say, impulsive.

Whatever, it was needed!


The story of ‘The Hallway’ which turned into the Saga of the Hallway, Stairs, Entryway, and Doors…is coming. Probably in another 2 years, which seems to be my going speed.

For now, lets start with that one 6′ x 9′ foot area of my house that is FINISHED. WOW. Feels good to say and type that word! 54 sq feet done, only 1,946 more sq feet of house left!

We started with an entryway painted a white with a yellow undertone and all of the trim was yellow (think mustard had a bad day yellow) and sliding mustard yellow (barf) doors that always came off track were once here.

One day I got mad at the mustard doors and took (ripped) them off. Personally, I’d rather have nothing/bare walls/bare rooms than something I don’t like. I had some random cubbies/locker thing that I found on the side of the road (notice a trend here) and that was good, for awhile… but with the endless hallway construction, the kids, the dog, and the endless stuff this room/entryway became so cluttered and unusable, something had to give. It needed serious help.


Fresh, clean(ish) while still holding true to the house’s “Country Whimsical” feel, with a bit more uniformity throughout.

The Result….



Walls (Flat*), Ceiling, and Trim (Semi-gloss) ALLLL…. are  White Dove by Benjamin Moore

(I’m obsessed)

(and if you live in an old house, you should be too!)

*Flat…boy, do I love flat. As I mentioned in my last post (DIY Window Painting) “More Gloss More Problems” i.e. you can see a lotta problems and yes, the walls in my 100+ year old house have problems. So my beloved Flat sheen helps make those ‘problems’ transform into ‘old house charm’.

The wood wall is a compilation of  2×10’s and random wood that I had in the basement.

I bought hooks at the hardware store and painted them in some primary colors (yellow, red, blue).

I did leave the top sliding doors so that we still have at least one place to shove things before people come over 🙂

I also replaced an old (and dark) tiffany style flush mount light with an awesome industrial style light (seen below) from IndiLights on Etsy ($50)

Old Light
New Light!

The Mirror ($30) and Mail Holder ($19) are from HomeGoods.

I ended up spray painting all of the outlet and light switches with Rustoleum’s – Robin Egg

Same color for the Coat Knobs which are actually curtain rod ends screwed into the wall with drywall screws!

(I know what you’re thinking… “Wow, this woman is definitely in the trenches of mamahood, those knobs look like boobs.” I also realized this- after I installed them.)

And the little Chair was rescued on the side of the road. I decided to give it a fresh start with some purple love.



 2.7% for the win!


DIY: Painting Windows = Awesome

 Painting windows and/or any kind of glass border is great for many reasons and AMAZING for one reason. 

“The Anna Method of painting windows is sure to fulfill the needs of manicure pickers everywhere!”  

Yup, that’s right. What makes painting windows amazing, is this-

When it dries.

You get to Scrap it off like nailpolish!

As an avid nailpolish picker, this brings me mucho joy.

Don’t judge . Don’t you remember the joys of picking the dried Elmer’s glue off your hand as a child? Flipping awesome.

I guess before you get to experience this joy. You should probably do the following:

1) wipe down surface with damp rag 

2) sand any rough spots, wipe down again.

3) prime.

4) paint! It’s recommended to use a “gloss” type paint on windows in trim. 

—- my rule of thumb for gloss is, “more gloss, more problems” 

Gloss is not forgiving. 

New house/windows can go high gloss. For my old and weird house we went semi-gloss (Benjamin Moore White Dove) (swoon….)

You could use painters tape, or try to cut a really close edge. Orrrr…. You could paint it quickly (because you do things in 30min increments anyways)  and have the joys of picking that sh%* off. Glorious!

 P.S. In Classic Anna fashion this was the closest tool I could find. I would NOT use one this flimsy or big. Grab yourself a 2″ scraper and get at it!

….your welcome.

Lesson #35- Glass is Gold

Behold. Our random second front door with chipped paint, an overflow of calk from my DIY attempt at fixing a broken window (blog on how not to fix window pane in the works) and a terrible old and broken light.

Let’s take a closer look.

…even closer…

I am fortunate enough to own not one , but two of these old and ugly lights. I recently hired an electrician to install an outdoor lightbox on the back patio where there was not light. Three big holes and big check later (must.learn.electrical.) I had an outdoor light box.

Being the scrappy b#%?! that I am I decided to redo one of the former front lights (pictured above) and use it on the back porch. This plan would also help justify buying new front lights that better matched our house. Win/win, right?

The plan was to paint the light the same way I do most lights (ie chandelier makeover) and replace the broken glass which would improve aesthetics.

Paint. Check. Easy, dependable, cheap.


Oh…. The mother lovin glass.




Hardware store- nope, don’t sell or cut. Need to go to a glass shop.

Glass shop #1- fancy pants place with fancy pants name. The woman tells me that for the size (small square) and the use ( light fixture) is need “tempered glass” and it could choose between a few pieces that could be cut that small. Ok… Easy enough…. I pic 2 I like, $15/EACH! I needed 3, 4×5″ pieces of glass, homegirl was not liking that $45 price tag. Thanked her- booked it outta there.

Call 2nd place, ask about tempered glas, yes they have it and can cut- drive  25 min there with the babes (yes, not one but two glass shoppes in one day with toddler and baby= nightmare) finally get there. Only a few pieces can be cut that small,  but they convinced me that for a light fixture with one bulb tempered glass is not needed.

**edumacate yo self! For information about Tempered VS Regular Clear Glass, click here. **

The price for their glass at the non fancy name sketchy location place -$30/each. Puuhlease! WTF!


Drive back to fancy place order glass, drive home with glass and install the new light. I then turned on the light and stared at my $45 glass as well as the holes in my wall from the electrician which worh my schedule will take me a year to patch. Sigh.

Wisdom for young ones- become an electrician or a glass manufacturer.

Your welcome.


Brass, Wires, and Paint, Oh My! …Up-cycled Chandelier DIY

The Good Things: basic electrical work, refurbishing items, and adding charm to our kitchen.

Part of me dies a bit when I paint over wood. But Painting over Brass? Welll…. not so much.

Though I’m no stranger to ‘upgrading’ light fixtures. I’m pretty obsessed with the new DIY trend of painting brass light fixtures.

So when I found a FREE chandelier looking for a good home, I quickly scooped it up.

Ain’t she a beaut?


She also had these hurricane type glass looking covers (5 plastic and a glass one that was, of course, 1/2 inch smaller than the other 5)

The original plan was to remove the candle type holders and replace with shorter lightbulb holders for a more modern look. Local Hardware stores carry them in various sizes for about $12 for a pack of 2 ( 3 packs x $12  $36) On this particular day, my local hardware store only had two packs of  2-inch holders. The combination of impatience, having about 10 minutes of time before preschool pick up, and the general dislike of spending money… I decided to forgo the lower light holders and hope for the best.

side note- If you have a fully stocked hardware store, $40ish bucks, wire cutters and a screw driver you can do it (I promise!)

Basic Electrical Wires for Lights

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Ground/Bare Copper

Via This Old House


In this case, you pull the black and white wires through and screw them around the corresponding screws (most electrical anythings, including the new sockets come with instructions)  the copper ground screw in the socket provides the ‘Ground’ …so super easy, right?! 😉

So before all of that, you need to have a rehabbed glamorous light.

1/ clean off the light and *lightly* sand away any rust/dirt/etc.

2/use painters tape to cover any exposed wires (except the wires that run through the chain)

3/ Tighten everything as if it was about to be hung and

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4/ With any kind of metal painting you want to PRIME. Trust me, it will never dry right and it will make a mess if you don’t.

4/a- I have also learned to actually follow the recommended rules (shocker I know)

4/b- only use spray paint when it’s above 50 degrees, not humid/raining (if you’re outside- and you should be outside!) always, ALWAYS use thin layers…and let dry in-between coats (40ish min is the minimum)

For this go I went with Rust-Oleum Painters Touch Ultra Cover 2X Flat White Primer ($4ish)

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p.s. I was so happy with the flat white look, I actually decided to just use the primer!

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When it is COMPLETELY dry figure out the length that you want or need and cut the chain (or in my case woman-handle it with any tool you can find) until it’s the appropriate length.

Then… Instal! For some “how-to” help I’d recommend:



The finished product!

(step 2 touch up ceiling paint)

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5/ Once installed look for any blemishes/unpainted areas. If you see any grab a piece of cardboard hold up behind and spray.

Not bad for a $4 light!

Off with you! Go give an old light another chance!