Hooked on DIY Remodeling Projects Around the House

by hookedonhouses on April 30, 2009

Ready for the Round Up?Welcome to Hooked on Fridays, a blog party I host at the end of each week to celebrate the things that make us happy. This week I’m hooked on house projects that we can do ourselves and save some money in the process–so I’m joining Remodeling Guy’s Spring Round-Up party.

We all have projects that nag at us. Take my two-story foyer–please! (Ba-dum-bum.) You’ve heard me rant about two-story rooms and how they’re really not my thing. Our neighborhood is filled with them–almost impossible to buy a house around here without soaring ceilings. We put a playroom upstairs where our two-story family room would’ve been, but we’ve still got a two-story foyer to deal with.


I wish we had enlarged the kids’ rooms and added a bath between them, but this is what I got instead: some blank space with a window and a bright brass light fixture. I’d been wanting to do something about it for years and finally got around to it.


First, we rented some scaffolding and painted the foyer Eddie Bauer “Pecan” to match the rooms around it. I liked this soft green, but it made the house feel dark all the time.  I was also feeling “boxed in” with that color, since you could see it from every room of the house. Painting it was a pain, but the scaffolding made it a lot easier (we used ladders last time).

My handy husband Dave then risked life and limb to hang crown molding and trim around the window (to see other crown molding projects he’s done around our house, click here).

Notice we took down the ugly brass light fixture. I wanted to buy a new one soooo badly. But we’re trying to save our pennies like everyone else right now. So instead of getting my dream chandelier, I painted the old one instead. Now, for about $6 bucks’ worth of spray paint, it looks (almost) new. Best of all, it finally matches the bronze fixtures in the rest of the house.


It’s still not my favorite spot in the house, but at least it’s an improvement! Be sure to visit Remodeling Guy to see the projects everyone else is showing us today (or enter one of yours–there will be prizes!).

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Hooked on Fridays Participants

1. Mary Beth {Homemade Mother\’s Day Gifts}
2. the BLAH BLAH BLAHger (outdoor living)
3. Design Ties (hooked on… blogging!)
4. susan (Your home, only better.)
5. Arleen @ Seasons for All at Home
6. Beach Cottage Love (beachy house)
7. Living With Lindsay (Thrift Store Baskets)
8. Peacock Blue (Carrie\’s new apartment)
9. Suzy Homemaker (Adirondack)
10. TK – Urbanism Lingo
11. The Shabby Chic Cottage
12. Kate @ Stolen Moments (ground beef wellington)
13. Kate @ A Simple Walk (hindsight)
14. Linda @ Lime in the Coconut (hooked on a tropical PARADISE)
15. ginnycartersmallenburg
16. Mrs. Petrie (Mother\’s Day gifts)
17. Making This Home
18. PamperingBeki (hooked on… parenting)
19. Fishing The Mekong | Gennaro
20. m @ tales from an oc cottage
21. Our Nifty Notebook (Mother\’s Day)
22. Lindsay Christensen
23. Likely Design (New pendant lamps!)
24. Jadehollow
25. Creations From My Heart Shoes & Pincushions
26. {ae filkins} Hooked on yummy & easy dessert
27. Amy Cannon(Hooked On Bo??)
28. Tamara
29. Fifi Flowers Paris/GIVEAWAY
30. Tasha @ Hectic Calm (3-D Artwork, cheap)
31. Amy Cannon(Hooked on Mud Bugs)
32. Donna at Funky Junk Interiors – unique headboard
34. Alfazema (Hooked on Impatiens and Geraniums)
35. Tina @ Luphia loves… {{Fuschia Aqua}}
36. Jane @ Beach House
37. Styling by Coty Farquhar – Autumn Colours
38. Newlyweds (Summer Garden)
39. RetroRuth (Our Perennial Garden)
40. sara\’s art house
41. TheOldPostRoad (pretty room pics)
42. Tricia {Yard Sale Finds}
43. Angela @ Peonypatch (Coupons)
44. Pam@GardenDesigns more
45. LaurelStreet {Kitchen Glass Tiles}
46. NCJill (patio)
47. Wayfaring Wanderer (Hk\’d on the Beach}
48. Christy (Big Reveal: Family Room Transformation)
49. Gayle-Planet M Files (Pet Parade)
50. Laura @ Decor to Adore
51. Liz @ It\’s Great To Be Home (Featuring Reader Re-Dos!)
52. Supernatural Botanicals, Reclaim A Frame
53. Ramona @ A Day in the Life of Ramona (Quilts on Porch Rails}
54. Shawn/Lifeatbuttercupfarm (Porch Love)
55. Deb/Dumbwittellher
56. Heather
57. Jessica (Spray Paint projects)
58. From the Right Bank to the Left Coast (My Ideal Weekend House)
59. ImagineCozy(Welcoming Entry)
60. RehabOrDie.com — Hooked on Neptune
61. Janis@An Inspired Life(vintage signs)
62. Charlotte (Hk\’d on flipflops)
63. Daly Essentials – Derby Dresses
64. Puna – hooked on scrapbooking
65. Carolina Mama (Hooked on Famous)
66. Diana@TheDevineHome (Style Files!)
67. Lucy (The Office Redo)
68. Nouveau Stitch (Kindle)
69. Derek@ DMDesigns
70. Farmhouse Chic – Hooked on Farmhouse Renovating -low budget style
71. sue-in-sydney {my new bedroom}

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Susan Smith April 30, 2009 at 9:04 pm

I can soooo related to the tall foyer…our last house (in Indiana) had one. Now we’re in a new england colonial and they put an upstairs office off the master bedroom where the foyer would have gone. Love it!

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Mary Beth April 30, 2009 at 9:04 pm

I love the paint color, the “new” chandelier and the molding. I did molding downstairs but you would roll on the floor with laughter. I used a hand saw and a miter box and really have no idea how to make the proper cuts but luckily, if you don’t look tooooo closely, it passes (just barely!). Thanks for hosting such a great blog party.

DesignTies April 30, 2009 at 9:15 pm

Your front entry improvements look great!! 100% improvement on the chandelier. And the crown molding is a nice detail. Good thing your hubby is brave!! :-)

OMG, that scaffolding brings back scary memories!!! I painted our hallway, including the entry with the vaulted ceiling, over the Christmas holidays. Hubby and I are both afraid of heights. Seeing as I made him go up the extension ladder to hang the Christmas lights, I figured it was only fair for me to go up on the scaffolding to paint. It was AWFUL!! I hated every second I was up there!! But at least the fact that there was a deadline to return the rented scaffolding forced me to do it!!

Kelly @ DesignTies

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Arleen @ Seasons for All at Home April 30, 2009 at 9:21 pm

Hi Julia. Beautiful paint colors in your after photograph! ~Arleen

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Lindsay April 30, 2009 at 9:29 pm

Those little improvements look great! I like what you did with the light fixture.

Lindsay’s last blog post..Too Many Projects, Too Little Time

Terry Kearns April 30, 2009 at 9:44 pm

Nice work renting the scaffolding? I’m getting less interested in ladders every day.

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Katie @ makingthishome.com April 30, 2009 at 10:25 pm

Great updates, Julia. It’s the little things that add up… well little but certainly each a bit of work. Nice job to you and your husband.

Katie @ makingthishome.com’s last blog post..Learning to Fly

m April 30, 2009 at 10:55 pm

It looks soooooo awesome!

m ^..^

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Jenny April 30, 2009 at 11:13 pm

I think it turned out nicely! I wish my hubby could do crown molding!

Jenny’s last blog post..It’s Official

Remodeling Guy April 30, 2009 at 11:17 pm

Hi Julia!
Wow! I’m so honored that you put MY crazy button and linked to the Round-Up for Hooked-On Fridays, thank you SO much!

You guys did an awesome job in your foyer! The crown looks great and the window casing is wonderful. Your husband did a great job. Looks like the paint work came out nice too!

I’ve done jobs where we installed $1000 motors with long cables to lower the light fixture! Isn’t that funny? Doesn’t really make the most sense, but it was cool!

Have a great Friday and a great weekend!


Debbie April 30, 2009 at 11:20 pm

Hey Julia … Love the new look. We also had to do our touchups on a tight budget. First thing to go.. All Brass! Thanks for sharing your transformation.
Have a Great Weekend.

Debbie’s last blog post..Spring Round-Up Remodel

Amber April 30, 2009 at 11:30 pm

Julia, it looks great!! I had to scroll back up to see that it really WAS the same chandelier!! It looks great.

Have a great weekend!!

Amber’s last blog post..An Adorable Giveaway!

Tam April 30, 2009 at 11:35 pm

Wow looks terrific Julia! Nice color and the chandlier looks so much better! ~Tam :D

Tam’s last blog post..It was a wonderful weekend!

Tamara April 30, 2009 at 11:39 pm

Love it, love it,love it!

Tamara’s last blog post..Hooked on Hanging Baskets

amy April 30, 2009 at 11:40 pm

Bo so trashy!!!

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Emily@remodelingthislife April 30, 2009 at 11:43 pm

I love your project! I am so proud of you for spray painting the light fixture – it looks fantastic!

Emily@remodelingthislife’s last blog post..Completed Projects

Mrs. Q May 1, 2009 at 1:12 am

Love the paint color and crown molding. Really warms up the space :) Great job to both of you!

Mrs. Q’s last blog post..Remodeling Round Up…Sorta

Donna at Funky Junk Interiors May 1, 2009 at 1:23 am

What a great transformation! And I actually really like that light now! LOL!!

Thanks for the opportunity to join the party. I’m hooked on things slightly out of the ordinary as you’ll see by my submission. :)


Donna at Funky Junk Interiors’s last blog post..Birdhouse and old wood projects have begun! Why? Because I’m being forced by…

paula May 1, 2009 at 4:20 am

I need to paint the stairs and entrance. Maybe you now inspire my husband to do the work.

Luphia May 1, 2009 at 5:03 am

love the new look!!

Luphia’s last blog post..Hooked on: Fuschia & Aqua

Jane @ Beach House May 1, 2009 at 6:20 am

Oh this reminds me of flooring the balcony. Ladders + waxed floors – not a safe combination

Jane @ Beach House’s last blog post..High to Low: Porcelain Stools

Angela May 1, 2009 at 7:10 am

Your remodel looks GREAT!!!

Angela’s last blog post..Totally Random

Nancy May 1, 2009 at 7:50 am

Excellent results! We plan to sell our home once it is fine tuned and are doing exactly the same paint on our lights all through the house. A couple are completed with excellent results for very little cost. Since the door hardware is a gaudy gold, we will be trying to paint them an oil rubbed bronze, too. This weekend is the test, if it stops raining! I don’t have a house blog yet because my staging accessories are still packed away. Will do one as soon as we start accessorizing.

Pam Kersting May 1, 2009 at 8:00 am

Gee, I wish I had your ability to make things happen so fast! Looks great! Check out my blog — this week, I’m featuring a house that I’m hooked on!

Pam Kersting’s last blog post..Dragonfly House

christy May 1, 2009 at 8:15 am

Wow it looks a million times better! And that crown molding job is mighty impressive. Kudos to you and your husband for a great job!

christy’s last blog post..Family room REVEAL

Gayle May 1, 2009 at 8:18 am

That looks so nice! What a great job you guys did!

Gayle’s last blog post..Pet Parade!

Laura Ingalls Gunn May 1, 2009 at 8:32 am

I have a very similar brass fixture hanging in my foyer and I too do not care for it at all. We too are on a budget, so I very much like your solution.
The new wall color is gorgeous. Well done.

Laura Ingalls Gunn’s last blog post..Shameless Hussy~ a truly funny "tail"

Heather May 1, 2009 at 10:23 am

Three cheers for husbands who complete your vision! The lamp is a great improvement apres paint!
I’m not sure if I entered this blog party correctly…meant to show “hooked on mobiles”…

Heather’s last blog post..RISD Alumni Art Show

Slowish Food May 1, 2009 at 11:38 am

Wow. The painted lighting fixture makes a huge difference!

Slowish Food’s last blog post..Whoo-hoo! Guess Who’s One Year Old?

Victoria @ DesignTies May 1, 2009 at 11:54 am

I love a good DIY project… I especially love doing them!! :-)Great re-use of your chandelier. Now it looks current and sooo much better!! We did something similar to brass vent covers on our previous gas fireplace – just gave them a light sand and then spray-painted them with a black BBQ paint (for heat). It really modernized the gas insert and made the whole fireplace look FAB! Just like your foyer!!

I just scrolled back for one more look and just noticed something… your foyer window can open!! Now why would the builder put a single-hung window way up where you’d need a ladder to open it?! Some people’s kids!!

Victoria @ DesignTies

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Angela @ Imaginecozy May 1, 2009 at 12:46 pm

The light fixture looks great — it really updated the feel. I’m with you on two story decorating it is so tricky. Thanks for hosting the party!

Angela @ Imaginecozy’s last blog post..A Welcoming Entry

RehabOrDie May 1, 2009 at 1:09 pm

It’s funny, here Julia is talking about DIY fixit stuff, and I’m screwing around with decorating the garden…

Too funny!

RehabOrDie’s last blog post..Craigslist…. getting the weirdest things.

Janis@An Inspired Life May 1, 2009 at 1:13 pm

Two story rooms/hallways may look nice but make for some tricky decorating! Great job with yours!

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Christine May 1, 2009 at 1:22 pm

I am constantly amazed by what a can of spray paint can do! I love that color on your walls as well! Though I’m not “technically” participating in the blog party because I couldn’t find anything to post about that I was hooked on this week, I did link back here anyway because I love your site!! Happy Friday!

Christine’s last blog post..Hooked???

Daly Essentials May 1, 2009 at 3:11 pm

I hear ya on trying to save some $$ – but just spray painting the light fixtured makes such a difference!!

Daly Essentials’s last blog post..Derby Dresses

Puna May 1, 2009 at 3:19 pm

Julia, I know what you mean about the two-story thing. I don’t like them either. Though you certainly made the best of it. I love the chandelier make-over. I didn’t write a post to put on here today. Can I link one I wrote about scrapbooking?

Puna’s last blog post..Fixing It With Aurora

desiree May 1, 2009 at 5:26 pm

I have a two story foyer as well. I hate it. I never know how to decorate…but leaving it blank it’s too stark. As for home improvement…that’s what I’m hooked on but I couldn’t post on it yet because I’m too far behind…maybe next week. My husband wants to know when THIS obsession will be over.

melissa @ the inspired room May 1, 2009 at 5:52 pm

Great Job! I love the new look of the chandelier and the space looks great now! I have a two story entry too. And because I hate my pink builder beigey puke paint so much, I’m thinking of starting there and having someone come take care of that first since it is too high for me to paint. Scaffolding might be good too….good thing we have brave hubbys.


Palabuzz May 2, 2009 at 6:40 am

You are making some renovation in your house. I wonder when can I have my own house to remodel.

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Ramona May 2, 2009 at 10:25 am

I too have a two story foyer and we all know what a pain in the who~haa it is to vacuum! I love what you did to your light fixture…it looks great. Don’t you just love doing a project for pennies and having it turn out gorgeous? I was totally freaked when my husband was up on the scaffolding and painting. The molding looks great too. Great post.

Have a great weekend,

Ramona’s last blog post..I’m Hooked!

Lucy May 2, 2009 at 1:06 pm

I’ve had a fabulous time surfing your website. Kept me up long past my insomnia last night. Really Cool! I got such a chuckle out of an old post about columns in a house on the market. With a comment video link to a SNL clip. LOL

Anyway I stopped back today and decided to join the DIY links. I dabble in DIY’s once in a while. Love your all your new trim — color me jealous. We live in FL and also have no woodwork around windows. I also saw your office redo when I was browsing. Love your wood floors. I miss traditional homes. I have a lot more to explore here – so I’ll be back. Insomnia visits me often these days. A men-o-pause thing you see.

Lucy’s last blog post..Spring Cleaning

Nouveau Stitch May 2, 2009 at 1:45 pm

As always, a great and inspirational post!


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Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality May 2, 2009 at 3:32 pm

Hey, Julia, I really love the new paint color & the painted light fixture. It’s just amazing how painting over that brass can make such a difference, but it really, really does. Way to go!

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality’s last blog post..It’s G Day at my House

Christie aka Farmhouse Chic May 2, 2009 at 5:29 pm

I am not sure if I did it right, but I tried! Love the quick fix you did with the light fixture. Sometimes paint is just all you need!



Ms.Tee May 2, 2009 at 10:45 pm

Hi Julia, I love the new paint color and also the color you painted your light fixture – it looks great! I do think I’m in love with spray paint. :0) I’m sorry I missed your birthday – I’m way, way behind on blogging. I hope it was a great one!

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Carrie May 3, 2009 at 2:08 pm

A Special Invitation…
Have you seen the vinyl wall decals for use in your home décor? I invite you to read my May 1 post entitled, Which Chandelier Decal Would You Prefer? Leave a comment as directed, to be entered in the Chandilier decal giveaway sponsored by Wilson Graphics.
Stop by soon; the giveaway ends Friday May 8.
Carrie – Oak Rise Cottage

Renae Moore May 3, 2009 at 8:34 pm

You did a great job and what a job it was too! We have a two story foyer as well and I am not crazy about the fixture we inherited when we bought this house a year ago! It’s daunting to think about going through what you did with the scaffolding, but definitely well worth it in the end!
Well done.

Renae Moore’s last blog post..Bold Design – Classic Home

Amy Jo Trager May 8, 2009 at 11:46 am

That DOES look better! I really like the spray painted chandalier. I’m so over gold accents, but my house isn’t quite rid of them yet. Those stupid door knobs are all over my house.

You sure are keeping busy these days!

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loagn June 29, 2009 at 1:55 pm

Does anyone know of an online architect that might give me some idea’s / sketches concerning a front porch design. Anyone heard of RDC Architects?

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