} Painting Large Spaces With Small Time

Hi friends!

Other than a lingering cough, I am feeling better.  SO…I started a new project last night, one of my  our home goals for this year, painting our foyer/first floor halls/two story stairwell/second floor halls.

As excited as I am about lightening and brightening this dark space, it’s exhausting just thinking about all. that. painting.

And it’s not a job I can complete in one sitting/standing/reaching/squatting…

Now my muscles hurt too.

I thought I’d share my “strategy” for painting large spaces in small snippets of time.


} A Little DIY Inspiration For Monday

Hi friends.  I apologize for the radio silence around here, I have been a bit under the weather.

The winter crud finally got me.  Ugh.

There are bits and pieces of projects, paint swatches and clutter everywhere around me, and all I can do is lay on the couch.

I do have some DIY Inspiration for you, however.  My sweet blog friend Lisa, from Concord Cottage, featured my bicycle wheel foyer table for her Something To Talk About Party this morning.  Click on the photo below to check out the party!



Thank you so much Lisa for featuring my table, and for giving me “something to talk about” this Monday morning!  (smile)

Friends, there are two more days to enter my giveaway of The $50 Home Makeover book and a $50 Visa Gift Card to finance your first project!  Go HERE to enter.

} Five Favorite Pins on Friday

Hi guys!

Happy Friday!

Do you have some fabulous weekend plans?  A hot Valentine’s Day date?

We are going out to celebrate my BABY’s thirteenth birthday tonight.  I can’t believe I have no children younger than teenagers.  Wah!!

Makes a mom feel old.


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Let’s change the subject, shall we?

I love posting my favorite pins on Fridays.  Pinterest is my favorite inspiration.

Without further adieu…


} Fabric Covered Cardboard Boxes

Hello there!!  How are you?  Is it spring at your house yet?

We’ve got a few more weeks of winter here.  According to Buckeye Chuck, our local groundhog.

Darn him.

Anyway, one of the best parts of winter is that it’s a great season for indoor projects.

AND…one of the projects that is a must before spring arrives is organizing our mudroom.

Actually, it’s so tiny, I’m not sure it can be called a room.  Maybe a mud hallway?

The only storage in the space consists of two of those “above the microwave/refrigerator” cabinets and plastic covered wire shelves that are a couple of feet from the ceiling on three walls.

That’s it.  And those wire shelf thingies are a MESS.  There are lightbulbs, small appliances, and beach toys.  Cupcake carriers, waffle irons, and spray paint cans.


I needed some box/crate type things to organize the clutter.  But I kinda have no money.


} Scrap Wood And Spoon DIY Wall Sconces

Hey everyone!

Thank you so much for visiting REinvented, I really appreciate it.

I am excited to share with you some easy DIY wall sconces that are crafted from scrap wood and spoons.

I am completely smitten with the look of warm stained wood and white walls lately.

And if you add a little tarnished metal…well that’s just heaven on earth.

Here’s my rationalization process:

1. My foyer is dark, it can use some light

2.  My bicycle wheel foyer table is rustic, with warm wood, white paint, and metal, but there’s nothing else in the foyer that echoes that style.

3.  I have scrap wood.

4.  I have spoons.

Rationalization process complete.

scrap wood and spoon wall sconces from REinvented



} Inspiring Dining Room Decor

Hey guys!

Thank you so much for visiting.  Reinvented is coming to you LIVE today from sunny Florida.  I am here for a few days on a girls’ trip.  Currently it is 64 degrees and sunny, and such a lovely break from the snow and ice in Ohio.

So…let’s talk about dining room decor, shall we?  One of my home goals for 2015 is to lighten and brighten and casualize (yes, that’s a word, at least in my universe) our dining room.

I’ve chosen a wall color, Linen White by Benjamin Moore, one of my favorite paint colors, and have updated the old Tuscan style chandy.

With the exception of the chandelier, all of my plans are still locked up in my cute little head, so I thought I’d share some of the dining rooms I’ve used for inspiration.


} What I Learned About My Vocation From One Hundred Seminarians

Hi friends.

Usually on Sundays I share “free advice”, a fun or inspiring quote about decorating.

I do have one of those inspiring quotes, but today it means something different to me.




Remember yesterday, when I mentioned that I was going to Mass “with the Bishop?”

Well, I almost didn’t go.  When I received the text message invite from a good friend, my first thought was “No, that is not on my list of things to do today, and if I go I won’t get as much done.”

As soon as I finished thinking that thought, the Holy Spirit started his work.  And man, He’s good.  I felt the whispers in my heart that I needed to go and that there would be a message there meant just for me.

So I went.  And Oh my goodness.

The Mass was held at the Pontifical College Josephinum here in Columbus, where, as I mentioned, this good friend’s son is a seminarian.  Being in that environment, full of young men who have totally immersed themselves in their chosen vocation and their faith really spoke to me.  They have heard the voice of God, calling them to service, and they have LISTENED.

The Bishop spoke about each of us finding our vocation, and his belief that unless we discern God’s will for our lives, and live that out fully, we’ll never be truly happy.

My vocation is that of a wife and mother.  But I have not totally immersed myself.  In fact, I spend a lot of time feeling like my vocation is in the way of what I really want to be.

A decorator.  A writer.  An entrepreneur.

Not a dish washer.  Not a dog hair vacuumer.  Not a homework helper.

I’ve wondered, “what if a life as wife and mother is all there is?”

I had lost sight of the fact that loving God and others as He has loved us is the whole reason we’re all here.

It is “all there is.”  And it’s everything we need.  It’s everything those one hundred seminarians need.  And it’s everything I need.

My reason for being on this earth is to do the best job I can using my talents to serve others.

And yes, that might mean washing dishes.  And painting my fireplace the perfect shade of gray.  It also means chocolate chip cookies, clean toilets, and kind words.  It means unconditional love for my husband, even when he drives me crazy.  (insert winky face here)  And it means teaching my children math facts, and state capitals, and how to discern their own vocations.

I still believe that one of the talents I’m meant to share is to “make everything around me beautiful.”

But after this weekend, I’ll remember that beauty comes first from the living of one’s vocation fully immersed,  listening to the voice of God, and serving others.  Spray paint, throw pillows and the perfect shade of gray paint come second.

} Rockwell Tools Giveaway Winner!

Hi guys!

Happy Saturday!

What are your plans for this awesome weekend?

I’m going to Mass with the Bishop this morning (yeah, I’m a name dropper), and my favorite seminarian is serving, so I’m thinking “highlight of my weekend” there.

We’re supposed to get some snow tomorrow, and I always enjoy watching it fall from INSIDE my house.

Anywhoo, thought I’d stop by to announce the winner of the Rockwell Tools Jawhorse Portable Workstation.


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Congrats to Bill Ryan!  Look for an e-mail from me Bill!

Have a great weekend everyone!

} Five Favorite Pins On Friday



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Hi guys!  Thank you so much for visiting REinvented.

If you’re new here, welcome!  Friday is the day for sharing favorite things.

Usually I share Favorite Pins, but who knows, maybe sometimes we’ll switch it up.

Let’s get to it, shall we?