} How We Solved Our Back Door Privacy Problem

Hi friends!

Through a classic display of marital cooperation and mutual respect of creative differences, hubby and I solved a long-standing problem this weekend.

Ha!  If you believe that, then I’ve got one of those tropical islands to sell you.

Here’s what actually happened:  I threw a fit because something was dirty/broken/just plain ugly,  ( this may or may not happen a lot) and hubby thought it was no big deal as long as  it was functional (this does happen a lot).

As soon as he figured out that I wasn’t shuttin’ up until we figured out something clean and pretty to serve the same purpose, he put his engineering brain on the subject and nailed it.

Wanna know just what I’m talking about?

Our back door.  It’s one of those classic metal doors with a full window.  The former owners had invested in white painted wood blinds for the entire downstairs, God bless them.  Including the back door.

We’ve lived in this house for 9 years and the blinds on the door had seen better days.  Days when they were actually white, the paint was intact, and they were free of chew marks and dog slobber.

My view of said blinds:  I want them in the trash.  Now.

Hubby’s view:  We need privacy so that crooks and kidnappers can’t see in.

Me:  You just don’t want me to be happy.  Seriously, anyone who attempted to kidnap our kids would bring them back as soon as they realized how much it costs to feed them.

Hubby:  I’ll figure something out because really, the only thing I want is for you to be happy.

Really.  He said that.

After many many many measurements, a level, and lots of painters’ tape and newspaper, we now have this.

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So sorry about the picture quality, it is really hard to photograph a door.  I had to show you this one because this guy is a big part of the reason we were in this predicament in the first place.

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The stripes are frosted glass spray paint.  And I loooooooove it.  Plenty of light, and enough privacy to please the husband.


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Problem solved!  Now if only they made self cleaning doors…


Shared at That DIY Party.

} Perfectly Potted Plants

Mornin’ peeps!  Is it finally spring where you are?  Cuz it’s finally spring here.

Thank goodness, I wasn’t sure I’d make it.

If you follow me on Pinterest, then you know I’ve been pinnin’ me some pot posts.

Not that kind of pot.

Anyway, I thought I’d share a few ideas I’ve found to pretty up your pots for plants.

You all know how I feel about polka dots.  (if you don’t, block out some time, scroll down to the bottom of this page, type polka dots in the search box, and prepare to be amazed…)

Cover your pot in polka dot fabric.

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Or vinyl polka dots.



Or paint them on like I did.  These pots are a few years old now and still going strong!

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Put the pretty flowers on the outside of the pot.  I’m pretty sure this kind doesn’t need much watering.

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I am in love with this gold leaf pot.


If you’re not into outside of the box  pot decorating, trying putting some pretty plates in  your pots.

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That’s it for this pretty/painted/plated pot Thursday!  Have a great one.

} Ultimate Blog Party 2014
Ultimate Blog Party 2014


Hi everyone!  I’m participating in the Ultimate Blog Party this week at 5 Minutes For Mom.

This is my first time, but ultimate and party are two of my very favorite words, so I couldn’t pass it up!

I am thrilled to be offering one of the prizes this year (a Home Depot gift card, duh! ;)), click here to enter!

If you’re new here, WELCOME, and allow me to introduce myself.

My name is Kimm, and I started this here blog, Reinvented, 5 years ago.  It’s hard to believe that it has been that long.  I’ve taken a few breaks, but we’re not here to talk about that, cuz breaks are sooo 2013.

I work full time as a nurse educator, and in my dreams I’m an interior designer.  My daydreams are closer to reality every day, and I couldn’t be happier.  I’m a home decor addict obsessor enthusiast and I’ve decorated, redecorated, tweaked and reinvented my home more times that I’m willing to admit.  Just look back through my archives, you’ll see what I mean.

If you ever want to know just how many times, ask my wonderful husband, I’m pretty sure he keeps track in a notebook somewhere.

Now, I do live to reinvent my house, but I don’t have a big budget to work with (again, check the hubby’s notebook)…

So that’s the focus of Reinvented.  Making your home/cottage/apartment/bungalow or castle yours without breaking the bank.  Most weekends you’ll find me at flea markets, garage sales and my local Habitat Restore hunting for cast-offs with the potential to become treasures.

foyer table post 005did you know that four porch posts + one free bicycle wheel=the perfect foyer table?

One of my favorite things to do is change up a room with just a few simple switcheroos.  Recently I added and subtracted until I had injected some modern style into my family room.

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My favorite tools?  Paint.  Paint brushes.  Spray paint.  Hammers and levels for hanging stuff.  And paint.

Need proof?  I recently went a little crazy with a quart of Behr’s Cracked Pepper.  Couldn’t. stop. painting. stuff.

Pinterest-Table-Topclick here to read about my troubled table top

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Thank you so much for stopping by today!  Be sure to check out the other links to the Ultimate Blog Party 2014!

} Quick Change Wall Art

Hi everyone!

I finished a project!  I finished a project!  I finished a project!

Sorry, I’m kind of excited to be making progress.  :)

Last night you might have noticed the big striped object on my dining room table.

That large object is a 20×30 canvas that I had previously covered in fabric and hung on my foyer wall as art.

Here’s the “before”, which was actually the “after” on the day I shot it.  Yikes.  Fickle much?  In my defense, this was taken 3 years ago.

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Isn’t it funny how our tastes change over time?

Here’s the same spot now.

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Wanna know what I did to the canvas?

Day one, I removed the fabric, and gave the entire canvas a quick coat of BM’s Linen White (the wall color in our kitchen and family room.

Day two, I measured 3 inch stripes, taped them off and painted every other one with Americana Craft paint in Indian Turquoise.

Day three, I sanded the entire surface with fine grit sandpaper, and dry-brushed on some RL glaze in Smoke.

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I am liking the weathered effect.

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And the tulips.

Now that I look at the whole set up, I’m realizing I need to paint that shelf.  It’s a sickness.

Since I’m such a lover of typography, I’m considering stenciling or stamping a single springy and summery word on the right edge of one of the lower white stripes.  A word that embodies spring 2014.

These are my choices:

finally.  ( this one doesn’t exactly convey the happy, positive message I want, but it does accurately describe my feelings)

winter sucks.  (that would be slightly inappropriate… cuz it’s two words)

Maybe I should leave well enough alone.  Do you have any suggestions?

This post is linked to:

Wow Us Wednesday on Savvy Southern Style

Just a Girl and Her Blog
} Unfinished Projects And A Winner!

Hi everyone!

I’m here to tell you that all of that blog technical stuff is exhausting.  If I wasn’t so stubborn and cheap frugal, I would have hired it out 10 splitting headaches and 12 aspirins ago.

Now that the new design is live and the mobile version is installed, I can get back to the fun stuff.

Here is a terrible I-phone photo of the current state of my dining room table.  Covered in unfinished projects that I’m dying to finish and share with  you.  A striped canvas, an empty quart container and a half full gallon of paint.  The fabric I ripped off said canvas, drying paint brushes, a bag full of chalk and the innards of my pantry.


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I promise you, as completely scary as it sounds, EVERY ONE of those items has to do with a half- finished or maybe it’s half-baked project.  Or maybe I’m half-baked.

This is under the canvas.  A $4 straw wreath patiently waiting to dress up and hang on my front door welcoming spring.  She doesn’t like her current job of “paint project propper.”



I do have something to share, however, the winner of the Origami Owl Giveaway!  Congratulations to Maria Malaveci!  I will contact you Maria, so we can order your beautiful jewelry.  Thanks to everyone who entered, and tweeted and facebooked…I appreciate all of you so much.


See you tomorrow!

} Wear Your Dreams- An Origami Owl Giveaway

UPDATE:  This giveaway is closed.  Congrats to Maria M. and thanks to all who participated!  <3, Kimm


Good Tuesday morning, friends and reinventors!

I am so excited about this new blog design and platform (my largest DIY project to date!) that I’d like to celebrate by giving away something amazing!

A couple of weeks ago we talked about dreams. And plans. God’s plans and our plans.




One of my dreams is to work from home, owning my own design business and taking care of my family.  I have a few strategies to help me get there, including this blog, interior design school, and Origami Owl.


Origami Owl is an amazing custom jewelry direct sales company and I am proud to be an independent designer.  My income from Origami Owl is helping me reach my goals and fund my dreams.

So today, I’d LOVE to give one of you an Origami Owl Living Locket filled with your dreams.

One of you will win a $75 gift certificate, redeemed by me, to use to create your story in a beautiful locket.

How do you win?

  1. Visit my Origami Owl website and  leave a comment here sharing your favorite charm.
  2. Like Reinvented on Facebook, and leave a comment here letting me know that you did!
  3. Like my Origami Owl Facebook page, and leave a comment here letting me know that you did!
  4. Share this giveaway on Google+, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and/or your own blog (each share is an entry, just please leave a comment here for each one)
  5. Follow me on Pinterest, Instagram, and/or Twitter and each follow will be another entry!

Wow, that’s a LOT of ways to win!

And everyone single one of them involves shameless promotion by me.  ;)


} Reinvented Has Been Reinvented!

Hello friends!

I am in the process of moving my blog from Blogger to WordPress, a self hosted site, or something like that. I do not understand what I am doing, but I am following step-by-step instructions in a book titled “How To Move From Blogger to WordPress” but Sharon Hujik.

Things look a little rough right now, but I am really excited about this change, and I’m sure you will be too!

Have a great day!


} The Tale of the Painted Table Top Trouble

Hello friends and reinventors!

I really really really hope that the project I’m sharing today is the last one for my troubled kitchen table top.

Let me give you the history of this saga.

There once was an orange oak table.  This sad orange table lived in a house packed full of children and dogs, and it was well loved.

The mom of the children LOVED to decorate.  And she wasn’t too fond of orange oak.  So she bought some of that new- fangled and highly publicized chalk paint.

And she painted the table and the matching chairs in Old White.  And she waxed on top, just like all the bloggers said to do.

Ketchup and mustard stains soon littered the beautiful Old White table top; accidentally dropped by the pack of children.   The mom realized that Old White just wasn’t going to work for her family.

So she bought a can of Rustoleum Satin paint in Expresso.  And she painted that table top dark dark brown, so that no one would ever know how often she fed her children ketchup and mustard.

This is where things went a little awry.   You see, I she didn’t sand first, or use primer, or paint the table top with several light coats.

So the lovely expresso colored paint began to peel and chip and not in a cool, distressed kind of way.

It was time to strip off all of the mistakes and start over.  Home came the paint stripper.  Bought with a gift card, of course.

I painted it on, and scraped it off.  Over and over and over.  Until we were back to orange.

This is not a sponsored post, but I do recommend this stripper.  It’s non-toxic and did the job.

Pretty, huh?

I followed all of the directions I could find, and all of those directions said that step two was to clean the surface with a paint thinner after wash.  That. was. fun.  Not.

Next came the first of three light coats of Behr Cracked Pepper paint and primer in one (same color as the mantel, here), with light sanding in between coats.  Told ya, I followed all of the directions.

And I’m not a directions kind of girl.

Here is the table top after two coats of poly on top of three coats of paint.  With 24 hours of drying time between every application.

Now my table top is not nearly so troubled.  And there’s no orange in sight.

The moral of this story?  As much as I hate to admit it, follow the directions.

} Lent and Trash To Treasure Transformations

This post is a little out of my “usual”, but I’ve really felt God speaking to me to share more about my faith here on Reinvented.  So I hope you don’t mind.

And faith has a lot in common with our usual conversation, actually.

Sometimes when I share a particularly remarkable trash to treasure transformation, or write about the process by which one person’s trash becomes another person’s treasure, I’m struck by the parallels between this concept and my life as a Catholic Christian.

God sees in us the same raw beauty and potential that we can see in a roadside find or a garage sale gem.  He sees that with a little refining, and maybe some sandpaper, we can become the people he created us to be.

Why can I see that potential in a three-legged chair, but not in myself?

Because, you see, I have junk.  Junk in my heart.  And in my mind.  And that junk is sometimes so rough that the imperfections cloud my vision of the person that God sees.  Imperfect, for sure, but redeemed.  Forgiven, and worthy of His Love and transforming power.  How cool is that?

I am sure that when our Lord sees us broken and lying on the roadside, he thinks “Wow, I sure could fix that one up.”

This Lent, let’s allow Him to “Fix us up.”  Even though sometimes the sandpaper is rough, like 80 grit or something, it’s there to uncover the beauty.  Just like that roadside gem, we have done nothing to deserve a rescue, but we’ve been chosen by the Master Carpenter, and he can fix anything.

Have a great day everyone. 

} Reinvented in Savannah, Last Day

Hello friends!

I am now home, glad to be curled up on my couch, but not glad that tomorrow is Monday.  Ugh.
Would you like to see what I saw on our last glorious day in Savannah?
Yesterday was beautiful, so I spent the morning walking to the famous Forsythe Park and hanging out in the sunshine.

On my way down Bull Street from the hotel, I gawked at another gorgeous church building.  This is a Presbyterian Church.  

I strolled through Madison Square and discovered that these gems are even prettier dappled in sunlight.

It was chilly in the morning but there was bliss in the sun’s rays.

Here’s the gorgeous fountain at Forsythe Park.  Forsythe is like utopia on the city.  Gorgeous.  There was a 5K run and a farmers’ market going on and the fresh vegetables were like eye candy for my winter weary heart.

More historical monuments.  Lots happened in Savannah in “the olden days”.  ;)

I think I could live here.  In this house right on the edge of the park.
I spent the afternoon down by the river.

What a great trip!  I hope you enjoyed the photos.  I came home inspired, and even though I can’t transform my house into a grand southern mansion, I love being home and sharing my DIY with you!