Before I recap our entire Christmas experience (you know…for posterity sake and because goshdarnit my kids are cute), I wanted to show you our latest accomplishment. I wish I could say that Santa brought this to us on the night of the 25th but the truth is…it took us almost two weeks to finish. Yes. Two weeks to paint what amounts to one room. I’m not complaining. This one little space has literally changed my life. No exaggeration.
Let me explain. This spot is what I call the mudroom. It’s the door from the garage to the house…connecting the laundry room, office, guest bathroom and kitchen. It’s the first thing I see most days and where I spend a lot of time (hello potty time and laundry is my life these days). I didn’t think this makeover would affect my feelings about our house like it has. It’s sort of huge for me. I think it’s because it’s the first thing I see most of the time when I enter the house. It’s the first place I look. It’s like the eyes of our house. And we all know the eyes are the nipples of the face (name that movie)….therefore making this room the nipples of my house.
So way back in the day, I took this space and started adding a few things to the walls here and there. I put up a dresser and a mirror and a little tiny pig rack. Then I redid the dresser (blogged about that here) and actually took a bit of paint (leftover from our exterior paint testing) and put that on the walls. But it wasn’t ever enough. It was failing in the function category and in the ‘finished’ category. The trim was still tan-ish, the painted walls only were one coat and half way up the adjoining hall. Even my three little piggies were commonly overloaded with bags, coats, etc. In fact…that pig rack was what started it all.
Jeremy would come in the door almost every day yelling about the pig rack and how it was too small and not properly secured to the wall. In my defense, it was being held in place with TWO 100lb hooks…but apparently he thought that even 200lbs was sometimes hanging on the three little pegs. And that dresser? Total dumping ground.
My issue was that the little mud room area was painted but the hall was not. So we had a warm tan trim going on with our cool greenish walls and then some brownish tan painted walls. It was weird.
And to give you a little perspective…this is how it compares to white trim…which is what is in the still unfinished laundry room.
Totes cray cray.
So over our holiday break, Jeremy wiped down all the trim with deglosser, I sanded out some damaged areas and we did one coat of primer on all the trim and three coats of paint, we painted the ceiling three times and did two coats on the walls.
Here is how that white trim stands out against the previous cream color (the garage door stayed untouched because I think I am gonna do it in a fun color).
I get the question a lot – HOW DO YOU PICK OUT PAINT COLORS?
And here is my current answer…I go through a bazillion swatches and then pick out two. Then I google pictures of them. The internet is a wonderful place. This time around, I went with my old standby which I used in our old house…Olympic’s Dusty Trail and a new pick…Benjamin Moore’s Stingray.
In the end, I liked the Stingray more with the kitchen color.
I also decided to tackle the problem of the pig rack by just picking up some new heavy-duty metal racks when we were in Chattanooga. I told y’all that we did a little last minute shopping, remember? While we were at one of my favorite stores in Chatty, Southeastern Salvage, I grabbed two of these metal coat racks. They were $15 each – which I felt was really fair considering that each hook could cost me about $3 a piece in the hardware store (totally fair considering that Ballard Designs has a spot-on twin for $69). Plus, Jer loves the industrial (ahem sturdy!) vibe.
We installed them one evening and let me tell you…I don’t know how I lived without ten hooks before.
I also threw up some picture frames (still needing some cute photos!!! get on that Katie!) but just check out the difference…
Obviously there is still some touching up to be done…
- patch and repaint the walls where old holes were
- touch up the picture frames
- paint the heads of the screws that we used to hang the racks (Jer insisted on certain anchors that used specific screws)
But overall….HOLY NIPPLES OF THE HOUSE BATMAN.
And now cue the dramatic music…we have befores and afters…
And just check out that difference to the laundry room…see how the trim looks so much cleaner and really influences it into a totally different space?
That little space right next to the laundry room is where I want to put a door with sliding barn hardware. Hopefully that way it won’t creep into my laundry space and still be a great way to hide the mess when the dirty clothes get out of control.
So that is officially is our first makeover of the 2014. Not too shabby…you know, for a life-changing kinda change.
Laura M says
Holy moly batman. What a difference! Looks so clean and crisp. I can totally see how it changes your outlook immediately when you walk in the door. A few black and white photos of your boys playing outside would be perfect in those frames.
So what is the pig hook’s future?
We put it right outside the door inside the garage. It is currently acting as a wet-clothes-from-muddy-boys rack 🙂
xo – kb
Camilla @ Something Is Done says
Wow what a difference! Painting trim true white has got to be one of the most impact-ful things you can do to a house! I really like those frames too…where did you get them, and were they inexpensive? I’m always on the lookout for budget-friendly frames =).
I’d love to see that space several times a day! White trim makes such a difference.
What a difference!! Looks great! Just wondering, where did everything go that used to be in that dresser and where do you keep all your shoes/hats/things that can’t hang, etc?
It’s incredible how different it looks! But seriously, can you stop it? You’re putting those of us who aren’t pregnant and have no excuse for half painted walls to shame. Alternatively, come to Australia and paint my walls 😀
Maria @ Craft Crazy Mom says
What a difference indeed! Tan trim is barf worthy, I know from first hand experience thanks to military housing. White walls, tan trim and doors and honey cabinetry have me crying into my home decor magazines. BTW, I’m pretty sure the hippo bag makes the coat rack 😉 My 3 yr old has the same one.
Looks so much better! Does the laundry room not currently have a door at all? And you can see it from the guest bathroom? Eek. I’d die! Can’t wait to see your barn door.
Could you be more crass says
Stingray through the heart? What the hell is wrong with you to make such a disgraceful reference to the unfortunate death of a great environmentalist??? So an uneducated idiot such as yourself can clutter up the planet and pollute it with unnecessary paint solvents and other random crap that frankly reveals your appalling sense of style and your disgusting overuse of resources in your oversized acrylic house with your extremely unatteactive kitchen and your dining room is as ugly as your heart.
Frankly I hope Jesus/Jeramy looks down from his Main Street dumpster diving faux brick painted cross and sticks a barb through the heart of your hopes and dreams.
You really are a nasty unkind ungrateful uncharitable piece of work for a So called Christian woman. Beget yourself an education so your children have some hope for the future
You sicken me
Your title is in incredibly poor taste. I know you are referencing Steve Irwin’s death, and that does not make for a great title for a post about paint. I know you are trying to be witty but the man died and left two small children. I usually enjoy your posts but this is not clever or funny. I doubt you’ll post this, but please consider changing the title. It’s really not appropriate or respectful.
And perhaps you aren’t referencing his death and are making some obscure pun I’m not aware of, but then you should know Steve Irwin died when a stingray stabbed him in the heart, and that’s how many people will read this.
Wasn’t trying to make that reference at all…more like saying I love the color so it is in my heart. Believe it or not even sometimes I miss a pun or two.
xo – kb
Lisa P. says
Wow! Looks amazing!
Sorry your post has brought out such negativity in others!
I know making awful, tasteless jokes is your bread and butter, but FFS the Steve Irwin reference is disgusting.
Justynn @ Creative Life Antics says
Love the color…. And the rack. I need to get me one of those.
Ah yes, play the silly little ol uninformed cuntry bumpkin card again. You think your readers forgot the Amy Winehouse reference and same excuse? I can’t be the only one hat doesn’t buy it. It seems much more likely that you’re baiting for clicks and comments by making insensitive statements and getting your fan girls to defend your honor.
Yeah, I’d probably change the title–even if it was not what you intended, it’s pretty shocking…
[email protected] Impatient Remodelers says
What a difference! That’s what I am working on right now too. I had hubby install molding in my laundry room for coat hooks. Now because my laundry and main entrance all all connected (and small), I am trying to figure out how to make it all work better for us.
Excuse me, but is there any need to be so rude?
I do agree that the title might be ambiguous, however there is no need to attack anyone as viciously as you do. Putting it nicely and letting Katie know that she might’ve chosen a different title would’ve been more effective and less bad reflectiving on your on part.
I’m not one to comment on ‘haters’, but you just asked for someone to tell you off. You insult Katie in more than one way, putting yourself in the nice, anonymous, position of the internet hater.
No, I’m not telling you to change your opinion. Next time, it would just be nice if you kept it to yourself or gave people the oportunity to have a look into your house and life, so to see how much taste you have, and how educated you are.
FOR PETE’S SAKE PEOPLE!!! LIGHTEN UP!
I haven’t ever Met KB, but I know from the bottom of my Christian heart she wasn’t making a pun or trying to be tasteless etc!
You all are such drama queens! There are way more important things in life to throw your 2 cents in about. I also love how some of those that have such spazzy opinions can’t put their names!
Love the space. Love the hooks. Love the paint color. In some shots it looks to have a green undertone… Is that that case?
Where is the cool dresser?
Keep your head up girl. You are wonderful!
If you don’t like her posts, why are you here?
Go fly a kite and find something to really be upset about!
Not everyone is as big of a tool as you are.
Not a fan girl, just a reasonable ADULT. Amy
Lisa Touloukian says
Love it Katie! Great start to your 2014 projects. BTW, I knew exactly what your title was referring to. I love the color Stingray. Please don’t let the rant of a couple people worry you. There are always those few……
Chin up and keep blogging the same fresh, honest, and witty way you do!
Wow! Talk about bullies and trolls on the internet. Love your creativity and your decor skills! Keep it up. Anyone who really knows you, knows you would not have meant anything with your heading! xx
Seems silly, but your title lost you at least one reader.
Katie it looks great! Don’t let these negative comments get you down. Those of us who have followed you for a very long time know that your sensitive and mothering heart would not have dreamed of making the references they are saying you did. Don’t let this ruin your day!!!
Could you be more crass……what exactly is this comment trying to accomplish besides showing how crass…well really vicious that your heart is?
Sarah E. says
It looks really good Katie! I like that you removed the dresser and kept the floor clear – it makes the space appear more open especially with the white trim. Any plans for the dresser?
OH MY GOODNESS. I do not normally comment on trolling like this comment but I cannot help myself. Please re-read your comment. Please re-read exactly what you wrote and how that portrays YOU. It’s one thing to bring up how the title might be read to some folks (hell, I didn’t even realize that’s how he died and would never have connected the two things) but it is another to name-call. “An uneducated idiot”? Really? I pray that maybe you’re just having a bad day and taking it out on someone else and that eventually you will apologize for this. “As ugly as your heart”? Good gracious. What terrible words…
I’m saying this again… I don’t normally comment on trolling comments such as these but I really hope y’all take a moment to re-read exactly what you’ve wrote and how that portrays YOU. I didn’t catch the reference as I didn’t know that’s how Steve Irwin died and I can’t imagine that Katie would deliberately make that a title if she knew. However, the point is that it is one thing to politely bring up a mistake by another and it is something different to name-call. I pray that y’all are just having a bad day and taking it out on Katie and that you will realize later your insensitivity and apologize. Is it so hard to believe the best instead of imagining the worst?
Katie, it looks great! What have you done with the dresser? Do you find that you miss the additional storage in that area or were you not really using it anyway?
Yes…in some lights it definitely haas a green tone or taupe tone.
Where did you get the thin black frames?
I love your makeover but dislike the nasty comments others are making.
Love it …. fresh and clean looking.
(fyi~ I didn’t relate your title to Steve….maybe I am just a dumb blonde!! HA!!!)
Laura @ Rather Square says
You are inspiring me to get on painting our own cream trim a brighter white. What a difference! Nice first project of the year!
Julie @ Living on the Ledge says
Ha, ha, barf-worthy. I like that!
I guess what bothers me is that even if you (Katie) say that you never though of the Steve Irwin reference, your insistence on keeping the title when so many people say it’s inappropriate…well sometimes making a change and issuing an apology is the right thing. Being insistent in keeping it just to be “right”…well that’s just a bit callous when more than a few people are shocked.
Um, omg to the ‘could you be more crass’ comment!!! So unnecessary and mean! Like Katie would ever purposefully make fun of someone’s death! I actually didnt even think about Steve Irwin until I read the comments. Sheesh.
I love the industrial racks and paint job. Nicely done! Sorry people can be crazy on here with their comments!
Julie @ Living on the Ledge says
The updates look great!
Your post was ugly and mean spirited in the extreme. She was referencing the paint color she chose…………. it didn’t have squat to do with Steve Irwin. If you wanted to make your point, you could have done it without all the name calling and rude comments. Shame on you.
Love this! I have an area just like this that is a catch all. This has inspired me to get my act together in that space… I always complain that my husband doesn’t put away his shoes and jacket everyday BUT he really doesn’t have a place to put them! I need to get on it! haha
I have a policy that I do not change or modify any comment or post unless it involves the safety of others or directly affects someone’s income negatively. Even if I did change something, any post still lives on in cached version and on readers (so not only is it pointless to attempt to modify after it’s already out there but then I would get negative comments about how I change things).
Hope this clears things up for ya!
The inappropriate jokes are how she gains attention and makes money. Then she acts like she had no clue.
Love you Katie! I didn’t think a thing about the title – I WAS however, cracking up about “the nipples of the house” comment. Enjoyed your post today.
For the commenters who say “if you knew Katie..you’d know she didn’t mean it”. I don’t know if she meant it or not. I’ve been reading for years and still don’t know if it’s a joke, because she sometimes makes jokes that could be seen as a bit inappropriate, or a reference that was just I intended. You really don’t “know” someone just because you’ve read their blog, so simmer down. Second, Katie, I’m sorry but your policy kinda sucks. You can be bullheaded on this say, I have a POLICY! Well, sometimes common sense and compassion are better than a policy. And if you don’t care what people think, why would you care if people made negative comments about you making a change. I personally would have so much respect if you said, hey guys, some commenters have alerted me that my title might have inadvertently referenced a sad event, so I made a quick change to be sensitive.
But you know, stick to your policy if that works for ya! Xo!
(And ladies, every comment being critical is not a hater or being mean. Some people just have different views. I never attacked Katie. But I do think she is being stubborn to not seem like she is in the wrong).
I have been reading your blog for a long time now and I love everything you are doing to update your home. I love love the new white trim with wall color. I really like the idea of looking at Google to find others who have used the paint color, I will be using that tip next time I paint. Also, I did not comment on the bathroom post but I love the shelves!!! Keep up the great work…
Kate S. says
“….therefore making this room the nipples of my house.” I’m dying! 😀
Katie, I have a question.
How, with two small kids and being pregnant, have you not lost your creative mojo? I have three kids and a full-time job and I feel like all creativity has been sucked out of me. I used to enjoy the types of activities you do, but I long ago became so frustrated with incomplete projects, budget concerns, and lack of free time that I gave it all up. Is it the blog? does it keep you going because it’s now a job? Hats off to you, sister!
I don’t know, I’m calling BS on this one. I myself have let this slide in the past as ignorance (Amy Winehouse), but really this is the first thing that came to my mind and a whole lot of others as well. And before I’m called a “Hater” I beg to differ, Katie has the one blog I’ve not tired of yet. I think I know the real reason for this, and that place should just be ignored!
Mandy M says
Love the new space! Where did you get those picture frames from?
Katie L says
I think this needs a cute DIY bench underneath the hooks. 😀 It feels like it’s missing something for a mud room.
Hi Katie – What color/brand/finish paint and primer did you use for the white trim? I have trim-painting on my to-do list, but so many questions about it, and still scarred from a bad experience when I first moved into my house. Did you have any trouble getting the paint to “stick” to the trim? Did you do a lot of sanding, or is it just a matter of having the patience for 3 coats? Please help another Katie who wants to work up the courage to repaint some trim in 2014! 🙂
hey can i ask – Will you have some seating underneath the hooks? Where will the chest of drawers go and where/how do u organize all the dirty everyday footwear? Please comment coz mudroom is one place that needs all of it!
I thought she meant Stingray (paint color) in the heart (of the home- since she says she spends so much of her days there). No need to get up in arms!
Looks beautiful, anyway 🙂
She knew. https://www.bowerpowerblog.com/2012/08/awww-quarium/ “Will was brave enough with Daddy to pet the sharks and stingrays…which is funny because I am not. May Steve Irwin rest in peace.”
Oh please. Just own it and admit you were attempting to be funny. You have a twisted sense of humor that obviously appeals to many. Saying that you weren’t trying to make a Steve Irwin reference is silly. I really enjoy your blog, Katie, but I can’t stand when you play the country bumpkin card.
“Will was brave enough with Daddy to pet the sharks and stingrays…which is funny because I am not. May Steve Irwin rest in peace.”
So glad you didn’t throw out the pig rack, it was too cute!! But I totally understand why you needed more hooks.
The space looks freaking amazing!!! I cannot believe the difference, it is so much lighter and fresher!
Excellent start to 2014, I’d say.
Yes I know he died from a stingray but that was not the reason for this post title.
First of all….people need to keep nasty comments to themselves. Didn’t your parents ever teach your that if you have nothing nice to say don’t say anything at all?
Love the color that you chose! And it always blows my mind how white trim moves light around so much better then tan. We had tan trim when we moved into our home and painting it white and adding crown always makes me look back at a room and think “why would anyone paint it different then white?”.
Keep your head up!!!
Yes. This is where my brain went too…thought it was better than saying the original title which was “stingray on my nipples”…apparently not.
This is such an amazing transformation, your house makes me drool!!! Keep up the awesome work Katie, I absolutely love your style and am taking major notes over here 🙂
For calling her uneducated, maybe you should yourself hit spell check before you comment. Is it really necessary to express your thoughts when you can be the one to choose what you read and what you don’t?
HAHA! Yes shockingly that title might have gotten less comments! Don’t worry about it, I never once thought of that when I read the entire post, some people are just being uber sensitive and mean, what’s in your heart will overflow and some people’s hearts are full of crap, while yours, my dear, is kind.
Never said I didn’t know he died from a stingray but that wasn’t the intent of the title.
Hahaha I kinda wish you’d gone with nipples 🙂 I cackled on the couch.
This is exactly where my brain went also. Even reading the title alone before getting to the name of the paint color I did not immediately associate Steve Irwin.
Good for you Katie for refusing to change things afterwards, I truly believe you did not mean any harm by the title! People are too insensitive these days, and anyone who has read your blog for more than .03 seconds knows you would NEVER intentionally make a joke like that.
This is JUST what I needed! I’ve been in our current house for 8 years. All the trim, doors, and ceilings are this off white color. I’ve hated it for 8 years. I know what a difference it would make it white but struggle with having some white and some off-white for awhile. Our house is very open and felt like once I start I can’t go back. I think you have made me realize…actually you and YHL that I just need to start and live with both as I get it all done. I’ve got two little kids so it could take awhile but at this rate I have been living with it for 8 years!! AHHH!! Are there any tips for dealing with it one space at a time? I realize how much brighter, cleaner my house would look after this post. THANK YOU! 🙂
This time I wasn’t attempting to be funny at all…honestly I thought about making the title about stingrays on the nipples or something but then just made it the G version and saying heart instead. I do have a twisted sense of humor but this is one time it went flying past me.
Katie, I do truly feel bad for you reading these comments. Not the negative comments that are critical of your title but the comments from your fans defending you and insisting that you would never have chosen that title if you had realized what it meant. I have to imagine that having these loyal fans who choose to believe that your good heart would never have possibly mocked the death of a good person and father must make you feel guilty because you know in that same heart that they are wrong. You knew what that title meant and you used it anyway and now you have a bunch of friendly women who choose to see the absolute best in you even though right now in this instance you don’t deserve it.
I see that you are sometimes called out here in your comments for crass or tasteless remarks at best and insensitive and cruel ones at worst. You seem to dance around admitting any mistakes or apologizing and I am just wondering why. What would happen if you replied to the first critical comment on this post and just said, “I am so sorry that my title sounds so insensitive. I can honestly say that I did not think of Steve Irwin when writing it but now I see that it could be easily interpreted that way and I feel bad. Please know that I would not have intentionally joked about that and I’m sorry.” How would posting something like that be detrimental to you or the blog?
Stephanie Bergman says
Wow! Everything looks GREAT! I love the color you chose and those hooks are AWESOME. I’m searching for some for my basement now…too bad Chattanooga is so far from Michigan! Keep doing your thing, lady, I think you’re awesome.
I don’t understand the rudeness at all… Please don’t take it personally.
I really just wanted to show my appreciation for a beautiful makeover. We recently added orb hooks and bench to our tiny entryway and it truly enhanced my life. Would you mind sharing where you got those black frames? They are exactly what I have been looking for, perfect frame thickness.
Sarah @ Cozy.Cottage.Cute. says
I think I NEED that paint colour in my house now. Lovely choice. And those hooks are so chunky and perfect. Sigh – I love pretty things.
I was excited to see the change. I like the taupiness of the color. Everywhere you look, people are obsessed with gray. Not that I don’t like it, but variation is nice. What a pain to have to paint that many coats on the trim, but wow! is it worth it. Who paints trim beige anyway?!! As large as your home is, I’m sure it will take a while to get rid of the all the green walls and beige trim. Just be patient. Progress like this goes a long way. And a fun color on the door will be an extra dose of happy. I want to say one thing about the nasty, irreverent comment. My pastor once said, “If you speak harshly against each other, you speak against God.”
I actually immediately started singing Shot to the Heart, but then wondered why this paint color deserves a Bon Jovi reference. I know how Steve Erwin died, and my mind never went there (maybe I was dreaming about Bon Jovi???). I love the way it looks!
No we didn’t forget about the Amy Winehouse title, or the one about Death Coming to us All on Veterans Day. These “whoopsies” happen quite frequently and I’m sure its just to get a rise out of your readers. Although you will still have the gang of Katie groupies who think you can do no wrong. I’ll probably get attacked for saying so. You win.
You go girl. Just wanted to put up one more positive comment to brighten your day. Your posts always make me laugh. “Nipples of the house” teeehehehe.
I’m sorry, I can’t even buy that one! There is no one who would have ever put those two words together RANDOMLY in a phrase. Just say you had a lapse in judgement, you’re sorry and move on. Geesh.
So now that you know, why haven’t you changed the title??
Looks really nice and you have opened my eyes to another great paint shade to consider for next project
I totally understand what you mean about what first see when you walk in the door.
We used to have our trashcan right next to our door in from the garage. And it just bugged me! Get home, take shoes off, look at ugly trashcan…
And when we finally painted the kitchen and moved the trashcan it was like a breath of fresh air! So much better looking at a bright painted wall than the trashcan.
Kate W. says
Please Katie….ignore all the haters! They shouldn’t be reading something they have an objection to!
Love the updates but
I want to know what happened to the dresser? What was stored in there and where did it all end up? I always need bins for hats, gloves and scarves nearby for my family of four!!
I love this! I don’t suppose you have a few more of those coat racks that I could purchase…I have been on the outlook for, well, forever…I can’t believe what a great deal you got. It looks gorgeous.
And listen, I totally get your twisted sense of humor and I never in a million years even THOUGHT the title had anything to do with Steve Erwin. People are silly, and remember that you can’t please everyone! Sheesh!
I hope these negative comments didn’t ruin your day!
Love the color! I am a huge fan of grays!
Lots of assumptions about the title going on…anyway, moving on to more important things like, wow, the hall way looks sooooo much better. Clutter free, light, airy. Nice work Katie!
And p.s. People are CRAZY.
Could not have said it better myself.
Katie, did you use the spray painter on the trim or did you do it by hand? If sowas there alot of overspray?
Katie, would you please refrain from using “bullet” points and the words “knife-edged” pleats in your posts? I’m sure there’s a celebrity somewhere who was shot or stabbed. Thank you.
We did this all by hand. We did spray the kitchen trim, the office and the dining room though and there was overspray.
xo – kb
I don’t. But I do know that Southeastern Salvage has a little website…it might not hurt to call and see if they ship?
xo – kb
The dresser got moved into the foyer where the little half-moon table was (that got moved into the dining room for now). And we actually have a hall closet so that is where the hats, gloves, scarves and all the boys coats and snow-clothing lives.
xo – kb
Oh dear, there people go again with the nasty comments. I never even made the connection. I’m sure some people feel the need to comment about Steve Irwin just to show that they made a connection which to them must seem clever.
And I’m kit a crazy fang I’ll, but I do love this blog. Even if that pun was intended I have a very dry sense of humour and I wouldn’t have been offended anyway. If that’s not your humour, and you think it is Katie’s which I don’t, then go and read elsewhere.
Some people who are nasty just for being nasty need to go and give their heads a wobble!
I’m not sure why this comment didn’t get approved? You approved much worse than this today. Do you only approve the super insulting and rude complaints so you get sympathy and ignore the sensible pushback? Genuinely curious how you operate the comment system. Awaiting my “hadn’t had a chance to approve your comment yet!” response.
That was supposed to say *not a crazy fan girl*! Haha
Are you kidding me, “Could you be more Crass?” You must have written this comment on a dare, as I don’t think I have ever come across a meaner comment from anyone ever on a blog or anywhere else! Where do you come from and who did you learn this from?? It’s time for a change in your life…and most certainly an apology to everyone who reads this blog!
To answer your question, I have a long standing policy not to change anything I write or what others write…good bad or ugly…there are very few exceptions to this rule (threats to safety, personal addresses, etc.). If you would like to discuss it further…here is my email – [email protected]
xo – kb
Learn to spell! What a big fat hypocrite hahaha lol “uneducated idiot” my behind. I didn’t have time to get offended by your comment – I was too busy laughing at all your spelling mistakes and your weird-as ‘insults’… wth is up with the “…Jesus/Jeramy” part?? LOL. DYING.
As for the actual post title itself, while I didn’t register the ‘unintended’ reference immediately, I get it now and agree it’s in poor taste. I’m not offended at all cos it’s not like Steve and I were buddies or whatever but it does come off ignorant and careless. If I were Katie, I’d asterisk the title and issue an apology – I agree that changing it looks kinda sneaky or like she’s tryna hide something, but definitely this needs a bit of rectifying!
I got them at Target a long time ago. #hoarder I believe the brand is REstyle.
xo – kb
Sorry it took me so long! I have two kids and a wall to paint…just some things get stuck in moderation if they have a question mark.
xo – kb
I was talking about my initial comment, which still is not approved.
I don’t think it would be detrimental…but I don’t believe it would be 100% honest either. The title was not meant to be a joke. I don’t know how it could be a joke even if I meant it in reference to Steve Irwin…unless it was the world’s lamest joke. I think honestly this entire thing is far-reaching. I am the first to admit I am flawed. I make mistakes. This time this boring title is just that…a boring title that incorporates the paint color name.
xo – kb
I think my only tip would be ‘tackle one room at a time’. It is so easy for me personally to get overwhelmed. It seems like a mountain way too tall to climb…but one room? One room I can do.
xo – kb
Yes! I definitely want to build a custom bench that I can put shoes in. Right now they are living in a basket in our hall coat closet but OVERFLOWING!
xo – kb
The trim is SemiGloss untinted paint and primer in one (Valspar) in brilliant white. I have to use deglosser to help with the stick and the primer can not cure longer than one day before the paint goes on.
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On clearance 🙂
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I keep going because I need a space that feels like home. This house was a struggle for me. I didn’t feel at home here because it was SO different and so big. Doing all the projects helps me cope.
xo – kb
Target on clearance. I think they were REstyle brand.
xo – kb
It became not-every-day-storage…like reusable grocery bags in one drawer and old greeting cards in another…nothing I needed on a daily basis. So no…I don’t miss it 🙂
xo – kb
I moved it into the foyer for now and it is looking at home so far…who knows though…it might end up as a play room piece down the road 🙂
xo – kb
Haters go’n hate.
Love the little update. Less is totally more! And it’s amazing what a fresh coat of paint can do.
PS… who knew you had so many mindreaders trolling your blog… so many people who swear they KNOW you knew you were intentionally making a crass joke… it’s simply amazing to me. You may want to call up TLC – I see a show about all this in their future.
Yup…I do have to be quite stubborn at times. The policy I am strictly stubborn on…even when it seems WAY easier to just remove a comment or change a phrase, I leave it up. As for the title…honestly I have a question that may sound stupid…if I inadvertantly reference a sad event or inadvertantly offend someone with a phrase or word…do I need to always change it or apologize? Because I am pretty sure with the thousands of people that read this blog all over the world, that is gonna happen a time or two. or if I type anything. I don’t want to be callous but I also don’t think it’s fair to say something on my personal blog should be changed anytime someone feels something other than warm and fuzzy about it or misconstrues it into something it’s not.
Hope this all makes sense…
xo – kb
Yes…if comments come in after your original comment then it will be after theirs…because I approve in chronological order backwards (it’s how WordPress lists them). So that is why if your first comment came in with a question mark and then ten others come in with question marks, including another one of yours…the ones soonest will be answered and approved and it may take me some time to get down to yours. It’s weird but I like to answer questions…so this is the method to my madness.
xo – kb
The stuff that was in the dresser still lives there…just in the foyer. And the shoes/hats/scarves and boys extra coats/snow-clothing all live in the hall closet.
xo – kb
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Nope. Not currently. And no…you can’t see it from the bathroom…the bathroom is almost directly across from the kitchen entrance…and the laundry is directly across from the garage and next to my office.
xo – kb
You are awesome. I can’t imagine what it would be like to have complete strangers accuse me of things I had no intention of doing. It would be so easy to get depressed — but please know that I, and by the looks of it, hundreds of others, believe in you. We stand with you, and will defend you as an honest woman of God, because that is exactly who you are.
Love your blog; just shake off the haters and keep being an awesome mother, wife, and decorator.
God bless you,
And here I totally thought it was a reference to Deeeelite Groove is in the heart!
That looks so great! I love how sleek and clean it looks now. Would be awesome with a storage bench under the hooks too. Very nice!
It’s a little strange that right as views and comments are going down that something shocking “accidentally” is posted to sky rocket blog comments. At least classy blogs like YHL still exist, who are actually concerned about their public image and never have to back track or apologize. This is one “overlook” too many, my first thought on reading this title was Steve Irwin. It’s also ironic that this offensive title is the only obscure title in recent history when compared to Christmas in the House, Woodracked, Fabric Inlay Mirror, etc. Your logic is flawed.
Count me in with the others, you’ve lost one more reader. Maybe it’s time to step up the offensive comments to up your clicks or the sponsors won’t be happy.
Sheila F says
Ok so House Bunny is the movie. And I thought “Stingray to the heart” was because you loved the color Stingray……. So anyway………. I found your blog from YHL. I watched you and Sherry on the Goodwill Trip video. Very funny! I very much like the new/old hooks. (although the Pig rack is pretty cute!) Do you plan to put another mirror up? (I always have a mirror by the door for a last minute check.) I have enjoyed looking at your blog and I look forward to seeing more. Please try to ignore the nasty people. I never understand why they must look for something to be offended by. They must have very unhappy lives.
looks great! if you’re thinking of paint colours for the door…what about the same green as the mirror frame? or black?
I completely agree about wanting to get a rise out of her readers. I mean she probably loves spending her whole day bundled up in negativity thrown at her by trolls with nothing better to do but get upset about underhanded comments regarding their BFF celebrities. It makes so much sense. This blog runs off views so if you don’t like her blog titles, stop reading it.
The hallway looks incredible! I never knew the arch was there, so muh character! One question: did you use some kind of light to shoot the after pics or does it get that much daylight from the kitchen?
Kimberly | Turning It Home says
Wow! What an improvement. Not that the before was horrible, but whoa!
LOVE it! Very nice 🙂
Awesome update! Can I ask, how tall is the floor trim? It looks stunning in your home!
“liking” the original comment and the “slow clap” comment. 🙂
Carrie M. says
Oh for crap’s sake, all these entitled ADULTS bullying a PREGNANT WOMAN over wording they don’t agree with in a BLOG POST on her own blog…no wonder there’s so much bullying from children these days. It’s learned from the adults who feel that their own opinion matters so much that they are entitled to absolutely berate someone they don’t even know over all-important things, like the.title.of.a.blog.post.about.paint. Really?? I suppose each and every person going nuts about this did absolutely nothing that could offend anyone today, right? At the end of the day, if the title of this post is the most terrible thing you have to deal with in your life, I’d say you’re pretty darn blessed.
The paint color looks amazing. Definite transformation, can’t wait to see your sliding barn door!
But you don’t admit mistakes. That’s the problem. So many people are just asking for you to say sorry when you write something offensive. Do you have a policy against that?
Just say say sorry when you make a mistake. It is the Christian thing to do. That’s all people are asking.
Laura M says
I am blown away that people can be so cruel. These folks must have some pretty bad lives to have so much anger for a total stranger. Grow up people. Life is too short to be offended and bothered. Move on, don’t read anymore, and for your own sake, get some professional help. I’ll sell you some big girl panties.
I do say I’m sorry when I feel like something I said has hurt someones feelings and when I mean it. I think that is the normal adult way to do it…Christian or not.
xo – kb
It’s 9.5″ – really tall.
xo – kb
Nope. No additional lighting…just daylight.
xo – kb
I thought about that green. I love that color. I also thought about orange, red, and turquoise (like the color of the office) and then I considered the blue that was in the laundry room. I guess we will have to wait and see how I work through my color-menu paralysis.
xo – kb
The paint job is nice and bright. The industrial-meets-cottage charm-style of the coat rack is lovely. I don’t have a mud room, just a foyer and a teeny tiny closet. I’ve considered hanging hooks, but since it’s the first thing you’d see upon entering my home I’d have to find something spectacular. Or cute. Maybe shiny.
I spy sock monkey in the before…very sweet.
Very inspiring post.
Did you paint over outlet covers or replace them? Just wondering cause I’m slowly replacing mine.
In the before pic, what is the long thingy hanging next to the door frame on the right? Are photos attached to it?
Wow, your hallway looks beautiful!!!! Even though your house is a stunner as-is, your taste is so impeccable when you upgrade it. Love it!!!
I know the title of this post has turned into a big deal for no reason, and you are probably totally sick of it, but I wanted to also give my support to you. I have felt so badly for you all day having to deal with this. I am a fan, even if someone else tries to belittle me by calling me your “groupie.” Proud to be a Bower groupie!!! It’s a shame how little those people actually know about maturity, respect and doing the “Christian” thing.
I just wanted to say I love your blog, your jokes, your home, your improvements….. and hell, I think I love you! Ignore the haters and keep doing what you’re doing!
Could you be more crass says
It is beautiful! I love the house updates, they always inspire me 🙂 Thank you!
Could you be more crass says
Celia @ Life on Maple Street says
It looks great! We also have off-white trim that we need to paint but gosh that is such a big task that we just aren’t mentally or emotionally ready to deal with, ha! 😉
Have you thought about putting a bench with some cubbies underneath the hangers that can serve as storage? Also, where did you get your frames. They are super cute!
Brandi Lang says
Hmmm… I am totally a product of the 80’s so I connected to Bon Jovi – Shot through the Heart. I <3 the color and I think I'm definitely going to get a sample to check out as I'm painting my entire house this spring!
Furthermore, for me there was no connection whatsoever to Steve Irwin until I started to read the comments. People, if this kind of thing upsets you then don't read it, you have the power to control what you consume on every level so do it. Just because you don't agree with things that others say/post/sing/do doesn't mean that you have the right to call them out publicly and berate them. Glass houses…
Lauren (in PA) says
Aww…please tell me the pig hook will find a new home! It is so stinking cute!
When it’s this distasteful, yeah, I kind of think you do (or at least should) apologize and retract. I’ve said and done some pretty bone-headed things in my time, but saying you didn’t know better or do it intentionally isn’t a replacement for an apology/retraction. Like that ESPN journalist who headlined a Jeremy Lin article as “Chink in the Armor.” The writer had used that exact phrase many times previously, clearly didn’t know it was an offensive racial slur for Asians, and still was fired/publically apologized. Or Julianne Hough dressing in blackface for Halloween without knowing the racial implications of her behavior. These are all racial examples, but you get my point.
Now, I do get what you’re saying because you can’t apologize for every little comment that people don’t like. The nipple analogy, for example. Some really conservative people might have a problem with that but that’s not something you necessarily need to apologize for. Maybe a good rule to go by is, if I knew how this comment would be taken before I posted, would I still post it? Now that I have information (that Chink is a racial slur, that blackface is very offensive, that your title seems to very clearly reference the death of Steve Irwin) that I didn’t have before, would I still do what I did? If the answer is no, then an apology/retraction is probably appropriate. You have an awareness now that you didn’t before, and with that comes a responsibility to make right what you did when you didn’t know better.
Love the simplicity of the coat rack minus all the other “real life with toddlers” stuff in this staged photo. But you did show the real life part of that space with shoes all thrown in a basket and other misc. items. Without a shoe spot in place does everyone just leave their shoes in plain sight there scattered all over the floor? Why not add a bench with deep baskets underneath or add a second hooks board so littles can learn to hang up their own jackets and backpacks.
Hi Katie! Very refreshing and happy space you’ve created! Love it! Had me reorganizing and decluttering our front entryway 🙂
Question- I was admiring the paint color “Stony Creek” in your first house’s living room and am thinking of using it in ours. I’m looking for something cozy and enveloping. The room has a ton of natural light and a medium toned beige/brown sectional. In your posts you mentioned really loving the color and getting a lot of compliments on it. However I noticed you haven’t used it in your new abode (I realized this after you mentioning the Dusty Trail color in this particular post, which you also utilized in your first home ) so all that is ask- does Stony Creek still get the KB nod? Would you recommend it? I worry that it will read really green (you noted some green undertones). Hoping that in person it is as cozy and crisp as in your photos.
Sorry for the long post! Thanks so much for all of the inspiration!
Beautiful color and update! I am just wondering what sheen paint you used, flat, matte, satin?
I wish I could say I was shocked at all these negative comments, but i’m not. people seriously have nothing better to do than hound you for a title of a post? I rarely read titles and when I read this one.. I made zero connection, maybe i’m clueless! i’m sorry you have to deal with this all the time!
I LOVEEE white trim. I just repainted all the time in my house, minus the rec room, and it makes SUCH a difference! do you like the curved ceilings in this house?? anndddd i’ll gladly take that emerald green mirror off your hands for you 🙂
I’m curious: do you sand/degloss between coats when you paint the trim? I’m currently in the process of painting all the doors in my hallway bright white (semi-gloss). But I’ve never gotten a straight answer about whether I need to sand between coats or not.
And as long as I’m writing: I have another question for you about the doors. I read your tutorial, and I’m using a roller to get the paint on, then over-brushing. But I almost always end up with at least one or two drag marks–the paint just sets up so fast. Any other tips?
Do you say sorry when a persons’s feelings are actually hurt or is it just when YOU think you’ve hurt someone’s feelings?
The title didn’t even bother me, your responses did. Man, you need a PR person at this point because I think the readers are dropping like flies. Ouch.
Why do you care if she apologizes? This is someone that you don’t know, have never met and you used your own free will to come to her blog and read it. She isn’t the president of the US, she doesn’t owe you anything and frankly she doesn’t need to be PC. I just think this is ridiculous. When did we all become so uptight? Even more importantly, when did you decide that you will stand as the moral compass for someone you don’t know and even worse, to do so in her own space. I also abhor the entire notion Christians have some sort of an obligation to call out other Christians for not doing things in a “Christian” way. It lacks class and makes you appear that you think you are above her, which really, how Christian is that?
Kami Buchanan says
People get so “offended” at words and meanings of words that weren’t actually written, and like to shoot back with actual insults at Katie that are far worse than the “intent” of the 4 word title if it meant what you think it meant (which far more people’s mind’s it had a total different intent) at all! Seriously, I don’t get it. Who is really offensive here? I know you don’t really care what others have to say, due to your responses. It’s shocking adults actually act this way and can be so mean. It is so very sad the world we live in.
I guess what they say is true. You know what they say when you assume things?
What do you mean YOU KNOW she is referencing Steve Irwin? What, you are living in her mind now?
Eggshell…I need it to be scrubbable 🙂
xo – kb
The curved ceilings aren’t my thing…I could take em or leave em…but I know they cost more to create and a lot of folks out there think they are awesome (my mother included) so I won’t be tearing them out or anything like that.
xo – kb
It did in the garage! It’s currently holding wet clothing…because that happens a lot in our house 🙂
xo – kb
Yes! I want to build something custom once we get the door painted, a new light fixture and the door hung in place. I think that’s when I will be planning on a bench with storage.
xo – kb
We just moved the shoe basket into the closet…so that’s why it looks staged…and Will already has to hang up his jacket and put away his shoes (he has a little stool in the bathroom that he moves over to hang up the coat). Most of the time Jer and I don’t take off our shoes…we don’t have time for that kinda thing 🙂
xo – kb
I didn’t love LOVE it. It did have green undertones but the fact that it was so dark was hard to work with in my lighting. I have never seen it in other spaces so it is worth googling.
xo – kb
People have told me when they feel hurt…so I think it’s kind of a little of both. And as much as some of my responses may bother people…I am still learning and make mistakes and sometimes will be stubborn even when I shouldn’t be…I am a human and I know that irritates some folks.
xo – kb
We just degloss at the very beginning. If your paint feels especially rough, here’s what I recommend…take a brown paper bag and put it over your hand and then rub it all over the trim between coats…it’s gonna smooth out any little rough spots but not remove the paint. If you have a problem with drag marks, they sell additives that you can mix in your paint call conditioners. It opens up the dry time (so it will be longer) and so if you have pets or kids, it’s kinda a pain but it does help with the stroke marks.
xo – kb
I paint over them if they are in an obvious spot that white will look weird. Otherwise, I replace. And yes, in the before pic, there is a Christmas card holder next to the bathroom door.
xo – kb
That’s a very well-thought-out explanation. Thanks.
xo – kb
Thanks so much! I picked up a sample tonight as well as the dusty trail! Thanks again!
Love the update! It’s looks so clean and airy. Job well done! I am imagining the muscle and work it took to paint all that trim, not to mention the ceiling!–seriously, I have trim in my house that has remained unpainted because when I think about how much work it is, I don’t even wanna start. I was wondering what the color on the walls of the laundry room is–it looks great and compliments the stingray color well.
Actually, I never shared if I was Christian or not. KB does openly share it though, which I think is great. Her lack of empathy in these situations, however is not consistent with Christian teachings. Nobody’s perfect, and we all make mistakes, I get that. Just own up to them and apologize. Most people will forgive.
I care if she apologizes for her offensive comments because I’m standing up for what I believe in. This blog has some wonderful content, but KB is consistently making offensive jokes (knowingly or unknowingly). It is not okay to make light of other people’s tragedies, or to be culturally insensitive (as in some other posts). And as far as being PC, actually YES, she should be. This is a public domain and it is 2014. No excuses anymore. I don’t need to read this blog but she also doesn’t need to publicly write them. Please keep the offensive comments in a private journal KB! Xo
My thoughts exactly.
I will confess when I read the title I cringed, because I immediately thought of Steve Irwin. But then, I am an Aussie so I guess that’s why he was my instant thought.
I would point out that to many Australians he is a much loved hero, and a bit of a ‘National Treasure’ . His death had a huge impact In this country, with his memorial service televised and people openly mourning, so in a way you have made a bit of a cultural booboo, even by accident. He’ll, I sobbed my heart out when Bindi Irwin read her obituary to her Dad, and I still get teary when I see pictures of his boy.
However, you know what? It’s your blog. If you say it was an accident so be it. If people are so very, very distressed then they can feel free not to read anymore.
I won’t stop reading because of it. I like ya too much! Everyone makes mistakes.
Besides, Aussies like a bit of a larrikin….
Kate S. says
Liking all of them. 🙂
Kate S. says
*shuffles off to Google ‘larrikin’*
Didn’t your parents teach you that its not nice to make fun of someone’s death or misfortune?
Yep. I I read on GOMI and only would come over here to say what a stupid joke she is.
Please……..she loooooves these negative comments! It’s why she doesn’t reply to them. She loves, I mean LOVES, the negative comments because it makes her look like a good guy. Any normal, regular person gets it. Yes, even those who leave negative comments! Who cares? She’s a joke. I like just just writing that she’s a joke.
I love what a difference the white trim makes! We bought a new house almost two years ago and all the walls except for one and ALL the trim AND ALL THE DOORS is builder beige! UGH. I really didn’t pay attention to it when we bought the house, but now it drives me crazy! We are in the middle of painting our nursery for our baby boy we are expecting in February and I was adamant that we paint the trim and doors in the room white. We aren’t big painters though so we tape everything. Once my hubby was done taping he said I’m crazy if I think we’ll ever paint the rest of the trim in the house! I say, “one room at a time”. I’m thinking, with you and Jer’s extensive painting expertise, you don’t have to tape when you paint trim, do you??
Sometimes we still do! It just depends if I am being really thorough that day or not 🙂
xo – kb
Haha! It is a very Aussie word. We use it to refer to someone who is a bit cheeky, a bit irreverent, but still lovable.
That, my dear, is you all over!!
It looks great! I was wondering where you found that awesomely cute pig rack. I’d love to find one for my daughter’s room. She loves pigs.
Do I spy a Rogue shirt on Jeremy?
oh yes indeed. the man is obsessed.
xo – kb
It was one of those thrift store finds…
xo – kb
Quick question? Where were the monogramed bags from that were in the picture with the hanging hooks before you put them up?? Been looking for some cute ones are those ballard designs??
Also, LOVE all the colors… I’m crazy about gray right now:)
They are from Southeastern Salvage!
xo – kb
bridget b. says
Can you please share what kind of anchors you used to hang the coatrack? I recently bought a heavy one for our entryway, and I remember that you’ve mentioned before that Jeremy’s really big on making sure that things are attached to the walls securely.
Here’s a post we did where we attached shelves with the same anchors. It has a better photo of the toggle bolts 🙂
xo – kb
It looks absolutely FAB! Does stingray read at all green in person? The swatch reads green to me, but my eyes don’t read swatches appropriately. I think it’s a disease.
Any help would be so much appreciated!
It’s definitely has green undertones. I think it all depends on the lighting…in our space it looks like a taupe with a little bit of green in it.
xo – kb