Painting Trim (Still. Always): Paint Sprayer v. Brush

Post contains affiliate links. Thanks for supporting Boxy Colonial! I made the title all dramatic, but, really, we’re pretty much (finally!) finished with the trim! We still need to touch up (it turns out leaving painter’s tape up for weeks means you peel a lot of paint off the ceiling when you take it down. Oops), and there are still … Continue reading

A Visit to the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site

Want to see more travel posts? I started a new blog just about travel: Boxy Colonial on the Road A couple of weeks ago, Dave’s friend from college/best man from our wedding, Matt, came for a visit. We tried to think of a very Atlanta thing to do while he was here (he’d never been here before, except very briefly … Continue reading

Reintroducing Fergus

Fergus was my very first foster for Cockers & More, nearly two years ago. And of all the dogs I’ve fostered, he’s the one who I’ve always had lingering regrets about letting go. If I could have picked one foster to come back, it would have been Fergus. But I was sure that wouldn’t happen, because he was adopted by … Continue reading

More Bathroom Teasing, plus Talk about Accessories

What I’m trying to do here, see, is to string this out until I have an actual finished bathroom to show you. I’m not sure if it will work. But the idea is that, once the painting’s finally finished, everything else will come together quickly since Dave will be all finished with school. And I can do a real room … Continue reading

Master Bathroom Updates

So maybe when you look at these pictures, you’ll think I’m cropping them very carefully so as to avoid spoiling some amazing project we finished and are saving up for another post. But no. It’s that 1. this bathroom is huge, but fairly narrow, so kind of hard to photograph from certain angles and 2. everywhere else in this room … Continue reading

Kid Projects Board on Hometalk

Kid projects are some of our very favorite projects to work on. Like Abe’s outdoor play kitchen: And his play tent: And Milo and Gus’s lego table: And the sand and water tables: And our biggest kid project of all, the swingset:       I’ve put together a round up of DIYs for kids over on Hometalk (like, to … Continue reading

Garden Updates

We spent a good bit of Mother’s Day at Home Depot buying plants and stuff and then in our backyard planting stuff, so I thought now might be as good a time as any to brag about how I haven’t killed everything in our garden yet. Here’s how it’s looking: Almost everything in the raised bed was started from seeds. … Continue reading

Finishing the Master Bathroom FOR REAL: Where We’ve Been and Where We’re Going

Hey, did you know that time actually slows down when you’re painting trim? Like it absolutely feels like you will be doing it for the rest of your life. True story. So I can’t show you any finished trim in the master bathroom until I dive into the time warp again a few more times, but it IS happening. This … Continue reading

Zenni Optical Review: Cheap Glasses Revisited

About a year and a half ago I ordered some glasses from, had a mostly bad experience, and gave them a less than glowing review here. To recap (there is, of course, much more detail in the original review), the glasses themselves were fine, but they took much longer than promised to get here. And (the real issue) the … Continue reading