Sunday, January 4, 2015

Top 10 Blog Posts for 2014

As we start a new year, I thought it would be interesting to go back and see what blog posts were visited the most last year.  I didn't include the final 'before & afters' that are in the tabs at the top of this screen.  Instead, I focused on the specific blog posts that people read the most.

And here's how they came out:

1) The All Important Back Entrance from the New Englander that we finished in 2013.  Lots of readers want a mudroom next to the back entrance!

2)  How to Choose Paint Colors from our first project

3)  Dining Room Before & After from Diamond in the Rough (also a top Pinterest pin!).  I heard from a lot of readers that were trying to decide if they should paint old woodwoork.
Photo:  Jamie Salomon

4)  Beach Cottage Floor Plans   - lots of interest in how to bump up a 1940's Cape Cod

5)  Time for Something Pretty - how to make your own padded headboard

6)  The Duplex Floor Plan - before and to-be

7)  Bungalow Floor Plans - before and to-be

8)  How to Start a Full House Renovation
Put Safety Upgrades top on your list!  Nails through wiring is dangerous!
9)  Beach Cottage Master Suite - an overview of this project

We made a lot of changes to this bedroom!!

10)  Stairwell Transformation - from our very first project!

I guess the thing that surprised me?  Paint colors are something lots of people agonize over and there's lots of interest in floor plans.  So now I'm curious what will be the top blog posts for 2015!

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  1. Yes, paint colors are the bane of my existence! lol

  2. Happy New Year! Looking forward to seeing your new projects this year too. The "Diamond in the Rough" photo reminds me of the question I intended to ask (and forgot) back then -- we actually have the same type of knotty pine panel walls, and currently it is covered by stain blocker because, you know, I couldn't stand the look..., and I've been pretty much sleeping on it for some time (not literally, just in case :)). The problem is there are gaps between panels that paint brushes cannot reach because of its sort of decorative edge. Did you have the same issue, and if so how did you deal with it? I'm thinking of caulking the gaps before painting, but would like to hear if you have a better idea. Thanks!

    1. Any time you use the interlocking boards (beadboard or pickwick pine), the gap between them becomes an issue - especially in the winter when the wood shrinks up. First, do NOT caulk. Voice of experience here, it will look great for 6 months or so, but then after a few seasons of the wood expanding and shrinking, you'll be back to the gaps and have gobs of caulk as well. The best approach is to use a sprayer with stain blocker to get into those cracks. We were lucky enough to have our own spray gun. But I will warn you, it's a big job for two people. One will spray and the other needs to back brush to make sure everything is even and to help push the paint into the cracks. I know they make KILZ in a spray can, but you're going to have to be really careful with it indoors. Use appropriate ventilator masks and have lots of fresh air in the space.

      Sorry - I wish I had an easier answer for you!


    2. That's greatly helpful, Laurel -- I've slept on it because I wasn't sure about caulking. Thanks much, we will take the sprayer approach, that's on our to-do list for this upcoming spring.


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