Let me start by saying that painting a ceiling is probably my least favorite thing on the list of all things DIY.

So much so that when we started looking up at our ceilings that are in need of major touchups, I had the idea of paying someone probably a couple thousand dollars to do it for me.

However, I knew I could tackle the bathroom ceilings. Those smooth ceilings and the room’s small footprint didn’t scare this girl.

So I did it. It one afternoon. It was actually easy.

Then this little thing called empowerment kicked in.

One ceiling done and awakened the voice in me that said, “You can do it, even the textured ceilings!” Because that’s all you really need is empowerment. The information on how to do something is always out there. It’s just believing in yourself enough to know that you can do it.

So I now know I can do it. How long is it going to take me? Probably a very long time. Thankfully, there aren’t gaping holes or major stains on the ceiling that make it essential to paint the ceiling. There are just those spots here and there that need to get it done.

So just remember this, start small, build your empowerment, and you can do it!

How did I do it? Lemme show you how!

How to Paint a Bathroom Ceiling | www.rappsodyinrooms.com

How to Paint a Bathroom Ceiling

  • Clear out the bathroom so you don’t get paint droplets on anything. Thankfully it is generally easy to wipe down drips off counters, sinks, and floors so those can stay.
  • Clean the ceiling. Just give it a nice wipe down so you don’t paint dust into the ceiling. That’s a big yuck-o.
  • Gather your supplies. I needed a step ladder, drop cloth, paint tray, metal paint can opener, short handled angled brush, roller, and I used Behr Flat Interior Ceiling Paint in the white from the can.

How to Paint a Bathroom Ceiling | www.rappsodyinrooms.com

  • Cut in. I used a short handled angled brush. You can also use an edger.

How to Paint a Bathroom Ceiling | www.rappsodyinrooms.com

How to Paint a Bathroom Ceiling | www.rappsodyinrooms.com

  • Roll with the appropriate nap.

How to Paint a Bathroom Ceiling | www.rappsodyinrooms.com

  • I always make sure to give it two coats. Since I hate prep work my biggest nightmare would be to take a shortcut on the painting, put everything bank in the room, stand back to look at my work and see streaky paint that could have been avoided with just one more coat. So I always do two coats.

There you go! Painting a bathroom ceiling complete! On to the rest (eventually)…

How to Paint a Bathroom Ceiling | www.rappsodyinrooms.com

 

Are there any projects that you were this close to calling in the pros to do and then found it within yourself to do? I’d love to hear about your own empowerment story!

  • I know you were thrilled to finish this in only one afternoon. You are a neat painter; I never would have been able to do this without taping the walls.

    I’m looking forward to seeing what else you do in this room.ReplyCancel

    • I was SO thrilled Paula! Hopefully now I can get moving on the other ceilings. But first, lots of painting for this room!ReplyCancel

  • i need to paint my ceiling in my kitchen and dining room and i am putting it off big time. UGH. now that you are a pro maybe you want to do it? ;) ReplyCancel

    • Haha! Well, I’m not sure I’m a pro! And by the time I paint all the ceilings in my house I may never lift a paint brush again. But I can be your cheerleader! You can do it!!!!!!! We could do a blogger ceiling paint challenge! Hah! (But I’m kind of serious…it’s all about motivation!)ReplyCancel

I’m feeling feisty. Just putting that out there first. Call it a case of the Fridays.

Haven Conference Recap 2014 with VIDEO | www.rappsodyinrooms.comNow, getting down to business, today we are talking about Haven, a DIY blogger’s conference. I talked about going last year (read here) and if you read any number of DIY blogs, you’ve heard about it more than you’d probably like.

So I’m going to write the longest post on it.

Kidding.

I’m not going to write a ton on it because so many other have, but I didn’t want to ignore it because it was an awesome time! I learned a ton, met new people, and saw online friends turn into real life friends. Plus, it was SO nice knowing people from last year.

Haven Conference Recap 2014 with VIDEO | www.rappsodyinrooms.com

Paul from Virginia Sweet Pea (also, image source!), Me, Danielle from 2 Little Superheros, Shanna from Restoration Redoux, Laura from Inspiration for Moms, Jen, Angie from Postcards from the Ridge, Christy from Confessions of a Serial DIYer , Christy, and Nancy from Artsy Chicks Rule

Rather than wax on about the 1,372 new facts I now know about blogging or the 57 blogging besties I met, I thought I would let a video do the talking.

Email subscribers should click here to watch the video.

Disclaimer: This video was filmed all on my iPhone 4 in the vertical position. It should have been horizontal. Learned that in a class there.  Woops.  So hopefully you get the gist and don’t let the graininess get you down. Cause it sure didn’t get me down!

  • Oh my goodness! I love, love your video!! I had a huge grin on my face the entire time I watched it.ReplyCancel

    • Aw, yay!! Thank you so much!! I had so much fun putting this one together! It may be my favorite to date!ReplyCancel

  • That was awesome. I’m so jealous of your video-making skills! And so glad we met at Haven!ReplyCancel

    • Aw, thanks so much Angie! I’m still trying to get better (like remembering to turn my phone! haha!). But thank you! I am soo glad we met too! Can’t wait until next year!ReplyCancel

  • Wow! I felt like I was back at Haven all over again! Aweome job & a perfectly matched audio. So glad I met you & looking forward to next year and more fun along the way! Hugs..WendiReplyCancel

    • Hi Wendi!! I’m so glad it was able to transport you back! I wish we could go back sooner! I’m so glad I met you too! Can’t wait to see you next year!ReplyCancel

  • That was fun, Megan! I think I only took one class that you showed ha ha! Can’t wait for next year :) ReplyCancel

    • Thank you Christy! That’s too funny that we hardly took any of the same classes! There are just too many good ones I guess!ReplyCancel

  • Thanks Megan, it’s like a got my Haven fix now! Really missed hanging with my DIY blogging buddies this year.
    xxooReplyCancel

  • That was fun to watch Megan!! I really can not wait until next year to do it all over again…and see everyone too!!!
    NancyReplyCancel

The buttery bread falls apart in your mouth when you take a bite.

It mixes with the sweetness that ensconces it on top.

Packaged all together in (somewhat) healthy whole wheat cinnamon buns.

Whole Wheat Cinnamon Buns | www.rappsodyinrooms.com

That’s right, we’re talking food. This recipe is from a co-worker who is notorious for bringing in delicious food when the baking urge kicks in on her down time at home. Once she brought this recipe in the form of rolls, I was hooked immediately. Then, when she mentioned that she made it into cinnamon buns once, I couldn’t get it out of my mind.

One domestic Sunday I decided to give it a try at making my own cinnamon buns.

The great thing is that this recipe is for a bread machine. All I did was pop the ingredients in that morning and then enjoy the aroma of fresh baking bread for hours. Just the smell of bread is enough to make me keep making bread.

Seriously, every time I make bread, Eric and I look at each other and say, “Why don’t we make break more often?”

I always pledge to start making my own bread since it’s so easy in the bread machine and then you know what’s in your bread. However, I never make good on that promise. Oh well, maybe one day.

Whole Wheat Cinnamon Buns | www.rappsodyinrooms.com

Whole Wheat Cinnamon Buns

Ingredients:

For bread:

  • 1 Egg, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cup + 2 Tablespoons of water at 80 degrees
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 1/4 cup of whole wheat flour (or white bread flour or a combination)
  • 3 1/2 Teaspoons yeast
  • 4 Tablespoons butter
  • Honey – a few squirts

For filling:

  • Cinnamon
  • Sugar
  • Raisins (optional)

For icing:

  • Powdered sugar
  • Milk

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Directions:

  • Add ingredients for bread to bread machine in the order listed above (cut butter into fourths and put on fourth in each corner).
  • Use the dough setting on machine.
  • When dough is ready, roll out into floured surface, using flour as needed to keep from sticking to the rolling pin and cutting board. Make dough thin, about 1/4 inch.
  • Mix cinnamon and sugar to your liking. I just kind of eyeballed it to how much I needed. I used about 1/2 cup of sugar and 3 tablespoons of sugar. Sprinkle over the dough surface. Sprinkle raisins if you would like.
  • Roll dough into a long roll. Cut into 1 inch rolls. Place in greased cake pan.
  • Bake in oven at 350 degrees for 20 – 30 minutes. Rolls should be lightly brown on top.
  • Mix together powdered sugar and milk to make a paste (it should be the consistency of pancake batter). Once again I eyeballed this but know that it only takes a little bit of milk. Drizzle icing over cinnamon buns when they come out of the oven.

Whole Wheat Cinnamon Buns | www.rappsodyinrooms.com

Whole Wheat Cinnamon Buns | www.rappsodyinrooms.com

Let me know if you end up making these! I’d love to know what you think!

  • These look wonderful! I know they wouldn’t last long at my house. I don’t have a bread maker but I’m passing this along to my friend who does. Maybe she will make them and share with me!ReplyCancel

    • Thank you Paula! I hope your friend makes them for you….or maybe I could! :) But you can still use the recipe without the bread maker; you would just have to knead it and let it rise (maybe a couple times?).ReplyCancel

I think by now you all know that I have a special place in my heart for a social media site called Hometalk.

I’ve spent many a morning and afternoon doing TV segments for Hometalk.

I collaborated with Michael’s, Pinterest, and Hometalk for a fun Sunday crafting day.

I curated a gorgeously gilded board for them.

Now I’m back with another board. And I’m pretty excited about this one.

It all started with my foam board bookshelf topper.

How to Make a Foam Board Bookshelf Topper | www.rappsodyinrooms.com

After that it naturally evolved into a board on how to update boring bookcases in beautiful and budget friendly ways.

update a boring bookshelf via hometalk | www.rappsodyinrooms.com

You definitely need to check out the board to see all 17 amazing projects but I wanted to pull out a few of my favorites.

This herringbone painted book  by Lolly Jane B is gorgeously painted and styled. I call it perfection! Isn’t it amazing what paint can do to customize a piece?!

Painted Herringbone BookcaseJanel Hutton made an old bookcase look like a fireplace! Wow! I think I would rather have a fireplace bookcase than a wood burning fireplace!

making an old bookcase into a fireplace bookcase

Oh duct tape, what can you not do? This is a fun, simple update with such a fun finished product! Way to go Jenna LaFevor!

Update a bookcase with duct tape

I don’t think the pallet wood trend is going anywhere anytime soon. So backing a bookcase with pallet wood? Genius! John-Lisa Henderson shows us how she does it!

Pallet Wood BookcaseThose are just a few of my favorites but there are so many more! Make sure to jump on over to Hometalk to see all the bookcase goodness! You will look differently at that cheapy bookcase at Goodwill next time you walk by!

Any other ideas on updating bookcases? I’d love to hear what you would do with a plain Jane bookcase to make it sparkle with personality!

    In celebration of being smack dab in the middle of summer, I thought I would recap some of my favorite summertime projects throughout the year. Whether you’re into redoing furniture, planting, or landscaping, I’ve got something to jumpstart the second half of summer projects!

    How can I not start with my sun room, which I DIYed my way through last summer? You can read the entire recap with the link to every project, but I thought I would pull out my favorites.

    painting-a-rug

    Refinishing and staining a love seat and then painting the vinyl cushions.

    spray-painting-vinyl-cushions-dupli-color

    Update: I’ve gotten a lot of questions about the durability of the vinyl spray paint. After about a year in extreme hot and cold the cushions have a few spots that need some touching up. But a can of spray paint and a few minutes a year of touch-ups is worth it to me! I’d do it again in a heartbeat.

    My emerald and gold painted table and super score chairs are a favorite meal spot during the summer.

    painting-laminate-furniture-emerald-green-pantone

    This bentwood footstool makeover was inspired by Vintage Revivals and it such a beautiful pop of color in the room. Plus, my feet (and many others) have logged many an hour atop that gold caning.

    bentwood-footstool-makeover

     

    The crowning glory is definitely that painted rug. I still can’t get enough of it!

    painting-a-rug

    Turning a pendant light into a succulent planter is a project I did last summer and have enjoyed throughout the year. It may need a little replanting but I still love this gilded glory!

    make-a-terrarium-from-a-pendant-light

     

     

    Landscaping with rocks (part 1 and part 2) was probably the single best investment we did outside our house thus far. We’ve been living with these rocks for two years and have had no maintenance with them aside from the lone weed here or there that I have to pull. They still look as good as the day we put them down, except they look even better with more mature plants. I highly recommend doing this in your beds!

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    Sealing a driveway isn’t fun, but’s it’s a must every few years. We did this two years ago and we still have a couple more years out of it. But the rate life is flying by that will be just around the corner.

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    I just posted about these painted indoor/outdoor trays (with super cool DIY handles) in May but I can’t help but share again. They have been so helpful for indoor/outdoor entertaining this summer. Plus, they are a breeze to make!

    How to make versatile outdoor entertaining trays | www.rappsodyinrooms.com

    Just to keep it practical, how to clean vinyl siding is actually one of my most popular posts ever. So get that hose off and scrub that siding! Once you work up a sweat cleaning siding, you will thankfully have a hose to cool yourself with. Plus, your house won’t look like it is trying to become a cheese wheel (get it, mold? cheese? no?).

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    Whew! I think that is enough projects to fill the rest of summer, right?!

    Do you have a project that you are working on this summer? I’d love to hear!