House Tweaking


I don’t know about you, but I find myself constantly making changes to my home – some big, some small.  Sometimes the small things are all you need to keep your home feeling fresh and just a wee bit more updated and new.

I found this deer head at HomeGoods (how I love thee), and switched out a clock in my basement gallery wall to make space for it.

Pre-deer gallery wall:

And here it is now.  See what I mean?  That’s the great thing about gallery walls – so easy to change things up with new finds or meaningful items.  A small tweak makes me happy.  I’m already envisioning a scarf around this guy’s neck for the holidays.  (I’m a dork like that).

While some people in my family (who shall remain nameless) were mocking my faux deer, I love how it looks in the context of my gallery wall.  So, Mr. Deer, I’m glad you’re here.

I have continued my “Stain Without Pain” project (a great house tweak).  With a little time and effort, it’s giving much of the woodwork in my home a new lease on life!

Here is an old photo of the front doors, dressed up for the holidays.

I took a photo before I got to work, so you can get a glimpse of what it looks like now.  Sorry for the late day shadows.

One side stained with the first coat – already an improvement!  I was on the fence as to where to “stop” with the stain, and carried it up to the crown molding.

When I dragged my husband outside to admire my work, I told him, “Why do I get the feeling that I’m going to end up staining this whole area, ceiling and all?”

Are you a house tweaker?  What do you do to keep your home feeling fresh?

Linking up:
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  • Reply
    Calypso In The Country
    October 30, 2013 at 1:37 pm

    I am constantly moving things around too. I swear I will never be done! Love the deer head – it adds so much depth to the wall.

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    Lisa @ Shine Your Light
    October 30, 2013 at 2:05 pm

    Ohhhhh the front door looks so good Jenny!!!!! I love the rich color!!!! And the deer head is so fun on your gallery wall….never mind those nay sayers! 🙂

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    October 30, 2013 at 2:25 pm

    I'm ALWAYS tweaking…sometimes to the unappreciative dismay of my family who like the status quo. Lately I've been pulling things out of hiding to display in new ways. Vignettes appear in some of the most unexpected places…like the one I'm going to post on my page in a moment.

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    Anne Boykin
    October 30, 2013 at 5:50 pm

    Hi Jenny, I live with the same people! I have had some snickers about my faux cow head. Your faux deer looks great, especially against that great wall color.

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    Jennifer @ Dimples and Tangles
    October 30, 2013 at 8:47 pm

    Don't listen to your family 🙂 that's the perfect spot for your little guy! And yes, he definitely needs a scarf to keep from getting cold. Oh, I'm intrigued about your stain project. It's looking REALLY good!

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    October 31, 2013 at 12:14 pm

    LOVE the deer head and your doors are going to look amazing! The new stain color is so rich and beautiful. You know that story "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie"? You may end up staining everything in your house.

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    November 2, 2013 at 11:24 am

    Love the deer head and the touch of elegant fun it adds! When I first saw your door I thought you were staining it lime green – didn't see it as painter's tape. 😉 The stain is gorgeous..

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