Duck, duck, duck, duck…


And horse.

So apparently my little self-imposed Dude Get On That Already challenge is just a sick joke where the universe tells me: “hey crazy lady, stop hoarding animals in the playroom.” But at least I’m getting things off the floor in there and up on the walls of the rest of the house so they can actually be enjoyed (or that’s just the denial talking). So without further ado, two more thrift store finds from here and here. Yes, this week was a double whammy of getting on that, since no painting was required. And they’re both over a year overdue. Another big surprise. So it was time to get these guys up on the wall (especially give the untimely death of our dear friend Ramsey).

I made John hold this so you can see the weird way we hung him up in the right place and at the right angle with just two nail holes (instead of ten while we scooched him around to find the right spot and cursed ourselves for not making some sort of a template). We just stuck some painters tape around him (sticky-side out) and poked holes in it where the hooks for the nails are (just stabbed the tape with a pen there).

Then we held it up about an inch from the wall and moved it around until we liked the placement. I stood back about 8 feet to judge while John did the moving-around thing. Once we liked the placement we shoved him up against the wall so the painters tape stuck…

And then we pressed it against the wall firmly around the back of the ol’ bird to make sure it would stay on the wall.

Then when we pulled our little $8 thrift store duck off.

The tape became a little duck-hanging template. See how our little pre-poked holes are left stuck to the wall to show us exactly where our hanging nails need to go (and on the exact right angle) to hang this guy?

So here I am hammering those babies in (this guy’s really light, so no screws and anchors were required). Once the nails were in I just ripped off the painter’s tape while screaming Kelly Clarkson.


Yes, the concrete greyhound underneath Sir Duck (an old V-day gift from the hubs back in 2008) is further evidence that I have an animal problem.

But seriously, how bad-a$$ is this guy? We love that he’s flying towards the front door. And if the rest of the dining room weren’t full of secret book projects we’d share more panned out pics to show how the dark wood tone picks up on the big chunky dining table nearby. Soon hopefully.

Now onto matters of the iron-horse kind. From the start we had plans to hang this equine delight in our bathroom with a towel through the ring. So a year after adopting him for $7 from a Delaware thrift store I finally did. He looks a bit lackluster now because the room is a big white box, but once we get around to painting and tackling some other updates we think he’ll be downright dapper.

It was fun to keep both of these guys au naturel. I mentioned the possibility of painting them both back when we bought them last year, but I think we’re moving into a phase where sometimes we just like things with some texture and some timeworn “patina” (aka: as they are). But you know I’m still no stranger to the ol’ spray paint can, so I think it’s one of those 50/50 things. Ya never know if I’m going to spray paint you or leave you well enough alone (or hide you in the playroom for a year, apparently).

How have we not had a hand towel hook in the hall bathroom for the last year? That’s the main bathroom that all of our visitors use. Yeesh. Glad we finally got on that. Our towel just used to lay in a heap next to the sink, but now it has presence. It has pizzazz. It has animal magnetism.

In summary: our bathroom has 99 problems, but a towel hook ain’t one.

I’ve actually been thinking a lot about the five million upgrades that we’d like to do to this bathroom, so maybe it’ll be next on the ol’ agenda (after we finally finish off the never-ending kitchen makeover). Oh and since folks have been asking if we’ll have anything left to do once the kitchen is done (ha!), here’s just a smattering of the bigger projects that come to mind (along with about a million smaller upgrades/projects as we go):

  • We have not one, not two, but three full bathrooms that are untouched and in dire need of some upgrades
  • We have a sunroom that has seen zero action since the day we halfheartedly plunked random old furniture in there (aka: move-in day)
  • We have an untouched playroom full of pillows, fabric, more animals (?), and goodness knows what else that we’re planning to turn into a useful kids bedroom/playroom
  • We’re going to convert our carport into a garage
  • We’re going to build a pretty major walk-out deck
  • We’re going to paint the porch, remove the scallops, stain the concrete, and box out the columns for a fresher look
  • We’re going to hang crown molding in a bunch of rooms that don’t have it
  • We’re going to add some wainscoting in the hallway (not the frame hallway, the other one that leads to the three non-master bedrooms)
  • We’re going to refinish our wood floors
  • We have a slew of 30-60%-done rooms that we’d like to someday finish, like the living room, the master bedroom, the guest room, the dining room, etc
  • We have a full-blown front yard, side yard, and backyard makeover on the agenda (we like to tackle those slowly over time, like we did at our first house)
  • We want to build some outside entertainment for beansie, in the form of a sandbox and/or a playhouse or playset
  • We want to double side the fireplace between the kitchen and the living room
  • We even daydream about bigger projects down the line, like changing the roof-line to add some peaks to the front of the house (to match the ones in the back, which were added when they did an addition in the 70s)

So yeah, there’s lots to do! But back to the fact that I need Animals Anonymous. Do you think Animal Hoarders is going to show up at my house? If they do, they’ll just get to chat with our house-sitters since we’re currently on a plane to Portland. Haha. The joke’s on them.

Speaking of our currently-in-flight status, we’re most likely going to post the second post of the day a little early (at noon EST during a plane change) and then won’t be available to approve comments between 1-6 EST while we’re on our second leg of the flight, so bear with us if there are only a few comments for five hours and the rest are hanging out in moderation! We moderate so we don’t miss questions (when thousands of contest comments roll in early in the week, it’s easy to lose them otherwise), but they should pop up eventually!

Have you guys finally hung any art or bathroom accessories that you’ve been meaning to hang for, oh, over twelve months? Let’s commiserate.


  1. Sarah says

    Safe travels! I hope it’s a nice getaway from the hustle and bustle that was your home for the past month. Even if it is work related, there’s something about staying in a hotel that makes you feel like it’s a vacation.

  2. says

    I am totally feeling you on the delayed hanging of art/animals. I have 6, no, 7 pieces of art I’ve yet to hang since we moved in on October 1, 2010. Some of it I stalked in antique stores for awhile and finally brought home and I’m in love with. But I’m so nervous to hang them. We live in a 100 year old house full of plaster & lathe, so once something is hung, it’s HUNG. And I’m terrified I’ll put something in the wrong place and hate it a week later and then it will take another year to take down and move, putting yet another hole in plaster. :P

    • Kathi says

      You should get the 3m Command picture hangers – they’re kind of like removable velcro – you can hang stuff on your walls with no holes (as long as the art isn’t super heavy, like a mirror or something) and if you mess up, you can remove them without damage to the walls.

    • Cara says

      This is exactly why my photos and art wall is still just a stack and a dream a year later! And why we still have holes in some rooms from the previous owners who apparently (a) never bothered to learn how to securely hang art on plaster and lathe walls and (b) hung most of it crooked. Add to that the fact that I need the hubs sheer strength to drill in to the wall even with his fancy bits and it’s a wonder anything is hung up.

  3. diana says

    The playroom must be Mary Poppins’ bag. Wouldn’t it be fun to do an animal gallery wall, like the frame wall, and make them all the colours in the rainbow? Or…I don’t know, ORB them all? Or paint white?

  4. Lindsay B says

    I love them! The first time I looked at the post, I just looked at the pictures, and kept scrolling down to see what they would look like painted white (because I assumed you would). And then I actually read it- haha! I love that you left them unpainted. Keeps things interesting! Safe travels, guys!

  5. says

    Don’t worry. You don’t have an animal hoarding problem. Wooden birds are way better than the scary, REAL stuffed pheasant my husband had on the wall before we moved in together. It was always giving me the evil eye!

    How do you choose which ones to paint and which ones to keep as is?

  6. Linda says

    I had doubts about the unpainted goose. Looking at it initially I thought “it’s kind of ugly”, but then I’m not a fan of Canadian Honkers irl, but seeing him on the wall wow I was amazed. He looks great, like really great.

    Love the way your decorating brain works :)

    Your animal collection is fun.

  7. Theresa says

    can we see a progress pic of the playroom? i’m sure it’s nearly empty by now, right? ;) have fun in portland, wish i lived nearby so i could attend!

  8. says

    Absolutely love the horse hanger thing. My house is covered with horse decorations since I hold my horses so dear. I’m digging the blog and I’m quite jealous that you have so many readers. Send some my way please! Best wishes,

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