What Happens When Your Dad Takes Over Your Projects…

Let me begin by saying I had made a little progress starting a gallery wall on our big empty staircase wall, but I just wasn’t feeling it.  It needed more than just pictures, so what’s the solution?  Moulding, and lots of it.

So, I had told my Dad my ideas and plans for our staircase wall, and the next thing I knew, he had emailed me this…

Ummm yea.  Isn’t it fabulous?!  I just told him what I was envisioning and BOOM, he made it happen.  He’s not only the best pantry makeover-er, he’s a master designer.  That’s what he does for a living by the way.  He’s actually a piping designer by day, carousel designer by night, but I’ve come to realize he can design just about anything.  My design “techniques” and my “just eyeball it” placements don’t cut it with him.

So yep, he just swooped in and took charge of my staircase design.  How dare he! :)  But I am happy to say that this project will be perfection because of it.  Every angle, every box, each space in between will be flawless.  Something I can’t say about any of my other projects. They might look good, but they definitely aren’t perfect.  But I am very grateful to have such a handy daddy and that he’s willing to help me with my crazy ideas. :)

As far as the design in that awesome 3-D model above, I will have the wall all painted white below the chair rail, so it’s going to be some nice wainscoting action happening.  We are also doing this on the opposite staircase wall as well.  One idea I had was to use MDF boards like Thrifty Decor Chick did on her staircase, but then decided it would probably be best to just continue with the picture frame boxes, because I’ve got a lot of that going on in the rest of the house already.  And because I wanted the moulding to come up higher on the wall so it’s more of an architectural feature wall.  Aaaaand because my handrail is different and just a long bar. Whew! Anyway, I am very happy with the progress we’ve made so far and can’t wait to show you!

Oh yea, and when you go to Home Depot with your Dad, this is what you come home with…

Ohhh yes!!  Don’t hate me please.  But the little yellow box miter box and hand saw just wouldn’t cut it for this project with all of the funky angles.  It wouldn’t be possible actually with the angles I needed.  And I have hundreds of other places I intend to put moulding around the house, so it was well needed.  I am so stinkin’ excited to have this baby.  The projects are endless and will be so much easier to do now.  This bad boy can also cut wood flooring, which I am dying to put in our home.  And YES, I have used the new miter saw and I LOOOOOOVE it!!

So this is the latest project I’ve been working on.  Can’t wait till it’s finished!  And man, if all this happened just with the staircase wall, I wonder what will happen when I tell my Dad my plans I have to install hardwood steps?  :)

What are y’all working on?  I’d love to hear!  Do you have a fancy miter saw too?  Don’t you just feel manly, I mean empowered when you use it?

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  1. Wait, what if I go to Home Depot with your dad, do I get cool stuff too?

    How fun!!

  2. Dad’s are great! This is going to look wonderful!

  3. Wow…that is going to look awesome! I have been eyeing Kate’s staircase (Centsational Girl) for awhile now. Maybe you could adopt dad out for the day???

  4. Girl! I want to borrow your Dad!! What a blessed daughter you are! Can’t wait to see the new staricase:)

  5. Adopt me please!!! I think you should name your compound miter saw “Big Sexy”. I love me some power tools. I am envoius of the laser.

  6. What a lucky girl you are to have a Daddy like that!! I know, ’cause mine helped me lay the tile in my entry way. Can’t wait to see your stairs all finished!!

  7. April in CT says:

    That is just awesome x’s a gazillion! My dad tackles projects the same way and I only wish that gene had been passed on to me. I’m certainly more of an eyeball it and let’s get it DONE kinda girl! If only I lived closer to him he’d be helping me with projects in the same way, I can only hope we’ll move closer to each other one day!

  8. don’t ya love being daddys little girl

  9. Well, *I* don’t have a miter saw but the Hubs does–he got it for Christmas 3 years ago and its still in its original box. One of these days he will come home to a house full of custom moldings, and the saw stowed back in its box, and wonder what happened! Maybe when I see everything you do with yours!

  10. I hope you are documenting the process. That is exactly what I would love to do up my stairwell. Just a little jealous you have a dad to help! My hubby complains with just a curtain rod to hang…………………..Ha!

  11. Gotta love dads (& miter saws!)! :) I can’t wait to see what you end up doing! I know whatever you end up doing will be gorgeous!

  12. your dad is awesome!!! how many christmas trees do you have girlfriend?!!!

  13. YES! That’s what I’d like to see in my stairwell! I’d like that miter saw, too! (Maybe I should learn to use a mite box first!…..Nah.)

  14. Yes I do own a miter saw. I am the handywoman in our home. My husband has no clue, but is willing to be my helper. So fun, I own most of the saws in this house. I am in the middle of putting in baseboards. Silly house came without them so the miter saw was one of the first things I bought after moving in. I actually only have finished the bathrooms, den and one bedroom. Too much house still to conquer but I will get it done one day. Lucky you with a great dad near by willing to help. Good luck on the staircase.

  15. Every home needs a handyman, right? Your stairs are going to look gorgeous!

  16. Awesome! My husband takes over all my fun projects and I wouldn’t have it any other way!

    Can’t wait to see the finished product!

    Jenn L @ Peas & Crayons

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  18. Hi! This post couldn’t be written any better! Reading through this post reminds me of my good old room
    mate! He always kept chatting about this. I will forward this page to him.
    Fairly certain he will have a good read. Thanks for sharing!

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  20. sounds like your dad is like me, as i speak i’m working on the same project takes along time to figure out angles but with the help of that big miter saw project rolls along a lot easier good luck


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