Tuesday’s DIY Tip & A DIY Giveaway!!

Good morning! As the kitchen transformation continues…and continues…

Kitchen Before

I thought I would share some DIY tips along that I have learned along the way. Some are from DIY mistakes I have made (see Cupcake Tower of Terror),

fallen cupcakes in grasssome are great tips learned from many, many years of DIY experience (I have been doing this way before DIY was a thing!) This kitchen project is taking much longer than I originally anticipated, essentially because I am working on it between my work hours and weekends away and family celebrations : )

Summer Porch Photo Country Design HomeBut I have to keep reminding myself, and my mom, that good things come to those who wait, (and also to those who follow my blog : )

First, the DIY tip. You know when you are painting something like a cabinet door, where there are two sides that need to be painted? And you can’t really see the underside of the piece you are painting until it dries and you flip it over? And then you discover those unseen runovers that leave a ridge of paint along the edge, which, if it’s already dry, you will then need to scrape or sand away?

Kitchen Cabinet Painted Drip RidgeYeah, I hate that too. Simple solution. I always keep a damp rag handy when I paint to mop up spills and drips before they dry.

cleaning edge of cabinet doorIn this case, I am using it to keep the edges clean and remove the drips. I paint the surface, making sure I get all the edges, then wait a minute for the paint to settle. Then I take the damp rag and run it along the underside of the edge, capturing all of the runover paint. I thought I did a perfect paint job until I saw the amount of paint on the rag!

Damp Rag with Painted Edge

Now, the giveaway. Since we all like free stuff, especially when it comes to DIY, I am giving away a $25 gift card to Home Depot! Enough to buy quite a few drip rags!

Home Depot Gift Card There are three simple things you need to do to enter:

1. Leave a blog post comment, telling me if this DIY idea is new to you, or if you have been doing this all along. You know, the whole damp rag thing…

2. Then go to my Pinterest page and follow my Country Design Home boards.

3. Finally, “LIKE” my Country Design Home page on Facebook here. (And, yes, you need to do all three to be eligible!) I will pick a random winner from the entries on Friday, June 20th and notify you via the emails from your blog post comments.

Have a lucky Tuesday everyone!! Susan

PS: This offer is my own and not endorsed or sponsored by Home Depot Corp. This offer is available to US residents only. Upon verification of entries, the gift card winner will be randomly chosen and the card will be mailed via the US Postal Service.  Good luck!



  1. Joann Belcher says:

    This is a new tip for me, need to start saving rags for future painting.


  2. Meghan Finley says:

    And I like on facebook. I didn’t know if you wanted an entry for each or not! Sorry if you didn’t


  3. Meghan Finley says:

    I follow on pinterest-immortalb4


  4. This is totally new to me!


  5. Amy Lutkevich says:

    This is a new tip for me 🙂


  6. Vickie Malick says:

    This tip is also new to me. Thanks.


  7. Joann Belcher says:

    I had never heard of that tip till today. Thanks.


  8. Melissa L says:

    Great tip thanks for sharing! We just bought our house a few years ago and have lots of wood doors to paint! After the wedding of course 🙂


  9. This is a new one for me, thanks for sharing!


  10. Candice N says:

    This is a new one for me, thanks for the tip!


  11. I have a rag bag just for the painting projects i have. Always have a wet one handy . Always more than one as i can be a messy painter. Love your blog ,helpful and fun , look forward to reading it


  12. Erin Ellis says:

    I like you on Facebook (Erin Ellis)
    fairyfractal at gmail dot com


  13. Erin Ellis says:

    I follow you on Pinterest (pinterest.com/fairyfractal)
    fairyfractal at gmail dot com


  14. Erin Ellis says:

    What a great idea! I didn’t know this great DIY tip. Thank you, and thank you for the wonderful giveaway.
    fairyfractal at gmail dot com


  15. Great DIY Tip!


  16. new to me!


  17. I love the smashing cupcakes story!!!


  18. Deb Young says:

    Love the damp rag idea!! Will be doing this from now on.


  19. chris aka monkey says:

    as the song goes i was country when country wasn’t cool well like you i was a diy’er long long time ago out of need, and the wet rag when you are painting is one of the most important tools you can use. i still make mistakes at 65 but learning from them is important too,and the reason i read blogs is because like you what you have learned along the way is shared.


  20. I do keep a rag handy when I’m painting, too! I have been thinking about painting my kitchen cabinets soon as well! Too many other projects lined up to finish first, though!


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