I shared earlier in the year some goals I have for house projects this year, and one of those goals is making over our bathroom downstairs. You can see my design plan, HERE, for when we do makeover the bathroom downstairs, but until then I decided to refresh the walls, so it didn’t drive me nuts in the meantime. While there was nothing wrong with our bathroom stripes before, I’m so glad I decided to paint them anyways, because now I love it so much better. Let me remind you of the before : [Read more…]
I mentioned in my Living Room Refresh post that part of simplifying our space, also meant simplifying our wall space too. I think I love gallery walls just as much as the next person. They are such a fun, unique way for me to artistically express my creativeness. My form of art, if you will. However, when the walls start to feel like they are closing in, and things start to feel cluttered, sometimes it can be too much. [Read more…]
After reading all of your feedback from my “white paint fail“, it was so nice to know I wasn’t the only one who had a hard time finding the perfect shade of white paint. So I thought it would be a great idea to combine all of your great advice, along with the things I learned, to help people pick out the right white paint for them. You see, after reading all of your feedback, I have definitely concluded that not only does the amount of sunlight you have in your room affect your wall color, but your region does too! [Read more…]
If you’ve been following along lately, than you know this month I’ve been all about simplifying our home, and refreshing our living room. Well right around Christmas I decided I was brave enough to give this whole “white paint” thing a whirl. I did my research, read plenty of reviews and posts done by other designers and bloggers. Whenever I get ready to repaint a room, the first thing I do is head straight to pinterest and search the paint color I’m thinking of going with. [Read more…]
So it’s the day before Thanksgiving. THE DAY BEFORE THANKSGIVING!! I feel like I say this every year as the holidays arrive, but seriously time flies! I guess it’s a good thing we are having fun!! I’m so glad you enjoyed our Dining Room mini-makeover. I still have a few things brewing that I want to add, including finally getting an area rug for that space! We will see what 2016 brings. I was chatting with the hubby this morning, and I told him that infamous hair across my butt that shows up every now and then itching for a project … IT’S BACK! LOL. I have a laundry list of things to do today, never mind the 6 loads of laundry I did yesterday, that still need to be put away, and you know what I want to do more than anything right now?! [Read more…]
OH the weekend went by too quickly sweet friends! I know we probably all feel that way every weekend, but this past weekend for us seemed to go by without even a regard to time itself. Non the less we keep moving forward right?! Our weather has finally started to feel like fall for us here. Low 70’s for a high, a sweet chill in the morning. The kind of chill that makes you want to curl up in a chair with a cozy blanket and a hot cup of pumpkin spice! One of the things I did earlier this year in our fall decor was paint some faux pumpkins I already had. I had picked these up 2 years ago on clearance at the end of the season. So the decision to paint them was easy because I wasn’t afraid to ruin them. If you’ve been around here awhile, that you know of my love for neutrals and grays. However I didn’t feel like painting them all white or gray. Call me crazy but I was craving something different. Another color I tend to gravitate towards is navy blue. I call it my third neutral, lol! [Read more…]
Hi friends!! I shared a similar post to this over on City Farmhouse a few months ago, but I thought it would be good to share here too! I get asked a lot of times what the paint colors are in our house, or how I picked them, and this post answers a lot of those questions.
When it comes to picking out paint colors, it’s one of my favorite things to do. I know some cringe and shutter at the thought of picking out paint colors, but one of my favorite things to do is head to the paint stores and look through all the swatches. I love comparing colors against one another, seeing which ones have more of a yellow undertone vs. a red one. I’ve been known to repaint a room a time or two just because I wasn’t a fan of the undertone, the right shade makes all the difference in the world. [Read more…]
Hip Hip Hooray it’s Friday!!! We have had outstanding weather this past week. Like perfect, dream of it, no humidity, weather! It could not have been any nicer. And in celebration of it being friday and the weekend being here, I figured it would be fun to do a GIVEAWAY today as well!! So stay tuned at the end of this post for instructions on how to win. Some of you have asked what the hallway looks like at the bottom of our front staircase when I shared our gallery wall. I had mentioned in the before & after posts, in a desperate hope to keep the original paint color we added some board & batten around the front door and to that little hallway. So today I’m going to share a little tutorial with you on how we did that. [Read more…]
One of the newest pieces of furniture we’ve added to our house was the sweet little table you may remember at the bottom of our stairs in front of our gallery wall. However it didn’t start out so sweet. We rescued the legs from the side of the road where someone decided they didn’t want the antique kitchen table anymore. [Read more…]
Last week I shared our front staircase and gallery wall. I mentioned in that post why it had taken me so long to share our front hallway, because the lighting was never good, with no windows or direct sunlight in that hallway, it always made for poor picture taking. Not to mention no matter how much I loved the color we painted the hallway when we first moved in, it just made matters worse. So today I’m going to share with you some before & after pictures, because who doesn’t like a good before & after?! [Read more…]
Don’t forget this monday starts my week long of Thanksgiving Tables, with a grand finale on Friday with 13 of my favorite blogging friends. Make sure you come back on monday for the first table!
I have an itch! You know that kind that only goes away once scratched. Yeah, that kind. The kind that takes a normal lazy saturday morning into a “Pack up the kids in the car, we are going to the hardware store”, or a “Oh I’m sorry you are waiting for me to cook dinner, I decided to paint this wall instead” kind of an itch. You get those? Sometimes they just need to be scratched, and by scratched I mean a project. There I said it “PROJECT”! I’m not sure if my family is so used to this word it doesn’t phase them, or they run and hide like they are being chased by the boogy-man. I use the term “Project” lightly around here because it usually ends in a conversation with my husband asking when I will ever stop. The answer my dear is “when I’m dead”. I think if you are person with creative ideas floating around in your head, and the term “Do-er” as your definition, than you never really stop, because it’s during those creative times that your soul is fed, and a sense of fullfilment is met. So allow me to introduce you to my current
itch brewing thought.
Thank you so much for all of your kind remarks on my Neutral Shared Kids room! We love how calm the room feels, and will be easy to transition as the kids get older. Today I’m going to share with you how I painted the stripes on the wicker trunks at the end of their beds.
This was a really simple and quick project, that not only personalized their wicker trunks, but brought in some character as well. I already loved the look of the wicker trunks at the end of the bed, but I also love to add stripes to just about anything I can. I started by taping off the trunks with painters tape, no measuring involved with this one, just eye-balled it!
Once I had the wicker trunks completely taped off, I began to dry brush white paint on the taped off sections, to create the desired look I wanted.
In the close up photo above, you can see that I wasn’t focused on getting a full coverage of the paint, because I was going for more of a vintage feel, and wanted the paint to look like it naturally wore off over time. I used Annie Sloan chalk paint in Old White, but you could really use any white paint or an acrylic craft paint that you have on hand.
To create a dry brush effect, I grabbed a paper plate, and once you have paint on the end of your brush you rub it on your plate until most of the paint is off, and this creates a light white washed look on the surface you are painting.
Once the paint had dried, I decided to stencil on some numbers to help with the vintage vibe I was craving. For this I just used simple, nothing fancy stencils I got at Walmart in their craft aisle.
I love this project because it was simple and quick, but added a big impact! Sometimes it doesn’t always have to be a huge costly project to add that extra touch to make your space personal.
I promise this won’t be the last of our room that you see, I will be back with a full room tour, and all the details on the changes I’ve made, including the painted nightstands. I hope you had fun last week if you followed us on Instagram with #inspiremediy . Maybe even inspired enough to tackle your own little DIY project? It has been so much fun seeing those of you who have joined up with us, and the projects you did! Thank you so much for sharing!
I hope you enjoyed checking out their fabulous reveal’s as well!!! Have a wonderful Memorial Day, and it’s not too late to try a DIY project of your own 🙂