A New Brick Step!

A New Brick Step!

I’ve been crushing on the classic beauty of brick porch steps for awhile now.  So timeless! Photo by C Kevin Coffey Dwellings  via Houzz   Highland Homes Inc. via Houzz When we first moved into our house there was no step up to our porch and I noticed quickly that the distance was too large especially younger children and older adults. So, I created a little make shift step out of concrete 8″x12″ slabs stacked on top of each other and called it good for a few years (pictured below). However as time has passed a slab or two cracked and I was ready for a more permanent solution.  I of course researched making my own brick step and although I was intimidated by the idea it looked do-able so I did it! HERE’S THE RESULT: Note: The black stuff in the before photo is not mold, it is dirt and debris from the concrete slabs that laid there for years. AFTER Because the concrete around the porch was already stamped into brick shapes I decided to…

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The One Room Challenge Week 4

The One Room Challenge Week 4

Hello!  I hope you’ve had a great week so far!  I dropping in today to share some of the progress I’ve made on the two rooms I’m making over for the One Room Challenge! First I wanted to share a lamp makeover I did.  I have had these matching lamps for years that I bought from Homegoods for my family room sofa table.   Although I’ve loved the shape of them they have always been a bit short for space.  After finding some better scaled ones (at Homegoods again) I decided to use these in my master bedroom makeover. However, they were not the right color for my bedroom.  So this week I painted them. Before At first I thought I wanted the lamps to be gold so I took off the shades and taped the electrical parts and spray painted them gold with THIS spray paint (affiliate link). I didn’t end up liking the gold color with the room so I decided to paint over them in gray.  I used some gray sample wall…

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One Room Challenge Week 2 (includes painting laminate)

One Room Challenge Week 2 (includes painting laminate)

Hello!  I hope you all have had a great week! The weather has been beautiful here in Ohio this week which has been great for throwing open the windows and painting, painting, and painting some more! This is week 2 of the One Room Challenge!  And although it is the One Room Challenge I am attempting to do Two Rooms,  my master bedroom and my daughter’s bedroom (in case you missed it you can check out the plans for the bedroom makeovers in THIS POST), Out master bedroom has an attached “office” space.  Here is the BEFORE.   I got the desk years ago free from a friend who was moving and didn’t want to take it with her (it’s a biggie).  The hutch was a steal of a deal for only $22 from the Cincinnati Ballard Designs Outlet. For years the two toned nature of the pair hasn’t bothered me.  But I’ve now come to the point where I’m ready for the piece to have some continuity so painting the massive laminate desk was…

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One Room Challenge- The Master and Girls’ Bedroom Makeover Week 1

One Room Challenge- The Master and Girls’ Bedroom Makeover Week 1

Hello!  I hope your week has been going well so far!   This week has flown for me! Today marks the start of the One Room Challenge hosted by Linda at Calling it Home.  Each April and October she challenges designers and bloggers to makeover a room in 6 weeks and to share the progress each week in a “link up” on her site. I participated about a year and a half ago when I made over our basement rec area. I’ve decided to join in again this round.  And I think I may even try to do two room makeovers at the same time!  Overly ambitious I know but I figure even if I only finish one room at least it will give me the push to have worked on the second room too. So the first room makeover I’ll be doing is our Master Bedroom.   As you know I’ve been thinking about starting this one for awhile.   I even made a new headboard  for the room several months ago after buying a much taller…

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How to Paint a Gray Weathered Finish on Furniture

How to Paint a Gray Weathered Finish on Furniture

Hello!  I hope you’ve had a great week!  Today I’m looking forward to sharing an easy way to update or change the appearance of undesirable or outdated wood furniture. I’ve noticed that gray weathered wood furniture has become very popular as of late! via Target A friend/client recently asked me to help her refresh her family room.  As part of the refresh she bought THIS Storage Cube Organizer (affiliate link) to replace a too small console with no storage. It’s from Amazon for $83. Since the console had a gray weathered finish we decided in order to tie room together that it would be great if the end tables on each side of her couch could have the same finish. Her current end tables had an orange-y oak top and an rubbed oil bronze iron base.  To save money (and because I love making over furniture) I suggested we try to re-frinish the tops of the end tables in the gray weathered finish and she agreed! Here is the BEFORE: And now the AFTER: This took…

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To Create Your Own Artwork or Not to Create Your Own Artwork?

To Create Your Own Artwork or Not to Create Your Own Artwork?

One of the easiest ways to save money on artwork for your home is to create your own.  It can be hard to find artwork that speaks to me personally and that comes with an affordable price tag. There is no other more personal wall decor than something you’ve created yourself.  It is extremely satisfying to be able to decorate your home with your own artwork. Today I’m going to share a couple of new paintings I did this past week in hopes that it will inspire you to consider (if you haven’t already) trying your hand at it. As usual I first found some artwork that inspired me and that I wanted to try and replicate.  I’m not an artist by training so I go into it knowing I’m not going to be able to paint it exactly the same but that I will use it as a direction to go in. I recently came across this artwork on Sarah’s blog, Life on Virginia Street, and loved it.  It has both a cheerful and…

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A Tiny Toilet Room Makeover & Painting Cabinetry Advice

A Tiny Toilet Room Makeover & Painting Cabinetry Advice

Hello!  Now that I’m done with most of the big projects and makeovers in my home (at least for now) I’ve been working on some of the smaller projects that I’ve been putting off. This week I was able to mark one of those projects off my “small project to-do list” (I had actually forgotten to put it on the list but you better believe I will put it on just so I can have the satisfaction of marking it off)! So what was the small project that I did?  I painted the tiny toilet room and the tiny toilet room’s cabinetry.  Do you guys  know what a tiny toilet room is (or maybe you call it by a different name like my friend who calls it “the pooper”)? I don’t know how common it is but in our master bathroom there is a sink, a tub, and shower and then a separate tiny room within the bathroom that holds the toilet (think airplane bathroom small). Although I’ve done a lot of work on my…

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Beginnings of a New Kitchen!

Beginnings of a New Kitchen!

Hello!  I’m excited to share a new project I’m going to be working on with a client friend.  She is interested in getting direction in updating her kitchen. As usual we will be working on a budget and I am confident we will be able to make this kitchen a beautiful, up-to-date space!   Here is our plan of attack:   1. Paint walls–Paint the walls Benjamin Moore Classic Gray     2. Paint cabinets –Paint the cabinets Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace (a bright white) or Sherwin Williams Alabaster (more of a creamy white).  I think we will be using the same method I used for my kids bathroom vanity to paint the kitchen.   I’ve always wanted to try it out on kitchen cabinets because I’ve loved the result in the kids bathroom–it’s so durable and has a lovely smooth finish.  You can find the tutorial, Here   Sherwin Williams Alabaster   We plan to paint the soffit area above the cabinets the same color as the cabinets and add trim to it to create…

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My Friday 5- Design Inspiration from the Week

My Friday 5- Design Inspiration from the Week

Hello!!  I hope you’ve had a great week!  School started back for the kids this week so we spent our days getting adjusted back to our normal routine. Today I’m sharing the 5 Decorating Ideas/Inspiration that stood out to me most this week!  I hope you enjoy!!   My Friday Five 1. I love the makeover Studio Mcgee posted this week on their blog.  They re-did their client’s dining room and living room and it is just gorgeous!  To see and read about the makeover click HERE. via Studio-Mcgee   2. If you like my Design 101 posts you will enjoy  THIS POST from Ballard Designs blog, How to Decorate.  They did such a great job explaining how to style a console table and coffee table.  I love how they talked about making sure to vary circle and squared decor pieces. via Ballard Designs   3.  I found this cute plaid tray clearanced at Meijers (a local grocery store chain) for only $7.   I have it on my kitchen counter right now.  The clear…

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