I Painted My Tile…

I Painted My Tile…

Hello!  I hope you’ve had a great week! I can’t believe Christmas is only a little over 2 weeks away!  I still have a bit of Christmas shopping to do.  How about you?  I’ve been doing most of my shopping on Amazon this year which has been wonderful not having to go out in the cold and crowds! Today I’m going to share with you my latest little project.  A few years ago I taught (HERE) how easy it is to install a tile backsplash.  I demonstrated the process as I put up a mosaic tile accent around my powder bathroom.     I’ve enjoyed the look but if you’ve been reading for awhile you know how much I love clean, white, fresh spaces.  Lately I’ve felt like all the earthy colors in the bathroom combined with not great lighting has made the bathroom feel dingy. I decided to freshen it up by painting the tile accent white. Here are the results!         Did you know you can paint tile??  I first…

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A Beautiful Bedroom Makeover for Zoe

A Beautiful Bedroom Makeover for Zoe

Hello!  I hope you’ve had a great week!!  I’m excited to share a budget bedroom makeover today, one I helped design for my friend’s 14 year old daughter, Zoe. Zoe is the youngest of four kids and the only one at home now.  The room we redid use to be her brothers. Zoe wanted her new bedroom to feel sophisticated and beautiful and have a subtle coastal vibe (she is 14 going on 28 no teeny-bopper bedroom here). Here is the BEFORE of the bedroom.     And the AFTER!   The paint color we painted her room is Benjamin Moore Ocean Air and made a huge difference in the space.  Equally important was that they painted all of the trim white (it use to be oak) and added white casing trim around the windows. This part of the makeover was only around $50 and made the largest impact (I love the power of paint)!!   The next most important change we made was how the furniture was laid out.  We took out the large…

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Benjamin Moore’s 2017 Paint Color Forecast

Benjamin Moore’s 2017 Paint Color Forecast

Hello! I hope you guys are well!  Benjamin Moore recently announced their paint color trend forecast for 2017. These are the paint colors that they believe will be popular in 2017.   I always love talking about paint colors because I’ve seen just how powerful a change of paint color in a room can be in transforming a space from blah to beautiful and often for only $50 or less! I mentioned in last weeks post (all about how to paint a room) that although I don’t use Benjamin Moore paints I do often get their paint colors made in other brands. Benjamin Moore does an amazing job at creating beautiful, crisp, and on trend paint colors! I used their last year’s 2016 Paint color of the year, Simply White, in my 2 story entry way and living room and still love it.   This year’s 2017 Benjamin Moore Paint Color of the Year is Shadow. (Click Benjamin Moore Link Below to View Video) via Benjamin Moore What a contrast from last year’s light and…

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Everything you Need to Know about Painting a Room!

Everything you Need to Know about Painting a Room!

Hello!  I hope you all have had a great week!  This week has been all about getting ready for Halloween around here. With four kids ages ages 3-10 you better believe the energy level has been high with excitement for the big day! Tonight we went to our church Halloween Party and I couldn’t help but dress the puppy up too before we left!  We have a little division in our family this year of bad vs. good>:-)  Who will win???     A couple of months ago my friend Cindy did a guest post on how to paint tall walls (you can check it, HERE).  Today I am going to share a guide to painting any room!   I’ve now painted 2800 out of 3000 square feet of our home.  Additionally, a few of those rooms I’ve paint twice.  I also painted much of the condo we lived in before we moved here.  I’ve learned a lot along the way and want to share all I know about how to paint a room with you…

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Laundry Room Makeover Reveal!

Laundry Room Makeover Reveal!

Alas today I’m sharing my laundry room makeover reveal! I asked The Home Depot if they would be willing to partner with me on this makeover and I am thrilled  that they said yes!:-) I shop there all of the time but a few months back when my three year old needed to use the restroom (he’s at the age where he wants to check out the bathroom of every store we go into!) I noticed a bunch of beautiful unfinished cabinetry  against the back wall near the restrooms.   When I went to inspect them closer I was floored by how affordable and nice they were.  They are about half the price of the pre-finished ones and in the shaker style that is very classic and popular these days! I immediately thought of using them in my upcoming laundry room makeover. When we moved into our home 4.5 years ago  the laundry room was as basic as you can get with just a rack above the washer and dryer. I didn’t like all of…

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Outdoor Bench Makeover & Best $15 Sander Around

Outdoor Bench Makeover & Best $15 Sander Around

I had all intentions of writing and sharing this post last week and then life happened (namely the stomach flu, sinus problems, writing a post for another website, 4 kids, a puppy, and a kitten).  At last I am here and I truly appreciate your patience!:-) (The kitten is the easy one). Today I’m sharing a trash to treasure makeover.  It all began on a sunny afternoon as I was walking (or was the puppy walking me?) to the bus stop to gather my children off the bus.  As I got closer to the bus stop I noticed a neighbor (the dad of my son’s friend) carrying a leprous bench to the side of the road. Knowing that trash day was the next day I asked him if he was getting rid off it (always best to make sure in order to avoid an awkward situation).:-) He said yes and so I asked if I could take it and fix it up.  He answered in the affirmative and was even kind enough to carry it…

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Come and Knock on My Door

Come and Knock on My Door

Hello!  I just wanted to pop in today to share a little DIY post.  With Fall close upon us time is running out for outdoor updates to the home. I recently noticed that our front door was looking pretty faded and needed a paint refresh. I am very happy with the result and was pleasantly surprised with how quick and inexpensive this project was (like as in 15 minutes and for $15)! Here is the Before.  It was so faded that our black door almost looked navy blue     And the After.  So let’s talk paint.  I was very concerned about getting a true black color and something that would hold up to all outdoor weather conditions.  When I spotted THIS Gloss Black Enamel at Home Depot for only $8 I knew it would be worth a try! And I’m so glad I did!  The pictures don’t do it justice at all.  It is a beautiful glossy black and it comes in several other beautiful colors too!   We’ve gotten a lot of compliments…

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Decorating 101- How to Create a Mood Board

Decorating 101- How to Create a Mood Board

Hello!  I hope you had a great week!  This week I’ve started putting together an inspiration board (or mood board) for my upcoming laundry room makeover. If you aren’t familiar with what a mood board is– it is basically pulling pictures, paint colors, flooring samples, tile samples, furniture pieces etc. together in one spot to see how they all look in unison and to gain a clear vision for where your space is going. You can do this with actual physical materials or you can use the computer to get a virtual representation. Here are some examples of both kinds of mood boards   Real Life via Studio Mcgee via Studio Mcgee   Virtual via Young House Love via Young House Love Mood boards are fairly simple to make. 3 Steps to Creating a Mood Board 1. Search for Inspiration.  Pinterest and Houzz are great free resources for decorating inspiration.  I have Pinterest boards for each type of room in the house and when I find a space I like I pin it to that…

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BIA Parade of Homes Preview & What’s Trending Right Now

BIA Parade of Homes Preview & What’s Trending Right Now

I look forward to our local Parade of Homes every year and this year is no exception (16 builders are participating this year so lots to see)!  You can imagine my excitement when I got invited to attend the media tour of the Parade a month before it is opened to the public (it opens to the public September 3rd- September 17th). I had so much fun touring the homes that I wanted to share the experience with you!  You will see in the pictures that the homes were in varying stages of readiness.  Some homes were fully decorated (most weren’t yet) while others were still drywalling and installing flooring. I think it was pretty neat to see it in progress because it made the bones and architectural details of the home stand out even more. I will be sure to point out some of the common trends I saw amongst the homes. Let’s begin with my two favorite exteriors!  The contrast between light and dark colors really makes them pop.   Two cool ceiling features!…

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