DIY Beadboard Ceiling + The Fall Season

DIY Beadboard Ceiling + The Fall Season

Hello!  I hope this finds you all doing well!  I’ve been busy finishing up my laundry room makeover this past week which I will share with you this Friday (only two days away)!! It was about this time of year a year ago that I was finishing up my Basement Rec Room Makeover.     I promised a tutorial on how I replaced a section of the drop down ceiling with beadboard and I’m finally getting around to doing just that! I’m sharing the step by step tutorial on how to finish a basement ceiling with beadboard on Remodelaholic today (saved me so much money and looks great)!  Click HERE to view the post and tutorial! Also if you are newer here be sure to check out a couple of my favorite Fall posts from years past. 10 Simple Fall Decorating Ideas (most of these ideas are free) and get my Award Winning Crockpot Chili Recipe! I’ll be back in a couple of days to share my laundry room makeover reveal! Til then!  

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Peel and Stick, Removable Wallpaper Options!

Peel and Stick, Removable Wallpaper Options!

Hello!  I hope you’ve had a great week! I’m popping in today to share a cool “new” (at least it’s new to me) product that I came across this week!  I’m well into my laundry room makeover and was searching for some kind of backsplash or accent wall above my washer and dryer. I love the look of wallpaper especially in a laundry room! Martha O’Hara Interiors via Houzz via Sarah Bartholomew via Young House Love  David Hicks via Decorpad However the thought of installing wallpaper has always made me want to just keep it a thought and not a do!:-)  It sounds so stressful trying to line it up perfectly and not to mention it can be a messy process. Additionally there’s always the thought in the back of my mind of perhaps having to take the wallpaper down someday and although I know there is an easy way to take down wallpaper it still sounds like a pain. So when I came across Peel and Stick Wallpaper while I was searching for regular wallpaper I was…

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Design 101- 8 Tips to Becoming a Bookshelf Styling Pro

Design 101- 8 Tips to Becoming a Bookshelf Styling Pro

Hello!  I hope you’ve had a wonderful week! I’ve gotten some questions lately on how to style bookshelves and so today I’m going to share my 8 tips to becoming a master bookshelf stylist in your own home! This isn’t something that I intrinsically knew how to do.  It took a lot studying and some practice (and I’m sure I still have more to learn) but I am confident this post will help you decorate your bookshelves like a pro!   8 Tips to a Well-Styled Bookshelf   Tip #1. Layering–  Just like layering a room is important to creating depth and interest so is layering a shelf (the post about layering a room can be found HERE).  Layering a shelf is best achieved when you stack items on top of each other with the smallest item on the very top. via Ballard Designs   For example, if you have a beautiful decorative bowl you can add layers to it by adding a couple of large books underneath it and then another layer by putting decorative…

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Beautiful Upholstered Headboard and Nailhead Trim Tutorial

Beautiful Upholstered Headboard and Nailhead Trim Tutorial

This past week I made a new headboard for my bed (as shown below)  and believe it or not it only cost $65 to make! My husband and I had been going headboardless for over 6 months (I know, audible gasp)!:-) There’s a backstory (if you don’t like backstories, no hard feelings, you can skim down to the section How to Make it ).  It all started when my husband and I began waking up achey and not fully rested.  It took a couple of weeks for us to realize that our once comfy, Deep Sleep Serta bed was no longer so comfy. It was our first purchase together as a newly married couple 12 years ago (a $400 steal at Macy’s) and we sadly realized it was time to move on to a bigger and better bed. After a ton of research on my part (I’m the researcher in the family) we decided on THIS gel memory foam mattress in soft and are back to sleeping like babies (the sound sleeping babies not the ones…

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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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Taking Stairs from Carpeted to Stained Hardwood

Taking Stairs from Carpeted to Stained Hardwood

Hello! I’ve been excited to share this tutorial with you because it has made such a big impact in my own home and for under $100! My stairway to the upstairs is the first thing you see when you come into our house. When we moved here it had the builder-basic carpet stairs with oak railings.  This isn’t an awful look but it wasn’t what I was hoping for. BEFORE   The first thing I did was paint the hand railings dark espresso and the railings white  (HERE is the tutorial on how to do this step which is SO worth it IMHO)!   PROGRESS     Next I got so disgusted with the carpet  on my stairs that never seemed to look clean no matter how much I cleaned it that one day I just started pulling it up (I’m not an impulsive person but once in awhile when it comes to home projects it happens).:-) My youngest was around 1 years old at the time so I still wanted some padding on the…

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