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- Wood Vanity Makeover - No Sanding
I DESPISE sanding!! Like truly I will avoid it at all cost, so the fact that I went from... THIS TO THIS... ...with no sanding and 2 simple steps is shocking to me!! I found this beautiful old Pottery Barn vanity on Facebook Marketplace recently and I knew it would be perfect in our bathroom. I really wanted to keep it the color it was but when I got it home it was just too red and I knew I wouldn't be happy long term. I did love the depth of the wood and the warmth it brought to the room so I tried to bring those two things back in with this 2-step method I found while scrolling Pinterest for help. I found THIS blog post from Vintage Porch and if you ever are trying to figure out how to make a furniture piece bleached looking and beautiful she is your girl!!! What You'll Need: THIS exact "magic" antique wax Any warm white chalk paint (I used THIS ONE from amazon & was super impressed!!) 2 paint brushes (THIS is the one I used, its my fave!) Broom of any kind! I started by taking the doors and drawers off of the vanity and taping so that I could paint quickly! I had to do 3 coats of the white chalk paint but it dried super fast so I knocked it out quick! I tested the antique wax on a scrap piece of wood because I had no idea what it was going to look like, I was honestly super skeptical. I wiped it on with a rag and somehow it looked like wood! What I did learn on my scrap piece though, was that if there was any section of paint that wasn't absolutely & completely dry it would mix in with the wax and kind of turn gray in those areas (this was also because I was using a rag to apply at first). Have I ever mentioned how impatient I am? It's a really bad quality that comes out when I am doing projects, ha! I can just see the panic in my Aunt Donna's face as I grab the rag and start wiping it on. But as you can see I started on this side of the cabinet, which also happens to be the side you see when you walk into the bathroom!!! A little bit of the paint was wet AND I applied the wax with a rag..... So I walked away from it for a bit and when I came back things started to get better. This is why I am here right?! To try these crazy things, learn the best methods and then share them with you! Okay, so I learned that applying with a brush is absolutely the way to go, and guess what...... the stinkin' instructions told me to use a brush. One day I will learn to listen ;) I saved some up close videos of this project on my Instagram profile HERE if that will be helpful for you! But honestly it is SO easy to work with I know you can do it! I just brushed the wax on super heavy to cover each section I worked on and then brushed it all in the direction I wanted the faux wood grains to go. Then the super fun part! I used an old broom and brushed that on at the very end and I kid you not it looks like real wood!!! It even has wood-like texture!! One more thing that I ended up doing and now I love it even more. I did two full coats of this wax process. After one coat I did love it and it was a very light wood, bleached look. But it was a little splotchy and looked a little more rustic than I wanted. After the second full coat I absolutely love it!!! I am still not sure how it works or if my eyes are playing tricks on me. But I am super happy that I have the wooden vanity that I wanted and that I didn't have to sand! Also, It looks even better in person!!!! Stay tuned as I finish up this bathroom (FINALLY)!!! I have my heart set on a vintage rug, block print curtains, and a cozy chair for this space!
- Our New Custom Color Appliances
I get so many questions about our appliances so hopefully I am able to answer all the questions for you! When renovating our kitchen we ripped everything out and pretty much started from scratch. We kept the range and refrigerator in the same place they were but wanted to update them and of course I wanted....pigeon appliances! If you are new around here that is my favorite color and it goes with everything! You can read more about our renovation and cabinets in this post. After lots of research we went with Big Chill appliances in the color Agate Gray. The color looks just like pigeon! You can pretty much order these appliances in any color you could ever want. They have standard colors, premium colors, and a huge list of custom colors to choose from. There are also 4 different trims to choose from. We loved the brass and retro style of their appliances. We have been so happy with them and get so many compliments! You can check out everything they offer on their website here. We went with the 36" Classic Fridge, in color Agate Gray with the brass trim. If you are wondering about the ice and water, there is an internal water dispenser and ice maker. There are drawers inside and plenty of storage room! This fridge makes such a statement in our kitchen! Click here for the exact fridge we ordered! For our stove we ordered the 48" classic gas stove. We ordered this in the Agate Gray and brass trim. For the stove you can choose to have the sides painted also. If you have a free standing stove in your home this is a great option. If you love to cook this stove has 8 burners! The oven is huge and could fit commercial sized cookie sheets. If you would like to see the exact one we choose click here. We have loved these Big Chill appliances so much! They make such a statement in our kitchen and the quality is so good! Makes me want to cook more because I get to enjoy my pretty Pigeon appliances!
- Neutral Paint Color Scheme | Wallpaper
I get a lot of questions about paint colors and the wallpaper from all over my home, so here ya go! I will go room by room (in the finished spaces) and let you know the colors I chose for every space...so far. Let's get started!! All the main living areas are painted Natural White on the walls and baseboards. My doors are painted Gossamer Veil by Sherwin Williams. Playroom Wall Color: Gossamer Veil by Sherwin Williams Baseboard Color: Natural White by Sherwin Williams Fireplace Color: Natural White by Sherwin Williams Dining Room Wallpaper: Scalamandre Linnea Wallpaper by Sandberg in the color Garden Green. Find it here! Baseboards and wall Color: Gossamer Veil by Sherwin Williams Lawsons Room Wall Color: Contented by Sherwin Williams Baseboard Color: Contented by Sherwin Williams Kids Bathroom Wall Color: Natural White by Sherwin Williams Vanity Color: Contented by Sherwin Williams Scallop wall and trim: Contented by Sherwin Williams Brennan Room Wall Color: Basking Ridge Beige by Benjamin Moore Half Bathroom Wallpaper: Karins Bukett Indigo by Sandberg Wallpaper. You can find it here! Trim: Ashland Slate by Benjamin Moore Vanity: Tate Olive by Benjamin Moore Hope this was helpful! Happy Painting!!
- Before and After progress photos!
When moving into our home there was so much to be done! Let's be honest...there still seems to be a lot that needs to be done. While living in our home during the renovation process it has been stressful and I always seem to notice the things that are NOT done. As I reflect back there is SO much that has been done!! I am going to share some of my favorite spaces in our home. It has come so far! Enjoy the Before and After photos! Dining Room before and After We finished this up last summer and the wallpaper is the most Blooming Nest wallpaper I have ever seen! All the right colors!!! I did the DIY art that I highlighted for you here. A new light fixture was added from Anthropologie. I wallpapered the top and painted the bottom the same color as my trim in my home. The color is Gossamer Veil. The rug was a Homegoods find! Kitchen eating area before and after If you have been here since the beginning can you even believe how far this has come? If you are new here, there was a very large bathroom by the back door. We made that smaller to create a bathroom AND drop zone area by the garage door. So glad we made this change! I had so many baskets and boards in my storage closet and decided to put those to good use. I hung them on this large wall in my kitchen and it made such a difference in the space. The table and light were items from Anthropologie I had been eyeing for the longest time. Spending more on large items like light fixtures and large furniture items will last you forever and you will not regret it! Brett built the banquette sitting area and it turned out better than I even imagined. The color on the banquette is Tate Olive by Benjamin Moore. The bamboo shades are linked above in the shop my space. They are a great Amazon find! Playroom before and after I loved this space decorated for Christmas! SO cozy!! We took out the bookcases in here and I bought a beautiful mantle that I painted. We retiled the fireplace as well. On the wall you can not see, there is a closet that I use for all the toys. A new light fixture and lighter floors brightened up this room so much. It was used as an office before but I am loving a space off the main living room for the kids to play! Kids bathroom before and after This space changed so much! There was a sink where the shelf is that we did not need. I knew I could use that for more storage. The big changes we made were taking that sink out, retiling the floors, new custom countertop and allllll the paint! Painting the walls, trim, vanity, and even the shower tile brought this space to life. I showed a little more of the painted tile here! On this link I also include the color of the paint I used. I could not find a shower curtain I loved for in here so I actually bought a table cloth from Zara that was on sale! It worked perfectly. There are so many more spaces that are in transition! I will be sure to post a part 2 soon with some more spaces. Our master bathroom is so close to being done!! I will reserve a post to the kitchen coming up! Have fun decorating friends!
- How to: Scallop Wall
Scallop walls look hard and tedious but let me assure you that with the right tools and the right paint brushes this project is really fun and you can more than likely finish it in a day. We recently re did Ashley's daughters bedroom. They recently moved into a new house and are busy making it their own. The scallop wall detail was on our list of to dos for a while and we knocked it out in under 3 hours! I am going to give you an easy step by step way that we knocked out this cute scallop wall! The color we used for this project was Benjamin Moore in the color Boudoir. Things you will need for this project: - pencil -a long level -your favorite paint color -2" paint brush -small roller -something around your house you can trace for the scallop- or make your own stencil First we decided how high we wanted to do the scallops. Every room is going to be different for this. We just did what we thought looked best to the eye. We measured up in a few places how high we wanted it and got a long level. We placed the level on our marks to make our first long line. From here we used that long line and level to make a line all the way around the room. We used a pencil to do this and the paint covered it up fine! Next we searched around the house for something that was the size of the scallops we wanted. We ended up finding a lid to a jar that was perfect. Our scallops are about 6" wide and 3" tall from the line. You can make a little mark half way around the lid on each side and line up those marks on the line you drew on the wall. We went around the room on our line and once again traced with a pencil. When we got to the corners it could be a little tricky. We just free handed it in the corners to match as close as we could to the others. Now that all the tracing was done it was time to paint! No need to trace each one with a little bitty paint brush. We found that a good thick 2" paint brush was perfect. With a dip in the paint we could trace the scallop lines just over the pencil all the way around with one stroke! This may take a little time and that is okay! I promise its worth the patience to do this all around the room! Once we finished up the scallop detail we used a small roller for the rest of the room. The smaller roller just covers way better than using the large ones. We were so excited I think we moved the furniture back in place before the paint was even dry! This was such a fun little project that made a huge difference in the room. Ashley still has some things she wants to add but for now its looking great! Her daughter LOVES IT! Remember: its just paint!! You get tired of it down the road or your child grows out of the look its so easy to change! Tap to Shop! Happy Painting!
- Create your own Gallery Wall
Gallery walls can be intimidating to a lot of people but honestly they are pretty hard to mess up. I am going to give you some simple tips to create a great gallery wall! As you all know, my walls in my living room are huge. Creating a gallery wall gave me a quick fix to cover the wall that is also very budget friendly. A good place for me to start was around my TV. I treated the tv like a piece of art…because it is! I love my frame tv for this reason. On such a large wall I knew I needed some large frames and also some smaller ones but not so small that they get lost on the wall. Create a balance. When creating your gallery wall, if you have a very large frame on one side maybe balance those on the other side with two smaller frames. When looking at your wall you want to make sure it is visually appealing. Its okay if it is not perfectly symmetrical. The spacing between each frame needs to be about an inch. Spreading your frames too far apart from each other on the wall will look messy. Get a variation of frames. When planning my gallery wall I visited several local antique stores and found a few unique frames I liked. The rest of them I already had. This is a great project to use some of those frames you aren’t using anymore. Check out my link here to see some of the frames you can use to get you started. Test out your design. There are several ways when making a gallery wall to test it out and see if it will look good. One way to do this is to lay it all out on the floor and play around with your frames and make sure it is the look you want. Another way to test out your design is to get some painters tape and measure the frames you will be using. Place your painters tape on the wall where you will be placing your frame and map it all out on the wall. This is the best method to me because it gives you a great visual of what your gallery wall will look like. Find great ART! What is in your frames is really what is going to make your gallery wall great. I have linked so many ETSY shops that have great pintables. When doing my gallery wall I simply downloaded them and sent them to Walgreens. It was very inexpensive and the prints were good quality. When choosing what prints you want, try and stick with similar colors. You may want a few neutral prints in there to break up some of the color. I wouldn’t use too many art prints or cut outs with a lot of words. One or two is okay but frames filled with tons of words will be hard to read. Look around your house for things you could frame. Old curtains you don’t use that you love the fabric, wallpaper remnants, printed paper, or even pieces of fabric. Don’t hang your pictures too high. One of the most common design mistakes many people make is hanging your pictures too high. People want to actually see your pictures and whats in them. Keep them close to eye level when creating your gallery wall and you should be good. Hope some of these tips will help you get started. Have fun! Shop some of my favorites here! Frames Art Prints
- Shelf Styling 101
Styling shelves is so fun! It is such an easy way to display things you love around your home. There are simple rules to follow when styling shelves that I want to share with you. Hopefully this will help you in your own home. When doing a grouping of items try and stick to the rule of 3! As you can see in the picture below I have grouped the plant, swan, and book. On the top shelf it was a clock, candle, and lamp. Groups of 3 will give a more put together look. Shop this photo here Balance out things on your shelves. You don’t want a lot of little things or what I like to call "knick knacks." Try and balance it out. A large tray mixed with a few little things. A large basket on one end and balanced by lighter things in the middle. Pay attention to the weight of an object. Not literally but visually. When styling your shelves spread around the weight of your objects. Notice how on the middle shelf below it is visually heavy on the right side with the brown tray. Adding a larger solid object like the basket on the opposite end made it visually balanced to the eye. Shop this photo here Don’t be afraid to use the back of your shelves. Propping things up or even hanging things on the back of your shelves adds a lot of visual interest. Shop this photo here Fill your shelves with things that are special to you. Make your shelves unique by adding family photos, something great you bought on a trip, or even a collection of things you love. You want your home to be your happy place. Decor is great but making personal touches on your shelves with things that are important to you give your home a story! Hope this helps you in your own home! Can't wait to see what you come up with!
- Spring Kitchen Decor
Although it feels like our kitchen will never be fully complete I am sooo happy with how it is looking so far. Spring decor is my absolute favorite because of all the florals, pinks and pastels. I love how my shelf styling turned out this time! All of my neutral decor pops against the white shiplap shelving. The quickest way to make your kitchen feel more cozy? Add a small lamp!! This is my favorite lamp from Target. I cut the cord off of it and added a battery powered lightbulb so I can easily turn it on with a remote and there are no ugly cords wadded up on the counter. My mom got me the little soap dispenser set for Christmas and it is crazy how much cleaner and put together the sink area looks with matching soaps and a little tray. What is your favorite season to decorate for?
- Best Amazon Curtains and Shades
The back wall of our living room was feeling so blah! My friend Ashley suggested adding curtains and shades to cozy it up! Boy was she right!!! I found these affordable whitewashed, cordless wooden shades on amazon. They were so super easy and fast to install. If you want to know exactly how we did it, my husband shared a little hanging hack on my instagram! I ordered 2 panels of these blackout curtains in the color birch. It is a beautiful neutral and they feel so luxurious for such a great price! I also needed a super long curtain rod and this one was great!! We used all 6 brackets to make sure it was really strong. If you need curtains or shades in any of your rooms these definitely have my seal of approval!! Curtains have got to be the number one way to cozy up a room.
- Neutral and Whimsical Kids Bathroom
I could not wait to makeover the kids bathroom after moving in! We replaced all flooring in our home before moving in. In the kids' bathroom we chose this beautiful and classic mosiac tile. We didn't have the budget to replace the tile in the shower yet but I knew just how I would fix it myself. Here are some before photos! We decided to replace the countertop because we had some leftover from the slab we purchased for our kitchen! I did a cute little cutout detail in the backsplash plate. I painted the vanity Contented by Sherwin Williams and added some cute scalloped trim that I found on Etsy around the top to cover up where the previous trim had been. I found the mirror on clearance at Anthro and knew it would be perfect! I will link all items seen below! For the biggest transformation of the space I used Rustoleum tile paint. 3 coats of white and one coat of sealer later and it looks like a completely different space! I love how it turned out. I have used this paint before and it holds up soooo well. Honestly when I was painting this I thought it would be like a Band-Aid to hold us over until we ripped the tile out and put in new, but it looks so good that it might stay painted forever! The paint is super easy to use! Just follow the directions on the 2 part kit I linked below from amazon! We decided to repeat the scallop trim in the shower room to tie into the vanity. I color blocked the bottom half of the walls and added the trim to the tops. One of my favorite parts of this bathroom makeover is the shower curtain!! I have a secret about it ;). It is actually a tablecloth! It is so hard to find shower curtains that are long enough to be hung high, so I usually prefer regular curtains but I couldn't find anything that I loved. I found this super cute gingham, textured tablecloth at Zara Home. I added curtain rings to it and hemmed it to length. If you follow me on Instagram you probably saw me sewing from the toilet ha! I also chose to hang the curtain rod from the ceiling because of the weird wall situation in there. Tap & Shop!
- Ordering Kitchen Cabinets From Lowes
Let’s chat about our process of ordering all of our kitchen cabinets from Lowes. I am going to share the pros and the cons, cost, and of course lots of photos!! When we purchased our new home we were deciding between custom cabinets from a local cabinet builder or ordering somewhere like Lowes. We decided that ordering through Lowes may save us a little money so we stopped in one day just to browse their options. They have a ton of cabinet door styles and colors hanging on the wall in their kitchen design center. We chatted with one of the designers and took a few brochures home to browse. I will preface this blog post with the fact that my friend Meagan, who is an interior designer, helped me with the majority of figuring out my exact kitchen layout and design. I am not sure what the process would be like if you were trying to figure it out just with the Lowes designer. If I am being honest, I don’t know that they are qualified enough to actually design. They just know how to plug measurements into their program and do different layouts for your space. We decided to move forward with Lowes after chatting with my friend Meagan and coming up with a design I liked. It was just a matter of ordering the right cabinets to fit the design. We will talk about cost towards the end of this post, but Lowes offers different lines of cabinets that vary in quality. We decided to order the majority of our cabinets from the kraftmaid brand. Mostly because I liked one of their door styles, the Cayden. We worked with a designer at Lowes to get everything ordered down to crown molding, island legs, quarter round and more! It was time consuming and I was worried that we would miss something or something would come in wrong. Spoiler alert I was right! We chose to order cabinets through Lowes but install them ourselves to save a little money. I think this is why we ran into some issues. If a Lowes contractor is the one that installs your cabinets and anything is wrong with the order they will just fix it! So lets just break it down: PROS: semi quick turnaround time more affordable than a custom cabinet builder they arrive painted the color of your choice CONS: quality is not the same as custom some items may be missed during the ordering process My one tip if you decide to order cabinets through Lowes is to make sure you upgrade your cabinet boxes to full plywood. This was something we were really strict about having… and guess what? They somehow missed that when the order went through. So the one thing we are not super happy with about our cabinets is that they are not solid wood. Cabinets that have the full plywood boxes are sturdier and more durable and overall better quality! Spend some time to read over and make sure they have this in your order if this is an upgrade that you want! COST We didn’t get a quote from a custom cabinet builder because we needed our cabinets ordered ASAP. I would imagine it would have been at least $10-15k more than what we spent. This is what we bought for our kitchen: upper and lower cabinets, island cabinets (with tons of drawers), island legs, quarter round, crown molding, crown molding spacers, island feet, walk through pantry cabinet, and two upper cabinets we ordered and ended up putting in our laundry room. Our ceilings are 10ft so our cabinets are extra tall and we added smaller cabinets to the tops of them for added height. TOTAL COST: $22,000 COLOR AND STYLE We chose Kraftmaid brand Cayden door style in the color Dove white! We got the tapered island legs from Kraftmaid as well and 4″ crown molding. You will have to stay tuned for a full kitchen reveal post! We are ALMOST DONE! Just waiting on appliances and finishing up few small details! Tap HERE to read about our soapstone countertops!
- DIY Custom Pleated Curtains
I searched for hours and hours to find floral pleated curtains, in a print I loved, that were also long enough for our 10 foot ceilings with no luck! I finally decided to purchase fabric and make my own for Squish’s room. Shop the fabric I used HERE! I do have a background in sewing but if you know how to use a sewing machine at all, this will be pretty easy to follow along. I have made my own curtains before and I usually prefer to leave the edges of the fabric alone So all that leave is cutting the fabric to length and hemming the top and bottom! But in this case, I chose to sew in pleating tape to give them a more custom look, rather than just hanging the fabric through a loop of fabric or with curtain hooks. How To: I was able to find pleating tape on amazon! Once it arrived I realized that it is actually from Ikea, so if you have a store nearby you might can grab some there. We already have our curtain rods hung which made measuring for length fairly easy. I needed about 117″ in length for my curtains to hit the floor so I made sure to add about 4 inches to that before cutting my fabric. This would account for where I would hem the panels at the top and the bottom. If you saw on my instagram stories, when my fabric came in the mail it was much brighter than it was pictured online. I decided not to return it but instead us the back of the fabric for a more muted look. At the top of each panel, I folded back and pinned about 1 inch for a hem. I pressed this fold with an iron. Before sewing this seem I placed the pleating tape on top of the fold and pinned in place. I sewed a seam on top and bottom of the pleating table to hold it securely. This was so easy to do! The only issue I ran into is that I planned to use the little hoops on the back of the pleating tape to hang the curtains, rather than using pleating hooks. So I had to cut extra pieces of the pleating tape and sew them on the ends to make sure I had hoops at the edges of my curtain panel.