Projects

Over the years we’ve done lots of paint projects, learned some things along the way, and I’m sharing them here.

DIY (Paint Swirl Vases)

DIY (Paint Swirl Vases)

Today I have a super cool and simple DIY project to share with you.  I saw some gorgeous blue paint swirled vases on Centsational Girl and I wanted to try to replicate the look with pink and gold.  I’m giddy over the final result!

You only need craft paint and a clear vessel.  I used two shades of pink and a gold. 

Since my vases were small, I dropped a quarter-sized dollop of each color of paint into the bottom and started swirling the vase until the paint covered the entire inner surface. 

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Top Blogger Project and Master Bedroom

Top Blogger Project and Master Bedroom

We’re only into the second month of 2011 and already, so much fabulousness is happening all over blogland!  I am head-over-heels for two projects I spotted recently- a cabinet makeover and a master bedroom reveal. First up, my friend Emily of Name 5 Things took her uninspired Ikea cabinet and turned it into a sleek and stylish masterpiece!  All it took was some paint and a some graph paper to draw the Greek key design (with the help of her hubby)!  BEFORE Visit her BLOG to see how she did it- she included a very detailed tutorial that I’m sure you’ll appreciate. 

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Paint Colors in My Home

Paint Colors in My Home

When we chose the paint colors for our home, I wanted to keep the main areas very neutral and light so that the home felt bright and airy.  We came from a home with darkly painted walls and not much natural light, so I was really craving a light and airy place.  I used mostly the same color throughout the house because we have a semi-open floor plan and I wanted a cohesive look.  Also, I just wanted to live with one color and see how it felt, then, I reasoned, I could change it later if I decided to go in another direction or wanted something darker. 

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Mudroom in Progress {Painted Stripes}

Mudroom in Progress {Painted Stripes}

We don’t have a mudroom per se, it’s more like a mud hallway.  An area off of my garage, across from the pantry, that leads to the kitchen.  It’s a great place to load James in and out of his car seat, kick off my shoes, set shopping bags, store keys and future backpacks.  Here’s what it looks like most of the time. It definitely needs a little sprucing up, so the game plan is to paint stripes along the wall and hang that starburst mirror, place some baskets in the cubbies, and make a seat cushion for the bench.

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Living Room Redo (Townhouse)

Living Room Redo (Townhouse)

When Jimmy and I began dating, he had recently purchased a new townhome in a crack-den ridden, I mean, “transitional” neighborhood. He hadn’t really furnished, let alone decorated the place, unless you call having a bed, a living-room sofa set and a big-screen t.v. furnished. When we got married I got right to work in adding a woman’s touch. The neighborhood has continued to improve, but we knew that when we got married that the townhouse couldn’t contain us for long. For a long time we debated whether to move to the ‘burbs (new construction, more square footage and bigger lots for your buck but with a nasty commute to work) or stay in the city (expensive smaller lots with older homes but convenient to work and friends) and ultimately chose the latter,

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