Painted Woodwork (Gasp!) from Dark to Delightful

Sometimes its hard to make big decisions, like painting your dark woodwork. Here’s the lowdown and why we made this (GASP!) radical choice in our home. This post was sponsored by Sherwin Williams. Any opinions given are completely my own.

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Dining room before the One Room Challenge

Painted Woodwork vs Non-Painted

This topic has been weighing on my mind for a while. I love painted woodwork, I also love dark woodwork. One of the things that I liked about our home when we purchased it was the beautiful wood details.

However, 10 out of 13 rooms in our house have painted white wood trim. Being consistent throughout the house is definitely a trend in today’s resale market. After months of consideration, and weighing the options we finally painted our dining room wood trim.

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This transformation is part of the One Room Challenge linkup. We are on week 2 this week. Time is flying by! Each week there will be new progress in the re-design of our dining room.

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You can see last week’s post with the design plans here.

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Dark and Dreary

The first step in our transformation was to paint the walls a pale shade of aqua. You can see the kitchen is aqua, and I wanted a shade in the dining room with just a whisper of color.  The walls almost look white in this photo. You can’t appreciate just how dark this room was before with the beige walls and dark trim. The dark trim is so hard to work with, it makes everything look yellow. This photo is unedited, you can see how dark and dreary everything looks. Hence, the need for paint!

The kitchen next to the dining room, has painted woodwork. I think the previous owners just never got around to painting the other three rooms in the house. It just makes sense that the woodwork would flow from one room to the next and be the same color, doesn’t it?

By far the biggest project in this room was painting the built in dining hutch. I began painting at the top corner, thinking that I might change my mind once I saw the white color.

I didn’t.

It made me want to paint more.

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This was a massive undertaking. First we primed everything, then painted two coats of premium paint on top. There were hours and hours involved in this painting project. Not to mention, we had to remove cabinet doors, drawers and dishes to get the job done.

I still haven’t finished all of it. More touch ups are still required.

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The doors and baseboards needed painting too. I’ve got a sore back to prove it.

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The paint we used was Emerald Urethane Trim by Sherwin Williams. This paint has primer  in it and is especially formulated for woodwork. I highly recommend it, woodwork is hard to cover with old varnish and often bleeds through layers of paint. We loved this premium product and it worked very well for our purposes.

This is after the painting. The room is looking lighter all the time. There is much more in store for this renovation. Be sure and stop back to see how it all works out! Here’s the schedule:

Week 2: Stenciling

Week 3: Window Treatments

Week 4: Table Improvements

Week 5: Wall and Lighting Decor

Week 6: Accessories and Final Reveal

I am linking up to Calling It Home, the inspiration behind this One Room Challenge. Be sure to stop and visit the other fabulous transformations that are going on this week!

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15 Fall Porches to Inspire Your Decor

Fall is finally here! Although, it still doesn’t quite feel like it in most parts of the country, it’s time to bring out the pumpkins! Here are some of our favorite porches to inspire your fall porch decor. 

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Nothing says fall quite like cornstalks, pumpkins, and mums.  Head over to House of Hawthornes to check out the rest of this classic fall porch and get a closer look at that cute wreath!

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Fall and farmhouse seem to go hand in hand.  Seeking Lavendar Lane chose muted colors to complete the ascetic of her beautiful home!  This porch decor could also be easily repurposed for other seasons, too.

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Some of my favorite decor has been something I pulled together using items I already had lying around my home.  I also used a few pieces of Indian corn to add some fall flair to my door.  More on that over at Designers Sweet Spot.

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This is a fun play on the classic choice of pumpkins and mums.  Hymns & Verses used a more neutral palette for her decor, but accented it with the bright yellow mums. How fun!

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What a cozy looking porch! Shaken Together Life used this fun chalkboard to list some of her favorite things about fall, we couldn’t agree with her list more!

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Here’s another chalkboard that’s giving us handwriting envy! The candles add such a warm feel especially on those cool fall nights. Check out the tutorial for that beautiful wreath over at Ella Claire Inspired.

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If you’re wanting something simple for your porch decor this year, Today’s Creative Life might have the perfect solution! This DIY Corn Wreath could be a great solution for many years to come.

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Living at the beach shouldn’t keep you from decorating for fall! Sand Dollar Lane did a great job of incorporating fall decor into her costal farmhouse. What a perfect solution for those of you lucky enough to live at the beach!

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Little Vintage Nest was able to decorate her porch with one trip to the pumpkin patch and some antiques she already owned! I love the creativity of using things she had to create a porch that felt like an extension of her home.

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Some people live for Halloween! If all these muted pumpkins and mums are leaving you wanting something a bit more colorful, head over to Uncookie Cutter for some whimsical inspiration.

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Here is a simple idea for those of you who are wanting to do something different this year! 2 Bees in a Pod created such a cozy sitting area on her porch this season, it seems like the perfect place for some warm cider and a good book while the sun sets.

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Who says garland is just for Christmas? Not Our Southern Home! She also suggests using a mixture of real pumpkins and fake to save some money.  It’s nice to have something to use again next year!

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Tara over at Lehman Lane shares her pretty fall porch with us.  She also created a super cute concrete pumpkin! You’ll definitely  want to check that out.

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Feeling the need for some DIY in your future? Tips From a Typical Mom shares a great tutorial complete with photos on how to create this beautiful wooden sign! Sometimes the simplest decor can be the best.

Are you ready for fall yet? I’m ready for some cooler sweater weather and a bonfire! Let us know if you’re inspired to decorate your own porch by these beautiful ideas.

 

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Pretty Painted Furniture Roundup

We all get antsy with our decor, but not all of us can afford to go out and purchase something new.  Painted furniture is a pretty great way to change things up for a new style while releasing some of your creative energy.

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Painting furniture is one of my favorite things to do! This dresser has been in my family for years, I love it but it needed a makeover.  You can check out the before and after photos on my blog Designers Sweet Spot.

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Most would agree that painting is great, but the prep work can be a chore! Julie Blanner shares a great way to skip the sanding and achieve the same results.

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Not everyone appreciates a bright piece of furniture in their home.  This charcoal dresser from Farm Fresh Homestead perfectly accented this beautiful farmhouse living room.

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The precise lines on this chair really make the colors pop! Hilda Got Rocks does an excellent job demonstrating the power of paint and tape.  Think of the possibilities here!

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A balayage inspired dresser!? Thirty Eighth Street was inspired by this popular hair color technique.  We absolutely love how this beautiful dresser turned out!

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The Graphics Fairy has an excellent explanation of how to create this jewel tone finish on furniture.  You’ll never believe what this table looked like before it’s fabulous makeover.

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Stenciling is also a fun way to add interest to your furniture.  Here is one of my most recent furniture makeovers.  Designers Sweet Spot has all my tips + tricks as well as photos to explain how I created this fun dresser!

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So you’d like to paint some furniture, but you don’t have the patience? In My Own Style created this colorful chairs using spray paint! She also includes her advice on choosing which brand and colors to use, very helpful.

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Here is another transformation that demonstrates the ability to add a bit of color without going overboard.  We love the herringbone pattern and colors Lovely Etc. chose for this project.
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I have a confession.  I have a problem with painting furniture.  Once I finish one project, I start thinking of the next project I’d like to tackle! This is the last piece I will share from Designers Sweet Spot in this article, but I’m sure you’d be able to find at least a few more on my blog if you took a look around.

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Not everyone would be as brave as Prodigal Pieces.  This dresser  was qualified as junk before its makeover, I bet the previous owner is regretting that now! Its crazy how a little paint and a lot of creativity can completely change a piece of furniture.

Are you a fan of painting your furniture? We’d love to see what you’ve done using your creativity and a bit of paint.

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15 Fall Apple Recipes You Need to Try

Fall is almost here! What shouts fall more than tasty apple recipes?! Here are some we found around the internet that we’d love to try this apple season.  15 Fall Apple Recipes You Need to Try as Soon as Possible|Designers Sweet Spot|www.designerssweetspot.com

Do you need an impressive looking treat to take to a party?  Look no further! Inspired by Charm has created this tasty apple cranberry slab pie.  It tastes as good as it looks!

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Not all apple recipes are sweet! Apples also make an excellent addition to many savory recipes as well.  Check out this quesadilla that pairs apples with bacon and cheddar, a classic combo.  The details for this simple recipe are all over on Home & Plate.

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While apples make a great mid-day snack, sometimes they can get a little tiresome.  Vicky at Mess for Less used some extra apples she had to make these tasty chips.  What a great way to salvage apples that have been sitting around a few days too long, and also get a great snack out of it!
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Pork and apples are always a great combination.  The Blond Cook shares a great slow cooker recipe that would be great for a fall afternoon.  Who wants to spend these beautiful days inside cooking? Not me!

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Pam at House of Hawthornes decided to find a new way to make this childhood favorite.  Baked apples are such a simple desert, sure to please even the pickiest of eaters.

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This apple butter recipe is a result of hard work paying off big time! I spend years perfecting this recipe.  Who doesn’t want a special apple treat that will last throughout the year?! Head over to my post on Designers Sweet Spot for the recipe.

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Dessert for breakfast? Sign me up! This apple crisp smoothie would be such a great start to any morning, or an excellent (while still healthy) late night snack.  The Recipe Rebel has perfected this smoothie using only 5 common ingredients.  You don’t want to miss this one!

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Mom Loves Baking does an excellent job of explaining how to make this tasty treat, along with great step-by-step photos.  I might have to make these in the next few days! Yum!

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Nothing says fall to me like a fresh apple donut and some cider.  The Cake Blog created a healthier (and easier) version of this favorite over on her blog!

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Are you looking for a fast dinner idea before running off to football practice? Domestic Superhero shares an idea for a take on grilled cheese.  You might even be able to sneak these apples into the kids sandwiches! (It’s worth trying at least.)

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Angie shares this easy snack recipe with us on  The Country Chic Cottage.  This would also be a great option to handing out candy on Halloween!

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After all these tasty treats you might need to go on a diet! Cook Eat Paleo has you covered. These Paleo apple muffins will keep the apple train rolling even while you try to make healthier eating choices.

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What would a fall apple roundup be without caramel apples?! Don’t these make your mouth water just looking at them? Head over to Just a Taste for some tips and tricks on how to perfect your caramel apples.

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Here’s another breakfast treat, apple cinnamon breakfast cookies! This is a great alternative to that granola bar you grab on the way out the door in the morning. The Crazy Craft Lady describes these as the perfect cross between a muffin and a cookie.

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Craving apple pie but not wanting to go through all the work? That’s exactly why Celebrating Sweets creating this no-churn apple pie ice cream. Perfect for those that are craving fall but still sweating in the summer heat.

I don’t know about you, but I’m heading to the grocery store for some apples! This article has me craving something sweet.  Do you have a favorite apple recipe for fall? We’d love to hear about it!

 

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Make A Stunning Shibori Print Shoulder Bag

Shibori prints are all the rage right now, this easy to make shoulder bag will be the envy of all your friends!

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Shibori Print Should Bag

This Shibori fabric jumped out at me in a fabric store recently. We were on vacation in Colorado and I was spending my free time looking for project inspiration. This beautiful cotton comes from Moda Fabrics, and I must say I am addicted to it! Shibori is a traditional Indian method of folding fabric and dying with indigo dyes. It is stunning in it’s simplicity!

I knew I wanted to make something unique with this fabric, and I finally settled on this adorable shoulder bag. I plan to keep my knitting in it to take to knitting engagements or bring it along in the car in hopes that I may have a bit of free time to knit between appointments. You could just as easily use this draw string bag for a purse, for your gym clothes or to take the beach. I did not add pockets to my version, but you could if you desire.

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Shibori Shoulder Bag Features

The bag features a quilted body, drawstring top, adjustable cotton cording closure, and colorful two tone design. The shoulder straps can be adjusted for any size by sewing additional strips of fabric together.

I have a confession to make, I haven’t actually sewed it yet. I have a sketch, my fabric and a plan. I am sewing the entire project today on FB Live! You won’t want to miss it, 2pm Central time you can watch on my FB page here.

This unique design is not difficult to make and is rather deceiving in it’s simplicity. The link below contains the complete supply list and sewing directions. The pattern (contains affiliate links) is absolutely free for you to download for your personal use.

GET THE FREE SHIBORI SHOULDER BAG PATTERN HERE

My blogger friend Emily over at Life Sew Savory is in the middle of a major move right now, and she asked me to share this live sewing tutorial on her Facebook page. This Facebook live guest post video will explain the entire sewing process from start to finish much better than I could in writing! Be sure to check out Emily’s page and her weekly sewing show for more inspiration!

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For more inspiration visit these other posts:

How to Sew a Satin Robe

Sewing a Fleece Robe

How to Sew Camisoles

7 Easy Beginner Sewing Projects

How to Craft Seriously Cute Denim Quilted Coasters

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