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.  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. 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.   You can see last week’s post with the design plans here. 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…
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Top 20 Bathroom Transformations

For many of us, the bathroom is the room that gets neglected the most.  But why? Most of our house guests use it, we use it, shouldn’t it make you just as happy as the rest of your home? Here are some of our favorite bathroom transformations ranging from a full remodel to some simple tips on revamping the space you already have.  Enjoy! Tara of Lehman Lane transformed this worn out bathroom into a bright and clean looking space for her boys! She did a great job displaying how farmhouse style doesn’t have to be overly feminine.  We love how she maximized the space in this room to make it a very functional room.There’s nothing quite like a good before and after.  It’s always amazing to see how a few simple design choices can completely transform a room. Head over to Lovely etc. to see the rest of the photos of this bathroom. If you can believe it, the “before” photo above isn’t even what it looked like originally (hint: wallpaper was involved)! I love this transformation because it shows what can be done on a budget.  This makeover only cost $100! Lemons, Lavender, and Laundry did a great job reusing this builder-grade vanity and giving us hope for the boring features of our homes that just have to stay.  Sometimes, working with what you already have yields great results! If you think your bathroom is bad, you need to check out the “before” photos of this one over on Designers Sweet Spot.  I didn’t have much of a budget to spend on this project, but…
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Vintage Wash Nightstand Stunning Before and After

Repurposing old furniture is an inexpensive way to get high quality furniture at a great price. This nightstand redo will have you looking twice at all those old wooden pieces in your house!  Nothing gets my creative juices flowing more than a good painting project! This thrifted nightstand is part of our bedroom furniture. I purchased it at a garage sale for $35.00 a couple of years ago. It is a high quality piece of furniture, definitely worth putting some time and effort into preserving. I love furniture pieces with great storage. You can never have enough storage! This little table has both drawer and shelve storage. We keep extra bedding and blankets in the bottom shelves of it and store miscellaneous clutter in the drawer. The clean lines of this table are what attracted me to it, I am not one for a lot of fussy details. Although the wood was in fairly good condition, it was definitely in need of a new look and I was pleased when Deco Art asked me to try their new Vintage Effect Wash product. This was a great opportunity! This post is sponsored by Joann Fabrics and Deco Art. Any opinions given are completely my own. I started with a grey tone base, then added the Vintage Wash on top for a beautiful vintage patina. Here’s how you can recreate this look on your own! Vintage Wash Nightstand Project Directions: Lightly sand the table with a 80 grit sanding block. Wipe clean with a soft cloth to remove remaining dust. Paint the first…
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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.  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! 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. 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. 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! 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! 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. If you’re wanting something simple for your porch decor this year, Today’s Creative Life might have the perfect solution! This DIY…
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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. 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. 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. 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. 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! A balayage inspired dresser!? Thirty Eighth Street was inspired by this popular hair color technique.  We absolutely love how this beautiful dresser turned out! 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. 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! So you’d like to paint some…
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Sew Yourself a Stunning Japanese Knot Bag

This Japanese Knot Bag is all the rage right now, make one in less than an hour and wear it out for the evening or take it shopping tomorrow!   Simple Japanese Knot Bag The Japanese have a way with beautiful design. This fabric handbag is no exception! It is simple and sleek in construction. It would be beautiful in any array of colors or fabrics. Wear it to the grocery store, take it to school, bring it to the theater or even the symphony. You will have compliments every where you go, I promise! I have joined a number of sewing groups on Facebook. Since I have been sewing for so long it’s easy for me to put projects together without really thinking a lot about it. Being in a group of people who are learning to sew has been good for me. It’s helped me see things in a different light. Most people like simple projects and want simple patterns and simple directions to go with them. This bag is no exception. Simple and beautiful. The floral fabric in this project is 100 percent cotton. It is none other than the Hoffman Challenge Print of the year. If you aren’t familiar with the Hoffman Challenge, it’s a sewing and design contest put on each year by Hoffman Fabrics of California. I have always dreamed of submitting a design for this challenge in quilting, apparel design or home decor creations. I missed the deadline yet again this year, but I still purchased the fabric as you can see. Maybe…
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How to Make a Personalized Art Journal

Art Journals are a way for creative people to keep all their ideas in one place. Make one today to keep in your backpack for those moments of inspiration! How to Make a Personalized Art Journal Art Journaling is not a new concept. I have kept notebooks full of sketches and creative ideas for years, but this pretty painted journal concept has me really inspired! Creativity strikes at any given time in the day, and as a creative person you just never know when the urge will hit to create something. For this reason I carry an art journal with me everywhere I go. I have them in my purse, backpack, on my desk, bedside table, coffee table, book shelves even in the car. I love them even more if they have bright colors and pretty prints to inspire me! The blank journal is a canvas covered book with blank water color pages inside. I love the idea of creating in a keep sake book! The Art Journal came from Michael’s Crafts.  Perfect surface for using these Americana Decor Stencils and paints. The compact size is ideal for toting in a back pack. This would be a fun project for kids to get them ready for back to school! Art Journal Supplies Needed: This post is sponsored by Deco Art. Any opinions given are completely my own. For a complete list of Disclosure Rules see the disclosures page. Americana Acrylic Paint White Americana Acrylic Paint Pebble Americana Acrylic Paint Petal Pink Americana Acrylic Paint Cherry Red Americana Acrylic Paint Tuscan…
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12 Kitchen Tile Backsplashes (That Aren’t All Subway Tile)

Adding a kitchen tile backsplash is an excellent way to change up the look of your space.  Although subway tile is always a hit, it’s not everyone’s style.  Here are some other options that might inspire you for your upcoming kitchen remodel. (But fair warning, there are a few subway tiles mixed in.) This marble backsplash is such a beautiful version of subway tile.  Jennifer shares some great tips and tricks (and what NOT to do) on The Craft Patch. Not every kitchen need to be white! Here is a bright pattern to add some excitement to your home. Head over to Design Sponge to see the rest of this modern kitchen. Artsy Chicks Rule did a great job on this coastal inspired backsplash! This tutorial is so detailed and will make your kitchen remodel much simpler. A tin tile backsplash is a great way to add some character to your kitchen while not breaking the bank. DIY Network shares their pro tips on how to accomplish this project with minimal spending and very few tools. Would you believe this isn’t real tile? Lost and Found Decor decided to use a peel and stick option for her kitchen remodel! This kitchen is a beautiful example of how a backsplash can turn around an entire space. Little House of Four also chose a peel and stick tile for her farmhouse kitchen remodel! This could be a great option for a rental home, just be certain to run it by your landlord first. (Who wouldn’t want their tenant to update their kitchen for them though?) This could be one of…
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10 Beautiful Farmhouse Bathrooms

Farmhouse decor has been trending for a few years now, and it doesn’t show any signs of slowing down! Here are a few beautiful farmhouse bathrooms to inspire your next bathroom makeover.  Farmhouse style can vary from rustic to modern.  Here is a modern take on a farmhouse bathroom. My Life From Home chose some beautiful details to include in her remodel. I would love that concrete countertop in front of the window, what a perfect place to do your makeup! Here’s a peak into my own bathroom! This is a budget friendly way to create a farmhouse feel without having to rip everything out. Head over to Designers Sweet Spot for a few tips & tricks on where to find great farmhouse accessories. Shiplap is a signature farmhouse look. In this bathroom, Design Dazzle chose to use a rustic weathered wood instead of the traditional white.  What a great choice! Did you know that a vintage dresser could be transformed into a farmhouse style vanity? Think of all the extra storage space this would add! Little Vintage Nest shares how she dressed up these old pieces of furniture into the perfect addition to her bathroom. Christina’s Adventures did a beautiful job of creating the farmhouse feel without creating too much clutter.  You won’t want to miss these stunning before and after photos! Sara included so many special touches in this master bathroom.  Visit Twelve on Main to read about all the blood, sweat, and tears that were invested in this beautiful space.  They were all completely worth it! What’s one of the most important parts of a bathroom? Functional…
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20 Stenciled Wall Transformations to Inspire You

       Stenciling is a great way to transform a room and get a custom look for a budget price. Here are some of my favorite stenciled wall ideas from around the web to inspire your next project. This pretty blue stencil adds just the right amount of color.  I can see myself wanting to hang out forever in this beautiful bathroom! You could use this technique as part of your fixer upper bathroom ideas. Learn how Diane created the illusion of wallpaper (without all the mess) over on In My Own Style. In fact, I think this is so great that it should really be in my list of top bathroom makeovers on a budget! Speaking of illusions, check this one out! Making it in the Mountains shares some great tips on how to achieve this popular cement tile look while sticking to your budget. Our son really enjoyed his stenciled brick bedroom. Sadly, it was left behind in a house we rented. Thankfully we have the pictures (and my tips and tricks to make your own brick wall) over at Designers Sweet Spot. If you want to go the full nine yards, you could also pair this with your very own diy window curtains. This blue paint behind the white stencil really makes the design pop while being very calming! Check out It All Started With Paint for some tricks on how to transform a room and accomplish your stenciling project as quickly as possible. The damask pattern of this stencil, in addition to the colors Allyson chose, add such a touch of elegance to…
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