10 Laundry Rooms You’d Love to Spend Time In

Almost everyone I know dreads doing laundry (I personally find it relaxing). But a pretty laundry room might inspire you to tackle those piles of dirty clothes! Here are a few beautiful laundry rooms that might have you in full makeover mode this weekend. This laundry room is beautiful, but if you want to really appreciate it’s beauty head over to Twelve On Main for the before photos. Small budget? No problem! Julie Blanner demonstrates how some fresh paint and a few quick tricks can go a long way in a dark space. If you aren’t blessed with the luxury of a large laundry room, check out Lauren McBride  and her cute laundry closet. Houseful of Handmade was tired of the unused space she had between her washing machine and the wall so she created this handy sorting shelf! The bold flooring choice along with the painted cabinets make this laundry room one to remember. This makeover is another that you have to see to believe. Worthing Court created a beautiful and functional space out of what seemed to be a disaster. Check it out over on her blog! Sometimes simple is best! Copycatchic repainted her cabinet to a beautiful gray and added a few accessories to give her laundry space whole new feel. Lemon Thistle transformed a corner of her unfinished basement into this beautiful laundry room.  She created a beautiful space while still maintaining plenty of functional storage space because everyone needs more storage, right? This laundry room has to be one of my favorites. It shares a space with the mudroom which is so practical. I love…
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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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Pretty Custom Water Bottle for Back to School

Finding a pretty water bottle can be expensive. Here’s how you can update an old bottle to look like new!  Pretty Custom Water Bottle It’s fun to customize your back to school supplies with your kids. That way your children will always know which items belong to them. This project is fun for the whole family and is quick and easy to make. Your kids will love getting ready for school with this crafty project! I started with these pretty paint colors from Americana Decor. I added in a bit of True Blue (Navy) at the end of the project that isn’t pictured here. Sometimes you change your mind at the last minute! Creativity is rather unpredictable you know. Custom Water Bottle Supplies: This post is sponsored by Deco Art and Michaels Crafts. Any opinions given are completely my own. See the disclosures page for a complete list of disclosure rules. Stainless Steel Water Bottle (mine came from the thrift store) Americana Decor Acrylic Paint Blue Haven Americana Decor Acrylic Mulberry Americana Decor Acrylic Calypso Blue Americana Decor Acrylic True Blue Paint Brush Size 20 Flat Script Liner Paint Brush #1 1/4″ wide (6mm) Painters Tape (Mine came from Menards) 80 Grit Sanding Paper American Decor Multi Purpose Sealer Americana Decor Pearlizing Medium Custom Water Bottle Directions: Sand the water bottle lightly with 80 grit sandpaper. Wipe clean with a paper towel. Combine Multi Purpose Sealer with Blue Haven Paint and Pearlizing Medium. Paint entire bottle with the Blue Haven paint mixture. You may need more than one coat if…
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Living Room Revealed

I have been meaning to share this for a while. We have finished our living room! It was a major accomplishment as far as things go. Lots of paint, lots of patience went into creating this room. Remember the before? The living room is a very small room, at the front of the house. You can see it in the distance here. Even the dining room is bigger, which is where this photo was taken. The yellow color of the room was dingy and dirty and the ratty dark woodwork made it seem even smaller. There wasn’t really anything else worth taking pictures of in there. We painted the walls a pale grey, it’s the same color we used in our Bathroom Project a while ago.  Something about this neutral color makes every thing else stand out. Even the old floors look better against it. The woodwork also got a fresh coat of creamy white paint too. Both paints were from Clark and Kensington. The new look really makes our teal couch stand out. We haven’t bought a new piece of furniture since 1993. I kid you not. This couch MADE ME BUY. Honestly, it did. Normally I am not such a sucker for newness. I was completely held captive by it’s teal color and new charm. The couch came from Ashley Furniture. The manufacturer is England. I can’t tell you how wonderful it is to sit on. It is so soft and comfortable, we just love it. I hope it lasts forever. I also love that the L shape…
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So You Think Your Crafty Week 3 and a Giveaway

    Here we are on Week 3 of the 8 Week So You Think Your Crafty Challenge! I am still part of the challenge, but this is bound to be the toughest week yet! This week’s theme is “Paint”. I love painting, but will I make the cut? You decide! You can vote for your favorite project over at So You Think Your Crafty. Voting will remain open until Wednesday evening at 6 pm MT. Last week’s winning project was Virginia with her tiny little Peg Doll Craft. Isn’t it cute? The complete tutorial is on the So You Think Your Crafty website today. Congrats Virginia! Here’s our giveaway link for this week! You can win a $25.00 Home Depot gift card! http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/f4c4f74567/  

Ink Effects Heart Pillow

    Welcome friends! Today I am playing with paint! I am loving how my crafty project turned out! I painted these watery hearts on water color paper and then transferred them to this white pillow case. It may sound complicated, but it’s not. This pillow is printed with a product I newly discovered over at Decor Art called Ink Effects. I ordered the purple and magenta colors for this project. The other supplies you will need are water color paper, tooth picks, a water color brush, jar of water, medicine dropper, pencil, scissors, an iron and a light colored cotton pillowcase. Instructions: 1) Cut out a heart shape as desired (I used scrap paper for this). Trace on to the water color paper to use as a guide for painting. 2) Dip the brush in the water, wet the paper generously from top to bottom. 3) Using one tooth pick per color, dip the tooth pick in the Ink Effects paint, then drag it around on the wet paper. You can mix and blend the colors, letting the water on the paper carry the ink where it wants to go. This is not a time to worry about colors running together, they are supposed to do that. Your work should look something like this. The water color paper may curl a bit while wet, but don’t worry about it, it will flatten as it dries. 4) Let your work dry completely, at least 30 minutes. 5) Cut out your heart shapes from the painted paper. 6) Arrange painted side down…
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Rustic Wooden Wreath

    It’s official, the first of our Christmas decorations is up! I normally wait until after Thanksgiving, but it was snowing today. I was IN THE MOOD! I was also in the mood to make this simple wreath while sitting by the fire watching the snowflakes fall. I am into rustic decor this year, determined to do things a bit differently than I have in the past. No particular reason, really. Just to make people ask questions. I spotted this drift wood wreath in the craft store recently. It reminded me of deer antlers. I still am kicking myself for not buying the bucket of antlers I saw at a garage sale a couple years go. I decided this wreath would look great with a layer of “snow” and glitter. Glitter fixes everything you know, it’s a proven fact. I gave the wreath a light coat of white spray paint, deliberately not covering the entire thing. I wanted it to look more like a layer of snow than paint. After it was dry, I decided on the embellishments. Pine cones were a must. I soaked these little pine cones in bleach for a day and let them dry before hot gluing them to the wreath. I also decided to use a monogram with the wreath. I painted the letter like the wreath and screwed a little hook into the top of it for a ribbon. I laid it all out before I decided where I wanted everything to go. Hot gluing it all down was a breeze. Then I…
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Office Desk Rehab

  I have been up to my elbows in paint lately. I have painted hallways, bedrooms, basements and furniture. I have paint under my nails and permanently stuck in my hair, so it seems. But, I am not done painting yet. I am finally getting around to working on my office. It’s been a long time since I had an office. Usually, I use a corner of the living room. And the kitchen, porch and dining rooms. I sort of take over any extra space I can get. But somehow, as luck would have it, I have inherited an entire room, all to myself. This is indeed a luxury. It calls for a bit of celebration, something special. Like painting my desk and decorating the office. More on the decorating later. The old desk is inherited. It’s been around a VERY long time. Being solid oak, it will last forever. But, I was tired of the dull brown color and worn out handles. It was time for a major change. (Castle is on the computer screen, I enjoyed watching re-runs on Amazon while I was painting this project, call me crazy but I didn’t even notice it was in the picture until posting this photo today. Yes, this is my most recent obsession. Wanna make something of it?) My chosen paint materials were a bit of leftover primer that I had from another project, and several bottles of Americana Decor Chalky Finish paint and satin varnish. Thanks so much to Americana Decor for allowing me to try their product! The…
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