Category Archives: Projects

Everything spray paint

Whether it’d be up-cycling a piece of furniture, revamping some house decor, or creating a new DIY project from scratch. Anything is possible with spray paint. Here’s what I have spray painted so far:

 

Here are some more spray paint ideas!

  • Faux galvanized plastic tubs
  • Flower pots
  • Rubber boots
  • industrial baskets
  • Copper tin cans
  • Branches
  • Dipped vases

Some tips about spray painting:

  1. Choose location, well ventilated. Outdoors is best, otherwise open as many windows as possible.
  2. Prepare the surface. For best results apply a primer, it will result in a smoother surface, truer color, and longer lasting finish.
  3. Shake well and test your spray paint
  4. Put gloves on
  5. Apply multiple thin coats. Complete a coat over the entire project at a time, instead of working in stages.
  6. Apply paint in not only one direction
  7. Allow the project to fully dry.

Please be careful when buying spray paint, there are thousands of kinds of spray paint. Choose wisely and be sure you apply correctly!

Happy Spray Painting!!

 

A front entry referesh

After painting and refreshing the 90% of our saltbox home which included the living room, upstairs bedrooms, our backroom and hallway, there was one more thing that needed painted… While I have been thinking a lot about refreshing this space, I couldn’t quite come to terms how I wanted to do so. But after some inspiration of people painting their interior doors, I knew I wanted to join the party! Our walls are “Agreeable Gray”by SW, and “Peppercorn” was the perfect deep color grey to pop in our space.

Prior it was just plain boring. A white door, not much wall decor, and the carpet just needed… something.

What a difference a can of paint makes! It took me 1.5 days to paint to allow full dry, but was so very worth it! Now that front entryway has a cozy and inviting feeling. The wall between the window and front door was empty, and honestly I had so many ideas in my head as far as how to fill the space, but none of them had I loved. And I feel that loving it, is so important!!!

On a whim, I starting drawing up some floral prints and knew just where to put them! I love how the black accents of the smooth grey behind. Even better, I had the frames already on hand thankfully, since normally I struggle with choosing frames, there’s thousands to consider!

Here are the couple changes I made, that made a big difference (besides painting the interior front door):

  • Painting the interior front door Peppercorn by SW
  • Spray painting the hardware black
  • Adding an accent rug (click here for exact item)
  • Drawing up some prints and placing in 2 picture frames we already had

And tadaaaaa!!!!!! There you have it! Four simple changes is all it took before it looked like a whole new space!

Thanks for reading friends!!!!!!

 

Insight for 2020

We’re planning to stay in our home for a while, which means we will be able to continue to make memories around familiar spaces and find joy in the simple patterns of life here. I am striving to create spaces with passion and allow others to feel and see that as well. Upon what we have already created, we can add to more nooks and crannies to make this house to feel more like home.

 

We have a couple plans this year, so you’ll get to see more of that soon. I am one for big transformations, but honestly it’s the little details that make me more delighted. As of the last couple months, I have come to realize I have become more of a minimalist. I am looking forward to bringing more function to our 1440 sq ft saltbox home, like: organizing, and getting rid of stuff!

I am really excited to work on our guest bedroom, downstairs tiniest coat closet, creating an accent wall for our traveling photos in our upstairs hallway, placing shiplap in our kitchen/dining and adding shelving to create more storage space! We also plan to work on some outdoor projects, particularly to our new shed and our garden. Like, adding water drainage to our shed, landscaping, and possibly rebuilding our garden.

Since I have been so focused on studying the past many months, I haven’t had the ability to really do some deep spring cleaning. I am so excited to do this!

This will include, Dusting all the trim throughout our home, cleaning windows and shades, reorganizing and going through stuff in the attic, sorting and getting rid of clothing to donate, washing all the curtains, wiping down walls, clean upholstered furniture.There are many more things I can list, but those are my top priority, I am sure I will do more. I will keep you guys posted! As there are many more things I could do like, clean inside of fridge, scrub sink, counter tops, sweep and mop floors those are things I already do in my weekly cleaning.

Do you have any plans for your home in 2020?

 

A tiny little upgrade to the laundry room!

Recently the laundry room has been on my mind, it was the very first project we did when Peter moved into our home. So that being said, it was  time for just a small upgrade to spice it up! On a whim, I had this grand idea of the “magic light trick” being placed over top of the chalkboard we already had! That awesome barn light was $24 from Walmart! I could not believe the price and the fact that they had that in store!!! Sometimes I find they have a limited selection. Anyway, what used to be a gold frame on the chalkboard is now white. I love how it gives a pop  against our “aggreable gray” walls. This time, I actually used a paper towel to apply the paint, so that it would give that distressed look instead of the smooth look. I applied “gallery white” by Behr, which we already had on hand since all our trim uses the same color.

Previously we just had all our laundry soap(s) sitting atop of the dryer, which didn’t look nice… It made it look junky. So instead I purchased the drink dispenser and canister to hold our dryer sheets from Walmart. Last but not least, that sweet little plant stand I purchased at a yard sale just last weekend for $2, so I just spray painted it 🙂 and added the pot that we already had on hand. So, if you haven’t take noticed yet… I literally spray paint everything, it’s so easy and doesn’t take much time at all! The greenery I had gotten at hobby lobby for 50% off! Guys we made out so well with the items we bought to upgrade it! That is a grand total of $45, and it looks so very different!!!

Just with that little upgrade, I now don’t mind coming to do the laundry! 🙂 See friends, just a couple small changes can make a big difference to a space!!! If you are finding yourself having trouble trying to figure out what those small changes are, contact me!

Keeping up with the exterior!

I am excited to share with you something that we easily put on the back burner because we are so focused on the inside of our home (which is totally ok)! Not only should you keep up with the inside of of your home, you also need to care for the exterior of your home as well… Make it inviting, and the one to stand out on the block!!!

About a month ago, my wonderful parents lent us their pressure washer, as well as our neighbor who lent us his 10 ft. ladder and extendable brush. We are so grateful for all of our helpers! While we obviously have 4 sides to the house, more moisture gets to the north side because of the shade. In saying so, that side was getting film growth and was needing a washing! After a couple of hours power washing (which we got in right before the storm hit us), it looked good as new!

A great and helpful tip for y’all who plan to pressure wash, if your machine is quite powerful, PLEASE squeeze the trigger to allow blowing of water to the side before hitting the siding while on the ladder. If you are not cautious the power could easily kick you off the ladder.

Some of you are asking yourself, what did they do besides pressure washing? Great question. Listed are some other maintenance things that we have done:

  • Cleaning  windows
  • Trimming plants back/replanting/weeding
  • Adding mulch to flower beds
  • Cleaning/repainting exterior door
  • New outdoor lighting
  • Clean, stain/seal decking
  • Added planters

Other things you can do:

  • Inspect and repair roof/gutters
  • Repaint/replace the exterior siding
  • Cleaning fencing
  • Update furniture/padding on furniture
  • Switch up decor on porch/deck
  • Keep up with your landscaping

Thank you for reading! I hope you found this helpful as much as I did while writing it.