Defend the Trend!

Check me out at HGTV.com today with other great bloggers talking about the graffiti trend!

 

Color Hunting

Hello! How has the week been treating you? We have about 20 projects in motion at the same time. We are taking advantage of this above freezing winter as best we can. Lots of time has been dedicated to painting, and picking paint colors….Not only has it been hectic in our own house, but you can read all about the big ‘ol Lake House project I am working on with Emily Henderson right here. Emily just picked out the perfect paint pallet for the upstairs of this amazing Lake House and it got me thinking, how does one pick a lot of colors for a lot of rooms and still have it flow? I have played it safe so much with all white while renting, and have been playing around a lot with paint since we moved. 

I have loved this image from fist site (coincidently on Emily’s blog right now). I would have NEVER thought dark walls could look so fresh. I mean, I love kelly green, leaf green, any natural green really. And when you mix it with blues, I am sold even more. But this image of the gray and green strikes me because we have a Restoration Hardware wood table with gray tones and this situation is begging to enter my life. 

If you follow my Pinterest Home Inspiration board, you’ll notice a pattern, as I recently did. I am drawn to colors in nature mixed with neutrals. Weird what you can learn about yourself when you can visually organize your thoughts!

If you are bold and want to flip the sitch above, below maybe more your bag. 

 

Reality looks a little more like this for us:

 

We have chosen grays and blues and will be introducing pops of more natural greeny colors. When looking back the color inspiration has come from some many places we have gone. We love the sky in the Caribbean, and blue blue ocean of my home town in south Florida. The leaves of the orange and mango trees in my back yard growing up. They winter gray sky’s we now have in New York. And of course we are drawn to the beauty in central park! All that nature and stone mixed in with every glance!

Corny enough for you? It’s true! Color plays a part in your life so much. I was excited to find out Glidden now has a fun new tool to help you find your color story! You may recognize a slew of lovely lady bloggers sharing their inspiration while you are there! After I took the 5 minute quiz, I wound up here:

                                  What’s your Colortopia?

I have been sponsored by Glidden brand paint to write this post but the thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

Little (Creepy) Boy: Finds a Home!

 

Remember our creepy little boy we adopted? Welp, we cleaned him up and found him a great place to live!

A few months back we “adopted” him at the amazing flea market, Elephants Trunk. Joey made a decision (with out me!) to use the left over spray chalkboard paint we used on the fridge to give the frame a facelift. Lucky for Joey, I really like the results.

It seemed last time we brought creepy boy up, in regards to where he should live, you guys had a lot to say! We really loved the guest bathroom idea, so that’s were we put him! After repainting that room, he really looks great and if I can convince Joey to paint that bathroom black, he will make a great foretelling of what the inside of the bathroom will look like!

It totally creeps us out how ghostly he looks, but at the same time we are a little obsessed with him. I love how perfect that spot is too. He points right at the bathroom. Awesome! Also, see that tiny hallway right outside the door? well it’s boxed in by four doors. I am thinking black and whit stripes right there. We’ll get into that another day. We just never showed you that before. We are full of secccrrreeeettts.

So, you think he’s looking good? Opposite of him is the newly stenciled wall. Now if I can just get my hands on some uniformed pallets, I can wrap this room up! So close!

Goooooo Peeeeeee! Haha sorry. I had to.

The Tree is Done!

I am so  so so over the moon excited, happy, and overjoyed (they all mean the same thing, eh?) that the amazing mural Duane has been working on is, in fact, complete. It’s the most amazing tree I have ever seen in my entire life, and the face that it was created by one of the most amazing people I have met in my life, makes it beyond special. The Tree of Life, over at Disney use to be my favorite tree ever. That was until Joey broke my heart and told me it was a fake tree. Kinda like the day I found out Santa Clause wasn’t real.

So now we have our very own special fake tree, which was a total labor of love from our very special and methodical friend. Needless to say, it’s my new favorite tree. 

From this here above, to this here below, she was grown.

The details can not be missed!

There she is. We love her. And we love Duane too. Yay for another step in the kids room. 

 

Finished Stencil + Giveaway Time!

****give away is closed. winner is picked. thank you for chekcing out Cutting Edge Stencils!****

Happy Friday lovelies! We are super excited to report the wall is looking quite fab, and makes us smile every time we look at it! We know it’s a little bold and modern, but it just works so well in our otherwise boring (at the moment!) master bedroom. A few of you asked about the paint decisions, and here is what we got to share. 

We did the stenciling in a semi-gloss and the other three walls we are going to do in an eggshell. We tested to make sure it wouldn’t look shiny on one wall and then matte on the other – and it doesn’t. I don’t really love glossy walls, but something told me that if we didn’t at least semi-gloss that stencil wall, cleaning it would be a nightmare and I may just rub the stencil right off. Call me paranoid, but that’s why I decided to give it a little gloss. Ready for total stencil bliss?…

We are excited to do another room, that’s for sure. If you check out the “New Stencil Designs” you can see what we are drooling over right now!

 

I bet you want to grab a stencil and roller right now and color up some surface of your house this very moment, don’t ya? Well guess What? You can win a $50 credit at Cutting Edge Stencils, the same folks we got all our supplies – which worked out perfectly! Enough dilly dally, here’s how to get your hands on some “wow” factor tools:

  • Prize: a $50 credit at Cutting Edge Stencils to buy what you need to transform your own wall!
  • How to Enter: Click here, and pick out your favorite stencil or tools and comment with the results! Also share how you will use the stencil (ya, we are nosey!)
  • Extra Entry: Friend up with Cutting Edge Stencil on their Facebook Page for an extra entry!
  • Giveaway Ends: Friday March 4th at 9:00pm EST
  • How Many Lucky Winners?!: One (1)
  • Ships to: US Only
  • Also: Please only enter once, with the exception of the extra Facebook entry. We select our winners using random.org and will announce with winner on March 5th right here on this very webpage. 
  • ***IF YOU USED THE FORM TO THE RIGHT*** it will NOT count for this give-away

 

Pondering Paint

Our bedroom is a putty color right now. It came that way. We like it just fine. After finishing up the bed, we got a bit of the “finish the bedroom bug”. Hence, we are naturally starting with the walls. Instead of “just fine” walls, we want walls we love. We have a few ideas in mind, we expressed here.  We started prepping the far wall from the bed to stencil. We tested a few colors. Take a peek.

The colors we picked seemed too blue, or too white. So back to the drawing board. This time we found something we really liked. Thanks to Miss Martha, we decided on this combo.

The colors’ names leave something to be desired. Winters Day, Cement Grey, and Cumulus Cloud. Ouch, those are pretty downer. With names aside, we are in love, and here is what we are thinking. The dark and the light we will use in the stencil, and the middle color to paint the three other walls in the room. We did not want to get too colorful, afterall we have some black and white stripes to deal with on the bed wall. This can get busy looking, very easily. The stencil wall is primed and ready to stencil. Can’t wait to share when we are finished!

Fireplace Facelift: A (semi) Quicky Blog Squad Project

Good morning, friends! We have a few fireplaces in our home. Well, more like four. Ok, wait, three. See, the one is the basement is for “show”. Kinda weird, right? A faux basement fireplace….wonder what they were thinking when that happened. So the three real fireplace are in the living room, master bedroom, and my office. We were very excited about all the fire places when we moved in. We actively use the one in the master suite, and the one in the living room. We have plans for the living room one, kinda massive plans, but the rest will pretty much stay “as is”…almost. We liked the brick texture in the master bedroom, however the “red brick-ness” didn’t quite fit into out master plans. So we decided to give her a ‘lil face lift. First we thought painting it white would be good enough. Fail. After a few days I hated it.  Take a look.

So we figured out how to “rectify” the situation, and wound up with something we seriously love and absolutely fits in with what we are trying to do. Painting a brick fireplace is kind of scary. We aren’t going to lie. It’s a little permanent to be honest. But we are going to show you what to do, how to do it, and what it costs.

We started with the following:

1-2 paintbrushes – $2

Kilz sealer – $6

Easy Care semi Gloss in white- $8

Plastic tarp – $3

Paint pan – $2

Mini Roller – $3

Total for round: $24

We got all of our items at True Value, as well as advice on which brands would work best for this project. The fine people at True Value warned us that if we were going to paint brick, it was going to stick. They also advised us that the brands above were safe to paint the outside of a fireplace.

As you can see above, step 1 is pretty simple. Brush off any debris, and clean the area before priming. Paint the fireplace and let it dry for at least 24 hours. We believe in taping stuff off and suggest you do too if you like clean lines and ensuring not to paint the mantel or wall.

 

So you can see getting from step one to two is pretty easy. Getting from step two to three takes a little more work, but is so worth it. Joey figured out about half way through that spraying the painted brick with water helped the process of sanding. We tried a blow dryer before that, and it didn’t help much. We used a Milwaukee hand sander, and a dozen rough 60 grain pads to “rough her up” once it was completely dry.

It took about a solid hour to buff through the perfectly painted white paint, and transform it into more of an aged and weathered look. But here is our shiny new fireplace we love!

We have some styling to do around the fireplace, but now we are totally happy with the results of it’s new look. We encourage you to not be scared and go for it. It was really simple. The hardest part is making the decision! Once you do, stop by your True Value and ask a friendly face to walk you through the process and you’ll have a cheap and quick way to update your fireplace too.

Lets get legal: We were one of the 10 bloggers True Value has chosen to work on The Blog Squad , and we are way excited to take on the challenge of showing you exciting DIY projects.  They have compensated us for our time and writing, and provided materials for the projects we have worked on. However, our opinions are entirely our own and we have not been paid to publish positive comments. Did we mention we are excited to show you our DIY Blog Squad Projects?

 

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