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#DIYPlaybookSOS

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What is #DIYPlaybookSOS?

We briefly mentioned #DIYPlaybookSOS in our Lowe’s Fall Makeover announcement but haven’t  really talked about it, outside of our Instagram, since then. Fast forward through a few crazy weeks and it’s finally time to catch up and give you all of the details on what the heck this #DIYPlaybookSOS is all about.
diy-playbook-sos-instagram-18We get a lot of emails asking if we offer design services. We are always extremely flattered by these emails and quickly reply…. we wish! But with our full time jobs and maintaining the blog, we don’t have enough free time to take on spaces outside of our own (maybe one day!).

But because these readers were so sweet to reach out and ask for our advice, we found ourselves taking a look at their spaces, considering their design dilemmas, and weighing in with a bit of our feedback.

As we continued to get more and more of these emails, we started thinking that maybe other readers could benefit from seeing some of these design dilemmas and hearing our advice on what we would do in these spaces. And that’s when #DIYPlaybookSOS was born.

output_5FcNrY (1)Essentially, #DIYPlaybookSOS is a quick and easy way for our readers to reach out to us and say, “DIY Playbook, save our space!”. If you post a picture on Instagram or Facebook, tag @diyplaybook and use the hashtag #DIYPlaybookSOS to let us know what your design dilemma is. Every few weeks, we will share one of these spaces (with your permission, of course!) and offer our DIY and decor suggestions along with links to products we recommend.

WHY #DIYPlaybookSOS?

We figure this mini series a good addition to the DIY Playbook’s editorial calendar for a few reasons…

  1. You may have the exact same design dilemma as one of the featured spaces, so hearing some decorating advice could help you tackle your own home!
  2. We can showcase various styles that may be different from ours.
  3. It’s fun to shake things up! So why the heck not give it a try?!

We’re sharing our FIRST #DIYPlaybookSOS feature this Friday and we can’t wait to hear what you think! Do you like seeing other styles? Do you like seeing spaces that are outside ours? Do you think you can use some of these tips in your own home? Don’t hesitate to let us know!!

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And if you have a space that needs a little love, share it with us by tagging @diyplaybook and using the hashtag #DIYPlaybookSOS. Maybe your space will be the next feature on the DIY Playbook!

Lowe’s Fall Makeover Updates

Chicago Bean WinterOh and one more thing!! Speaking of #DIYPlaybookSOS, we are super excited to share some updates on the Lowe’s Fall Makeover. Before we get into the details, we first have to say THANK YOU very, very much to all of our local readers who took time to apply for this Chicago makeover. We were OVERWHELMED with the amount of applications and read through every single one of them. We really, really hope we get more of these opportunities because there were so many cool spaces and so many amazing families that we would LOVE to work with someday. Seriously, we want to come to each and every one of your homes!

But this time around, there is a special couple that we just cannot wait to work with this fall. Meet April and Mike. These two newlyweds are high school sweethearts who have gone through some extremely difficult times over the past few years. With some very tragic circumstances within both of their families, April and Mike have worked hard to support their families through devastating times… even at the cost of putting their own wedding on hold to focus on the needs of their families.

We will be tackling their master bedroom and hope to give this amazing couple the sanctuary they deserve, as they start their life together in their first home. Here’s a pic of the space before we get our hands on it. It has so much potential, and we’re really excited to bring our vision to life. bedroom-before-lowes-makeover

Stay tuned over the next month as we introduce you to Mike and April (you’re going to love them!), see more of their space, hear all about our plans for this bedroom oasis, and tune in for the BIG makeover!!

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  1. Erin

    excited to see what Mike and April end up with!!

    and love the idea of just sharing tips and ideas in the blog for those who want feedback (but don’t have their own blog!)

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    1. DIY Playbook

      We are soooooo excited to get started! It’s going to make for a fun makeover, for a very deserving couple!

      And hopefully #DIYPlaybookSOS goes well! We’re excited to showcase other styles and more spaces!

  2. Kara D

    I am excited for this new “series” – I hope it doesn’t burn you guys out. Looking very much forward to what you’ll do for April and Mike!
    (…and secretly-not-so-secretly I hope you’ll be able to help with some of my design dilemmas! I’ll definitely be submitting some #SOS pics through IG!)

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  1. Erin

    excited to see what Mike and April end up with!!

    and love the idea of just sharing tips and ideas in the blog for those who want feedback (but don’t have their own blog!)

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  2. Kara D

    I am excited for this new “series” – I hope it doesn’t burn you guys out. Looking very much forward to what you’ll do for April and Mike!
    (…and secretly-not-so-secretly I hope you’ll be able to help with some of my design dilemmas! I’ll definitely be submitting some #SOS pics through IG!)

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Laundry Room Drop Zone

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Last week I was SO proud to share how I changed my first light switch and that project was all thanks to your words of encouragement over the past few months! I still owe you guys for giving me the friendly “nudge” I needed to give my first electrical project a try.

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I was so focused on the rookie tips I learned along the way that I never mentioned what space was in need of a white switch + switch plate.   Laundry-Room-beforeSpoiler Alert: I’ve been working on this baby wall in my Laundry Room and that’s where I installed the new light switch. Right before I went back to school for the year, I added board and batten to this tiny space. Believe it or not, this is one hardworking wall in our home so I wanted it to look more like the drop zone we already use it as.

Now that I’ve done my fair share of board and batten projects (maybe too many depending who you ask), I was able to do this ENTIRE wall, including paint, in one day (minus hanging the hooks).

I started around 8am and worked until it was painted with its second coat of white paint, which took me to about dinner time! Literally a days work brought me from that….

laundry-room-board-and-batten-with-hooks…. to this!

Supplies

The night before I started working, I picked up the supplies from Lowe’s.

  • 2 pieces of thin lattice, long enough to be cut down to four strips (vertical strips)
  • 1 MDF 1×3, long enough to be cut down (horizontal strips)
  • 3 of these hooks
  • White Light Switches
  • White Switch Cover

I had all of the other tools/supplies for this project, which kept the cost of this project way down. Casey gave me her leftover white paint, extra caulk, AND the 2 gorgeous black hooks on the very top of the wall. All together this entire project cost me less than $40!

Tutorial

Because we have tackled board and batten so much on the blog, I skipped the step-by-step shots this time around. But if you are looking for a board and batten tutorial, check out this post, this post or even this post! <— wow can you tell we absolutely l-o-v-e this easy DIY?!

laundry_room_board_and_batten_hooks-7No Measure Hooks!

The black hooks are probably my favorite part of this new look (thanks Casey!!). I love how bold they are next to the white…. so classic! And would you believe me if I told you that I hung these hooks without using a tape measure? I have a little trick on how to hang hooks evenly and level, without measuring, coming to the blog on Thursday. #LIFECHANGING
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Tiny Space, Big Job

Even before this mini makeover, we used this tiny space A LOT. Since we have a small house, incorporating vertical “storage” space is important to keep the house de-cluttered and organized.

I strive to make sure everything (literally everything) in our house has a “home” and this space is usually home to our school bags right when we come home from work.
laundry_room_board_and_batten_hooks-11It’s close enough to the kitchen for us to grab something quickly if we need to, but it’s tucked away behind the laundry room wall so we never see the clutter. And although it seems weird to put hooks so close to the doorway, hanging stuff here somehow works for us. We have another door that leads outside to our patio so we don’t use this “side door” very often at all, which allows us to hang stuff on this wall without being hassled.

Heart Eyes Now & Later

I am glad that we lived here a few years and established these routines before diving into this project, because putting hooks or a mini drop zone so close to a door may not work for everyone.

This project was SO WORTH the $40 and a summer days work! This laundry room nook has always worked hard for us, but now it works hard AND looks good, which makes me really happy with how this project turned out.

laundry-room-board-and-batten-with-hooksAnd note to self: if I ever have a formal mudroom in my next home, I know for sure that board and batten plus black hooks will definitely be a part of it. I’m officially in love with this classic combo. Bridget Signature

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  1. Liz Gordon

    Looks great! I have a similar set-up near my front door; I’m totally bookmarking this idea for down the road!

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  2. Erin

    imagine how hard it’s gonna work come winter time. but yeah i stick by the whole “live in your space for a bit” before you make any drastic changes. our front closet has two levels of hooks, the bottom is all about the dog stuff and the top is like scarves, bags, etc.

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  3. Kenley

    Just now finding this for my industrial wood shelf project! This is the best explanation of this project I’ve found. One question: when Lowe’s cut down your pipes, did they also have to thread each pipe they cut, where they cut it? I noticed you have threading on both ends of each cut-down pipe…

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    1. DIY Playbook

      Thanks Kenley! And yes when Lowe’s cut down the pipes, they added a thread on the side that was cut (which made the pipe threaded on both sides).

      Hope this helps!! =)

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  1. Liz Gordon

    Looks great! I have a similar set-up near my front door; I’m totally bookmarking this idea for down the road!

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  2. Erin

    imagine how hard it’s gonna work come winter time. but yeah i stick by the whole “live in your space for a bit” before you make any drastic changes. our front closet has two levels of hooks, the bottom is all about the dog stuff and the top is like scarves, bags, etc.

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  3. Kenley

    Just now finding this for my industrial wood shelf project! This is the best explanation of this project I’ve found. One question: when Lowe’s cut down your pipes, did they also have to thread each pipe they cut, where they cut it? I noticed you have threading on both ends of each cut-down pipe…

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DIY Modern Address Plate

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When I replaced the “builder grade” mirror in our bathroom and saw what a difference that simple update made, I instantly felt more motivated to look for other small changes around our house. That’s when our current address sign caught my attention and jumped to the top of my DIY to-do list.
diy_address_sign-25Much like the mirror, our existing address sign isn’t necessarily ugly. It just wasn’t my style. After a little browsing on Pinterest, I was at the hardware store the next morning shopping for supplies to make our current address plate a little bit more “me”.

Because of dry time, this project took me two days but only about 2 hours of total work to complete. After spending a few hours in the garage jamming out to Pandora, check out what this sign looks like now…

diy_modern_address_sign-3I’m in l-o-v-e and just like the mirror, I can’t believe it’s taken me over 3 years to make this simple upgrade!! Here’s a step-by-step tutorial of how I DIY-ed a new address sign that’s A LOT more me.

Supplies

  • Piece of Wood cut to size (mine is a 2 ft piece of pine, but any size would work)
  • 20-30 Paint Sticks (I actually bought two packs of 15 sticks for 98 cents a pack — I felt bad asking for that many FREE sticks at the paint counter)
  • Nail Gun/Nails
  • Miter Saw
  • Stain (dark walnut)
  • Water Seal Spray
  • 5″ Floating Address Numbers (I used these ones)
  • Clear Silicon
  • Power Drill
  • Picture hangers

diy_address_sign-11Step One: Remove Old Sign

I removed the old address sign with my drill and if you look carefully, you’ll see that two anchors were still left in the concrete after I took down the sign. I hate drilling into concrete (as evidenced by this post!), so I did everything in my power to make sure the new sign could be hung using those existing anchors. To do that, I made sure to save the screws from this sign and drill them in the exact same spot on the next sign.

diy_address_sign-12Side note: I feel bad just throwing away this perfectly fine sign, but I don’t have any use/ideas for it. Any ideas?! Has anyone upcycled theirs in a fun way?!

diy_address_sign-16Step Two: Lay out paint sticks

At this point I set up my miter saw and started laying out the paint sticks and cutting them to size. I wanted the paint sticks to be laid randomly on the block of wood so that none of the seams lined up. Honestly I didn’t use any particular method, instead I just eyeballed it and cut the paint sticks to fit the length of this board.
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You want to decide pretty early on if you want your paint sticks to be placed super tightly next to each other, or if you would rather have a bit of space at each seam. I ended up choosing a bit of space in between the seams and each row of paint sticks because I liked the way it looked.

I also liked that the rows of paint sticks would fit perfectly on the board if I used that method. However, I wouldn’t necessarily recommend keeping space in between either the seams or the rows because it made drilling into these areas a tad difficult later on in the process. Not impossible, just difficult.
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Rookie Tip:

Once I had the layout all set, I got out my nail gun and started nailing these paint sticks into place. I would HIGHLY recommend NOT doing it this way. I should have stained the board and all of the sticks before I did any cutting/nailing. Having the board + sticks prepped prior to cutting would have made the staining process A LOT easier. <— you wouldn’t have to use 25 Q-tips to try to stain in between the seams. #oopsdiy_address_sign-22

Step Three: Nail in place

I used the nail gun to carefully nail each paint stick in place… trying to keep the board’s original “layout” in place as much as possible so I knew where to nail each piece.
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Step Four: Stain & Seal

I stained the board and sticks using Minwax’s dark walnut stain color. I wanted the sign to be dark brown but not SUPER dark brown (like Jacobean, which I typically love). I wiped the stain on the sticks (and in between the seams with a q-tip) and then wiped off the excess. This process did the trick, but like I said, I would recommend completing all staining before cutting and nailing.

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I allowed the sign to dry overnight (with a fan). Then I used this waterseal spray to water proof the sign. Honestly, this address sign is located under our home’s soffit so it doesn’t experience a whole lot of water exposure, BUT I thought sealing it couldn’t hurt for the few times it may get wet. (note: the color of the wood changed after I sprayed the waterproof seal but once it dried, the color was back to normal).

I did two coats of this spray and let it dry overnight before attaching the numbers (see directions on the bottle for more specific instructions).

Step Five: Attaching the Numbers
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I bought these address numbers because they were modern looking and had the option to lay flat or appear “floating” on the address sign. I opted for the floating look and although I’m really happy with the look of my new sign, I wasn’t a huge fan of working with these numbers.
diy_address_signI read the box, read a few tutorials online, and even searched YouTube for some clarification of how to install these numbers because the directions on the box left me a bit lost. If you’re looking to recreate this look, allow me to explain this process in more detail, so hopefully you don’t find yourself as confused as I was.

The first thing you need to do if you’re looking to install these FLOATING numbers (different directions if you want them to lay flat) is screw in the small part of these screws into the back of each letter (see above photo). diy_address_sign-2

The box came with a template that you could cut out and place on your surface but the tutorials I read all noted that these templates were a “smidge” off. I tested that theory and they were right; the template didn’t line up perfectly. =(
diy_address_sign-7Instead, I placed the number on the wood plate, eyeballed it, and lightly marked where to drill. diy_address_sign-3

Then I used these pencil marks to identify exactly where I should drill the pilot holes. diy_address_sign-4See the three pilot holes for the 8?

diy_address_sign-5Once you have confirmed that the number will indeed fit into these holes, you fill each hole with a generous amount of clear silicone, which will act as glue, and place the number back into these holes to dry.

diy_address_sign-6A few rookie tips:

  • Be as precise as possible when marking where to drill the holes
  • Use a drill bit that is the perfect size so your hole isn’t too small or too large (size details on the package)
  • Be generous filling each hole with clear silicone
  • Eventually you will have to go back to add a little stain touch-up around these holes, which was super easy with a Q-tip.

Step Six: Hanging Equipment

Once the stain “touch-ups” were done and the numbers were dry, I added two picture hangers to the back of this sign. This is another step that should have probably been done before the number installation but ya live and ya learn, right?! (obviously there was lots of learning happening in this project!!)

diy_address_sign-10I made sure to install these picture hangers at the exact location of the existing anchors in the wall. This way all I had to do was drill the original screws back into the anchors and hang this puppy up. And that’s exactly what I did…

diy_modern_address_sign-4This project costs me about $30 (most of the budget was spent on the metal numbers) and I think the investment was WELL, WELL worth it. PLUS, this project has me even more motivated to tackle mini projects that make a big impact on our space.diy_modern_address_sign

diy_modern_address_sign-2I’m already eyeing my space to see what other builder basic item I can replace. Hmmmm… any suggestions?! Anyone else replacing builder basic with items that are so you? I’d love to hear about it!diy_modern_address_sign-3

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  1. Kara D

    Looks amazing! I wanted to redo my house number, but it’s just a single number, so putting it on a wood backing or something felt a little silly?

    Mailbox! You can definitely add that on to your list as a builder-basic item to upscale. My house’s mailbox came with this old country-style magnetic cover on it, and as my first project – I spray painted on a series of two toned purple chevron stripes. It makes me smile every day I come home! You can also paint the post, add numbers, reflectors, etc to it. And if yours isn’t a post-style, but a “box on the house” style (I’m sure there’s a more official name for it…), you can still do it up with paint and handles and whatnot. Another small item that has a good impact on curb-appeal!

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    1. DIY Playbook

      A single number sounds awesome… lucky you, Kara!

      And love, love, love the idea of adding a little love to the mailbox. Our mailbox actually lives across the street on our neighbor’s property (weird, right?!) so I always feel a little weird giving it the attention it deserves. I would love to add color & character to it, maybe this is the push I needed!

    2. DIY Playbook

      OMG — that magnetic is GENIUS!! I have never seen anything like that and I’m literally ob-sessed! Thank you so much for sharing that, Kara. I honestly can’t get over how clever that is!

  2. Nadine Peacock

    Just don’t make your numbers too hard to read. First responders need to see what address they are going to if called. When I replaced my numbers I made them huge and right above the garage so they were really easily seen. So many people have told me how easy it is to find my address on my house because of the size and placement of my numbers.

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    1. DIY Playbook

      Wow, great point Nadine! Thanks so much for sharing that super important info. I would have never really thought of that but it’s so important to consider, thank YOU!!

    2. Teran

      In my parents’ neighborhood, everyone has their address number sprayed on the curb in front of their driveway. The HOA did everyone’s at once to make it easy for first responders. It’s super helpful, but it doesn’t detract from curb appeal either.

  3. Gretchen Braun

    I never would have guessed that this was a DIY project, let alone with paint sticks! I love how modern this looks. Right now, my house doesn’t even have numbers on the outside (just on our mailbox in the yard!) so I think I need to add something 🙂

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    1. DIY Playbook

      Yes, this project is calling your name! And the best thing is that you can totally personalize it to fit your home’s style. Color, numbers, layout…. the possibilities are endless!

  4. Trang

    I’ve been wanting to tackle this project for my home too and the one I want to attempt is this one pictured below ever since I saw this couple’s garage home (now my dream home) in Portland, OR. Wow! They used left over screws from their home renovation. Great way to upcycle!

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  5. Austin Schneider

    Obsessed with this! Also, I LOVE that you include what NOT to do, ha ha – learning from other’s mistakes is so much better than making them yourself! Such good things to consider, too – I’m sure I would’ve done the exact same things, especially with the hangers on the back *face palm*.

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    1. DIY Playbook

      Thanks Austin! Of course, I’m happy to share my mistakes! Part of the learning process, right?! And hopefully my mistakes will save others from making the same ones. =)

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25 thoughts on “DIY Modern Address Plate

  1. Kara D

    Looks amazing! I wanted to redo my house number, but it’s just a single number, so putting it on a wood backing or something felt a little silly?

    Mailbox! You can definitely add that on to your list as a builder-basic item to upscale. My house’s mailbox came with this old country-style magnetic cover on it, and as my first project – I spray painted on a series of two toned purple chevron stripes. It makes me smile every day I come home! You can also paint the post, add numbers, reflectors, etc to it. And if yours isn’t a post-style, but a “box on the house” style (I’m sure there’s a more official name for it…), you can still do it up with paint and handles and whatnot. Another small item that has a good impact on curb-appeal!

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  2. Nadine Peacock

    Just don’t make your numbers too hard to read. First responders need to see what address they are going to if called. When I replaced my numbers I made them huge and right above the garage so they were really easily seen. So many people have told me how easy it is to find my address on my house because of the size and placement of my numbers.

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  3. Gretchen Braun

    I never would have guessed that this was a DIY project, let alone with paint sticks! I love how modern this looks. Right now, my house doesn’t even have numbers on the outside (just on our mailbox in the yard!) so I think I need to add something 🙂

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  4. Trang

    I’ve been wanting to tackle this project for my home too and the one I want to attempt is this one pictured below ever since I saw this couple’s garage home (now my dream home) in Portland, OR. Wow! They used left over screws from their home renovation. Great way to upcycle!

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  5. Austin Schneider

    Obsessed with this! Also, I LOVE that you include what NOT to do, ha ha – learning from other’s mistakes is so much better than making them yourself! Such good things to consider, too – I’m sure I would’ve done the exact same things, especially with the hangers on the back *face palm*.

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Progress & an Updated Nursery To-do list

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Nothing like a baby’s due date to get our buns in gear to get this nursery makeover going! Our goal is to be done with the nursery about a month before this baby’s arrival… just in case he or she decides to make an early arrival this summer. Which means we will be moving quickly over the next few weeks to transform this space from office to nursery.

Katie is due on July 2nd, so our goal is to be out of her hair by early June (at the latest). So we had no choice but to get to work last weekend to get some of the “dirty work” done and that’s exactly what we did. Remember what this room looked like last week?
nursery_beforeWell, well, well…. this old office looks pretty different now. Check it out…temp_wallpaper_nursery_progressCrazy what a fresh coat of paint and some de-cluttering can do, right? We actually went with the same color we used in B’s bedroom, which was Valspar’s Filtered Shade, to paint this room. We love how this color looks in B’s bedroom (a soft but pure gray) AND we had about a half of a gallon leftover from that project, so we thought that using it again would be a great way to save money. Leftover paint = FREE <– our favorite price.
nursery_before-002But we didn’t just paint last weekend. See this wall right there?! Well… check out what it looks like now:temp_wallpaper_nursery_progress-7Yes… that is wallpaper, herringbone TEMPORARY wallpaper to be exact. One of KT’s wish list items was to have a wood wall. We loved the idea of a wood wall but were concerned that in this small space (a 10×10 room) the dark wood would be too heavy and too permanent (yikes).

And we thought a dark wood wall could be appropriate if they had a boy, but what if they have a girl?! That poor girl would never forgive me! So instead of creating a permanent wood wall, we got two rolls of this tempaper and used that to create a “wood wall” that was lighter, brighter, and can be taken down whenever Katie gets sick of it.

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We are working on a tempaper tutorial to share more details on how we hung this wallpaper (stay tuned), but wow… we really enjoyed trying this product!

Rookie Tip: If you need a quick tutorial before we post about our experience, we found this video on Tempaper’s website to be helpful!

The process was a tad tedious, but we were pleasantly surprised to find that the paper was more forgiving than we expected… meaning that when we originally stuck it to the wall, we were able to peel it back and adjust it several times in order to make any corrections as we went.

That doesn’t necessarily mean hanging it was a piece of cake, but it definitely did make the process easier and far more manageable for wallpaper rookies like us. And since things went well (and there are so many tempaper options to choose from!), we are kind of loving the idea of trying this in our own homes someday. Add it to the to-do list, right?! temp_wallpaper_nursery_progress-3

And speaking of to-do lists, here’s an updated look at our Nursery to-do list:

  • Clean out room & closet
  • Paint
  • Wallpaper
  • Put together crib & glider (I think we recruited the father-to-be to tackle this project for us… yay!)
  • Purchase a dresser (we’re looking for a dark wood yet affordable dresser to complement the light wood wall. So far, we haven’t had much luck, but we’re heading to the Land of Nod Outlet this week so hopefully we will find something that works!)
  • Find a rug (we’re thinking colorful to incorporate some color into this space)
  • Purchase bedding, pillows, and additional “baby stuff”
  • Build shelves? <— if they fit, we hope they do since there isn’t much storage in this space
  • Choose/hang art (I think we’ll be going with some Minted pieces again, I mean have you seen their nursery art collections?! #somanyoptions)
  • Accessorize
  • Photograph the Space
  • Celebrate and impatiently wait for this baby’s arrival!

The time is ticking and we can’t wait to get everything done so Katie has peace of mind well before her due date. We will of course keep you guys updated as we make more progress, but until then please answer us this — how the heck do expectant mothers do all of this nursery DIY work while they’re pregnant?! #SUPERWOMEN Bridget and Casey Signature

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  1. Trang

    I love the idea of temporary wallpaper, but man, they are expensive! I do love what you’ve done to the room though; its very bright and serene at the same time to me.

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    1. Kara D

      I agree, I remember looking into temporary wallpaper when I lived in rentals and the price scared me off quick! If I did go for it, the extra pressure to not mess up and choose a wrong pattern would have been my next roadblock, hah!

    2. Trang

      Hahaha. Yep, deciding which style to go with would be a tough one. The stress might indeed put me over the edge.

  2. Kristen Ayotte

    Looks like you’re off to a great start! I’m going to check out the temporary wallpaper, seems like such a great solution.

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  3. Chelsea Schlagbaum

    I have been coveting a rug from The Land of Nod and stopped at the outlet to check it out. My mom said she wanted to get it for me and the employee at the store asked if she was on the “list.” When they had one come in they called and asked her if she still wanted it. We were so excited for such a great bargain! If you have something in mind you could always see if it comes in to save a few bucks.

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      OMG Congrats!! Love when we hear about “steals”!!!

      And spoiler alert: we made it to Land of Nod Outlet earlier this week and scored a DRESSER AND a RUG!! Thanks for the heads up!! We can’t wait to share all about it & are so excited about finding a deal =)

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  1. Trang

    I love the idea of temporary wallpaper, but man, they are expensive! I do love what you’ve done to the room though; its very bright and serene at the same time to me.

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  2. Kristen Ayotte

    Looks like you’re off to a great start! I’m going to check out the temporary wallpaper, seems like such a great solution.

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  3. Chelsea Schlagbaum

    I have been coveting a rug from The Land of Nod and stopped at the outlet to check it out. My mom said she wanted to get it for me and the employee at the store asked if she was on the “list.” When they had one come in they called and asked her if she still wanted it. We were so excited for such a great bargain! If you have something in mind you could always see if it comes in to save a few bucks.

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Painting the Guest Room Navy

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Dutch Licorice. I’ve never tried the candy before, but I must say it is one heck of a pretty dark color. And it just so happens to be the navy paint color we chose for our guest room!

dutch-licorice-guest-roomLast we chatted about this space, we had the wood wall up (part 1 & part 2) and had chosen our favorite color out of 4 navy paint contenders. Today, let’s discuss how we got the color up and on the walls in this space.

valspar-paintI’ve painted lots of rooms in my 27 (almost 28!) years, and have always found painting to be kinda fun. In fact, in college I was a “maintenance worker” for our town and my friends and I would spend our days painting offices, rec centers, and other buildings in town. I wasn’t the best painter, but I learned a lot over those summer months.

Bridget, on the other hand, had never painted in her entire life! Which does seem kinda crazy, but her father is a professional painter so there’s never been a need for her to ever paint…because he was always willing & able to get the job done perfectly. So I think she was a little nervous/anxious about painting a room in my house. Luckily, she is a natural. She must get the painting gene from her dad.

Back to the painting. Here are the supplies we gathered before starting…

  • 2 gallons Valspar’s Dutch Licorice (Sheen: Eggshell)
  • Paint rollers & covers
  • Paint tray & tray inserts
  • Drop cloths
  • Ladder
  • Paint Brushes (we love Purdy brushes. They’re the best!)
  • Painter’s Tape
  • Flathead Screwdriver
  • Small “hot dog roller” & cover

The first thing we did was remove all of the outlet covers. We recommend grabbing a ziploc baggie and throwing all of the covers and screws in there. That way you won’t lose them and they’ll be right on hand when you go to put the room back together.

taped-ceiling-paintingWith those off, we went around and started taping everything. Basically that meant the ceilings, baseboards, outlets, and around the window and doors. Because we were painting such a daaaaark color, we were both super nervous about paint bleeding through to the white ceiling or white trim. So we were very precise with our taping, and made sure to press it down tightly.

3M-painters-tapeOn the ceilings, we used this new Platinum painter’s tape from 3M. It’s a bit pricier than your regular painters tape, so we only got 1 roll of it. But because we didn’t want any bleed through on the ceilings…where it would be super noticeable and we would have to re-paint the entire ceiling white (ugh!), we decided to go with the good stuff. The tape reminded us of electrical tape, and was super strong.

taping-ceiling-3m-painters-tapeSo strong that the entire roll could hang from the ceiling…crazy right?!

Rookie Tip: Make sure your baseboards are clean before you apply the painter’s tape. If they’re dusty (I hate dusting…) then the paint won’t adhere and paint can bleed through to the other side.

With everything prepped, it was time to pop open that can of paint! I already shared our little time lapse video painting a portion of the room. Here it is again if you missed it.

You can see in the video, Bridget & I started on the wood wall and teamed up to get it done. We alternated with cutting into the corners, and using the small roller to cover the space in between all of the wood squares.

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My mom then joined us in the afternoon and helped us paint the remainder of the room. Between the 3 of us, we knocked it out in just a couple of hours.paint-guest-room-one-coat

one-coat-painting-guest-roomThe first coat didn’t cover completely, but by the time we made our way around the entire room…the walls were dry and ready for their 2nd coat.

dutch-licorice-paintThat one did cover. In fact it covered really well! So much so that we didn’t even do a third coat of the paint.

Looking back at the painting process, I would have done a few things differently. First, I would have brought another ladder into the room. Bridget & my mom focused on the bottom portion of the walls, and I slowly made my way around the top. But because you have to get down and move the ladder so much, I was way behind them. So having 2 ladders would have made things go even faster!

Also, I wish I would have remembered to get one of these little paint holders that has a magnet to hold your brush. Much easier to use this instead of going up and down the ladder to get more paint.

The good thing about going so dark is that any areas that weren’t covered were very visible. So it was easy to touch-up small areas as we went. Sometimes it’s hard with light colors to know if you’ve covered an area well enough, but the Dutch Licorice made our job easy.

diy_wood_wall_painted_navy_progress_office2 coats, a couple of touch-ups, and a few hours later..the walls were dry to the touch! We cleaned up all of our supplies and left the room for the night to reaaaallly dry. Even though I desperately wanted to peel up the tape and get the room back in order, there was no way I was going to chance any wet paint from bleeding through on the ceiling or baseboard. So I shut the door and waited until morning.

At that time, I peeled off the painter’s tape (no bleed through!), put the outlet covers back on, and took in my new dark & moody space.

It went from this….guest-room-wood-wallto this…

dutch-licorice-paint-colorIn the span of 24 hours. Pretty crazy, right?!corner-guest-room-paint

paint-guest-room-closetTo say I love the new color would be an understatement. I’m honestly obsessed with it. I think it looks so good against the white doors and trim. Really makes the white pop!

dutch-licorice-paint-color-guest-room wood-wall-guest-room-paintingThe girl who was so afraid to make a bold move is now understanding why people paint their walls colors other than gray! Ha, who knew it would happen?!

wood-wall-guest-room-diy-dutch-licoricepainted-guest-room-closetWith the wood wall up and the room painted, it’s now time for new lighting. But that’s next week my friends! This guest room is really coming along…diy_wood_wall_tutorial

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  1. Erin

    huge fan of the navy!! i did do my living room accent wall navy, so i’m a fan!!! it’s just a different change from the gray!

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  2. Ashley

    I’ve been reading your blog for years and somehow convinced myself you were sisters. I read Bridget’s dad was a painter, and was like, ummm, what?”. Anyway, the room looks great!

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  3. Trang

    That is my biggest fear is bleed through at the ceiling! Having an old house and the bumpy wall texture, it’s such a challenge. I must try this new tap you speak of and see if it work for me as wonderfully as it did for you Casey. The room is lovely and yes, bold – I love it.

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  4. KimiWho.com

    I am SO jealous of this. We painted our downstairs the lovely Passive as so often used and loved by you. But in addition to that, I painted 2 smaller accent walls Web Gray to give the downstairs more dimension. It looks amazing… but the BLEEDING! I thought we used good tape and we left it taped up for daaaaaays. I’m so disappointed and I’m not really sure what to do about it now. Bummer.

    That navy looks amazing. I am so impressed with you ladies – even more now that I’ve spent forever painting my house and dreaming of drowning in paint haha

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  5. Austin Schneider

    GORGEOUS! Seriously, I love just how CRISP it feels with the navy walls, the clean white trim, and the dark floors. Y’all did a fantastic paint job! Question: is there trim missing from around the door or is that just what it looks like from the inside?

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      Thanks so much Austin! So that is actually the closet door without the trim. The door to the room does have trim. I never actually really noticed it, but now with the new color it is soooo noticeable! I’m thinking about DIY’ing some crown molding in our bedroom, so maybe I’ll finish off the closet door at that time too.

  6. Kara D

    Amazing! So glad you picked the right color and that you’ve broken out of the “gray-zone” (not that it was a bad place to be! I still love all the grays!) Looking forward to seeing how it’s all going to come together!

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  7. BSantos

    Beautiful!!! Seriously re-thinking my colour scheme for my new home… Thanks to you!
    Love your blog, by the way.

    Greets from the Netherlands!

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  1. Erin

    huge fan of the navy!! i did do my living room accent wall navy, so i’m a fan!!! it’s just a different change from the gray!

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  2. Ashley

    I’ve been reading your blog for years and somehow convinced myself you were sisters. I read Bridget’s dad was a painter, and was like, ummm, what?”. Anyway, the room looks great!

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  3. Trang

    That is my biggest fear is bleed through at the ceiling! Having an old house and the bumpy wall texture, it’s such a challenge. I must try this new tap you speak of and see if it work for me as wonderfully as it did for you Casey. The room is lovely and yes, bold – I love it.

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  4. KimiWho.com

    I am SO jealous of this. We painted our downstairs the lovely Passive as so often used and loved by you. But in addition to that, I painted 2 smaller accent walls Web Gray to give the downstairs more dimension. It looks amazing… but the BLEEDING! I thought we used good tape and we left it taped up for daaaaaays. I’m so disappointed and I’m not really sure what to do about it now. Bummer.

    That navy looks amazing. I am so impressed with you ladies – even more now that I’ve spent forever painting my house and dreaming of drowning in paint haha

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  5. Austin Schneider

    GORGEOUS! Seriously, I love just how CRISP it feels with the navy walls, the clean white trim, and the dark floors. Y’all did a fantastic paint job! Question: is there trim missing from around the door or is that just what it looks like from the inside?

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  6. Kara D

    Amazing! So glad you picked the right color and that you’ve broken out of the “gray-zone” (not that it was a bad place to be! I still love all the grays!) Looking forward to seeing how it’s all going to come together!

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  7. BSantos

    Beautiful!!! Seriously re-thinking my colour scheme for my new home… Thanks to you!
    Love your blog, by the way.

    Greets from the Netherlands!

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The First 5 Steps to Plan a Nursery

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Disclaimer: Neither of us are pregnant, so don’t let the title fool you!! Keep reading for more details… 

Up until a few months ago, all things nursery were pretty foreign to us! Casey helped a bit with her nephew’s nursery, and we’ve seen lots of gorgeous baby spaces around the blogosphere, but beyond that, we were (and still are) a bit clueless.

nursery_design_tipsBut a few months ago when B’s sister recruited the DIY Playbook to help her prep her then office for the arrival of her little one in early July, we had no choice but to dive in to all things baby (temporarily)!

We instantly started planning a space Katie, her husband, and their future baby would l-o-v-e. Of course we still have a TON to learn about baby decor, but we have learned one thing while planning this space — the world of babies and nurseries and products and research and reviews is a TAD overwhelming. Throw some pregnancy hormones into that mix, and we can imagine that designing a nursery can be a pretty daunting task for any expecting mother… especially with a DEADLINE looming in the distance (hello due date!).

baby-feet-newborn-harry jrTo try to support these new moms in creating a space they love, without feeling totally overwhelmed and frustrated, we have created a 5 step plan to getting started in this space. We hope new moms will follow these 5 steps in order to create a  “vision” for the room. This vision will help them plan accordingly, register accordingly, and quite frankly create a nursery they love.

Rumor has it that these adorable new moms will be spending lottttsssss of time (including lots of late nights) in this space, so we think it’s pretty important that the room is one that they love and feel comfortable in.

nursery_inspiration.41 PM1. Start a Pinterest board and note what you love: The first thing we instructed Katie to do was start checking out Pinterest for inspiration. We told her to create a board (a secret board works too!) so that she can pin all of the ideas that she was drawn to. More specifically, we told her that when she pinned an image, we wanted her to note in the description exactly what she liked about each pin (ie. paint color, crib style, gallery wall, room layout, etc.). After pinning away for a few days or weeks, we could all go back and look at what styles, notes, or ideas kept recurring and try to build our design from there. Also, looking at the board as a whole helped us look at what colors, textures, and finishes she was most drawn to, which really helped us narrow down her style.

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Warning: Pinterest is a GREAT resource and we encourage others to see it as a positive tool to get started. By NO means do we think that your nursery needs to be a carbon copy of your inspiration from Pinterest NOR do we ever think you should compare your space to Pinterest and feel less about yourself. Use Pinterest as a tool and a motivator, but never compare your space…. there’s no room for a negative comparison trap during this happy and special time. Whatever you decide your nursery to be is absolutely PERFECT because it will be home to your perfect baby.

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2. Get a feel for your style: The Pinterest board will help you navigate the direction of your nursery’s design. Is the board feeling light and glam ,or is it more rustic chic, or maybe it’s more preppy and bright? Whatever feel and style you get from the initial board should start to evolve into that room’s “theme”. We put theme in quotes because we don’t necessarily think a nursery needs to be limited to revolving around one item, animal, or place.

nursery_east_coast_creativeImage via East Coast Creative 

Instead, we like the idea of incorporating those favorite items, animals, or places but keeping the theme more relaxed and focused on the style rather than one item. For example, Katie mentioned that she wanted her nursery to be outdoorsy. Instead of focusing on one item of the outdoors throughout the whole space (let’s say like only camping), we are choosing to focus on rustic with hints of camping and outdoors. See the difference?! We aren’t judging you if you have one specific theme in the whole nursery (remember, if the mom is happy that’s all that counts), we just like the idea of making the theme more general, so you can use some of these pieces of decor far beyond just the nursery. Heck, if things go as planned in Katie’s rustic nursery, we’re hoping she can transition some of the decor items, baskets, pillows, textiles, etc. to other parts of her house down the road.

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3. Purchase/Register for the big furniture (crib, rocker, dresser): Now that you have a general style, you can start to purchase or register for the large items. Like we just mentioned, we think it’s important (and most economical) to purchase items that can potentially work in this space much longer than only this nursery stage. We recently found out that there are crib sets that transition into twin-sized beds! We also think that purchasing a dresser that is stylish and can be transitioned into childhood, teenage years, and possibly beyond is a better fit than a baby dresser that you’re going to ditch in a few years. Choosing items that are versatile and don’t always scream “BABY” will help you avoid that “matchy-matchy” look and may just find themselves serving another purpose somewhere else in the house later on.

nursery_moodboard_happy_camper.30 PM4. Make a Mood Board: You all know we are huge fans of mood boards, especially in the initial design plans for a space. We like to include wall colors, a rug option, large furniture, art ideas, and even a few accessories to get a feel for the colors, style, and overall feel of the room before starting to shop. We create our mood boards using Polyvore (tutorial coming soon) and we suggest taking this step when designing your space too. We promise Polyvore is so easy to use…. like if you can drag and drop, you can handle creating one of your own. Plus they are FREE to make so we highly recommend giving it a try. This way you can literally visualize the room before making any more purchases.

5. Print or screen shot this mood board while you shop: Another thing we learned over the last few months… EVERYTHING is cute and adorable when it comes to baby decor. We literally want to buy it alllll because it’s so hard to resist all of the cuteness! But having that specific mood board will keep you on track and encourage you to ONLY buy items that fit within your nursery’s look and not just buy to buy.

We encouraged Katie to literally PRINT out the mood board for her purse and save it to her phone for quick reference while out shopping. That way she knew the general colors, style, prints, and pillows we were going for and she didn’t spend money on ALL the cute baby stuff that may not actually make it into the rustic nursery.

So clearly the planning has begun for Katie’s nursery, and we couldn’t be more excited to share our progress with you guys as her due date draws near.  Bridget and Casey Signaturenursery_design_tips

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  1. Heather

    I am so pro transitional furniture for babies!! I finished our nursery about a month ago (and still waiting for the resident to occupy it) and the crib is convertible into a full sized bed. There is nothing in that room (big furniture piece-wise) that screams ‘baby use only!’ It is much more practical!!

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  2. Gretchen Braun

    I love how you added the disclaimer right away 🙂 I know everyone would be asking if you didn’t add that! Love all this inspiration, especially those adorable animal heads!

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  3. Katie

    Thanks for the tips and look forward to following along. I’m due in September and find out the sex in a couple weeks so this will be my near future 🙂

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  4. Jacquelyn Fisher

    Nice tips! We are expecting our first child in September, and we haven’t even started thinking about the baby’s room yet. We’re currently renting (and our landlord will not allow us to paint or do any customizing) but we are actively house hunting. Unfortunately, the housing market where we live is not in the buyers’ favor: too much demand, not enough supply. If we can find a house in time, I’d love to go all out with the baby’s room, but if we end up staying with our rental… there is hardly anything we can do beyond curtains, furniture, and a few pictures. 🙁

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      Good luck on the house hunt!! We hope you find something & can totally relate to the sellers market… we are seeing a lot of that here too. Not fun if you’re looking for a new space =/. Good luck, we hope you find your home sweet home and most importantly, congratulations on your pregnancy!!

  5. Elaine

    I like how the advice can be easily transitioned to use for any room, not just a nursery. I have no experience with nurseries (and am definitely not in the hunt for it either!) and thought this was great advice for anyone looking at a blank slate of a room and saying “oh my gosh, where do I start!?”

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      Glad this could help! And yes, we would agree — this approach is similar to how we start every room because a blank slate can always be intimidating!

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  1. Heather

    I am so pro transitional furniture for babies!! I finished our nursery about a month ago (and still waiting for the resident to occupy it) and the crib is convertible into a full sized bed. There is nothing in that room (big furniture piece-wise) that screams ‘baby use only!’ It is much more practical!!

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  2. Gretchen Braun

    I love how you added the disclaimer right away 🙂 I know everyone would be asking if you didn’t add that! Love all this inspiration, especially those adorable animal heads!

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  3. Katie

    Thanks for the tips and look forward to following along. I’m due in September and find out the sex in a couple weeks so this will be my near future 🙂

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  4. Jacquelyn Fisher

    Nice tips! We are expecting our first child in September, and we haven’t even started thinking about the baby’s room yet. We’re currently renting (and our landlord will not allow us to paint or do any customizing) but we are actively house hunting. Unfortunately, the housing market where we live is not in the buyers’ favor: too much demand, not enough supply. If we can find a house in time, I’d love to go all out with the baby’s room, but if we end up staying with our rental… there is hardly anything we can do beyond curtains, furniture, and a few pictures. 🙁

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  5. Elaine

    I like how the advice can be easily transitioned to use for any room, not just a nursery. I have no experience with nurseries (and am definitely not in the hunt for it either!) and thought this was great advice for anyone looking at a blank slate of a room and saying “oh my gosh, where do I start!?”

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Choosing the Perfect Navy Paint

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For quite some time now, I’ve known that I’ve wanted to go BOLD in the guest room. I’m not sure how I came up with the idea that the room had to be navy, but once I landed on that idea…there was no turning back. That room was going to be navy! But the problem is…there are sooooo many navy paint colors out there. How the heck was I going to find the right one for the space?

Following some of the tips from this post, I browsed the internet, Pinterest, and some of my favorite blogs for inspiration. After lots of research, I narrowed it down to 4 navy contenders.

Valspar “Cadet Song” (VR11SA)

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Photo via The Lily Pad Cottage

Valspar “Indigo Streamer (4010-4)

desert-domicile-indigo-streamerPhoto via Desert Domicile

Valspar “Dutch Licorice” (4008-4C)

dutch-licorice-whatevershesgotPhoto via Whatever She’s Got

Valspar “Relaxed Navy” (5001-2B)

grace-lee-cottage-relaxed-navyPhoto via Grace Lee Cottage

Honestly, I liked them all and had no idea how the heck I was going to choose one winner. So, I headed to Lowe’s and got some samples to bring back home with me.

paint-samples-navy-1Top: Relaxed Navy (left) Dutch Licorice (right) Bottom: Cadet Song (left) Indigo Streamer (right)

diy_wood_wall-002I painted them on the wall, where our wood wall would be installed. After painting them, I immediately knew that the one in the upper left hand corner was OUT. It was pretty, but much too light and blue for my liking. I needed something darker.

navy-paint-samplesThe other 3 were still in the race though, and I needed to figure out which one was right for me. I didn’t want to paint the 3 samples on the other walls of the room, specifically because I wasn’t yet decided if I was just going to paint the wood wall in navy as an accent, and leave the other 3 walls gray.

So that’s when this new product from Lowe’s came into play…and let me tell you it was so HELPFUL when it came to making my final decision. spot-on-lowes-paintIt’s called “Spot On” and it’s a mini kit that helps you decide exactly which color paint you should choose for your walls. The kit is equipped with a color handbook, three 9”x12” removable decals, sample paint trays and rollers. You can pick one up at your local Lowe’s when you get your color samples, or order one online here. paint-samples-swatchesThe handbook is pretty awesome, because it is chock full of useful information right at your fingertips. It chats about sheens, color flow between rooms, and even has a paint coverage calculator so you can figure out how many gallons you need to buy!

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I loved the handbook, but the paint trays, rollers, and decal sheets were my absolute favorite. painting-navy-samplesYou just flip the sheet on over, pour your sample into the mini tray, and roll it onto the sheet. navy-paint-dutch-licoriceThen you’re supposed to let it dry, paint on a second coat, and then work with it. However, I was waaaaay too eager to do 2 coats and wanted to get a move on with my navy selection. navy-paint-choicesSo 1 coat was going to have to do! To keep the colors straight, I wrote down the names on the bottom with a sharpie. dutch-licorice-spot-on-sampleThen, all you do is peel the decal off the sheet and stick it to the wall.  It doesn’t leave behind a sticky residue, and you can easily stick & re-stick them in different areas of the space. I tried them on all of the walls, put them by the trim, windows, and closet. navy-paint-samples-on-wallHere are my 3 navy choices. Honestly, after putting them up in a couple areas…I immediately knew which one was right for me.

Cadet Song = too grayish

Indigo Streamer = too blue

Dutch Licorice = JUST RIGHT!

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We had a winner! I drew a little star on the bottom, and left the samples on the wall until Finn was home to judge them too. He agreed…our guest room would be painted in Dutch Licorice.

And to hold you over until the painted guest room reveal, here’s a little time lapse video of us painting the space….

You’ll notice halfway through that my mom stopped by to bring us lunch, and we then recruit her to change her clothes and help us paint! It was a team effort all around.

All the details on the paint job, next week on the blog!picking_the_perfect_navy_paint-100

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  1. Trang

    Haha! I especially love the part where you were waaay too eager to paint a 2nd coat before deciding the color. I’m very much the same way. I want to see it on MY wall…all of it… so I want to hurry up and pick the color. I really like this Spot On tool…seems much better than the tiny sample paper swatches (even the larger ones) that they give you at the store. Thanks for the tip!

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      hahaha right?! No patience at all when it comes to projects. Just want to be done! And Spot On really is cool. My mom is figuring out new paint for her bedroom and she is gonna use it to figure out which color is perfect for her!

      xo,
      Casey

  2. Ice Cream and Tequilla

    Looks great! I love that you guys are experimenting with videos on the blog. Can’t wait for the final reveal and idea board posts!

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  3. Austin Schneider

    Yay – I was pulling for Dutch Licorice! So glad it came out on top! Can’t wait to see the finished product next week.

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  4. KimiWho.com

    Love the color – I was rooting for that one! I like it as an accent wall. I just learned that, sometimes too much of a nice paint color is really too much.

    Ugh. Painting. I don’t know how you ladies do it. I’ve been painting my house for over a week now and I’m sick of painting haha

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  1. Trang

    Haha! I especially love the part where you were waaay too eager to paint a 2nd coat before deciding the color. I’m very much the same way. I want to see it on MY wall…all of it… so I want to hurry up and pick the color. I really like this Spot On tool…seems much better than the tiny sample paper swatches (even the larger ones) that they give you at the store. Thanks for the tip!

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  2. Ice Cream and Tequilla

    Looks great! I love that you guys are experimenting with videos on the blog. Can’t wait for the final reveal and idea board posts!

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  3. Austin Schneider

    Yay – I was pulling for Dutch Licorice! So glad it came out on top! Can’t wait to see the finished product next week.

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  4. KimiWho.com

    Love the color – I was rooting for that one! I like it as an accent wall. I just learned that, sometimes too much of a nice paint color is really too much.

    Ugh. Painting. I don’t know how you ladies do it. I’ve been painting my house for over a week now and I’m sick of painting haha

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Guest Room: Wood Wall Plan

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Last week, we revealed the big news…we’re working on one heck of a makeover! My guest room is getting a complete overhaul, and we’ve vowed to complete every DIY project by ourselves. Verdict is still out if that was a crazy declaration to make.

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In order to keep things organized and on-schedule, we have broken up the makeover into a few stages.

  • Stage 1: Install Wood Wall
  • Stage 2: Paint Room
  • Stage 3: Build Fauxdenza
  • Stage 4: Install new lighting
  • Stage 5: Hang art, swap out furniture, accessorize (our favorite part!)

Stage 1 is happening THIS WEEKEND. We carved out our entire weekend to get the wood cut and up on the wall, and to say we’re a little freaked out would be an understatement. But we keep telling ourselves that we’re smart girls and we will figure it all out together. If we fail, that’s a-okay. The only thing we need to worry about is being careful with the power tools <– legit scariest part of any DIY project.guest-room-bed-bedroom-before

Okay, so back to the wood wall (which will go behind the bed). I want to go into detail about our exact plans for the wall. Here are some of my inspiration pictures.Bower-Power-Wood-Wall

Image via Bower Power Blog

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Image via Life on Virginia Street 

Thrifty-decor-chick-wood-wallImage via Thrifty Decor Chick

I really think the wood will draw the eye up and make the room appear even taller. I also think it will be a subtle way to add some texture and interest to the small space.

With my inspiration pics in hand, I volunteered Finn to help me figure out the math for the wall. I knew I wanted larger boxes, and I wanted them to be long and rectangular…not too square. It was just a matter of figuring out how many rows and columns we could do based on our wall’s height & length.

Luckily he is a math whiz (hence the reason why he is the blog’s CFO), and had all of the measurements figured out in no time flat. And when he was done doing all of that math, he drew up this little diagram for me to share with you (what can I say, he’s a keeper!). The entire wall will be painted navy, but we just highlighted the wood to make the diagram easier to read.

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Here are our measurements:

  • Wall Length = 124.5 inches
  • Wall Height = 107 inches
  • Wood MDF (this is what we got from Lowe’s) = .656 inches x 3.5 inches x 12 ft
  • Inside of each rectangular box = 31 inches x 26.5 inches

So if our calculations are correct, we’ll have to cut our wood to end up with….

  • 2 – 124.5 inch pieces
  • 5 – 100 inch pieces
  • 8 – 26.5 inch pieces

We think our plan works because it will allow each vertical board to be nailed directly into studs. We’re planning to also use liquid nails, but it’s always a good idea to nail right into the studs for extra holding power.

guest-bedroom-closet-bed-beforeWith our plan in place, and all of our supplies & tools on-hand, we’re ready to get started! The next time you see this wall, it will no longer be bare! We can’t wait to walk you guys through the step-by-step process of cutting the wood and getting it secure on the wall. I’m sure we’ll learn a lot along the way, so we’ll be sure to document it all for you guys.

Have a great weekend!

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  1. Heather

    We did a wall just like this at the rental house my mom and I are flipping and it was a little more daunting to do than the regular hallway board and batten but SOOOOO worth it. I can’t wait to see how yours turns out!

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    1. Heather

      hahah we only got around to doing most of the cosmetic work. My mom had to bring contractors in for the rest. She is on a mission to sell the house and I am too pregnant to help her over there anymore 🙁

  2. Austin Schneider

    I’m weirdly jealous of how y’all are spending your weekend! Ha ha. Can’t wait to see the results and the step-by-step!

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    1. Trang

      It’s not weird jealousy at all! I feel the same. I wish my hubby would get into DIY stuff with me. It sucks doing certain tasks yourself sometimes.

  3. Trang

    Power tools are suppose to give you a bit of a scare! As my good friend says, ‘otherwise, you aren’t cautious and that’s when you get hurt’.
    As always, I am can’t wait to see the final product!

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  4. Colleen Bansley

    Good luck! You gals are so talented I know this will be perfection and a masterpiece! CANNOT WAIT TO SEE IT and see the step by steps! Do you have to use a different nail/screw/anchor for the studs? Do you have a good stud finder you would recommend? Good luck and don’t get hurt!

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    1. DIY Playbook

      Aww thanks so much Colleen! We are using a nail compressor to attach the boards, as well as liquid nails. So they definitely won’t be going anywhere! And yes…we both love using stud finders, especially when hanging things! Makes the job a lot easier. Mine is just kinda generic (yellow…maybe Dewalt?), It was pretty inexpensive from Lowe’s.

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  1. Heather

    We did a wall just like this at the rental house my mom and I are flipping and it was a little more daunting to do than the regular hallway board and batten but SOOOOO worth it. I can’t wait to see how yours turns out!

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  2. Austin Schneider

    I’m weirdly jealous of how y’all are spending your weekend! Ha ha. Can’t wait to see the results and the step-by-step!

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  3. Trang

    Power tools are suppose to give you a bit of a scare! As my good friend says, ‘otherwise, you aren’t cautious and that’s when you get hurt’.
    As always, I am can’t wait to see the final product!

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  4. Colleen Bansley

    Good luck! You gals are so talented I know this will be perfection and a masterpiece! CANNOT WAIT TO SEE IT and see the step by steps! Do you have to use a different nail/screw/anchor for the studs? Do you have a good stud finder you would recommend? Good luck and don’t get hurt!

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An Easy DIY Bathtub Tray

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January was a cooooold month here in Chicago. I’m talking single digit temps, snow, and ice galore. Yep, not too fun.Winter-Chicago-CaseyOur condo gets pretty darn chilly when the heat isn’t on full blast. You should see me tip-toe out of bed in the morning and dash to the hot shower. You’d think I’m being timed…I go that fast.

Master bathroom bathtubSo clearly I’m not a fan of the cold. But the one good thing about the wintertime is the fact that I get to use our new bathtub. It’s such a deep tub, and it’s the perfect way to warm up after a long commute home!

After taking many baths over the course of January, I realized that I could use a little bath tray to hold my wine & book while I’m in the tub! I searched online and didn’t find any that I loved, so I figured I could make a simple tray myself.

2-diy-bathtub-trayHere’s how I created this simple bath tray in an afternoon.

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I measured the width of my tub, and headed to the hardware store to pick up a 1×10 poplar board. I then had it cut to size for FREE! 03-staining-supplies

I decided to go with the same stain as the wood shelves we have in our bathroom….Jacobean. After lightly sanding the wood on all sides, I put on some gloves and grabbed a rag and dipped it into the stain. Then I just coated all sides of the wood and let it dry for a day. All you have to do is rub the stain into the wood and get all sides coated. Super easy.

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Next step, adding the handles. I had these silver handles leftover from our marble tray DIY project, and knew they would work perfectly on the wood tray. 02-countersink-drill-bitsBecause I didn’t want the screws from the handle to stick out on the bottom of the wood, I decided to use a countersink bit on my drill. Essentially this bit drills a pilot hole, while creating a little recess in the wood.06-countersink-drill-bit That means that your screw head can sit comfortably in the wood and it won’t stick out. Countersink bits are available in sizes to match screw sizes, so you’ll want to match it based on the screws with your handles.

Here’s what the screw would look like if you only drilled a pilot hole….05-screw-on-wood-board

Versus using a countersink drill bit…08-screw-in-countersink-woodMuch better right?

Okay enough with the woodworking lesson! Onto the next step.10-gripper-padsBecause the top of the tub is pretty slick, I purchased these grippers on Amazon to put on the underside of the wood. 11-gripper-pads-on-bottom-of-bath-trayAnd that was it! My tray was officially done.12-how-to-diy-bathroom-bathtub-tray

I absolutely love it! Not only was it super easy, but it’s incredibly useful for this bathing beauty. 14-scrub-brush-bathroom16-bathroom-bath-tray-book-candleI also love that I can keep this tray hanging out on the bathtub all the time. It adds a little interest to the big white tub, and it gives me another area to style. 2-diy-bathtub-tray

Any other bath lovers out there or am I the only one who loves a good bubble bath? I’m tell ya…give this super easy (& budget-friendly) project a try!diy-bath-tray

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  1. Ashley Sorrick

    Great idea!! We actually made chalkboard cheese trays just like this for some Christmas gifts last year – so easy to make!

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  2. tinagleisner

    Love how you shared that you can typically get simple wood cuts done for free, at the stores where you buy the wood. I even got a circle cut out of plywood for my first apartment before I understand that it’s not that easy, LOL

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  1. Ashley Sorrick

    Great idea!! We actually made chalkboard cheese trays just like this for some Christmas gifts last year – so easy to make!

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  2. tinagleisner

    Love how you shared that you can typically get simple wood cuts done for free, at the stores where you buy the wood. I even got a circle cut out of plywood for my first apartment before I understand that it’s not that easy, LOL

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Lucite Letter DIY

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Good morning friends! Since it’s now February (crazy!!), we are kicking the month off with a craft that we L-O-V-E. This super easy piece of home decor will add instant glam to ANY space without breaking the bank. And the best part?! We are pretty darn confident that this DIY would be amazing paired with your favorite girlfriends & wine at your next Girls’ Night In!

Lucite furniture and decor is all the rage these days; it’s a transparent, solid plastic and feels glam, while instantly making any space feel a little less cluttered.

When we saw these Lucite letters in the Make Market section at Michaels, we KNEW we had to use them for our February Michael’s Makers challenge. And with a price tag of $14.99 ($7.50 with a 50% coupon), how could we go wrong?! But as you notice from the before and after picture of this ampersand, a little color on these lucite letters can make an already glamorous piece even more gorgeous!

lucite-letter-diy-020Here’s what you’ll need to get started:

  • Lucite Letter(s) — a single letter works or you can even write a word using several
  • Acrylic Paint OR Liquid Gold Gilding
  • Soft bristled craft paint brushes

Rookie Tips to consider (aka what we learned along the way):

  • After you buy your letters, be careful transporting them back home…. you don’t want them to get scratched!
  • If you use acrylic paint to paint these letters a color other than gold (we have an example of this later in the post), stick with the DARKER acrylic paints to ensure the paint will cover thoroughly. We tried regular acrylic gold paint and it was too light to cover.
  • Soft bristled paint brushes are a MUST when dealing with both of these paints.
  • If you do host a Girls’ Night using this craft, it would be far more cost-effective to only buy a few colors for everyone to share…you only need a teeny-tiny amount of paint to cover each letter.
  • Put newspaper down on the table where the paint is happening <– the liquid gold is not very forgiving.

Once you have your supplies, all that’s left to do is carefully paint the edging of this letter. We found that the technique you paint the edge of this letter is very similar to painting your nails. It’s a tad tedious but not impossible. The soft bristled paint brush and the paint consistency is also similar to nail polish so if you’re good at painting your nails… you’ll be awesome at this project!

lucite-letter-diy-047Little by little you work your way around the letter until the entire border is painted. Acrylic paint and the liquid gold dry pretty quickly, so if you have to do two coats or wait until one side dries until you tackle the other, you can definitely get this all done in one sitting. For the gold, we only used one layer of paint and went back to touch up a few places that needed it. The navy letter (stay tuned) took two coats because the acrylic paint isn’t as thick as the liquid gold. lucite-letter-diy-031About an hour later, the gold ampersand was done and ready to add some serious GLAM to just about any space. #veryversatile lucite-letter-diy-049B added the lucite ampersand to her entryway shelf and instantly we were in LOVE!

lucite-letter-diy-052The cool part of this project is that when you look at the Lucite letter from straight on it still appears to be pure lucite. But when you look at it from any different perspective, you see the hints of gold.
lucite-letter-diy-048You can use one (or two) of these letters as bookends, but we loved the idea of these DIY Lucite Letters so much that we thought it would be fun to make a few more.
lucite-letter-diy-005Bridget created a B, again using the liquid gold, and just placed it flat on a side table in her office.

This idea could be cute on a coffee table or a desk too.

lucite-letter-diy-015And speaking of a desk, Casey made a C using navy acrylic paint and we love this look just as much as the gold! The dark navy was A LOT more forgiving than the gold so if you or some of your girlfriends are rookie crafters, a dark acrylic color may be a good starting point.   lucite-letter-diy-013We also think the navy is a good design compromise for those of you who may have to “sell” the idea of lucite to your hubbies! #weGETit #thestruggleisreal

Rookie Tip: If you’re not a perfect painter and some of your paint gets onto the surface of your letter and doesn’t stay on the edges, it’s easy to remove these areas of acrylic paint once it dries. Simply allow all of the paint to dry and carefully scrape it off with your fingernail (trying not to scratch the lucite). The gold acrylic is a tad more tedious but not impossible to remove. In that case, we used just a hint of nail polish remover, a q-tip, and some muscle. You have to work at it a little harder, but we promise the liquid gold will eventually rub off. 

lucite-letter-diy-043So what do you think… are you in love with these DIY Lucite Letters as much as we are?! We can see them placed in a kitchen spelling out EAT, incorporated into a little girl’s glam nursery, incorporated into wedding decor, or even just the perfect new piece on your fav shelfie. However you use these, will you promise us ONE thing?! If you do have a Girls’ Night making these DIY Lucite Letters… promise to send us pictures!!

Happy Crafting,

And how could we forget about one of our favorite parts of Michael’s Makers monthly challenges?! We can’t wait to go check out what projects the other 49 talented ladies did using products from the new Makers Market over on Michael’s Glue String Blog or using the links below:


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  1. H Buchanan

    These look fantastic! Who knew a little paint could make such an impact! I’m definitely considering them for wedding decor that I could later turn in to home decor!

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  2. Diana

    These are adorable! I love the idea of just edging the letters. We already have a lot of letters and ampersands around here but next time I’m at Michael’s I might have to pick one of these up!

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    1. KimiWho.com

      Nothing no apologize for! I was just wondering if I used the wring kind of paint. I used a silver, acrylic paint also from Michaels.

      I’m thinking of redoing it with a different brand.

    1. Marie Clements

      nevermind; I think I found it based on your picture– Martha Stewart Crafts® Liquid Gilding !

  3. Megan Duesterhaus (The Homes I

    Okay…that painted detail is SO simple but has such a dramatic effect! Can’t wait to try it myself! Awesome work!

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23 thoughts on “Lucite Letter DIY

  1. H Buchanan

    These look fantastic! Who knew a little paint could make such an impact! I’m definitely considering them for wedding decor that I could later turn in to home decor!

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  2. Diana

    These are adorable! I love the idea of just edging the letters. We already have a lot of letters and ampersands around here but next time I’m at Michael’s I might have to pick one of these up!

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  3. Megan Duesterhaus (The Homes I

    Okay…that painted detail is SO simple but has such a dramatic effect! Can’t wait to try it myself! Awesome work!

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