Friday, July 3, 2015

How to paint wood paneling

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 I remember when I was about 8 years old, my mom painted the wood paneling in her bedroom. She painted it white and filled in the grooves with sage green and pink. I'm not sure why she did the grooves that color, but it was the early 90s, so I'll cut her some slack :) I loved her room, even with with pink and green. Every time I see wood paneling, I just think about how cute it could become with a coat of paint. I truthfully wouldn't mind buying a house full of paneling, just so I can paint it and gain instant character. Instead, I'm stuck replicating it throughout my house :)

I've been asked a lot about how I painted the wood paneling in this bedroom. I had no idea it would be such a hot topic :) And trust me, it's not as hard as it looks. So, here's the tutorial on how to do it! Sorry in advance for not many how-to pictures :)
How to paint wood paneling. Make a dated room look chic instantly!
As you can see, the paneling in this room covered all the walls, even wood trim for the baseboards and on the ceiling. And just to top off this look, I'm pretty sure this carpet was orange shag before my mom replaced it :)
How to paint wood paneling. Make a dated room look chic instantly!
 The first step was to prepare the wall. Since it's wood, when nails or screws are pulled out, it leaves a little bump. I sanded those bumps first.

Next was to take off all the wood trim on the floor. I left the trim on the top because of some issues I found that would make it a pain to install new molding.

Now it was time to paint. I used Linen White by Glidden in satin, paint and primer in one. For the roll, I used smooth/semi-smooth.

The first step in painting was to paint the grooves with a brush, then cut in along the ceiling and corners about 4 inches. Feathering the paint into the wood.

Then I applied the paint with the roller to cover the rest of the wood, leaving a few inches along the bottom for the baseboards. Didn't see the point in painting what was going to be covered :)
How to paint wood paneling. Make a dated room look chic instantly!
 This took 3 coats of paint in most spots. Since it was wood, it was absorbing a ton. In other spots, I did about 4 to 5 coats.
How to paint wood paneling. Make a dated room look chic instantly!
 After all the paint was dried, I put up the baseboards and then it was time to decorate!
How to paint wood paneling. Make a dated room look chic instantly!
You can barely see the grooves in the pictures, but in real life, this room looks like a little cottage retreat :) It's amazing how paint can transform a space!
How to paint wood paneling. Make a dated room look chic instantly!
Here's another before and after. If you have any more questions on something I didn't cover, let me know in the comments.
How to paint wood paneling. Make a dated room look chic instantly!

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Incorporating Children's Art Into Home Decor

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My sweet little babe loves to paint and draw, therefor I have a ton of her artwork lying around. I like to try to incorporate her art in our decor and of course, I often commission her for some cute abstract paintings :)
how to incorporate children's art into home decor
The best way to I have found to incorporate her work into our decor is to limit her color uses to certain colors. I, of course, don't always do this, only when I have a spot I know I want her art and still want it to fit within a color scheme. For instance, if I have her paint something for my mom, I'll often give her turquoises, yellows and neutrals. If it's for her room, I'll do pinks. I've wanted some art above our t.v. for quite some time now, and finally got around to having her make me some.
how to incorporate children's art into home decor
I just gave her some gold metallic paint and had her go to town with different size and shape brushes. I also had some stencils but I couldn't turn down any of her abstract pieces :) They are just painted on printer paper and placed into $7 frames from Ikea.
how to incorporate children's art into home decor
My husband had no idea that she had painted them and they were hanging up for over a week before he said something about them. He thought they were snippets of a world map :) Compliments to my two year old! I love how the colors work with this room.
how to incorporate children's art into home decor
And yes, I do have a box full of papers that has every color in the rainbow :) I have plans to turn those into cute pieces in a gallery wall in the hall by her bedroom.

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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

How to paint plywood sub-flooring to resemble wood floors

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You may remember me telling you about helping my mom renovate her house. The projects are sporadic and come when the money is there. So, sometimes you have to live with something until you have it in the budget to do something else. Like carpet for instance...or lack there of :) This little bedroom that was created out of half the dining room and a closet has been lacking carpet since it's existence. Yes, we could put carpet or flooring in, but we want it to match the rest of the house and the rest of the house's flooring won't be done for at least another year. So, until then, these poor floors have been left undressed. Yep, showing nothing but plywood. Ugly? Yep. But, once again, you gotta live with what you've got :) But, you can always make what you've got a little more palatable.

We decided that for the the mean time, it would be a great idea to paint the plywood sub-floor and make it resemble hardwood. Now, we didn't get into the details of adding lines and what not, we decided to save our sanity and just painted it dark brown. Plus, a rug was going to cover up a majority of the floor anyway.
Make your plywood sub-floor look like hardwood! Great solution when you are waiting to get new flooring but don't want your old stuff anymore
This is how it started. Super dusty and gross.
Make your plywood sub-floor look like hardwood! Great solution when you are waiting to get new flooring but don't want your old stuff anymore
 The first step was to painstakingly take out all of the loose staples. The ones that would bug our feet if walked on. Doing this didn't loosen the plywood, at least in this case. I'm sure if they were all pulled up, it would probably loosen them up.
Make your plywood sub-floor look like hardwood! Great solution when you are waiting to get new flooring but don't want your old stuff anymore
 Next was getting a mop and mopping the floors, getting all the dirt and dust off the floor.
Make your plywood sub-floor look like hardwood! Great solution when you are waiting to get new flooring but don't want your old stuff anymore
 Once the floors were dry, we started painting. We began in the corners and along the baseboards.
Make your plywood sub-floor look like hardwood! Great solution when you are waiting to get new flooring but don't want your old stuff anymore
 We went along all the edges.
Make your plywood sub-floor look like hardwood! Great solution when you are waiting to get new flooring but don't want your old stuff anymore
 And then finished up painting in the middle.
Make your plywood sub-floor look like hardwood! Great solution when you are waiting to get new flooring but don't want your old stuff anymore
 Such a difference! But I wanted to make sure all this hard work wouldn't get scraped up...
Make your plywood sub-floor look like hardwood! Great solution when you are waiting to get new flooring but don't want your old stuff anymore
 ..so, polycrylic to the rescue! Since we used a latex based paint, we went with a water based poly.
Make your plywood sub-floor look like hardwood! Great solution when you are waiting to get new flooring but don't want your old stuff anymore
 To apply it, we used a long stick attached to a foam like brush. This gave it a really smooth finish.
Make your plywood sub-floor look like hardwood! Great solution when you are waiting to get new flooring but don't want your old stuff anymore
 We went in the same order as with the paint, applying the poly to the edges and corners first and then to the rest of the room.
Make your plywood sub-floor look like hardwood! Great solution when you are waiting to get new flooring but don't want your old stuff anymore
It does take quite awhile to dry. We did 3 coats of poly with at least 24 hour dry time between each coat.
Make your plywood sub-floor look like hardwood! Great solution when you are waiting to get new flooring but don't want your old stuff anymore
 The shine of the poly is the perfect finishing touch!
Make your plywood sub-floor look like hardwood! Great solution when you are waiting to get new flooring but don't want your old stuff anymore
 This room came together so nicely, it's a shame that we live so far away or else I would have our kiddos visit and stay over more often. They love this room!
Make your plywood sub-floor look like hardwood! Great solution when you are waiting to get new flooring but don't want your old stuff anymore

Oh, and just an FYI, this does not count as flooring. A home evaluation was done in the process of doing this project and they dinged the value for not having flooring in this room and one other room. Even nasty dingy carpet has a higher value than this :)

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Monday, June 8, 2015

Summer Home Tour

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Welcome to my Summer home tour! I'm so excited this week is finally here...mainly so I can be a voyeur and look into other people's homes. That may make me sound creepy, but I know you guys are just like that too ;) Marty from A Stroll Thru Life has been gracious enough to put together this year's tours and has included 29 other bloggers; 6 homes each day this week! There are some awesome blogs that you won't want to miss, so be sure to check them out.

Some of you are new here, so here's a little background. My house is 8 years old and we've been the only owners it for the past 7 years. It boasts everything perfectly builder grade. I used to hate the wall color, but as my style has changed I have come to adore them. I've been slowing trying to add more and more custom details throughout the house to take out the builder-grade feel and make it mine. I have a problem with changing things up too often, so if you come back next week, it'll probably look completely different :) Just check out last weeks front room post too see what I mean.

Now let's get on with the tour and total picture overload :) But, as a disclaimer, my house never, ever looks like this in reality. I know, I know...bummer. But, I have a toddler, a baby, and a lab...and my husband....so yeah. It gets pretty messy around here. One of these days I'm going to do a mock-home tour and show you all the gritty ;) Oh, wait, I've almost already done that....On to the tour!

Welcome to my home! Here's our entryway. To be truthful, I hate this tile...like I have been wanting to change it out since we moved in 7 years ago. But this picture really makes me want to keep it now. It just looks so pretty. Figures.
 Off the entry way is my front room. I know it's Summer, but I can't help but have blankets around every corner of my house. They are a main staple for me. It's not warm enough if it's not at least 90 degrees...my husband thinks otherwise, but don't they all? His good temp would be 50. Yeah. You can only imagine the fights over the thermostat at our house :) I obviously lose those fights a lot...thus the blankets.

On to the living room.
This year I brought in lots of yellows throughout the house along with a ton of lanterns. To me, lanterns and Summer just go together...as does yellow of course :) I think I might  just be as bad a lantern hoarder as I am a pillow hoarder. And that's saying something, especially if you were to come over and check out my pillow hoard. It's just ridiculous and little embarrassing.
I used to decorate with candles around every corner (candle hoarder too here), but have gotten out of that phase. But now I'm loving candlesticks. For some reason, without the candles. So, really they are just sticks. I just love the decorative touch they give. The lantern and the 'sticks' are from Home Decorators Collection. A new little obsession of mine. Check them out, you won't regret it!
 Here's the other side of my living room. I usually like to keep it pretty neutral around here, but I couldn't part with these pillows just yet. They add so much interest to the room.
That little corner has been a fun space to decorate too. I'm not a fan of having clocks around...I tend to look at the time way to often if they are in my face, but I just fell in love with this cute little guy. It doesn't work, so that helps too :)
 I brought in a little more Summer with a conch shell I got from Grand Turk and a jute wrapped basket from Home Goods. (p.s. I wish I lived closer to a Home Goods...although my bank account probably thinks otherwise lol).
I'm planning on some big changes coming to this room this year. Some that will definitely extenuate the 20 foot ceilings. I can't wait!
 Next up, my dining room. I've carried the yellows back through here...and of course the lanterns. As you can see...major lantern problem ;) I got these lanterns at Home Depot last year for $8 at their end of Summer clearance. How can you not buy the whole shelf worth? Just sayin...

 I love this table, but have found another table I want instead. If you follow me on instagram, you now what I'm talking about. Now if only I can get them to give it to me for a hundred dollars ;)

 Here's our sideboard. I love the idea of using the candlesticks to heighten pots.

On to my master bedroom. Not much has changed in here since I've last shared it. But it's always fun to see it again clean :) Once again...baby...toddler...dog...husband. Enough said. These lamps were also a steal. I got them from Target on clearance for about $20 each. I have some in the living room too.
 This has been the first time in about a year that I haven't wanted to change something in this room. It's a serious miracle.
 And for the guest bedroom. A little bit has changed since last Spring's home tour. I loved it then and I love it now. The headboard just makes me happy. In a few months, this is going to change a lot again when I make it into a nursery. Super excited to redecorate for that! As for the plant in the window...that baby has been going since February. I'm not sure how, it's a serious miracle if you know me and my black thumb of death.There are no blooms anymore, but I still count it as a success.
 As for the guest bathroom, here's the first one. I still can't believe the transformation of this bathroom. Makes me happy going in there :)
And my second guest bath. This has actually stayed the same for the past few years, but it just reminds me of Summer and the beach :) Plus, the makeover was only $60. So that makes me happy too.
Last but not least, our patio...here's a little sneak peak. I have some fun plans happening here in the next few weeks so stay tuned!

Go and check out these other amazing tours today! You won't regret it :) And be sure to check back here the next few days and I'll have the next tours up!
                     Live On Virginia Street                    
Snazzy Little Thing
    21 Rosemary Lane
Thrify and Chic
Claire Brody Designs
 
Tuesday – June 9th
Thrifty Decor Chick
Our Southern Home
Making Home Base
Hymns & Verses
Bliss @ Home
DIY Showoff

Wednesday – June 10th
City Farmhouse
Driven By Decor
No Minimalist Here
SG Style
Decor To Adore  


 

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