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How to Paint a Clean Line in 4 Easy Steps

If you're here reading this, odds are good that you've experienced the frustration of pulling back the masking tape after painting and finding that your paint had seeped underneath. This trick uses that principle and turns it on its head. This is the most basic building block of murals, and after mastering this technique, you'll be set for a long future of gorgeous, clean lines.  1. Lay your tape as close to the desired line as possible. 2. Using paint the color of the wall, paint along the edge, making sure that the paint seals the edge. By doing this, you ensure that any paint that seeps underneath will be the wall color and therefore wont be noticed!  3. After this dries, paint your new color over the top. 4. Peel back the tape at a 45 degree angle and enjoy your clean stripe!...

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The Basics of Building a Graphic Wood Accent Wall

Ok friends, wood accent wall time. I will start by saying that I am no expert. If you've seen me working in my sweatpants and messy bun, this is no surprise. But what I will tell you is my method for creating these walls. Materials Wood. Lots of it. 1/4 in Plywood for sheathing the walls Screws Miter Saw Pin Nailer Patience Choosing Wood I used cedar fence boards for this project. They were reclaimed from an old fence, pressure washed, dried, and had nails removed. I then sanded them all down so they were smooth (just with rough 80 grit sandpaper). If you're using cedar fencing from the hardware store, you will also need to give it a quick sanding. Just for reference, cedar fencing runs about 6 inches wide. most of the wood pieces I've used are the full width (all the angled pieces)....

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Winter Eclectic Home Tour 2018

Folks, I am your last stop for today (wednesday) on the Winter Eclectic Home Tour! You are probably coming here from Monica's glam and gorgeous house. We are a bit more casual around here, enjoy the tour! Christmas for me is a very nostalgic time. Growing up my home was kinda crazy and not always the most stable, but the one thing we did well was Christmas and its traditions. My mom stored over 20 boxes of Christmas decor and decorated our house to the nines. My parents downsized a year or two after I established a place of my own, so I inherited a lot of their decor, and have used it for years because it felt like home. It wasn't until last year that I realized I didn't need to use all of it. That I could pick and choose which pieces I liked and it could still feel like Christmas. My...

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One Room Challenge: FINAL REVEAL!!!

I haven't let myself appreciate this change until now. Well, when I finished five minutes ago. Which was 3:38 pm on Thursday, the final day of the ORC. Finished taking photos just before the light died. To say I cut it close would be putting it mildly. And I'm TIRED. My body is exhausted. My dogs are barking! I know I've already used that Office reference. Forgive me. What's that you say? You don't care and have already skipped ahead to the pictures? It's ok. I forgive you. I'll just be here, admiring this space and never moving again! Are you seeing this? I may actually consider doing laundry!!! Placing this exterior door has totally shifted the function of this room. Where it once felt like an add-on (and virtually unused space), it now functions as a spacious area for our family...

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One Room Challenge: Week 5

Week 5!!! Can you believe it? ONE WEEK LEFT. I am so nervous! There is still SO much left to do. But lets start with what has been done! I tiled!!! I scrapped my initial idea of using VCT tile and decided on slate. The floor has to be perfectly smooth to apply VCT tile, and I kind of just hit my limit on the self-leveling concrete. So I went with tile (nothing like forgiving thinset to help with any discrepancies in the floor). I wanted a tile that was simple enough that it wouldn't compete with the wood wall, dark enough to mask the mud and dirt that will inevitably come in, and a natural stone or porcelain. Home Depot carries these 12x24 slate tiles for only $3/sqft. Honestly, I think this size of tile is usually pretty clumsy, but I found this pattern and it actually looks...

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One Room Challenge: Week 4 of death

The title says it all friends. It started out well by me recruiting my dad to reroute the plumbing on the washing machine. The washer and dryer were sitting about 8 inches out from the wall and protruding from the counter by at least 5 inches. With a few parts (and removing a massive chunk of sheetrock), we were able to get the washer to sit flush with the counter! I didn't realize how much it had been driving me crazy!! This is so much better. It made this washer look nice! which was saying something considering they're just old craigslisted units. Oh! I forgot I also sanded and oiled all the cabinets! Oi. That was a process. Originally I planned to fill the routing (that felt so dated), paint the doors white and sand and oil the base. It felt modern and interesting! But then I...

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One Room Challenge: Week 3

Boy howdy has this been a week. This ORC has been kicking my butt! There are so many projects in the queue for this laundry room, and so many of them require specific products that haven't arrived. They all require a lot of attention to detail and concentration. Most of them are outside of my comfort zone. When I realized that, I figured I might as well start with the geometric wood wall.   This wall treatment is inspired by a few great designers: Bre of @brepurposed and Katty of @one.four.six. They both made beautiful geometric wood walls that made me stop in my tracks. Bells and Whistles in Pasedena has a beautiful wall that served up some serious inspiration as well. Now that those geniuses have their credit, I'll tell you my story. I searched for the cheapest way to do this. I am...

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One Room Challenge: Week 2

Forgive me the lack of pretty photos friends: renovation sure isn't pretty! You remember my ugly laundry room from last week's post? Don't worry, if possible, it's only gotten uglier! Over the past week I worked on demo! I removed all the trim from the room, some excess cabinets, the laminate countertops and backsplashes, and, oh, you know, a wall. I sanded the existing cabinet bases (well, mostly). I'm planning on filling the routed detail and painting all the doors. These cabinets are stained a very rich color, but when they're sanded down, they're beautiful! Tearing down the wall is my favorite change yet! I didn't realize how much of the problem in this laundry room was a lack of natural lighting! Removing this wall allowed all the light from that window to come flooding in!...

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Favorite Fall Product Roundup

Ahh!! Fall is here! Crispy air, falling leaves, and the beginning of 9 months of rain, if you're here in the PNW. But really, few things are more draining than constant cloud cover. So I put together a collection of favorite things that always put a smile on my face.  1. I had to start out strong with a killer stripe!! I'm loving these Pendleton socks. 2. Sonnet James is my favorite brand, hands down. Their dresses are darling, easy to wear, comfortable and made ethically in the USA! 3. I can't get over this coat I found at Anthropologie! The strong graphic print pairs well with smaller patterns and is an interesting neutral. 4. Since these wooden watches came on my radar a few years ago, I've been in love. It's rare to find unique watches that cater to both men and women. They make a...

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One Room Challenge: Week One!!

You guys!!! It is the day I have been anticipating for months! The One Room Challenge has officially begun! As you may know, this 1950's house that we live in is split in two units, top floor and bottom floor. I completely  renovated the top floor two years ago, sadly saying goodbye to the blue and pink carpet. The two units share a laundry room on the first floor, and that sucker has not been touched since 1959! I am so excited to get moving and turn this dark hole into something wonderful. Truthfully: this room has never been this clean. Between the landlord who lived downstairs and their farming supplies, and me with my project supplies (that I would leave outside my door whenever I needed to tidy up quickly) this room has often been complete chaos. Honestly, cleaning it up isn't...

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Update Your Vanity for Less than $10

When I first remodeled this bathroom, I replaced the flooring, the backsplash and the mirror. I updated the countertop, retiled the shower and all the trim. I changed the plumbing so I could install this beautiful wall-mounted faucet. I repainted. Twice. Believe it or not the picture below is my second paint job. That we lived with for over 6 months. I had seen so many bathrooms that looked so chic with black walls--and clearly fell short of the mark. Turns out you need sunlight to pull off a black room, go figure. I digress. In all that remodeling, it didn't even cross my mind to change the vanity! It was one of those things that you're just blind to. I accepted it as it was. It seemed like a decent wood tone, and the handles could be called vintage kitsch. Compared to the rest of...

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Lego Island Wall

I have always wanted a lego wall. There's something so appealing about them--they're graphic, fun, and a surprising pop of color. Have you seen the trend of filling cracks in stone with legos? It's my favorite. Just one more reason I need an ancient old stone home. The kitchen in my last home had dark wood cabinets and horrible tan tile with a pixelated stone print on it. Not the best colors to accent the primary color Lego scheme. Even so, I stayed up late one night trying to build a wall out of legos. I didn't get very far before I gave up and accepted that it would be hideous. So when I finally had an all-white kitchen, it was on! It's probably a bad blogger move to post this super old and horrible photo, but, meh, I feel like it will only help you appreciate the new Lego wall!...

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