I have been gone for a while, opps. I have been focusing on school and other things for a while but now that it's summer and I have a little bit more time I figured I would get back to blogging. Whether people actually read this or not I have fun doing it and I get to learn stuff in the process. I recently read this post by one of my favorite bloggers, Liz Marie Blog, and it made me realize that I should blog whether I think it is any good or not because I enjoy it and that is what matters. After I painted my living room I wanted to hang some more things on the wall since without the chair railing it was looking a little bare. I also had a metal canvas from when Geoff and I had engagement pictures done last August and I knew I wanted to use that. Being on a budget I knew I had to find inexpensive frames so I went to the thrift store and found a couple for super cheap. The rest were found at Ikea, Target, Hobby Lobby (arrow picture), and the clearance section of HomeGoods. I don't think I spent over $5 on one frame. For the layout I laid out all of the frames on the floor until I had an arrangement that I liked. I started with the metal canvas in the middle and worked around that. This next part takes a little longer but it will be worth it. Take a measuring tape and measure each frame and the length apart from each other starting with your middle frame or the largest one. Take painter's tape and tape the arrangement on the wall so you can see how it looks and rearrange if needed. Put the nails in before you take the tape off and that's it. It's pretty simple even though it can be intimidating. Hope you have a great day and thanks for stopping by!
I am in love with this color. I have put this project off for about a year now and two weekends ago I woke up and finally decided I should paint my dresser. Here is a picture of it before:
This dresser is almost as old as I am, I had it in my bedroom as a kid. It has held up really well though and I like it so I thought why buy a new one. A couple years ago I have painted it with chalkboard paint and sanded it to make it look worn. I loved it as the time but it was time for something new. We had sanded it at the top there about a year ago and that's how it has sat there and I was sick of looking at it. We (well mostly Geoff) sanded all of the black paint of which took like 10 hours (not really but it took a couple hours). I used Rust-Oleum Universal Matte in Robin's Egg and just a matte white on the handles.
Okay so this is not going to be a super interesting post but I wanted to share my experience in removing the chair rail in my living room just in case anyone else out there needs some advice. I noticed there wasn't a lot of information on the internet about removing chair rails and the prepping process afterward.
Going into this project I was thinking oh this is going to be easy, no big deal. Although it wasn't super difficult it was just a bit time consuming. One thing I learned from this project is when you start doing something you never have done before, do some research. I started ripping the chair railing off because I was so eager to get the damn things off the wall and ended up tearing up parts of the walls. I went online did some research and realized that you need to take a utility knife and cut the caulk at the top and bottom before you remove it from the wall. From there I had to do a lot of patching and sanding. Once done, we threw a coat of primer on and then the paint.
First you need to cut the caulk at the top and bottom of the chair rail making sure you cut all the way through it. Luckily for me only the top of the chair rail was caulked so I cut that and then slid a metal putty knife underneath of it and pulled it away from the wall. Go along the length of the chair rail and do this until the nails are pulled half way out and then repeat the process until the piece is completely out. Some nails may still be in the wall so use a hammer to pull those out.
Then next step is sanding the wall a bit to get the rest of the caulk off and smooth everything out a bit. If you tore some pieces of the drywall like I did don't worry the next step will fix it.
To make sure the holes where the nails were are covered up take a hammer and tap the hole to make a small dent in the wall. Take a large putty knife and coat on a thick layer of joint compound over the entire area where the chair rail used to be. The reason I used joint compound instead of spackling is that joint compound is used for larger areas whereas spackling is for small holes. Let dry and sand. Repeat the process again if it is not completely smooth or just in areas that need it.
Before painting you must put a coat of primer on the walls as you cannot use regular paint over joint compound. I used Kilz 2 Latex.
Once you are done painting the room, then go back in and touch up the trim where the chair rail used to be.
I have to thank my handy mom for helping me on this project because I am clueless when it comes to some parts of painting and I also have to thank my fiancee for putting up with my crazy need to change things constantly as well as helping. Although he better get used to it...
Let me know if you have any questions about this process.
Happy Saturday!! It is such a beautiful day here in southeast Michigan, I am actually about to head out to do some disc golfing and hiking today. It is so nice when you can finally get outside after hibernating indoors for months. Okay so I finally got around to putting my living room back together after painting it and I love it! The color is perfect and I just love how it really opens up the room and makes it much brighter.
Still need to add some decor and I have a rug coming next week so I will be posting more soon. Hope you all enjoy your weekend and thanks for checking out my blog!
Helloooo! Sorry I have been MIA lately, school and work have been eating up a lot of my time. Here is a little peek of what the new living room paint looks like. I promise I will start posting things other than just my mantel but this was the only thing in my living room that is put back together right now. Still have to do some touching up to do. This project was a lot of work but seeing the end result made it so worth it! It is crazy how much difference a little paint can make. Stay tuned for pictures of the entire living room and thanks for stopping by!
Hello! So I know it's not Friday yet but because of the holiday I have a four day weekend (yay!) and so today is like Friday for me. And honestly on Friday I am probably going to be nursing a hangover while in a car for about 5 hours so no blogging for me. This holiday weekend I am traveling to Chicago with a couple of my good friends and fiancee! I have never been to a big city for New Year's Eve so I am expecting this one to be a good one :) Okay so getting back on track, I woke up the other day and decided I needed to make some huge decor changes to my home. Everything is starting to feel dated and I am the kind of person that like to change things up quite often. Since all of the rooms in my place need some updating I am going to start in one room, the living room. My living room has a lot of brown in it, brown walls, brown couch, brown curtains, brown decor. I apparently really liked brown at the time but now I am sick of it! I decided that if I painted the wall's a different color and threw in some new decor it would make a huge difference. Grey walls are all the rage right now and I would love to have grey on my walls but with my huge brown couch I needed a color that would blend a little better. I decided on Behr Sculptor's Clay, I would describe it as a light cool beige. I also have chair railing on almost every single wall in my home so I decided that has to go too (at least in the living room). I am excited for this new look and I will share it with you as soon as I am done! So here are some ideas for the style of my new look.
Here is a swatch of Sculptor's Clay:
Barney's Bookends (a girl can dream right?)
Obviously I like neutrals A LOT. Not that I don't like color, there is quite a bit of color in my bedroom but I think neutrals just look more elegant and put together than lots of loud color. Well I hope you all have a great New Year's, thanks for stopping by!
Hi! So I decided to drag my butt out of bed today to get presents wrapped for Christmas. Geoff, for any of you who don't know is my fiancee, and I went to see Star Wars with his family on Friday night and then had my family Christmas party yesterday while running around to do some shopping in between so I was a little tired this morning. But I somehow mustered up the energy without any coffee and got it done! I tend to get a little stressed out around this time of year so it's nice to have one more thing crossed off my to do list. I have been seeing so many people using Kraft paper to wrap presents this year so I thought I would try it out myself. I love how they turned out although the paper is a little bit harder to wrap with because it's thicker than most wrapping papers. One tip is to use packaging tape instead of regular tape so that it stays better. I just bought a roll of Kraft paper from Michael's along with some ribbons and name tags. All the ribbons were 70% off and I found the wood tags for $0.49 each, score! I didn't put them under a Christmas tree because I decided not to put one up this year. My kitties like to eat every decoration I put up! Anyway, if you used Kraft paper to wrap your presents let me know how they turned out! I would love to see them :)