Color Lovers {10 Bloggers 10 Room Makeovers} – Dining Room Refresh

Color Lovers Blog Tour: Welcome, color loving friends! I’m so happy you’re here! The time has come! The day we’ve all been waiting for! Can’t wait to see – 10 bloggers, 10 room makeover reveals as a part of the Color Lovers series! Here’s one of them on the tour. My dining room from blah to ta-da!  Color Lover's Room Makeover - dining room reveal @diyshowoff (navy, chartreuse, blush and gray for a soft but colorful fresh new look) #colorlovers #birchlanecolorlovers #TheMinecolorlovers #mintedcolorlovers

Let’s take a look at the before and after of my dining room, let me know what you think in the comments below and then be sure to visit the other makeovers designed by our talented blog friends at the end of this post for more color loving inspiration. Ready? Let’s go!

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I’m so excited! It’s time for the dining room reveal! If you like what you see, I’ve included some affiliate links below. Okay, here we go! My dining room was neutral to start…

The Before:  Color Lovers series! @diyshowoff dining room before   Color Lovers series! @diyshowoff dining room before Color Lovers series! @diyshowoff dining room before

My dining room has very little natural light. So adding fun colorful elements took it from gloomy to cheerful! Hey, I’m a neutral loving girl too, but I was ready for some fun pops of color in that bland uninspired dining room.

The Plan: (see THIS post for more details)…my design board included a beautiful color combination of navy and chartreuse, blush and gray. 

Color Lovers series! @diyshowoff dining room design board: navy, blush, chartreuse and gray

…finally, a room with some fun personality and color! Decorative accessories + paint = a color lovers’ dream! I love the power of paint, don’t you? Take a look!

The reveal:

Color Lover's Room Makeover - dining room reveal @diyshowoff (navy, chartreuse, blush and gray for a soft but colorful fresh new look) #colorlovers #birchlanecolorlovers #TheMinecolorlovers #mintedcolorlovers Color Lover's Room Makeover - dining room reveal @diyshowoff (navy, chartreuse, blush and gray for a soft but colorful fresh new look) #colorlovers #birchlanecolorlovers #TheMinecolorlovers #mintedcolorlovers Color Lover's Room Makeover - dining room reveal @diyshowoff (navy, chartreuse, blush and gray for a soft but colorful fresh new look) #colorlovers #birchlanecolorlovers #TheMinecolorlovers #mintedcolorlovers Color Lover's Room Makeover - dining room reveal @diyshowoff (navy, chartreuse, blush and gray for a soft but colorful fresh new look) #colorlovers #birchlanecolorlovers #TheMinecolorlovers #mintedcolorlovers Color Lover's Room Makeover - dining room reveal @diyshowoff (navy, chartreuse, blush and gray for a soft but colorful fresh new look) #colorlovers #birchlanecolorlovers #TheMinecolorlovers #mintedcolorlovers Color Lover's Room Makeover - dining room reveal @diyshowoff (navy, chartreuse, blush and gray for a soft but colorful fresh new look) #colorlovers #birchlanecolorlovers #TheMinecolorlovers #mintedcolorlovers Color Lover's Room Makeover - dining room reveal @diyshowoff (navy, chartreuse, blush and gray for a soft but colorful fresh new look) #colorlovers #birchlanecolorlovers #TheMinecolorlovers #mintedcolorlovers Color Lover's Room Makeover - dining room reveal @diyshowoff (navy, chartreuse, blush and gray for a soft but colorful fresh new look) #colorlovers #birchlanecolorlovers #TheMinecolorlovers #mintedcolorlovers Color Lover's Room Makeover - dining room reveal @diyshowoff (navy, chartreuse, blush and gray for a soft but colorful fresh new look) #colorlovers #birchlanecolorlovers #TheMinecolorlovers #mintedcolorlovers

{above: extra large serving tray basket no longer available…I’ve had it for years} Color Lover's Room Makeover - dining room reveal @diyshowoff (navy, chartreuse, blush and gray for a soft but colorful fresh new look) #colorlovers #birchlanecolorlovers #TheMinecolorlovers #mintedcolorlovers Color Lover's Room Makeover - dining room reveal @diyshowoff (navy, chartreuse, blush and gray for a soft but colorful fresh new look) #colorlovers #birchlanecolorlovers #TheMinecolorlovers #mintedcolorlovers Color Lover's Room Makeover - dining room reveal @diyshowoff (navy, chartreuse, blush and gray for a soft but colorful fresh new look) #colorlovers #birchlanecolorlovers #TheMinecolorlovers #mintedcolorlovers Color Lover's Room Makeover - dining room reveal @diyshowoff (navy, chartreuse, blush and gray for a soft but colorful fresh new look) #colorlovers #birchlanecolorlovers #TheMinecolorlovers #mintedcolorlovers Color Lover's Room Makeover - dining room reveal @diyshowoff (navy, chartreuse, blush and gray for a soft but colorful fresh new look) #colorlovers #birchlanecolorlovers #TheMinecolorlovers #mintedcolorlovers Color Lover's Room Makeover - dining room reveal @diyshowoff (navy, chartreuse, blush and gray for a soft but colorful fresh new look) #colorlovers #birchlanecolorlovers #TheMinecolorlovers #mintedcolorlovers Color Lover's Room Makeover - dining room reveal @diyshowoff (navy, chartreuse, blush and gray for a soft but colorful fresh new look) #colorlovers #birchlanecolorlovers #TheMinecolorlovers #mintedcolorlovers Color Lover's Room Makeover - dining room reveal @diyshowoff (navy, chartreuse, blush and gray for a soft but colorful fresh new look) #colorlovers #birchlanecolorlovers #TheMinecolorlovers #mintedcolorlovers Color Lover's Room Makeover - dining room reveal @diyshowoff (navy, chartreuse, blush and gray for a soft but colorful fresh new look) #colorlovers #birchlanecolorlovers #TheMinecolorlovers #mintedcolorlovers Color Lover's Room Makeover - dining room reveal @diyshowoff (navy, chartreuse, blush and gray for a soft but colorful fresh new look) #colorlovers #birchlanecolorlovers #TheMinecolorlovers #mintedcolorlovers Color Lover's Room Makeover - dining room reveal @diyshowoff (navy, chartreuse, blush and gray for a soft but colorful fresh new look) #colorlovers #birchlanecolorlovers #TheMinecolorlovers #mintedcolorlovers Color Lover's Room Makeover - dining room reveal @diyshowoff (navy, chartreuse, blush and gray for a soft but colorful fresh new look) #colorlovers #birchlanecolorlovers #TheMinecolorlovers #mintedcolorlovers Color Lover's Room Makeover - dining room reveal @diyshowoff (navy, chartreuse, blush and gray for a soft but colorful fresh new look) #colorlovers #birchlanecolorlovers #TheMinecolorlovers #mintedcolorlovers Color Lover's Room Makeover - dining room reveal @diyshowoff (navy, chartreuse, blush and gray for a soft but colorful fresh new look) #colorlovers #birchlanecolorlovers #TheMinecolorlovers #mintedcolorlovers Color Lover's Room Makeover - dining room reveal @diyshowoff (navy, chartreuse, blush and gray for a soft but colorful fresh new look) #colorlovers #birchlanecolorlovers #TheMinecolorlovers #mintedcolorlovers Color Lover's Room Makeover - dining room reveal @diyshowoff (navy, chartreuse, blush and gray for a soft but colorful fresh new look) #colorlovers #birchlanecolorlovers #TheMinecolorlovers #mintedcolorlovers Color Lover's Room Makeover - dining room reveal @diyshowoff (navy, chartreuse, blush and gray for a soft but colorful fresh new look) #colorlovers #birchlanecolorlovers #TheMinecolorlovers #mintedcolorlovers

Comparison: 

before

Color Lovers series! @diyshowoff dining room before

after

Color Lover's Room Makeover - dining room reveal @diyshowoff (navy, chartreuse, blush and gray for a soft but colorful fresh new look) #colorlovers #birchlanecolorlovers #TheMinecolorlovers #mintedcolorlovers

before

Color Lovers series! @diyshowoff dining room before

after

Color Lover's Room Makeover - dining room reveal @diyshowoff (navy, chartreuse, blush and gray for a soft but colorful fresh new look) #colorlovers #birchlanecolorlovers #TheMinecolorlovers #mintedcolorlovers

before

Color Lovers series! @diyshowoff dining room before

after

Color Lover's Room Makeover - dining room reveal @diyshowoff (navy, chartreuse, blush and gray for a soft but colorful fresh new look) #colorlovers #birchlanecolorlovers #TheMinecolorlovers #mintedcolorlovers

 

Shop the room: What are your favorites from the design? (Some affiliate links included where applicable. TY!)

The Mine has an enormous gorgeous selection of unique fine furnishings to bring in texture and color through decorative home accessories.

Add beauty to the walls and bring in fun pops of color with paper and fabrics. Minted has such a beautiful selection of stationery, wall art and fabrics. 
#mintedcolorlovers
 
Birch Lane is an affordable shopping destination with classic designs. 

Michaels Stores: wood burst wall mirror // wood/blue glazed ceramic vase // boxwood planters. 

Target – wire diamond table lamp

Young Living – Desert Mist Diffuser (diffuse a vibrant blend of lemon, grapefruit, orange and ylang ylang!) 

desert mist diffuser @diyshowoff #1836762

Rustic Style Wall Mount Coat Rack

Cutting Boards & Cushion Covers

Paint Colors: (watercolor/ombré paint treatment tutorial later this week)

Blush // HGTV Home/Sherwin Williams Quartz Blush

Gray // HGTV Home/Sherwin Williams Dorian Gray

Chartreuse // Valspar Gilded Pesto

Navy // HGTV Home/Sherwin Williams Indigo Batik 

Color Lover's Room Makeover - dining room reveal @diyshowoff (navy, chartreuse, blush and gray for a soft but colorful fresh new look) #colorlovers #birchlanecolorlovers #TheMinecolorlovers #mintedcolorlovers Chartreuse // Valspar Gilded Pesto Navy // HGTV Home/Sherwin Williams Indigo Batik Blush // HGTV Home/Sherwin Williams Quartz Blush Gray // HGTV Home/Sherwin Williams Dorian Gray

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Color Loving Tour: Ready for more Color Lovin’ fun? Visit these talented blog friends and check out their beautiful room reveals:

http://www.kellyelko.com/2017/06/color-lovers-colorful-living-room-makeover/

https://inmyownstyle.com/2017/06/decorating-room-makeover-before-and-after-reveals.html

http://tatertotsandjello.com/2017/06/colorful-happy-home-dining-room-reveal.html

http://southernhospitalityblog.com/screened-porch-new-summer-edition/

http://www.dukemanorfarm.com/2017/06/screen-porch-reveal-pop-color.html

http://inspiredbycharm.com/2017/06/color-lovers-bedroom-makeover.html

http://foxhollowcottage.com/living-room-makeover-reveal-at-the-little-cottage.html

http://www.fourgenerationsoneroof.com/2017/06/colorful-modern-farmhouse-office-decorating-ideas

http://diyshowoff.com/2017/06/27/color-lovers-10-bloggers-10-room-makeovers-dining-room-refresh/

https://jenniferrizzo.com/2017/06/gray-and-coral-family-room-makeover.html

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Color Lovers: Dining Room Refresh

Color Lovers Blog Tour: 10 color loving bloggers working on 10 colorful rooms! Are you ready for some ideas on adding color to your home? You hit the jackpot! Follow the tour below and stay tuned! 

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The Challenge: Our dining room is looking kind of stale and uninspired. It’s hard to tell in photos but it needs a paint job pretty bad and well, while I LOVE neutrals too (have I mentioned my design-mutt style?), I am ready to add some color to my neutral base.   It’s usually looking like something along these lines…

#loveyourhomechallenge @diyshowoff dining room #loveyourhomechallenge @diyshowoff dining room #loveyourhomechallenge @diyshowoff dining room       

::yawnnnn::

Nice enough. Clean. Bland. It’s time to liven things up with some color, baby!

Before: See the patch work for nail holes, dings, cracks and scratches in the walls below? These walls require some TLC! Since this room doesn’t have direct access to a window (although behind where I’m standing to take the photo is a set of French doors in another small room), there’s little to no natural lighting so it’s important to keep paint options light and bright but oh man, if you know me, I do love being creative so I might have something special planned for that back wall. Watch out! I’m armed with my FrogTape and ready to go! 

Color Lovers series! @diyshowoff dining room before

See how dark the room typically is?

Okay friends, so here’s the plan: feel free to tell me your thoughts in the comments. If they’re nice. haha. Just kidding. Constructive criticism welcome! 

Walls & ceiling: Freshen up the ceiling and walls. The walls will be neutral and light for the most part (again, those lighting issues) with the exception of maybe something fun on that back wall. The ceiling was actually a lighter shade than the precious taupe-y walls at one point but as you can tell below, definitely not clean crisp white. That’s changing! 

Color Lovers series! @diyshowoff dining room before

 Sliding door: I still swoon over this door. I’ve considered repainting it for a change /something different but I am still so in LOVE with the chartreuse color so it’s staying! However, I’m adding frosted contact paper to the windows to give the bedroom privacy (there’s currently a dark curtain there…blah). The frosted film will still allow some of that natural lighting to make it’s way into the dark dining room but provide privacy between the rooms.

Color Lovers series! @diyshowoff dining room before

My thoughts on decorating and loving color:  I looooove bringing in color with paint and decorative accents. Why? Mostly because I love to rearrange and redecorate often. I find that keeping the furniture (those big ticket items) neutral allows for adding and changing color schemes whenever the itch to do so hits me. And I get itchy often. Wait. That doesn’t sound so good, does it? lol What I mean is…I find that my reward for ‘cleaning’ is re-arranging and redecorating. It keeps things fresh and motivates me to get the sweeping, dusting, picking up tasks done. So for me personally, change happens often in my home. It makes me happy. 

Summary: Paint and decorative accessories are easy to change so do what you love! I’m no stranger to colorful accents. Remember this fun room? Not everyone’s cup of tea but my family room was so colorful-carnival, I couldn’t help but smile in there. Ya know?

family room was once a kaleidoscope of color

eclectic family room

 

guest room/nursery

combined nursery/guest room @diyshowoff

Anyway…back to the dining room and adding color there! 

Keep: existing handmade barn wood dining room table, built-ins (I’m always tempted to tear those out but…they’re so functional I’d be crazy to do away with them, ya know?) and existing light fixture (still love it so working with it). Those two built-ins are actually a very light shade of blue. I’m ready for them to be white so I never have to paint them again in my lifetime.

Color Lovers series! @diyshowoff dining room before

Built In Cabinets:  I guess previous homeowners had a LOT to display since out of the 4 corners in the dining room, 3 have built-in cabinets. Well, who doesn’t love storage? So they stay. I’ve lived 10 years with being able to see what’s in the built in cabinets and it’s not always pretty. The best of intentions sometimes get out of control. My plan is to hide the contents.  I love this lace pattern privacy window film (affiliate link) on the two matching built-ins for hidden storage. Spray painting hardware. 

before…peeling light blue paint

Color Lovers series! @diyshowoff dining room before

after will be fresh, crisp and clean.

The other built in cabinet shown below will get a fresh restyling. 

Color Lovers series! @diyshowoff dining room before

Design board: I am SO super excited for this fresh colorful update!!! 

  • Update the seating. Birch Lane is an affordable shopping destination with classic designs. 
  • Add beauty to the walls. Minted has such a beautiful selection of stationery, wall art and fabrics. 
  • The Mine has a killer selection of unique fine furnishings for my plan to bring in a few feminine touches and color through decorative home accessories. 

Color Lovers series! @diyshowoff dining room design board: navy, blush, chartreuse and gray

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COLOR LOVERS PALETTE: 

blush, gray, navy, & chartreuse 

I am in LOVE! What are your thoughts? Not vibrant but certainly color lovin'! Think it's not colorful enough? Just wait and see! It might look muted in the plans but it's going to make my boring dining room bright and colorful! 

before

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I feel it's versatile. I'd have no problem adding in maroon or magenta, teal or turquoise, gold or silver, black or brown or even eggplant...lots of color options for adding colorful seasonal accessories. 

Mark your calendar! Stay tuned! On June 27th, stop back to see how a coat of paint, some DIY and a color palette of blush, gray, navy and chartreuse give my tired dining room a bright and colorful new look!

Longing for some more Color Lovers eye candy? Visit these talented blog friends in the Color Lovers tour. Prepare to be wowed and inspired!

Kelly Elko/In My Own Style/Inspired by Charm/Tatertots and Jello/Southern Hospitality

Fox Hollow Cottage/Four Generations One Roof/Jennifer Rizzo/Duke Manor Farm

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Floorté Vinyl Plank Flooring from Shaw

More progress on the enclosed porch turned room makeover! When I visited Shaw Floors headquarters last summer, I had the opportunity to see all of their amazing high quality flooring products from awesome waterproof carpet to beautiful hardwoods to unbelievable waterproof planks. So much thought and innovation goes into the design behind the scenes!

The many features of a product called Floorté caught my eye. 

#shawstyleboard @diyshowoff

Floorté, enhanced luxury vinyl plank floor by Shaw is a luxury line locking durable, waterproof flooring option and I am in LOVE! 

Beautiful Floorté plank flooring classico antico @diyshowoff #shawstyleboard

curtains (affiliate link)

First, remember the ugly before picture from when we removed exterior siding and turned an exterior-interior window into a doorway…

home office makeover before and in progress @diyshowoff home office makeover before and in progress @diyshowoff

to the after drywall/trim/paint and light fixture…it’s beginning to look like a different room altogether, right? That’s the plan! 

room makeover in progress @diyshowoff @shawstyleboard room makeover in progress @diyshowoff @shawstyleboard

to some floor prep work…

room makeover in progress @diyshowoff @shawstyleboard

to the installation of the Floorté. I chose the design “Antico” from the Classico collection. It’s a beautiful distressed-inspired look with gray/brown wood tones. I think it resembles weathered wood.

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Did you catch the durability demonstration video on Instagram? 😉 

Our installer, Mike, subcontractor from A&S, knocked out this installation in half a day!

Beautiful Floorté plank flooring classico antico @diyshowoff #shawstyleboard Beautiful Floorté plank flooring classico antico @diyshowoff #shawstyleboard Beautiful Floorté plank flooring classico antico @diyshowoff #shawstyleboard

Next step is for us to install shoe molding and to complete decorating but I couldn’t resist putting up the curtains. I just need to make a few decisions on this room’s purpose then tweak the fine details so more on the final reveal coming soon, but in the meantime – isn’t she lovely?!

Beautiful Floorté plank flooring classico antico @diyshowoff #shawstyleboard Beautiful Floorté plank flooring classico antico @diyshowoff #shawstyleboard Beautiful Floorté plank flooring classico antico @diyshowoff #shawstyleboard Beautiful Floorté plank flooring classico antico @diyshowoff #shawstyleboard

Stay tuned for the final before and after room reveal with this gorgeous Floorté flooring! 

There’s a Hole in the Wall!

Okay, because I’m a crazy lady, I decided to tackle a room makeover in December. In my defense, it’s just a little room so it shouldn’t disrupt our entire holiday season or anything, right? Right! Well, I’ve always been told “it’s the thought that counts” and I’m going with that thought. 

We have this odd enclosed porch area off the open pantry…see that door on the left? open pantry at diyshowoff.com

The one with the curtains? That’s the original front door to this old house. And where does it lead? To a warm and inviting entryway to our house? 

No. A homeowner from the past enclosed the porch and rerouted the door to the side. We enter our home through the back French doors on the patio.  We do not have a real front door or curb appeal and that’s a dream for another day but we did recently put in new windows AND insulated the outer walls. And this room reached my puke-point. It looked like a room from an episode of Hoarders. A true junk room. I’m over it. It’s something you don’t see on a blog every day. The ugly truth. Well, enough is enough. 

home office makeover before and in progress @diyshowoff home office makeover before and in progress @diyshowoff home office makeover before and in progress @diyshowoff

Oh, and that room has this window at the bottom of our stairs in our living room always bothered me. An exterior window INTERIOR? Don’t you just love nearly 100 year old houses? Weird. Oh, “let’s look out this window at the sunny day” … (::cue horror movie music::) … it’s a room piled to the ceiling with JUNK. NO! Just no. Merry Christmas to me because it’s going away! 

home office makeover before and in progress @diyshowoff

Did you even notice it had exterior vinyl siding on two walls? Looks like an option for insulation from a past home owner. 

home office makeover before and in progress @diyshowoff  It’s coming off! home office makeover before and in progress @diyshowoff home office makeover before and in progress @diyshowoff

Down to the original siding from 1927… but those other walls? Ugh. they’re staying for now. 

home office makeover before and in progress @diyshowoff I decided to make that window into an open doorway. 

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And the siding has been removed and drywall installed. It’s starting to come together. No matter what, anything is better than it was and I’m looking forward to a bright fresh new room. 

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The original front door (below). home office makeover before and in progress @diyshowoff

Those other two crazy walls with planks and hunter green trim overload are too involved to change out now (moving windows and doors to install drywall is more involved than we can deal with at the present time, so fingers crossed that paint tone down that in-yo-face trim circus! 

home office makeover before and in progress @diyshowoff

And the floor? That hideous green painted concrete has to go. New product: Floorté, enhanced luxury vinyl plank floor by Shaw and I can’t wait! More on that coming up. Floorté is a luxury line locking durable engineered waterproof PVC flooring option. More on that coming up! For now, there are some decisions to make…

home office makeover before and in progress @diyshowoff

And someday, when a new beautiful front door is in the budget, this room will grow up to be a real live front entryway, a foyer! But for now, I’m claiming this space to create more square footage, to make it useful space. I’m still on the fence about it’s purpose though. I’m leaning towards den/home office.  

Stay tuned for more progress! 

Faux Beam: home makeover progress!

It’s been a while since I shared an update of the progress going on at mom’s house. It’s still a work in progress but wait until you see how far along things are coming, especially since their current home sold in less than 24 hours of being on the market. TIME TO HUSTLE! Disclosure: We received product in exchange for this review. Take a look! 

Before:  Before and after home improvement project - ceiling with a gorgeous faux beam @diyshowoff Before and after home improvement project - ceiling with a gorgeous faux beam @diyshowoff Before and after home improvement project - ceiling with a gorgeous faux beam @diyshowoff Before and after home improvement project - ceiling with a gorgeous faux beam @diyshowoff Before and after home improvement project - ceiling with a gorgeous faux beam @diyshowoff

The living room before was narrow with a outside concrete wall separating what may have been a sun porch. See the green wall above? That’s the living room area and where it ends. See the red room below? That’s the sun porch(?) on the other side…

Before and after home improvement project - ceiling with a gorgeous faux beam @diyshowoff Before and after home improvement project - ceiling with a gorgeous faux beam @diyshowoff Before and after home improvement project - ceiling with a gorgeous faux beam @diyshowoff

and the fireplace wall before…

Before and after home improvement project - ceiling with a gorgeous faux beam @diyshowoff Before and after home improvement project - ceiling with a gorgeous faux beam @diyshowoff

After…To make the living room space larger to accommodate our family gatherings, the concrete wall was removed. I love how the space is now flooded with light with the concrete wall gone, new drywall in place, a wood-planked ceiling in progress and the installation of sliding glass doors. 

Before and after home improvement project - ceiling with a gorgeous faux beam @diyshowoff Before and after home improvement project - ceiling with a gorgeous faux beam @diyshowoff Before and after home improvement project - ceiling with a gorgeous faux beam @diyshowoff Before and after home improvement project - ceiling with a gorgeous faux beam @diyshowoff

But now there’s an eye sore on the ceiling. There’s no missing that big steel beam in the photos above.

And now there’s not…WOW!

Before and after home improvement project - ceiling with a gorgeous faux beam @diyshowoff Before and after home improvement project - ceiling with a gorgeous faux beam @diyshowoff Before and after home improvement project - ceiling with a gorgeous faux beam @diyshowoff Before and after home improvement project - ceiling with a gorgeous faux beam @diyshowoff

…it’s a gorgeous rustic wood beam with iron accents. Right? 

Before and after home improvement project - ceiling with a gorgeous faux beam @diyshowoff Before and after home improvement project - ceiling with a gorgeous faux beam @diyshowoff Before and after home improvement project - ceiling with a gorgeous faux beam @diyshowoff Before and after home improvement project - ceiling with a gorgeous faux beam @diyshowoff Before and after home improvement project - ceiling with a gorgeous faux beam @diyshowoff Before and after home improvement project - ceiling with a gorgeous faux beam @diyshowoff Before and after home improvement project - ceiling with a gorgeous faux beam @diyshowoff Before and after home improvement project - ceiling with a gorgeous faux beam @diyshowoff Before and after home improvement project - ceiling with a gorgeous faux beam @diyshowoff

That’d be quite labor intensive not to mention expensive. Want to know a secret?

We received this amazing product from AZ Faux Beams. It’s a faux beam! “Old Timber” in ‘walnut’ to be exact. It’s lightweight and fake but looks SO real! And it’s stunning! 

Before and after home improvement project - ceiling with a gorgeous faux beam @diyshowoff

What it is: A hollow lightweight resin with a rustic wood look! What?! No way! Yes. It really is! 

Before and after home improvement project - ceiling with a gorgeous faux beam @diyshowoff Before and after home improvement project - ceiling with a gorgeous faux beam @diyshowoff

What we did. And by we, I mean my mom and I did the measurements, design/color selection and ordering. Butch and my brother Christopher did the manual labor involved with installation. Oh, we supervised too. 

  1. Measurements. 
  2. Order.
  3. Cut to size, shave inside down if needed.
  4. Install.
  5. Secure.
  6. Caulk and add decorative trim. 

Isn’t it gorgeous? It draws your eye to their pretty planked ceiling and compliments the beautiful rustic ceiling fans. Check out AZ Faux Beams to see all of the options! Let’s take a look at repeat before and after shots: 

“Before” (two spaces separated by a concrete wall)

Before and after home improvement project - ceiling with a gorgeous faux beam @diyshowoff Before and after home improvement project - ceiling with a gorgeous faux beam @diyshowoff

Same angle “After” (wall is gone and there is an addition of a half bathroom on the right…for guests and quick access once the swimming pool is installed outside those sliding glass doors).

Before and after home improvement project - ceiling with a gorgeous faux beam @diyshowoff

before…

Before and after home improvement project - ceiling with a gorgeous faux beam @diyshowoff

after (wall removed)

Before and after home improvement project - ceiling with a gorgeous faux beam @diyshowoff

 before…looking from the kitchen

Before and after home improvement project - ceiling with a gorgeous faux beam @diyshowoff

after, standing in that  widened doorway

Before and after home improvement project - ceiling with a gorgeous faux beam @diyshowoff

Crazy transformation, right? I promise it’s the same space! The story continues! 

Next up: Moving in is right around the corner. I can’t wait to show you the complete before and afters of the entire house from gut to renovation to reveal. 

 

What do to with angled closet floor space?

This may be specific to our home and isn’t all that common. It’s the first house I’ve ever lived in with a closet with no floor. So in the event that you happen to have this annoying waste of space in your closet too, I’m sharing  easy this idea for creating an organized space for wrapping paper storage. Finally…a purpose! 

Organization Idea: wrapping paper storage utilizing angled closet floor space!

It’s in one of our guest rooms. See the closet turned craft space here. I love that it’s handy and organized. I love that my rolls of wrapping paper aren’t crinkled and torn or scattered around the house forgotten. 

I removed the rod for hanging clothes and added shelves for storage earlier this year but the angled floor from the staircase to the basement below is annoying. Here’s what I did: 

Organization Idea: wrapping paper storage utilizing angled closet floor space!

I placed the rod I removed below. It’s just sitting there to support my rolls of wrapping paper. Brilliant, right? No rod? How about a piece of scrap wood? PVC pipe? A broken broom handle? And actually, I don’t really even need a support since the door frame could hold in my rolls of wrapping paper. 

Organization Idea: wrapping paper storage utilizing angled closet floor space! Organization Idea: wrapping paper storage utilizing angled closet floor space! Organization Idea: wrapping paper storage utilizing angled closet floor space!

Okay, so not saving the world or anything but it is a happy little space-saving idea! Am I the only one with this sort of closet floor or does your home possess the same awkward space? 

Personalized Magnetic Artwork Display

 

The Michaels’ Makers’ February challenge has an “express yourself” theme with a campaign called Made by Me, A to Z and it’s all about personalization, showcasing projects that take raw materials and transform them into something that’s completely personalized. The new Make Market line includes materials  from galvanized metal to distressed wood, acrylic, fabric and chalkboard! Something for everyone … or even everything for someone. There’s so crafting goodness to choose from, it’s hard to decide!

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I treasure little one’s creations, artwork and photos so I decided to personalize a space in the nursery for displaying his art work and photos. 

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Here’s what I snagged from the Alphabet Soup collection in the Make Market aisle at Michaels:

I personalized a galvanized magnetic memo board with vibrant paint colors to match the nursery decor…

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the magnets are so cute!

magnetic art display #michaelsmakers @diyshowoff

And added magnets to the back of F-U-N chalkboard letters for displaying on galvanized chargers/plates. These will work for magnetic play time in the future too. 

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Cute, colorful, personal and custom to our nursery (future playroom)…

magnetic art display #michaelsmakers @diyshowoff

  • My favorite part about crafting is putting a personalized spin on a project. Whether it’s decorating with marquee lights or crafting an initial that represents your family name, Michaels has made it easy with their new Alphabet Soup by Make Market™ line of products. SO MANY DIFFERENT LETTERS! 
  • This collection of surfaces, letters, frames and more come in modern, eclectic or rustic styles. From natural and finished woods, to a variety of metals, resin and patterned styles, the possibilities are endless.
  • If you don’t know where to begin, you can always take a look at some of the fun projects on Michaels.com or the other 49 Makers’ ideas on The Glue String for to see how they personalized their crafts! Visit these fun projects for more inspiration (starting today at 11 a.m. EST): 
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Organizing a Craft Closet

Happy New Year, DIY Friends! Kicking off 2016 with a DIY organization challenge! #michaelsmakers diy organization challenge

Every January, I find myself wanting to declutter and get organized around the house. I do have a craft room upstairs that acts more as a storage room because I find that I prefer crafting on the dining room table. I’m more productive when I’m working where things are going on which inspired creating a craft closet in the guest room right off the dining room. 

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I emptied the closet full of forgotten and unworn coats and added some shelves. DIY craft organization challenge craft closet #michaelsmakers @diyshowoff

 

I still want to paint but my favorite part was shopping Michaels newly launched line of storage and organization products called Cre8ted Spaces available in stores now. Tons of different colors, bins and office supplies – with more than 300 new items in 4 coordinating colors. You have to check it out! 

DIY craft organization challenge craft closet #michaelsmakers @diyshowoff

As a part of the Michaels’ Makers January DIY Organizational Challenge, an unused closet makes crafting on our main floor in the dining room with my most used craft supplies for essential oil business and gifts so much easier, making working more enjoyable!

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I LOVE the gorgeous color and that there are so many fun different boxes, drawers, baskets and pencil cups to hold and organize my supplies. 

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Where do you craft? In a designated craft space? The dining room or kitchen table? The living room floor? Do you find yourself digging around an unorganized storage space?Need some more motivation and inspiration to organize your craft space? Take a look at more storage projects on Michaels.com or the other 49 makers’ ideas on The Glue String for tips on designing, organizing and decorating their favorite places starting today at 10 a.m. CST!

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Inspired to organize your own space? Start the year off right! Michaels has tons of products and storage supplies that can be used to decorate and inspire creativity in any room of your house or office.

Colorblock Art

The area above the bed in the guest room was in need of a little something…

Guest Room/Nursery reveal @diyshowoff

I didn’t photograph the area in my guest room/nursery reveal closely because it was bare. But not anymore…

DIY color block sunburst wall art tutorial @diyshowoff I grabbed:

  • 48 x 22 inch plyboard (recycled from shipping packaging but available at the hardware store too)
  • FrogTape® MultiSurface
  • paint

Since my board was stored in the basement, I cleaned away the dust. 

Then measured and marked the center of my board. 

DIY color block sunburst wall art tutorial @diyshowoff

Next I applied FrogTape to create a sunburst design, starting from the center marking. I just placed my pieces randomly. 

Using a gift card, I burnished the edges of the tape to get clean crisp lines. 

DIY color block sunburst wall art tutorial @diyshowoff

Then painted each area, applying paint in the direction of the wood grain with a foam brush. 

DIY color block sunburst wall art tutorial @diyshowoff

While paint was still wet, I carefully removed the Frogtape then let my painting dry. 

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Add picture hanging hardware or use velcro hangers to display the masterpiece! It fills the space nicely and adds pops of color. Fun! A great way to add a big statement for little cost. 

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{notice the photobomber? lol!}

I’m not very “artistic” when it comes to painting but a geometric pattern is something anyone can do. Coordinate colors with your existing decor, make a big statement without breaking the bank. 

See more details on the diagonal wall paint, the chevron/colorblock door and guest room/nursery makeover

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*I received compensation to complete this project for using FrogTape® products. All opinions, projects and ideas are based on my own experience.

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Side Table Makeover

Spring cleaning always inspires a bit of decorating and freshening up around the house. Today, an old side table gets a fun new look and a pop of color for the reading nook. Side table makeover:

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What I used:

  • side table
  • FrogTape® Multi-Surface
  • spray paint

What I did: 

I cleaned an old side table with a damp cloth and let it dry. 

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Then using my FrogTape, I taped off a design onto the table top. 

diyshowoff side table makeover

Using my thumbnail, I burned the edges of the tape in order to get crisp clean lines. 

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Next, I toted it outside and applied a couple of even light coats of spray paint. 

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Before the paint dried, I removed the FrogTape then let the paint dry. 

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The side table adds a pop of color to our reading nook and will sit between two chairs. 

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Do you have an old piece of furniture that needs an update? 

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*This post is sponsored by FrogTape.

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Jazz up baby’s crib for under $10

Need a splash of color in the nursery? Jazz up the crib with vinyl decals for less than $10! 

Jazz up your crib for under $10 with DIY adhesive vinyl decals. Tutorial @diyshowoff

Crib before:

Jazz up your crib for under $10 with DIY adhesive vinyl decals. Tutorial @diyshowoff

Materials I used: Happy Crafters adhesive vinyl x 2 colors 

Tools Needed: Scissors

Jazz up your crib for under $10 with DIY adhesive vinyl decals. Tutorial @diyshowoff

The Oracle brand adhesive vinyl from Happy Crafters has a grid on the back side. Using scissors, simply cut strips of adhesive vinyl to size. No vinyl cutting machine required.  

Jazz up your crib for under $10 with DIY adhesive vinyl decals. Tutorial @diyshowoff

Remove backing and place onto crib like stickers. You choose the color or colors that coordinate with your space. Best part? They’re removable! Get a fresh new look temporarily without ruining the crib’s finish. 

Jazz up your crib for under $10 with DIY adhesive vinyl decals. Tutorial @diyshowoff

After: 

Jazz up your crib for under $10 with DIY adhesive vinyl decals. Tutorial @diyshowoff Jazz up your crib for under $10 with DIY adhesive vinyl decals. Tutorial @diyshowoff Jazz up your crib for under $10 with DIY adhesive vinyl decals. Tutorial @diyshowoff

Can’t go wrong with easy, affordable, temporary and cute crib decorating! 

*Please note that you should make safety your first priority. If you find that your vinyl decals are peeling up, remove vinyl immediately. We do not have any issues, I’m only sharing a decorating project that works for us. Attempt this project at your own risk. 

**This post is sponsored by Happy Crafters. Tutorial, experience and opinion is my own. I love the products and the prices are affordable. Check out all the supplies at Happy Crafters for great prices, products and inspiration for your next project. 

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Creating a Reading Nook

There’s a section of our living room near the built in shelving that I like to call our reading nook. It’s a place for displaying my DIY, decorating, home improvement book collection. A place where I enjoy curling up and flipping through the pages of the latest issue of my favorite home magazines.

Things to consider when creating a reading nook:

Bookshelves or bookcases are a must-have for display and organization. In our home, I use a section of built-ins in the living room.

Comfortable seating. I chose two Nico Accent Chairs by Sauder. I love the sturdiness, traditional design, durable linen fabric and fun print in neutral colors with nailhead trim for completing the look and function in this space.

Lighting: Everyone knows that reading in the dark was bad for our eyes, right? You’ll want to make sure there’s some sort of adequate lighting to provide a bright atmosphere for reading. I currently use a pole lamp but would love to incorporate some wall mounting lighting.

Accessories: A collection of books (and/or magazines) of course,

a warm comfy throw,

a foot stool (I’m still scouring estate and yard sales), coordinating accent pillows

and a few decorative accents that reflect your style.

Everything needed to inspire quiet time and reading. It’s my favorite spot in our living room, a little library corner.

For more design inspiration, check out the Sauder Look Book.

Do you have a designated reading space in your home? Do you have any tips to add for creating a quiet comfortable space?

*This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Sauder. The opinions and text are all mine.

 

Painted Chalkboard Labels

DIY painted chalkboard labels on storage cubes @diyshowoff

Our guest bathroom has some bins for keeping things stocked and organized. I know what’s in them, however guests have no idea. So I grabbed:

  • the bins from the shelf in the guest bathroom
  • FrogTape® Multi-Surface
  • chalkboard paint
  • foam paint brush

Here’s what I did:

Using my FrogTape, I taped off rectangles onto the front of the bins…. 

DIY painted chalkboard labels on storage cubes @diyshowoff

I burnished the edges of the tape with my thumbnail…

DIY painted chalkboard labels on storage cubes @diyshowoff

and gave each rectangle label area two coats of chalkboard paint.

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While the paint was still wet, I carefully removed the FrogTape to reveal crisp clean paint lines! I let the paint dry. 

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I labeled the bins using a chalkboard marker.

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Now toiletries, first aid supplies and extras can be easily spotted. 

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Disclaimer: I received compensation to complete this project for using FrogTape® products. All opinions, projects and ideas are based on my own experience.

Striped Gallery Wall

A little cabin fever with sub-zero temps had me looking at areas of our home to “clean” up which lead to painting a striped gallery wall. Strange how my brain works but once I cleared the bookcases (so much dust!), that inspired the idea to dress up the entire area. 

What I used: 

  • FrogTape® Multi-Surface
  • paint – I used leftover paint from our laundry room. Color is Valspar Mineral Ash. Existing wall color is Benjamin Moore Smoky Taupe. 

What I did:

I cleaned the wall above our build in bookcases. I marked where the framed prints hang on the wall then using the level, marked light pencil lines horizontally. 

DIY striped gallery wall tutorial @diyshowoff

Then I applied the FrogTape.

DIY striped gallery wall tutorial @diyshowoff

I used my thumbnail to secure the edges of the FrogTape to the wall in order to get nice crisp paint lines. 

DIY striped gallery wall tutorial @diyshowoff

Then simply painted the wall two coats. 

DIY striped gallery wall tutorial @diyshowoff

While the second coat was still wet, I removed the FrogTape and let the paint dry. 

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Then hung up my prints and restyled the bookcases. Paint is such an easy way to create a new look, add some interest and to freshen up the space.

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Now to come up with some seating for this area. Stay tuned!

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Disclaimer: I received compensation to complete this project for using FrogTape® products. All opinions, projects and ideas are based on my own experience.