desk and chair paint color

My Favorites from National Painting Week

I loved seeing the transformations from other bloggers during National Painting Week. Here are a few of my favorite rooms and colors that were featured.

Drizzle by Sherwin-Williams

Four Generations One Room

desk and chair paint color

Wall color: Perfect Greige by Sherwin-Williams

Red chair: Fireweed by Sherwin-Williams

320 Sycamore

guest bedroom paint colors

Softened Green by Sherwin-Williams

Thrifty Decor Chick

family room paint colors

Dorian Gray by Sherwin-Williams

Back wall color: Sea Salt by Sherwin-Williams

Home Stories A to Z

paint for boys bedroom

Wall color: Wool Skein by Sherwin-Williams

Bed color: Naval by Sherwin-Williams

Thistlewood Farms

Love them all. Don’t forget paints and stains are 30% off through Memorial Day at Sherwin-Williams. Happy Monday!!

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Picture Frame Turned Into Chalkboard

I have really wanted a big chalkboard in our house to write quotes, notes, and fun things for the holidays. I found this the other day at a yard sale and loved how big and chunky the frame was, and loved the size of the actual picture.

chalkboard before

I used a can of Rust-oleum Chalkboard Spray paint on the canvas

chalkboard paint


gold spray paint

a can of this Rust-oleum gold pray paint, distressed the edges a bit with distressing ink…

chalkboard after

and now I have a chalkboard, just in time for my baby’s birthday. I’m still in shock she is going to be 1, it really doesn’t seem possible!

Have you seen these chalkboard signs online? I just googled “first birthday chalkboard signs” and a TON of different variations came up. I am going to try and recreate it for tomorrow, I think they are so cute.

Thanks for sticking with me this week as I have shared some of my projects from National Painting Week! Sherwin-Williams is offering 30% off this weekend if you have been inspired to do some painting of your own. Smile Have a great day!!

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Painted Dresser: Grays Harbor {the perfect blend of navy + gray}

Before we moved to Montana we got rid of all our furniture so we didn’t have to haul it across the country and put it in storage. We slowly have been accumulating more but our master bedroom was in bad shape. Like this bad. It’s embarrassing, I know. Clothes in plastic storage bins and not a whole lot of organization, as you can see.


So when I came across this dresser at a garage sale a couple of weeks ago ($40 and it was SOLID, real wood) I bought it.

dresser before

I knew I wanted to paint it a navy gray, if that’s such a color. Navy with gray in it basically, so I searched through my fan decks and thought Grays Harbor SW 6236 looked perfect.

grays harbor by sherwin-williams

It was exactly what I was looking for and love how well it compliments the wall color so well.(Castle Path by Behr)

painted dresser after

I was going to buy new hardware, I even filled in the holes with wood filler but when I started looking at prices, I decided to just spray paint them. I used Rustoleum Nickel.

dresser after

A huge improvement and difference in mood, compared to our jumbled mess earlier.

color combination for master bedroom

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Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!!




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Painted Side Table: Arugula

Our living room is pretty neutral right now and is in need of some color. I have blues, greens and yellows in some of my décor but need another “pop” of color to add to our neutral walls. (We painted them Accessible Beige by Sherwin-Williams.) I thought this table would be perfect.

little stand

I decided to go green. I looked through so many different shades in my fan deck, I didn’t want anything sagey or lime, or too bright. I thought Arugula SW 6446 looked perfect.


I used Sherwin-Williams Harmony paint in semi-gloss and it went on great. I usually use ProClassic, but my store was out of the quart size for this shade so I decided to try this.

green paint

It went on beautifully and it’s the perfect “pop” that our living room needed and a great accent color for our walls.

little side table

Accent color for neutral walls

I am almost done with my dresser and picture frame, I will be back tomorrow to share my progress and paint colors I have been using to add more color to our home. I hope you have a great day!

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Our Downstairs Painted Door

This is our downstairs door that goes out to the garage and the first project on my to-do list this week. The before picture was taken awhile ago, before we took down our popcorn ceilings and painted our trim and walls. I didn’t paint the door because we were eventually going to replace it. (One major lesson I have learned while remodeling our house – projects take a lot longer than you anticipate when DIYing it!) That was 3 months ago and we still haven’t gotten to it yet so I decided to just paint it in the meantime. And I’m so glad I did, it’s amazing how much happier I feel when I go downstairs. Here’s the before…

downstairs door before

…and the after.

Downstairs door paint color with trim and walls

Trim: Alabaster by Sherwin-Williams, my favorite trim color, almost identical to White Dove by BM

Wall color: Sedate Gray by Sherwin-Williams (a great neutral and one of the colors from the SW 2015 color forecast I wanted to try out)

Door color: Waterscape by Sherwin-Williams

 The hardest part about painting to me is just getting started. Once I do it, it’s fine but I sometimes think I have to wait for that “perfect time”. This door took me about 45 minutes to prep and paint it and I love it so much better than the dark wood. It’s amazing what a little paint can do to lift your mood. Now if someone can just do our floor … more on that later.Smile Happy Painting Week!

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National Painting Week 2015

Today kicks off Sherwin-Williams National Painting Week 2015!

Sherwin-Williams National Painting Week 2015

What a perfect week to work on a painting project; a piece of furniture, a bedroom,  or maybe a small decorative piece that need a little facelift. I have a whole slew of items that need paint makeovers and this is the week that I am pushing to put a dent in that to do list, so I am going to show you some ugly before pictures and share with you the afters throughout the week.

Here are some of the projects that I plan to work on:

1. Our basement door. It’s just … ugly. It bugs me every time I see it. We are eventually going to replace it, but until then it needs a major intervention.

downstairs door before

2. End table: I bought this last year at a garage sale for $10. I love the size and I’m hoping a little paint will make it look brand new.

little stand before

3. Dresser: This is another garage sale find that I got a couple of weeks ago for $40. It’s super solid and we are in major need of bedroom furniture. I can’t wait to get going on it!

bedroom dresser before

4. Picture frame: It’s big and it’s chunky and it was only $10. I’ll show you what I decide to do with it later this week.

picture frame before

Can’t wait to get started!!  To see more painting inspiration this week, be sure to check out What about you? Do you have plans to paint anything this week? I’ll be back tomorrow with the afters of our basement door. Hope you have a great day!!

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Top 10 Shades of Blue/Gray Paint Colors

Some of my favorite shades of grays are those with hints of blue in them. I love how fresh, clean and calm they can make a room feel. They are also very popular right now and really have become the new neutral. There are so many colors that look great with these grays, you can accent almost anything with them and they look great against white or can look beautiful with wood. When we were painting our kitchen, I tried what felt like a million samples and looked at a lot of inspiration pictures to get the perfect blue/gray to go against our white cabinets. Here are some of my favorites!

Favorite Blue/Gray Paint Colors

“`Vapor Trails by Benjamin Moore

1. Vapor Trails by Benjamin Moore (what I decided to paint our kitchen)

Molly Quinn Design

Silver Strand by Sherwin-Williams

2. Silver Strand by Sherwin-Williams

See more of the home tour here

Lazy Gray by Sherwin-Williams

3. Lazy Gray by Sherwin-Williams

Featured here, from Crafty Texas Girls

Silverado by Sherwin-Williams

4. Silverado by Sherwin-Williams


Comfort Gray by Sherwin-Williams

Christina’s Adventures

Rhino by Behr

6. Rhino by Behr

The Social Home

Filtered Shade by Valspar

7. Filtered Shade by Valspar

Nothing But Bonfires

Coventry Gray by Benjamin Moore

8. Coventry Gray by Benjamin Moore

Restyling Home by Kelly

Boothbay Gray by Benjamin Moore

9. Boothbay Gray by Benjamin Moore

Restyling Home by Kelly

10. Mount Saint Anne by Benjamin Moore

Chicago Redesign

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Our Kitchen Update

It’s been a while since I have posted any progress on our house. Like all of you, things have been so busy. Good busy, but we are still trying to unpack boxes and find a place to put everything. It’s all of the little odds and ends that kill me, but we are finally getting to the point where I feel like this is our home. One that I love to come home to and know that it is ours. We are still in the process of finishing our kitchen, but I wanted to show you our progress so far and the paint colors I chose.

Here are the before pics. Oak cabinets, wallpaper, linoleum flooring, super old appliances (funny side note- I used to babysit in this house and can remember cooking mac n’ cheese on that stove, so weird!) and countertops from the 1970’s.

Here are the BEFORES: (I was so excited to get those cabinets down I forgot to take pictures beforehand!)

Kitchen beforeKitchen before



Kitchen progress - Favorite Paint Colors

Kitchen progress - Favorite Paint Colors

Kitchen progress - Favorite Paint Colors

Kitchen progress - Favorite Paint Colors

Kitchen progress - Favorite Paint Colors

This is what we have accomplished so far:

*Painted the kitchen cabinets White Dove by Benjamin Moore (more on that later)

*Replaced all of the hardware on the cabinets, brushed nickel

*New appliances from Lowe’s

*My husband installed the hardwood floors

*We removed the wallpaper and retextured one wall because of all the gunk we couldn’t get off

*We replaced the light above the sink

*We painted the walls Vapor Trails by Benjamin Moore

Our projects we still have left to do:

*Replace the countertops, I need to make my decision this weekend, then they should take 3-4 weeks after that. Yay!

*Paint the ceiling. It needs a fresh coat of paint to cover up a couple of stains and brighten things up.

*Take out the fluorescent light and replace it

*Install the backsplash

*Replace the electrical outlets

*Create a little office area for my computer and paperwork

*Curtains and decorations

 In the meantime we have been doing projects in other rooms of our house which I will continue to show you.

 For other updates we have made, see here. It’s a work in progress, but so fun to the think of the end potential. Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!

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