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Our Kitchen Before and After

Good day! We have been in our house for 3 years this month and our kitchen has been done for 2 years, and I have never posted it. Sooo, today I am finally showing you our kitchen with one of my favorite paint colors.

Here are some before and after photos.

We have been so happy with our painted cabinets! The paint we decided to use is very durable, there is only one area that I have had to light touch ups and it’s a high traffic area. I will show you tomorrow how I do that and also the paint we used on our cabinets.

Our wall paint color is one of my favorites. It’s called Vapor Trails by Benjamin Moore. It is a perfect blue/gray with a hint of green at different times of day. If you are looking for a great Farmhouse neutral that has a touch of color, this is a great choice.

Vapor Trails by Benjamin Moore

Here is Vapor Trails in our dining room, which is right off our kitchen.

We are slowly getting our house to where we want it to be. Our laundry room is our last room to complete, and I am just adding some finishing touches (which sometimes take the longest). I am hoping to have a whole house tour, complete with paint colors and before and after shots soon. Thank you so much for stopping by, I hope you have a beautiful last day of January.

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Simple Bathroom Makeover In 5 Easy Steps

Today I want to show you our upstairs bathroom and our very simple makeover that anyone could do in a weekend. This has been on our to-do list for some time but seriously the hardest part of a project is just starting it. Once we did, it went rather quickly.  I am sharing sources and 5 easy steps to makeover your bathroom down below. First here are some before and afters…


bathroom makeover

So how did we do it?

  1. Paint the cabinets. We decided to keep our vanity, kind of a long story but we found a great vanity top to go with it for a killer price and the vanity itself was in great condition, just needed a little makeover. So I looked at my Benjamin Moore paint deck, called up my paint store, gave them the paint name I decided on and crossed my fingers that I loved it. Easiest paint decision ever. And guess what? It was exactly what I was looking for. The paint color I decided on to paint the vanity was Boothbay Gray by Benjamin Moore. It’s a beautiful light blue that really doesn’t look gray at all. I have loved it.

Boothbay Gray by Benjamin Moore

Boothbay Gray by Benjamin Moore (Vanity paint color)

We also painted the cabinets to our cupboards white. I had some Alabaster (my favorite white) paint left over from another project so I used that. Goodbye oak! It’s amazing what a little paint can do.

Alabaster by Sherwin-Williams

Alabaster by Sherwin-Williams

2. Paint the walls. In a small space, painting the walls can be easy peasy. It took a couple of hours and the transformation was instant. We went with a great neutral Edgecomb Gray by Benjamin Moore.
edgecomb gray by Benjamin Moore

3. New flooring.

We just laid this vinyl flooring from Home Depot right on top of our old linoleum. My husband is the one that put it down and it was the easiest flooring install we have done in our home (he told me) :). It took only a couple of hours and is soo much better then the yellow and green linoleum we previously had.

4. New Vanity top – we debated for a long time whether or not to go with a whole new vanity and top. We were close to buying one online but when we were strolling around Home Depot one night we found a vanity top that was on clearance that was a perfect fit to our existing one, so we decided to tear our old countertop off and paint the vanity. It looked like a brand new 60 inch vanity for $140. (Vanity top $99 + $40 paint)

Home Depot

5. Accessories – we tore out our shower door, added a new curtain, put some shelving up and added some hardware for towels.

shower curtain


So if you have a small bathroom/space that needs an update, I hope this can inspire you that it doesn’t need to be costly or time consuming to transform your space. Sometimes the simpler the better.


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Our Girls Bathroom Before and After + Mood Board

Disclosure: I received paint from Sherwin-Williams as compensation for the post. All views and opinions expressed in the post are my own and no other compensation was provided.

A few weeks ago I showed you our bathroom before pictures and some of the paint colors I chose for our bathroom remodel. We are DONE and I am ready to show you the reveal! It’s a night and day difference and I love being able to check a project like this off of our list. Another look at the befores…

bathroom before

bathroom before2

bathroom closet before

And the AFTER…

Girls bathroom after - Favorite Paint Colors

Girls bathroom after - Favorite Paint ColorsFramed mirror and vanity paint color - Favorite Paint Colors

Framed mirror paint color

To add a pop of color and finish off the mirror we framed it and painted it a very similar match to the shower curtain, rug, and towel – it’s called Sweet as a Peach by Sherwin-Williams. I love it and it turned out to be the perfect color. The lighting was really tricky to grab a good picture, but it looks a million times better than the original.

Girls bathroom shelving above toilet

The shower was the most time intensive part. My husband was up a few nights until 2 in the morning trying to finish it, we had family coming in and wanted to get it done before they arrived. It took A LOT longerthan we anticipated but I couldn’t be more pleased with the results.

Bathroom shower tileBathroom shower tileBathroom floor tile

And for our closet we removed all of the old shelving, painted it the same color as the walls, grabbed some leftover boards from our built-ins and made shelves. I love having an organized closet and know where everything is.

Bathroom closet organization

Here is a mood board I completed before we started the bathroom. It’s a great way to see how your choices will coordinate. You can see the sources below.

Girls bathroom mood board - Favorite Paint Colors

1. Bathroom Rug – Target

2. Subway Tile for shower – Lowe’s

3.  Floor tile – Lowe’s

4. Shower floor tile – Lowe’s

5. Wall paint color: Repose Gray by Sherwin-Williams (Semi-gloss in Emerald)

6. Vanity paint color: Grizzle Gray by Sherwin-Williams (Semi-Gloss in Pro-Classic – the only paint I would use on cabinets or furniture. It is VERY durable)

7. Bathroom mirror frame: Sweet as a Peach by Sherwin-Williams (HGTV collection)

8. Shower curtain – Target Threshold

And for our countertops … We had a heck of time deciding what to do with them. I really wanted to get a premade quartz countertop from Lowe’s, but the sink hole was right in the middle and because of the way our vanity was set up we needed it on the right. We thought about getting a new vanity,  but for the price we wanted to pay, most of them were very cheaply made and I didn’t love their setup. Ours was solid wood and I liked the drawers it had so we decided to just paint it – I really love the results.

We also looked at custom ordering a quartz countertop, that ended up costing close to $800, I looked at granite slabs, that was right around there as well, and one day I was strolling through the kitchen area in Lowe’s and ran into their laminate cuts – this one was $68 and the dimensions were perfect. Long story short, we went with laminate and it looks great. One of my friends thought it was granite!


My husband had to cut the backsplash off because it ended up being a little deeper than we wanted, and we found out our walls are not square, so it left a gap in between the backsplash and the wall. So we bought the tile and did the backsplash ourselves.

We had a few hiccups along the way, projects never go the way you want them to, but oh it feels good to have it finished.

One more look at the before and after…

Girls bathroom before and after - Favorite Paint Colors

Thanks so much for stopping by! If you have any questions feel free to e-mail me or leave a comment. Have a great weekend!!

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Our Built-Ins {before and after}

I mentioned a few months back that one of the next projects on our list was to install built-ins on each side of the fireplace. Well they are completed, I love them and wanted to share them with you today.

A look back on where we started…

living room before


A quick summary of how Jason built these:

*He used MDF board from Lowe’s for the frame

*The finishing surfaces are all pine wood

*For the shelving he installed wood supports and screwed shelving on top of that, then used finished hardwood to make a trim around the shelves to hide any imperfections.

*Once the frame was built and painted, we bought cabinets and door faces from here, and then Jason built the drawers and just added the front.

*We painted the built-ins Alabaster by Sherwin-Williams (2016 Color of the Year) That is our go to color for doors, trim and cabinets. Love it.


I added a few simple Easter decorations, books, and pictures. Super simple.

Sunday will come

I printed one of my favorite quotes out and put it in an 8×10 frame I got from TJ Maxx. It’s from Joseph B. Wirthlin and is always one I think of on this day – We all have our Fridays. Here is a beautiful video that has excerpts from this talk.


And that’s a wrap! I hope you have a beautiful Easter weekend, thanks for stopping by!

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1960s TV Console Makeover

Yesterday I told you that I was going to show you what we did with this lovely thing.

1960s TV console makeover

It was on the side of the road, I had an idea for it so we hauled it home.

 1960s TV Console Makeover

It has a record player on one side,

1960s TV Console Makeover

and an 8-track inside that worked awesome. It even had a couple of Elvis tracks. Sweet!

My husband knocked the TV out and we painted the whole thing the Sherwin-Williams 2016 color of the year, Alabaster. We added a shelf in the middle and voila – we have a new media console for our downstairs playroom.

1960s TV Console Makeover AFTER

And it still plays some pretty awesome music.

1960s TV Console Makeover

Happy Thursday!

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Living Room Progress + a Giveaway!

DIYing can be a painfully slow process at times and sometimes it’s easy to forget where you began. I love looking at before pictures of our house because it’s a good reminder of where we started and how far we have come. Today I wanted to share with you our living room progress. It’s not completely finished, we still have more projects to do, but it’s come a long way.

Here is the before:

living room before

living room before

And the AFTER!

living room afterliving room after

One of the biggest projects in this room was removing the popcorn ceiling. It has made a world of difference in updating our home and in brightening the room up. We painted the walls Accessible Beige by Sherwin-Williams and the fireplace and paneling behind it White Dove by Benjamin Moore. We also got new carpet and now it feels like a completely different room than it was a year ago.

The next project on our list is to add built-ins to each side of the fireplace. The bookshelves are temporary and will hopefully be gone within the next couple of weeks. I can’t wait until they are done!

To celebrate our progress so far, I am teaming up with CanvasPop to give one lucky winner a 16×20 framed photo paper print! I received mine last week and love how it looks in our living room. The best part? I took this picture with my phone at my brother-in-laws wedding and the resolution looks amazing even after being blown up. Each image is printed on premium fine arts paper which results in a crisp, high quality and detailed image print.  You also have the choice of matting your print with a 2.5” white mat and choosing a frame in white, black or espresso – over a $200 value!

Canvas Pop - Favorite Paint Colors

To win one of these beautiful prints, click on the image below and enter your email. It’s super easy and fast.


If you would like to order a canvas or print, CanvasPop is offering a 35% discount for Favorite Paint Colors readers using the code FAVPAINT35. Expires November 30, 2015. Think Christmas gifts? They ship to the US, Canada, and EU.

Thanks so much for stopping by and good luck!!

Disclosure: I received a 16×20 framed print from CanvasPop as compensation for this post. All views and opinions expressed are my own and no other compensation was provided.

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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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