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Awesome Paint Prep Products from Trimaco

Happy Friday! I hope you are having a wonderful December so far and enjoy this holiday season. Today I wanted to share with you a few products I received from Trimaco that have helped some of my painting projects go more smoothly.

Our kitchen ceiling was in major need of painting. It  definitely didn’t look white and it had little stains all over. I should have done it before we got our flooring and countertops installed, but we had other projects happening at the time and I didn’t get around to it. Trimaco sent me some awesome products to help keep the paint splatters off the countertops, floors and table, which helped out a ton and were super easy to use.


  1. The first product that I used were these Wonder Rags. I kept one with me while I was on the ladder cutting in and anytime there was a drip, I had it right there with me to wipe away, and they worked great! They didn’t leave any smears, the paint absorbed quickly into the rag, and I was able to use one rag for the whole kitchen – one definitely goes a long way.

Trimaco Wonder Rag - great for painting

Trimaco Wonder Rag

2. This is probably my favorite product I have used from Trimaco. It’s a Stay Put Surface Protector pad, and it does exactly that. It comes in a big roll like the one shown below, and the back side sticks to your surface. It worked great in my kitchen, I put it along the trim and just moved it wherever I was painting and once it was in place it didn’t move until I tore it back up again. I also used it on our carpet as I have been painting some cabinets for our built-ins and loved how it stayed in place and protected the carpet there as well.

Trimaco stay put surface protector3. This is perfect for anyone painting kitchens because you can cover up cabinets and counter tops really easily. It has painters tape on it and then a plastic sheet underneath, so I taped it to my walls and then let the plastic drape over my counters and cabinets. It worked perfectly. 🙂

Trimaco Tape and Drape

Trimaco Tape and Drape

4. And then there is the Butyl Dropcloth. This thing is the bomb. It’s leakproof, heavy duty and durable, and it stays put on your surface and doesn’t slide. I used to put down plastic to protect my surfaces while painting, but I always ended up getting paint where I shouldn’t have because it would bunch up, stick to my feet, or slide all over the place. Or if I was outside a little breeze would start and would blow the plastic onto whatever I was painting. With this dropcloth, you don’t get any of that. We have already used it for multiple projects in the kitchen, dining room and living room. It’s a good investment because it will last you a long time.

Trimaco Eliminator Dropcloth

Trimaco Eliminator Dropcloth

Here is a picture of our kitchen all ready prepped and ready to be painted. The clean up was a breeze and I loved the peace of mind I had knowing that if there were drips that my furniture and floors would be protected. Thank you Trimaco for making my paint job a whole lot easier!

Kitchen paint prep products Kitchen paint prep - Trimaco products

If you are interested in any of these Trimaco products, there are Amazon links below the product or you can visit their website here. Trimaco products are also sold at Sherwin-Williams, Home Depot, Lowes, and Ace Hardware.

I am getting so close to showing you our final kitchen reveal. The ceiling made a huge difference in brightening up the room, along with the new light fixtures we installed. It’s almost there! Thanks for sticking with me through this, I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Disclosure: I received these products from Trimaco as compensation for the post. All views and opinions expressed in the post are my own and no other compensation was provided. Affiliate links are used in this post.


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A Few of My Favorite Things

If you’re hopping over from No Biggie, welcome to Favorite Paint Colors! I am so excited to be a part of Favorite Things 2015 and have had so much fun seeing what everyone has shared so far.

Favorite Things 2015

I have always loved this round-up to find out the latest and greatest, get new ideas for Christmas, and to see what works for other bloggers and moms. So I am excited to share a few of MY favorite things with you, and I hope that you can find something that you might love too!

These are in no particular order, and contain some Amazon affiliate links.

1. Christmas music! I can’t tell you how excited I am for Christmas this year. I have two favorite Christmas CDs  that I couldn’t wait to start listening to:

*The Piano Guys – This album is amazing, I could listen to Silent Night and O Come, O Come, Emmanuel over and over. They are beautiful arrangements and the cello and piano are two of my favorite instruments.

The Piano Guys A Family Tradtion

Percy Faith – Music of Christmas. This has been a favorite in our family since my Mom was a little girl. It’s all instrumental and everything that Christmas is about is depicted in this music. I will listen to this every Christmas until the day I die… and probably after. 🙂

2. Bath and Body Works candles, because you can’t have pretty music playing without lighting a candle, right? I found this scent a couple of weeks ago and have fallen in love. My favorite scent used to be “Leaves”, which I still love, but “Welcome” is even better and smells just like the holidays to me. I have it in the wallflower, too, and every time I walk into my laundry room and kitchen where it’s at, I seriously take a deep breath and say to myself out loud how good it smells.  If you want to try this out, make sure you get the Welcome Autumn Spiced Wreath and not the Welcome Mahogany Balsam. They are two completely different scents.Welcome spiced wreath candle - Favorite Things 2015

3. Next up on my list is my clarisonic.

favorite things - clarisonic

I have had mine for about 3 years now and have not only loved how clean my face feels after using it, but I love the improvement I have seen in my skin. I take it everywhere I go, my clarisonic is something I would have a hard time living without. I use it every morning and night, and the few times that I haven’t, my face just doesn’t feel clean. It’s definitely one of my top favorite things.

4. While we are talking about skin, my favorite skin care line is M2. It’s available in a cleanser (that I use with my clarisonic), a refinisher, and moisturizer, and it’s by far the best cleansing system I have used.  Adult acne has always been an issue for me and I have tried a lot of different skin care products to try and clear it up. When I was pregnant with my third it got especially bad, which was super frustrating because I was already using a prescription acne medication that was really expensive and I didn’t think I had any other options but to just deal with it. My sister-in-law, who owns her own medical spa, introduced this line to me and I was hooked. My acne slowly started to clear up, and after using it for 2 years my breakouts are very minimal, and I stopped using my prescription medication, which has saved a lot of money. It has been a lifesaver for my skin!

M2 Exfoliating Cleanser – lasts me 6 months and I use it morning and night.

M2 Skin Refinish – also lasts me 6 months+ and I only use this at night.

m2 moisturizer

M2 Moisturizer – my only complaint I have about this is I run out of it too quick. I have to order it about every 2 months.

5. Another favorite skin care item is E.L.F. primer.

I started using foundation primer a couple of years ago and will never go back. Why? I use way less foundation with primer, it fills in my lines and pores and my foundation goes on much smoother. I first started using Smashbox primer, which I loved, but didn’t love the $40 price tag so I decided on a whim to try E.L.F’s version. To be completely honest, I couldn’t tell a difference. So for $6-$10 a bottle, this is my go-to foundation primer.

6. My favorite thing to wear? Open cardigans.

Open front cardigan - Favorite Things 2015

Love these in the winter because they layer well, are long enough to put on some leggins, and they are sooo comfy.

7. With my open cardigans I love my Hunter boots. My sister found an awesome deal last year so I bought some and have yet to regret it. They are great in mud, rain, and snow and can be worn anywhere from the farm to the mall.  When it’s really cold you can buy boot inserts that keep your toes nice and toasty. I have the Ruby color in gloss.

Ruby gloss Hunter boots - Favorite Things 2015

8. My favorite movie of 2015

I am really hoping that all of you have seen this, if you haven’t, you NEED to! This is seriously the best, most uplifting movie. It has a beautiful message, the music is gorgeous, the casting couldn’t have been more perfect, and it’s CLEAN. I could go on and on, but this is my absolute favorite movie of 2015, hands down.

8.Burt’s Bees Lip Balm

This is the only chap stick I will buy. LOVE IT!!

9. My favorite paint color I am crushing on right now -Gauntlet Gray by Sherwin-Williams. I posted an interior picture of it yesterday.

Gauntlet Gray

10. Last but not least?

Dark Chocolate Coconut Almonds - Favorite Things 2015

Need I say more? Chocolate, coconut and almonds are probably my 3 favorite things to eat… these are so bad. I could easily eat a whole 2 lb. bag within a few days. Next time you are at Costco look for them, or you can order them on Amazon. But don’t say I didn’t warn you.

Make sure you visit my sister, Melissa for more favorite things, she’s the best! And tomorrow she is doing a link up party if you want to share some of your favorites. Next up on the tour is Miss Mustard Seed. Enjoy!

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Happy Thanksgiving

I hope this holiday finds all of you well with many blessings to be thankful for. I am so grateful to you for being part of this blog and for following me along these past 3 years. I sincerely hope that you have a day filled with love, family, friends and lots of yummy food. Have a Happy Thanksgiving!!

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Progress This Week 11.21.14

Happy Friday … again! Where did this week go?! Between sick kids, doctors appointments and LIFE – here is our progress.

1. My husband finished texturing all of the ceilings. I can’t tell you what a difference it has made in each room. Our home feels brighter and more spacious, not to mention much more appealing to the eye.

texturing ceilings

I will post a before and after next week!

Right now we are painting the ceilings using Eminence by Sherwin-Williams, and I have been super happy about the coverage and quality. For the most part we have been able to cover everything in one coat. Yay! I didn’t have it tinted, I’m just using the color that’s in the can (Bright White) and as I said earlier, it has lightened and brightened everything up in our home. I love it and would highly recommend it.

 2. I spent most of my time in the kitchen again filling in the holes to the cabinets, sanding the wood filler and taking down awful wallpaper that was seriously super-glued on.

taking down wallpaper

I started off using a steamer on this main wall…

how to remove wallpaper

And after 3+ hours, this was how far I got. It was pretty frustrating, so I tried fabric softener and warm water mixed together, sprayed it on the walls, let it sit for a few minutes and then used the steamer again. That worked soo much better and I was able to get the rest off in a little over an hour.

kitchen progress

Just for fun, here’s a picture of our beautiful kitchen. Have I told you how glad I am that we don’t have to live in this right now?! I need to do some serious cleaning so I can start priming the cabinets. Man it’s been a slow process, but I’m hoping to be done with the kitchen before Christmas?? Let’s hope!

3. We also picked out our flooring, appliances and paint colors for our playroom. Have you seen the 2015 Color Forecast from Sherwin-Williams? I am picking up their color of their year, Coral Reef, along with some other colors from their 2015 line from my store today and I can’t wait to try it out in our playroom. It’s such a fun, happy color.

 That is it for this week! Do you have any major projects you are trying to get done this weekend before Thanksgiving, or maybe for Christmas? If you do I wish you the best of luck! More paint colors and hopefully more progress next week. Have a great Friday!

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What I have been up to…


Baby2Cuddling with this sweet thing – that’s what I have been up to! We welcomed our third little girl into our family early Friday morning and couldn’t love her more. I will be back soon with more paint posts but wanted to share our excitement with all of you and let you know where I have been. I hope you are all doing well and that you have a wonderful day!



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