Summer Blog Tour

Happy Summer! I am so excited about this Summer Blog Post Tou.! I have teamed up with some of the most amazing bloggers who have inspired me to refresh my back porch. Be sure to check out all of their wonderful blogs as there is so much inspiration to see! The links are at the bottom of this blog post.

After walking around and staring at my porch for days, I have decided to add color to our back porch! My subtle (and kind of boring) gray and white color scheme has been replaced. I have gone green and I love it!

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The Dining Room Refresh

The Dining Room refresh. I love it. As in a lot.

This was supposed to include a little straightening and setting the table. But as usual, I ended up doing a lot more. It all started with the furniture layout and what I thought would be a good simple change.

Here is what our dining room use to look like. It’s pretty and nice looking but there were a few problems …

Our drapes were silk and eighteen years old. The sun had completely shredded them and I was constantly trying to hide all of the rips and shreds. I also have never liked the arrangement between the windows. So I moved an old cabinet in its place. But it was too dark.

So I got to work. First I took down the drapes. That involved removing the hardware, patching the holes and touching up the walls with paint. The windows looked so great that I decided not to replace the drapes. And that is a permanent decision. (FYI, even though the walls look darker, I did not paint repaint them. The sun was really bright when I took the photo so that’s why they look darker.)

Then I moved the cabinet back outside and painted it with Old Barn Milk Paint. I used the color Stoneware and used their scraper to give it a chippy look. I LOVE how it turned out. 

For some reason, I never even noticed the molding under the windows. I guess it was the drapes, but holy cow. What a difference.

I can’t even believe how much better I like our dining room! It’s less formal and brighter.

There were a lot of you who commented on my stories and said, “leave the drapes” and “don’t paint the cabinet”. What do you think of the refresh?

I have a new rug coming soon. And then it will definitely be done!

The One Room Challenge – Week Three

Last fall when we redid our master bedroom it was pretty straightforward. I painted, did a DIY headboard and replaced the curtains, rug, and bedding. The biggest project was replacing the marble around the fireplace. This month I have joined the One Room Challenge and I am doing a makeover of our boy’s bedroom. This project seems to be a bit more involved. And that is because of the board and batten installation.

Why was this so much harder than it looks?

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The One Room Challenge – Week One

So what do you think? This photo is a rendering of the room I have selected for my latest remodeling project, The One Room Challenge. This what I am calling “The Boys Room”. It used to be my husband’s room when he grew up (we bought my inlaws home twenty years ago). Then it was Andrew’s (our oldest son) room. When he went off to college it became Matt’s room. When he went off to college it became Michael’s room. Since Michael went off to college, this room has become anyone’s room who comes home to visit. Hence, it’s the “boys room”.

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