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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OFFICE MAKEOVER // Getting Started on My New Project Room

There is a very interesting room in our house that is located off of our family room and living room. It has been known as my office for the last 17 years and it was in great need of a makeover. Why? Because it’s really dark and kind of claustrophobic. (And to be totally honest, it is NEVER this clean.)

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BACK PORCH MAKEOVER // Finishing the Back Porch

I had been scouring a few stores, Craigslist and a few online sites for two rod iron chairs for the back patio. The other day I was looking at Facebook and a link popped up for Facebook Marketplace. So I decided to try my luck. Sure enough, someone had posted a love seat and chair in black rod iron just nine minutes before. The good news? The cost was $75. The bad news? They were about 90 minutes away. Each. Way.

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BACK PORCH MAKEOVER // Part Three

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Now that the not-so-fun part of my Back Porch makeover is out of the way (i.e. cleaning) it is time to begin the fun part.  I saw these hanging shelves on Instagram (thank you @cottonstem) and have been watching them on the Hobby Lobby website. As soon as they went on sale for 50% off I bought two of them right away. I knew they would look fantastic in front of the lattice on each side of the fireplace.

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BACK PORCH MAKEOVER // Part One

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