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*This post was sponsored by Oriental Trading.

DIY Floating Butterfly Burlap Wreath For Spring | dreamgreendiy.com + @orientaltrading

I envy butterflies…They are one of the most quintessential symbols of spring, and that’s one role I wouldn’t mind proudly shouting from the rooftops. As soon as you see their winged silhouettes popping up in the craft and home decor aisles of your favorite stores, you know the season is on its way in. Sure, we’ve got at least a month or two before we start to physically feel the effects of spring’s arrival, but it’ll still be here before we know it.

This April, I’ll be turning 31 years old. It’s honestly a little odd to say that out loud. My 30th birthday was welcomed with excitement and even a little bit of newfound pride. Thirty-one though is an age where I feel like I should officially have my s&!# together. Do I feel like I’m mature enough to handle my thirties? Not one bit (especially since John and I recently remarked how fun it would be to play Hide & Seek sometime). But I’m still excited to embrace my new year and this new season in 2017.

DIY Floating Butterfly Burlap Wreath For Spring | dreamgreendiy.com + @orientaltrading

So, you’re probably wondering what all of this has to do with a DIY Butterfly Wreath. Well, in honor of my favorite season and upcoming birthday, I worked with the team over at Oriental Trading to design a spring-themed wreath that’s just teaming with the season’s friendliest mascot: butterflies, of course!

Go ahead and slide your mouse on over to this link right here in order to visit the Oriental Trading blog where I’m sharing the full step-by-step guide for making your own DIY Floating Butterfly Burlap Wreath for Spring. Are you a diehard fan of this upcoming season, too? And are you also officially living out your 30’s? I’d love to know how you guys make the most of every season and each birthday as they come, so leave your stories and bucket list items in the comments below.

DIY Floating Butterfly Burlap Wreath For Spring | dreamgreendiy.com + @orientaltrading

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Modernizing Our Mid-Century Bath With Brass Fixtures | dreamgreendiy.com + @deltafaucet

Guess what…I have a brand new before and after reveal to share with you! I am so head-over-heels in love with our newly decked out bathroom and can’t wait to spill all of the beans. In truth, this project started way back in November of last year. A chance email exchange with one of the editors from Delta Faucet’s Inspired Living blog ultimately resulted in a creative partnership that has since given our dated bathroom a new lease on life.

If you’ve been following along for any length of time, You probably recall just how far our main floor bathroom has come. We’ve removed dated floral (Thomas-Kincaid-like) wallpaper, refreshed our tile grout using a paint pen (a makeover that’s still going strong!), repainted the room a soft bright white, and added white linens to the space to make it feel more spa-like. All of these things have given the room a modern vibe, but we were in desperate need of a fixture makeover in the bathtub, as you’ll see in all its unedited glory below.

Modernizing Our Mid-Century Bath With Brass Fixtures | dreamgreendiy.com + @deltafaucet

Modernizing Our Mid-Century Bath With Brass Fixtures | dreamgreendiy.com + @deltafaucet

As I’m sure you can imagine, I was honestly mortified to subject our overnight guests to the existing leaky, squeaky shower fixtures, and I despised dealing with them myself on a daily basis. So, after chatting with Delta, I decided that now was the time to kick off a full-scale makeover that would take place one “Champagne Bronze” piece at a time.

Modernizing Our Mid-Century Bath With Brass Fixtures | dreamgreendiy.com + @deltafaucet

Modernizing Our Mid-Century Bath With Brass Fixtures | dreamgreendiy.com + @deltafaucet

Modernizing Our Mid-Century Bath With Brass Fixtures | dreamgreendiy.com + @deltafaucet

Could we afford to switch all of the bathroom fixtures over to brass this go-around? Unfortunately, no…But the good news is that it really doesn’t matter in the scheme of things as long as we keep our long-term plan on track. Hop over to Delta Faucet’s Inspired Living blog to find out what went into the project (including a DIY project that saved us over $350), plus you’ll learn how we’re making the collection of mis-matched metals work for us as we tackle the 3-part makeover. I can’t wait to hear what you think!

Modernizing Our Mid-Century Bath With Brass Fixtures | dreamgreendiy.com + @deltafaucet

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How To Curate A Housewarming Gift Box They Will ACTUALLY Appreciate | dreamgreendiy.com

I think it’s pretty common knowledge that winter is one of the hardest times to sell a home. I suppose it has something to do with the fact that people aren’t venturing outside as often in the cold weather, but for whatever reason, real estate seems to slow way down this time of year. The good news if you’re looking to sell (or buy!) is that things are likely to pick way back up in just a handful of weeks as spring descends.

All this to say, housewarming party season is about to take over. Be prepared to receive invitations to your friends’ or family member’s new homes or, at the very least, plan to spot a custom “Change of Address” notice or two in the mail. Of course, the next tradition to follow is a basket of custom-curated goodies to hand over in celebration! Read on for a few theme ideas to inspire a housewarming gift box that they’ll actually appreciate this upcoming moving season.

How To Curate A Housewarming Gift Box They Will ACTUALLY Appreciate | dreamgreendiy.com

How To Curate A Housewarming Gift Box They Will ACTUALLY Appreciate | dreamgreendiy.com

8 Housewarming Gift Box Ideas To Try:

  1. Kitchen accessories: Tea towel, measuring spoons, glass coasters, kitchen timer, bottle opener, dish soap, all packaged in a wire basket
  2. New address celebration: Box of custom-ordered notecards with their monogram, a reusable stamp with their new address imprinted on it, packaged in a pretty antique mailbox
  3. Post-move spa day: soaps, an organic natural sponge, matching robes, all wrapped in tissue paper and packaged in a drawstring linen laundry bag
  4. Book nook starter kit: Brochure to the local library, extra large knit blanket, stack of bestselling books, candle and matches
  5. Organization motivation: A set of nesting Tupperware containers with fun colored box tops, a label maker, peel-and-stick chalkboard labels, chalkboard marker, all packaged in one extra large see-through Tupperware tote
  6. Need-to-have necessities: Fresh fabric shower liners, heavy-duty trash bags, box cutter, set of uncut keys and a gift card to Lowe’s for making copies, lightbulbs, all wrapped up in a reusable grocery bag
  7. Newcommers’ to-do list: Manila folder filled with brochures and directions to local attractions and museums, 2-3 small gift cards to local restaurants to encourage trying out new places, tickets to the local movie theater or symphony
  8. First night meal package: Hand-written recipe for a hearty, easy-to-make meal, all of the ingredients to go with it, placemats and napkins, packaged in a pot or pan.

How To Curate A Housewarming Gift Box They Will ACTUALLY Appreciate | dreamgreendiy.com

How To Curate A Housewarming Gift Box They Will ACTUALLY Appreciate | dreamgreendiy.com

What are your go-to housewarming gift box themes or ideas? I’d love to learn from your creative traditions, so please do share them below. And, before I sign off for the day, a big THANK YOU goes out to my friend Bethany for her help with modeling and bringing this story to life in-store!

How To Curate A Housewarming Gift Box They Will ACTUALLY Appreciate | dreamgreendiy.com

How To Curate A Housewarming Gift Box They Will ACTUALLY Appreciate | dreamgreendiy.com

*My promise to you is that the affiliate links featured in this post spotlight items that I use and love myself.
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How To Make A Free DIY Catalog Mood Board | dreamgreendiy.com

When I announced at the kick off to the new year that I was going to take a major departure from my old ways here at Dream Green DIY (including a completely new look for my Instagram feed—scroll down a little ways to see the shift in action!), I don’t think I had a real concept of just how freeing it would be. Apparently, I had tethered myself to the bright white and colorful branding I had adopted over the past couple of years, and I didn’t even realize what it was taking out of me creatively to keep it up.

Now though, I’m able to pick up my camera without any hesitation as soon as inspiration strikes, and I don’t have to fuss with a lot of set-up and styling props. These days, if I feel suddenly active and motivated by a spur-of-the-moment project, I can just plop myself down and take the damn pictures to share my ideas or projects with you guys. It’s such a relief, and it makes authentic blog posts a reality here again. That’s not to say that my content had been contrived over the last two years, but it certainly took a lot more effort to get things looking so controlled.

How To Make A Free DIY Catalog Mood Board | dreamgreendiy.com

How To Make A Free DIY Catalog Mood Board | dreamgreendiy.com

Anyway, this mini lightbulb moment was the result of a spontaneous activity I settled on a couple of weekends ago, and I just had to share. It all started while John was washing our cars. While he was outside, I began flipping through a free take-away catalog that I had stuffed in my bag from the register while shopping the week before (see?! I’m still reaping free rewards from my retail therapy day!).

As I was perusing the pages, I realized that the colors, patterns, and even the photography and styling were speaking to me. I started tearing pages out, with the intent of putting them in a folder in my desk drawer for future shoot and decorating inspiration, but then I noticed that the collection of images was starting to look pretty darn cool while laid out together.

How To Make A Free DIY Catalog Mood Board | dreamgreendiy.com

How To Make A Free DIY Catalog Mood Board | dreamgreendiy.com

I quickly ran out of room on the couch, and moved down to the floor in the living room, taking my magazine and scissors along with me. In a matter of minutes, I was literally surrounded by pages that hinted at the lifestyle and design direction I’m hoping to move in this year.

When I was done, my eyes darted around to each image in turn, and it was like looking into my future—or at least what I hope my future will look like in 2017. Think: evergreen details, fresh mint green and hints of navy, lots of natural neutral textiles, plants, simple dinners, and plenty of time spent outdoors enjoying the fresh air in loose dresses and sweaters.

How To Make A Free DIY Catalog Mood Board | dreamgreendiy.com

How To Make A Free DIY Catalog Mood Board | dreamgreendiy.com

I felt calmer and more at peace just looking at my newfound inspiration, and after asking John to snap a couple photos of my mess on the living room floor, I ran into my office and taped those sheets of torn paper right on the wall behind my desk so that I could look at them everyday as I plan things—both for work and our personal lives.

This random art project turned out to be the simplest, most inspiring decor update I’ve tackled in a while, and I wanted to share in the hopes that you, too, can turn something unassuming (and free!) into a beautiful art project of your own.

How To Make A Free DIY Catalog Mood Board | dreamgreendiy.com

How To Make A Free DIY Catalog Mood Board | dreamgreendiy.com

What kinds of colors, textures, and patterns have you excited this year? And, while I’ve got you, I just wanted to say thanks for sticking with me as I find my footing with this new intentional style. I know it’s different than what you’re used to here on Dream Green DIY, but it’s more “me” and I couldn’t be more honored to have you along for the ride. I think 2017 has the potential to be the prettiest, most inspired one yet—thank you for following along!

How To Make A Free DIY Catalog Mood Board | dreamgreendiy.com

How To Make A Free DIY Catalog Mood Board | dreamgreendiy.com

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DIY Spring-Inspired Pom Pom Petaled Branches | dreamgreendiy.com + @orientaltrading

What’s your favorite season? I think I may be a bit biased because my birthday is in April, but spring is right up there at the top of my list (maybe second only to fall because LAYERS).

Honestly, I feel a little dead inside throughout the winter. I just don’t love the look of naked trees or the experience of walking on crunchy earth. I want to feel lush grass under my sandals—or, better yet, bare feet—and I love the sound of birds chirping and leaves rustling on the branches outside our windows. To me, there’s just nothing more invigorating than that first real breath of fresh spring air, and I’m all but aching for it this dreary February morning.

DIY Spring-Inspired Pom Pom Petaled Branches | dreamgreendiy.com + @orientaltrading

DIY Spring-Inspired Pom Pom Petaled Branches | dreamgreendiy.com + @orientaltrading

Since I’m one of the most impatient people you’ll ever meet, I’m passionate about looking for ways to bring my favorite seasons to life well before they officially kick off. Case in point, my DIY Spring-Inspired Pom Pom Petaled Branches for Oriental Trading. As you may know, I’ve teamed up with the OTC team and three other bloggers to get creative with a single Supply of the Month.This February, it was all about pom poms, so I decided to craft an artful centerpiece that mimicked the spring colors I love that would last all year round.

Visit Oriental Trading for the full 5-step tutorial, and don’t forget to check out the other projects in this roundup: DIY Flower Pom Pom PillowDIY Pom Pom Tassel Garland, and Colorful DIY Pom Pom Tote. What would you make at home with a pile of pom poms? Leave your creative ideas in the comments below.

DIY Spring-Inspired Pom Pom Petaled Branches | dreamgreendiy.com + @orientaltrading

DIY Spring-Inspired Pom Pom Petaled Branches | dreamgreendiy.com + @orientaltrading

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The Only Gift Box Guide You'll Need This Valentines Day | dreamgreendiy.com

With February already here and Valentine’s Day just two (ish) weeks away, I realized that it’s time to get my butt in gear. I tend to keep things understated around this particular holiday, and this year will be no different, but I still wanted to offer a handful of tips to those of you who are planning to go big this lovey dovey gifting season (or just in case you need a tutorial to email over to your significant other!).

In order to bring this story to life, I asked my pal Bethany Mallory to join me at our local Anthropologie store in nearby Charlottesville, Virginia, for a day of girlie shopping. The two of us wondered the shelves to come up with the perfect Valentine’s Day gift box, and we ended up walking away with a few shopping tricks to share, too. Read on for the scoop, plus a list of all the items you see pictured above in case you wouldn’t mind unwrapping this exact gift box on Valentine’s Day.

The Only Gift Box Guide You'll Need This Valentines Day | dreamgreendiy.com

The Only Gift Box Guide You'll Need This Valentines Day | dreamgreendiy.com

A Valentine’s Day Gift Box In 3 Steps:

  1. Start with a color palette: Although Valentine’s Day is traditionally all about pink, don’t feel like the gift itself needs to be pink! Try this: decide on your first gift item, and then pull a color or two from that to dictate your box’s color scheme. For example, I picked up the card first, so I went with a blue, blush, and gold theme for my box to ensure that everything matched. Having a palette will limit the options in-store, which will ultimately get you in and out quickly.
  2. Choose a theme: Another way to limit the options and avoid feeling overwhelmed is to decide on a specific theme for your gift box. A “Cozy Kitchen” themed box could include a set of measuring spoons, two mugs, and a box of hot cocoa, while a “Spa Day” box (like you see pictured in this post) could include things like a candle, matches, soap, and a scrubber.
  3. Put thought into the box: I hate to say it because I’m more of a no-fuss gal myself, but generally, a gift can quickly go from “thoughtful” to “tacky” simply by cheaping out on the packaging. Rather than tossing everything into a paper or plastic grocery bag (which my sweet husband has definitely done), place your gifts into a sturdy gift box. These types of containers often cost just a few dollars, and when filled with your items of choice and inexpensive paper filler, your Valentine will be utterly wowed come February 14. Even if you just buy her some nice perfume, a nice gift box could seal the deal.

The Only Gift Box Guide You'll Need This Valentines Day | dreamgreendiy.com

Shop The Box: To The Moon & Back CardBarr-Co. Bar SoapBaudelaire Sisal Body ScrubberCapri Blue Jar CandleLollia Eau De ParfumSkeem Mini Apothecary Matches

Locally-owned Charlottesville Shops To Discover For Great Gifts: Rock Paper ScissorsEloiseRoxy DaisyDuoCircaThe Yellow ButtonBittersweet

The Only Gift Box Guide You'll Need This Valentines Day | dreamgreendiy.com

So tell me: what’s on your Valentine’s Day wish list? Or are you keeping things super simple this year? No matter what, I’d love for you to leave your own gift box ideas in the comments below.

As for us, John and I are actually in the midst of investing in new vehicles, so we’re feeling extra budget-conscious this year. As in, we likely will just buy each other cards and have a picnic on the living room floor surrounded by our pets this holiday. But that doesn’t mean it will be any less special, and hopefully next year we can go all out!

The Only Gift Box Guide You'll Need This Valentines Day | dreamgreendiy.com

Editor’s Note: Although all of the pretty pieces you see above hail from Anthropologie, this post isn’t sponsored in any way, shape, or form. I’m just a big fan of the brand and wanted to virtually share the goods with all of you.
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Brand New Brass Hardware In Our Mid-Century Kitchen | dreamgreendiy.com

Probably one of the worst things about renovating a home when you’re on a tight budget is how looooooong it takes. Each update has to be painstakingly saved for and only then does the research phase kick in. We’re talking hours, days, and sometimes even months spent looking at a variety of products and resources from all different brands, and then often times you’ve got contractors to coordinate on top of it all.

For that reason, our mid-century kitchen has been (and will continue to be) a work in progress for years to come. So far, we’ve updated the old formica counters with new granite, switched out the two-sided, too-shallow sink with an ultra deep version, added a gold faucet, and installed a white subway tile backsplash. We also removed wallpaper and repainted the space bright white.

Brand New Brass Hardware In ur Mid-Century Kitchen | dreamgreendiy.com

Brand New Brass Hardware In ur Mid-Century Kitchen | dreamgreendiy.com

All of these changes helped to breathe new life into the retro space, so much so that I was able to use imaginary blinders to ignore the rest. But then I took over the Better Homes and Gardens Instagram account for the weekend, and this photo of our mid-progress kitchen sparked a heated discussion about how dated the space still looked.

Now, I’m not really one to pay much attention to bitter, inconsiderate people, but a few of the comments hit home, namely where the hardware and scrollwork over the sink were concerned. My dad is coming in a week to help me fix the scrollwork once and for all, and John and I recently took care of a hardware update so that we could all feel a little more satisfied with this DIY reno.

Brand New Brass Hardware In Our Mid-Century Kitchen | dreamgreendiy.com

Brand New Brass Hardware In Our Mid-Century Kitchen | dreamgreendiy.com

Brand New Brass Hardware In Our Mid-Century Kitchen | dreamgreendiy.com

The original brass hardware (which you can see in detail pictured a few images up) was, in my opinion, really cute, what with its pretty cut-out flower design, but this kitchen makeover needed something a little more modern, and a little heftier to feel balanced. So, we packaged up the old hardware to sell or re-home somewhere else in the house, and started the process of screwing in brand new brass hardware.

Brand New Brass Hardware In ur Mid-Century Kitchen | dreamgreendiy.com

Brand New Brass Hardware In ur Mid-Century Kitchen | dreamgreendiy.com

Brand New Brass Hardware In ur Mid-Century Kitchen | dreamgreendiy.com

Brand New Brass Hardware In ur Mid-Century Kitchen | dreamgreendiy.com

The new cabinet and drawer pulls came from Etsy, via a shop called Forge Hardware Studio. To punch up the personality in our kitchen, we ultimately decided to combine two kinds of hardware silhouettes. For the drawers, we chose single-screw Brushed Brass Whistle Cabinet Knobs, and for the cabinet doors, we went with 3-inch European T-Bar Pulls, again in brushed brass. The total came to about $200 for everything, which seemed like a great deal for such a major upgrade, especially with the large number of cabinets and drawers we have.

Brand New Brass Hardware In ur Mid-Century Kitchen | dreamgreendiy.com

Brand New Brass Hardware In ur Mid-Century Kitchen | dreamgreendiy.com

Although a lot of commenters begged for us to paint the cabinets, I’m sorry to disappoint. There’s absolutely no way that I will be painting over that gorgeous original wood. Maybe it’s more obvious in person, but the grain is pure art, and I could never forgive myself for ruining that. So, new hardware will have to do, and happily, it’s all the upgrade we need to feel satisfied.

What do you think of our little upgrade? In case you happened to notice, we also recently upgraded our old white fridge to a new stainless version! The tight space limited our options pretty much to one fridge, but we love the new look (it looks white because of the glare from the windows). All in all, this kitchen is well on its way to being our dream space. Now to tackle that scrollwork…

Brand New Brass Hardware In ur Mid-Century Kitchen | dreamgreendiy.com

Brand New Brass Hardware In ur Mid-Century Kitchen | dreamgreendiy.com

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How To Properly Paint A Tight Space (Like A Closet!) | dreamgreendiy.com + @scotchblue #ad #PrepPaintPull

It’s so thrilling to be able to say that we’ve lived in our new house for a full year as of this past October—and it’s also thrilling to think back on the incredible amount of work we’ve done over the course of those 365 (plus) days. We’ve made over our kitchen with new counters and tile, repainted just about every single room, installed new laminate flooring in the basement, and changed out upwards of seven light fixtures and fans. We’ve certainly been busy little bees, but now we’re moving on to those smaller, not-so-obvious to-do list items that weren’t prioritized our first year in.  

Case in point, the purple closet in my office. I actually remember our realtor pointing it out during that first walk-through waaaaaay back when, and although I certainly sneered at the banged up lavender finish at the time, I also thought that it wasn’t too big of a deal since we could quite literally close the door on the issue if we ended up buying the house. Well, our one year anniversary came and went and I was officially fed up with that ugly inherited purple paint!

So today, I’m teaming up with ScotchBlue™ to clean up our closet once and for all. Throughout the process of working on this project, I managed to pick up a few tight space painting tricks that I can’t wait to share. Scroll on for the big before and after reveal, plus you’ll learn how I tackled the job with just two multi-purpose masking products!

How To Properly Paint A Tight Space (Like A Closet!) | dreamgreendiy.com + @scotchblue #ad #PrepPaintPull

Note: Follow all ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Plastic package instructions for proper surface cleaning and prep, adhesion, and removal.

How To Properly Paint A Tight Space (Like A Closet!) | dreamgreendiy.com + @scotchblue #ad #PrepPaintPull

Step 1:

Start by completely cleaning out your closet. It turned out that I had been in such denial over the state of this closet, that there were items and boxes in there that I hadn’t touched since moving day! I ended up tossing most of it, and the rest was moved temporarily into other rooms until the project was done.

How To Properly Paint A Tight Space (Like A Closet!) | dreamgreendiy.com + @scotchblue #ad #PrepPaintPull

How To Properly Paint A Tight Space (Like A Closet!) | dreamgreendiy.com + @scotchblue #ad #PrepPaintPull

Step 2:

Aside from masking, this is the most important step—no joke. Before doing anything else, take the extra time to completely remove your closet doors. When painting a tight space, extra mobility is key to not only do a good job, but also to prevent you from having to contort yourself into tricky positions to paint a certain constricted area. Save yourself time and injury by removing your closet’s doors before moving on.

How To Properly Paint A Tight Space (Like A Closet!) | dreamgreendiy.com + @scotchblue #ad #PrepPaintPull

Step 3:

Next, fill the holes and scratches in your interior closet walls with spackling paste to ensure an even surface and allow to dry completely before sanding.

How To Properly Paint A Tight Space (Like A Closet!) | dreamgreendiy.com + @scotchblue #ad #PrepPaintPull

Step 4:

Fire up a high powered shop vacuum to clean up the debris left behind.

How To Properly Paint A Tight Space (Like A Closet!) | dreamgreendiy.com + @scotchblue #ad #PrepPaintPull

How To Properly Paint A Tight Space (Like A Closet!) | dreamgreendiy.com + @scotchblue #ad #PrepPaintPull

How To Properly Paint A Tight Space (Like A Closet!) | dreamgreendiy.com + @scotchblue #ad #PrepPaintPull

Step 5:

Next, unroll a few feet of ScotchBlue™ Pre-Taped Painter’s Plastic, tear it off using the built-in cut-off blade and lay it along the top of your floor trim and molding, making sure not to stretch the tape in the process. Continue pulling off lengths of the pre-taped plastic a few feet at a time to cover all of the trim work in your closet. With the tape portion securely in place, reach up behind to unfold the attached plastic against the floor below.

The best part about this two-in-one product is that it protects your floor from spills and drips without having to pull out nasty drop cloths. I was so glad to not worry about splattering paint during the painting phase, of which there was a lot since it was tight space without much maneuverability. ScotchBlue™ Pre-Taped Painter’s Plastic comes ready to go with their ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape with Edge-Lock Paint Line protector, so I knew I’d maintain a super sharp paint line where the trim met the wall, too.

How To Properly Paint A Tight Space (Like A Closet!) | dreamgreendiy.com + @scotchblue #ad #PrepPaintPull

How To Properly Paint A Tight Space (Like A Closet!) | dreamgreendiy.com + @scotchblue #ad #PrepPaintPull

How To Properly Paint A Tight Space (Like A Closet!) | dreamgreendiy.com + @scotchblue #ad #PrepPaintPull

Step 6:

Now to mask the other areas of the closet. Since I had decided to repaint the purple ceiling and shelf bright white as well, I didn’t need to tape those off, but I did decide to mask off the chrome hanging bar using a roll of ScotchBlue™ ORIGINAL Painter’s Tape. It was a no-brainer because I knew it would give those same pro results as on drywall surfaces.

When using this type of painter’s tape in your own closet, unroll a few feet at a time, and lay the tape along your pencil lines, trim, or metallic finishes. Next, run your fingertips or a clean, dry putty knife over all length of the painter’s tape to ensure proper adhesion.

How To Properly Paint A Tight Space (Like A Closet!) | dreamgreendiy.com + @scotchblue #ad #PrepPaintPull

Step 7:

Stir your paint well, and then pour it into a metal or plastic paint tray. Then, use an angled paint brush to cut in around all corners and tight edges.

How To Properly Paint A Tight Space (Like A Closet!) | dreamgreendiy.com + @scotchblue #ad #PrepPaintPull

How To Properly Paint A Tight Space (Like A Closet!) | dreamgreendiy.com + @scotchblue #ad #PrepPaintPull

Step 8:

Add a roller to its handle, and coat it with paint from the tray, then roll it across the rest of the wallboard in your closet. It’s best to do this while the paint from Step 7 is still wet so that you can smooth out all areas of the painted drywall. Allow the paint to dry for 1-2 hours, and then repeat steps 7-8 until you can no longer see the original finish or color beneath. It took three coats to get our closet back to bright white.

How To Properly Paint A Tight Space (Like A Closet!) | dreamgreendiy.com + @scotchblue #ad #PrepPaintPull

How To Properly Paint A Tight Space (Like A Closet!) | dreamgreendiy.com + @scotchblue #ad #PrepPaintPull

How To Properly Paint A Tight Space (Like A Closet!) | dreamgreendiy.com + @scotchblue #ad #PrepPaintPull

How To Properly Paint A Tight Space (Like A Closet!) | dreamgreendiy.com + @scotchblue #ad #PrepPaintPull

Step 9:

Once you’re satisfied with the paint application and the paint is dry to the touch, peel off the tape slowly, peeling backwards at a 45-degree angle. For best results, pull the tape back onto itself as shown above.

How To Properly Paint A Tight Space (Like A Closet!) | dreamgreendiy.com + @scotchblue #ad #PrepPaintPull

How To Properly Paint A Tight Space (Like A Closet!) | dreamgreendiy.com + @scotchblue #ad #PrepPaintPull

How To Properly Paint A Tight Space (Like A Closet!) | dreamgreendiy.com + @scotchblue #ad #PrepPaintPull

Step 10:

To finish, allow the paint to fully dry overnight, and then reattach the doors and refill the closet with everything that you took out in Step 1.

How To Properly Paint A Tight Space (Like A Closet!) | dreamgreendiy.com + @scotchblue #ad #PrepPaintPull

How To Properly Paint A Tight Space (Like A Closet!) | dreamgreendiy.com + @scotchblue #ad #PrepPaintPull

As you can see from the Before/After above, the difference bright white paint makes is pretty awesome. The original closet just looked dirty and, in fact, it was dirty because I hated the color so much and hardly ever even opened the door.

Now, with the new fresh finish, I’m putting the closet to work with more functional storage shelves and floor baskets. It makes me wish that I had done this project ages ago, but luckily we have another inherited closet (this time in bright yellow) that’s calling my name. Time to grab my ScotchBlue™ Product supplies and cross off yet another lingering to-do off my homeowner’s project list!

How To Properly Paint A Tight Space (Like A Closet!) | dreamgreendiy.com + @scotchblue #ad #PrepPaintPull

How To Properly Paint A Tight Space (Like A Closet!) | dreamgreendiy.com + @scotchblue #ad #PrepPaintPull

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How To Brighten Your Space With Cellular Shades | dreamgreendiy.com

When we first moved into our home, I decided to set up my office in the smallest extra bedroom, thinking that we could use the larger of the two extra spaces as a guest room. Come to find out though after living in the house for a month that the room I had chosen got the worst light imaginable. Think: no direct sunlight at all, and the only scant light it received was pretty much a dim reflection off our neighbors’ house. It had sort of a blueish, cold tint to it no matter what time of day it was.

Suffice it to say, as soon as I could wrangle the help of my husband, I switched my office into the larger of the two extra bedrooms, and put our rarely-slept-in guest room into the dimly-lit space instead. I needed that sweet afternoon sun in order to function and get any work done in my office, and happily, since the switch over a year ago, I enjoy a good amount of light all day long at my desk.

The guest room though? Yeah, it sat pretty much in darkness. Since only the occasional guest occupied the space, it wasn’t too much of a daily downer, but I’ve still never forgotten how bad the situation really is. Or, should I say was, because we’ve finally managed to increase the light in the guest room simply by changing out the old blinds for cellular shades. Read on for the (totally unsponsored!) DIY details.

How To Brighten Your Space With Cellular Shades | dreamgreendiy.com

How To Brighten Your Space With Cellular Shades | dreamgreendiy.com

The main reason I waited so long to take down the old aluminum blinds is that all of the windows are custom-sized. I figured it would be exorbitantly expensive to have custom shades cut for each of the windows, but recently found out that they are actually really reasonably priced when purchased from our local big box home improvement store.

A looming deadline for our basement makeover in partnership with Home Depot last fall was the kick in the butt I needed to dive headfirst into ordering and installing custom cellular shades for the first time, and in the process I found out that shades are neither expensive nor hard to hang. As I installed them without incident all by myself back in September, I made a mental note that we needed to work our way through the entire house ordering and installing new shades. The first room we invested in after that? The guest room, of course.

How To Brighten Your Space With Cellular Shades | dreamgreendiy.com

How To Brighten Your Space With Cellular Shades | dreamgreendiy.com

How To Brighten Your Space With Cellular Shades | dreamgreendiy.com

How To Brighten Your Space With Cellular Shades | dreamgreendiy.com

As the GIF animation a couple photos above demonstrates, it made an immediate difference. The original aluminum blinds cut out the light entirely when down, but even when pulled all the way to the sill, our new cellular shades let in tons of natural light. It’s still not the brightest room in the house, but the difference is incredible. I’m honestly kicking myself for waiting the three months that I did since the updated Cut-to-Width Cordless Light Filtering Cellular Shades cost just $62 and took only 10 minutes to install. Done and done.

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In case you’re grappling with your own dimly lit space, I really couldn’t recommend these cellular shades more—and again, Home Depot has no idea I’m writing this review. In other words, this post isn’t sponsored at all. You’re welcome to consider it a simple recommendation from one astounded homeowner to another. Now, tell me: have you tried cellular shades before?

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Soothe Your Migraine With A DIY Beanie Ice Pack | dreamgreendiy.com

See that smiling girl right there? That’s the proud face of crafty accomplishment! You see, I’ve suffered from migraines and chronic headaches for years. Although I’ve got a few go-to over-the-counter drugs to help ease the pain, sometimes I really hate having to rely on medicine to cure my headaches. Instead, over the years, I’ve learned that a simple ice pack held down over my head with a beanie helps ease the pain without pills.

The only problem with my at-home method was that the ice pack would slip all over the place whenever I moved around—it would rarely stay in place. So, after chatting things over with my clever husband, John and I came up with the concept of a built-in beanie ice pack. The idea was simple: hand-stitch a piece of felt to the inside of a beanie to create a pocket for my ice pack to slip into. After months of putting this project off, I finally decided now was the time, and I sat down to craft my own cure for a migraine. Read on for the full step-by-step DIY tutorial!

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Here’s What You’ll Need

  • Knit beanie
  • Piece of scrap felt (try to somewhat match the color of your felt to your beanie)
  • Thread (again, try to match the color of your thread to your beanie)
  • Needle
  • Paper clips or pins
  • Scissors
  • Flat ice pack

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Step 1:

Pull the beanie down over your head, and slip four paper clips between the knitting of the beanie where you would generally like to situate the ice pack—one for each corner. I tended to rest my own ice pack toward the front of my head for comfort, so I kept that in mind as I chose placements for my paper clips. Once all four paper clips are in place, you can take the beanie off and set it aside.

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Step 2:

Lay the ice pack flat on your piece of scrap felt so that you can get an idea of how large to trim the felt. You can either eyeball your cuts, or use a marker to trace the pack and then cut it out. Keep in mind that you’ll need to cut the felt about half an inch longer and wider than the ice pack to allow for stitching in Step 3.

Soothe Your Migraine With A DIY Beanie Ice Pack | dreamgreendiy.com

Step 3:

Flip the beanie inside out. Thread your needle with the thread you chose, and using your paper clips as a guide, hand-stitch the felt to the inside of the beanie. I just used a very simple straight stitch since I’m a beginner sewer, but feel free to do whatever type of stitch you’re most comfortable with. If you closely matched the color of the thread to the color of your beanie, you won’t really notice the stitches on the outside of the hat.

Note that you’ll need to leave one short side of the felt unstitched to allow room to insert the ice pack when finished (think: pillow case). 

Soothe Your Migraine With A DIY Beanie Ice Pack | dreamgreendiy.com

Step 4:

Once you’ve reached the end of the third side of your felt, knot the thread to secure it on the inside of the beanie. Remove the push pin place-holders.

Soothe Your Migraine With A DIY Beanie Ice Pack | dreamgreendiy.com

Step 5:

With the beanie flipped right side out again, gently hold the newly-stitched inner felt pocket open and slip your chilled ice pack into the beanie. Then, you’re all done and ready to put the ice pack beanie to good use when you come down with another headache! You can either choose to keep the full set-up (beanie and ice pack together) in the freezer until needed, or just keep the ice pack frozen and store the beanie with your other cold weather accessories.

Soothe Your Migraine With A DIY Beanie Ice Pack | dreamgreendiy.com

I’ve already used my newly stitched built-in beanie ice pack on a number of head-aching occasions, but the cool thing that I don’t think I even anticipated is that I can still wear the knit beanie sans ice pack when I’m headed outside on a cold day. The empty felt pocket sits flush against my head and isn’t noticeable from the outside, so the beanie is wearable with or without the ice packed inside.

Are you a sufferer of migraines or chronic headaches? If so, I really hope you give this simple project a try! If you’re not sure you would use the permanent built-in set-up often enough, try just slipping an ice pack inside a plain beanie to test out the theory. It worked for me for years, but I’m really excited to finally upgrade to a DIY built-in system.

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