Category Archives: Home Décor

Twelve People To Add To Your Instagram Feed | dreamgreendiy.com

It’s probably no surprise—and certainly no secret—that Instagram is my favorite social media platform of all. I’m constantly pulling inspiration from those I follow, and I love to post things to my own feed, too. It’s admittedly a challenge to continue coming up with cohesive snapshots to share over on Instagram, but I love putting in the time to make sure I show an authentic peek into my daily life.

That said, I notice that I tend to get a little bored and impatient scrolling through my home feed every couple of months. After seeing roughly the same type of images and promotions day in and day out, I find myself craving something new, so I’ll often pop over to that Explore tab in order to follow along with some brand new people.

This list of a dozen designers, creatives, photographers, and fellow bloggers below is a roundup of the Instagram accounts I’m particularly loving lately. Some of them I’ve been following along with for years, whereas others are new subscriptions for me, but each and every one of them has something beautiful and inspiring and motivating to share. If you’re looking to mix things up on your own Instagram feed, this “Done In A Dozen” collection will do just that in an instant!

  1. @themerrythought
  2. @shelbygoodman
  3. @laurenswells
  4. @houseofsixinteriors
  5. @glitterguide
  6. @andrewknapp
  7. @designlovefest
  8. @oleanderandpalm
  9. @ginny_macdonald (photo by @tessaneustadt)
  10. @freshexchange
  11. @almostmakesperfect
  12. @alexmichaelmay

Oh, and did you hear the news? The Dream Green DIY team has grown! After announcing last month that I was on the hunt for a Marketing Intern to assist me with building a creative community, I received so many incredible emails and messages from those of you who chose to apply.

I had the chance to chat with a handful of really incredible women, and after all was said and done, I decided to offer the role to Nikki McIntosh of Wise Apple Vintage. Happily, she accepted, and I’m so excited to work with her to build on new ideas and to offer all of you a fresh perspective.

You’ll find her over on the Dream Green DIY Facebook page engaging with readers and igniting fun conversations centered around DIY, home design, and so much more. Please join me in offering Nikki an extra warm welcome in the comments below and over on Facebook here!

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How To Makeover Your Living Room With New Art | dreamgreendiy.com + @Minted

As is tradition amongst most of society, the kick-off to a new year offered the perfect excuse to unveil a new “me.” I’ve drastically changed the way I think about and approach the blog in terms of post themes and photography, and I’ve adopted a much less “edited” form of expression. It has been liberating, to say the (absolute) least, and I was excited to realize that the mental shift would also inspire a new look in our home, too.

Last month I unveiled my plans for our living and dining room makeover, and while things are still in a small state of transition—as in our recently-recovered leather couch (which we picked up this past weekend!) has yet to be photographed in place—our home is feeling so much more like “us” and less like a product of my blog’s old poppy aesthetic. The coolest, most thrilling part of this makeover is the fact that it almost entirely came down to new art and a few new textiles. In other words, it was CHEAP to do but with all of the high impact excitement that a major room makeover is expected to provide.

I partnered with the fine folks over at Minted to pull this whole thing off, and have been chomping at the bit to share the full collection of tour photos. You were able to get a major sneak peek in last week’s video home tour, but now you are welcomed to lazily scroll through the still frame highlights below.

How To Makeover Your Living Room With New Art | dreamgreendiy.com + @Minted

How To Makeover Your Living Room With New Art | dreamgreendiy.com + @Minted

How To Makeover Your Living Room With New Art | dreamgreendiy.com + @Minted

How To Makeover Your Living Room With New Art | dreamgreendiy.com + @Minted

In case you’re just tuning in, click back here to see the original mood board and hear my inspiration behind the updates. I’m also sharing a full home tour over on West Elm’s blog Front + Main so that you can see how these updates continue to contribute to a whole-house color palette that feels fresh, cohesive, and calming—three words that perfectly sum up my goals for 2017.

How To Makeover Your Living Room With New Art | dreamgreendiy.com + @Minted

How To Makeover Your Living Room With New Art | dreamgreendiy.com + @Minted

How To Makeover Your Living Room With New Art | dreamgreendiy.com + @Minted

The main driving force behind this makeover, of course, was new art. Before, I chose pieces that really ran the gamete in terms of color. I went wild with abstracts done in yellow, pink, orange, and green. I hoarded bold landscapes, portraits, photographs, and collages that sported practically any shade under the sun, and the collection ultimately gave our home a sort of playful energy and excitement. I loved it (and I still appreciate it), but I was ready to tone things way down and embrace a more minimalist, classic palette.

How To Makeover Your Living Room With New Art | dreamgreendiy.com + @Minted

How To Makeover Your Living Room With New Art | dreamgreendiy.com + @Minted

How To Makeover Your Living Room With New Art | dreamgreendiy.com + @Minted

The first step in the makeover was to place all of our old art in storage (spoiler: most of it is piled neatly under the bed in our master bedroom), and then I spent a few days scouring the options on Minted. My goal was to choose pieces that fit a soothing palette of blue, gray, white, black, and cream.

But color wasn’t the only thing I needed to pay attention to in order to nail that spa-like vibe. I also needed to consider subject and shape. Heavily patterned art just wouldn’t work for this makeover. Instead, I needed to choose prints that were pared-down in terms of composition and focus.

In the end, I ordered a large-scale-yet-neutral-toned photograph of Paris (Days in Paris), a shy portrait (Linger), a simple abstract (Distant Island Pier), a leafy line drawing (Wild Radish), and a quirky black and white horse portrait (Presence). I filled in where necessary with a few pieces that we already had, but the overall idea was art with loose paint strokes and neutral undertones.

How To Makeover Your Living Room With New Art | dreamgreendiy.com + @Minted

How To Makeover Your Living Room With New Art | dreamgreendiy.com + @Minted

How To Makeover Your Living Room With New Art | dreamgreendiy.com + @Minted

How To Makeover Your Living Room With New Art | dreamgreendiy.com + @Minted

Although new art is certainly an investment in its own right, it’s incredible how much impact a new collection can have on the look of your space. If I had chosen to go the full nine yards with all new furniture, rugs, lighting, and accents instead of just using what we already had, this makeover would have costs thousands. But by using nothing but new art and a few new pillows and blankets in the same neutral blue color scheme, I was able to stay well within our meager budget.

How To Makeover Your Living Room With New Art | dreamgreendiy.com + @Minted

How To Makeover Your Living Room With New Art | dreamgreendiy.com + @Minted

How To Makeover Your Living Room With New Art | dreamgreendiy.com + @Minted

The other wonderful thing is that this process can theoretically happen in just one day or one weekend! I dare you to try taking your existing art off the wall and experiment with new pieces that suit your current aesthetic. You might be surprised to find what you’re drawn to, and just how invigorating new art can be as you enjoy your space with fresh eyes. Give the concept a shot, and don’t forget to let me know what type of art or color scheme you’re loving this new year in the comments below!

How To Makeover Your Living Room With New Art | dreamgreendiy.com + @Minted

How To Makeover Your Living Room With New Art | dreamgreendiy.com + @Minted

Minted Art: Days in ParisLingerDistant Island PierWild RadishPresence

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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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A Video Tour Of Our Mid-Progress Mid-Century Home | dreamgreendiy.com

I hope you don’t mind, but I’m just going to pop in quickly this morning to share a small update! As you know, things have been kinda chaotic in our household as of late, and since explaining everything last Friday, I’ve decided that now’s the time to pay extra close attention to my intuition. So far, it’s told me that I need to TAKE IT EASY, so I’m going to cut myself a little slack today.

The good news is that I still have something exciting to share here on the blog this morning: a walking video tour of our home! Since jumping headfirst into video production at the start of the year, I’ve always had a home tour in the back of my mind as something I wanted to document. I never felt like I could truly invite you into our home through photos, so this is my way of really throwing the front door open wide for you.

A Video Tour Of Our Mid-Progress Mid-Century Home | dreamgreendiy.com

I didn’t have time to get to all of the rooms because I figured an almost-3-minute video was cutting it pretty close in terms of your attention span, but maybe I’ll share a follow up with the rest of the house later this season. Stay tuned for part two of the home tour in video format soon, and in the meantime, I hope you enjoy this real life peek into our home. Happy Friday and have a great weekend, guys!

A Video Tour Of Our Mid-Progress Mid-Century Home | dreamgreendiy.com

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Everything You Need For Your Modern Living Room Makeover | dreamgreendiy.com

Happy Monday! Are you ready for a bit of makeover motivation? Today, in honor of our own living room refresh, I’m sharing a roundup of products that have inspired me to up the ante in our main gathering space. I’ve long been a fan of just about everything West Elm does, and this collection of curated items is just a small peek into the pieces I’m loving from the brand this season.

Lately, I’ve been really inspired by and drawn to neutral textiles, metallic gold detailing, exposed wood grains, and shades of blue. The proof, of course, is in this lineup pictured above and linked to below. While a lot of the accents and furniture I’m calling out today collectively require a sizable investment, I think it’s pretty safe to say that none of it will go out of style any time soon. The other good news is that the dozen pieces can be paired with bolder decor should you (or I!) decide to switch things up with a brighter palette in a year or two.

  1. Embroidered Horizon Pillow Cover ($39)
  2. Mid-Century Turned Leg Standing Planter ($169)
  3. Sphere + Stem Table Lamp ($159)
  4. Mid-Century Bar Cabinet ($699)
  5. Large Curved Basket ($39)
  6. Reactive Glaze Vases ($12-59)
  7. Cotton Canvas Stained Glass Curtain ($49)
  8. Traced Diamond Kilim Rug ($239)
  9. Macrame Diamond Pillow Cover ($39)
  10. Warmest Throw ($39)
  11. Kiko Futon Sofa ($719)
  12. Metal Framed Round Wall Mirror ($199)

Most of these items have found their way into our real life living room, and I’m just bursting at the seams to show you the new look. Stay tuned later on this month for the full tour, to include our living room, dining space, and even our kitchen, too! Now, I want to know: what’s your favorite pick in the list above? Tell me in the comments below.

*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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5 Reasons Why White Walls Are A Good Idea | dreamgreendiy.com

One of the comments I hear most often from visitors and guests who come into our home is how bright and white it is. The pure white wall color has become a defining characteristic of our space, although I honestly didn’t anticipate or set out to make it that way. To me, the white paint color that we chose for our walls is just that: a color! It’s really no different than the shade of mint I used in my old office, or the dark gray we painted the master bedroom in our old townhouse. Yet, to a lot of people who peek inside our front door (or through my camera lens here on the blog), the white walls are the stand-out detail to note.

Of course, white-painted walls do make a certain kind of statement—there’s no denying that—but I think there’s honestly a lot more room to play when it comes to this color than people might think. And, as it turns out, you can actually save money by going with one shade of white, too! Read on for 5 reasons why white walls are a good idea when decorating your own home.

5 Reasons Why White Walls Are A Good Idea | dreamgreendiy.com

Why White Walls Are A Good Idea:

  1. You can change your decor at a moment’s notice: Last year, our home was accented with bright yellow and pink accessories, but on a whim at the start of 2017 I decided to adopt a mostly neutrals palette with hints of blue throughout. Our white-painted walls allowed me to make those changes without requiring a brand new wall color, too.
  2. White reflects light: Because of the ultra pure tone we chose for our white paint (“High Reflective White” by Sherwin Williams, to be exact), natural light is able to pour in through the windows and bounce right off the walls to illuminate our spaces. It effectively doubles the brightness of our home, even on rainy, cloudy days! We usually don’t have to turn any artificial lights on at all until after sunset, saving us energy and, ultimately, money.
  3. You make fewer mistakes at the paint counter: When I relied on paint to add color to the rooms in our old townhouse, I ended up going through several paint colors before finally settling on the right ones. I think I painted most of the rooms at least twice because I kept making mistakes with my chosen colors—they tended to be either too bright or too dark. White is the ideal middle ground in terms of color, and after settling on the perfect shade, I was able to skip the hassle of trial and error with the rest of the rooms in the house—they all just got the same white paint treatment.
  4. You can buy paint in bulk: Another reason to go all-white in your home is the fact that you can purchase your chosen shade of paint in bulk. It’s cheaper and easier to store a single color in a large bucket, as opposed to multiple labeled gallon jugs stacked (often haphazardly) on top of each other.
  5. There are a range of shades to choose from: One of the biggest misconceptions about all-white walls is that they will feel cold and stark since the color white is itself inherently “cold and stark.” The truth is though that there isn’t just one single shade of white paint. You can choose one with blue undertones in it, or one with red undertones. Just as with any color of the rainbow, you can make white feel warm or cool depending on the swatch you choose. The sky’s the limit in terms of your particular shade of white, so you don’t have to feel limited.

5 Reasons Why White Walls Are A Good Idea | dreamgreendiy.com

So, have I helped convince you that white walls are a good idea? Are you open to giving this truly versatile color a shot in your own space? I couldn’t be happier with our investment to paint our entire house in “High Reflective White,” and could (clearly) go on and on and on about it. Leave your thoughts and opinions below!

5 Reasons Why White Walls Are A Good Idea | dreamgreendiy.com

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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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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.

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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.

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Step 4:

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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For more tips and tricks, visit the ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape “Prep & Tape Application” and “ScotchBlue™ Product Selector” section of ScotchBlue.com.
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