Beat Workday Blues With 5 Stress Relief Tips

Beat Workday Blues With 5 Stress Relief Tips

Earlier this year during a particularly crummy workday I decided to hop on Instagram and ask you guys for your tips on beating the blues. How do you go about turning a bad day around? What are your go-to stress relief tips? Within minutes I was flooded with so many helpful ideas, and after trying a few out one hour later, I felt like a brand new woman.

In case you’ve been battling a bad mood at work (or at home!) lately, I thought it worthwhile to share a few of the most-suggested de-stressing ideas that were sent along to me on social media. And, of course, I’d love to continue the conversation in the comments, so feel free to offer your own ideas if I don’t happen to cover it in the list below.

Beat Workday Blues With 5 Stress Relief Tips

1. Drink Something Warm

Whether it’s coffee or your favorite herb tea with honey, treat yourself to a hot drink. Holding and sipping something warm will almost always do wonders for lifting your mood, especially this time of year when it’s still freezing outside. If your body can’t handle a late afternoon jolt of caffeine, you could try brewing a decaf cup of joe, or split a caffeinated drink with a friend or co-worker so you don’t get hit with quite as much of an energy boost before you have to start decompressing for the evening.

Beat Workday Blues With 5 Stress Relief Tips

Beat Workday Blues With 5 Stress Relief Tips

Beat Workday Blues With 5 Stress Relief Tips

2. Take A Nighttime Timeout

Even though you can’t necessarily do this during your workday, I’m of the opinion that a nighttime timeout is essential for curing a bad mood—even one that started hours earlier in the day. Now that it’s winter, that usually means for me a nice long soak in the tub with a glass of wine. During the warmer months, I like to step out onto our porch after dark by myself and just sit with my thoughts. I’m an introverted person, so sometimes I really need to have some good old fashioned peace and quiet to break out of a bad workday mood.

Beat Workday Blues With 5 Stress Relief Tips

Beat Workday Blues With 5 Stress Relief Tips

Beat Workday Blues With 5 Stress Relief Tips

3. Read A Book

Many of my own personal workday blues stem from feeling overwhelmed by mounting deadlines and to-dos that I really have no control over. Those types of things take a big toll on my stress level, so when my mind starts racing I often force myself to step away from the computer to lose myself in a good book. Even if I only have time for a speedy 20- or 30-minute read, the activity still has a way of making me forget about anything that’s bringing me down. It also allows me to get back to my to-do list with a much more balanced, chilled-out attitude.

Beat Workday Blues With 5 Stress Relief Tips

4. Take A Walk Outside

I know exercising is good for me and that it’s a pretty popular way for most people to de-stress, but I really hate it. I loathe it, in fact, and walking is my absolute least favorite way to exercise. Trust me…I’m annoyed at myself for typing such a whiney statement, but I figured I’d just be honest! That said, when things get really, really bad and I can’t think of anything else to do, a solo walk around the neighborhood with our dog always fixes my mood. It might be a last resort for me, but I know, without a doubt, that this works. Just try to understand that I’ll be going through tips 1-3 before I resort to walking (wink, wink)!

Beat Workday Blues With 5 Stress Relief Tips

Beat Workday Blues With 5 Stress Relief Tips

5. Just Breathe

Everybody seems to swear by meditation these days, and I’m sure it’s for a good reason. Learning to train your brain to let go of negative thoughts (or thinking in general if you get that good!) is such a powerful skill, and one that I’ve been meaning to work toward for a while now. Have you tried it? Do you use a guided method? I’d love to hear your meditation tips and tricks in the comments if you’re willing to share.

Beat Workday Blues With 5 Stress Relief Tips

A couple of other stress relief tips that were sent back to me on Instagram? Try starting a new creative project, listen to classical music, burn a sweet-smelling candle at your desk, give yourself a mini hand massage, drink a glass of your favorite indulgent wine once you’re home, and some of you even suggested resorting to a good cry! I don’t mind sharing that I’ve definitely done all of those things in the hopes of turning a rotten workday around, and that each solved at least some of my problems. Do you have other ideas that I didn’t share above? Do tell below!

Beat Workday Blues With 5 Stress Relief Tips

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Valentine’s Day Gift Guide: Under $20

Valentine's Day Gift Guide: Under $20

Does anyone else feel like today is January 356th? This month has felt immeasurably long for some reason (maybe I’m just mourning Christmas), but we’re finally about to start a brand new month in just a couple days time. Are you as ready for February as I am?

One of the best parts about this second month of the year, of course, is Valentine’s Day! John and I rarely make a big deal about the holiday, but it’s still nice to have something festive and sweet to look forward to after a busy start to the new year. Keep scrolling for a roundup of Valentine’s Day themed gifts to consider in case you’re shopping for the “Galentines” in your life—or, better yet, send a link to this post over to your honey so he or she can shop for you from the collection of goodies!

Valentine’s Day Gifts Under $20

1. Pair of Mugs ($11.99)

2. Violet + Vanilla Candle ($14)

3. Hello Love Warm Blush Art Print ($16)

4. Floral Satin Kimono ($16.69)

5. Love Knot Bangle Bracelet ($9.28)

6. Je Na Sais Quoi Journal ($18)

7. Gourmet Cooking for One or Two ($14.57)

8. Heart-Shaped Coconut Dish with Spoon ($10.99)

9. Macrame Heart-Shaped Square Throw Pillow ($19.99)

10. The Astrology of You and Me ($16.50)

11. Bath Salts With Dried Flowers ($5.99)

12. Monochrome Tassel Drop Earrings ($12.99)

What caught your eye from the list above? I personally would love to unwrap that pretty bracelet or heart-shaped pillow come February 14. Oh, and don’t worry if you’re more of a “no gifts” Valentine’s Day participant because I’ve got plans to share a super low-key dinner-for-two type of post next week that should give you lots of lovey dovey inspiration for celebrating at home on a budget.

Valentine's Day Gift Guide: Under $20

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What To Know Before Buying Vintage Lights

What To Know Before Buying Vintage Lights

If I were asked to pick one favorite type of thing that I love to search for at a thrift or antique store, my immediate answer will always be furniture. There’s just something so thrilling about being able to pick out a big statement-making dresser, cabinet, bed frame, or side table for our home.

The only problem is that we’re pretty close to set on the bigger furniture pieces we already own. Over the years we’ve been extra thoughtful about the items we’ve purchased, which means that we’re leaning more toward rearranging what we have when we want a refresh as opposed to going out and buying something new.

What To Know Before Buying Vintage Lights

What To Know Before Buying Vintage Lights

Since that mindset has put a hard stop on my time hunting for large furniture, I’ve had to shift my attention to smaller items that we have more room for—namely lighting. So, now every time I go to some secondhand shop I always keep a sharp eye out for pendants, chandeliers, sconces, and table lamps that we can switch our mass-produced fixtures (read: Target lamps!) out for.

Like furniture, though, there are certain things I need to keep in mind when purchasing vintage lights. Scroll on to peruse the little mental checklist I always go down before handing my credit card over to the store cashier, plus I’m offering a closer look at the antique lamps I bought for our dining room over the Christmas holidays.

What To Know Before Buying Vintage Lights

What To Know Before Buying Vintage Lights

Does it work?

Of course, the very first thing to check when considering a vintage light fixture is make sure it works. If it’s not plugged in already, take it over to any nearby wall outlet for confirmation. You could also bring the lamp up to the front desk, and ask the cashier to test it for you. If it doesn’t work but you think you might be able to fix it at home, ask for a major discount. Otherwise, it’s best to pass.

What To Know Before Buying Vintage Lights

What To Know Before Buying Vintage Lights

Is the cord in good shape?

The other absolutely critical thing to watch out for is a frayed wire. Unless it has already been through the hands of a skilled DIYer or electrician, chances are good that your old lamp comes with old wiring, too.

Put your fingertips on the wire right where it meets the base of the lamp and then pull the cord through your fingers until you reach the end. Did you feel any breaks in the wire? Do you see any visible kinks in the cord? You’ll also want to look the plug and its prongs over, and make sure the connection between the plug and cord looks good.

It’s not difficult to rewire a lamp (here’s a tutorial in case you want to learn how!), but if you’re not comfortable with the idea of doing that, maybe leave that particular lamp to the next potential buyer.

What To Know Before Buying Vintage Lights

What To Know Before Buying Vintage Lights

Is it stable?

After double (and triple!) checking that the lamp is in good working order and safe to use in your home, the next thing to check out is stability. When my sister and I were little kids, she was severely burned by a table lamp that fell onto her leg while she was reading one night, and that harrowing experience has taught me that a stable lamp is really important.

To check this, grip the neck of the lamp in question and see how easily you can wobble it around with a gentle side-to-side movement of your arm. If the lamp is broken or off balance, you’ll be able to tell right away, in which case it’s not the lamp for you.

Also take the time to inspect the bottom of the lamp where it meets the table, looking for any visible cracks or chips. Cosmetic scuffs are one thing, but you definitely want to steer clear of vintage fixtures that are too delicate to use everyday if that’s your intent.

What To Know Before Buying Vintage Lights

What To Know Before Buying Vintage Lights

I had actually been thinking about purchasing these two ceramic lamps for months after spotting them at a local antique shop back in October. I thought long and hard about buying them because they were on the pricier side, but a quick and encouraging poll on Instagram convinced me that you guys were right—I needed to have them!

They might not be everybody’s cup of tea, but in my opinion, that rich marbled green color and the deep texture on the sides (not to mention those extra tall custom shades!) was all just too good to pass up.

What do you think? And are you just as into retro lighting as I am? If you have vintage lamp shopping criteria of your own to share, do tell in the comments below. Oh, and stay tuned for a larger look into our recently revamped dining room, including the new Asian art I bought from Etsy and vintage dining room chairs we picked up locally (my one furniture splurge for the year!). I can’t wait to spill the beans.

What To Know Before Buying Vintage Lights

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A Pair Of How-To Pottery Books To Check Out

A Pair Of How-To Pottery Books To Check Out

There’s no way around it: I’m a certifiable, 100 percent, school-loving, honor-student-type nerd. Whether we’re talking about high school or college, I was always in the front row with a stack of color-coordinated spiral-bound notebooks at the ready for the day’s lecture. I preferred writing my notes in pen ink, so I even kept a tube of Wite-Out within easy reach because I couldn’t just cross or scribble out a misspelling! Oh, no…Those notes looked like perfectly typed pages, complete with highlighted headings and immaculate bullet lists.

I know I shouldn’t be admitting all of this, but being in a classroom just made me feel so pumped up! Of course, I had off days and times when I didn’t feel like being there, but for the most part, I loved every minute of my schooling years. So much so that I miss it, and wonder about going back to take some ceramics classes now that I’m one year into pottery and feel like it’s something I really want to do for a living.

In the meantime, I’ve been dabbling in a little casual research of my own here at home using a couple of new books as my guides. I wanted to have something on hand that I could flip through whenever I wasn’t physically working with clay at the studio, and the two books I review below fit that bill to a T. Keep scrolling if you’re even a little curious to know more about pottery and what it takes to bring this type of creative art to life.

A Pair Of How-To Pottery Books To Check Out

Amazing Glaze: Techniques, Recipes, Finishing, and Firing, by Gabriel Kline

One thing I definitely underestimated when I first started taking pottery classes was just how much goes into the glazing side of things. At our particular local studio, the makeup of the 6-week beginner wheel-throwing class is four classes making pieces on the wheel, one class for trimming and finishing work, and the sixth and final class is spent doing nothing but glazing.

The first glazing day I experienced was totally overwhelming to me as a beginner because it’s just as intricate as learning how to throw on the wheel itself. I ended up taking a full 6-week class later on just for glazing, and that opened my eyes even wider to how much variety there is in glazing techniques.

A Pair Of How-To Pottery Books To Check Out

Anyway, my point is that glazing is something that I really respect. I haven’t even come close to scratching the surface (pun unintended) of this part of the pottery-making process, so I was really glad to come across this Amazing Glaze book. The very first line of the introduction calls out the fact that opening a kiln is like witnessing magic, and I couldn’t help but smile when I read that. It’s so true!

The trickiest thing about glaze (at least for me) is the fact that the color you paint, brush, or dip onto any piece of pottery is likely to come out of the kiln looking completely different after firing. For example, black glaze first looks red, white looks gray, and even bright blue has a faintly grayish green tinge to it before it’s fired. I still have so much trouble visualizing the final product as I’m working on glazing, but this book really helped put things into perspective.

A Pair Of How-To Pottery Books To Check Out

A Pair Of How-To Pottery Books To Check Out

Amazing Glaze teaches you how to handle small pieces, delicate designs, how to pour and dip properly, and also how to mix up your own colors. There are sections for troubleshooting, and, of course, tons of photos to show you how it all might turn out if you follow the instructions to the letter. There were multiple times when I wanted to rip a page out to keep handy at the studio! I couldn’t recommend it more if you’d like to learn how to get from Point A to Point B with your glazing work.

Oh, and don’t worry if you’re not quite as into formal learning as I am. This book is really simple to follow along with. Despite all the important information it shares, Amazing Glaze still feel very conversational in tone, which makes it a quick, easy read. Nothing like those stuffy old textbooks you might still have nightmares about!

A Pair Of How-To Pottery Books To Check Out

Handbuilt, A Potter’s Guide, by Melissa Weiss

As you probably know by this point, I started out learning how to throw on a wheel—in other words, spinning a ball of clay on a wheel to create a functional form. Hand-building, on the other hand, is an entirely different process (i.e. shaping clay with your hands instead of a wheel), which is why my wheel-throwing instructors rarely even bring it up in class. To learn how to handbuild, you either need to take a class specific to those techniques, or you could do what I did and kick things off by reading Handbuilt, A Potter’s Guide.

I can tell you right now, this book completely changed the way I look at clay. I learned how to turn a ball of clay into a fully functioning cup using nothing but a few hand tools, how to make my own platter from a slab, and also how to dig and process my own clay. I still haven’t done all that much physically with hand-building, but I honestly feel like I could do it on my own having now read this book from cover to cover.

A Pair Of How-To Pottery Books To Check Out

A Pair Of How-To Pottery Books To Check Out

Melissa Weiss, the author of Handbuilt, actually works just one state away from us here in Virginia (she’s based in Asheville, North Carolina), which makes her feel really accessible in some ways. Her writing style and the way she explains different hand-building techniques in her book, though, is what really makes her feel so approachable and easy-going.

As a visual learner, I loved how she took me through each process with step-by-step photos and numbered actions. Suffice it to say that this book is about to get completely covered with clay fingerprints—I plan on bringing it to the studio for in-person experimenting now that I’ve photographed it for today’s post.

A Pair Of How-To Pottery Books To Check Out

I know not everyone who reads this blog is a professional potter or even a clay hobbyist, but ever since I started sharing more about the process here and on social media, I’ve been inundated with messages from people who want to know more about ceramics.

Today’s post is dedicated to all of you and anyone else who has asked for more details. Pottery is such a cool craft, and I really am making it my mission to encourage as many people as possible to seek out a class (or a how-to book like the ones I mentioned today!) if they’ve ever given it a passing thought. Let me know if you’d recommend any other pottery books in the comments blow.

A Pair Of How-To Pottery Books To Check Out

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Weekend Inspiration: No. 45

Weekend Inspiration: No. 45

Happy Friday! And what a happy day it is because the main thing on my to-do list for the workday is to head to the thrift store in search of a new-to-me piece of furniture to make over! I think 2019 might just be the year of before and after transformations because you guys seem to especially love them, and of course I love working on them, too, so that’s exactly what I intend to do.

Today, I’ll be looking for a ratty nightstand or side table that’s just screaming for new paint and hardware. Keep an eye on Instagram because I plan to take you along for the ride as I look for the perfect piece! In the meantime, here are a few links to other before/after transformations that have me feeling extra inspired.

Weekend Inspiration: No. 45

1. This secondhand chair refresh project is proof that paint has the power to update just about anything.

2. My IKEA hacked side table from the beginning of the year is absolutely what inspired this entire new mindset of mine. What should I “hack” from IKEA next?

3. Speaking of everyone’s favorite Swedish super store, how about this clever DIY book bin idea?! I love the hairpin leg detail.

4. The One Room Challenge event always promises magical before/after transformations, and this living room redesign via Brepurposed packs major wow factor.

5. Here’s a before and after post that’s all about how to transform your look with Valentine’s Day-inspired makeup!

6. In case you’d like to see one of my favorite room makeovers of all time, this might just be it.

7. One last project for you? Check out how this blogger totally disguised her old tile floor with paint and a stencil. The difference is incredible!

Weekend Inspiration: No. 45

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DIY Natural Home Fragrance Ideas

DIY Natural Home Fragrance Ideas

I’m certain this isn’t my first time mentioning it here on the blog (in fact, it might be the third or fourth time—sorry!), but I’m just really into the idea of transitioning our home over to mostly natural products. And that includes everything…right on down to home fragrances.

Ever since I was a kid growing up in my parents’ house, I’ve been a big, big fan of sweet smelling things in a home. There was always a candle burning in my mom’s kitchen and season-specific outlet air fresheners in every room, so it’s not surprising that, as an adult, I’d keep up the tradition.

That said, I’m excited to learn new ways to make that tradition a little bit healthier on our household. Namely, using products that are made from organic or natural products that don’t negatively impact the air we breathe. Scroll on to hear a few of the DIY natural home fragrance ideas I’ve picked up over the past handful of months doing research, and you’re also invited to tell us about your own chemical-free tips in the comments.

DIY Natural Home Fragrance Ideas

DIY Natural Home Fragrance Ideas

This whole philosophy really got started after I heard through the grapevine (i.e. social media) that many home fragrances like candles, aerosols, and plug-in air fresheners come packed with harsh chemicals that could affect air quality and breathability if over-used. Crazy, right?! But I just wasn’t ready to ditch them altogether. I appreciate a nice-smelling home as much as the next person, and I often find that scent helps me manage my anxiety on a daily basis, too.

The very first thing I invested in—and one of my favorite DIY natural home fragrance strategies ever—was an essential oil diffuser. I have one on my desk upstairs, and another set up in the lower level family room. Whenever I feel like our house is smelling a little stale or musty, I just fill the diffusers with water and add 10-15 drops of my favorite essential oils. I run the two diffusers all day long, and they fill the house with subtle scent that helps it feel fresh and welcoming for days.

It honestly never fails to lift my mood whenever I catch a whiff of the fragrances as I walk from room to room. I also appreciate that I barely have to think about it, and the best part of all is that the essential oils are safe for anyone to breathe—from pets to humans.

DIY Natural Home Fragrance Ideas

DIY Natural Home Fragrance Ideas

If you’re signed up to get the DGD Tribe newsletter every other week, then you heard all about my favorite alternate way of using oils: a homemade room spray.

Every now and then I need a little concentrated burst of sweet scents (usually on the couch or chairs where our dog tends to nap), so I keep a DIY blend of vodka, filtered water, and essential oils handy in a little spray bottle so I can give the fabrics in our home a refresh from time to time. My favorite combination right now is lemon, lavender, and grapefruit. It smells so light and happy!

DIY Natural Home Fragrance Ideas

DIY Natural Home Fragrance Ideas

If you haven’t quite gotten into the whole essential oils craze, don’t worry. There are so many other ways to make your home smell good without them. Just last year I gave DIY soy-based candle-making a try, and am happy to report that it’s super easy and makes all the difference inside a home whenever it needs a little scent boost. Find out how to make your own candle (including the natural ingredients shopping list) here.

A few other DIY natural fragrance ideas to consider? You could try simmering a pot of water on the stove with cinnamon sticks and orange slices, or make your own vanilla spice air freshener by heating and mixing white vinegar, water, cloves, and a small amount of natural vanilla extract in a spray bottle for a grab-and-go room spray that isn’t harmful on your fabrics or your sinuses.

DIY Natural Home Fragrance Ideas

DIY Natural Home Fragrance Ideas

In case you’re curious about which specific products I’ve used so far in our natural home fragrance experiments, this is the diffuser I use (you can see it next to the plant in that photo above), and this is my favorite website for essential oils.

If you want more ideas, the best tip I have is to Google “Natural Home Fragrance Ideas.” If you do that, you’re sure to stumble upon all sorts of similar posts to the one I’m sharing here today. The cool thing I’ve found about natural home fragrance projects is that many of them use pantry staple items, so you might even be able to whip one up for free as soon as you close out of this window in your browser.

Let me know which ones you’ve tried—or that you plan to try—in the comments below so that we can all trade ideas and reviews!

DIY Natural Home Fragrance Ideas

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How To De-Pill A Sofa With A Fabric Shaver

How To De-Pill A Sofa With A Fabric Shaver

Well, it has officially been two years since we brought a sectional into our home, and we’re still absolutely loving it. I know these types of oversized couches aren’t everyone’s cup of tea, but I’m so glad we decided to go for it because our sectional is easily the most-used piece of furniture in our house. Every evening you’ll find at least one of us humans sprawled across it to watch TV or a movie, and all four pets each end up finding their own spot on the 9-and-a-half-foot couch, too. Luckily, the entire family can fit, no problem, with plenty of room to spare.

How To De-Pill A Sofa With A Fabric Shaver

How To De-Pill A Sofa With A Fabric Shaver

The only problem with repeated daily sitting on this upholstered piece of furniture is that the fabric has started to get a little worn in. What I mean by that is, if you run a flat palm over the surface of the sofa, you’ll inevitably feel little balls of rolled-up fibers. Think about that beloved sweater you have that’s covered in pills—our sofa was starting to feel the same way.

The good news, at least, is that you couldn’t actually see the pills because of the heather finish of fabric, but it still felt a little less than nice under bare feet and hands. A quick call to my mom, who’s an upholstery expert (no really—she works at a high end furniture store!), left me considering the possibility of a fabric shaver to take care of the yucky texture on our sectional.

How To De-Pill A Sofa With A Fabric Shaver

How To De-Pill A Sofa With A Fabric Shaver

I borrowed one from her (pictured a few photos up), and spent about 20 minutes slowly working my way over the surface of the couch. It was a total breeze, and as you can see from the pill-filled shaver below, it worked like a charm! The sofa feels much softer and smoother now, and it took less than half an hour to fix what could have been a pretty big issue.

I’ve since returned Mom’s fabric shaver to her, but decided to order my own from Amazon just in case the issue crops up again. Really, though, I think it was just a matter of wearing in our newish sofa—I doubt we’ll have to keep this task up regularly over the years. That said, if I start to feel the pills come back, I know exactly what to do.

How To De-Pill A Sofa With A Fabric Shaver

Have you ever de-pilled a couch before? Did you use a different type of tool? Although I hated to buy another thing to have to store away in the closet, I’m glad that the fabric shaver I bought can work to soften lots of different fabrics around the house—from the sofa to my sweaters. Let me know if you’ve had this same issue in the past and (more importantly!) how you fixed it in the comments below.

How To De-Pill A Sofa With A Fabric Shaver

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Etsy Shop Spotlight: Cord x Clay

Etsy Shop Spotlight: Cord x Clay

I’m not sure why—maybe it’s the fact that we’re still just a few weeks into 2019—but this morning feels like a really good time to kick off a brand new series. The topic? Small business shops on Etsy! It probably has a little something to do with the fact that I launched my own shop just last year, but I feel this really strong urge to spotlight the makers, artists, and curators who make their living on Etsy.

First up I wanted to swing the light over to cord x clay. I honestly don’t remember how I stumbled upon this shop in the first place, but I sure am glad that I did. It’s packed with gorgeous handmade goodies for your kitchen, your closet, and even your walls. Keep scrolling to see a few of the pieces that caught my eye from the cord x clay shop.

Favorites From Cord x Clay

1. Woven Tapestry Hanging

2. Handmade Ceramic Spoon

3. Mini Speckled Ceramic Dishes

4. Speckled Ceramic Planter

5. Speckled Ceramic Dish

6. Wrapped Multicolor Tassel Fringe Earrings

7. Long Tapestry Fiber Necklace

8. White Porcelain Ceramic Vase

Elisa and Evelyn have a style that fits right in with our aesthetic here at home—neutral, organic, and the perfect blend of casual elegance. Take a second look at that White Porcelain Ceramic Vase to see what I mean. You could toss a couple flower stems in it for every day, or display it by itself on a shelf as art—either way, it’s something I could see us having in our collection for years and years.

What’s your favorite piece from that list above? Let me know in the comments, then hop over to Etsy here and give the cord x clay shop some love!

Etsy Shop Spotlight: Cord x Clay

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How To Patch A Hole In Drywall

How To Patch A Hole In Drywall

I actually hesitated for a second before sharing today’s post because I’m very aware that drywall repair isn’t the prettiest thing to document or the most exciting thing to talk about either. But then I thought to myself that I would have really appreciated having a post like this to reference when I was doing the project in person.

I also feel like it’s important that I talk about all types of home projects—not just the “pretty” ones—here on the blog because they all go toward the greater good. That is, the greater good of having both a beautiful and a functional home to enjoy.

That was a bit of tangent, but I just wanted to preface today’s story by saying that, while it might not be the most WOW-worthy post you’ve ever read on Dream Green DIY, I’m hopeful that it will still be useful to those of you dealing with a dreaded hole in your drywall. Without any further hemming and hawing let’s get to it!

How To Patch A Hole In Drywall

How To Patch A Hole In Drywall

The hole that prompted it all was in our main upstairs bathroom. As you can see in the “Before” photo above (taken when we first moved in), the space boasted a flush-mount toilet paper roll holder that was built into the wall. I actually didn’t mind the look or functionality of it. What I didn’t like was that it was hung only 12 inches high.

It was uncomfortably low, so after three long years of procrastination, I finally decided to replace it with a new gold holder, which I installed a much more appropriate 26 inches above the floor. The only problem was that, once I had the old holder out and the new holder installed, I was left with a giant hole in the drywall that needed to be patched (see below).

How To Patch A Hole In Drywall

The hole was about seven inches wide and six high, so it was a little too large for one of those handy drywall patches that you can pick up for about five bucks at the hardware store. In order to patch the hole correctly, I really needed to go the extra mile and cut a custom piece of new drywall to fit.

Before I could get to that, though, I needed to create a brace for the new drywall square to sit against. The wonky piece of wood you see in the picture is actually set pretty far back into the recess, so it wouldn’t work for my patch. After talking it over with my dad, I learned that I could use two pieces of scrap wood and a screw to create a brand new foundation for my patch.

I started by applying a small amount of quick-setting epoxy to just the top and bottom of one piece of wood, then I slipped it behind the existing drywall so that it spanned the hole. A second piece of wood was then screwed into the first (without glue!), this time on the face of the existing drywall, so that the epoxy on the wood piece inside was clamped against the interior of the drywall.

How To Patch A Hole In Drywall

How To Patch A Hole In Drywall

I left the two wood pieces screwed together like this for more than enough time for the adhesive to firmly set according to the epoxy directions, then I was able to remove the screw and discard the outer piece of wood. That left me with a firm, flush wood support over which to glue down the piece of drywall that I had John cut to size for me, seen below!

How To Patch A Hole In Drywall

How To Patch A Hole In Drywall

Next, I covered the seams around the cut drywall patch with mesh joint tape, making sure to press the sticky side firmly against the face of the wall. You might have noticed that I trimmed the edges of each piece of tape into an angle with scissors. That was so they didn’t overlap anywhere, which helped the next step go faster.

How To Patch A Hole In Drywall

How To Patch A Hole In Drywall

Time to spackle over the entire thing to create a smooth surface for painting! To do so, I used a putty knife to spread a thin, even layer of spackle over the patch, going a few inches beyond it, too, so that I could feather out the finish when sanding later on. I waited until the spackle was dry, then used sanding blocks to smooth out the wall.

Keep in mind that you might need to spackle and sand one or two more times before you get a really even finish. Luckily, this step isn’t too time-consuming so just be patient and muscle through until you no longer see the joint tape or seams between the patch and the wall.

How To Patch A Hole In Drywall

How To Patch A Hole In Drywall

With the patch complete, all I needed to do to finish was paint! I tried to skip priming and ended up having to redo my layers of paint to completely cover the patch from view, so please learn from my mistake. Always prime the patch with something like KILZ stainblocker before layering on your top coat color! It’ll save you from a lot of wasted time and paint.

How To Patch A Hole In Drywall

Oh, and in case you’re curious about the newer, much higher toilet paper roll holder that you see in those “After” photos above, I ordered it from this shop on Etsy. I love the brassy finish (it matches our gold sink faucet!), and the one-sided L-shaped design also makes roll replacement much faster.

Let me know in the comments if you’ve ever had to patch a drywall hole before! Did you use a different method? I think I had put the project off for three years because I expected it to be a big hassle, but it was actually a lot easier than I expected. As always, shout out below if you have questions about the process that I explained above.

How To Patch A Hole In Drywall

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Weekend Inspiration: No. 44

Weekend Inspiration: No. 44

Is anyone else finding it hard to get into a good groove post-New-Years? I’m really struggling! I feel like nothing I’m doing behind the scenes for work is coming out good enough, and I’m experiencing a bit of creative block, too. Don’t get me wrong, I still have lots of ideas and dreams for 2019, but it all just feels so overwhelming to me since I’m really the only person who can actually make it happen. Some days are empowering as an entrepreneur, but others are a little harder to muscle through, and I guess the latter mentality has been my mindset lately.

The good news is that I know it’s just a phase and I’ll be back to my hustling self soon enough. I just need to be patient and give myself the benefit of the doubt, you know? A lot of good old fashioned self care helps, too, so I think I’ll take things extra easy this weekend in the hopes that I can start fresh next week. Here’s a list of the links and launches that managed to pump me up this past slightly slow week!

Weekend Inspiration: No. 44

1. Have you snagged your favorite item from Collection No.4 yet? My newest set of six ceramic pieces launched yesterday in the DGD Pottery shop on Etsy, and I also put several older pieces on sale. See the full collection here.

2. Speaking of ceramics, I loved this roundup of modern potters to follow.

3. Learn to set your table for a casual dinner party over on The Sweetest Occasion blog. Don’t miss Cyd’s tip-filled video!

4. We’re set to get a bunch of rain this weekend, so I think the plan is to stay in PJs all day and binge watch something on TV. Got any recommendations to share? I’d love to get into a good documentary if you have suggestions!

5. This list of 8 mood-boosting foods is exactly what I need to inspire me to get out of the winter funk I’ve been in lately.

6. Here’s another recipe I can’t wait to try this season!

7. I’d like one of everything from the West Elm Maker’s Studio, please. Which piece of art stands out to you from the collection? This one is my favorite.

Weekend Inspiration: No. 44

Visit the DGD shop to see the updated collection!

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