Teasing A New Look For Our Living Room

Teasing A New Look For Our Living Room

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Now, I think I can guess what you’re thinking. “She’s redesigning her living room again?!” It probably does seem like I do this every three months, and even though I’m perfectly fine leaning on the excuse that it’s technically just another day at the office for me since it’s my job to talk about DIY home décor, the truth is that I’d be doing it just as often, whether it was for work or not.

My mom can attest to the fact that, even as a kid, I was always changing things up in my room. We used to joke that my teenage bedroom ended up a couple of millimeters smaller thanks to the multiple layers of paint I coated the room with. Now, as an adult, it’s still very natural for me to crave freshness when it comes to décor. So, yup! I am redesigning my living room yet again, and I can’t wait to take you guys along for the ride.

Teasing A New Look For Our Living Room

Even though my reasoning is realistically 50 percent “just ’cause I feel like it,” there are still a few practical reasons for justifying changes to the space. The main one being that, since we added a new Frame TV to the living room, our current seating just wasn’t quite cutting it. We had become so used to the setup of an extra large sectional sofa and television in our downstairs family room, that we decided to figure out how to incorporate a similarly proportioned sectional in our upstairs TV zone, too. Plus, with my parents now living only a few miles away, we’re entertaining more than ever.

So, with the thought of extra seating thanks to a hypothetical new sectional bouncing around in my brain, I started thinking about a new color palette and new art to go along with it, plus a few new throw pillows, too…Essentially it snowballed from there, and turned into the mood board you see above.

As you probably know by now if you’ve been following along for any length of time, I always start any new design project with a mood board. It’s the easiest way for me to hone in on my favorite color scheme, furniture options, and texture combinations. Since I’m always working on a meager budget, this process also allows me to visually place stand-ins for the vintage furniture, art, lighting, and accessories that we already own so I can get a sense of how the select new items could look alongside our existing collection.

Teasing A New Look For Our Living Room

Teasing A New Look For Our Living Room

So far we’ve decided to center the entire living room around a brand new Article Sven Sectional Sofa (we chose their Briar Gray fabric option after looking at swatches), a few new pieces of art, and one or two new throw pillows—note that we’re using new pillow covers to go over some older pillows we already have to cut down on waste and to save a bit of money. The rest of the space will be brought to life by rearranging lighting that we already have, real and faux greenery, and I even plan to work in a couple pieces of DGD Pottery for a little extra character.

The design is really starting to come together behind the scenes and I can’t wait to share sneak peeks with you next week before the big reveal mid-month. Who’s excited?! Thanks, as always, for following along, and I’d love for you to tell me in the comments if you’re a serial home décor refresher, too.

Teasing A New Look For Our Living Room

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Tips For Pairing Art Together In Your Home

Tips For Pairing Art Together In Your Home

I’m about to dive into a pretty big decorating project in our house (more details on that coming to the blog this Wednesday), which has me thinking about art in particular. Truth be told, I’m a bit of an art hoarder. I’ve got stacks and stacks of framed prints, paintings, and drawings in our basement just waiting for the right wall. I get so sentimental and attached to any piece that really speaks to me, so I’ve collected quite a few “had-to-have-them” art works over the years.

Despite all that, I still struggle with nailing the right combinations for the walls in our home. There’s no denying that pairing art together is hard, but I’ve come up with a few quick tricks to help take at least some of the guess work out of the process. I think the number one thing to remember if you’re struggling with this, too, is that it’s rare to get it right the first time. Don’t be hard on yourself, and just know that it takes a bit of playing and experimenting to create the perfect art pairings.

Another big tip I have is to create digital mood boards (like the graphic you see above) before you buy two or three pieces that will end up going together. That way you can experiment before making the investment, and you’ll be able to play around with different sizes, too, just by making the image files smaller or larger on your mood board.

Pair-Worthy Prints From Artfully Walls

1. Fictional Interiors I + Comet and Oranda

2. Long Way Home + Tulips

3. Black Form + Sunday Market

4. DamureskAndrew

5. Winding Trail, Windy Day, Arcadia Buffs + Les Roches Rouges

6. Blur + Not a Circle (False 1)

My process to narrow down hundreds of prints from Artfully Walls into the pairings listed above went a little something like this… I would scroll until I spotted a piece that really stuck out to me. Then I would pull the image file over to my desktop where I could open it bigger and keep it off to the side of my browser window. Then, with the first print still in my periferal vision, I would scroll through the website again until I saw a piece that complemented the first. It’s definitely not rocket science, but it works for me, and that’s how I managed to come up with the pairings you see pictured in today’s post.

The cool thing about this process is that all 12 of the prints I linked to in that list ended up looking pretty great together as a whole! I think, when you learn to trust your gut and be really visual about pairing art prints together, you naturally end up creating a collection of pieces that feels cohesive. So much so that you could probably mix and match almost any of these 12 prints to make fresh new pairings when the mood strikes.

There are a couple of other tricks you can try when pairing art (like matching the painting styles, or having at least one similar color between the two), but this might just be one of those times when you have to go with your instincts. Art is one of the most subjective things in the world, so there is no right or wrong answer—you just have to feel it.

What a cop out answer, huh?! Well, it’s what I believe, although I’m sure there are lots of other ideas out there! If you have art pairing tips of your own, please share them in the comments below so we can learn from each other.

Tips For Pairing Art Together In Your Home

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Weekend Inspiration: No. 61

Weekend Inspiration: No. 61

Okay, please don’t mentally smack me for saying something so redundant, but I just can’t believe it’s already the last day of May! I still feel like Christmas was last month, so the fact that we’re already practically halfway through the year is a little disarming.

There’s so much I have left on my mega to-do list, so I guess I need to take advantage of this coming weekend to jumpstart some activity around the house. Keep scrolling for a big linked list of quick DIY ideas perfect for those of you who are also looking to get productive and creative this Saturday and Sunday.

Weekend Inspiration: No. 61

1. I’ve been so inspired by bold painted feature walls lately (like the dark green accent wall seen here), so I think I’ll start my weekend off with another painting project. It will be fun to try a color other than white for a change!

2. This is still one of my personal favorite DIY home décor projects we’ve ever done.

3. As you probably already know, I regularly contribute my own original craft tutorials to Hunker, but there are soooooo many other writers to take advantage of. See the full list of DIYs this way, contributed by some of my favorite fellow bloggers.

4. Can you believe that this modern wood desk is a DIY project?! Yeah, me neither. I’m adding it to my must-make list now.

5. Another addition to my list for someday are these DIY rope napkin rings made from clay!

6. Now that the unofficial start to summer has come and gone, it’s time to break out your picnic gear. Click here to see how I updated a clearance cooler from Target using office supplies.

Weekend Inspiration: No. 61

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How To Seal A Wood Table (For Good!)

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*This post was sponsored by Famowood Glaze Coat

Have you guys picked up on the fact that ’70s design is trending hard right now? Practically every time I hop on Instagram or Pinterest, or whenever I flip through a new shelter magazine that’s just arrived in the mail, I’m inundated with photos of spaces filled with shag carpet, high gloss tabletops, earth-toned art, macrame, and the like.

I’m usually partial to the sleeker, more minimalist style of the 1960s, but I’d be lying if I said that I wasn’t at least a little curious about the boho-infused decade to follow. So curious, in fact, that I decided to dip my toe in the water with one ’70s design concept in particular—a high gloss varnish bar top! We might not have a built-in bar in our house, but we do have a pedestal table that could stand to be made over, so last week I used the Famowood Glaze Coat treatment to give the piece a bit of nostalgic 1970s flair. Scroll to get the scoop!

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How To Seal A Wood Table (For Good!) | dreamgreendiy.com + @amazinggoop #ad #GlazeCoat

That photo above shows the table before we tackled the project. We loved the shape of the table, and the metallic chrome on the base goes so nicely with the dark stained wood top. John and I often eat dinner on the table during the spring and fall when we can have the windows open in the sunroom to let in the breeze.

The only problem was that the table came to us in a matte finish that was ultra prone to scratches and scuffs. I’ve been meaning to seal the table practically since ‘Day One’ of getting it, but more than three years later, I just hadn’t been motivated to cross the task off my miles-long to-do list.

But all of this 1970s design inspiration lately finally gave me the perfect idea for an easy DIY solution in the form of high gloss epoxy. I just love the look and feel of those thick clear coats you see on vintage bar tops, so I thought I’d try out the finish on our table. It would help protect the finish (for good!), and the mirror-like sheen would give me the cool ’70s vibe I was after.

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As for the process, the best advice I can give you is to follow every single direction that comes with your Famowood Glaze Coat. Don’t even think about taking any shortcuts or else you’ll be left with an imperfect finish, and this type of high gloss product shows novice mistakes easily. Take all the precautions that the instructions give you—everything from choosing your project area wisely, having a buddy on hand to help out, and covering the finished project while it cures so it can do so in a dust-free environment.

I asked my mom to help me out with the project since she only lives a few minutes away now, and I’m so glad I did. Now that I’ve been through the process, there’s no way I could have done this one on my own. Because of our pets (specifically Tonks the cat, who likes to jump up on furniture), we refinished the table in our guest room since I knew I could close the door while it cured.

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That said, I think next time I’ll choose a bigger area in which to do the refinishing, because we didn’t quite have as much room as we needed to work our way around the table. We made it out okay in the end, but just a heads up that you’ll want to work in a space that’s large enough for you to maneuver around your piece of furniture.

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How To Seal A Wood Table (For Good!) | dreamgreendiy.com + @amazinggoop #ad #GlazeCoat

Despite the small working area, the project otherwise went smoothly (pun intended!), and now we have a beautiful glossy dinner table to show for it. If you look closely, you’ll spot tiny pieces of dust that floated down onto the table during the process, and you might be able to see that the edges aren’t quite perfect, but after more than eight years working as a “professional crafter” I’ve come to appreciate those little imperfections. The DIY process is all about experimenting and trying new things, so tiny spots or flaws are just proof of your adventure.

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How To Seal A Wood Table (For Good!) | dreamgreendiy.com + @amazinggoop #ad #GlazeCoat

At any rate, I’m absolutely smitten with our ’70s style table, and might just have to give another retro project a try before the season wraps up. What do you think? Have you given 1970s-inspired high gloss epoxy a try in your house? Tell me about your own experience in the comments below, or, if you haven’t given it a go yet but want to try it firsthand, let me know what piece of furniture you’d like to make over next.

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Weekend Inspiration: No. 60

Who’s excited about the long holiday weekend? Picture me raising my hand up high in the air! We’ve got family coming into town for Memorial Day, so I’m sure we’ll be spending most of the weekend over at my parents’ new house enjoying lots of tasty food (and wine) in honor of the occasion.

I’m actually planning to take Monday off so that I can really relish in quality family time, but I’ll be back here bright and early next Wednesday morning with a brand new story to tell (oh, and you can find me on Instagram every day until then).

In the meantime, keep scrolling for a roundup of clever ways to play with faux greenery as a way to celebrate the sunny season to come. I’m willing to bet these tips and indoor garden tours will have you rethinking your aversion to the trend…

Weekend Inspiration: No. 60

1. Click here to find out how to make your own hanging faux plant garden (like the one you see pictured here in today’s post) using an IKEA favorite!

2. Can you believe that all three plants featured in this post are faux? Hop through for purchase details, then you’ll never have to worry about forgetting to water your Fiddle Leaf Fig or fern ever again.

3. The DIY Faux Living Wall that Emma created in her home office still makes me swoon whenever I spot it on social media.

4. I could take a digital tour of Chris and Julia’s house every single day and I wouldn’t get tired of it. Here’s a post they put together showing off all the faux plants they keep throughout their home in case you want to copy their stunning silk style.

5. This 6-foot faux Fiddle Leaf Fig tree is 15% off and ships free right now thanks to World Market’s Memorial Day sale (use code ‘MEMORIAL15′). I just ordered it for myself because I clearly don’t know how to curb my faux plant obsession.

6. Here’s an oldie but a goodie project to try in case you have trouble keeping greenery alive: DIY paper plants.

7. Not plant-related, but I just wanted to remind you that there’s still time to enter the ​FastTrack Closet Instant Win & Sweepstakes​. Click that link to play the game daily, and you could win a $100 Lowe’s gift card or even the $1,000 Grand Prize!

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3 Ways to Paint a Plain Planter Pot​

3 Ways to Paint a Plain Planter Pot​

Boy, have I been excited to unveil my latest DIY tutorial for Hunker. The trio of painted geometric planter pots that you see above were decorated entirely by hand, and you can easily pull off the look in your own home. No, really! Click here for the full step-by-step breakdown, and try not to be intimidated by the idea of hand-painting the shapes. Honestly, I was a bit intimidated myself by the idea of bringing my vision to life without help, so I made a printable template that should remove any hesitation—at least it worked for me.

3 Ways to Paint a Plain Planter Pot​

3 Ways to Paint a Plain Planter Pot​

Here’s that link again to the tutorial, and then let me know in the comments below which of the three designs is your favorite. I think my eye is most drawn to the pot in the middle (the one with side-by-side orange and green circles). Oh, and it might also be worth mentioning that the plants you see in the photos are all faux. I made sure to include links to those in the project tutorial, but just in case you can’t wait, here are the details: faux fern, fake snake plant, silk fiddle leaf fig tree. Happy painting!

3 Ways to Paint a Plain Planter Pot​

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How To Upgrade Your Guest Room Closet

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This post has been sponsored by Rubbermaid® FastTrack® Closet™. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Think about your very first response to this question: What’s the current state of your guest room closet? If you don’t happen to have a guest room, feel free to imagine any extra storage area in your house or apartment that plays host to things like wrapping paper, seasonal decorations, and the like.

At any rate, I’m going to go ahead and guess that the answer is “not good.” Our own guest room closet was completely overrun with a bunch of toppling, teetering junk—all of which was just generally underused. To fix the issue (which, I’m embarrassed to admit, has been the case for several years now), I teamed up with Rubbermaid to implement their Rubbermaid® FastTrack® Closet™.

We’ve been enjoying the newly updated closet for a week or so now, and today’s the day when I finally get to take you through the process from start to finish—including proof that you can use this type of closet system for so much more than just your average wardrobe closet. You can use it like we did to create separate zones for everything from blank greeting cards, wrapping paper, and seasonal clothing to guest essentials like toiletries and towels! Keep scrolling to watch us go from the chaotic wasted space pictured “before” to the organized multipurpose “after” look you see above.

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How To Upgrade Your Guest Room Closet | dreamgreendiy.com + @Rubbermaid @Lowes #AD #FastTrackCloset

How To Upgrade Your Guest Room Closet | dreamgreendiy.com + @Rubbermaid @Lowes #AD #FastTrackCloset

To tell you the truth, I think I put this whole process off for so long because I thought it would be a real struggle to tackle on my own. I remember my parents huffing and puffing through the install of a much older style of closet organizer from another brand in my childhood bedroom decades ago. It wasn’t a pretty picture, and I think the memory kept me from trusting in DIY closet organizers up until this point.

Turns out that my fears were completely unfounded—at least when it comes to the FastTrack Closet, in particular. I’m not fluffing things up when I say that it’s the fastest way to organize your home, and today’s modern systems offer lots of flexibility—whether you’re looking to outfit your master bedroom closet with things like rows of sleek, adjustable shoe shelves or you want to do something like we did with your own guest room closet, like adding shelves for linens to help reduce wasted vertical space.

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How To Upgrade Your Guest Room Closet | dreamgreendiy.com + @Rubbermaid @Lowes #AD #FastTrackCloset

Anyway, I know I’m rambling, but it’s just one of those things that I wish I had known, and I want to make sure I recommend it to you (and the butcher, and the mail lady, etc.) now that I know better. You probably want to know where to go for a closer look, though, right?

We ended up ordering ours online from Lowes.com using the Rubbermaid Design Tool, which made things so simple. All you have to do is input things like your closet shape and dimensions right there on screen, and then you can plan out your shelving and brackets design without having to troubleshoot through it all in person. After you’re done designing, you order your supplies and get to building after it all arrives.

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How To Upgrade Your Guest Room Closet | dreamgreendiy.com + @Rubbermaid @Lowes #AD #FastTrackCloset

How To Upgrade Your Guest Room Closet | dreamgreendiy.com + @Rubbermaid @Lowes #AD #FastTrackCloset

I put the entire system together by myself one afternoon before John came home from work, so I can say with 100 percent confidence that you can do this on your own, too. An abbreviated description of the process goes something like this: use a level and drill to install your hanging rails on studs; hang and screw in the uprights; install your brackets, clothing rods, and accompanying shelves however you laid them out in your online design; and then finish by installing any other accessories you might have picked out (i.e. shoe shelves, a pantry organizer, etc.).

One thing I didn’t fully appreciate about install until I was in the thick of it is that you can overlap the rails and shelves to customize the widths of both. In other words, you don’t have to worry about cutting anything down. I was able to overlap the rails and shelves to be the perfect width of the closet, so no heavy duty saws or cutting tools are needed.

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How To Upgrade Your Guest Room Closet | dreamgreendiy.com + @Rubbermaid @Lowes #AD #FastTrackCloset

You extra keen observers out there might have noticed the curtains on either side of our finished closet…Well, let’s just say that it’s my solution to yet another issue I’ve been dealing with since we moved in: sliding closet doors. We have them on both our guest room and my office closets, and they’ve always been such a pain to live with on a daily basis.

I didn’t snap a picture of them in today’s post, but you can see them in this older one about halfway down in my office when it was still painted green. You can see the doors slid slightly apart to show the yellow-painted closet behind, if that helps you spot it easier. The thing about having two sliding closet doors is that you can’t fully access the inside at once. There’s only ever going to be a standard door’s width worth of space to reach through.

So, when I took the doors off our guest room closet to install the new organizer, I ultimately decided to leave them off. In their place, I hung a tension rod and two extra long white shower curtains so I can close the closet from view if I need to, but I can still access the entire contents at once by whipping the curtains out of the way. If I had put the old sliding doors up, I wouldn’t have been able to use the pull-out drawer that I added to the center of the closet anyway, so it just made sense to try the new curtained look instead.

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How To Upgrade Your Guest Room Closet | dreamgreendiy.com + @Rubbermaid @Lowes #AD #FastTrackCloset

How To Upgrade Your Guest Room Closet | dreamgreendiy.com + @Rubbermaid @Lowes #AD #FastTrackCloset

We may end up adding bifold or French doors down the line, but I haven’t felt the need to even use the curtains since I hung them. The closet is so clean and organized—even with all my junk put back in—that I don’t mind seeing it in plain view. I doubt our guests will mind either, especially since they’re welcome to take a few things down from the shelves themselves! We have an extra pillow and blanket sitting at-the-ready for overnight visitors, and I also set up a box full of toiletries in case they’re needed.

As for the rest of the closet not intended for guests, I’ve got all my wrapping paper sitting pretty in a white upright container, my collection of blank greeting cards sorted in a hanging unit off to the side, and I even managed to fit a couple of jackets and sweaters so those out-of-season clothing items don’t have to take up room in our master bedroom closet.

All those boxes and baskets are working overtime, too, corralling things like bulk cat food, my camera equipment, knitting supplies, empty gift bags and tissue paper, old college paperwork, and there’s also a spot for extra packaging/postage supplies so I can use the closet as my shipping station for DGD Pottery orders. You name it, and I probably found a place for it in our guest room closet.

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How To Upgrade Your Guest Room Closet | dreamgreendiy.com + @Rubbermaid @Lowes #AD #FastTrackCloset

How To Upgrade Your Guest Room Closet | dreamgreendiy.com + @Rubbermaid @Lowes #AD #FastTrackCloset

How To Upgrade Your Guest Room Closet | dreamgreendiy.com + @Rubbermaid @Lowes #AD #FastTrackCloset

If all of this is making you anxious to get your own guest room closet looking and functioning better this year, then make sure you check out the Rubbermaid FastTrack® Closet at your local Lowe’s store. You might be thinking that the system install won’t go as easily or as quickly for you, but I promise that it’s far, far easier than what you’re probably imagining. The instructions that come with the organizer are only a few steps and pages long—nothing at all like those novels you get with other “assembly required” systems. I promise, you can do it!

Visit the ​FastTrack Closet Instant Win & Sweepstakes​ by clicking the link now through June 15, and you could win BIG (think: a $1,000 FastTrack Closet, Lowe’s Gift Cards valued between $50 and $100). Enter here!

 

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Weekend Inspiration: No. 59

Weekend Inspiration: No. 59

Happy Friday! What are your plans for the weekend? I’m currently sitting here in my spotty painting clothes waiting on the first coat of primer to dry in our master bedroom, so I think that’s a pretty big hint as to what I have going on over here.

Suffice to say, we’ve been refreshing a few things in that space the past few days, including new paint, new-to-us mid-century furniture, and also a big rearrange to make the room feel practically brand new again. We’ll probably be finishing things up tomorrow, so keep an eye on Instagram Stories if you’d like to see sneak peeks. In the meantime, keep scrolling for other types of project ideas to inspire your own weekend productivity!

Weekend Inspiration: No. 59

1. This DIY Rainbow Trinket Box project is super cute, and makes for a great gift.

2. Here’s another clever do-it-yourself craft idea for those of you looking to get messy with supplies this Saturday or Sunday.

3. I love the idea of making my own perfume using essential oils. Seems like it would be much more cost-effective, not to mention this recipe via The Merrythought is free of harsh chemicals! Win, win.

4. In case you’re continuing your spring cleaning through the month of May, try this step-by-step guide for cleaning cutting boards.

5. I’ve been on a huge art kick recently, so this post via The Crafted Life instantly caught my eye. How cool is that gallery wall?!

6. Surprise, surprise, but another thing I’ve had on my mind as of late is paint. Details on the color changes going on in our house are coming soon, but for now, here’s a look at one extra bold color I’m considering. Why not take the opportunity this weekend to try a new paint color in your own space?

Weekend Inspiration: No. 59

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DIY Peel-&-Stick Wallpaper Closet Makeover

*This post was sponsored by Astek Home

DIY Peel-&-Stick Wallpaper Closet Makeover

I’m currently in that season as a design-centric homemaker where I don’t have all that much to do. We’ve worked hard to stay on top of any sort of maintenance projects (think: replacing the roof, putting in a new hot water heater, etc.), and all of our rooms have been freshly painted since moving here in 2015. We’ve perfected our art collection, and even have most of the light fixtures updated throughout the house, so that’s all done. Now I’m finding myself switching gears and tackling some of the projects that have been on my “someday” list for almost four years. Namely, the closets.

I’ve already done quite a bit to update our guest room closet, but the one in my office hadn’t been touched at all. The nook still had its splotchy, scuffed-up yellow-painted walls, and it didn’t really serve much of a function since I didn’t need to use it for office storage. After thinking it through for a couple of weeks earlier this spring, I eventually decided to give it a fresh new look with paint, custom wallpaper from Astek Home, and an armload of simple accessories that would give the closet more of a purpose.

DIY Peel-&-Stick Wallpaper Closet Makeover

DIY Peel-&-Stick Wallpaper Closet Makeover

DIY Peel-&-Stick Wallpaper Closet Makeover

First, let’s go back to the beginning. Those photos above show what the closet looked like before. It was empty, and, like I mentioned, was painted a yucky yellow color that had been chosen by the previous homeowners. I hated even sticking my head in there, so I mostly just kept the sliding doors shut.

Then, a perfectly timed email landed in my inbox from the team at Astek Home, giving me the excuse I needed to refresh the closet once and for all. They offered to let me try out their custom wallpaper design service, and after scrolling through the patterns they had in stock, I chose the ‘Stacked Cubes’ design. I loved the modern, retro feel of the pattern, and was excited to have the team come up with a few color options not already listed on the site. I explained that I was hoping to turn the closet into a calming mini retreat in my office, and they came up with this lineup of choices below.

Although I thought all of the colors they put together for me were gorgeous, I was almost immediately drawn to the rich orange color at the top and the soft aqua version shown there on the bottom line. I eventually took the decision to Instagram in the hopes that you guys could help me narrow down from two to just one, and the 24-hour poll proved that aqua was the right choice. After popping the design into a mood board I mocked up for the space (seen below), I was officially convinced and placed my order with Astek Home.

DIY Peel-&-Stick Wallpaper Closet Makeover

A few weeks later, I had a chance to sample the custom wallpaper in person, approve it, and then my final roll of custom paper came in the mail. This was my first time using peel-and-stick wallpaper, but it definitely won’t be my last. In case you’ve never done it before either, I’m offering a general breakdown of the process below.

DIY Peel-&-Stick Wallpaper Closet Makeover

First, of course, determine how much wallpaper you need. The Astek Home website offers a handy wallpaper calculator on each of their product pages, or you can just share the wall dimensions with your custom wallpaper designer and they’ll figure it out for you.

Next, prep by removing any socket covers, if you have any, then patch and sand down your walls to a smooth finish. You might also want to wipe down your walls with a damp sponge to remove any leftover dust or grime.

At this point, you may also paint the walls to give them an ultra smooth finish, like we did. Note that glossy or satin paint works best for peel-and-stick wallpaper—the sticky side of the wallcovering grabs onto this type of finish better than it will over matte paint. You’ll need to let the paint fully cure for three days before laying down your wallpaper, so make sure to add extra time to your install schedule if you go this route.

DIY Peel-&-Stick Wallpaper Closet Makeover

DIY Peel-&-Stick Wallpaper Closet Makeover

After your surfaces are prepped, make a level guide from which your wallpaper can run down. This could be a light pencil mark that you draw on the wall using a level, or you could use a piece of trim. I decided to keep the existing trim that was already in the closet at about eye level, and used that as my guide. I painted it a fresh white color to make it feel more intentional, then painted the walls and ceiling above the trim to match the background color of the wallpaper (I had the exact color matched by the paint department pros at our local hardware store) for a clean finish.

Next, measure your first wall and cut a strip of wallpaper to size. Peel back roughly 10-12 inches of backer paper at the top, then press it onto the wall along your level mark. Use a plastic wallpaper smoother (or credit card if you’re in a pinch!) to smooth out the paper and push out any air bubbles. Slowly peel and stick the wallpaper to the wall, peeling more of the backer paper off as you go. Once you get down to the bottom, fully remove the backer paper, and smooth out the entire sheet against the wall. Use a razor blade to trim off any excess paper from the sides and bottom, if needed.

Repeat the steps, being careful to line the pattern up as you go. The cool thing is that Astek Home wallcoverings include a built-in 1-inch overlap, unless otherwise requested, to help make lining up your patterns a little easier as a DIY installer.

DIY Peel-&-Stick Wallpaper Closet Makeover

DIY Peel-&-Stick Wallpaper Closet Makeover

Although everything I read online discouraged me from doing this project by myself, I often find that I do better with these types of things on my own. I can troubleshoot better and keep my temper in check easier if I’m not trying to manage a partner’s expectations and patience in addition to my own. Happily, I didn’t run into any issues, and was able to knock out the entire closet by myself in just a little over an hour.

DIY Peel-&-Stick Wallpaper Closet Makeover

DIY Peel-&-Stick Wallpaper Closet Makeover

DIY Peel-&-Stick Wallpaper Closet Makeover

DIY Peel-&-Stick Wallpaper Closet Makeover

My days of prepping the closet ahead of time (i.e. patching, sanding, cleaning, and painting) helped this project go off without a single hitch the day of install, and I couldn’t love the final look more. Removing the doors of the closet instantly made my office feel bigger because you could see into the extra square footage from the room’s doorway. The new paint and modern wallpaper also turned the open nook into the type of focal point I think the room was missing.

DIY Peel-&-Stick Wallpaper Closet Makeover

DIY Peel-&-Stick Wallpaper Closet Makeover

DIY Peel-&-Stick Wallpaper Closet Makeover

DIY Peel-&-Stick Wallpaper Closet Makeover

I thought long and hard about the actual function of the closet now that it had been opened to the room, and I came up with all sorts of ideas. I could have built in a bench for extra seating, but the couch that I had already moved into the space took care of that need. I could have, instead, added shelving and turned it into open storage, but I have a nice cabinet in my office that takes care of that need.

In the end, I left it really open-ended so I could play with the functionality as the seasons change. It’s currently filled with floor cushions with a little table off to the side so I can use it as sort of a meditation and reading nook (FYI, I use the Calm app in case you’re into the idea of guided meditation!). I’ll keep you posted as the function evolves over the course of the year, but let me know in the comments if you have any alternate ideas.

Big thanks to Astek Home for finally giving this otherwise useless closet its moment to shine in the spotlight, and for giving me a new project to tackle during my downtime this spring. The closet is now my favorite spot in the house, and I’m already brainstorming other walls to makeover with custom wallpaper (FYI that you can customize the peel-and-stick option for all of their repeating digital patterns!). Leave your suggestion for which room to do next below, and then shop the online collection for yourself with an exclusive 20% discount using code DGDIY!

DIY Peel-&-Stick Wallpaper Closet Makeover

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Shop DGD Pottery Collection No.7

Shop DGD Pottery Collection No.7

Another new collection of handmade pottery just went live in the DGD Pottery shop on Etsy! Click here to see all six items in this latest batch of work, and choose a favorite if it strikes your fancy. You’ll start to see more of that speckled clay I keep hinting at in this collection, and I’ve got lots more of it to come. I can’t get enough of the texture those speckles add to each piece, and have actually started sneaking certain mugs, cups, and bowls off my own shop shelves to keep for myself. Shhhh…don’t tell.

Shop DGD Pottery Collection No.7

Instead of waxing poetic about each piece here today, I thought I’d just send you right along to Etsy where you can get all the info you could ever want, plus you’ll be able to take a much closer look at your favorite items in the collection. Each listing in the shop features 6-7 extra photos showing close-ups and even the undersides of the pottery. Here’s that link one more time, and thanks, as always, for supporting me and my pottery—it really means the world. Which is your favorite? Tell me below!

Shop DGD Pottery Collection No.7*To see where it all began, click back here for a look at my very first collection of pottery, or you can revisit this recent post, which explains my current situation as a part-time working potter one year after my first class.

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