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Tips For Photographing Low Light Interiors

Tips For Photographing Low Light Interiors

One of the more frequent requests I get over on Instagram when I open up the floor for blog post ideas is a quick rundown of interior photography tips. I am, by no means, a professional photographer, and I just learned as I went over the past eight years of documenting our home for Dream Green DIY. That said, I’m more than willing to share all of those tricks I’ve picked up along the way.

If you’re interested in a deeper dive, I would suggest investing in an online course that will give you more in-depth instructions for taking better photos. It took me at least a year to feel confortable enough to shoot in manual mode on my camera, but I haven’t looked back since I made the switch. I feel like shooting in manual mode gives you so much more control over your photography, and opens the door to tons of creativity, too.

However, I don’t really feel comfortable enough to teach you how to actually go manual. The good news is that these tips I share below (specifically for shooting in low light interior spaces) could be the perfect stepping stone to take you into manual mode on your camera.

Tips For Photographing Low Light Interiors

Tips For Photographing Low Light Interiors

Tips For Photographing Low Light Interiors

Choose Your Time Wisely

I think it’s pretty safe to assume that you’ve heard shooting interior spaces with natural light is your best bet for a crisp, clean, bright image. So, with that in mind, choose your photoshoot time wisely. Get to know the times of day when it’s best to shoot a certain room.

For example, I know that I have to shoot any master bedroom photos between 8:00am and 10:00am because that’s when the sun shines through the side windows of our house. Conversely, the office and guest room, both on the opposite side of our home, get the best light after 6:00pm.

No matter where a room is in your house, there’s always a “best” time to shoot it based on the natural light it gets (with the exception of window-less spaces, of course). Observe the rooms in your house over the course of a week and make note of the optimal times to shoot them so you can get the brightest images possible.

Tips For Photographing Low Light Interiors

Tips For Photographing Low Light Interiors

Turn The Lights On

For those rooms that don’t have any natural light to speak of (ex. a window-less bathroom or laundry room), you’ll have to make do with overhead artificial lighting. I used to think these types of spaces just weren’t photograph-able because of the lack of natural light, but I’ve learned over the years that artificial lighting can work to your advantage if you know how to edit the photos in post-production.

Our bathrooms are the number one culprit in this category. Neither one has a window, so I have to rely entirely on overhead fixtures. I shoot the space with all the lights on to ensure as much even lighting as possible (although you won’t be able to avoid shadows entirely, unfortunately), and then I tweak the photos in Lightroom after the fact.

I think the biggest thing to be prepared for when shooting low light spaces using artificial light bulbs is an overall “off” color tone. It depends on the temperature of your bulbs, but your photos will probably look really oversaturated and unnaturally orange. To fix this, I actually use the auto white balance setting in Lightroom. With one click, I can often get rid of all the orange glow from the photo, but it does sometimes overcompensate by turning the photo very blue.

After auto-balancing the color, I can make tiny tweaks to the image (adding back some warm tones, increasing the purple to desaturate it a little more) until it looks soft and inviting. All this to say that overhead lighting really can be your pal!

Tips For Photographing Low Light Interiors

Tips For Photographing Low Light Interiors

Use A Tripod

Now, let’s say you have a space that has natural light to speak of, but not very much of it. These types of spaces are perfect for a tripod since you can slow the shutter speed way, way down in order to allow the maximum amount of light to get into your camera. I know I’ve just officially gone into “Manual Mode” language, so feel free to rely on those first two tips mentioned above until you’ve had time to take a course!

For those of you who already use this mode and feel comfortable manipulating the shutter speed on your camera, I couldn’t recommend a tripod more. There’s just no way you could hold a camera steady enough on your own. I also feel like a camera remote is a necessary investment since any movement on the camera at all when using a slow shutter speed (like your finger pressing the trigger) could result in a blurry photo.

Here’s how to do it. Set your camera on the tripod, situate it in a place to capture the spot you want, set your camera on a 2-second delay timer controlled by your remote, step back, and press the button on your remote to engage the timer. Don’t move or even breathe until that shutter closes back up! I’ve literally taken a step too soon toward the camera before the shutter was closed, and gotten a blurry photo because my feet made the floor (and camera) shake just a little bit. It’s that sensitive.

Ultimately, a tripod is the ideal way to maximize small doses of natural light when photographing a space.

Tips For Photographing Low Light InteriorsTips For Photographing Low Light Interiors

Bump Up The ISO On Your Camera

Again, this trick will have you branching out into manual mode on your camera, but it’s the method I use most often these days to combat photography in a dark space. If you bump up the ISO on your camera, you’ll be able to increase the sensitivity of the image sensor so you can get brighter images, even in low light interior spaces.

The only caveat is that you’ll decrease the quality of your final image. You’ll end up with a slightly grainy photograph. Some photographers do this on purpose to achieve a bit of a vintage effect on their images, and I personally love the look, too! It’s just something to keep in mind when you start manipulating the ISO on your camera.

Tips For Photographing Low Light Interiors

This is a topic that I could clearly go on and on about, and I was so excited to find out that it interested you guys, too. Photography is never something I thought I’d have the opportunity to get into, but this job opened the door for an ultra deep dive down into the craft. I consider it a lucky perk since it’s now one of my favorite things to do on a weekly basis.

Feel free to leave any lingering questions below, and if you have an online or in-person photography class to recommend, do tell in the comments!

Tips For Photographing Low Light Interiors

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Painting A Moody Dark Green Feature Wall

Painting A Moody Dark Green Feature Wall

Well, I think it’s pretty safe to say that my love affair with minimalism is on the outs. I still love the look in other people’s homes, but I’ve come to realize that it’s a lot harder to execute in real life than I thought it would be. I just don’t think I’m cut out for it, and our latest painting project is all the proof you probably need on that score.

Painting A Moody Dark Green Feature Wall

Painting A Moody Dark Green Feature Wall

Painting A Moody Dark Green Feature Wall

Case in point, I’m so excited to finally unveil our brand new dark green painted feature wall! This color has taken our dining room from “afterthought” to “focal point,” and it took just a couple of hours to do.

The color is “Cascades” from Sherwin Williams, and was actually a last-minute choice. I went into the store having every intention of purchasing a gallon of “Mount Etna” paint because of a post I spotted on the blog Chris Loves Julia. When I saw it in person at Sherwin Williams, though, it just felt very gray—not the rich dark blue/green that John and I were hoping for.

So, I ultimately went off a paint chip pulled right from the rack at the paint store. I know that’s kind of a no-no in the design world (picking paint on impulse without testing it first), but I’m more of a “jump in with both feet” type of gal. I trust my gut, and it was telling me to go with a paint that had more color to it.

Painting A Moody Dark Green Feature Wall

Painting A Moody Dark Green Feature Wall

Painting A Moody Dark Green Feature Wall

The new paint color on the feature wall actually reads very saturated and blue in these blog photos. It was a bright, sunny day when I snapped these pictures, and the sunshine on the wall really made it pop in camera. That said, it’s a little more subdued, and definitely much darker and true green in person. I just wanted to mention that in case you were thinking about trying it in your own space.

We decided to go with such a dark color for a couple of reasons. First, like I mentioned above, this particular wall gets a huge dose of light throughout the day, so we knew the sunshine would help naturally brighten it up. Second, we were hoping the new rich jewel tone would help define the architecture of the wall itself.

Painting A Moody Dark Green Feature Wall

Painting A Moody Dark Green Feature Wall

Painting A Moody Dark Green Feature Wall

Painting A Moody Dark Green Feature Wall

As you can see in those photos above, this wall actually has a really cool built-in transom cut-out at the top. That negative space by the ceiling allows the kitchen (which is behind the wall) to get a little more natural light than it would otherwise. When the wall was painted the original white color, that architectural highlight was totally lost. Now it screams for attention thanks to the new dark green “frame” around it.

Painting A Moody Dark Green Feature Wall

Painting A Moody Dark Green Feature Wall

Painting A Moody Dark Green Feature Wall

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The rug is another new addition, and another big departure from my self-professed minimalist ways. After we finished painting the wall dark green, I felt like the room looked a little off balance. So, I snagged a new rug (on super sale last month from Target) to put under the dining room table. All my fellow color-theory-lovers out there will know that red is a complementary color to green, so the dark earthy palette of the rug was the perfect way to offset the new green wall.

Painting A Moody Dark Green Feature Wall

Painting A Moody Dark Green Feature Wall

I’m definitely ditching my minimalist ways in a big, big way with this dining room update, but it feels so much more “me.” I don’t know if that means I was never meant for minimalism, or maybe it’s just my innate love for change. Either way, I’m so into the bohemian vibes of our new dining room space, and can’t wait to consider other maximalist changes I could make throughout our house over the course of the summer.

What do you think? Are you as into this bold new paint color as I am? Or would you have kept things bright white and simple? I’d also love to hear what color you’d use on a feature wall in your own space, so do tell in the comments below.

Painting A Moody Dark Green Feature Wall

P.S. Just a little housekeeping update that I’m taking the rest of the week off to celebrate the Fourth of July holiday with friends and family. Feel free to follow along with my behind-the-scenes antics on Instagram this way!

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How to Upgrade The IKEA Lurvig Cat House

How to Upgrade The IKEA Lurvig Cat House

I’m obviously just a tiiiiiny bit obsessed with our pets (evidence here, here, here, and here), so whenever I have the chance to team up with Hunker to put together an animal-themed DIY project, you better believe I jump all over it. Case in point, the quick step-by-step tutorial I just produced for the website all about how to upgrade IKEA’s Lurvig Cat House.

How to Upgrade The IKEA Lurvig Cat House

How to Upgrade The IKEA Lurvig Cat House

On the whole, this little cat house is pretty awesome right out of the box. It has a cool minimalist silhouette, a bright white finish that feels ultra strong and durable, not to mention the coolest little rattan-texture scratch pad out front. What I didn’t love, though, was the set of flimsy legs it came with and the lack of personality overall. The good news is that I was able to fix all of that using just a few materials from my craft closet. See the full transformation on Hunker this way!

How to Upgrade The IKEA Lurvig Cat House

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Weekend Inspiration: No. 63

Weekend Inspiration: No. 63

This Friday morning is especially happy for me because I just got word that I’ve been selected for a really fun opportunity that involves making over a problem area in our home—one I’ve hated since the day we moved in. I don’t want to give away too many details, but just know that I’m planning to spend most of the weekend tackling demo and reframing inside the pint-sized space. Any guesses as to what it might be?

At any rate, I’ve got big plans for new patterned tile and a fresh coat of paint from top to bottom, too, which has me thinking about other cool painting projects I’ve come across this season. In honor of this morning’s brainstorming, today’s weekend link roundup is all about cool painting projects that actually have us rethinking our plain white walls. Keep scrolling for creative inspiration.

Weekend Inspiration: No. 63

1. Who could forget the DIY painted faux paneling I did in our master bedroom?! Truth be told, I actually painted over the wood-look effect a few weeks ago to give the room a refresh, but it’s still one of my favorite painting projects to date.

2. Here’s another one that comes in at a close second—and is definitely doable during either one of your afternoons off this weekend.

3. You can save thousands of dollars by painting exterior features on your house on your own rather than calling in a pro. Check out just how much of an impact new paint made on this garage door!

4. If you are able to afford a professional paint job on the outside of your house, though, here’s some killer inspiration that just might convince you to go dark.

5. Painting over dated, damaged wood furniture is an inexpensive way to give it a brand new start. Proof this way!

6. Do you follow me on Instagram? If so, then you know I just completed a major dining room makeover, including a dark green painted feature wall. Click here to follow along (the dining room before/after is saved in my “Home” highlights), and the color I used was “Cascades” from Sherwin Williams. Oh, but don’t worry if you’re not on Instagram! I’ll be sharing the whole project here on the blog soon.

Weekend Inspiration: No. 63

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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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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.

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

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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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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How To Turn A Rug Into A Wall Hanging

How To Turn A Rug Into A Wall Hanging

Ever since hanging this runner rug as art in our family room (spoiler alert: it’s actually up there to hide old mirrors that are glued to the paneling) I’ve been anxious to try other types of rug art DIY projects. So, when I spotted the geometric entry rug you see pictured above over on the Crate & Barrel website, I immediately started brainstorming ways to “hack” it. The rug was on super clearance, which made it tempting right off the bat, and since I already had plenty of extra craft supplies on hand that I could use to embellish it, I went ahead and ordered it.

How To Turn A Rug Into A Wall Hanging

Fast forward several months, and my vision has officially been brought to life! Hop over to Hunker here to see how I managed to turn this cheap entry rug into a DIY wall hanging. My favorite thing about this project is just how budget-friendly it is, especially if you’re able to grab a rug on clearance, like I did. It takes up a pretty sizable chunk of wall space when finished, too, so it’s economical from a design standpoint. Heck, you might even already have an entry rug that could work for this project so that you don’t have to buy a single thing to get the look in your own home. Find out how to pull it off this way.

How To Turn A Rug Into A Wall Hanging

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DIY Wooden Dashed Desktop Paper Tray

DIY Wooden Dashed Desktop Paper Tray

I’m continuing my Spring Cleaning organization kick with a brand new DIY project that (I’m serious) anyone can do. Basically, if you get mail, work on paperwork at the office, or really just want your desk or entry table to look a little more put together, than this one’s for you.

The tutorial for my DIY Wooden Dashed Desktop Paper Tray just went live on Hunker here, and it honestly might be my favorite craft of 2019. Now that I have the tray set up in my office, I don’t have loose applications and contracts floating around on my desk—it’s a game-changer. I’m actually a little embarrassed to think back on my paper situation beforehand, and even more hesitant to share that apparently all I needed to fix it was a simple little DIY paper tray. Sure wish I had made the thing ages ago!

DIY Wooden Dashed Desktop Paper Tray

DIY Wooden Dashed Desktop Paper Tray

DIY Wooden Dashed Desktop Paper Tray

As with most of the small projects I tackle, I was able to whip it together all on my own, so I know you can do it. If you’re able to get a little help from the folks at the hardware store to cut your wood to size (exact specs are in the tutorial here), than this DIY paper tray can come together in one afternoon for you, too.

See the full tutorial over on the Hunker website right here, right down to a free printable template so you can recreate the dashes exactly as you see them pictured above and below. Where would you put your DIY paper tray?

DIY Wooden Dashed Desktop Paper Tray

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