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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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Article Sven Sectional Couch Review

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You’ve seen the full reveal of our made-over living room, and today I’m back with a real-life review of our new Sven Sectional sofa from Article! Investing in a brand new couch isn’t really something that we, as homeowners, will have the opportunity to do more than a handful of times, so I think we all go into it with some level of trepidation. Buying something over the Internet sight unseen can be even scarier, which is why I think it’s soooooo important that those of us who have done it should leave honest reviews online.

When’s the last time you relied heavily on someone else’s review to help confirm your decision to purchase something? It helped a ton to be able to get that real-life perspective, right?! I know I’ve been in that position so often this past year. But, when I think back on the multitude of purchases I’ve made online lately, I’ve come to realize that I haven’t paid things forward with an honest review of my own. Well, all this to say that (a) I encourage you to go leave 3-4 reviews on things you’ve bought online in 2019, and (b) I’m so excited to spend an entire blog post today sharing my thoughts on our new Article sofa so you can purchase with confidence this summer.

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Delivery

I’m going to break things down into three main sections to, hopefully, cover all of your questions. That said, don’t hesitate to leave a comment with specific questions below. First up is delivery. Article has several delivery options, but we went for the in-home set-up upgrade, and I’m so glad we did. It was entirely hands-off, and the two men who came to put the sectional together for us were in and out in less than 30 minutes. They also took all the trash with them, which was such a load off—literally.

We let them in, did some tidying up around the kitchen while the guys worked to put the sofa together in the place we had cleared out for them, and then they were out the door. So worth the extra expense to have this taken care of, especially since putting furniture together is one of the few things that has the potential to make John and I argue.

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Comfort

I tend to personally prefer seating to be a little on the softer side. This is really the biggest point of contention for me whenever I buy things offline since I’m not able to test out the comfort factor before signing on the dotted line. Happily, this couch is the perfect combination of firmness and softness. It’s the type of sectional that you can flop down onto, and you won’t have to worry about slamming your elbow into a hard spot.

The tufted seating also allows you so much room to sink into, and the overstuffed back pillows are great for long movie viewings. So comfortable, in fact, that I’m constantly catching our cats nesting on top of the cushions. The sectional is pretty much everyone’s favorite spot in the house.

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Style

What can I say…This is one stylish couch! There’s a reason it’s one of Article’s most popular sofa styles. The clean lines and tufted silhouette are the perfect fit for our mid-century home, and I am absolutely in love with the color.

Truth be told, I was sort of gunning for the Birch Ivory version of the sectional, but John was adamant about his love for the dark gray fabric option (the one we ultimately went with). I’m so glad he pushed for the darker version, because the fabric is absolutely beautiful. The richer tone makes the sectional pop against our white walls, and, like I mentioned in the room reveal earlier this week, it’s so neat to be able to appreciate all the different colored threads running throughout when you get up close (think: silver, charcoal, white, chocolate brown, etc.). It’s worth mentioning that Article also has other types of gray sectionals if you’re on the hunt for the perfect shade of gray, though.

The sleek tapered wooden legs are another style feature that I can’t get enough of. And did you notice that the chaise sort of wraps around the lefthand arm of the couch? This is a great feature for people who sprawl out, like I do. That extra four or five inches of cushion makes this couch feel extra spacious. I feel like these types of stylish, comfortable sofas easily go for well over two or three grand, which makes this $1,899 couch seem like a steal.

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When it comes to reviews, I’m adamant about being able to talk about the good and the bad, but there’s truthfully nothing “bad” to say about this couch. It’s comfortable, so photogenic, and feels like the perfect finishing touch for our lounge-like living room. If you have any questions about the Sven Sectional, by all means, leave them in the comments. And now I’m sending you off into the interwebs to go write up that review you’ve been meaning to leave somewhere!

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Tour Our Casual Mid-Century Living Room

Tour Our Casual Mid-Century Living Room

For the past couple of weeks I’ve been teasing a pretty major update in our living room, and the good news is that today’s the day that I finally get to share the full makeover. Behind the scenes, I’ve been working my tail off arranging pillows, scooting art prints around, placing piles of overly thought-out books, and just generally spending way too long making sure every single detail is picture perfect before unveiling it all to you guys.

One of my favorite things about this process, though, is that it really did take just a couple of weeks (as opposed to the months-long renovations you see on TV), and, with the exception of a few key purchases, I used mostly décor that we already had.

Tour Our Casual Mid-Century Living Room

Tour Our Casual Mid-Century Living Room

Tour Our Casual Mid-Century Living Room

Tour Our Casual Mid-Century Living Room

Tour Our Casual Mid-Century Living Room

RESOURCES: Handmade bowl | Sectional Sofa | Leather Side Chair

If you’ve been following along for the whole two weeks, then you know the makeover was inspired by our need for extra seating in the living room. My parents recently moved to town, which meant that we were in need of more than room for just John and me to sit down with a glass of wine. We also love the sectional set-up that we have in our lower family room so much, that we wanted to copy the look upstairs.

With those new necessities in mind, we decided to center the entire space around an upgraded sofa—the Sven Sectional from Article. I say “upgraded” because the comfort level and lounge-ability is a pretty vast improvement over what we had before, plus the upsized scale is exactly what were hoping for. I’ll be talking much more about what we love most about our Article sofa on Wednesday, so stay tuned for that if you’ve been considering adding this particular piece to your own space. Spoiler: do it!

Tour Our Casual Mid-Century Living Room

Tour Our Casual Mid-Century Living Room

Tour Our Casual Mid-Century Living Room

Tour Our Casual Mid-Century Living Room

Tour Our Casual Mid-Century Living Room

RESOURCES: Carpet | Macrame Wall Hanging | Faux Leather Pillows

With the couch in place, I also wanted to change up the art, so I spent an hour or two searching Artfully Walls for three pieces that would suit the darker color of our new couch. The fabric of the sectional we chose is a multi-tonal, rich gray, that shifts from shades of black and silver, to charcoal and even chocolate when you get closer to it. So, I went into my art search hoping to find something that matched the moody, sophisticated tone of the new sofa.

The three prints I landed on were Andrew by Tali Yalonetzki, Damuresk by Holly Addi, and Blur by Emily Grady Dodge. You might remember when I talked about how to pair art together at home? Well, I basically did exactly as I described in that post. I scrolled the website pulling the digital images of potential prints over to my computer desktop where I could see them as I scanned the rest of the website. I went with my gut, and ended up with a three-piece collection that (at least I think!) feels cohesive but different.

I picked a portrait, a loosely painted nature print, and an abstract piece so that no singular artwork felt like a copy of another. I also looked for pieces that shared a general earth-toned palette. By leaning them on the art ledge I already had sitting in storage, I was able to avoid putting new custom one-off holes for art in the wall—hallelujah!

Tour Our Casual Mid-Century Living Room

Tour Our Casual Mid-Century Living Room

Tour Our Casual Mid-Century Living Room

Tour Our Casual Mid-Century Living Room

RESOURCES: Portrait | Abstract | Plant Painting | Blanket (similar)

As for textiles, I combined a few things we already had with a couple of newbies. The two-tone faux leather pillows were purchased just the other day from Amazon, whereas the neutral solid-colored cream pillows came from Tuesday Morning last year. They were sitting out in the sunroom, so I pulled them into this space to be put to better daily use.

One of the unexpected details that I love so much is the blue plaid Pendleton blanket that I’ve had for years and years (here’s a very similar one). I draped it over the back of the sofa, and really love how it picks up the perfect shade of navy blue that’s in the portrait just to its right. That was completely unplanned, and I’m completely in love with the effect.

Tour Our Casual Mid-Century Living Room

Tour Our Casual Mid-Century Living Room

Tour Our Casual Mid-Century Living Room

Tour Our Casual Mid-Century Living Room

RESOURCES: Marble-look Tray | Sconce | Art Ledge | Frame TV

Those of you who are long-time followers probably noticed that I ended up pulling our vintage round coffee table upstairs from the family room. I had actually spotted a round rattan coffee table at a local antique store that I desperately wanted to get for this room, but I decided to hold off. We already have plenty of tables in the house that I could put to use without spending extra money, so that’s exactly what I did.

I brought the round coffee table up from the family room, and put the vintage tile coffee table that we originally had in this space downstairs. Switching the tables within our house made me feel like I had gotten something new, but it didn’t cost a dime.

Happily, I found out that we can appreciate the incredible shape of this mid-century beauty a lot better upstairs because this room gets more natural light than the family room downstairs. Our cats have also loved parking themselves in the cool triangular cut-out under the table on a daily basis. In short, everyone’s a big fan of the new arrangement.

Tour Our Casual Mid-Century Living Room

Tour Our Casual Mid-Century Living Room

Tour Our Casual Mid-Century Living Room

RESOURCES: Home Book | Ceramic PlatterFaux Fiddle Leaf Fig

So, that’s our new living room! I really appreciate all of your sweet messages and words of encouragement throughout this process. As with any big room makeover, there were points of indecision and even a bit of insecurity over the bigger decisions, but, in the end, we couldn’t be happier with both the look and the function of the reworked space.

Let me know what you think of the new look below, and feel free to share any suggestions you might have in the comments, too. See you back here on Wednesday with a full breakdown of our thoughts on the sectional one week in!

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A Sneak Peek Of Our Revamped Living Room

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I’m about halfway through the process of redecorating our living room around our new Article sectional (click back here in case you missed the intro for this project!), and I’m absolutely loving the results. As with any redesign, I’ve made plenty of mistakes and taken many, many things back to the store, but there have been lots of “wins” to help keep me going, too.

Of course, the best success of all has to be our new sectional. I’m planning a long review post for later on with tons of real life commentary and photo close-ups, all centered around our new Sven Sectional, but for now we’re just enjoying getting to know the piece. I hate to share any spoilers too early in the process, but John and I (and all four pets) have been lounging on the sectional day and night, and my initial thought is that it’s perfect. Stay tuned on more from that front next week after the big room reveal.

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Aside from the couch, we also introduced a new collection of art to the space to help tweak the overall color palette a bit. Did I tell you guys about the art ledge that I hung up in the living room a few months ago? I know I mentioned it on social media, but sometimes I forget to share these types of mini updates here on the blog, too—whoops!

At any rate, I decided back in early spring that I was sick and tired of putting holes in the wall for art (I change my mind frequently, if you hadn’t already picked up on that), so I hung an art ledge above our couch. That way I can just lean new pieces of art in place when the mood strikes instead of nailing them to the wall. I absolutely adore the three new prints we chose for the space, and appreciate that I didn’t have to damage the drywall to put them up.

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After factoring in a new couch and new art (plus a few new pillow covers that I ordered at the last minute after these photos were taken), I really wanted to try making use of décor we already had to fill out the rest of the room. So, instead of investing in the boho rattan coffee table that I had spotted at an antique store a few weeks ago, I brought up the vintage round coffee table that we already had in our downstairs family room to pair with the new sectional. I love how the rich wood tones of the coffee table speak to the tapered wood legs of our new sectional—don’t you?!

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Another thing to point out quickly is the beaded garland you see styled on the coffee table above. I was looking through inspiration images on Pinterest, and happened to spot something similar in a designer space. I searched quickly online for something similar to buy, but after realizing just how expensive they are to purchase ready-made, I whipped up my own using supplies that I already had in my craft closet. I started by stringing the beads on a piece of thick twine, and then made two tassels to go on either end. Took me about 20 minutes, and saved me $20+!

Check back for the full reveal of the revamped space next Monday, and I’ll be sharing our candid thoughts about our new Sven Sectional from Article the Wednesday after that. Got decorating ideas of your own to share? Leave them in the comments, because I’m still a long way from being done with the room, and could use all the inspiration I can get.

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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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How To Seal A Wood Table (For Good!)

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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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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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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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