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The power of paint

I’ve been using paint to transform spaces for many years now. It’s an affordable option when it comes to design and can be the most impactful part of any room.

Below are some examples of what can be done with a few sample paints.

Painting around the exterior of the door created an interesting focal point and made the entrance feel larger.

Painting around the exterior of the door created an interesting focal point and made the entrance feel larger.

By painting the trim around the door it made it feel wider and taller. The color blocking added some extra visual interest.

By painting the trim around the door it made it feel wider and taller. The color blocking added some extra visual interest.

A fun and colorful mural with the addition of plywood shapes and palm leaves made of yarn wrapped around nails.

A fun and colorful mural with the addition of plywood shapes and palm leaves made of yarn wrapped around nails.

Before the pink shapes and yarn leaves this wall was a jungle mural. That’s another perk of paint. Change your mind? Paint over it!

Before the pink shapes and yarn leaves this wall was a jungle mural. That’s another perk of paint. Change your mind? Paint over it!

The stripes on this wall were drawn with a paint pen. Just a few simple lines of different widths.

The stripes on this wall were drawn with a paint pen. Just a few simple lines of different widths.

Another design done with a paint marker, all you need is patience.

Another design done with a paint marker, all you need is patience.

To get perfect circles hammer a nail into the wall where you want the center of the circle to be. Next take a string and tie it around the nail and cut it to the length of how big you would like to circle to be. Pull the string taut from the nail and trace the circle with a pencil at the end of the string.

To get perfect circles hammer a nail into the wall where you want the center of the circle to be. Next take a string and tie it around the nail and cut it to the length of how big you would like to circle to be. Pull the string taut from the nail and trace the circle with a pencil at the end of the string.

More circles and shapes.

More circles and shapes.

Simple color blocking with a strip of paint across the mirror. Little details that can make a space unique.

Simple color blocking with a strip of paint across the mirror. Little details that can make a space unique.

More color blocking.

More color blocking.

It doesn’t get easier than this, these simple triangles really added a lot to this space.

It doesn’t get easier than this, these simple triangles really added a lot to this space.

One of my favorites, the flamingo wall. Outlined with a gold paint pen and filled in with several shades of pink sample paint.

One of my favorites, the flamingo wall. Outlined with a gold paint pen and filled in with several shades of pink sample paint.

I painted some miniature flamingos in the RV but they only lasted a day before they were painted over.

I painted some miniature flamingos in the RV but they only lasted a day before they were painted over.

This wall painting was inspired by the art hanging to the right and extended on to the wall.

This wall painting was inspired by the art hanging to the right and extended on to the wall.

Big palm leaves, big impact, little cost.

Big palm leaves, big impact, little cost.

Lastly, a floor mural. This room is very low traffic so I used regular wall sample paint but if it were a high traffic area I would seal with clear coat or use floor paint.

Lastly, a floor mural. This room is very low traffic so I used regular wall sample paint but if it were a high traffic area I would seal with clear coat or use floor paint.

Laundry room before and after

Here’s a quick transformation of my parents laundry room. Total cost less than $60.

Before

Before

Before

Before

The one requirement my mom had was that she wanted the room to be light and bright… So the first thing I did was paint a dark blue wall, I love to make her nervous and also to show how dark walls don’t always mean a room will feel small and dark!

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Next, I hand painted the palm leaf ‘wallpaper’ with regular wall paint we had on hand and switched out the curtain for macrame.

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Behind the washer and dryer I hung up cedar planks and switched out the cupboard hardware.

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A few affordable changes that made a huge impact.

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Flamingo Dining Room

I often reminisce about the homes we used to live in and realized that one of the best transformations we’ve worked on was never documented on here!

So here it is:

Our old home in Portland, Oregon had a small room in the back of the house that was meant to be a laundry room. It was dark, dingy and a complete waste of space. We decided to turn it into a combo laundry and dining nook. Tim and I (with the help of a few friends) did all the work ourselves.

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The first thing we did was replace the solid door with glass french doors to let in more light.

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We moved the washer/dryer to one side of the room, stacked it, and installed sound muffling doors. Lastly, we laid down new bamboo flooring.

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I painted the whole room dark green, hand painted the flamingo wall and voila, a whole new room.

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HGTV Dream Home with Delta Faucet

This post is sponsored by the Delta brand.

A couple weeks ago I traveled to Whitefish, Montana to tour the 2019 HGTV Dream Home, a beautiful house tucked away in the mountains which you can enter to WIN! There are photos all over the internet of this gorgeous space but I’m excited to share the home from my perspective and talk about what I found inspiring and unique.

Starting from the outside in right off the bat I was wowed by the picturesque landscape. Winter is not my favorite season but suddenly standing here it felt like complete bliss. The way the snow clung to every branch of the trees and the sunlight casting a magical glow. I was ready to snuggle down for a long winters nap.

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My first impression to the home really wowed. The bold colors created such a beautiful contrast to the white snow outside.

I love the combination of the moose head and fabric from Faraway Lovely. It was a nice spin on the traditional mountain home decor.

There were also some modern and sculptural touches like these head vases.

The master bedroom was incredibly vibrant and cozy. I loved the unique chandelier which reminds me of a birds nest. My favorite thing of course was the sansevieria print.

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Another favorite item in the master was this gorgeous chair.

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The wood ceilings in the master bath were also stunning and I loved the cross handles of the Cassidy™ Widespread Bathroom faucet.

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My favorite area of the home was the bonus room. The dark blue walls and ceilings were such a great choice and the use of vintage art and skis added to the charm without feeling tacky.

Shadow box details below.

Another guest room in the home with bold paint, perfect patterns and a great alternative to actual animal heads.

I was immediately drawn to the shower pictured below and love how it ties in to the bedding pictured above. Gorgeous and sleek Emerge™ Shower Column and H2Okinetic® Raincan shower head from Delta.

My last favorite moment in the home was this adorable pet nook. They utilized that funny space under the stairs that only kids, or in this case pets, could stand in.

You can read more about the home and see the whole space on the HGTV Dream Home website.

DIY Wall Hanging

I found an amazing vintage wall hanging at the thrift store and was shattered when I found out it was already sold. Not only that but it sold for $80! Come to find out in the world of vintage wall hangings this was a steal of a deal, they usually retail for anywhere from $300 to $1500. I knew my odds of finding another one while thrifting were slim and I definitely didn’t have the budget to buy one form a shop so I decided to make one myself with items I already had at home plus about $30 worth of yarn.

Not pictured is the large stick I collected from my neighborhood walk which everything is attached to in order to hang on the wall. You could also use a wooden dowel or a curtain rod.

Not pictured is the large stick I collected from my neighborhood walk which everything is attached to in order to hang on the wall. You could also use a wooden dowel or a curtain rod.

I found a rug with interesting texture and fringe on the end as the base for the whole thing. I chose this pillow to incorporate because it has a great shape. A blanket (originally from target) that was made of long strands of yarn (huge bonus because it cut down on cost of yarn and time cutting all the long strands), about 8 rolls of yarn and a grass skirt to add some different texture.

You can easily thrift most of these items or may have things laying around your house. I suggest looking for items that already have lots of yarn, tassels, pre-existing woven shapes and using a rug that has fringe on the end makes it easy to tie on the stick.

That takes us to the first step. I attached the rug by tying the fringe around the stick and then wrapped the stick with yarn to hide the fringe.

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I used a needle and thread to hand sew the pillow onto the rug. The fringe on the sides was taken from the blanket that I deconstructed and tied around the stick using a larks head knot.

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The next step was creating these tassels with the rust orange yarn which I attached with a needle and thread. I wrapped the yarn about 25 times around a book that measures 10” and there are 15 tassels.

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I knotted up small bunches of yarn and sewed them on by hand around the rest of the circle to really accentuate the shape.

Detail of knots.

Detail of knots.

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At this point I adjusted the fringe on the sides and added some longer pieces to make it wider. The grass skirt was directly sewn on with needle and thread. The mustard yarn on the side is more tassels sewn onto the rug. I wrapped the yarn 25 times around our pink coffee table which measures 3’ and there are 6 tassels.

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The last thing I added was, yep, more tassels made from the dark brown yarn. I wrapped the yarn about 40 times around a book that measures 12” to make these big tassels and there are 14 of them.

Layers and more layers make it interesting.

Layers and more layers make it interesting.

Here’s how it’s attached to the wall. In a normal home your walls won’t be crumbling away like ours. You should be able to put a plug or  wall anchor  in the wall for additional support.

Here’s how it’s attached to the wall. In a normal home your walls won’t be crumbling away like ours. You should be able to put a plug or wall anchor in the wall for additional support.

That’s it! The whole process took about two days and cost around $30 since I had a lot of the items on hand. Well worth it and now I have an original piece with meaning. Good luck!

DIY Bench

We made these very easy very simple benches that fit together to make a nice daybed out of 2x4s and plywood for under $50. Here’s the step by step:

What you need: (FOR 1 BENCH. To make a daybed double the amount of items)

2” x 4” x 8’ pine stud (x3)

2’ x 4’ sheet of plywood or OSB board about 1/2” thick (x1)

Box of 4” wood screws (x1)

pocket hole jig

electric screw driver

Directions:

Keep in mind, the measurments we went with were to fit specific pillows that I used for the cushions. You can adjust slightly to make them any size you want.

We left one end of the bench open so that when the two benches slid together the cushions would be flush.

We left one end of the bench open so that when the two benches slid together the cushions would be flush.

Cut the 2x4 stud into the following lengths:

44” (x2)

24” (x6)

10” (x4)

First we created simple square frames for the legs and attached a brace in the middle.

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For the brace in the middle we used a pocket hole jig so the screws went in at an angle.

For the brace in the middle we used a pocket hole jig so the screws went in at an angle.

Once the legs and brace were attached together we flipped it upside-down, placed the legs on 2” blocks (scrap pieces of wood) to elevate it off the ground and screwed the top frame into the legs.

Legs and brace are pictured upside-down. The measuring tape indicates 2” elevated off the ground. This way when the top frame is attached it will create a lip to hold the cushions.

Legs and brace are pictured upside-down. The measuring tape indicates 2” elevated off the ground. This way when the top frame is attached it will create a lip to hold the cushions.

All of the stud, apart from the brace, were attached at the ends with 2 screws.

All of the stud, apart from the brace, were attached at the ends with 2 screws.

View from the top

View from the top

Once the frame is complete the OSB can be cut to size and slide down on top.

Once the frame is complete the OSB can be cut to size and slide down on top.

I know this is a pretty roughly explained DIY but I hope with the photos you can decipher what we did!

2 benches pushed together to make a daybed

2 benches pushed together to make a daybed

Single bench

Single bench

Reconfigured into an L shape

Reconfigured into an L shape

DESIGNliz kamaruldaybed, bench, diy
Minted Art and Mural

This blog post is sponsored by Minted.

Usually when I decide to make bold changes in our home it’s because I’ve been inspired by something. In this case, I decided to paint a whole wall because of a great piece of art. I spotted this piece on Minted and was immediately drawn to it because of the bold colors and abstract shapes. The artist, Christina Flowers, spoke of her art saying “each piece is as much about the journey as it is the finished work and that there is always magic in exploration.” That totally resonated with me and our home, ever evolving.

I quickly realized after hanging up the artwork that a white blank wall would never do it justice. This art was vibrant and needed a vibrant backdrop!

Plain wall

Plain wall

I decided to paint a similar abstract pattern on the wall to compliment the art but in a neutral color palette so as not to take away from it. First I uploaded a photo of the wall and art on to the computer so I could visualize what it would look like before I actually painted.

Computer mockup

Computer mockup

It’s worth spending money on a nice brush to get clean lines.

It’s worth spending money on a nice brush to get clean lines.

Once I was happy with the design all it took were a few sample pots of paint. I drew the design on the wall with a pencil and used a nice 1 1/2” angled brush to complete the mural. I love how the wall seems so busy by itself but somehow seems to step back and make the artwork pop!

Finished room

Finished room

It’s funny how a great change can come when you least expect it. If I hadn’t chosen this particular piece then this whole space never would have come to be. I spent a looooong time browsing through Minted’s art selection. There are a ton of amazing pieces and information about all the artists who created them which I always love to read about.

…Something I noticed after the space was completed is how perfectly the art matches the chairs. I was drawn to this piece because of the colors which seem to show up time and time again throughout our home. It must be instinct at this point ;)

…Something I noticed after the space was completed is how perfectly the art matches the chairs. I was drawn to this piece because of the colors which seem to show up time and time again throughout our home. It must be instinct at this point ;)

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Minted art

I’m so happy with this piece of art and stand by the idea that you can’t force creativity. Inspiration can strike at any time and when it does great things will happen. Like magic.

DESIGNliz kamarulminted, art, mural, painting
Faux Stained Glass

Here's a quick step by step of an easy and affordable way to use window film samples to create a faux stained glass.

This is the window I selected for my project, a few of the samples are hanging here to see what they look like up.

This is the window I selected for my project, a few of the samples are hanging here to see what they look like up.

 

I ordered my samples from these two companies: Decorative FilmsSolar Graphics

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First I measured the window pane and drew it on paper so I could cut out the shapes I wanted to use of the samples.

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Some of the samples were static cling and others were not.  I used clear tape in small strips along the edges to attach those to the window.

As you can see my measurements were not precise and there is some overlap. It doesn't bother but me, but I'm not a perfectionist ;) I also doubled up on some of the colors to make them more intense.

As you can see my measurements were not precise and there is some overlap. It doesn't bother but me, but I'm not a perfectionist ;) I also doubled up on some of the colors to make them more intense.

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The final result is quite stunning and it cost about $12 total!

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