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Painted Dresser

Well Guys, I'm making some progress in the bedroom. Like I mentioned last week, I'm taking the bedroom makeover pretty slow right now, I want to make sure that I am living in the space and making the right decisions about it before committing to big purchases or making bad design choices. I am really happy with how things are coming and I am very happy with this new addition. This dresser was a hand me down from my Aunt, it had seen better days and needed a bit of love. I got to town sanding it (after testing for lead of course) and over the courser of a few weeks I was able to make it pretty again. I love the simple lines of this piece, the details of the rails especially - in between the drawers they curve in slightly and have my heart. I'm pretty sure the dresser is made of maple and even has cedar lined drawers. I'm sure it was a nice piece of furniture it's heyday. I could've painted it white, but I thought this was my chance to add something kind of sweet and awesome to our room. I painted the dresser in the best shade of light pink/peach with slight grey undertones - Benjamin Moore's Peach Cloud in the Satin Impervo. The Satin Impervo is an oil based paint. I would always recommend an oil based paint when painting furniture because it doesn't dry as fast and levels out beautifully. Leveling out means that you don't see brush strokes as prominently as if you were to use latex. It applies wonderfully - like butta - like, I kind of love painting with it just for fun. Of course it's a bit more complicated Get the Scoop [...]
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Wallpapering 101

Guys! Today I am going to teach you how to install wallpaper on an accent wall. This is a job that is fairly easy, a tiny bit stressful, and 100 percent totally worth it. This my friends, is the third time I have ever wallpapered, so I pretty much consider myself an expert. Stick with me and you'll be alright. I have a method and it seems to work pretty well, so I'mma share it with you. Wallpapering isn't that scary, actually it's pretty straight forward and makes a lot of sense. You are pretty much gluing paper to a wall, which isn't that hard, my six year old does this sort of stuff all day at kindergarten. A more complicated project might involve wallpapering around fancy moldings, windows or in a small room. I am not showing you how to do that stuff, I am simply sharing instructions with you on papering that all important "accent" wall. I am going to share with you the basic principles of wallpaper (aka wallpapering 101) like finding where to mark your plumb line, determining paper length, matching the pattern, hanging the paper, removing bubbles and trimming the edges. It's not rocket science bros, but it works. I'm not gonna lie to ya, there is always a stressful moment in wallpapering, you know, that serious "oh shit" moment. Anticipate that and you'll do just fine. 1 Wallpaper - Peonies in Copper Colorway from Hygge & West 2 Zinsser Sure Grip Wallpaper Paste 3 Straight Edge 4 Level 5 Paint Brush & Roller 6 Seam Roller 7 Paint Tray 8 Tape Get the Scoop [...]
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Bedroom Update : Week 3

Hey Guys! Hope you all had a sweet labor day weekend. It's always so nice to have a long weekend, but it's super sad and depressing when that long weekend just means the summer is ending. I guess we'll all be ready to to hunker down and cozy up in no time, right? I've been spending the last week or so working crazy-mad-hard at skim coating, sanding, caulking, priming and painting the walls in our master bedroom. I have literally been living my life covered in dust. The flip side, I totally won! I ruled this wall. Let's start at the beginning. Just one short month ago I found myself staring at a huge tank that I just happened to find while snooping around in the bedroom. By snooping, I really mean going at the corner wall in my bedroom with a crow bar and sledge hammer, but whatev, same dif. Anyway, there was obviously a few hurtles I was going to have to fly over if I was going to remove the panelling, get rid of the pressure tank, and fix the damaged corner that had been covered up years (and years) ago. After discovering the tank I found myself facing a lot of questions and big unknowns - How was I going to get the tank out? Could it come out? Was it an integral part of the heating system? How was this all going to happen? How would I patch the baseboard? Would I have to texture the ceiling? And how the hell does one skim coat a wall? After thinking hard and consulting with some heating dudes, we discovered that we could actually remove the tank. The best way to do it without causing the most Get the Scoop [...]
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Bedroom Update : Week 2

Hey Guys! Long time no see. I miss you tons. I've been VERY busy using every scrap of spare time I have working on my bedroom walls. After we had the pressure tank removed last week I wanted to jump right in and begin repairing the walls and replacing the baseboard and "crown molding" (it is not very regal). I needed to get the bedroom back into suitable order ASAP. One of the biggest unknowns when I began planning out this whole bedroom project was how I was going to replace the missing baseboard and ceiling moldings in the corner of the room. I assumed I'd be able to find something at a salvage yard but I didn't know for sure. Last week I went out with the kids to visit a few local architectural salvage places. I first stopped at Architectural Antiques, which was mind blowingly beautiful and crammed full of architectural wonderfulness, but they didn't have a lot of scrap trim to dig through. They suggested I head over the river and take a look at the baseboard collection at Bauer Bros. Oh my god, I thought the hardware store was my favorite store, but this might be my new heaven. We wandered through an entire warehouse brimming with radiators, claw foot tubs, light fixtures, hardware and much much more before hitting the trim and molding section. This was a hunt and gather sort of an operation so with the kids help we began digging through hundreds of pieces of trim searching for something that matched our own. After about an hour we had a 12' piece of baseboard that was nearly identical to the one we had Get the Scoop [...]
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Bedroom Update : Week 1

--> Hey Guys! Woah, I went on an impromptu blog break and it was awesome! I don't know what got into me but after getting back from our buddies wedding I was all like "eff it". For one, I didn't have too many awesome things to tell you about, for two it's the summer and I felt like just hanging, and for three I needed to spend that time working on this crazy bedroom mess I started. I'm sure a few of you don't understand why I've put so much effort into removing the corner wall of the bedroom and the paneling. It is a huge project to undertake for not that much change, but the thing is, even though it will take a butt load of effort, this room will be way more awesome in the end because of it. That corner wall that was covering up the old ancient pressure tank was cutting into my bed side table scene. The room already feels bigger just having that space opened up. Plus no dated wood paneling, bonus! There is a pile of work for me to take on to get these walls looking like they once did. The next big project will be to search the local architectural salvage yards for baseboard and ceiling molding to match the existing. Both the baseboard and the ceiling moldings are very simple, so I am hopeful I will find something for the corner of the room. Bedroom Wall To-Do List ▽ Sand and Poly Floor in the Corner ▽ Texture the ceiling in the Corner ▽ Use Plaster Buttons on Loose areas of the walls ▽ Find and Install Baseboard Molding ▽ Add Quarter Round to Baseboard, Fill Holes, Caulk Paint ▽ Get the Scoop [...]
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