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Paint Pails, Playlists and Painting the Nursery

This year, we’ve partnered with HANDy Paint Products, our favorite painting tools that make the job so much easier,  to tackle four paint projects in our home. Naturally, the first project on deck was painting the wainscoting we added to the nursery last week before the wallpaper had to go up. Since the main walls, above the trim, were getting wallpapered, there was a lot of brushwork to do. In fact, the only thing we rolled was the ceiling. Inside each box and everything else including the crown molding, chair molding, wainscoting (plus the thin portion of wall around the wainscoting a roller couldn’t get to) and baseboards all needed to be cut in and brushed. Years ago, we upgraded from using the red SOLO cup (you know the ones) for cutting in, to these HANDy Paint Pails for trim work and it has made the whole process so much more enjoyable. There’s a…

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One Room Challenge: Week 5 | There’s Nothing Like a Fresh Coat of Paint

If you’re just tuning in, we’re renovating a shared room for our daughters in 6 weeks as part of the One Room Challenge! My sweet mom loves to make any object or situation instantly desirable and charming by starting a sentence with, “There’s nothing like a _____.” Insert warm cup of cocoa, fall leaves, a bowl of spaghetti, a towel right out of the dryer, lines on the floor from the vacuum, etc. And today, I’d like to adopt her optimism, because after cracking open a couple cans of paint in the girls’ room this week, truly, there’s nothing like a fresh coat of paint to make a room feel clean, wonderful and so close to being complete. To jog your memory, below is how it used to look just a couple weeks ago after we finished building the bunkbeds, but before we built the reading nook. After a marathon of caulking, the raw…

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Ep 16: I Am On A Drug, It’s Called Paint Sheen

Listen to the latest episodes on: iTunes, GooglePlay, Stitcher. Title: Ep 16: I Am On A Drug, It’s Called Paint Sheen Hot Topic: Fixer Upper/AirBNB Show Notes: It’s common for everyone to ask about paint colors, but much less frequently do people ask about the sheen. But to get the effect you want in your space, choosing the right sheen can’t be overlooked. In this episode, Julia and Chris give great advice on how to decide which paint sheen will look best for the space you’re painting. They discuss why you’d choose flat over satin (and vice versa) and what the role of primer is in the process. Posts mentioned: ‘Fixer Upper’ Houses Becoming Popular Vacation Rentals Around Waco How to Properly Pronounce 20 Design and Decor Terms Please leave a rating and review for the podcast! Theme song Headphones by Preston Pugmire Episode Sponsored By:       How to Listen (iPhone): 1. Tap the podcast app on your…

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The Office Wall Treatment is Finished!

Today, we’re excited to share our updated office walls. As a reminder, we’re turning the 5th bedroom in our basement into a home office/studio space. We haven’t done anything to that bedroom room since moving in, so it’s especially fun to give life to a room that’s been a bit of a wasted space the past three years: A few weeks ago, we shared in-progress paneling… Now, finished, it looks like this! Painting our shed in 30 minutes or building an easy art ledge are examples of quick projects that made a big impact. These walls are example of a big project that made a big difference. That is to say, it wasn’t quick.  Easy, yes. Time consuming, yes, Tedious, yes. Worth it–now that it’s done, yes. Ha! From the progress post to finished, we decided to add additional cove molding into every paneled box. I love the extra traditional touch it adds. And…

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Disguising Air Returns With Paint! + A Giveaway!

This post is sponsored by FilterEasy, an unforgettable air filters service we’ve used for the past year that’s smart and simple. We’re giving away free filters to 150 readers + a chance to win a Target gift card at the end of the post. We’ve had the downstairs painted for a couple months, but I haven’t talked about the paint colors we used down there yet. We really wanted the room to feel light and bright, so 3 out of the 4 walls were painted Simple White by Benjamin Moore color matched to Valspar Reserve paint. However, one wall in particular had a few issues that painting white could have the opposite effect. That wall was farthest from the only window down here. It also had a dropped ceiling that was filled with duct work and our two air returns for our home. It already felt dark, adding recessed lights to the dropped ceiling…

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How To Paint the Exterior of Your Home–Yourself!

Today, I have a long overdue update on the exterior of the Pugmire’s home! Back in June, I shared that they had wrote an amazingly catchy song and entered their home in a contest to win an exterior makeover. My favorite line of the song is when they sang, “My favorite color isn’t salmon, or Neapolitan ice cream.” It became the neapolitan ice cream house. We couldn’t see anything else. The brick was so pink!  Unfortunately, although they had the most votes and views, they weren’t awarded the makeover. The grand prize went to a very deserving family in Michigan, and Preston and Corine were not left empty handed. The judges loved the song Preston wrote so much, they have hired him to write songs for their company. It still feels like a win. He’s since written a couple songs and the Pugmires have decided to go forward in giving…

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A Big, Cozy Bedroom Update

Over the last week, we have been working on our bedroom and I am so excited to share some progress photos with you. Even in our last house, we never really really got to our bedroom, so we are investing a little bit of money into this just-for-us space and it has already made such a difference. A bedroom is such a personal space and it is finally starting to feel like it reflects our personality. It feels comfortable, which is of course how a bedroom should feel, but our bedroom has always just kind of felt like where we slept. Here’s how it looked when we moved in: Over the last year and a half, we tore up the old carpet and laid the same ceramic wood floors, but all the furniture remained the same. We did paint the walls a moody dark grayish blue-green. Now, only the basics…

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Laundry Room Progress: Paint and Cabinets!

So much has happened in the laundry room the last few weeks, I’m excited to give you an overdue update. Last time I shared the renovation progress with you on the blog (Sidenote: I have started sharing quick project updates on instagram when I don’t have too much time to blog–which has been frequently, lately. Do follow me there @chrislovesjulia!), we had just removed the walls to our former 4th bathroom and moved the washer hookups over here, vented the dryer out the roof and patched the floors. Since then, we have drywalled and patched everything (although the center ceiling line where the wall used to be still needs some work), added recessed lighting, painted the walls, trim and door, and installed 3 of 4 cabinets! Let’s break it down a little bit, starting with paint. Once we had the drywall up and the walls patched–which was a doozy!–I went…

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Our Go-To (Tried and True!) Paint Supplies

I have been meaning to put together this post for awhile, so when a reader on our last post reminded me how much I have been painting lately, I thought it’s time. So, here it is! The great guide to everything you need to have a really great painting “party.” How it works over here is I usually do all the cutting in and then Chris rolls. But since his back surgery (and prior to because of the pain), I’ve been doing both. It’s so much more fun and a lot faster to paint a room with somebody, but definitely doable and even sometimes enjoyable (??) alone. It’s all about having the right tools, and here are my tried and true absolute favorites to get the job done. 1. Shur-Line Extension Pole: Ugh. We love this thing. It twists open to extend with a quick flick of the wrist, and can shorten…

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Studio Green, No, Pine Grove Green in the Reading Room. Yeah.

The reading room-turned-music room has been on our minds for a while now. It was the second room we worked on in this house (after the half bath) and it has kind of always been special to us. Greta and I (before Faye came along) used to read on the couch in here and watch out the wall of windows and wait for Chris to come home. When we inherited our piano that has been handed down for generations on Chris’s side (which is, obviously, also very special to us) we moved the couch out to the living room and the piano took its place. The whole reading room changed. Not in a bad way–no–but in its function entirely. Chris plays the piano well, but only occasionally, and I am starting to teach Greta, but we overall found we rarely went in the room. Chris reads cookbooks like novels and…

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