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Bedroom Makeover

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I completed our bedroom makeover last spring, but it wasn’t until recently that I finished all of the rest of the painting throughout the house. For those of you who know me, my summers are spent planning events and there is no time for DIY projects!

Last fall I embarked on a kitchen makeover project that involved refinishing our cabinets. At the end of that 7-week project I had landed myself a new one – painting the entire house.

In October of this year we celebrated 11 years in our home. It truly has become a favorite place for us as we’ve made small upgrades here and there to put our touch on it, like new flooring and landscaping. We were lucky when we moved in that the paint was fresh and the perfect color for our taste. But throughout time, paint wears and tastes change. It was time for a refresh.

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Our master bedroom makeover last spring had been sometime the hubby and I spoke about for some time in an effort to upgrade our bed to a king size. Needless to say, a new bed frame, comforter and curtains added to our project budget. The makeover started by finding the new comforter as that would set the tone for the paint. I wanted to keep paint colors consistent throughout the house, so I selected Behr Smokestack for the walls which provided a nice taupe color for the entire house.

 

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With paint roller in hand I started on the adventure. What I didn’t realize was how faded the dark green suede finish actually was. I guess I never looked at the paint that close! The new color quickly brightened up the room and two coats later it was done! Dirk was especially happy to get his bed back too!

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A short time later we got our new bed frame and linens which fully transformed the room, along with a stunning photograph that we purchased from artist Thomas Ashcraft, who is a photographer on the San Juan Island. The islands are a special place for us as we spent our honeymoon there and a return trip for our 10th wedding anniversary. The photo is of the Pelindaba Lavendar Farm on the island of which we’ve been to and frequent their store online. Now we have a piece of that beautiful scenery in our home.

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Pallets Repurposed

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I’ve admired dozens of pallet artwork projects in recent years as I checked them out in stores and pinned them to my Pinterest page. You know the type – recycled wood pallets ripped apart and then painted with beautiful artwork and phrases. These artistic wall creations add a unique style to any room. All you need it a little creativity and imagination to turn a weathered piece of wood into artwork.

My Pinterest idea boards continued to grow as I knew someday I’d make one of these fun art projects. Then I was told I could take as many pallets as I wanted from an ever-growing pile. I filled our truck and put my hubby to work pulling them apart so that I could put them back together in sign format. That was two months ago. The completed signs sat in my garage collecting dusk as I figured out what my first project would be.

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Then I came across my favorite phrase for the season (and a favorite movie!) – It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year – and went to work on my first pallet project.

With paintbrush in hand, my deep red base coat went on. I laid out the wording on my computer and printed the letters to trace onto the pallet. Letter by letter the project came to life.

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While this particular piece was auctioned off for a good cause, I’m ready for my next project. Christmas is right around the corner!

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