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Nov
4
2014

How to Paint Stripes

There is nothing better than an easy update that can instantly change the entire look of a room – it’s called the power of paint. While changing a color can significantly transform a room, going one step further and adding stripes to your walls can create some sophisticated interest as well.

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Nov
4
2014

How to Paint Neutral Over Bright Walls

Do you have a room in your home that has wild, bright or dark color walls? One that needs a new color to update it? In my house I had such a room… with not one, but two tones of neon green! I bet you can tell that this was once the room of a teenager. See the blocks of tan? That was the previous wall color. Bookshelves were mounted to the walls and not moved in these spots when the walls were painted neon green. Looks kind of like a checkerboard – and a nightmare to paint over with a light color.

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Oct
1
2014

Make your own Chalk Paint (DIY refinished end table)

End tables are a dime a dozen at tag sales…and they are the best way to test out your painting/refinishing skills. Folks worry all the time… “What if I paint it and don’t like it!?!” but when you start out with a beat up $10 table, there should be no worries in your mind at all! Just go for it! Chalk paint is all the rage because of the weathered finish it gives to painted pieces. What I love about it is that it’s hard to mess up. There is no need to be perfect…the look you are going for is imperfect—sounds perfect right?!? (perfectly confusing??) Ok, this is how easy it is to make your own chalk paint with any latex (water based) paint that you may have lying around.

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Aug
23
2014

Update Bookcase with Crown Moldings

I have always been a fan of custom built-in bookcases but have been intimated by their price and the skill required to create them. However, about a year ago I enlisted the help of my father and a few other skilled family members to help me transform a few bookcases into a custom entertainment unit. I was thrilled with the results and learned that a little paint and crown molding goes a long way.

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Aug
23
2014

Painting a Concrete Garage Floor

Hi! I'm Taryn from Design, Dining and Diapers, a blog where I talk about DIY tutorials, home decor, crafts and occasionally a few recipes. I'm so excited to be on the True Value DIY Squad! Are you ready to roll up your sleeves and get started on an easy home improvement project? Today, I'm chatting all about Painting a Concrete Garage Floor.

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Aug
2
2014

Leftover Paint Storage

If you are a homeowner and tackle DIY and home improvement projects, then I am pretty sure you have a few cans of paint hanging around in your basement or garage that are leftover from previous projects.
 

I probably have more than most people since I write about paint for a living and save all the leftovers to use for touch-ups. Plus, when I need only a small amount for a project having a stash on hand saves time. I have even been known to make my own paint colors by mixing leftovers together, creating a truly custom color.
 

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Jan
7
2014

Make Small Spaces Look Bigger with Color

There are many ways you can make small spaces in your home look bigger by using color. One of the most obvious ways is through paint. I love the rooms in my home to feel light and airy, so I tend to lean towards lighter neutral colors. Neutral walls are a great base for a room because no matter how many times you swap out your decor, the walls always match.
 

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Sep
3
2013

Painting a Door

My front door has been an eyesore since the day we moved in. It was sporting a flat coat of burgundy paint that was applied in a sloppy manner, so there was paint on the window panes, door knob and knocker. And there were places where the undercoat of paint was still visible. It wasn’t a great first impression when entering the house. So, I did what I always do – I painted it. First black, then a refresher coat of satin black and then I changed it to red for a photoshoot. The final coat of red paint was a disaster. With so many coats of paint along with bubbles of sap that have seeped to the surface…it was to the point where it needed to be stripped and refinished to really look good. Given the fact that you could see daylight in a few places through the door, I decided it was time to replace it. (And a better option than spending hours stripping away who-knows-how-many coats of paint!)
 

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Dec
31
2012

Chalkboard Art Wall

Today I wanted to show you how I turned the new chalkboard wallin the kitchen into a gallery wall to hold the Bub's artwork.
 

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Jul
7
2012

Knockoff Sunburst Mirror

Well hello! I'm so excited to share this little DIY project with you all (y'all? Can I be southern for a moment?) Because it turned out JUST how I envisioned.
 

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Oct
21
2011

Painting My Room at Lucketts

After much patching, one coat of Satin True Value Easy Care in Owl Gray mixed at half strength on the walls and one coat of water borne semi-gloss Impervo paint in bright white on the trim, here is what it looks like...
 

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Jul
11
2011

From Mossy to Beachy

Well, it's the end of July and I've just finished up my summer vignette in the foyer - welcome to my world. ;)
 

I've had most of it done for umm...weeks. Since May? There was one small detail I've been putting off all that time that I FINALLY just finished up. More on that in a smidge. I don't think I've ever really decorated with anything beach-inspired in our house...like, ever. Until now! It must have been the summer Pottery Barn catalog this year, because all of the sudden I thought that look was just lovely.
 

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