Playhouse DIY Mini Makeover

by Dinah Wulf

Playhouse DIY Mini Makeover

I am proud to be a 3M- sponsored blogger, and, as part of my responsibilities, I get the opportunity to evaluate products from 3M DIY. Opinions are my own and additional product used in the project were selected by me.

My daughter has a large playhouse on the side of our home that needed a little TLC.  I didn’t want to spend too much time and money on this project, so I decided on giving it a mini makeover to make it a little more appealing and inviting. With a little imagination and some thrift store finds, I was able to complete this project over a weekend. First, here are the three key materials I used for this Playhouse DIY Mini Makeover. They were honestly lifesavers and helped make this project so quick and easy!

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Materials:

  • Hose, soap, and Water
  • Exterior Paint
  • Paint Brushes
  • Small Wooden Flower Boxes
  • Mailbox (reimagined)
    • Thrift store find
    • Wooden letters
    • Paint
    • Paintbrush
    • Metal ribbon
    • Scissors
    • Glue
  • ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape
  • ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape Exterior Surfaces
  • Scotch® Extreme Mounting Tape

The first thing I did was power wash the house. I had to scrub it down with soap and water.  I cleaned it as best I could, however was unable to remove all the chalk paint that was an unfortunate mishap from a previous playdate!

Once the playhouse was dry, I taped off the windows and trim with ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape Exterior Surfaces.

I hand painted all the window and door trim with white exterior paint.

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For the flower boxes and mailbox, I used Scotch® Extreme Mounting Tape. This worked PERFECTLY! Let me tell you 3 main reasons why:

  1. It’s all weather and works for outdoor use.
  2. My flower boxes and mailbox are all light weight. For every two inches of tape, it holds one pound.
  3. The mounting tape allowed me to mount all of it without having to use nails through the very thin playhouse walls.

For the flower boxes, I found premade boxes at the craft store, which I painted white.

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Artificial flowers worked well inside because a) the don’t weigh down the boxes, and b) they are easy to rinse off and clean…oh! AND they are pretty too!

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For the mailbox, I found this for a few dollars at Goodwill.

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I painted part of it white, and added “MAIL” in wooden letters.

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I found metal ribbon trim, removed the old trim and replaced it with the new trim. I attached it with industrial strength glue and used ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape to hold it in place overnight.

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Once the glue was dry, I used Scotch® Extreme Mounting Tape.

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It attached to the house with ease.

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Here are a few before and after photos! I loved the way it turned out!

 

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Thank you to 3M DIY for sponsoring this post!

Our Staircase Makeover Before and After

by Dinah Wulf

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We have made some great progress on some updates to our home. Today, I wanted to share some before and after photos of our staircase makeover. Before I begin, here are a few other things we have done to upgrade our house so far.

OK that was a longer list than I anticipated! Geesh! Anyway, we wanted to get rid of the carpet on the stairs and all of the upstairs. We decided on replacing it with hardwood. Here are the stairs before.  They were brown and white.  Nice, but I feel is a little outdated, especially with our cement floors.

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To save some money, we kept the existing handrails and just painted them black. You can see some of the progress photos of this staircase here. This is the first floor. We chose a pewter ash color.

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We decided on 6” molding on the landing to match the rest of the molding downstairs.

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This is the view from the second floor.

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This is the hallway upstairs.

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I loved how it turned out. We chose a hardwood with a 30 year warranty as well. I also noticed that I keep it much cleaner than I did when it was carpet because you can see the dog hair and dust. BUT that is fine by me… better actually.

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Updates to Our Home

by Dinah Wulf


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For the past several weeks we have been making recent updates to our home. I recently shared my living room makeover, my dining room makeover, our black front door, and our cement floors. BUT, that’s all downstairs; today, I’m excited to share the progress we have made on the stairs and upstairs as well. If you have been following along on Instagram you’ve already seen some sneak peeks on! Get ready, it’s a bit messy, and it may be another week before I share the “finale”.

My daughter’s room was the first to be organized after the floors and moldings were done.  This is during the process.

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These were our stairs BEFORE. The carpet is super dirty, discolored, and worn. The railings were an outdated white and brown.

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We wanted to be financially responsible, so instead of tearing down and installing new railings, we kept our existing railings and painted them black.  They were primed first.

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We decided on black, to match our fireplace mantel in the family room.

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We chose hardwood flooring in pewter ash.  Here is a photo during the process.

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We are also in the process of painting all the doors and doing the hardwood and molding for the entire upstairs. This is our master bedroom.

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Master Bedroom Carpet Removal

About four weeks ago, my husband and I were visiting my parents and we sat down with their neighbors who have solar panels.  They were SO passionate about their decision to install. They told us it was a “no-brainer”. With all the upgrades we are doing now, solar panel installation was something else we were seriously considering because they would save us money and the planet since they are environmentally friendly. Since then, we have been emailing them back and forth about our questions, and then recently I have been doing my own research.

I found that Sungevity is a fantastic option for solar panels. I realized that the sleek, custom design of the Sungevity solar systems would fit well, especially with our recent upgrades and our recent exterior painting that we did. Also, with Sungevity, you can save money on your electricity bill and lower your dependence on scarce, expensive fossil fuels.

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So, naturally now that we are almost finished with the remodel (pictures coming soon!), installing solar panels will be our next step!

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Thank you to Sungevity for sponsoring today’s post and inspiring me to learn more about home solar!

 

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Living Room Makeover Reveal

by Dinah Wulf

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I recently posted our dining room makeover reveal, and now I am finally ready to post our living room makeover reveal!  I know. I know. It took me long enough! As a reminder, what seemed like a hundred years ago, I posted the introduction to our new home.  I didn’t know it would take years to finally fall in love with my living room.

Here is the room before.

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Since we have moved in we redid the floors and painted the interior. For this room, we painted the walls a bright white with a grayish tint.  We removed the carpet and refinished the floors in cement with an epoxy overlay.  We also got new six inch trim as well.

This is the view from the front door.

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Here is another angle.

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We found some great pieces including these fun wood cubes with rollers for our coffee table.

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I also got this metal tiled media console for our entertainment stand.

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The TV console matches this eight foot vintage metal tile mirror we bought during our architectural salvage hunt in Los Angeles.

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I filled the room with things I have collected like vintage books, a globe my best friend gave me (yes it lights up!), and a ball jar that we use as a memory jar.

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This is a view from the second floor.

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We also replaced the lighting with these fun metal orbs with a crystal chandelier inside.

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Here is another view.

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Lastly, this is the view from our dining room! What do you think of my living room makeover reveal???

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Front Door Makeover Before and After

by Dinah Wulf

Sometimes it’s the small things that make a big difference.  I had no idea how expensive doors were until I actually had to look into buying one. My husband and I have made some modern updates to the house (see more below) when it comes to paint colors. I’m not very adventurous and seem to be sticking to black, white, and gray! For our front door, we ended up deciding to paint it instead of buying a new one, saving a lot of money.

My husband wouldn’t allow me to tackle this DIY (there are just some things I don’t attempt), so we hired our contractor, Jeff from Diamond Custom Finishes (he rocks!). He and his son are our trusted dynamic duo! I neglected to take pictures of the door outside but you can kind of see it in this post. But it pretty much looks like this photo of the interior.

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Jeff and his son and partner Brian, took off the door, removed the hardware and primed and painted it.

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Here is the after! To me, it’s such a big difference.  We haven’t changed the hardware yet, but I kind of like the old hardware.  It’s a nice mix of modern black and old patina. P.S. if you like the radiant orchid address wreath or the burlap stenciled metal vases check out those tutorials!

Interior:

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Exterior:

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You can also catch the full front of the house in these posts as well:

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Thanks to Jeff and Diamond Custom Finishes for the awesome front door makeover!

Half Bathroom Makeover Before and After

by Dinah Wulf

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Today I wanted to share with you some Half Bathroom Makeover Before and After photos. I have had this bathroom finished for some time but I have hesitated to put up photos because there is no natural light in there! So bear with me, I’ve edited the photos as best as I could!

Let’s start with the floor. Here is the floor before. The wall was a neutral tan color with standard baseboards and tile flooring.

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We decided to remove the tiles and refinish the existing concrete for a more modern look. We also chose higher baseboards with a neutral gray color wall.

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This are the mirror and lighting fixers before.

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I simply spray painted the mirror black.

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We also updated the lighting fixtures (please excuse the glare!).

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As far as decor goes, I found this Target mirror at Goodwill for next to nothing.  Although I liked the blue, it didn’t match my décor.

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I decided to spray paint it metallic silver and hung it behind the bathroom door.

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This was a photo of a side table I posted on Instagram (I’d love it if you followed me!! I post a lot of thing on there that I don’t on Facebook and on the blog).  I found it for $7.00! It is sturdy and the perfect size for bathroom storage.

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I sanded it, painted it, and added new hardware.

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That’s it! I hope you like my mini half bathroom makeover before and after photos! In case you missed it, I’d love for you to check out my dining room makeover reveal.

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Dining Room Makeover Reveal

by Dinah Wulf

FINALLY! I have a room reveal! This month, will be our two year anniversary in this house and I have yet to do a room reveal.  I’ve shared our cement floors and our mantel makeover and a few painted rooms here and there, but today I’m really excited to share my dining room makeover reveal. 

Here it is when we first moved in. Nice right?

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And drumroll please…

Here it is AFTER!

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It’s a little more modern with the cement floors and six inch trim.  We also went with a dark gray accent wall. Here’s the other side.

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My husband and I went architectural salvage shopping and bought an old metal workbench with wheels for our table and we put glass on top. Please feel free to ignore the child safety bumpers on the corners. To balance the hardness of the metal, we added tufted upholstered chairs with a floral pattern. I was going for an industrial chic type of feel.

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On top of the table as a centerpiece, I have a cake stand that my friend Loren from Pandora’s Craft Box made.  I put some antique books, burlap hydrangeas and a little ceramic quail I bought at Goodwill inside.

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This is the view from out front door. We painted the column a bright white and added molding to the bottom to match the trim.

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I also added a bar area for entertaining.

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On the wall next to the dining room table I added some shelves and a fun folding table I bought at Home Goods. It’s a great area for extras when entertaining. I used it as a salad bar once!

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That’s it! I hope you like it! It’s a very eclectic style that fits both my husband and my personalities. We love it and enjoy using and looking at it every day!

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Our Home Makeover

by Dinah Wulf

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Well, if you’ve been reading this blog, you may know that we have been working on improving our home for the past year.  I recently shared our floors before and our floors cement after.  I also shared our brick mantel makeover and our patio makeover. Today, I wanted to share another home makeover, the exterior paint and balcony.

Note: I’m realizing that as I write this post, the before pictures were taken on a beautiful spring day, while the after pictures were taken a few days ago on a gloomy October day… oooops!

Anyway, this was our balcony before.  It was rotting and I wasn’t too fond of the style.  The three large beams below served a decorative purpose only and were beginning to warp.

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Our friends at Diamond Custom Finishes took it down and remodeled it.

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Here is the after.

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We also decided to paint the garage a darker gray to match the house.  Here is the garage before.

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Here is the garage after.

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With the help of some Facebook Friends, we decided to paint the house gray with black trim.  We also painted the front door black.  It now has a more updated modern feel to it.  We are so happy with the results.

Here is the house before.

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Here is the house after!

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Oh! By the way! You know that mantel we re-did?  We FINALLY got the hearth.  Here is my hubby installing the insulation.

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Here is the before mantel.

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Here is the after!

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Thank you for letting me share our improvements!  I hope you approve!

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Our Cement Floors After

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There’s a lot going on around our house lately! We painted the inside and outside of the house, remodeled the balcony, and updated our mantel.  Recently, I posted our floors BEFORE (ok it was over a month ago…where does the time go???)  we re-did them and finally I have gotten around to taking a few photos to show you our cement floors AFTER.

Now, there are some things I just can’t do myself.  Well, I take that back… I think if I tried with some help and guidance I may be able to do this myself.  This time, however, I just chose not to.  Instead, we hired some professional contractors to get the job done. Our trim, mantel, and paint was done by Diamond Custom Finishes.  We are SO pleased by the end result!  It’s such a completely different look… much more updated and modern to suit our taste. Jeff and his team were amazing. 

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For the concrete floors we stuck with a natural gray cement.  We didn’t add any dye or color, but there is an epoxy coating on top for that added shine.  I love the light and dark gray color swirls.

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We went with a thick 6” trim, white (with a hint of gray) walls, and dark gray accent walls.

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I think our pug, Harley likes it!

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We are still decorating and adding furniture but I was anxious to show what we had completed so far.  Hopefully by Thanksgiving and Christmas it’ll all be put together.  Thank you for letting me share! Hopefully I’ll have more to show you soon and hopefully it won’t be another month!

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Brick Mantel Makeover

by Dinah Wulf

This post may be a little premature but I am so excited to share my brick mantel makeover!  It’s not quite finished. We still need a cover for the front but I was too excited so I had to share it now.  We finished painting the inside of the house got new floors and baseboards…checking off the list one thing at a time. If you want to see more photos of the house when we first moved in here they are. Here are also more photos of our floor before.

Here is what it looked like before.

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I have no idea why, but I cannot for the life of me find a picture of the mantel after we had the cement sprayed on it to match the new floors. Don’t worry… you’re not missing anything because it did not look good! I DO however, have a photo of it being primed, thanks to Jeff from Diamond Custom Finishes who did this amazing makeover. Not too bad in white! White was my original thought however one of my friends suggested black and I pictured it right away so we went for it!

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Here it is! OK, so we need a cover still, and it should arrive soon. Oh… And pretty please ignore the mess inside.

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Here is a close up.  It looks like a brand new mantel.

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Now… to finish the rest of the house…

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Our Floor Before

by Dinah Wulf

Gah! We did it.  We cleared out all the furniture downstairs to finally re-do our floors.  It was quite the task but thanks to some amazing friends we did it!  Now, our upstairs and garage is filled with furniture, mirrors, pictures, knick knacks, and toys.  It’ll be cramped in those spaces for a while, but it will all be worth it.  I just wanted to share our floor before we took the plunge.

My husband and I took FOREVER to decide what we wanted to do. We purchased this home in February of 2011 and the previous owners definitely took pride in ownership.  Everything was in great condition, both inside and out.  We knew we would eventually do some updates, only because we have a more modern style then what the house has now.

Alas! It took some major searching on houzz for some inspiration, however we finally decided to re-do our floors in cement.  Yes, cement.  Some of my friends gave me a strange look when I told them while others were excited and knew exactly what we were envisioning.

We are also re-doing the mantel! Here it is now.

The floors are actually finished now but I wanted to wait to show you the AFTER photos until we complete the trim and the paint… yes we are doing that too! Yikes! Oh! AND of course I need to redecorate! So, needless to say, it may be some time (by next month for sure) that I will post the AFTER photos.

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Introducing My Skinny Cow WoCavé

by Dinah Wulf

I am absolutely ecstatic to be sponsored by Skinny Cow brand and a part of the WoCavé Campaign this summer!  What is a WoCavé  you ask? WoCavé {wo-cah-vay} is short for “Woman Cave”. It can be any place that you are in your truest self, where you are both fabulous and flawed, but ALWAYS celebrated!  It’s a place where you can indulge in sweets, do whatever you love, and kick up your heels with your friends. For me, my WoCavé is none other than… my craft room! 

Until the end of August, you will see me here on DIY Inspired completing three exciting creative DIY missions from Skinny Cow. More on that in a second…first, let me introduce you to MY WoCavé!

My craft room is my sanctuary. Period. <Insert music from the heavens here>

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It’s a place where I am inspired and where I write this blog.  It’s a place filled with “stuff” I have upcycled, including these stools and these drawers.

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It’s a place where I am most organized and everything has its place.

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It’s a place where I am surrounded by things that I can’t live without, like craft paint and spray paint.

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It’s a place where my daughter is just as inspired and likes to create too!

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Now that you have had a sneak peek into MY WoCavé, let me share a tad about my first mission from Skinny Cow!

Hint #1: The inspiration is inside this box.

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Hint #2: It involves crafting with my best friend in my WoCavé!

Hint #3: It involves Skinny Cow ice cream candy bars! 

More exciting news…

Every girl needs a WoCavé and Skinny Cow wants to know how you’d style your personal WoCavé. Now until July 15th, just visit Skinny Cow’s page to build your WoCavé, making sure to include one featured item in your set.  One grand prize winner will receive a $7,500 gift card, a Skinny pink mini fridge, a micro-suede “ottowoman”, a hammered metal candy bowl, a memory board, a WoCavé wall decal and five coupons for Skinny Cow treats!  What????? Yes! And five runners-up will win a Skinny Cow prize package that includes all the above except the gift card.  You have one week left to enter!

I can’t wait to show you my first Skinny Cow WoCavé mission and introduce my second mission!

This post was sponsored by Skinny Cow brand. I received monetary compensation and product for this post.  All opinions are 100% my own.

 

Guest Room Paint Makeover

by Dinah Wulf

Whenever people come over for the first time and want a tour of the house, the guest room is the room that I always apologized for.  The previous owners had two boys.  Both boys apparently wanted blue rooms, one light and one dark.  Our now guest room was the light blue room.  Don’t get me wrong, I love blue and it’s one of my favorite colors.  It’s just that my guest room décor is blue too. So when I open the door to show my guest room, I apologize because it looks like a Smurf threw up in there.  Blue walls, blue bead spread, blue dresser.  Needless to say, the guest room needed a paint makeover.

This isn’t my first time painting a room, and being that I have a toddler AND I wanted to paint the room during Saturday and Sunday football (aka husband’s butt glued to the couch), I knew I was on my own for this job.  I knew it would take all weekend because this left me with nap time and bedtime to do it.

There is a chair rail in the room, so I chose to paint the top half a dark grey and the bottom half a pure white.  I love how it turned out.  Here is a before and after photo. Sorry the lighting is bad!

Here are some photos during.

I wish I would have taken a picture of the room while it was still blue on blue to show you. Oh well! By the way if you want tips on how to paint a room, check out my tips for when I painted my kitchen!

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Five Tips for Hiring a Contractor

by Dinah Wulf

Bye Bye Patio!

When we first bought this house, the only thing the home inspector had any concerns with was our back patio.   Over the years, it started drifting off to the left… not safe!  Needless to say, it became a priority.

Although I write a DIY blog, remodeling the patio is not something I want to tackle myself. Some projects you just have to let the professionals do.  BUT I did learn some things along the way.  My husband and I met with four different companies and man were all four different.  Here are five tips for hiring a contractor, so to speak, that I want to pass on in case you need to hire a contractor for a large job.  I think they can be applied to any type of contractor.

  1. Before you meet with anyone, take time to research exactly what it is you want.  Peruse your local hardware superstore to touch feel and price different types of materials.  Take home samples to view in your own light.  Ask questions regarding warranties, life span, and durability.
  2. Have a design in mind.  Whether you are remodeling your patio, kitchen, or bathroom, plan out your design.  That way, when you get quotes, you have the same design for all companies and you are comparing apples to apples.  Even if you change your mind, you will have quotes consistent with the scope of work.
  3. Meet with at least three different companies. Aye yay yay!  This tip is vital.  I have no idea where the disconnect was with the first three contractors we met.  Their quotes where SO FAR off!  Hence we called a fourth and had a better idea of where to land.
  4. Don’t always go with the lowest quote.  After meeting with all four, we immediately threw out the lowest quote.  It was so much lower that it raised some red flags.  Workmanship became a question of concern.
  5. Go with your gut.  After you look up and verify licensing and bonding, check the Better Business Bureau, and look online for any complaints or ratings, go with the salesperson that is most reasonable and you feel most comfortable with.

Here are some pictures of our patio demolition.

 Here is the finished product!

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