Tips & Tricks: Painting your Home

5 Tips for Painting your HomeWith two home makeover projects now under my belt (see them here and here), you could say that I’ve done a lotttt of painting over the past few months. Here are some of my tips and tricks:

1. Test with sample paint before buying gallons. If you only take away one tip from this post, let this be the one. You’ll want to leave the sample patches on the wall for a day or two so you can get a sense of how it’ll look in different light during different times of the day. I tested a white that although was bright white in the container and for the swatch, when it dried, it looked purple. Yikes!

2. Take the time to tape. I know, it’s a pain, but you’ll want to really cover all the baseboards and ceiling before starting. If you skip or half-ass this part, your paint will seep under your tape and smear. Trust me on this. Continue reading…

Tips & Tricks: Hanging a Gallery Wall

5 Tips for Hanging a Gallery WallYou may have noticed in my office makeover that I have a gallery wall above my desk. Let me just confess now that it’s something I’ve wanted to do for years (literally years here folks) but just now finally got around to doing. If you’ve been coveting gallery wall images on Pinterest but have yet to hang any art, don’t worry– you are certainly not alone. Here are my 5 tips for actually hanging a gallery wall! Continue reading…

Office Makeover: Before

Office Makeover, The Crafted LifeThat’s right folks, I’m back with another week of makeover posts! Since our garage is done, it’s time to move into the house and fix up the room that gets the most use: my office.

Office Makeover, The Crafted LifeWhen we lived in SF my desk was directly next to our bed, which was really not ideal for working at home. Having this new dedicated work space is a HUGE improvement and I really wanted to make it my own. The start is certainly not as bad at my garage was, but it still wasn’t me. Continue reading…