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7.13.2014

Quick Stripes with ScotchBlue Painters Tape

Ya'll know how we roll over here. Projects must be completed during a nap time (or 10).

I have this wall upstairs that has a small gallery wall. (You can never have too many right???)


But it was kinda boring and needed something. I've been wanting to paint stripes on it for a while, but haven't gotten around to it. Thanks to the folks at ScotchBlue, I was able to do this project quick and easy!



To paint stripes, I measured the distance between the top and bottom moldings and then divided by 7. I wanted 7 stripes. Odd numbers are always better to me. I also wanted the top and bottom stripe to stay the original wall color so I didn't have to cut in. (We work fast here people!)
When divided out, my stripes were going to be about 12 in. each. I left the excess for the bottom stripe so it would be less noticable.


I used the Scotch Blue tape to attach my laser level to my tripod. I started with the middle stripe and taped from there.
I also had a helper for this project!

In order to make sure I didn't paint the wrong stripes, I used to tape to mark off the ones not getting painted.





I had to tape the ends of the stripes that made the corner to our 2 story family room.



When I was done using the Scotch Blue Painters Tape I mixed my paint. I didn't want to buy any new paint so I just mixed a few colors I had on hand.



The stripes look different widths but they're not, I promise! You have to remember to tape the outside of the paint line from the stripe you're painting. I did have to take the tape off one line because I accidentially taped the inside!

After painting each stripe, I quickly peeled off the Scotch Blue Tape. Make sure you take it off while it's still wet. You'll get a much better paint line that way.



I absolutely LOVE how it turned out.


It was so quick and easy for such a big impact!




Here's the Before Meets After




Thanks to Scotch Blue for providing me with product to complete this project and for providing Little Man entertainment!




6.23.2014

Covering up: How R + F saved my skin


Today I'm sharing something super personal. Every once in a while I come across things I truly love and want to share them with you. I've been debating for quite a while whether or not to share this, but I decided to because I thought "I can't be the only one out there suffering like this". No one likes to go out in public feeling embarrassed. Well I was for months, thanks to post pregnancy skin. 

My skin was horrible. This was truly the way my face looked, sans makeup. 

Before I would even consider leaving my house I would have so much make up caked on that I could possibly melt in this GA heat. I was never one to wear a lot of make up and I hated it. My breaking point came one day when Little Man was giving me wet slobbery kisses all over my face. I was horrified when he pulled back and he had make up on him. I decided I was done feeling this way. 

Weirdly, a few nights later my friend Melissa sent me a message. She asked if I would be interested in trying some of the products from Rodan and Fields

I told her she was an answered prayer and I admitted to her what had happened a few nights previously. I took a quick skin questionnaire and it was determined that I would use
R + F Unblemish Line plus Soothe Lotion. I waited a few short days and Melissa brought me the kit. 

I started out gradually using it once a day and worked up to 2X a day. The results are in the photos! 



These are untouched and with no make up! My face was always very red before too as you can see from the pics. The Soothe lotion helped reduce the redness! I've used it on sunburn, my son's eczema, and a rash my husband had. Don't worry,  the products aren't just for women :)

R + F also carries other skin care regimes like Reverse and Redefine. 



I still have some dark spots from scarring, but the dark spot corrector regime should take care of that!



I wanted to share this with you now and I'll update you again in another month. I'm hoping to be confident to leave my house make up free by then!  Some people have had amazing results in 3 months and most regimens cost less than a few dollars a day! 




Click here to visit Melissa's page and find out how you can have great skin! 
*all opinions are 100% mine.  I was not paid to provide a positive review, I just like the product and wanted to share. :)


TDC Before and After

6.16.2014

Painting Furniture with HomeRight Finish Max Sprayer and a {GIVEAWAY}

After having a baby, I don't have a ton of time to paint furniture. Thanks to the HomeRight Finish Max Sprayer, I can paint pieces quickly and easily.    


 I got a table from my MIL. It needed a lot of love and my sister just moved into a new condo. Did I mention that was part of our crazy, busy month of May?? 

Here is the table before. It was solid wood and had some great detail on it as well as a cute little bookshelf on the bottom. 

I quickly opened the paint sprayer and got to work (remember I'm having to work during naps here!) But that was fine because the HomeRight Finish Max Sprayer was so easy to start using. I simply loaded the paint into the can, plugged it in, and got started! 



It does take a little getting used to, but this sprayer has the ablity to change the amount of paint that comes out by adjusting a knob on the sprayer. I was using Antibes Green by Annie Sloan chalk Paint. It's a thick paint and even with that, I got a nice even finish with no brush or splatter marks! 



After spraying, the clean up was super easy. Just warm water and mild soap. there were easy to follow directions included too! 

After cleaning up, I decided the table still wasn't done. I wanted to add some glaze to it to bring out the nooks and really make the table pop. I've glazed a few other pieces before and applying glaze is very easy. 

You need glaze (this is tinted black), a wet rag, a dry rag, a small bucket with water, and a craft brush or paint brush. 


Start working in small sections. The glaze will look scary at first, but don't worry if you feel like you're messing up. It wipes right off! 




I just love the finished look! 


It looks so cute in my sister's new place! I'll have to share more details about it soon! 





But the best part is YOU can WIN a HOMERIGHT MAX FINISH SPRAYER!!!  


 I am so in love with it and I know one lucky winner will be too! 



 All you have to do is enter the RaffleCopter below! 
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*Must be a US resident, 18 years of age or older. Excluding AK and HI residents.


*All opinions are 100% mine. I was compensated for this post by receiving my own HomeRight Finish Max Sprayer. 
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