A Simple Exterior Refresh

Oh, the daunting task of painting the exterior of your home.  Whether from a maintenance standpoint or a whole new look the thought of this makes me want to take a nap.  I would love to paint my exterior (not actually me but rather hire a company) today however it is just not in the budget.  There are just far too many other house projects that need doing first and to be honest the condition of my painted exterior is in top notch condition.  So while the color of the house exterior is not my favorite it is here to stay (for a bit).

So I have come up with a refresh that is far less expensive and on a smaller scale.  Refreshing your front door.  Give your front step a pop of that spring color.  Approaching this next season with an updated exterior, without having to break the bank (or your back) is on my spring checklist.  It is truly amazing how a fresh coat of paint on your front door can really change the look.  So I am over here formulating a plan and gathering inspiration for my next (one of many next’s) spring refresh project.  Honestly, I have been doing a lot of planning for projects because here in Boise we have nothing but rainy days with teaser weather in small increments.  When you get that one day full of sunshine you don’t want to do anything but soak it up.  So until the April showers turn into May flowers and the sun stays for more than two days, I am stuck indoors planning and making lists.

So for anybody in the same boat as me wishing to change and update the look of your exterior, read along and gather ideas.  This may be the whole new look you were hoping to achieve.

Let’s start first with a natural wood door.  So pretty, so natural and so striking.  What I love most about going with a natural wood door is that is foolproof.  This door can go with just about any color scheme.  It is equally striking when used with a dark exterior or a light exterior.  I especially love the ones with added glass.  I love letting the outdoors in at any chance.  This one is my pick and what I plan to do but this is just all a very loose plan taking form so anything can change.

Pinks!!  If this doesn’t say spring has sprung then I don’t know what does.  I love how modernized the pinks can look especially in the first two pictures.  Such a unique refresh and if you want some added curb appeal that will get noticed, this is it!

50 shades of green.  With green being the new “it” color this one is definitely second runner up for me.  My favorite being the first picture as it feels clean, crisp and modern.  Very striking!

Last but certainly not least.  The traditional colors that can stand the test of time.  Black, red and navy blue doors are always stunning.  These colors are always trending so you can’t go wrong.

Well, what are you waiting for (the rain to stop)?  Give your home the “aw” factor by refreshing your front door.  I think you will be pleasantly surprised what a new fresh coat of paint or sanding can do for your overall curb appeal.  If you want to take it a step further stay tuned for some DIY updates for your garage doors.


Happy Saturday and happy painting!



Mother Nature’s Inspiration

Spring is here!! Yay finally the sun has to come out to play here in Boise after weeks of rain.  I love the feel of refresh and renew the spring season brings along with it.  Such a good time to do a little decorating, rearrange some pieces, put winter away and bring out spring.  Fun vibrant colors and textures are always a good sight to see after a winter of neutrals.  My favorite way to get started in project refresh is to step outside and really see what’s happening in nature.  I love being outside, it brings a weird calm that really grounds me.  So I always try to incorporate natural organic pieces from my surroundings as well as gather inspiration from the great outdoors.  That’s exactly what I did today, in my own backyard, I found the inspiration I was looking for.  Let me share it with you.

When I saw this in my backyard I immediately noticed the brilliant colors coming together.  Mostly hues in the neutrals here but fun pops of color all around.  You can see the bright pink flowers on the moss-stained tree trunk.  The black shadows, the warm brown in the fence.  The green trees all around with bright blue skies and fluffy white clouds.  I mean the texture and color combo is perfection.  Way to go mother nature!!  Inspiration calling me I came inside and created this scene.

Do you see the resemblance?  The neutral background of white walls, warm brown credenza, black frames paired with the black chair.  And of course so many pops of the vibrant blues, pinks, greens and so many more.  I may have over embellished on the color but why not I am feeling super cheery and colorful as it is SPRING!

To sum it all up, I just want to put it out there that anything can become inspiration.  When you feel stuck in a rut, go somewhere that you enjoy and love, look around to find your next color scheme.  Oh and of course I can’t forget to mention I  grabbed a few twigs to bring inside as they are uniquely gorgeous, and I smile every time I see them.  That’s all for Friday’s tip, have a fantastically, beautiful and inspired weekend.

Improvising the Look

I am loving the boho look right now.  Honestly, I am not sure what to call it, and do you have to call it something?  I can think of a few things I would like to call it or “label” it….possibly an eclectic maximalist who lends to the lighter side.  Not sure what I mean?  Let me try and explain the mood and feeling of the style.  An authentic piece with an organic flare.  Using natural textures and objects to ground you and fun vibrant colors to enlighten you.  In other words, loving your style and owning it using what you have on hand.

Anywho, as I was saying I am loving this style, and totally digging the look of weaved baskets and wicker/rattan furniture.  I have a few stylists that I love to follow (my fav is Emily Henderson ) and have seen them place beautiful baskets in a gallery placement on the wall.  I have this odd spot on my staircase where the stairs turn to the right and descend further.  Along with this landing, I have an odd triangular shaped shelf that feels like it needs something, I just didn’t know what.   Finally, after gathering inspiration I came up with just what I was looking for.

I loved the basket walls, as I mentioned, that I wanted to try the same loo.,  However, I didn’t have baskets that worked for this purpose.  They were all too large and deep.  Then the idea occurred to me to use jute placemats I had on hand.  LOVE, LOVE these placemats from Target and now I love them even more.  I then placed a bright blue pottery vase with a rope in a similar tone as the placemats on my shelf for a pop of color.  I am super excited about how this turned out, even happier that I didn’t have to spend $$.

I am hoping to inspire you all, to find something you own, redecorate it or improvise the look.  What do you think?  Do you have any tips or tricks for using something you have on hand to replicate a look?  Would love to hear about them so please comment.  Have a happy Monday.!


Bring the Beauty of Spring Indoors



Hello All! It is finally Spring, the birds are chirping, the bees are buzzing and I am sneezing!  I don’t mind though because it is for good cause.  The blooming trees and flowers this season are beautiful.  I enjoy being outdoors and seeing all the vibrant colors with waking nature.  We have been a bit rainy and dreary here in Boise so with any glimpse of sun I am outdoors soaking it all up.  However, right now that isn’t too often.  So I thought I would clip some of my trees that are blooming in my yard and bring them indoors for a beautiful pick me up.  I love it!  I smile every time I enter the room, which is all I could ask for… right?  I encourage you all to find something in your yard or a nearby place you can clip some spring twigs.  I promise it is better than a fresh bouquet from the store because it feels authentic to your space.  Something you created from wonderful mother nature, somewhere nearby the place you call home.

To properly clip from trees or shrubs find the branch or in this case twig collar.  This is located at the base of your twig (where your twig grows out from the larger branch it is attached to.)  Making sure to trim the twig at the collar will help your tree branch callus and heal with no damage.

Give it a try and have a happy heart.  Happy Clipping!

Mindful Repurpose

My morning hub.  The place where I start my day.   Possibly just like breakfast is the most important meal of the day, to me, this hub is the most important spot of the day.  A spot where I regroup, refresh (with lots of coffee), where I plan my day.  Also, a little quiet time before the kiddos awake.  A mindful spot where I can process and think through what lies ahead.  So it would only be natural to love the spot of the day, my hub.  Which brings me to why I am loving this hub so much.  I repurposed my bar stool cushions!! Now trust me folks, I am not a seamstress!  I am not even close.  However, this project seemed easy and I do love the end result.  My tooshie also thanks me for the soft and warm comfort that my new cushion brings.  I love waking up to a DIY project that brings me happiness, good way to start the day for sure!


What got me started on this project was how old and stained my cushions (pictured above )were looking. Not to mention I bought them roughly 8 years ago so they have had a good life.  Having purchased so long ago, my style and color scheme around my house has changed.  So not only were these cushions dirty but they totally didn’t go with anything in our new house.  So I thought, I really need to get some cushions that match my current decor.  Then it hit me; why not just take the old covers off the cushion and sew on some new fabric.  So I pulled my fabric off first by taking a seam ripper and ripping the seams to pull off the fabric.  The actual foam of the cushion was in great condition and I really liked the shape of the cushion as it worked well for my barstool.  So having assessed the cushion I then headed to the fabric store to pick out some fabric (the best part of the project) that matched my current decor.  I found THE softest and I mean THE softest fabric with a color scheme that worked in a classic buffalo plaid pattern….LOVE!  I then placed my cushion on top of my fabric, which was folded into half, and added an extra 1 1/2 inches all the way around the cushion for good measure.  Then I traced out my cushion shape and cut out fabric with a rotary blade.  Using my sewing machine to stitch the sides of fabric together, I made sure to leave the top of the fabric open ( about 5-7 inches) so I then can place my cushion inside.  Once finished sewing I turned my fabric inside out, squeezed my cushion inside and stitched up the opening.  Super simple and super easy!  Check out before and after below.

My mindful repurpose as I call it gives me joy in recreating something useful and comforting.  No need to throw out a perfectly good foam cushion and spend more money on something else.  Plus I love it even more because I created it!!  I now can look forward to early mornings….hopefully.

Do you have a creation that was a recycle?  Please comment and share any repurposing you have done so that we may all get inspiration and try a recycle of our own.  Don’t forget there are many ways to recycle just about anything and it is truly living green which makes our planet oh so happy!!  I am thinking of some pillows that can use a recycle, possibilities are endless.


Half Bath Remodel; spark joy with new paint colors.

FINALLY, my half bath guest bathroom is done.  Seriously this project should have been done some time ago as we have now lived in our house for about 9 months, but now just getting to it….you know how it goes with kids=no time! This bathroom beforehand made me cringe.  I couldn’t take it any longer and finally redid the bathroom at little to no cost!!  While the cost of this bathroom redo was fantastic, it was pretty time consuming for this mama.  Honestly, somebody could have painted a whole house in the time I finished a wall.  I was multi-tasking, swearing under my breath, sweating my you know what off ( gets really hot and humid painting a small confined space with a large light fixture).  Now that it’s finished it didn’t seem that bad and I am totally in love with the outcome (sounds a lot like childbirth).


First off let me show you the before pics.  You can get an idea of just how bad it was “before”.  My kid’s friends would literally say we had a “scary” bathroom, and I have to agree.

Look at this mess!! Luckily Ironman showed up to help peel this awful brown snakeskin wallpaper off the ceiling.  This stuff was stuck on good and took everything I had to keep with it and get it down.  Can I just tell you how bad my neck, shoulders, and arms hurt!!  Wallpaper on a ceiling is never a good idea.  As you can see the colors were very dark which made this room dark and “scary” especially having to do your business in a room with snakeskin on the ceiling.  The mirror was much too large for the bathroom (come to find out later the last owners used the big mirror to most likely cover a giant hole in the wall).  The chandelier was hung way too low and was way too large.  So my plan was to brighten, update and refresh with current joy-inspiring paint colors.  Update the light fixture and mirror and do it all for basically nothing.  Impossible you say, well almost impossible but somehow I managed to pull it off.

My first joyful color is Alabaster by Sherwin Williams in which I painted the walls and backsplash (more on this in a minute).  The previous color of paint was a metallic green and too dark for this space making it feel grungy.  It took about 3-4 coats to cover the paint and metallic texture. Once the walls were completed it already felt like a new bathroom.  Now in a perfect world where I don’t have college funds and family vacations to save for I would replace the backsplash and countertops. But this is the “real” world and I just simply don’t have the budget for it.  So I decided to try painting my tan stone backsplash, getting the idea from my previous house project; Refurbish your Fireplace.  Check out my post on refurbishing your stone fireplace to find more budget-friendly house updates.  I learned when painting my fireplace you needed a certain paint, brush, and roller to apply paint to a stone surface.  Lucky for me I still had all these items on hand to use on the stone backsplash, so I went for it….. and I loved it.  I feel it looks similar to white subway tile. You can see in the picture above, my stone in the process of being covered.  Unfortunately, I could not replace the countertop so I tried my best to decorate around it.

Steps to painting stone backsplashes

  1. Wash your stone backsplash with soap and water.
  2. Tape off your countertop so you can paint a straight line and not apply paint to counter.
  3. Paint the grout first with a polyester paint brush and let dry before applying 1-2 more coats.
  4. Apply 2-3 coats of paint to the backsplash with a nappy 1/2″ roller letting each coat dry before applying the next.
  5. Carefully pull paint tape up when the paint is dry.

My faucet, light/power covers as well as towel and toilet paper hardware were spraypainted a matte black. This just gave them a bit of an updated modern look.  They were a bronzed brown color before, so were not hard to cover well with the black.  Love the way it turned out and so far holding up great.  It never ceases to amaze me what a fresh coat of paint can do.


Check out the pictures above for my complete bathroom re-do. The most joyful part is the fun colored ceiling, Kale Green by Sherwin Williams.  I feel it brings a little personality to the bathroom.  It gives off a vibe of MCM and boho eclectic which I am very happy with.  Painting the ceiling was hard.  In fact, the ceiling was extremely difficult from the pull-down of wallpaper, removal of wallpaper glue, and painting 3 coats of Kale Green paint right next to nearly white Alabaster painted walls.  But like I said, it’s like childbirth, I forget the terrible hard parts when you see the beautiful outcome.  I found a natural wood framed mirror at Target for a reasonable price, installed a modern light fixture that now gives sufficient light to the once dark bathroom and some playful and colorful artwork that plays on the joyful colors of the bathroom i.e. green, pink and natural wood tones.  I had this old shelf from my grandmother’s house, I really liked the look of the aged wood and loved the meaning behind it (always decorate with meaningful things that you find joy in).  I placed some green cacti with pink accents on the shelf that play nicely with the ceiling color and zebra picture across the way.  Can’t have a complete guest bathroom without a little reading material, so I placed a few of my favorite magazines (HGTV magazine is where I found my Kale Green color) in a basket.  To add a little funk I found these fun bath hand towels here.

I really love my new half bath, it is my little oasis. I am no longer afraid to have guests over in fear they may scare in my old bathroom.  I love using fun colors in unexpected ways to brighten your mood.

Do you have any budget-friendly, awe-inspiring ideas, to make a small little oasis of your own?  Please comment and share your ideas along with your favorite colors to help spread joy throughout our DIY home redo’s.


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Refurbish your Fireplace.

Hey, ya’ll so I finally painted my fireplace.  I have now lived in my house for 6 months, the whole time hating my fireplace and not knowing what to do about it.  I found one cold wintery weekend I needed a project I could complete with kids in tow.  I laid my eyes on the fireplace and knew it was time to give it a refresh. I decided to paint my fireplace after reading and watching many tutorials on painting stone fireplaces.   I am very happy with the update a fresh coat of paint can offer.  Honestly, sometimes I feel a fresh coat of paint can fix just about anything!! Without further ado here are my before, during and after pics…..


While in my wildest dreams I would like a complete renovation (of just about everything in my house) I find this update an improvement.  I feel it lightens and brightens my family room with a clean crisp feeling.  It also helps to tie in my furniture much more than the dated fireplace.  While my husband wasn’t on board with this project, (protested from the minute I mentioned it) I think he will admit how updated the fireplace now looks.

The process was pretty quick and painless, not to mention inexpensive.  So why not give it a try right?? Here are the few simple steps I followed:

  1. I washed down my stone with a wet rag to remove the dust and dirt.
  2. Stone is very porous so you will want to continue to keep the stone moist throughout the painting process.  I did this by misting the stone with a spray bottle periodically.
  3. I started to coat the first layer of paint in the grout lines only.  You will need to apply several layers to the grout as it is the most porous.  I applied two coats of paint with a polyester paint brush making sure to let every coat fully dry before applying the second coat.
  4. After two coats applied to the grout lines, I then used a 1/2′ nappy roller (the nappier the better for the porous stone) to apply my two coats all over the stone fireplace.
  5. The last step was to go through with my polyester paintbrush and fill spots and grooves that needed extra coverage.

This project took me about 4 hours but without kids needing snacks (who knew kids needed so many snacks?) I could have this completed in 2 hours.

The paint I used for my fireplace is the same color that I used on my walls; Alabaster by Sherwin Williams.  I love this white color as it adds a dimension that most whites can’t.  It can go warm or cool depending on your surrounding tone.  I also chose to use the same color as the walls for a more tonal effect which is one of the biggest paint trends for 2019.  A complete sophisticated look that makes “staying in the lines” a thing of the past.  However, I did change the base of my paint from a satin finish used on the walls to an eggshell finish for the fireplace.  Fireplaces shouldn’t be shiny so more of a matte look is what is needed.  Walls that need to be easily cleaned (if you have kids you know what I am talking about) need more of a finish that can wipe clean.


I am considering painting my wood mantlepiece a black (color unknown at this time) to complement the fireplace insert for a more unified look.  I would love to hear what you think? Black or no black??  Have you updated your fireplace without a complete renovation?? I would love to hear from you all on your update journeys, so please share with me any ideas or opinions as well as completed projects.  Creative expression is much more fun when you have someone to share it with.

Thanks for stopping by and have a fabulous day!


P.s. here is a sneak peek into my next project over at house chaos….