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How to Paint Wood Paneling

Painting Wood Paneling

Sometimes you want to change the wood paneling in your home. Maybe your style has changed, it doesn’t look right with new furnishings, or you want to paint the walls as part of a remodeling or redecorating project. No matter your reason for wanting a change, painting wood paneling can seem daunting.

  • Preparation is the key to this process. Clean the walls very thoroughly, making sure that any stains have been completely removed with the appropriate cleaner, and that the walls are all free of dust and dirt. Next, putty any nail holes or imperfections and, once dry, sand until it’s flush.
  • Next you want to sand the paneling itself, just enough to take the sheen off the finish and rough up the surface so paint will adhere better. Don’t forget to sand other wood trim in the room and then go over it all with a clean, damp cloth to get rid of any leftover sanding particles. Read the rest of this entry »

Ideas for a Baseball Bedroom

Bedroom ideas for the baseball fan.

Today we’re thinking about diamonds—but not the precious gems. We’re discussing baseball diamonds as the season’s opening day approaches. If you have a baseball fan in your house, here are some ways you can reflect their love for the sport in your home.


This room uses a bold paint choice for the bunk beds and baseball themed linens to carry out its theme. The sheets, pillowcases and accent pillows add a touch of the sport without being overwhelming. The bats and balls by the window are a nice touch—you can easily imagine the kids who live here grabbing them and running outside to play catch.

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Celebrate March Madness with Basketball Themed Décor

March Madness Inspired Rooms

College basketball fans love their teams, and March Madness can get intense. A friend of mine scheduled surgery at its onset so he could recover while watching the games. I read an article claiming that lost worker productivity costs companies $1.7 billion during March Madness—although that statistic’s validity has been debated. Either way, March Madness is coming and basketball fans are gearing up for some great action on the court. Bring some of that excitement home with you and try these basketball inspired rooms.


Younger fans might take their love for basketball and, while they’re still young enough to carry it off, apply it to the décor in their bedrooms.

You can have subtle touches of your basketball theme, implementing accent pieces here and there—an autographed, framed jersey on the wall; a vintage leather basketball; maybe picture frames.

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Home Trends: Outdoor Kitchen

Decorating Your Outdoor Kitchen

OUtdoor kitchen

It’s cold outside now, but this weather won’t last forever. Before we know it, spring will be here, and then glorious summer—the reason we endure these single-digit days. While you’re snuggling down and stuck indoors, it’s the perfect time to start brainstorming ideas for your home. Don’t forget the outdoor spaces, too, including outdoor cooking and dining areas.

Summertime is when we want to be outdoors as much as possible. One way to encourage your family to be outdoors more is by spending time now thinking about your outdoor kitchen and how you can make it more comfortable and appealing. Here is some food for thought.

Consistent Style. When you’re decorating your outdoor kitchen, you want it to flow with the style of your home. If you have a traditional home, you may want your outdoor kitchen to feature a stone fireplace, brick oven, wood components or other traditional materials. If your home is contemporary, sleek lines, stainless steel and simplicity may shine.

Relaxing and Comfy. Your outdoor kitchen needs to be comfortable—no hard chairs or stiff seats here. Plush chairs and cushioned settees made of water-resistant materials are great for kicking back after a summer’s day, hopefully with a cool beverage in your hand. Make sure you have enough seating to accommodate guests you may want to invite over as well.

Side tables. Make sure you have places to put those icy cold drinks and plates. If your outdoor kitchen is breezy, make sure the furniture is heavy and solid enough to not be blown around in the wind. Read the rest of this entry »

Pallet Projects for 2014

Ring in the New Year with these DIY projects for your home.

Wood pallet project ideas embrace the inner do-it-yourselfer. They range on any level of expertise and the ideas never run out. From chic and elegant to country rustic, wooden pallets accentuate decorations and room color. These often discarded pieces can easily be attained. As they say, one person’s trash is another person’s treasure!

1. Coffee table. Paint, screws, and voila!

Home stores often give pallets away for free.
Home stores often give pallets away for free.

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Does white make a room seem larger?

Is white the way to go?

White wall paint.If you have a smaller room in your home and you want to make it appear more spacious, you might assume that white would do the trick. However, that’s not necessarily the case.

According to color experts, a small room that is painted white can end up looking dirty and dingy. Blame the lighting—in dim light, shadows can be created that make the room feel smaller and more closed in, the opposite of what you want. Color can actually help a room appear bigger.

One option is painting your small space a saturated color, which can give it a feeling of grandeur and drama. The corners disappear visually, allowing the room to feel more spacious. Read the rest of this entry »

Painting Trends: Accent Walls

Add color with an accent wall.

If you’re looking for a project to get your creative juices flowing again, adding an accent wall, or changing the color of a current accent wall, may be just the right project for you.

Before choosing a color, remember that not all walls are meant to be accent walls. The wall that features a fireplace, bed, bookcase, or other prominent accessory is more likely to be successful than other arbitrary walls of the room.

Once you’ve decided on the wall, it’s time to choose “the look”. Here are a few of the many accent wall options.

Accent wallMake It Bold: Adding a bright colored accent wall is like walking into a quiet room and yelling, “BOO!!” Most people are going to jump at first, and then love that you’re the fun and whimsical. Others will shy away from the peace and quiet that once was. If you’re already using bright colors for your room’s accessories, a bright accent wall will fit in beautifully. Read the rest of this entry »

The Economy and the Color (or non-color) Gray

The gray color palette.

gray color paletteGray creeps into the color palette in intervals that make a pattern. Gray is often considered industrial or utilitarian for many products, but it has been elevated to the top of the color chart in times of economic upheaval time and time again.

When the US was in the midst of WWII gray emerged as a popular companion to other grayed off colors. It lived a few more years before it was replaced with beige as the popular neutral. We didn’t see much of this achromatic hue as we went through the earth tones in the 60’s and 70s. In the late 70s the economy slid once again in gray flourished. Alongside the popular almond beiges you could find gray in textiles, paints and fashions. Read the rest of this entry »

Home Office Inspiration

What makes a good home office? If you are one of the thousands working from home, turn your home into a work-friendly environment with these tips. Read the rest of this entry »

How to Photograph a Before and After Room

It’s not as easy as it seems to photograph your home. More goes into it than a click and a flash. If you’re trying to show home improvements in before and after shots, it is especially important to photograph the room in it’s best light for the after shot. There are some tips to accentuate the positive changes you have made. These photographs are meant to emphasize what a wonderful job you’ve done transforming the drab to fab!
A side-by-side comparison shows the vast changes you can make to a room.

A side-by-side comparison shows the vast changes you can make to a room.

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