When you think of the color white, you might not realize just how many shades of white paint there are to choose from. Let me be the one to tell you there are hundreds of different shades of white. This has to do with the undertones. Just like any other color, white also has undertones that will affect it's color. After trying out a number of different shades of white in our own remodels, we have decided to share our tried and true favorites with you!
As seen throughout the interior of our Kings Ave Remodel, Polar Bear by Behr is the perfect blend of soft yet bright white. This is a really nice go-to white when you are looking for a true white color on your walls without a super stark white appearance. I would recommend this white for any size room or design style of a home!
In the Modern French Remodel, we wanted a true bright white interior for this modern style remodel. Cool December by Dunn Edwards was our favorite bright white after testing out a number of close seconds. This was used thought the interior of the home and looks beautiful with all of the natural light that floods inside. The smooth textured walls contribute to the clean aesthetic we were looking to achieve while the stark white color brings in the modern flare.
Oh, Alabaster! We have used this in many of our remodels for both interior and exterior paint. This was most recently featured on the exterior walls at our Kings Ave Remodel as well as the interior and exterior walls at our Coolidge Remodel. This is also a client favorite! This white is great because it has a soft undertone without taking on a yellow appearance. For an exterior color, this is best paired with a dark trim to make the white appear whiter. In both cases, when we applied it on the exterior of the home, we used Tricorn Black by Sherwin Williams for the Trim. I would recommend Alabaster to anyone who is looking for a soft white for their home.
In a world full of whites and greys, we tend to forget about old friends and variations of these key colors. Anything that is not light and bright has gotten the boot lately, but what about those lovely soft taupes we all used to fawn over?! It's time to bring taupe (with a modern touch) back into your life! Taupes look absolutely fantastic in a wide range of settings, and compliment whites, greys, and beiges so well you will wonder why you ever got rid of these staples. Take a look at some of our favorite modern taupes below!
One of my favorite ways to give a little personality to a room is to add wallpaper! Whether you are choosing a bold print, or a simple pattern, wallpaper is a great addition to any room. Installing wallpaper yourself may seem a little scary at first, but follow along as we break this DIY down step by step to give you the confidence you need to transform your space!
What You'll Need:
Step 1: Measure Your Space
First, measure out the wall or walls that you are wanting to be covered with wallpaper. You will then measure your wallpaper and cut to the size you need.
Tip: Leave 1-2 extra inches on the top and bottom of each panel, just in case!
You can always trim later.
Step 2: Spray With Water To Activate Adhesive
After measuring and cutting your rolls of paper, roll your wallpaper out onto a smooth, flat surface and flip over, adhesive side up. You will then want to use your spray bottle to generously spray the backside of your wallpaper, making sure to get a nice even coat over the entire panel. Don't forget the edges and corners!
Step 3: Booking
Next, you are going to carefully fold in the top and bottom of your wallpaper panel to meet in the middle, this is called booking! Booking allows the paper to relax a little bit before application, but only if the paper is loosely set on top of each other. Be careful not to mash it down on the paper underneath, we just want to softly set it on top of the later underneath. Your paper should be smooth with no harsh bends or wrinkles in it. You are going to let your wallpaper sit in this position for about 3 minutes, then you are ready for step four!
Step 4: First Panel Installation
The first panel of wallpaper sets the tone for the following panels so the pressure is on!
Unfold your wallpaper from the previous step and carefully bring your panel, adhesive side up into the wallpapers new room. Pick a corner of the room to start in and grab your ladder for installation.
Tip: This process is easiest with two people, have your helper stand back and make sure that the panel looks straight and is perfectly in the seam between the wall and the ceiling as well as the seam between the wall you are applying the paper to, and the wall next to it.
It is important that you adhere your paper to the wall slowly and carefully so that your panel is straight and positioned correctly. Once you press the top of your wallpaper onto the wall and into the seams, you may be able to remove it or adjust it once or twice, but will lose adhesive after that.
Take your wallpaper smoothing tool and use your other hand to press the wallpaper into the seam where the two walls meet. You are really going to have to make sure that the edges are smoothed out and sticking to the wall. If your edges or any of your paper is losing some of its' adhesive, not to worry, just carefully peel the area back from the wall and use your spray bottle to spray a little bit more water onto the back of the wallpaper, and voila!
Step 5: Smooth Out All Air Bubbles
Once your wallpaper is in place and adhered to the wall, use your wallpaper smoothing tool again and get out all of the air bubbles in the paper. Start from the top of your panel and work your way down, scraping out the air bubbles toward the side of the wallpaper where your second wallpaper panel will be installed.
Step 6: Trim Excess Paper
If you left a couple of inches at the top and bottom of your panel, it's time to trim those back! Using your wallpaper smoothing tool, make sure you press the bottom of the wallpaper into the baseboard or seam to give yourself a nice crisp seam to cut into. Use your exacto knife or box cutter for a straight line and a precise cut. Cut along the seam, crown molding, or baseboard, making sure you are going slow, it is hard to undo any mistakes during this step.
Step 7: Additional Panel Installation
Once you are happy with your first wallpaper panel, it is time to start your next one! Some wallpapers have linear patterns that are easy to line up, not all are this simple but try to match up any patterns you have as best you can! When you lay panel number two next to panel number one, try to lay the paper as close to each other as possible without overlapping the paper, make sure you do not overlap the wallpaper panels! Once your panel is straight and lined up with the panel next to it, press the top of your wallpaper into the crease with your smoothing tool between the ceiling and wall as you did before. You will now repeat the previous six steps.
Step 8: Cut Around Any Outlets Or Switches
If you have any electrical outlets, switches, or plumbing that you need to cut out or around, do so before completing the panel it will be in. If there is a faceplate on the outlet or switch, take that off before beginning to cut. Find some sharp, non bulky scissors, a box cutter, or an exacto knife and poke a small hole where the corner of the area is. Carefully cut around the area but also remember that these areas will most likely be covered by face plates (for a switch or outlet) or a toilet (plumbing), so if you mess up, fortunately it won't be very noticeable!
Step 9: Stage Your New Room
I love staging with pieces that complement and make sense in the space. Fun hand towels, candles and plants are some of my go to pieces for bathrooms. Most importantly, if you like it, you should use it!
With Spring quickly approaching and new trends popping up left and right, it's only natural to want to redecorate your entire house, right?! While your'e not wrong, you're also not alone, we too feel the need to buy all the new, pretty things for Spring. Instead of feeding our inner impulse buyer and breaking the bank, we have searched high and low for timeless but relevant pieces to give your space a little refresh. Enjoy our favorites of the season by supporting our blog and shopping directly through our linked photos! Happy Shopping! xx
S T O R A G E
We are the crazy people who you open up their linen closets and its organized perfectly with cute, matching baskets and boxes. Hey, who wants to see a stack of cleaning rags and extra toilet paper?! Below are a few of our favorite decorative baskets to help de-clutter your space and make your inner neat freak happy.
V A S E S
One of our favorite ways to accessorize year round is with a variety of vases. They are seriously our go-to and we may have a bit of an addiction. Bookcases, trays, bathrooms, shelves, kitchen nooks, you name it and we have found a way to incorporate a vase in our design! Pairing these versatile accessories with florals and greenery is a great and inexpensive way to brighten up your space.
F A U X F L O R A L S & G R E E N E R Y
One of the best things about Spring is that the plants and flowers around town are blooming like crazy! What better way to welcome a fresh, new season than by bringing the outdoors in. Check out these inexpensive options to easily brighten up your space, the more the merrier!
T R A Y S
One thing we never leave out is a good tray. This go-to piece can make so many things possible. We love adding a coffee table book (or two), a candle, and some greenery to complete the look.
W A L L D E C O R
Floral prints and wood elements are one thing we cannot live without this Spring. Light, airy pieces that make your home feel bright and welcoming are a necessity this season! We are sure that any of these pieces will quickly become your new favorite decoration check them out for yourself!
P I L L O W S
Every woman's weakness, PILLOWS! We can never get enough of thems! And yes, you absolutely DO need separate pillows for each seasons, and don't let anyone tell you otherwise! These beautiful neutrals are an absolute need and will make your couch, bed, and you very, very happy.
B L A N K E T S
Some people only break out the blankets during the colder months, but not us! A muted, light weight blanket should be a staple in your living area. Try draping it over your couch, blanket ladder, or stack them in a big basket. Try it, we guarantee you snuggle up with it more than you'd think!
R U G S & M A T S
Let's face it, rugs get overlooked more than any other decor item, I mean they are on the floor! But a rug, runner, or doormat can transform a space and give it new life without purchasing or replacing a lot of more obvious items. Now that the weather is warming up, try a natural jute rug for a fresh feel that won't break the bank. Major bonus points, they're easy to clean and do a great job of hiding dog hair!
F U R N I T U R E
Last but certainly not least, furniture! Naturally, our first thought every Spring is "ugh, let's just refurnish the entire room, I am so ready for something new" are we right?! As much as we all feel like we want to do this each season, there are small tweaks we can implement to make that pesky (and expensive) thought disappear. With less pricey items like coffee tables, statement chairs, and consul tables, you can keep your trendy self and your wallet happy by choosing to refresh with a smaller piece that makes a big statement.
One of the easiest ways to update your brick fireplace is to fully paint or white wash the bricks, depending on the look you are going for. Adding a new mantel and some new decor gives you an entirely new look that you can achieve in just one day!
Step 1: Wipe Down & Clean
With a bucket of water and thick multi purpose sponge, clean off all dirt and dust from the bricks and hearth. You will also want to remove any fireplace screens and clean out the firebox.
Step 2: Tape Off
You will then want to tape off any areas that you do not want to paint ~ floors, walls, ceiling, mantel (if you are planning on keeping it). You can also use a drop cloth on the floor to prevent any paint dripping or spilling onto your floor.
Step 3: Paint Trim
Once the fireplace is completely taped off, you will want to pour a small amount of paint into a paint tray. Using your paint brush, you will start painting along the tape lines to prevent your roller getting too close to the tape and accidentally touching the wall.
Tip: You can also start by painting all of the grout lines and then move to your roller for the full face of the bricks.
My favorite paint kit comes with a paint tray, paint brush, large and small rollers, and covers. You may also want to consider picking up additional roller covers with a thicker "nap" to hold more paint, it makes a big difference! If you have a tall fireplace, I would also suggest picking up a paint roller extender, this will allow you to cover more surface area at a time.
Step 4: Let's Roll
Generously roll your paint roller in the paint that is in the paint tray and start painting the bricks. If you want full coverage, you will use more paint, for less coverage, you will use less paint during the step above. You can start from the bottom and work your way up or the other way around, your choice, there is no right or wrong way! For hard to reach places, I recommend a sturdy ladder that is easy to move around but still dependable.
Once the bricks are painted to your desired coverage, you will want to remove the tape.
Make sure you don't wait until the paint dries to do this step!
W H I T E W A S H O P T I O N
If you are going for a lighter white wash, you can thin out your paint with water (2 parts white latex paint to 1 part water) and follow the same steps as above.
Step 5: Spray Firebox
Wait approximately three hours for the paint to fully dry, then tape off all of the bricks surrounding the firebox. You will want to cover the hearth and floors as well to prevent any over spray! Wearing latex gloves, spray the inside of the firebox using a high heat resistant black spray paint.
Add new firewood for an extra clean look!
Tip: You can also do this step before you start painting the bricks white to further prevent overspray.
Final Step: Add Decor
Whether you are keeping your mantle or replacing it, you will want to add decor to complete your fireplace makeover! Keep your mantel balanced with taller pieces of decor on each side and a larger piece of art or a mirror in the middle.
If you do not have a large hearth to add decor, a basket to hold wood, pillows, or blankets is always nice to have next to the fireplace instead!
Have fun with your DIY Fireplace Makeover!