DIY Faux Wallpaper Using A Pencil!

I’ve been dying to add some texture to the wall behind my bed, but wanted it to be subtle.  I didn’t want to paint it, and I had already tried a sponge technique on the other side of the room.  I found this wallpaper at Anthropologie that I really liked, and I thought, why not draw it?

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So I grabbed a pencil, a level, turned on some Etta James, and got to work.

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I had this 48-inch level and this 12 inch level left over from when I did my DIY sharpie subway tile and used them.  I honestly don’t know how I decided, but I landed on doing 12″ x 18″ rectangles.  I simply grabbed a pencil and started drawing.

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I can tell you, I made way more mistakes in the beginning, and then when I got the hang of it, I used the eraser WAY less.  This is what I did for ONE rectangle:

  1. Draw an 18″ vertical line
  2. Added another right next to it (see pic, I didn’t use measurements I eyeballed and it’s not perfect)
  3. Created a space of about an inch
  4. Draw another two 18″ vertical lines
  5. Draw a 12″ horizontal line
  6. Added another right next to it (see pic, I didn’t use measurements I eyeballed and it’s not perfect)
  7. Created a space of about an inch
  8. Draw another two 12″ horizontal lines

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What made each of the “stripes” beautiful, are the details of the two thinner lines on each side–don’t skip out on those!

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I then erased in a circular motion in the middle to get that washed out look–like the Anthropologie wallpaper had.  You can see there are tons of imperfections, so don’t beat yourself up over them–at least I don’t.  Because overall, when you look at the entire wall, it will look great…

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You can see a closer look on video here–just scroll through my “highlight” to get to the part where I do this DIY.

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I like the subtle look, but you can always darken the lines with a paint pen if you prefer–and probably better if you are in a high traffic area.  I’m not so concerned with the pencil lines because it’s behind my bed where no one walks by it or touches it.  If you want to try this somewhere that you’re worried about smudges, maybe try a paint pen.  However, for my space, I was going for subtle.

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As always, please DM me on Instagram if you try this or have questions!  And please, sign up for my email updates below.  I promise I won’t spam you.  We can be best buds.

Love,

Deema

 

 

 

 

 

 

DIY Faux Subway Tile Using A Sharpie In Two Easy Steps!

After I did my DIY Faux backsplash using a sponge for my master bath, I kept thinking about what other ways I could do a faux backsplash in the kids bathroom. I had already used the sponge technique a few times, and I wanted to try something a little different. I had seen so many DIYers use Sharpie on walls for so many neat patterns and I thought why not try a faux subway tile with Sharpie?  And so I did.

Here’s what you’ll need:

First let me show you what the space looked like before..

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And here’s the other side..

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For my bathroom, I decided to do “tiles” that were 4″x6″ in size–however, you choose what works best for your space.

First step:

I used the level to draw all the horizontal lines in pencil, and then the same with the vertical lines.  The level is a HUGE life saver.

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Second step:

Trace the lines with Sharpie!  And that’s it.  Just make sure you have music on hand, and maybe a drink, just to keep you sane.

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And once I was done, here’s what it looked like!  FULL VIDEO TUTORIAL HERE.

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And the other side of the bathroom..

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And back around…..The corners were a bit tough, make sure you still sharpie right on the corner!

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It was VERY easy, but incredibly tedious.  If you are a beginner at DIYs, this is totally doable.  That ruler level is a complete lifesaver, and makes this super easy.  Lastly, I learned after I did this DIY, that some DIYers use Sharpie paint pen (instead of the Sharpie markers I used).  I don’t know the difference, but I’ve heard the others may be easier to paint over.  I simply linked what I used for this specific DIY–do your research if you’re concerned about removing it down the road!

As always, please DM me on Instagram if you try this or have questions!  And again, the full video tutorial is here. And please, sign up for my email updates below.  I promise I won’t spam you.  We can be best buds.

Love,

Deema

 

How To Turn A Dresser Into A Beautiful Built In

One of my most recent projects was the kid’s room, and I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out.  It all started with an old dresser I was thinking of selling but then had a vision, then had tunnel vision, and then there was no turning back.  It took some time, but was easier than I thought.  And while this may not be the best way to do it, it was the easiest and cheapest option I could find.  When I wanted to do this, I had no idea how, and I thought I’d share the steps I took for those of you looking to do something similar.

First, let me show you the space.  This is my kids room the day we moved in below.

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And this is the dresser that was literally an inch too wide to fit in between the closets.  **Que a huge buzz kill**

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First thing I did, was have someone come and saw off the sides. And it was in!

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Next I wanted to remove all the “feet” on the bottom of the dresser for a more cohesive look so that it was flat on the ground, and also because the dresser was too high for the window.  Luckily that part was easy because they screwed right off.  The other issue was, there was a gap in between the dresser and the window–so I went to home depot, bought a piece of plywood, and we nailed it on the top and you can see below.

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The next thing was, I HATED how there was a gap in between the dresser and the closet.  There were a few options here, but we ended up getting insulating foam sealant and pre-mixed joint compound to fill the gaps.  I will say it took two separate days because it would shrink after drying.

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And there it is, filled up.  It then took some very careful sanding to smooth it out.  I will say, it’s not perfect by any stretch, but I was happy with the outcome and couldn’t wait to paint and swap out the hardware!

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I was so excited when the Rejuvenation hardware came in, I tried it on even before I painted.  Just look at the difference in the closet handles!  This is actually a drawer pull–it’s the 12-inch Elroy Drawer Pull and it was worth every penny.

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And for the dresser, I bought the Dish Cabinet Knob with round plate.  The work on all the Rejuvenation hardware is absolutely beautiful.  I then painted everything using Greige Trim Paint from Clare Paint and I was done!

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I am so in love!

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I could not be happier, and this completely transformed the room.  And if you’d like to know how I color blocked this wall, check out my easy DIY here.  Let me know if you’ve done something similar, or plan to do something similar–I’d love to see!  And please, sign up for my email updates below.  I promise I won’t spam you.  We can be best buds.

Love,

Deema

How To Color Block A Wall In 4 Easy Steps

About a month ago I started to finish up the kid’s room, and felt like something was missing.  The walls felt unfinished, and they needed a “layer” of something.  This was also the only one of two rooms in the house without any wainscoting and it always bothered me.  And while I know I could’ve added some, I wanted a quicker, cheaper, and easier way to accomplish a similar look.  I had seen several color block walls on Pinterest, and I figured it was time to give it a try.

For context, this was the wall– Something just felt like it was missing, minus the fact that I hadn’t completely removed the decals that covered the entire wall yet (upper right).

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After removing the rest of the decals, this was the bare wall.

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For starters, there is no way I could’ve gotten a straight line without my laser level linked here.  I chose this because it was cheap and had great reviews on amazon–I will say that one thing I did NOT like about this level, was that the height can’t be adjusted.  I literally had to stack it on top of a bunch of books to get it where I needed it–but it got the job done, and it was cheap.

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This is what it looks like, it’s pretty small, and you can place it anywhere–another option (if you don’t want to use books), is to buy a stand for it.

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This is what the lazer looks like when it’s on, it’s pretty faint and isn’t as dark when you have a ton of sunlight coming in.  I know some DIYers advise using painters tape to line up here, but I found it easier and simpler to grab a super thin paint brush and simply tracing the line.

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Once I did that, I took a slightly thicker paint brush just to paint a thicker edge–that way when I used the paint roller I didn’t have to worry about accidentally painting over it.  You can use any paint brushes, but I used this pack on Amazon–I used the smallest one to trace, and the largest brush to fill a wider space.

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And now you can turn the lazer light off and grab your paint roller–as you can see the only place I used painter’s tape was on the baseboard.  I typically use 4-6 inch rollers, and for this wall I used a 6 inch.  I did two coats of Greige from Clare Paint, and I was done.

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Once I saw the one wall, I knew I had to complete the entire room.

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I was in love.  This was so easy and did not take much time at all.

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I ended up wrapping it all the way around the other side of the room too.  It completely transformed the room, and flowed right into those built ins I worked on prior.  And again, it was so easy!

Just to recap:

Step 1: Use a laser level to mark where you want to start the color.

Step 2: Use a thin paint brush to paint a thin line right on the lazer line.

Step 3: Take a slightly larger paint brush to fill out the line–that way when you use the roller, you don’t have to worry about accidentally going over the line.

Step 4: Use a roller brush to apply as many coats as you need–I did two coats.

And that’s it!

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And just for reference, I painted mine at 4 feet (my baseboards are 4 inches).  And again, I used Greige by Clare Paint.  Hope you like it, I know I do!  And the best part?  Super easy, quick, and cheap!  As always, please DM me on Instagram if you try it.  I would LOVE to see!  If you’re interested in other ways I’ve used different paint techniques in other rooms of my house, check out my past blog posts below:

  1. Faux DIY Backsplash Using Paint And A Dish Sponge
  2. DIY Sponge Paint Wall–Small Budget, Huge Impact
  3. DIY Faux Wallpaper Ideas

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Love,

Deema

 

Faux DIY Backsplash Using Paint And A Dish Sponge

I wanted to share a fun, cheap, and easy DIY I did this weekend that made such a dramatic transformation to my master bathroom.  The real star of the show was the faux backsplash I did with a sponge, however, let me walk you through the entire bathroom refresh…

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This is my master bathroom, it’s not awful, in fact, the previous owner had remodeled it.  However, I always felt like the paint was “blah” and so was the entire bathroom.  I really wanted to add some life to it.

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Because we’re all stuck at home during this quarantine, I used what I had in the house.  I grabbed some leftover Greige Clare Paint that I had used in the kids room, and painted all the cabinets.  I then took this dull silver hardware, and spray painted it black. (excuse the awful pics!)

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Now for the fun part…I’ve always wanted a backsplash in here, but installing tile or stone is not on my list of current talents—I can imagine many of you are in the same boat.  So what did I do?  I grabbed a sponge, some leftover Seize The Gray Clare Paint, and I got to work.

Here’s what the sponge looked like (pretty much your standard dish sponge):

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You can see the full video tutorial on my Instagram here, however below is the quick step by step guide + some tips:

  1. Pour paint out in a dish large enough to fit a sponge
  2. Dip the sponge in paint and wipe off excess paint (You can also get a sheet of paper to dip the sponge in once before the wall to get excess paint off that way)
  3. Dip the sponge on the wall (multiple times before reapplying paint)–the imperfections will look great when some squares are faded and others aren’t
  4. Repeat–Pick the spacing you want between each “stone.” (but alternate like actual brick or tile would look, don’t stack them..see below)

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I’m awful at taking step by step pictures, and if you follow me on Instagram I have a video that will be much more helpful.  However, below are some helpful tips–this really was as simple as it seems!

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Tips:

  • Don’t use too much paint, always wipe off the excess before putting it on the wall.
  • Have a Q-tip and a wet paper towel ready in case anything drips
  • I cut a sponge in half for the ends of the wall, but I didn’t end up using it.  Instead I would eyeball the size by bending the sponge–it may make more sense if you see my video on Instagram here.
  • I didn’t measure, I eyeballed everything.  I LOVE the imperfections and feel like it gives it a more vintage weathered vibe.
  • Lastly, and this may be more personal taste, but I prefer using lighter paint colors when doing this.  I’ve tried this method a few other ways, and have found that darker paint colors don’t look as nice–darker colors also highlight mistakes much more than lighter colors.

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So what do you think?  Not too shabby for a cheap alternative to a real backsplash right?  I hope you try it too!  And send me a DM on Instagram and show me what it looks like!  If you’re interested in another way I’ve used a sponge technique, check out my DIY Sponge Paint Wall. And please, sign up for my email updates below.  I promise I won’t spam you.  We can be best buds.

Love,

Deema

 

 

4 Steps To Creating A Beautiful Gallery Wall

It’s no secret I love a good gallery wall.  In fact in my last apartment, I had so many of them that I probably needed an intervention.  I think they bring so much charm to a space, and there are so many different ways to do one.  Whether its a perfect grid family photo wall, or a floor to ceiling display, a gallery wall can bring so much character to your space.  And for an art lover like me, it’s a great way to showcase all my fun finds.

Now that I’m on my third gallery wall in my current home, I thought I’d outline 4 easy steps to follow when creating one yourself.  And while I love a good grid–I plan to do one of my family photos soon–below is a guide for a free flowing gallery wall–perfect for newbies!

Step 1:  Pick an overall “theme.”

Are you aiming to do a collage of family photos? Art? Mirrors? Clocks? A nice combo wall?  Are you going going for a color scheme?

Step 2: Grab everythaannnnnng.

And by that I mean, grab everything that’s a possibility for the wall and place it all in one space.  This way you can look at it all together and get a “feel” for it.  It may not be up on the wall, but by placing it all on the floor together, you can get an idea if you like what you see, or if you need to shop around for more stuff.

Step 3:  Map it out. 

Once you have all the “things” you want, start arranging them on the floor.  It may not be exact, but thinking it through on the floor is helpful.  The most important?  Pick the middle (or most prominent) piece first, that way you have a nice starting point.  I ALWAYS start from the middle.

**If you have significantly larger pieces along with smaller pieces, see my tips below for that too.

Step 4: Grab your hammer and don’t overcomplicate things.

Grab the piece that will be in the “middle” and hang it up.  Don’t think about it, just do it–remember you already mapped it out the step before this.  Here’s an example below.  I knew the white canvass was going to cover my thermostat, so I hung that up first and then started to go “around” it.

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And kept going….

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and going…

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…and going until I was finished!

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Another way to do it, is to start with the larger pieces and go around those.  So for example, that’s what I did with my most recent gallery wall–I picked the two larger pieces, placed them, and then worked the smaller art around them.

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And I did the same thing with my “mini” gallery wall in my bedroom–a reminder, not all gallery walls need to fill an entire wall. I grabbed the larger piece, and added smaller pieces around it.

 

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Alright, you ready?  And don’t worry if you don’t like something after you hang it up, simply remove it, and rehang it–it’s so easy to patch up nail holes.  I promise you, I’ve done it hundreds of times.  Now go on and start that gallery wall and make me proud.  And send me a DM on Instagram and show me what it looks like! And please, sign up for my email updates below.  I promise I won’t spam you.  We can be best buds.

Love,

Deema

Hate Cords But Love Lamps? Modern Lantern’s Got You Covered.

I don’t know about you, but there are two things that truly frustrate me when it comes to traditional lamps:  First, I hate how ugly cords look.  They drive me crazy, and I will go to great lengths to hide as much of them as I can.  Second, I’m always restricted where I can place lamps because of where my outlets are.  The same goes for beautiful sconces–There are so many places I’d love to have them on my walls, but unfortunately, I don’t have the ability to hard wire all my walls. Well, that’s where Modern Lantern comes in–Their lamps run on a chargeable battery. I recently purchased the Bella Bronze Cordless Lamp, and I couldn’t be more impressed.

Here she is on my fireplace mantel.

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In the middle of my coffee table..

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On my kitchen counter..

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In my living room where I have no outlet…

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My bedroom nook.  See that outlet next to the table?  A normal lamp would’ve had a cord dangling from that table…

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And my dining table…

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I think you get the point.  Now go check them out, I promise you won’t be disappointed.  And check out my Instagram this Saturday, I’ll be sharing a link to their monthly giveaway. And please, sign up for my email updates below.  I promise I won’t spam you.  We can be best buds.

Love,

Deema

Liza Pruitt Art Collective, My Humble Review.

The art in my home is probably the most asked about question I get on Instagram.    And while I would never claim to be an art connoisseur, I’ve definitely had so much fun selecting the art pieces in my new home.  I see art as another way to express myself in my home, and I’m super picky what I put up on my walls.  I love finding new artists and the stories behind each piece.

I recently found Liza Pruitt’s art collective on Instagram.  She’s so fun to follow because she’s always sharing previews of new collections in her stories.  What’s neat about her art collective is she has 20 artists with a variety of styles.

I recently purchased this art piece (by Christen B Yates) for my office, and I LOVE it.

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It’s sitting on my shelves as you walk into my office, and I couldn’t be happier with it.

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She has so many other artists with different styles.  Below are a few of my favorites that are currently up on her site.

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This one is Crown VIII, you can find it here.

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This one is called Helen, you can find it here.

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This one is called Seaside, and you can find it here.

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This one is called Louise, and you can find it here.

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This one is called Afternoon Walk, you can find it here.

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This one is called Lady Sketching, and you can find it here.

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This one is called BW, and you can find it here.

These are just a few, be sure to check out the full collection from various talented artists here.  Liza really has an eye for design and I can’t wait to see what new collections are coming soon!  And stay tuned, I hope to put together a few blog posts about all the other art in my home.

As always, thanks for being here!

Love,

Deema

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6 Reasons Why I Love Clare Paint

If you’re following me on Instagram, you know I’ve been on a painting spree in my new home.  And it’s safe to say I absolutely loathe the process of painting, but love the outcome.  Paint can really transform a space. With that said, if there’s a way to make the experience easier, I’m totally taking it.  Minus actually hiring painters, I found that Clare Paint was the easiest, least stressful way to do it.

1. Convenience

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Look, I’m a mom of two young kids, and I work full time.  I don’t have time to be running around buying paint and supplies.  Being able to save time is super important to me.  Clare paint is delivered right to your doorstep.

2.  One stop shop

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Not only does the paint come to your door, but all her friends come too.  The tape, rollers, roller frame, tray & plastic tray liner, extension pole, paint brushes, plastic drop cloth, paint stirrer, and yes even a paint can opener that I thought was a bottle opener.  **insert face palm**

3.  No mess samples

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I LOVED the samples I got in the mail.  I got these pretty large swatches that you can stick on your wall and see what the true color will look like.  No need to paint a few patches on your wall and wait for them to dry.

4.  Color options

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First of all, I’m a sucker for details, and I can spend hours trying to perfect a space.  With that said, when I walk into a paint store and there are hundreds of paint colors, I get overwhelmed.  Clare paint makes it incredibly easy.  There are WAY less options to pick from, but all so beautiful.

5.  Expert advice

They have this super cool tool on their website called “Clare Color Genius,” and it helps pick the colors for you.  Clare was founded by an interior designer, and there are a series of questions that the the system asks you to generate a few suggested colors.  Coolest thing ever.

6. Paint quality

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Not only are these designer curated colors that are self-priming, but they’re eco-friendly too.  Clare paint is zero VOC and GREENGUARD Gold certified.  In english?  It basically means it’s a completely natural paint, no toxic emissions, and better air quality for you and your family.

So what are you waiting for?  Go order some Clare Paint for your next project, all the cool kids are doing it.  It’s totally the “new” way to DIY paint your space, and you don’t even need to leave the house.

Love,

Deema

 

DIY Faux Wallpaper Ideas

I’m alive!!!  It’s been a minute since my last post, but I’ve been busy buying a home, moving in, and now I’m currently waking up 4 out of 7 nights a week in a panic because I can’t decide on a paint color or what rug size would fit best in whatever room I’m currently obsessing over.   Totally normal, right?  And if you’re not following me on Instagram already, you can check out our new home and follow along as I make it our own.

Last night I finished one of my easiest DIY’s to date!  It was probably my favorite, and one that made the biggest impact.  Insert dramatic drumroll….I attempted a faux wallpaper wall!  It was super cheap, super easy, and pretty quick.  Here’s how I did it below:

Step 1:  Supplies

You will need paint and paint brushes.  That’s it.

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I ended up loving the paint and the color I picked!  I used Kendall Charcoal.  And FYI, you don’t need a lot. I got a quart and barely used any of it, and I had a pretty large wall to cover.  Next up, I had to get some paint brushes.

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A friend recommended this pack and I used the largest brush for this project.  This pack of 6 was only $14.99 on Amazon.

2.  Quick practice and test

Grab a piece of paper and start practicing.  I have a video that may be more helpful on my Instagram, but you basically dip the paint brush in the paint, and then alternate dotting the paper at different angles.

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I then taped the piece of paper on the wall so I could get an idea of how it would look.   And then I got ready!

3.  Start painting and pray

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And you’re ready!  I held my breathe and hoped for the best!  I kept dipping the brush in the paint, and then dipping it on the wall while alternating angles.  It was that simple.  The entire wall took about 2 hours.

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And I don’t know if you can tell from the picture, but it’s a pretty big wall.

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It went from one end of the house, all the way to the kitchen.

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And that’s it!  I was so happy with the end result.  This took two hours, was practically free, and look at the impact it had on the room.  If you end up trying it, I would love to see!  I wish I had taken a before picture, but this made such a difference.  And if you liked this post, you’d probably love the last one I did, 20 Ways To Add Character To Your Home.

**UPDATE*** I ended up adding this technique into one last corner of my home, except this time, using Blackest by Clare Paint.  See below!

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Love,
Deema