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    Coral and Mint Living Room Reveal

    If you’ve been a follower of our blog for a while, you may have seen this room made over before. This is this room’s 4th, yep, 4th makeover. I have learned so much about what works for this space (and our family!) and what doesn’t. I FINALLY love this room.  I love it because it totally reflects my style and nearly every element of the room was a DIY done by yours truly. I’m talking, the wall paint, refinished floors, curtains, ALL of the furniture, including the sofas and many of the accessories were all made by moi! From 2011, when we moved in and had zero decor (and no decorating budget!) This room has come a long, long way! Since moving in, I have painted the room twice. Once a pretty grey (Glidden – Pebble Grey) with a striped accent wall and hallway. Now, we have a crisp white (Behr – Swiss Coffee) room with a Mandilicious, Vintage Revivals inspired gold sharpie accent wall.  It’s funny but I can totally see my style shift and I finally figured out…

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  • Tufted Sofa

    How to reupholster a sofa

    Today’s project was literally one of the biggest DIYs I have ever taken on. Not because it was incredibly difficult or something but because it was a long process and the payoff was huge! I taught myself how to reupholster a sofa. It is definitely one of the most dramatic transformations that I’ve done. I found this sofa for $40 at a local thrift store. I already knew what I wanted so when I spotted it with an additional 50% off price tag, I knew it was time to bite the bullet and take on a massive reupholstery project.  I’m pretty sure this exact same sofa was in my church building as a kid. Either that or a hotel lobby. I’m also fairly certain that my husband thought I was a lunatic when I sent him to pick it up from the store after I bought it. Don’t worry, I made him see the potential! I got her home and a month later, tore it apart! A sofa is not much different that reupholstering a chair or something.  You basically…

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    DIY Homework and Art Station

     YAY!!! Its 2014!!! Happy New Year everyone! One of my goals of 2014 is be more organized. I feel like this is my goal every year but this is the year everything will stick…hopefully. I have been working on a few projects around my house to get me started in the right direction. First, was this DIY Homework and Art Station! I wanted to make over this cute corner in my girls playroom that they can keep all their art supplies and also work on their homework or the latest masterpiece!  The playroom has been needing a uplift for sometime now. With some help of my sister and friend, I repainted the whole room white then I added the black stripes. You can learn how to paint perfect horizontal stripes here. How awesome are those cute school desks? I scored those at a local thrift store for only $8 a piece. With the help of some black and kelly green spray paint and of course gold legs these desk were revamped in no time. The girls got the easel for Christmas and…

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    Chevron Wall Redo

      I painted my chevron wall about a year ago and I loved it. But I was ready for a change. I have changed this wall three times in the last month. It started like this…  Then I painted it a mint color…   Then I was going to do the stripe with gold glitter…. I used the Silhouette Double Sided Adhesive Paper and I used cheap gold glitter from Walmart and I did not do much when I realized, #1 it would take forever to do #2 the gold glitter was a little too much If the zig zag would have been smaller then I would have done it. It worked perfectly. But this is how it ended up… I am VERY VERY happy with the navy stripe!!! I love it, and I love all the little items add to the dresser, including my lamps that I taped off and painted the bases with gold spray paint. What do you think?! Which one is your favorite…. I really would love to know…

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  • Mint Chair Corner

    Pretty little Reading Nook aka My favorite spot in the house

     Hello hello! Thanks for stopping by today, you’re awesome. Today I’m going to share with you one of my absolute faaaaveorite spots in my house. My kid’s call it “Mommy’s chair”. This little sitting area has been deemed “my spot” and let’s be honest, it IS my spot! *winks* “Wait Mallory, haven’t you redone your living room like 500 times?” Why yes. I have. BUT… I have FINALLY gotten myself together and I am in loooove with this room now. It’s soooo close to being done so I’m showing you this little area as a little sneak peek if you will, for the whole room reveal COMING SOON! Eeekk!! I’m beyond excited.  First, let’s talk about this chair (!!!!). I love it. I scooped up this little baby on the a yard sale for $5! Cuh-razy!!! I sprayed the wood with Rustoleum Metallic Gold and upholstered it with a mint fabric I found at Joann’s. If you follow me on instagram, you already saw this little makeover.   I aboslutely love the tufting too. Have you tufted anything before? It’s really…

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  • sophies room

    Colorful and Charming Teen Bedroom

    This is my sister Sophie’s room. Sophie is in 8th grade now and a few months ago her room felt to young for her. Once upon a time this was a kid garden room but is now a perfect spot for her and her teenage friends to hang out. I painted this cute desk for her and the knobs were found at Hobby Lobby. The adorable 4 foot chalkboard I also made for her using some MDF and chalkboard paint. (If you are in the AZ area I do custom make the chalkboards and sell them, if you are interested email me. The darling chair is another DIY project. The rug was found at Rugs USA  Here is a better view of the entire room. The bedding is from Pottery Barn Kids along with the dainty canvas pictures of the birds. Sweet Dreams was made by my Nana and will forever be cherished. A few of the pillows are from the Nordstrom Home Department. The large one in the back was homemade and the polka dot one with the…

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  • white kitchen

    5 ways to make a tiny kitchen look and feel larger!

     I’m renting a cute little home that has a teeny tiny kitchen. Homes built in the 40’s just weren’t designed with large kitchen areas. I updated this kitchen with a little paint and a whole lot of elbow grease. The paint and styling in this kitchen has totally changed the look (obviously!) and feel of the kitchen and eat-in dining area. It feels 10x bigger than when we moved in. I have learned a ton throughout the last two years of updating this space. I have really learned what has worked and what just doesn’t in a small space like this.  Here are a few things I’ve learned that have made a huge difference! 1. Paint walls a light color. When we moved in, the walls were a bright, fun green. I wanted to do a little cottage-ish kitchen so the wall color wasn’t going to work for us. We painted the kitchen tan, then a year later, I got the itch to do it grey. We used Glidden’s Pebble Grey (purchased at Home Depot, my other home) throughout the…

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    How to stain and refinish wood

    Hi friends! So, I’ve been preparing this week to go home to ARIZONA for a few weeks!!! I am beyond excited and I can’t wait to see my family and friends and my bloggy, crafty, bestie, Savannah! I basically have tomorrow to clean my house and pack since I leave Thursday super duper early in the morning. Anyone have any travel tips or ideas for flying alone with 3 kids under age 4??    Needless to say, this week has already been crazy so I decided to give myself a little break and share this tutorial with you on staining furniture. I was totally intimidated by staining before I tried it and on my first try, totally failed… so I was even more intimidated. Then, I did a bunch of research, tried again and voila! I’m basically an expert now! 😉 haha!    Here’s my rendition of “How to Stain Furniture”  I tried staining before and was totally disheartened. I didn’t really know what I was doing and just went for it. Guess what happened?? TOTAL FAIL!! I didn’t sand enough and…

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    Classic Black Desk Makeover

    I found this adorable desk at a yard sale in the cutest little neighborhood. I loved the lines and simplicity with the detailed legs. I thought it had awesome potential and boy, was I right! I sanded it down, primed it with Kilz Latex. This was the first time I used primer with my HVLP gun and I’m hooked! It worked soooo well and left a smooth beautiful surface to paint! Hooray! Then, I have it a coat of Glidden Onyx Black in Semi Gloss. I cleaned the knobs and pulls and left them original because I really liked the contrast of the brass and black. Very Pottery Barn-esque don’t ya think!? After I sprayed a couple coats, I waxed it with Minwax Paste Finishing Wax. I love that stuff. It leaves the smoothest finish! I put it up for sale but my good friend, Kate snatched it up for her office area in her salon! It looks perfect in there! What do you think!? I really love bright, fun, colorful furniture but there is something special about a classic…

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