Several years ago we purchased an older home that was a fixer. It was an old small cottage that definitely needed some help. We were turning it into a rental house and it was in desperate need of paint! Below is the picture of the BEFORE. Not a pretty site – hey? We all know the transformation that paint brings to anything! Scroll down to see the AFTER!
This is the side entry of the home.
The foundation and window trim had brown peeling paint. The yellow vinyl siding was in good condition but needed a fresh coat to look fabulous. The electrical box and wires stuck out like a sore thumb. It was an attention getter in a bad way.
I decided to go with a NAVY BLUE paint for the exterior. I picked several different navy blues and had sample quarts – Color to Go made at Sherwin Willams. Even though the paint colors I chose were different brands, SW will make sample quarts. I’ve been using these sample paints for years. The Color to Go are inexpensive and give enough coverage to help you decide if you like the color or not! You can see exactly how the paint color works with lighting and your decor!
What color did I end up choosing? The home was painted NAVY BLUE with white trim work. It’s super cute.
The four paint color samples I painted on the garage sidewall:
Sherwin Williams Naval– classic Navy blue
Benjamin Moore Hale Navy – classic Navy blue that seemed to have a bit more gray to it.
Behr Very Navy – a little brighter Navy blue than the rest.
Dunn Edwards Nightfall – classic Navy blue
As you can see most of the samples are very close in color.
So which color did I end up using? Behr Very Navy. I wanted just a tad brighter Navy blue and this one delivered.
The trim color I used was Sherwin Williams Extra White.
The front of the cottage before painting…
Are you interested in seeing how it turned out? Here you go…
Dramatic? Stunning? Charming? Do you like it? I love it!!
The second part of this post will give more details of what we did to create this look. Look for this post in the next few days.
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The first time I used a garden auger was in the Fall. Because I had re-landscaped our front yard, I had to relocate all of our tulip bulbs. I was not looking forward to digging that many 6 inch deep holes, especially in the cold Autumn temperatures. I tried garden augers out and it changed my gardening life! It was so fast, fun, and easy! Plus I got to use a power tool, so it was a win-win.
This post is sponsored by Power Planter but all opinions are 100% my own.
Fast forward to this spring, and it was vegetable garden time. I knew I was going to utilize a garden auger for this as well. My 20 foot rows of peppers, tomatoes, onions, and other veggies were all done quickly thanks to the Power Planter augers!
Power Planter augers are proudly hand-welded in the USA and are guaranteed to last. They are perfect for all gardeners. They would make a great gift too!
They have many other sizes as well. You can check them out on their website 🙂
I used the larger one for things like tomatoes and the smaller one for onion sets and other bulbs. It only took a couple of minutes to dig the whole row!
Power Planter is offering to giveaway THREE starter sets which include the two sizes that I have (2″ x 7″ and 3″ x 7″).
Simply comment below and tell me your favorite thing to grow!
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Toilet Paper Rolls for Crafts are one of the most overlooked craft supplies and easy to find. Recycling and repurposing the cardboard from a paper tube never looked so good! There is an abundance of crafts, especially crafts for kids you can make with a cardboard tube.
My friend Melinda Tomasello reached out to me and wanted to share with TCL readers on how she was inspired by all the pandemic TP hoarding. Creating little art pieces from all the toilet paper rolls seems like a great idea!
Cardboard Toilet Paper Rolls for Crafts
Due to all the creative and crafting challenges taking place with COVID19, I thought it would be fun and helpful to create something useful, so for me that would be little art papers. And just like that, my toilet paper and paper towel tube art project emerged. This project can also be used to get a jump start on Christmas, by cutting the pieces into smaller shapes as holiday gift tags.
- Toilet Paper Tube
- Painters Tape
- Acrylic Paints, Crayons, Colored Pencils – whatever you have it great!
- Minwax water based Polycrylic protective finish, optional
- Craft Glue
- Craft Paint Brushes
Crafts with Toilet Paper Rolls
There are SO many ideas when searching for crafts you can make with toilet paper rolls. Especially season or Christmas ideas. It’s always fun to get the kids creating crafts for any holiday. It keeps them busy and some could be given as a homemade gift. My fellow blogger friend Maggie has 79 easy paper tube craft ideas and many you can use for the Christmas holiday or modify for others.
Are Toilet Paper Roll Tubes Safe to Use for Crafting
Because toilet paper tubes are in the bathroom, some are concerned they may be unsanitary. I don’t see any studies on the findings, but I’ve looked around the web and found a few ideas on how to clean and sanitize if you feel you need to.
- Keeping the lid down while flushing keeps the germs from swirling around your bathroom.
- Some people have sprayed with Lysol and then let them dry.
- Some set them out in the sun.
- You can bake toilet paper tubes in the oven on low heat to sanitize them. See this “how to sanitize TP rolls” tutorial.
- You can also purchase paper rolls for created just for crafting. They were never used with toilet paper.
Creating art from items that are headed for the trash or recycling bin is a fun way to create. You don’t have a lot invested, so if it doesn’t turn out, it’s fine!
Show me your TP cardboard tube creations and tag me on Instagram! @TodaysCreativeLife
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Quarantine has most of us working from home with little to no motivation to get up and work in a boring space every single day. However, while working from home has become quite the task, changing up the space you work in can truly make a difference in how inspired you become. The key is simple, bring in a style that you like and fully embrace it in your office space. Here are minimal office space ideas that are functional and stylish.
Wall Mounted Desk
The lighter the hues you use for your home office the larger it will appear giving you that grand showcase
If you have a smaller office, keeping things on the floor is the last thing you want to do. That is where having a wall-mounted desk will come into play. Raising things off of the floor enables you to make the room feel larger while keeping a chic appearance. Keep your lamp and computer on par with your table for an exceptional appearance.
When in doubt consider a textured one tone chair for that bold aspect that makes the room come to life without taking away from your decor.
Just because a room is minimal it doesn’t mean it needs to be boring. Reason why bringing in a colorful chair will instantly make the room come to life. The key is working with a chair that is smaller in structure yet is upholstered with a fun pattern that can instantly make the room come to life. It will be almost as if the chair instantly gave the space a boost of character.
Black & Wood
The darker shade will further showcase how expansive a room feels. It’s all about making the room feel fresh with a hint of texture.
If you want a minimal office yet must add an edge to it, use a black hue and work in blonde wood. The two might seem like they don’t blend well together; however, it’s quite the contrary. The right shade of black brings in a chic edge that will ultimately become the focus of the room, while the blonde wood will brighten the overall appearance. If you truly want to take it to the next level bring in a soft shade of gray.
Plenty of Storage
When it comes to storage, adding units that will embrace the room’s appeal will further showcase the room’s aesthetic while giving you more space.
Just because you’re going with a minimal style does not mean you need to only have a few items in the room. If you have an office that you’re working from regularly, you are going to have a ton of paper, pens, books, and notes everywhere. That is where having storage comes into play. The key is getting a tall unit that comes with ample banks of space where you can add files, books, and even extra shelving right where you need it most.
Double it Up
Having space for two people works great except when you’re on top of each other, which is why we love the idea of giving your office a bit of space between the two while still being on the same table area.
Let’s say you and your partner are both working from home and there’s only one room to work from- its time to get creative. And by creative we mean doubling up the space. This means taking your office wall and extending it enough to where you can have two tables, two chairs, and some separation between. It’s all about creating a space that both can work from without being in each other’s face. Consider it one of the easiest ways to work together while keeping it chic and minimal.
Use your chalkboard wall to make a huge difference in the room, by allowing it to be the main focus while being functional and easy on the eye.
If you’re one of those people who loves to keep a paper trail while working, you might want to consider a chalkboard wall. Not only do they look cool but it allows you to have one space where you can scribble down your ideas and goals of the day without creating a mountain of paper that is scattered all over the place. Furthermore, you can keep important notes directly in front of you.
Bring in unique lines to fully showcase what your office space can do and how crisp and clean it is. Work with wood accents to enhance the lines you’re focusing on.
It’s all about keeping it crisp and fresh when you’re on a minimal stand. You want to maintain the room as linearly as possible without being too frigid. Think of it as creating a minimal room while still having all the essential bits right where you need it most. Nevertheless, add a creative nook that has an unusual line that instantly draws your attention to that area of the room.
Leave open spaces of wood to make the room come to life in an overall manner.
There is just something magical, dreamy, and exceptionally chic about an all-wood office. Not only does it make a room come to life, but it instantly soothes the soul. We love the idea of having an all-wood room that has been paired with wood furniture so that it appears as if you have entered a new dimension right in your home. Work with wood stools to keep it minimal yet embrace the room’s woodsy aesthetic.
The simple use of using one accent color makes a world of a difference in the aesthetic of the room.
As stated previously, a minimal room does not need to be boring, it can be everything you expect it to be and more with just a splash of color. Bring in a bright shade such as yellow, blue, orange, or even green and splash them around the room. You don’t want or need to have a bold showcase to make the space feel alive you can have a chic twist and instantly give the room that bold feature with a welcoming hue that embraces the room overall.
One desk Two Jobs
One long table can make a huge difference while still allowing two people to work at once. It’s all about embracing the room’s space and truly loving every area of your minimal office.
When in doubt, of what to bring to a minimal office, bring in one desk and have it work double. A singular desk that is wide enough can work for two people. It’s all about embracing the room’s aesthetic and ensuring you can fit a big enough desk in the room. Having one desk work double the amount works great for those that don’t have much space yet have to work with a spouse at the same time. Furthermore, it enables you to have your favorite materials in one space without overcrowding the area.
When it comes to your office what items must you have? Share with us below.
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