How’s It Holding Up? + A $100 Gift Card Giveaway from Glidden

Over the course of the last six and a half (!!) years, I’ve completed my fair share of DIY projects.  Though my DIY background originated from little more than glue gun burns, I’ve learned over the years that using the proper products and tools make all the difference.

Today, I thought I would share with you three of my older projects and talk a little bit about how they have held up over the abuse that we dish out on them.  These particular projects were all coated with my favorite brand of interior paint, Glidden, so I’ll be able to discuss how the paint has held up over the years.

Stripped Wall in Playroom

In 2012, I transformed our playroom from a boring beige space into a colorful area with vintage appeal.  One of my favorite parts of the redecorating was the turquoise and white horizontal stripe that I painted on two of the walls.

Modern Vintage Inspired Playroom | Makely School for Girls

A lot of homeowners are nervous to paint their walls bright white for fear of scuffs, handprints, and general paint damage from every day use.  However, I’m happy to point out that this is not the case for the this particular formula of paint (Glidden Premium Interior – flat sheen ).  Even though our walls do get dirty, they are easy to clean.

Back to School with Office Depot

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Office Depot. All opinions are 100% mine.

Ready or not, the new school year is right around the corner!  My kids have just a few more weeks before they start 4th grade (Zack) and Kindergarten (Emma).  Ack!  And Woot!

That means that it’s time to for back to school shopping.  Luckily, my kids’ school offers a “school supply box,” where you prepay to have all of their required school supplies delivered directly to the classroom.  But, that box only covers the school district’s requirements.  I still have to gather the other necessities that the kids need for school, like backpacks, lunch boxes, water bottles, and supplies to have on hand for homework.

This year, I turned to Office Depot for our back to school shopping.  It’s one of my favorite stores ever.  I mean, what kid’s favorite store is Office Depot?  Yep, it was mine…and the love affair has continued well into adulthood.

Instead of the craziness of a big box store, we headed to Office Depot one afternoon so that the kids could pick out some back to school items – a few things they wanted and a few things I knew they needed.

Their first stop was the puzzle erasers, which is a big favorite in our house.  They both selected a package of macaron erasers and pizza erasers.  Zack also grabbed a package of shark pencil grips, so of course, Emma had to have some, too.  Luckily, all of those items were only $1 each, so I felt like I could say “yes!” to all of their wants.

Next, we headed to the lunch aisle, because I needed them to pick out lunch containers to put into their lunch boxes.  They went with the Sistema Lunch to Go, because it has a place for a sandwich and then divided containers for fruits and vegetables.  I made them pick the same color, so that it would make my mornings much easier.  I’ve been known to accidentally pack Zack’s lunch in Emma’s pink lunch bag.  Oops!

Speaking of easy mornings, I couldn’t leave Office Depot without a box of my beloved Dunkin’ Donuts French Vanilla K-Cups.  Let’s be honest, back to school after a lazy summer means Mama will need A LOT of coffee!

Win a HomeRight Spray Shelter

The set-up and prep work for spray painting is often the hardest part of the job.  I like to use my paint sprayer (and even rattle cans) in my garage, so I can work in the shade.  I’ve done everything from covering my garage in plastic to building my own temporary spray paint booth.  Both worked great, but they were a lot of hassle to deal with.

Luckily, HomeRight has come to my rescue (again!) with their new Spray Shelter.  The portable, collapsible Spray Shelter is much like an easy put together tent.  It footprint is about 8 1/2 feet by 6 feet, so you have plenty of room to fit all sorts of furniture and projects inside of it.

Win a HomeRight Spray Shelter for spray painting

Yep, I set it up in my bedroom – just to test out how to put it together.  I certainly didn’t do it in my bedroom because my garage is full of projects and it’s 100 degrees outside.  Nope, not at all.

A Free {Printable} Ocean View

As much as we want to, an ocean view isn’t in the cards for my family this summer.  Between kids’ day camps, Tom’s work and my roller derby, we are having a big Austin Staycation.

I love seeing all of my friends’ ocean pictures on social media, but I’ve been longing for a few of my own. So, I just made an ocean view for myself.

Free Printable - Geometric Ocean View

If you feel like you need an ocean view yourself, you are welcome to download this free printable that I designed.  It prints on a letter size sheet of paper and can be trimmed to fit inside an 8×10 frame.  Or, just stick it on your wall with some washi tape and pretend the sea breeze is blowing through your hair.

Click here to download the free printable.

Zack’s Closet Update + HomeRight Giveaway

Many times, there are projects that we have to do around our home that aren’t particularly jaw dropping, like cleaning the garage or reorganizing the Tupperware cabinet.  They are necessary evils that don’t exactly have that “Wow!” factor when it’s time to blog about them.  Today, I have one of those projects to share with you.

Not long ago, this was Zack’s closet.

Builder's closet upgrade

Builder's closet upgrade

DIY Plastic Pink Flamingo Planters

This morning, I woke up to the news in my Facebook feed that Donald Featherstone, the creator of the plastic pink flamingo, passed away on Monday. He created the iconic, kitschy flamingos back in 1957 when he worked for Union Products (also makers of many of my beloved blow molds).

I thought it only fitting that I share with you a project that I created just last week – easy, kitschy, fun outdoor pink flamingo planters.

DIY Pink Flamingo Planters

DIY Pink Flamingo Planters

There’s a story behind our new yard ornaments and the full tutorial is up today over on the My Colortopia blog.