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.

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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!

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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.

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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

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$100 At Home Giftcard Giveaway

After revealing my Staircase “Moment,”  I’ve been in an out of At Home several times.  I stopped in to check out some patio chair options for a Father’s Day gift.  The kids and I grabbed a couple of pots for some of our houseplants.  And yesterday, I picked up a couple of these little guys for a project that I’ll be showing you soon.

Win a $100 giftcard to At Home

Fun, right?  Or scary?  You know I definitely have my own sense of style, so stay tuned for more on that project.

But regardless of your style, At Home has so many great items that will keep you going back for more. I’m lucky that there is one just a few miles from my house, which makes it way to easy to just swing in for a peek.

To get you started on my newest obsession, At Home is offering a $100 giftcard to one of my readers!

Win a $100 giftcard to At Home

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My Staircase Moment

I don’t know about you, but I used to love watching The Rachel Zoe Project on Bravo.  As a celebrity stylist, Rachel is the perfect mix of witty and ridiculously un-self aware.  I don’t have a fashion bone in my body, but I always loved how she referred to a great outfit as a “moment.”

I think about areas in my home as “moments,” too.  When I am working on different spaces, I think about how they may look from other parts of my home since we have a fairly open floor plan.  Recently, my staircase moment wasn’t working for me as I viewed it from my living room sofa, and I just couldn’t take it any longer.

Here’s what it looked like.

Staircase landing makeover #AtHomeFinds

Now, let’s be clear.  The vast majority of this picture is my EVERYTHING.  I literally sit on my sofa and swoon at it – the feature walls, the built in desk, the rug on the wall, the red bar cart, the drum light, the Elvis painting.  But, my problem was the accessories on the green wall.  They were just too much going on right there and it needed to go away.

Luckily for me, an At Home has opened up just a few miles from my house.  This is dangerous, I tell you! At Home is a store about the size of a Target, but it only sells home decor items – furniture, rugs, lamps, pillows, bedding, accessories, patio stuff, and more.  It is literally a store I can spend 2 hours in and not see everything.  I absolutely love it.  They have many different styles – cottage, coastal, modern, industrial, traditional, etc. – so there is always something that I can use.

At the same time that I was “over” my staircase “moment,” At Home asked me if I’d like to head into their store and pick up a few things on them to rework a space in my home.  Um, yes!  So this week, I literally spent about 4 hours going up and down the aisles of my local store.  Between some of the incredible items I found and a few things I already had at home, I transformed this area into one that I truly love.

The first thing I did was take down the stuff that was on the green wall and patch/re-paint the holes. Then, I went on a recon mission to At Home.  I intentionally left my gift card at home so that I wouldn’t let myself buy the first thing that I saw.  I took pictures of everything that I loved so that I could go home and look at the pictures and look at the space and back and forth and back and forth until I decided what I wanted.  It’s super scientific.

Staircase landing makeover #AtHomeFinds

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