Thursday, June 17, 2021

One Room Challenge Week 7: Paint color & Wallpaper reveal + Special Announement!


If you missed the first 4 weeks you can see them  below!

YOU GUYS!!!! What a week! I went from not so update MAJOR transformation!!! If you follow me on Instagram then you would have seen the reveal of the wall color, the wallpaper & my incredible announcement that made this all happen!!!So let me bring you up to speed! Last week I had to make my decision on a paint color & I finally just went with my gut and went bold! The color I finally decided on was Benjamin Moore Hale Navy. Apparently it is a super popular color because I started to see so many rooms with this blue! But I wanted something elegant yet bold yet moody. 

I actually bought Eggshell first and then woke up and went back for the ultra matte from the newer collection...and I am soooo glad I did!!!
This pic was taken at night and we have no lights installed and I LOVE IT. I never did care about if it made the room look small. It IS is a small room haha I don't need it to look big I need it to make me FEEL good...haha and so far it does!!!

I finally used my Miter Saw I got for my birthday from my dad. I am not gonna lie I was scared, but after the first few cuts I was so much more confident! My hubby finished it up and even put them on the wall for me...I have been so exhausted both physically but emotionally with our Lab Sampson and my cat Sasha. This room has actually become a little bit of a distraction...but one we are both so proud of!! Ok now on to the even more exciting news! Check out my INSTAGRAM as I posted on IGTV the reveal...but are you ready to see what Wallpaper I chose? 


Are you?

What did you choose?

ok drumroll..... even though you saw it at the top of the post haha

I watched some Youtube Videos Read directions and just went for it. I know that there were things I did wrong and things I did right...but I tell ya...this wall paper was SOOOO easy to use and so easy to fix! 

It came in 2 rolls which means the pattern was different on both so they butt up against each other. The paper is nice and thick and so easy to manipulate!
I had purchased tools on Amazon and found them to be really useful. Man is this wallpaper gorgeous or what?

I used my Handy pail liner for the glue and I loved it. 

The glue was what Milton & King Recommended and it worked so well! It didn't dry too quick and was easy to roll on! I used a brush, a mini roller and a large mohair roller
I actually started in the corner which now I look back and it WAS the right place to start I think...then I changed my mind...haha I changed my mind a lot. WARNING. This is NOT a tutorial. THIS IS REAL LIFE APPLICATION hahaon a deadline with a 2 year old and full time job. 
So I switched it to the back wall. 
The 2nd run was so much easier as there was no cutting so it was perfect and honestly that was the one that I was wanting to be perfect

3rd one went up and I had gotten the hang of it but needed a better ladder no time for that! haha

My amazon tools haha I don't even know if I am doing it right but the paper went on so nicely and I could easily lift it up if I needed to! 

I will have some amazing photos next week but these are some progress photos and beautiful!!
Ugh I literally stood there for 15 minutes staring at it! I could see all my not so perfect moves but I DID IT....and I LOVE IT

I was proud of myself guys!!! THANK YOU to Milton & King for providing me with this beautiful paper that will inspire and bring joy. THIS is what this was all about and I am so grateful! 

Well I have one week left....I know that there will be things I won't be able to get done...but I have already accomplished so much of my vision. If you know me then you know I love a makes me feel all warm and fuzzy haha when you say you are going to do something and you do it. The hardest part is just getting over the fact that it won't be perfect, you will fail, but in the will be something amazing! 

See you next week!!! 




Thursday, June 10, 2021

One Room Challenge Week 6: The right shade of blue

We've made it to week six of the One Room Challenge and I'm soo excited to start to see some actual changes happening in the space. I made a decision to ask for help & it was probably the best decision I have made yet haha My dad called in reinforcements and we hired a professional painter and dry wall expert to come in and remove the texture from the walls and prep to paint the room! Yep...So here I am waiting on the closet portion to install the wallpaper. if you read last weeks will have to wait until next week to see which one I decided to go with and install!This week I am sharing my obsession with blue and how I never knew blue paint could evoke so many emotions and be so drastically different. 

I knew I wanted to room to be blue..I have lived in a beige home for 15 years and I AM OVER IT. I AM NOT BEIGE and I wanted to evoke a calmness and warmth. Comforting and moody. I also knew I wanted to play with molding & paintings that will really pop off of the walls. I KNOW. 

"Shana, it is a small room with one are going to create a black hole" ..hmm well maybe I want to create a black hole...haha a place I can sneak away and disappear and dream up all of the creepy weird ideas that come into my brain! The images I was pinning were all this navy blue...some lighter than others...but all blue. I had discovered a few paint brands like CLARE that I was playing around with and 3 colors from Benjamin Moore See below! 

I also painted the wood for the built ins with some primer and the 5 Benjamin Moore colors to move it around the room to see how it did with different time, night time, fluorescent etc. It was crazy how it changed! If you follow my Instagram stories then thank you so much for all of the votes on colors and advice I have loved hearing everyone's thoughts! The votes were almost split with slightly more for an all white room...Yeah if you couldn't tell by my vote haha sorry white room....not happening this time!! I also added 2 more colors as I only had 3 to begin with from Benjamin Moore! 

TOP: Benjamin Moore Hale Navy; MIDDLE: Gentleman's Grey; Bottom: Downpour Blue

Can we take a moment to recognize just how cool and "handy" this Handy Paint Pail is? I am the WORST when it comes to painting. I just have no patience...seriously...between the prepping and the cleaning...I am a mess with paint these have saved me and will save me during this we will be painting the built ins! the liner is so nice and you jus throw it away when you are done. NO CLEANING haha oh and the magnet for the brush? Do you know how many times I leave the brush in and it gets soaked and ruined and my hubby is pissed? well not anymore...THANK YOU Handy Pail for sending these over to help me with this project! I know it will not be the last time I use these!!!

I ran to ACE Hardware here in Vegas they carry Benjamin Moore thankfully and grabbed 2 more that were on the same spectrum as Hale Navy...Van Deusen Blue which is the one on the bottom of the small piece of wood and Newberry Blue on the top slightly that point I was think I knew what color I was going to go with....
So what do you guys think I decided on? As you can see the top one is the darkest yet stays pretty true navy as the light reflection on this one was the lowest...the middle starts to turn almost teal and the bottom is too blue for what I was going for! 
Well if you guessed HALE NAVY...then you are right...but I must warn you...I have been known to change my mind....haha seriously...this design has changed so many now...HALE NAVY is in the top running....What color do you love best for this moody calm office/Guest Bedroom? 
Until Next week where all the things have to come together haha!! 

For more updates Make sure you are following me on Instagram as I am posting the process there! 

Thank you all for the love! 




Thursday, June 03, 2021

One Room Challenge Week 5: Choosing a Wallpaper & re-purposing an old ottoman!


Well hello there...anyone who is out there reading this old thrifting fashion blog. No I have not become an interior designer. Far from it haha but I am here trying to get through life & this One Room Challenge. It wouldn't be me if all things were falling apart while I was challenging myself. I guess it wouldn't be a challenge if it wasn't. 

Click on the LOGO below to see others who are participating as well!  

If you missed the first 4 weeks you can see them  below!

QUICK life update. Our Sampson had a minor set back yesterday once again and is now not able to get up on his own. Though I must say we have been spending so much more time with him...taking him on wagon walks & Loving him more than ever. A dogs life isn't filled with much if you don't fill it. Today is looking up though I am not sure how much time we have left with our Mr. Sasha is doing better and getting her IV fluid treatment thanks to one of best friends Jennifer who has been literally coming to the house to help me administer it. I know....I can't believe this is my life right now. I am the caretaker and I am EXHAUSTED. 

So! Where are we with the challenge you may ask...and even if you haven't here is the UPDATE as we know it! 

SOOOO for the most exciting part of this room and something I have been WANTING to do for so many years...Wait for it!! WALLPAPER! Yep. I will be attempting the ever so scary WALLPAPER. I fell in love with this company called Milton & King about 6 months ago well into Pandemic. I dreamed of the different rooms in my home and stalked the so many talented DIY men and women who brought it into their home! I had to change the patterns since the couch in the room changed 3 times! So I have been on the fence and NEED your help ASAP as I have to order it like TODAY. SO Here we go! 

As most of the things I bring into my home...they have to evoke an emotion, bring value or a story and add something that makes me smile. THIS was the first one I saw & immediately fell in love! Here is how they describe each one on the site! 

These cranes are the bird of happiness and good fortune in the Japanese culture and ther ewas just something about them. Granted this was BEFORE I got the vintage couch...refer to Week 1 and 2 of the challenge for those! This stunning Cranes Wallpaper was inspired by Japanese traditional hand-paint Byobu (gold silk folding screen) and the union of landscape and fauna typical of Ukiyo-e art.

The form of the Crane, often referred to as the ‘Bird of Happiness’ and good fortune in Japanese culture, soaring regally amongst the gilded clouds, is a design intended to showcase both the beauty of the art style and the majesty of the Japanese crane.

2. Almond Blossom

Almond Blossom Wallpaper is an elegant floral design inspired by Japanese woodcut prints, admired by Vincent in a period that would inspire the term ‘Japonaiserie’. Almond Blossom’s subdued beauty and seamlessly perpetual pattern, drawn from Van Gogh’s masterful command of color and emotion, make this luxurious, oriental piece a magnificent addition to any interior that requires a touch of beauty & romance. Available in 6 colorways, the design features the crawling branches of the almond tree punctuated by white blossoms while peacocks with cascading feathers perch peacefully.

3. Hydrangea

This stunning modern floral wallpaper features hydrangeas in full bloom creating a welcoming springtime aesthetic. All of the elements within this designer wallpaper were all individually hand painted, with the flowers then cut out to create a layered effect. It is both classic and modern making it timeless wallpaper, suitable for all ages.

A Japanese wallpaper celebrating the essence of the Ukiyo-e movement, an inspired intermingling between the stunning Japanese art of Ikebanaa (flower arrangement) and a captivating re-imagining of Hokusai’s iconic yet timeless “The Great Wave off Kanagawa”. This surreal wallpaper functions from afar as an engaging omen to traditional depictions of awe-inspiring Japanese floral designs, however in detail, pays homage to the original wood-block print, featuring wild seas, boats with fishermen and mountain scapes. Above all GREAT WAVE BLOOM is a tribute to the beauty of Japanese culture and arts.

SO, What do you guys think? I think I already know what I am going with...and I have a really special surprise I will be announcing today on I am beyond humbled and so excited and slightly scared but that once again was what this what all about! on to some of the other updates! 

Last week I decided to scrap the idea of trying to find ottomans and opted to shop my home. I had this one from a long time ago and I paid like $5.
I know it is a beauty right haha I hate it but whatever. My idea was to strip the varnish and stain the legs. I sanded one leg and then tried a solution and well I was over it after like 10 minutes. SO I went to our garage and found a primer and paint in one and decided to paint the legs black. I had a vision of the rug I would be going with so that was that. 
I removed the green material and trim and began to paint. I didn't sand the other legs haha nope. 
Two coats later here we are. not bad. It isn't perfect but no need it was fine. 
I kept the material and used it as a template. 

The material was gifted by Deb & while it is slightly more red than I was looking I really love it and it is a soft velvet really nice...oh did I mention it was free? So that worked out as well! Thanks Deb!!! 
So here we are..I haven't stapled the material on yet for several reasons...but WAIT for the update on this and you will see how it turns out. I needed to order the I shared the 4 options I had settled on and here they are!

and here are the results from YOU! I was definitely surprised on how it turned out but you will have to wait to see what I chose in my final reveal...yep keeping it a secret if you care haha
Lastly the hubby finished the cabinets and is now working on the bookshelves. This is taking a lot longer haha but my contractor i.e. my husband is learning and doing amazing! I am working on an art piece done by a local artist and friend who is AMAZING and I am really excited about it...other details are being ordered so Follow along on Instagram and would love to hear your feedback!!! 

Till next week! Thank you all for the love! 



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