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Painting Trim, a Before and After

We are in the process of painting the trim in our home and here is a before and after, or more like a before and during, of our living room.
The wall color is Valspar "Stillness" and the trim color is Valspar "Bistro White". We primed the trim with Zinsser Cover Stain. The trim and floors are original to the 1937 house. I do like dark trim, but ours had a lot of wear, abuse, and paint splatters. The chandelier is a $5 garage sale find.
I cannot believe how much the white trim and calm, light blue transform the room. It is like being in someone else's home. Thanks for reading!

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Simple Shared Kids Room

You know those rooms that get done-ish, but never quite finished? Meet our kids’ room. A few months ago we finished it and created a simple shared kids room that is neutral but still colorful.
Since we are selling our home, the goal here was not to create an awesome room reveal (sorry, folks), but to:
-make this room look big (it is 11′x10′)

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Turn an Unused Living Room into a Bright and Colorful Mom Cave!

As a work-at-home blogger and mom of three kids, I needed a space to call my own! I took our rarely used, dark, and outdated living room and turned it into a bright and happy Mom Cave. The yellow, blue, and gray accents are calming yet energizing and it's great to have a fun space to call my own.

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Kitchen Renovation Over Time

We started our kitchen renovation 4.5 years ago. We saved money by working on projects by reusing what we could, doing everything ourselves, and renovating when we could afford it (or found sales). A kitchen renovation doesn't have to be a big gut and replace job!
See more "in progress" pictures and tips for affording a kitchen renovation in the post.

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How to Save Money and Live Without Cable

We've been living cable free since June 2009 and don't miss it one bit! Here are some tips on how to ditch your cable, take advantage of free HD channels, and try out streaming, internet tv services.

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Light and Bright Family Room Makeover

We first started work on our family room six years ago and saved money by changing it over time. We removed fake wood paneling and ceiling tiles, added a sliding glass door, replaced the carpet with wood, added a breakfast bar, and added little touches to make it ours. Most of the furniture and accessories are secondhand.
The result is a light and bright family room that looks like a family lives in it, which I think is a win.

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Holiday Ready Dining Room Reveal

My favorite holiday tradition is being home. Gathering around the dinner table, entertaining, and lingering a little bit longer than normal. We moved into our home less than a month ago and this dining room/kitchen is what sold us on the house!
But when we moved in, the space seemed dark, lacked seating, and didn't have enough storage. This needed to be fixed before the holidays! We painted and added in pieces that solved our issues and made this the perfect dining room for entertaining.
Visit my post for the complete source and color list.

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Gardening with Power Tools

Put your power tools to work into the garden for a helping hand when planting.

40 bags in 40 days decluttering challenge 2013, cleaning tips

40 BAGS IN 40 DAYS Decluttering Challenge 2013

Every year I challenge myself to tackle and declutter my whole house for forty days.
I take it slow and a day/spot at a time, and try to get a bag a day.
I would love to have you join me! I've set up free calendars printables to plan and chart progress, a closed facebook group for support, plus more on Instagram and on the blog.

8 tips for tackling a home project when you have kids, cleaning tips, mom of three under three shares how to tackle a big project with kids around

8 Tips for Tackling a Home Project When You Have Kids

We live in an old home and tackle a lot of weekend/weeknight projects. We also have three kids three and under. Here are 8 tips for keeping them happy and finally getting to that project you've been meaning to work on.

Ann Marie
Ann Marie
About meHi there, I'm Ann Marie! I like simplifying, making stuff, and pops of color. My style is simple, comfy vintage. (I would say clean, but my house is rarely clean.) I think your home should be a place where you feel happy.