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How to Paint Simple Wall Stripes [DIY]

I’ve had my heart set on painting stripes in my dining room for a while now.  I  love the clean, refreshing look of vertical stripes…they make ceiling look taller too =)  I finally got the chance to make my striped wall dream a reality when I was stuck at home for three straight days during the Nemo blizzard!  I can say with certainty that my striped wall was the best thing to come out of that storm for me…it definitely trumped losing power for 72 hours, getting stuck in a snow bank mid-blizzard (and I’m referring to myself, not my car), eating cold hot dogs, the list goes on…Anyway, I am super excited with how my striped wall turned out, here’s a little tutorial for painting striped walls of your own!

Here’s what my dining room looked like before the stripes….

To get started, I mixed up a new custom wall color.  My walls were already painted a dark blue/gray but I wanted them to be a few shades lighter so they’d blend better with the cream colored stripes I had planned.


Here’s the wall, freshly painted and drying…

Once the walls had dried (which should be at least 6 hours, but I have no patience so I waited 2), I began taping them off for the stripes.  It’s extremely important that you use painters tape for this part.  Painters tape is designed for this purpose so it will not pull off your first coat of paint.

I wanted my stripes to be 12″ wide, and I was using 1.5″ painters tape so I taped off the wall in 12″, then 9″ sections (by sections, I mean the area inside the tape lines).  The 12″ sections would be filled with paint, and the 9″ sections would be the wall color.  The reason the wall colored stripes are only measured at 9″ is to account for the 1.5″ of tape on either side of the stripe (3″ in total).  This will make for perfectly even 12″ stripes.  You will have to vary this equation depending on the width of your tape (ie. if you’re using 1″ tape, your stripes will be spaced at 10″ and 12″)…

*Since there was no tape on the right side of my first stripe (it was the start of the wall), my first stripe was 10.5″ wide.

Once my wall was taped off, I rolled the stripe color onto the 12″ sections.  I mixed up an off-white creamy color, then added some pearl white paint to give the stripes a little shine.

*Make sure the tape is pressed down tightly to the wall to ensure clean lines!

Here’s a close up of the paint color…

Once my stripes were painted, I peeled off the tape carefully.  I think it’s best to peel off the tape while the paint is still slightly tacky…I’ve always done it this way, but that could be out purely out of impatience..

Here’s my new striped wall!

I just love the contrasting color!

Now you know how to paint wall stripes, it’s your turn to give it a shot!


Farmhouse Wide Plank Floor Made from Plywood! [DIY]

As many of you know, it was just two short weeks ago that we opened the doors to the Picklee shop in Newport, RI! Getting the shop ready was a super exciting (and stressful!) process.  We were faced with a stinky, old, run down storefront that had been neglected for YEARS, but we had big plans to make the shop a beautiful place.  Sort of like reviving a stinky old chair…but on a much larger scale ;)

We fell in love with the space because it was in historic home built in the early 1700’s, so it was packed with original details and character…oh yea, and it was in the heart of the Newport waterfront shopping district =)

When it came time to renovate the shop, one of the first projects we took on was the floor.  The shop came with a Berber carpet that was probably three thousand years old…OK, maybe not that old-but it sure looked and smelt like it.  We knew we wanted to bring in beautiful & unique flooring that kept the shop true to it’s era, and save on costs at the same time.  We tossed around ideas for a while, and then eureka!  We decided we would create a wide plank, farmhouse style flooring using good ol’ fashion PLYWOOD!  Sounds a little crazy right? That’s what the guys at Home Depot thought too…just wait until I march back in and show them this!


I am absolutely thrilled with how beautiful the Picklee shop’s plywood floor turned out!  Its classic and true to the age of the space with it’s wide plank style, yet has a coastal farmhouse feel with it’s rustic look and white-washed finish.  I’ll to show you exactly how to get the look by making your very own wide plank plywood floor!

DIY Farmhouse Wide Plank Plywood Floor

First, I head over to my local Home Depot to scope out the different types of plywood.  I chose to use standard 1/2″ thick 4′ x 8′ sheets at a cost of just under $20 each!  I opted for these because they wern’t perfect.  They had knots, markings and lots of color variations…this was exactly the look I was going for!

With (lots of) help from the guys at HD, I loaded up my cart with the plywood sheets.  I needed 14 sheets since I would be covering an area of just under 450 square feet.  My original plan was to bring the sheets home and convince my lovely fiance to cut them into into planks for me, but then a miracle happened…the wonderful man at HD offered to cut them all for me!

In order to have zero waste, I chose to have the boards cut into 8 inch by 8 foot lengths, giving me six planks per sheet of plywood.  Thankfully I picked a slow time of day to go to HD because it took a little over an hour (and two trips to the shop and back) to cut all 14 sheets.  I am so grateful to the guys at Home Depot, even though they looked at me like I had 10 heads when I told them my plan for the planks ;)

Once the planks were cut, I brought them into the shop and laid them out.  First, I took out an electric sander and sanded all rough edges and splinters.  Next, I made up a mixture of 1/4 CeCe Caldwells Simply White Chalk Paint and 3/4 water.  You can alter this mixture depending on how “white” you want your flooring.  I used a roller attached to a broom handle to apply a coat of the white washed paint to all of the planks.

This next step is where my lovely fiance came in…some days I just don’t know what I would do without him =) First, Brett applied Bostik flooring adhesive to the backs of the plywood planks.  Next, he laid them into place then used a finish nailer to secure them to the floor.  We were lucky enough to have a strong wood sub-floor to shoot the finish nails into.  Brett used 1 1/2″ nails and shot them in on an angle.  We chose this method because we wanted the floor to have that rustic look.  The nails were spaced out about every 12″, placing two all along either side of each plank.

It’s important to have spaces in between the planks because wood will shift and expand over time.  We found that a metal straight edge gave the perfect distance between planks, so Brett used that as a spacing guide.

As Brett went on nailing down the boards, he used a table saw to cut some of them into different lengths so that we would give the boards a staggered look.  You can see some of the shorter lengths above…

See I helped a little here, passing him the pieces ;)

Once the entire floor was down, about 6 hours later…we applied three coats of Minwax Polyurethane (in satin) to give the floor a protective finish.  We waited 24 hours in between the first two coats, then only 2 hours between the second and third coat. Less than $300 and a day later, the floor was complete!  I couldn’t be more happy with the results =)

Sheer bliss….


Here’s a photo of the floors inside the Picklee on Spring shop, 4 months after the install!  They are holding up wonderfully and we receive compliments daily!

I’ve had lots of questions about how to calculate square footage needed, here’s how…

Each sheet of plywood it 4′x 8′ (32 square feet). Simply divide the total sqaure footage of your space by 32 to figure out home many sheets you’ll need. Then just add an extra sheet or two for scraps!

UPDATE! We’ve done it again!  Check out our latest painted plywood floor in our new home office!

Spruce up your home with these DIY Home Décor Projects too!


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Gigi’s Transformed Dining Room [your pick]

Today’s Your Pick transformation comes to us from Gigi.  She got a hold of a 30 year old oak dining set and decided it was in serious need of a serious revival. Gigi used chalk paint (my favorite and strong recommendation!) on both the dining table and chairs.  The table is finished in (Annie Sloan) Old White, and the chairs are finished in Provence.  Gigi snagged all of the beautiful stripped chair cushion fabric for only $20!

Talk about a major change on a budget!  This beautiful transformation was achieved for well below $100!

This table went from boring and outdated to fun and hip in a flash!

 If you like this transformation, check out this revived 80’s dining room buffet, wouldn’t this look great paired up with Gigi’s table?!

Share your thoughts and rate Gigi’s transformation below!

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Re-purposed TV Console [your pick]

Today’s wonderful “Your Pick” transformation comes to us from Allyson over at Domestic Superhero.  Allyson was in search of a TV console table for her new 51″ TV, so she set out to find one at her local consignment shop…but what she found was far from that.  Allyson found a beat up old dresser instead, but not just any old dresser…a dresser with a destiny…destined to become her new TV console table that is!  Here’s how the dresser looked when she found it:

Allyson sanded down the piece and removed the top drawers so that it would be open shelving for her TV console…

Then she gave the piece a good coat of primer…

Next, Allyson painted the piece a funky shade of yellow, how fun!

Since Allyson decided she wanted the piece to have a distressed look, she applied a coat of dark glaze on top of the yellow.  After the glaze dried, she painted the piece with one more coat of yellow paint, then it was ready to distress!  Allyson sanded down the paint in different areas (mostly around the edges) to give the console table a weathered look.

The last thing Allyson did was give the original hardware a coat of iron rubbed bronze spray paint.  Here’s how her re-purposed TV console turned out!  Pretty amazing, huh?!

If you enjoyed Allyson’s yellow painted cabinet, then you’ll love these yellow painted side tables too!

Rate Allyson’s transformation and share your thoughts below!


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Reclaimed Wine Glass Rack {DIY}

One of my favorite things about dining out (aside from filling my belly with lots of yummy things ;)) is taking in the ambiance and collecting tons and tons of design inspiration.  Great restaurants shell out the big bucks for top interior designers, so you better believe I’m taking some serious mental notes while I dine!  I’ve seen some truly beautiful things…but since my budget doesn’t allow me to spend anywhere near what these places spend, my mind is always swirling with ideas on how I can recreate them for a fraction of the cost…So, I’ve had wine on my mind lately, as you may have observed from my posts on How to Cut a Wine Bottle and Up-cycled Wine Bottle Inspiration, which brings me to my latest creation…I’ve had this piece of wood for a while now (it’s an old drawer front I found on the beach), that I’d been looking for the perfect use for–so, feeling inspired by a recent visit to a favorite restaurant, I decided to turn the piece of wood into a hanging wine glass shelf for my dining room.  Since pre made wine glass racks are too wide, I was forced to make one.  The process turned out to be VERY simple, here’s the finished product-the Reclaimed Wine Glass Rack {DIY}

 Reclaimed Wine Glass Rack {DIY}

Cut 4 small strips of wood for each holder.  Two of the strips of wood should be thicker (approx. 1/4″, thick enough for the base of a wine glass) and two thinner strips of wood to mount on the thicker piece (approx. 1/8″)  The number of holders you will have depends on how long your shelf is. Also, the length of the strips depends on how deep your shelf is, my shelf was thin so the strips were only 5″ long (enough to hang one glass on each in most cases)

Using a staple wood glue first, then a staple gun, attach the strips of wood (the thinner piece overlapping the thicker piece) onto your shelf.  Use a wine glass to make sure that you space the hangers appropriately.  * Make sure to leave a space for mounting your shelf brackets, I chose to mount my brackets on the far outside ends of my shelf so I left approx. 4″ on both sides.

Repeat the same process across the bottom of your shelf until you reach the desired number of hangers…

 Mount your shelf brackets in the space you originally allotted for them.  I choose to use basic, industrial shelf brackets (purchased at Home Depot), I spray painted them hammered nickle to give them a more rustic, industrial look.

Mount your shelf to the wall and enjoy your Reclaimed Wine Glass Rack!





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10 Uses for Up-Cycled Wine Bottles {inspiration}

I’m back at it with the wine bottles again!  After I posted my How to Cut a Wine Bottle DIY, I promised I would share some great uses for all those empty wine bottles, and there are TONS.  I’m definitely going to have some fun collecting the materials for these great wine bottle crafts ;) .  I’ve already made a few fun things with the unused corks like the Wine Cork Bath Mat, but now I’m itching for more!  This brings me to today’s inspirational post, 10 Uses for Up-Cycled Wine Bottles

10 Up-Cycled Wine Bottle Crafts

These glasses may not be made from wine bottles, but they follow the same concept.  Simply use the wine bottle cutting technique for making these soda bottle glasses!

Simple & elegant wine bottle vases.  Use metallic spray paint on wine bottles to achieve this look!

This is really amazing, I just love the rustic feel of this up-cycled wine bottle torch, get the DIY on Design Sponge!

Create a mind blowing table scape by inserting candles in clear wine bottles like I do it yourself did!

Simple stunning.  There’s definitely an art to creating these wine bottle shelves, but this look can be achieved with a little imagination and hard work =)

First Step Designs has created this incredible hanging lantern by cutting the bottom off wine bottles.  Amazing.

Create wall mounted wine bottle vases by securing wine bottles to the wall using standard plumbing brackets you would find at your local hardware store!

Here are the real “wine bottle glasses”, similar to the soda bottle glasses above just much larger!  Again, use my how to cut a wine bottle technique for these!

This idea is genius…paint wine bottles in chalk paint and they can be used for just about anything!

This wine bottle walk way is such a cool, eclectic look!  What a great way to put funky blue wine bottles to use!

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Vintage Cabinet Transformation {before & after}

This week I said a bitter sweet farewell to my transformed Ugly 80’s Buffet which sat happily in my dining room for the past year.  It went on to start a new life as an office sideboard in a New England farmhouse =)  Now that only meant one thing…out with the old and in with the new (well, new to me!).  I set out to a couple of my favorite local thrift shops and quickly found what would become my next dining room cabinet.  It wouldn’t exactly call it a looker, but it had great details and the quality was close to perfect…I had a vision, here’s the result!

Oh my, I think I’m in love.  There’s just something so dreamy about the creamy white with distressed gray detail =)

To finish this cabinet, I used Annie Sloan chalk paint in old white for the base, then I mixed Annie Sloan Paris Gray paint with a bit of the Old White and water.  I used a rag to rub the gray paint mixture on just the cabinet doors.  Last, I used fine grit sand paper to lightly distress the cabinet.

Here’s a close up view of the Paris Gray & Old White detail…


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The Urban Chic Polka Dot Table {Your Pick}

What’s black & white with spots all over?  Colleen’s Urban Chic Polka Dot Table!

Today’s “your pick” comes from Colleen, owner of RI based Farm Hill Furniture & Salvage.  Colleen shares the wonderful transformation of a boring old Empire table that was given a funky fresh face lift!

What an incredible transformation!  I’m obsessed with everything polka dot, so you can only imagine my delight when Colleen sent this in =)

Make your own polka dot table, Colleen shares her “how to” below:

“I was living in Providence, RI when I did the Black and White polka dot table. I either found the table at the thrift store or on the sidewalk, it was solid but the stain did not age that well so, I painted it.”

Supplies: Sandpaper, 10″ x 10″ plastic polka dot stencil, stencil brush, regular (quality) brush 4″ roller and eggshell, latex paint.

Step 1: Completely prep the table. Sand it down, remove the residue and use a damp rag to wipe thoroughly getting all those creases-let dry. Very important!

Step 2: Starting with the table in an upside down position, paint the base. The base has lots of sides so starting that way helps make sure you see them all. I used a thick stencil brush ALWAYS checking for drips of paint. I always work with the least amount paint on the brush so I don’t loose control with all those edges. Apply two coats letting the first coat dry over night. Lightly sand and brush in between coats.

Step 3: White top: It was tricky, but easier to tape off the black base to prevent any white paint from getting on it then it was to do the reverse. Again, apply two coats of paint and let cure overnight in between. I used a small roller for the top. Lightly sand in between.

Step 4: Time to stencil the polka dots!  The stencil was square so I lined it up maybe 4 or 5 times and did it in sections to manage two coats. The process was as follows: aline the stencil on the table for as much coverage as possible, keeping in mind evenness and edges. Carefully lift and wait about 5 min.after the first coat. Let that dry about 5 minutes (dots dry fast) and then go for the second coat. Wash and dry the stencil thoroughly and let that first section dry for 20 minutes then repeat that way until your done.

Step 5: Allow the table to cure for a couple days. Then apply a few coats of a paste wax for a protective finish.

Share your thoughts and rate Colleen’s Urban Chic Polka Dot Table!


14 Fabulous Rustic Chic Dining Tables {Inspiration}

Rustic chic style is a beautiful thing…it allows us to embrace the old and discarded by integrating them with new accents and modern designs.  Rustic furnishings are usually constructed of natural material like wood, stone, glass, clay and various types of metals in their simplest forms.  There’s just something so soothing about bringing natural elements into a home and blending them with more modern designs.  One of my favorite ways to bring rustic furnishings into a home is by adding an amazing rustic dining table.  Rustic tables make such a beautiful statement in a dining room, and they can be acquired (or made) for very little cost.

Here’s a compilation of some of my favorite rustic dining tables blended with various styles from country cottage to super modern…


I just love this rustic wood plank table from My Flights of Whimsy.  The rustic table blends perfectly with these retro modern chairs for an organic, minimalist look.

Here’s another wood plank rustic table from Young House Love, this table could be a simple DIY project too!  Simply stain 5 pieces of 2 x 6 x 8 lumber and secure them to a set of fun table legs…

 “Simplicity” is the theme here with this rustic school house table (from Feather and Nest) blended with clean, modern fixtures.

French country and rustic blend together like strawberries and cream.  This amazing combination results in pure rustic elegance.

The romantic crystal chandelier brings this raw, rustic table from basic to breathtaking in this dining room from

I just love the bright sun beaming over this unique rustic table set in the center of this wide galley style kitchen from Apartment Therapy.

This amazing romantic rustic dining table was created using old columns and a reclaimed piece of wood for the top.

This old rustic table with mix-matched antique chairs from presents true farm country style..

What a great pop of vintage green this rustic farm table brings to this shabby chic kitchen from we heart it….

Here’s another great example of what happens when rustic and modern style unite as one, perfection!

This is a great display of contemporary style mixed with rustic accents.  The result is a clean, warm and friendly vibe.

Speechless.  I adore everything about this rustic dining room, from the unique, rustic table and dreamy slip covered parsons chairs, to the orange tulip centerpieces.

Here’s another prime example of rustic modern style at its best!

 Okay, so this isn’t exactly a dining table, but it’s pretty amazing, you have to admit.  An old barn door cut up and turned into a shabby/rustic coffee table from the Show and Tell Blog, awesome!