how to paint striped walls

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!

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Old Painted Books for the Valentine’s Mantle Display [DIY]

To warm up the house a bit for Valentine’s Day, I made these great faux antique glass candle holders to put on my fireplace mantle…but I knew I wanted to add a little more to the vignette.  I don’t like to go all out with pink and red Valentine’s decor scattered around the house (I’m really just not into the color pink), but I figured one little splash of it wouldn’t hurt!  I completely obsessed with elephants, and I got these amazing white lacquer elephant bookends as a gift recently…I knew I wanted to display them on my mantel, but I wanted to use books that had a nice, clean look.  I had nothing of that sort in my house…so I decided to create it!  I used basic, old books and simply painted the spines!  I love the way my old painted books turned out!

Creating this romantic Valentine’s mantle display was literally the easiest project ever…

Old Painted Books DIY

I started out with three vintage books that I didn’t mind painting, a little coral pink acrylic paint, and a number stamp


Next, I used a small paint brush to brush the paint onto just the spine of the books…

To tie the books together, and add a little extra detail, I decided to use a stamp to number each book, 1, 2 & 3…Once the coral pink paint dried, I applied a light coat of white mixed with silver paint to the stamp and stamped each book…

Here’s the books stamped with their numbers….

That’s it! Here’s how the books now look on my romantic Valentine’s mantle!

These DIY Painted books are part of our 10 Minute Transformation Series!

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Have a wonderful Valentine’s Day!

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Romantic Faux Antique Glass + Giveaway [Valentine’s DIY]

Like it or not, the most romantic day of the year is approaching!  With just a few short days left before Valentine’s Day arrives, why not add a little romantic touch to spark up some romance at home?  In my opinion, there’s nothing more romantic than a little candle light…just add some Norah Jones and a bottle of wine and now we’re really talking ;)  Hint, Hint to all the men out there that say they’re not the “mushy” type…it doesn’t take that much!

Today’s DIY will help you create that subtle Valentine’s ambiance in your home on a dime…you’ll even have a chance to win a special something for yourself too ;)

DIY Faux Antique Glass [Valentines DIY]

Grab some basic glass pieces, I picked up two round votives and two glass candle sticks from my local dollar store for under five dollars.

Next, apply a messy coat (yes, I said messy, this paint job should not look perfect since we are aiming for the antique look) of gold metallic paint.  I used Americana Gloss Enamels Paint in Glorious Gold.  Americana Paints are should be available at your local craft store.

Once the gold paint has dried, apply a very light, messy coat of silver metallic paint over it.  Don’t cover all of the gold, try to leave some gold spots showing.  For this step, I used Americana’s Silver Sage Metallic paint.


Once the silver coat has dried, use steel wool to rough up the painted surface on the glass.  Allow some of the clear glass to peak through, make for a beautiful effect once you have candles lit inside the votives.


Once you get the glass looking nice and old & scratchy, it’s time to add the candles!  Light em’ up, dim the lights and crack open a bottle of wine…bring on the romance!

Now it’s my turn to share a little love with all of you!  In honor of the most romantic day of the year, our good friends at Deco Art offered up this fabulous Valentine’s Day paint package!  Just in time to create some romantic V-day crafts!

Enter to win this wonderful package!

1. Leave a comment below telling us your favorite part about Valentine’s Day.

2. Like Picklee on a social platform you don’t already like us on, Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter, then tell us you did so in your comment below!

A winner will randomly be selected announced tomorrow, so stay tuned!

Good luck!

***UPDATE***

The winner has been selected!  Congratulations to Samantha Ellis of Petersburg, VA!  You will receive this fabulous Valentine’s Day paint package from Americana Paints!

 

 

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Swooning over bathtubs [inspiration]

When I was a little girl, I always dreamt of having a grand spa-like bathroom with water fountains spilling into a steaming bath, flowers in every corner, birds chirping, and sunlight pouring into the room, like a something straight out of a fairy tale…Though that dream has morphed into a more realistic vision over the years, it still remains for the most part!  Taking baths and being pampered are my absolute favorite things to do when I need a little R & R, so beautiful bathrooms and bath tubs are a big deal to me. 

Having said that, I spend a lot of time dreaming about my ideal bath tub =)  Here’s a little inspiration with some bath tubs that are definitely worth dreaming about!  Just picture yourself soaking in one of these with a glass of wine and a little Norah Jones…that should be enough to get your Monday off to a good start!

Vintage cottage bath tub [teal claw foot tub] (vintage)

Beach house bath tub [open concept soaking tub]

For the uber modern bathroom [clear glass bath tub]

High fashion bath [copper bath tub]

 

For the farmhouse bathroom [shabby chic clawfoot tub]

The fireside bathtub [fireplace + bathtub]

For the contemporary bathroom [round stone bathtub]

For the beach cottage bathroom [all white pedestal tub]

For an eclectic twist [baby blue claw foot tub]

A retreat for nature lovers [rustic stone bathtub]

A punchy pop of color [pink claw-foot bath tub]

For the farmhouse on the beach [raised white pedestal tub]

The traditionally elegant bathroom [round spa tub]

For the modern spa bathroom  [geometric stone bath tub]

 

 

 

 

 

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A Sweet Valentines Treat for All!

Like it or not, the loveliest holiday of the year is approaching!  Having a sweetie to share the day with is nice, but I think the true purpose of Valentines Day should be about spreading the love…don’t forget to let your closest friends and family know how much you love them too!  Heck, at the very least, pamper & treat yourself the whole day ;)  I’ve put together a wonderful list of Valentines Day DIYs and treats that you’ll be able to share with just about anyone on your list!

 

A Sweet Bite to Eat…

Whether you’re baking yourself or sharing, you’re belly is sure to fall in love with these yummy Valentines sweets!

Pink + Blue Cherry Vanilla Cake

Nutella Love Letter Pancakes

Valentines Red Velvet Pancakes + Milk

So you say you can’t bake? Pick up these yummy treats!

Valentines to share with your sweetie…

Homemade Valentines cards!

Get frisky with Homemade Valentines Coupons!

Remember the past with a DIY Valentines scrapbook

Have a movie night with a homemade movie basket

Set the mood with a romantic Valentines mantle display

Don’t forget to show loved ones how much you care!

Throw a Valentines dessert only party!

Make this simple Valentines bracelet!

Deliver sweet scents with these DIY lavender sachets!

For the kiddos!

Wrap up the kid’s Valentines gifts in these sweet paper bags!

Pass around a Love Bug Valentines!

Make Valentines crafts with the kids, like these up-cycled book page banners!

Pass around a fish bowl Valentine!

 

 

 

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The Willy Wonka Chair Transformation [before & after]

I absolutely love antique chair transformations.  Each and every transformation is beautiful and unique in it’s own way, but the feeling of sheer bliss it gives me to marvel at the finished product never changes.  Finding the perfect chair to transform feels like winning the lottery to me…my heart begins to race and I feel dizzy with excitement (you might think I was talking about something else entirely ;) )  That was the case when I discovered this wonderful antique Louis XV Rococo chair at a flea market a few months back.  It sat there in the flea market booth, it’s fabric torn to shreds and it’s stuffing ripped apart, the wood frame covered with dings and chips…an eye sore on it’s best day, but I could picture how this chair once looked in it’s glory and I felt compelled to bring it back.

You should know that unfortunately, I lost a camera full of images so I don’t have the exact “before” picture of the chair.  I did however find a similar photo of a Louis XV Rococo chair (in much better condition), just to give an idea of how this chair started out…

The fabric on my chair had a similar pattern, but it was no longer in tact, which made the task of ripping off the old fabric much easier than usual =)

As always, I saved the old fabric pieces to use as templates for cutting out the new fabric.  It took me a while to decide on a look for this chair…The antique Louis XV chairs were made to make a bold statement, so I knew I wanted to carry on that look.  I decided to brighten up the chair’s frame using CeCe Caldwell’s chalk + clay paint in Vintage White.  After two coats of paint, I used a damp cloth to lightly distress the edges giving the chair a more “aged” look.  Next, I applied a coat of CeCe Caldwell’s clear wax for protection.  For the upholstery,I decided to use an eggplant colored brushed chenille fabric.  Chenille is one of the tougher fabrics to work with when upholstering because it’s less pliable, but the look is absolutely stunning.  After I finished upholstering the chair, I added silver nail head trim to give the chair a chic twist.

We now refer to this bold beauty as “The Willy Wonka Chair” because of it’s signature eggplant color =)


You can find the Willy Wonka Chair available for purchase at Pickee on Spring and also in our Etsy shop!

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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!

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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….

**UPDATE!**

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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The Farmhouse Chic Cow Print Stool [before & after]

I’m usually pretty conservative about using crazy prints and fabrics on my furniture revivals.  Don’t get me wrong, I love a vibrant, poppy print, but I usually like to maintain a classic look with more subdued colors.  This is the reason I get super excited when I have a small scale piece to work with, like a little chair or a stool.  I’m always more daring when it comes to fun prints on smaller pieces.  I came across the perfect opportunity to do this when I picked up this great antique foot stool at an estate sale a few weeks back.  It was in rough shape, but I loved it’s classic look and intricate detail.  Here’s how the stool looked when I found it:

Not really much to look at, but check out the great detail on this little piece!  Quality, character & detail are the three main things I look for when I’m searching for pieces to revive and this definitely fit the bill.

I decided to give this dated antique stool a chic farmhouse twist, so I chose to upholster it in a super-plush cow print fabric!   After removing the old fabric, I painted the stool in CeCe Caldwell’s Vintage White, then added new foam to the seat and finally finished with my funky cow print fabric!  I love the way this cozy little stool turned out!

What do you think of this bold farmhouse stool? Is this plush cow print fabric is too much or just right?  Share your thoughts and rate below!

This stool is available for purchase at Picklee on Spring!

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14 DIY Christmas Gift Baskets

Thanksgiving is just a few days away, which means the stores will soon be swarming with frantic shoppers eager to find the perfect gifts for everyone on their list! Now don’t get me wrong, I love to shop, but what I don’t love is combing through masses of gift options only to find the same un-original items that people give year after year…

This year, I’ve started brainstorming a little earlier in an effort to come up with some fun and unique Christmas gift ideas. I always love the idea of giving gift baskets and packages because they’re super exciting to open and you can really have fun putting them together. I’ve searched the web and compiled a list of some of my favorite DIY Christmas gift basket ideas

For the chef [cooking gadgets & supplies]

A winter breakfast [coffee, fresh baked bread & honey butter]

 

 For the beer lover [beer making kit, brewery map, funky bottle opener & coasters]

 Time to relax [DIY bath scrubs]

Fun gift for teens [Money Filled Balloon Bundles]

Gifts for all! [from tailgaters to pet lovers and gardeners]

The ornament basket [DIY marshmallow & tinsel Christmas ornaments]

Breakfast for two [fruit, fresh baked griddle bread, jam, butter]

Bon Appetite! [Italian dinner gift basket]

A blooming gift that gives year round! [planted paper white bulb]

Go forth & give!

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Fresh Picked Friday [Vol. 22]

[10/26/12]

It’s Friday, yippee! So sit back, relax with a Spiked Apple Cider Spritzer and take in some great inspiration! 

Snuggle up with some hot cocoa [DIY chalk board mug]

 

Simple dinner with “use what you have” ingredients [sweet & sour chicken]

 

Halloween, Christmas…you name it! [DIY Wopper Candy Garland]

 

Crafts with the kids [DIY felt starfish]

Simple & Chic [rustic planter with white roses]

Now THAT’S what I call a kitchen!

If you’re craving something sweet this weekend, try whipping up this Three Ingredient Pumpkin Spice Cake!

Have a fabulous weekend!