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From the Front Porch

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Happy Friday, you guys! How has your week been? Do you have anything fun planned for this weekend? I’m pretty sure we will be knee deep in all things One Room Challenge. We’re about to embark on the scariest of all of the projects painting and stenciling the bedroom floors. Fingers crossed we can pull this off. Here are a few fun things we found around the web this week…

ORC: Week Three Progress

ORC Progress Update Week 3-7

I was heading out to the store early Monday morning to stock up on supplies. I was on the phone with my mom when I heard myself say, “There’s a chance we’re not going to make it. I don’t know how we’re going to pull all of this off. “Here’s a look at the progress we’ve made for Week 3 of the One Room Challenge…

Painted Dresser in General Finishes Lamp Black

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When we first started planning the elements of the bedroom for the One Room Challenge, we were fairly certain we would be keeping all of the furniture. As soon as we decided to paint a few of the pieces, I immediately thought about Lamp Black for the dresser. I fully understand black can be a tough sell but I could not stop thinking about how amazing the rich color would look when given a chance for change. Here’s a look at how Lamp Black completely transformed the dresser…

Creating Faux Bronze Hardware in 3 Easy Steps

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I spent a good portion of last Thursday morning painting a ten drawer dresser for the One Room Challenge bedroom makeover. As soon as I finished painting, I knew immediately I would have to do something about the silver hardware. So, I headed to our local big box craft store and found some knobs that would work. The only problem was they weren’t exactly what I needed. Here’s a look at how we married new knobs with old back plates and created a faux rubbed bronze look in 3 easy steps…

A $30 Window Upgrade

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Before we started all of the festivities from the weekend we managed to accomplish a few things on our project list for the One Room Challenge including a $30 window upgrade. Here’s a peek at how this simple upgrade changed the look of the windows…

ORC Update: Week Two Progress

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This week…you guys…what a week! I don’t really even have the words to adequately convey what this week has been like because it’s been THAT all over the place. There have been so many changes to our original plan. Here’s a look at our One Room Challenge progress for week two…

Cleaning Wax Brushes with Ease

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Yesterday, I shared a post on weathering furniture with paint and part of that process is brushing dark furniture paste wax onto the piece of furniture with a wax brush. Well, it wasn’t until I had finished buffing and staging the nightstand I realized I had no idea how to clean out my wax brush. Thankfully, I discovered a quick way to clean them with ease. Here’s a look at how you can clean your wax brushes too…

How to Give Furniture a Weathered Look with Paint

How to Weather Furniture with Paint-15

By now you may already know we’re currently participating in the One Room Challenge. I know it seems like 6 weeks is a long time to get a room completed from start to finish but we’re entering into week 2 and I swear it feels like our list is a mile long! We’ve been looking for a way to change the look of the existing bedroom furniture and found a way to give furniture a weathered look by layering paint. Here’s a peek at how you can create a similar look too…

A Step by Step Guide to Board and Batten Installation

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You guys, I swear it feels like forever since we talked about starting on the home office makeover! We spent a few weeks researching decorative wall treatments like wainscoting, shiplap, tile, and paneling. Ultimately, we chose to install board and batten in the office because we felt it best fit the style of the rest of the house. Here’s a look at our experience in case you’re thinking about installing board and batten in your home too…