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    This year for Sherwin-Williams National Painting Week, we tackled a community-based art project that exceeded all our expectations. We combined our favorite paint colors, our favorite community, and our favorite group of kids to create a Kids' Art Crawl! We wanted to get kids thinking about the role of art in their community, and make them feel special by putting their artwork up in a real gallery setting. It was sweet and moving, and we can't wait to tell you all about it. 

     

    When Bruno and I were first looking to buy a house together, we were squarely split between living in my childhood neighborhood or his. Both St. Paul 'hoods were full of charm, great schools, vibrant communities, and they held our happiest childhood memories. In the end, we found the right house at the right price in his neighborhood. So that's where we landed.

    Curbly House exterior makeover - Poised Taupe paint color

    Years later, with the birth of our children, and their launch into our neighborhood schools (both preschool and elementary), we were given the greatest, most unexpected gift of all - the gift of natural kinship. We are surrounded by loving neighbors who have become some of our most treasured friends. We have a network of people we love and a true community, and we attribute it to our beloved schools.

    Last year, to celebrate a special place in our neighborhood we teamed up with Sherwin-Williams to make over the gym in our son's nursery school. Here's a refresh of the project - it remains one of our favorites:

    Preschool Gym Makeover - National Painting Week
    Our National Painting Week Project 2016 - A Preschool Gym Makeover

     

    This year, in line with the theme of community, we wanted to do something for another school in our area that we treasure: St. Anthony Park Elementary. With the support of the brave and amazing second grade teachers, we embarked on the ambitious project of having 100 second-graders create a work of art.

    Let me digress for a moment to highlight our amazing teachers. It was clear from day one of second grade that we hit the lottery this year. Our Ayla has a once-in-a-lifetime teacher. I tell her that everyday, not because I want to set her up for a life of disappointment, but because I want her to soak it up and carry it with her forever.

    She believes Ms. Krider has hung the moon, and I believe it too. She loves our girl, and every other child in her classroom. And that's where magical teachers begin: from a place of love. You see it and you feel it, and the world is a better place because of teachers like this. 

    With this wonderful school's support, we assembled all 100 second graders together to complete a painting project based on the theme of community. Kudos to those amazing teachers for their generous offer of time and open-mindedness as we talked to the children about what makes a community and then set them free to fill a canvas full of their ideas. It was a magical couple of hours with lots of conversation, creativity, and a true sense of togetherness. The children were surrounded by their beloved teachers, and we had a terrific team of parent volunteers join us as we painted and created this project.


    Meanwhile, at Curbly HQ, a different kind of art project was going down. To help set the tone of our art show, M.E. designed and painted a giant mural for us to display in the space. It boasts our motto: Love Where You Live, and our Curbly colors (all matched to Sherwin-Williams paint colors, holla!). It is surely the most joyful thing we've ever laid eyes on.

    We projected the design onto the wall, and Bruno and M.E. hand painted it using Sherwin-Williams Emerald Interior Latex paint in the following colors:
     


    The mural was a ton of work, but seeing it some together was thrilling. Having really high-quality paint, like Emerald, was invaluable. Why? Because the last thing you want is thin paint that doesn't cover well, or worse, drippy paint that ruins your design. The Emerald line of paint is super-thick (almost buttery ... if you can say that about paint), and was a cinch to paint with.

    Two weeks later, we transformed our St. Paul studio into an art gallery, and displayed all the paintings as part of the St. Paul Art Crawl. We invited the children and their families to join us for a reception and the whole experience was like a big warm hug from your favorite grandma. Children arrived with their parents, siblings, grandparents, and friends. Neighbors came by. Teachers too. It was the perfect culmination of a very special project.

     

    You can't have an art show without refreshments, so we went kid-appropriate with cookies, popcorn, candy, and juice boxes. We served everything up on lovely party wares from Pottery Barn:

    Beverage Buckets: Bleeker Party Bucket 

    Marble Platter: Marble and Copper Platter

    Marbelized Serving Plates: Marbleized Serve Platters 

    Frame: Floating Wood Gallery Frame 

     

     

     

    This post is sponsored by Sherwin-Williams and Pottery Barn, but all opinions are mine alone. We're grateful to these companies for partnering with us on projects that support children and art in the schools, and we unreservedly love using their products. Thanks for supporting the brands that make Curbly possible.

     

     


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    Sponsored by smartpond

    My parents basically live in their backyard. It's large and lovely, with carefully tended flower gardens, enviable vegetable beds, and fruit trees galore. It's a take-your-breath-away kind of space you'd never expect when you look at their quiet suburban street. But when you enter the backyard, you feel the magic. 

    One of the last items on their landscaping to-do list was to add a water feature. Last summer my dad built a three-season gazebo (they lovingly call it the "tea house", a reference to the Japanese tea house it's modeled after). And they've been slowly plugging away at pages and pages of garden plans. Those plans have always had a space marked 'pond', but the initial bids they received for putting one in seemed crazy (one was over $15,000!). So, Bruno and I offered to help them make their pond dreams a reality buy DIY-ing one with the help of a pond building components fromsmartpond.

    Here's the thing: a backyard pond is an extremely DIY-able project, and the cost doesn't even approach quintuple digits. Sure, you can make it as fancy as you want, but at the end of the day, the hardest part is just digging the hole in the ground. The smartpond product line carries everything you need to get your pond started: a lightweight, puncture-resistant reinforced-mesh liner, a professional-grade pump, tubing, filtration, and even lights. 

    Here's how we helped my parents build a backyard water feature that really adds the finishing touch to their amazing outdoor experience:

     

    Thinking of DIYing your own pond? Here are some of the benefits:

    1. The sound! The sound of rippling water will soothe your soul. This was a top priority for my parents and the reason they placed it in close proximity to the gazebo.

    2. They're beautiful! A pond adds visual interest to any yard. It helps break up gardens and adds dimension and texture. The rocks and stones that line the pond reflect strength and weight, offering a beautiful balance to the delicate greenery that surrounds.

    3. They're easy to care for! Aside from periodically cleaning the pump (a straightforward process), there's really not much to do. You never have to mow or weed a pond! They can also help you take care of wasted space issues in the yard. If you have a patch of yard where nothing grows, or an awkward section of yard that you want to hide, a pond is a gorgeous solution.

    4. They're great for wildlife. You can choose to add fish to your pond, but even if you don't, the water will be a haven for birds, frogs, dragonflies and other small creatures. 

     

    Step

    Mark out the location of your water feature. We used stakes and spray paint, but you can use any method that works for you (a garden hose, string, etc.)

    Step

    Start digging! The depth of the hole you'll dig depends a bit on your preferences. If you'll be adding a fountain or waterfall, you'll need to be sure you create enough of a water reservoir for the pump to operate efficiently. A common error is building the pond too small, or too shallow. Generally speaking, it's better to err on the side of greater depth. We might have gone a little overboard, digging ours 2.5 feet deep, but we knew we'd be building a cool fountain, and we wanted to make sure the pump had plenty of water to move through it.

    Step

    Level the pond hole, and level the edges of the pond. Use some of the excavated dirt to build up the edges so that they're higher than the surrounding area. Pack everything down (using a tamper or by just walking around on it). Next, add a two-inch-thick layer of leveling sand (basically playground sand) to the bottom of the pond. This will level the base and provide some added protection for the pond liner. 

    Step

    Install the pond liner. This is easy! Just cut it to size (make sure to leave some extra), and lay it in the hole. You can hold it down around the edges with rocks. 

     

    Step

    Here's where our pond gets a little more complicated than the usual one. If you're just building a simple pond, you can probably skip this step. We added a platform built out of cinder blocks and rigid plastic garden edging. Here's why: we wanted to build a stacked stone fountain protruding from the middle of the water feature, and that fountain would require a big water reservoir to draw from. But we wanted the pond itself to be quite shallow and filled with river rocks. So, to avoid having to fill the entire 2.5-foot-deep hole with rocks, we created a 'faux-bottom' for the river rocks to sit on. Beneath the platform, there's lots of water to power the fountain. 

     

    Step

    Add stones to the pond. In most cases, this means adding aesthetically-pleasing rocks and stones to the pond and the edges of the pond to hide the liner and integrate the whole water feature with its surroundings. 

    In our case, we first had to build our fountain! So we dry-stacked New York Bluestone stones into a cylinder, with a copper pipe running up the center. To top it off, we had a local stone cutter fabricate a 39-inch diameter capstone out of another slab of bluestone. The water runs up the middle of the cylinder and out over the capstone, and then down the sides.

    Mind you: this was just an additional step my parents wanted to take (and were happy to pay extra for). If you wanted to complete a project like this without using the capstone, you could simply continue arranging stones to top off the cylinder, or, better yet, use one of smartpond's fountain nozzles to spread the water out over the edges.

    Step

    Add the lights, fill the pond, and turn on the pump!

     

    Here's how it turned out:

     

    Here's a night shot, so you can see how great the fountain looks when lit up (photo: Mike Lacy)

     

    This post is sponsored by smartpond. Thanks for supporting the brands that help make Curbly possible (or, should I say, "pond-sible"?). Sorry.

     

     


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    Design Inspiration for the Curbly House 2017

    Earlier this week we told you all about our new Curbly House makeover. A house we're so excited to take on, get to know, make beautiful, and then put on the market again (furnished and polished and perfect). 

    More than just a flip

    While this project is, by definition, a flip, I view it as a lot more than that. When we're finished with it, I want it to have a cohesive design and a story. I don't want it to feel cookie-cutter, or like blank slate. Plus, this house is going to be special, because we're going to list it for sale fully designed and furnished! That means whoever buys it will get to keep all the great furnishings and decor we put into it (if they want to).

    I want a family to walk through this home, once it's finished, and see themselves in it (and the ways they'll make their own mark on it). So, maybe it's more like matchmaking than flipping. And I can be the Patty Stanger of the house design world! (Hey, HGTV, call me!) 

    A new design direction (with a hint of the old)

    I'm over the moon about this house, because design-wise, it's going to push us in a very different direction. A lot of the design I've done on Curbly leans toward Mid-Century Modern or modern design, probably because it's what Bruno and I like! For this one, I'm excited to incorporate a more traditional aesthetic, while remaining true to the clean lines and classic looks that I love.

    Here's a look at a few inspiration boards I've created to help guide the design process. We're going to need lots of input from all of you when it comes to paint colors and finishes, palettes and furniture mixing and matching. So, think of these as loose inspirations guiding us as we go.

    First, let's start with a floor plan so you can get oriented:

    The Living Room 

    Curbly House 2017 Living Room Inspiration
    Neutral Colors, More Traditional Details (like Decorative Nailhead Trim), and an Ornate Rug 
    Product List: Coffee Table, Lamp, Mirror, Rug, Couch, Chair 

    We're planning to make the house feel a whole lot more open by removing only a few walls downstairs. This needs to happen because the kitchen is currently the size of a modest pantry and the dining room is cavernous. By opening up these spaces, the living room, dining room, and kitchen will feel like a unified space.

     

    The Dining Room

    Curbly House 2017 Dining Room Inspiration
    If things go according to plan, the living room and dining room will be connected (and visible) from the kitchen, so they're going to need to get along. 


    The best way I can describe the second floor of this house is "castle-y". Does that convey a message? It has a narrow landing (we're looking into opening it up) and four bedrooms, each with some sloped ceilings and architectural window bump-outs. These details are sweet and visually interesting, and we want to embrace the architecture of the rooms with paint accents and impactful lighting. The intention is still to keep the color palette muted, but I can see some soft blues, greens, creams, and pinks gracing these walls.

    Second Story Floor Plan

     

    Bedroom Inspiration

    CUrbly House 2017 Bedroom Inspiration
    A muted palette with weathered woods, linen bedding, wool rugs, and velvet pillows. I told you this was going to feel like a castle.


    So that's look at where we're headed and the vibe we're going for with this sweet house. Let me know what you think in the comments, and I'd love to hear about the kinds of paint colors you see for these rooms.

    Here's a peek at what I'm feeling:

    Curbly House 2017 Color Inspiration

    New to the 2017 Curbly House Project? You can follow the whole series here!

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    Curbly House Dining Room Gallery Wall of Family Photos

    This post is sponsored by Minted. 

    We've been rocking the same gallery wall in the Curbly House dining room for nearly four years. It was full of treasured family photos, and although we loved it, we were ready to change things up a bit. To give the room a fresh feel, we got some help from Minted, using their personalized art styling service to find new images that we loved. 

    Minted is a design marketplace connecting you to unique products from the world’s best emerging artists. It's a place for artists to be seen and discovered, and enables artists and consumers alike to follow their creative passion. You can even commission an original from independent artists! 

    Typically, the process of choosing a cohesive group of mixed art would send me into a tailspin. It's hard to pull the trigger with art because it's so personal. Each piece makes a statement and making a collection of pieces sing in harmony is difficult. That's why I was thrilled to work with a Minted designer. Based on the results of our style quiz, our designer put together a cohesive set of artwork that would have taken me a lifetime to chose on my own. 

    How we got here

    Before we tell you about the process of redesigning the room, let's take a closer look at how it used to look, and how it came to be that way. As you might remember, four years ago we became the luckiest people on the design block when Emily Henderson came to our house and made magic happen.

    We had just completed an epic remodel of our home, and it was primed for design. Had she not come and made it rain paintings, rugs, and furniture in our house, I can promise you much of the house would still be in a liminal state.

    We were so exhausted from having a baby, moving, remodeling, moving out, and then back in again, that our creative and design energies added up to ZERO. Bruno and I will feel grateful to Emily for the rest of our days because she made our house feel like our home at a time when we could not fathom the process. Four years later, I we're still completely in love with every inch of our house. 

    Curbly House Dining Room Gallery Wall of Family Photos
    Photo: Melissa Oholendt

     

    Curbly House Dining Room
    Photo: Melissa Oholendt

    Why change?

    The dining room is at the literal center of our home. We eat many meals there as a family, and it's where our guests gather when we host friends and family for dinner. The gallery wall is full of family photos, snapshots of who we all were, little whispers of the past, and it's a masterpiece. Am I crazy to want to change it up for awhile? Maybe, but there are a few reasons I'm going for it:

    1. The frames are forever moving, and I am forever straightening them. No amount of museum wax seems to keep them stable, and I will reclaim 10 minutes out of every day by installing something different.

    2. My children are forever touching the glass with their precious little paws and they've now both adopted the adorable habit of leaning back in their chairs whenever their bottoms hit the seat. As a result, I clean the glass frames a couple times a week, and live in constant fear that a child will come crashing through a frame (it has happened once, and clearly no one learned a lesson).

    3. I wanted to try something new. When the possibility of reworking the wall with the help of Minted's design service arrived, I jumped. I like the idea of having something more eclectic and I'm excited about giving the room a new feel.

     

     

    Using Minted's Art Styling Service

    Minted offers an art styling service for only $79, which includes unlimited rounds of styling help. 

    We started by taking a thorough style quiz (try it! it's fun and there's no obligation). Bruno and I sat down and looked through about 20 different pieces, clicking the ones that resonated with us.

    Then we answered a few more questions about the decor styles we most connect to (vintage, contemporary, mid-century modern, muted minimalism). We submitted a few photos of the room, and a few days later, our designer, Kathlyn, created two different mock-ups for us to consider.  

    Minted offers access to an incredible amount of unique artwork from many of the world's emerging artists, including, for example, stuff like this, from our friend and inspirational blogger, Jaime Derringer:

     Left to right: Composition 2, Planar 1, & Composition 4, by Jaime Derringer.

    Because there's so much to choose from, having some help to curate the best stuff was really awesome. 

    We have other artwork in the room (on the walls flanking the new art wall), so we wanted to be mindful of colors, style, and the overall cohesiveness of the wall. 

    Curbly + Minted Art Accent Wall

    Curbly + Minted Dining Room Art Accent Wall

     

     

    Curbly + Minted Art Accent Wall

    Curbly Dining Room Art Accent Wall, Option 2

     

     

     

    Bruno and I liked the "Option 1" mock up, because the artwork was a much better fit for our dining room. We loved the mix of photographs, line drawings, and abstract paintings. The color palette was cohesive, but not too match-y, and we loved how organic the pieces felt together. However, there was one piece we weren't crazy about, so we asked Kathlyn if we could swap it for another piece with a similar color scheme. Later that day, she sent us this rendering (which we loved in a very big way):

    Curbly + Minted Art Accent Wall
    Our revised design with a new piece for the bottom, left corner. 

     

    Product List for our Minted Art gallery wall:

    Salvage Barn Series 03 - 30" x 30" (Frame: White Border Print + White Wood Frame) 

     

    Dusk Sky - 30" x 40" (Frame: Matted Print + Natural Raw Wood)

     

    Roughshod - 24" x 24" (Frame: White Border Print + White Wood Frame) 

     

    Point of View - 18" x 24" (Frame: Full Bleed Print + White Wood Frame) 

    Fleeting Light - 16" x 16" (Frame: Matted Print + Natural Raw Wood) 

     

     

     

    Product List for the Dining Room:

     

    Once we had our artwork chosen, we modified a few of the frames and mat options to match some of our other artwork in the house (and keep the project on track budget-wise). Less than a week later, all of our artwork was delivered, carefully wrapped and ready to hang. 

    Our favorite thing about the artwork was how light and airy it felt. As a result, we were inspired to swap out the rug for something a little lighter (albeit, just as durable). 

    The dining room is totally and completely transformed. It's a thrilling thing for such a simple project to make such a big impact on a room. We are in love with the look of our new dining room. It feels open, airy, light, and visually captivating. I gasp every time I catch a glimpse of the new art wall.  

     

    All photos, except where noted, are by Bruno Bornsztein.

     

    This post was sponsored by Minted. All opinions, thoughts, and words are mine. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Curbly; the revenue that we generate from posts like these helps pay for photography, blogging materials, and all the other things that go into making the all the free content we product on Curbly!

     


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    Curbly House II - Kitchen Inspiration
    Current mood (board): kitchen-y

    We're making headway on the Curbly House and the next two weeks will bring about a big leap in the transformation we've been dreaming about. We spent much of the last week trying to finalize our choices for kitchen cabinetry, countertops, appliances, and fixtures. While the room reveal won't be ready until later, I wanted to share a peek at what inspired the design.  

    Inspiration for the kitchen remodel

    Curbly House Kitchen Inspiration - Gray Island

    Photo: Decor Chic

     

    Curbly House Kitchen Inspiration - Gray Cabinetry

    Photo: Domino

     

    We loved the idea adding gray base cabinets to the kitchen island, while keeping the rest of the cabinetry white, but in the end decided to stick with one color. As you may remember, we're doubling the size of the kitchen by extending it into the dining room. While the new layout is going to make the kitchen a total dream come true for cooking and entertaining, it needs to be seamlessly integrated into the house, making white cabinetry (that matches the wood trim throughout the house) a perfect choice. 

    Butcher block countertop

    Bruno and I love the idea of adding a butcher block counter top to the peninsula for warmth and an organic element. We think it'll help tie the room into the adjacent dining area, and help lead the eye out toward the newly landscaped backyard. We're working with Lumber Liquidators to source a butcher block style that we like, and right now it's between these two:

    Which one do you like best?

    If you have butcher block in your kitchen, drop us a line to how you like it! 

    Kitchen paint 

    We're painting the entire downstairs a warm white color (Sherwin-Williams Simple White). We used this color in our own home and love it because it's warm and it plays with natural light in a beautiful way. 

    We also re-painted all the trim in the house (Pure White SW 7005), using a new paint product we had never tried before: Emerald Urethane Trim Enamel. It's good for interiors or exteriors, and has a smooth, durable finish that's perfect for doors, trim, and cabinetry. It was truly a breeze to paint with, with great coverage and leveling, and absolutely no stickiness when dry (some enamels stay sticky for a while). It's my new go-to paint for trim and cabinets.

    Fixtures and appliances

    We've selected brass and black fixtures for the lighting and fixtures, and all our our appliances will be stainless steel. The kitchen is going to have mixed metals, but we think they'll play off of each other in a beautiful way.  

     

    Staying on schedule

    Amazingly, we're currently on schedule to get the house back on the market by October. Getting off the timeline was probably the thing that worried Bruno the most, and don't worry, there's still a pretty good chance we'll get behind, but as of right now, we're all pretty shocked and thrilled that things are going according to plan. Our electrical and HVAC work is done (new air conditioning!), and our cabinets are going to be coming in just over a week. That gives us plenty of time to close up all the walls, and do some of the other touch-up jobs that need to happen.

     

    Next week, while our contractor begins sheetrocking the kitchen, we'll be moving in all the upstairs furniture and getting those rooms ready to photograph. The other major job for next week is polishing up the landscaping, and I'm really excited to share the amazing progress we've made on the back and front yard.

     

     


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    Sponsored by Sherwin-Williams

    We recently celebrated our 5th anniversary in the Curbly House, and along with the pomp and circumstance (I'm kidding; as much as we love our house, we don't celebrate home anniversaries ... but maybe that's my new million dollar idea!), we've been busy doing a series of updates indoors and out. We've refreshed the paint, swapped out artwork, done some light landscaping, and made the house work better for our family. 

    The front door of the house recently got a little update of its own with a fresh coat of paint. Read on to take a look at our new door!


    The Color of the Year announcement is always a highlight, and we've been lucky enough to work with Sherwin-Williams on many COTY projects over the years. Check out last year's post, using the sweet 2017 color, Poised Taupe SW 6039:


    When we first painted the front door, we chose a soft hue called Halcyon Green SW 6213, that was lovely. But over the course of five years, it has taken a lot of abuse (mostly at the hands of our children) and was beginning to look pretty worn down. 

    When we learned about this year's Sherwin-Williams Color of the Year, I immediately knew I wanted to try it out on the front door. It's called Oceanside SW 6496, and it's bright, cheery, and BOLD! It immediately called me back to a semester I spent abroad in England during college:

    Blue Doors of England
    Top Row: j.labrado, Dimples & Tangles, peonylim
    Bottom Row:  isabellathThe Morning DistrictAndy P

     

    Are those doors charming or what?

    So we decided to change things up, and go for a front entry color that would be way more energetic and eye-catching than its predecessor.

    Before

    We started by taking the door off its hinges. Sure, you can paint a door standing up, but I wouldn't recommend it. It's much easier to get it horizontal so that the paint won't drip. Then, Bruno removed all the door hardware. Trust me, it's much easier to spend ten minutes unscrewing the handle and lock, that it is to try delicately painting around that stuff.

    After that, we washed the grime off, and lightly sanded the old finish to give the new paint a good surface to adhere to. 

    When painting doors, it's really important to take time and do it carefully, but also move fast to avoid streaks or brush strokes drying in place. You want to always go with the grain of the wood, which means you'll have to change directions at the panels, rails and stiles. For more great tips on painting a door, check out this article from Family Handyman.

    Before starting, tape the edges of the door to keep them from getting gunked up.

     

     

    After a few coats of paint, the door was done! Check out how great it looks!

    The door has a cheery glow about it and has already proved to be resistant to the filthy paws of our children.

    Tell us what you think of our door's bold, new look in the comments below. If you'd like additional inspiration for styling a room featured on Oceanside SW 6496, you can enlist some help from West Elm's knowledgeable design crew to help select furniture, home accessories and more. 

     

     


     

    This post is sponsored by Sherwin-Williams. Sponsored content helps us pay for all the free, original content that we create on Curbly, and we love working with brands like Sherwin-Williams, who appreciate the awesomeness of a good DIY project. Thanks for supporting the brands that support Curbly!


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    The Curbly House II's Little Boy's Room Makeover + Painting Tips 101We've been painting rooms at Curbly for over a decade. And, we've gotten pretty good at it. We've done straight-forward walls and we've done full-scale murals - and almost everything in between. Through it all, we've learned that good prep, good paint, and quality tools are the magic trifecta. 

    We're partnering with Purdy Paint Tools and sharing our favorite tips all through the reveal of the 2017 Curbly House's sweet child's bedroom. This is the first room we're revealing , and we're so inredibly excited, because it's a perfect glimpse of all the goodness that's in store for this complete home makeover.

     

     

     

    Where this room started

    Before we get into the nitty gritty, let's take a look at where this room began. By all accounts, there was nothing so sorry or sad about this room. It was very bland; the paint was a little worn, and the fixtures were a lot dated. 

    We began by washing the walls with a mild detergent to give the paint a clean surface to adhere to. Our initial plan was to paint only the walls, leaving the trim work alone (throughout the house), because it was in relatively good shape. We thought the new wall paint would make the old trim color pop nicely.

    Boy were we wrong! Once we got the paint up on the walls, we realized that the trim looked a whole lot worse for wear. This is often the case with paint, and the real uncensored truth with makeovers. You waltz in fancy free with the wind at your back with a plan to make things beautiful in a matter of hours. And then suddenly you're spun around and the wind whacks you in the face and is like, WHOOSH!Your list just got a lot longer, honey, because you must paint all the things!

    And so, we did. 

    Then we decided that because the whole scope of the painting project had changed, we might as well make the room really special with a stenciled accent wall.

    And I'm really glad we changed course, because here's where we landed:

    Scroll down for more gorgeous shots of this lovely little room! But first, here's some Painting 101 Information for all you aspiring room-maker-overers.


    Tips on painting interior walls

    Painting Supplies

    1. Create a fresh canvas for your paint. Prep, prep, prep! I know this step sounds tedious, but it can save you time and create longevity for your paint. Washing the walls with a mixture of water and tri-sodium phosphate (TSP) helps give you a fresh surface by removing any dirt and grease from the walls. Scrape off and spackle any areas of loose substrate, and prime using the product recommended by the paint manufacturer.
    Paint Prep 101: Washing the Walls

    2. Good-quality paint is a no-brainer. It covers better and makes the paint work much faster. Our favorite paint is Sherwin-Williams Emerald line. It's a super-low-VOC line that covers better than The Fugees cover Roberta Flack. 

    3. There's no better partner to high-quality paint than high-quality tools. Good brushes and rollers help you get the excellent coverage you want so you don't waste time applying multiple coats. The best brushes and roller covers we've used come from Purdy. The brushes are durable, they clean up nicely, and they hold their shape for repeated use. Their rollers come in a variety of different sizes and naps, making it easy to select the right one for the job. 

    Painting 101: Quality Tools

    Painting 101: Quality Toold

    I'm noting the quality of Purdy tools because the difference is, well, noticeable. Each brush is handmade, the roller frames are super solid, and that extension pole's not going to snap off at the threads like the cheap ones you normally use. We've been painting with Purdy brushes for years, and we never have trouble with bristles coming loose as we paint. Good brushes leave good, smooth strokes when you're cutting in (this is a major quality point for me). And when you care for them properly, they last a long time (we've used the same brushes over the course of several jobs and they're still working beautifully). 

    4. Tape around trim using painter's tape. Bruno is now to the point where he can paint an entire room without using any tape (he just cuts everything in by hand with a good brush – that's why a high-quality angled Purdy brush is the perfect fit). I'm not there yet. I always take the time to tape my trim so that I have some leeway when cutting in. (I also think peeling off the painter's tape after a job is one of life's simple pleasures.)

    5. Wash all brushes and roller covers immediately after you're done with the job. If you are reusing the same brush or roller, you can also wrap them with plastic between coats and store them for a short period of time. You can use brushes (and most roller covers) time and time again if you take the time to thoroughly clean them after use. 

    Painting 101: Storing Brushes and Rollers & Washing

    Pro tips: don't load paint higher than halfway up the bristles (keeps it from drying out and ruining the shape of the brush). When cleaning a brush, run it under water and brush against the sink basin to pull all the paint out.

     

    My Purdy Painting Tools Checklist:
     

    Painting tools check list

     

    A Note About Stenciling

    Stenciling a wall isn't as hard as it might sound, and it gives you the freedom to bring pattern to a wall without the use of wallpaper. 

    I added a star stencil to accent one of the walls in the little boy's room because I wanted to create a focal point. Given the lines of the ceiling (and the little bump-out), I knew wallpaper wasn't a great option - too many cuts around the window trim and the ceiling line. 

    The stenciling took about two hours to complete and I think it went relatively quickly because I used a large stencil with a very flexible repeat. The pattern wasn't so uniform and predictable that I had to match it up perfectly each time I placed it. This made my job so much easier, because every time I bumped into a wall or a ceiling, I could rotate the stencil or place in a position that worked for me. 

    How to Stencil an Accent Wall

    Here are my best stenciling tips:
     

    • If you're covering a wall, choose a large stencil (mine was 20"x20"). The less you have to move the stencil, the easier your work will be.
    • Use painter's tape along window and baseboard trim (or crown moulding). It helps keep those areas free of paint when you're wrangling a stencil in tight areas. 
    • Spray the back of your stencil with re-positionable spray mount adhesive. This makes your the job a trillion times easier! You simply peel it up and reposition it quickly as you go. It also helps the back of the stencil stay paint free so you don't have to wipe it down each time.
    • Use a small low-to-medium-nap roller to apply the paint. These walls were slightly textured, so I used the Purdy WhiteDove 4" Roller, which applied even coats and didn't leave any lint on the stencil or the wall.
    • If you're painting with a smaller stencil, this is my favorite tutorial. It gives a great description of how to stencil an organic pattern without a marked repeat.

    The accent wall is what makes the room. It's sweet and playful, and it creates a natural nook in the space. The gold paint is warm and shimmery while still keeping the color palette soft and neutral. 

    Soft and neutral was the theme for this room, and we were able to add contrast to the space through the bedding, artwork, and decor. Have a look!


    Bedroom Makeover

    Boy's Room Makeover Details

    Boy's Room Makeover Details

    I love that the room has lots of open space for play. We were able to create a nice open space by going without a dresser.

    We installed a closet system from Modular Closets, and the way it keeps everything organized and visible is my total jam.

     

    Product list

    This post is sponsored by Purdy, but all opinions are mine alone. Thanks for supporting the brands that make Curbly possible. We also received complimentary paint from Sherwin-Williams for use in this project.


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    Curbly House 2017 Dining Room

    The 2017 Curbly House is done! It went on the market last weekend, and (to my surprise and delight), we've already had several showings. After two-and-a-half months of intense renovation work, it feels a little weird this week, knowing there's nothing left to do except blog about it. I keep checking my 'To-Do' list, and it's all crossed off, which is my JAM! 

    Heads up! We'll be on Facebook Live, this Thursday October 19th at 1:30 PM central time, doing a live walk through of the entire house, and answering all your questions in real time. Join us! 

    Scroll down for the full, room-by-room reveal of the 2017 Curbly House, along with complete product lists (from our featured vendor partner, Hayneedle) and details about how we transformed each space. 

     

    The 2017 Curbly House is still available to purchase, so if you know someone who's looking for a home in St. Paul, MN, please help us spread the word! It comes with all the furnishings!

    Table of Contents

    (All photos by M.E. Russell unless noted) 

    Dining Room

    Curbly House 2017 Dining Room - trestle table and wishbone chairs
    Photo: M.E. Russell

    The Curbly House dining room had all the right ingredients to become a focal point for the entire home: big east-and-south-facing windows, a large open plan, and a great built-in shelving unit ripe for styling (and lots of paint). But it also had a weird closet in one corner (who needs a closet in the dining room?) and multiple ancient, sparking light fixtures. 

    I came up with a plan to style the room in a whole new way, with a unique, attention-getting chandelier over a chunky trestle table to ground the space. And we tore down a wall between this room and the kitchen, creating a huge live/eat/work space that flows seamlessly.

    As with several other rooms in the house, all the furniture in this room is from our friends at Hayneedle (click here to shop the entire house). We loved working with them on this project because their products are curated, eclectic (hey, chandelier!), stylish (hey, table and chairs!), and shopping their site is the opposite of overwhelming (which is exactly what you need when you're designing an entire home). Scroll down to see all the before and after pics, and get a full product list:

    Dining room - before remodel Curbly House 2017

     

    Curbly House dining room makeover - art deco mirror, buffet, wishbone chairs

    Credenza and bar

    Credenza with bar and mirror

    Styled open shelving

    Styled shelving detail

    Wiry white metal chandelier

    Open concept kitchen leading to dining room

     

    Products

    Living Room

    2017 Curbly House living room makeover with Hayneedle

    The living room is the first room you see when you enter the home, and I wanted it to set the tone for the entire house. It was the first room I created a mood board for, and it was the design blueprint for the entire first floor, which set the tone for the whole house. The living room had shaded, south-facing windows which gave it a calm, quiet feel we loved. A big oak tree just outside keeps the harsh southern light out, but sprinkles bright streaks of afternoon rays across the newly-refinished hardwood floors. 

    I chose a color palette that was muted and neutral, something that would let the sunshine do its thing without getting in the way. The focal point of the room is the gorgeous sofa, with its clean, curved lines and nailhead trim. But, in my view, the leather chairs are the showstoppers: they draw a comment from everyone who walks through the house. And, in case you're curious, they're very well-made and comfortable to sit upon. We've owned plenty of original mid-century-style chairs, and these definitely feel like heirloom pieces.

    Shop this look on Hayneedle, and grab a pair of those chairs before they're out of stock ('cause I'm pretty sure they will be soon):

    Curbly House living room before

    Living room - classic, elegant, leather chair, nailhead trim sofa, gold and marble coffee table

    Leather swoop back chair

    MCM chair

    Blanket ladder with mid century modern chair and basket

    MCM leather chairs with styled fireplace

    Side table detail

    Abstract painting

    Nailhead trim sofa detail with side table and table lamp

    Custom wall art

     

    Products

     

    Master Bedroom

    2017 Curbly House Master BedroomThe master bedroom has just about as much 'character' as you can squeeze into a room. The ceiling lines, the big windows, the charming gable-end nook, and built-in drawers scattered throughout. These are the kinds of architectural details that are so hard to come by in new construction, and while some of them are weird and funky (and hard to design around), that's exactly the point: this room is anything but an empty box. It comes with its own opinions about how it should look, and the interplay between the designer and the room is what makes things interesting, and ultimately, beautiful.

    We teamed up with Hayneedle to outfit this room with a delicate design that takes full advantage of the 100-year-old quirks inherent to the home. The house sits atop a hill, and from the bedroom windows you have a full view of the fall foliage and, in the distance, the Minneapolis skyline (picture a soft-toned heart-eye emoji here, please). It's a perfect retreat, with incredible afternoon sunlight, and although it's not a huge bedroom, it has two (modest) walk-in closets and enough space for a spacious dresser. 

    Shop the products in this room on Hayneedle, but don't expect to find the skyline view for sale: you have to buy the whole house to get that one (now, insert the winky face emoji).

     

    Bedroom - before makeover

    Curbly House master bedroom - upholstered headboard and vintage tables

     

    End of bed bench with stand up mirror

    Bed with wall sconces

    Green vintage bedside table with wall sconce

     

    Styled bedside table

     

    Huge gold trim mirror above bedroom dresser, marble front drawers

    Marble front drawers detail

    Wall art, woman portrait detail

    Hayneedle baskets

     

     

    Bedroom chandelier, gold with square geometric lines

     

    Products

    Kitchen

    2017 Curbly House kitchen

    The kitchen! The kitchen! Oh, have mercy! I am beyond the horizon thinking about the transformation we were able to achieve in this room. When we walked through the house for the very first time, it was – honestly – easy to just overlook the kitchen. Where was it?! Did we miss it? It was tiny! In a wee closet. Just about seven feet by seven feet (which is basically like a cubic version of LeBron James), with an exterior door opening right into the space, blocking the fridge and the stove. I'm not exaggerating when I say that you couldn't comfortably fit two people in the kitchen at once.

    We knew this would be our biggest challenge in the remodel. We played around with lots of different plans, but finally settled on one that we thought we could pull off without moving any plumbing (important to help keep the cost down). We tore down a wall between the kitchen and the dining room, creating an amazing butcher block-top island (from our partners at Lumber Liquidators). 

    Then we took a very classic (dare I say, simple?) white shaker cabinet and elevated it with shiny brass hardware, and a very bold black-grouted subway tile backsplash. The pendants, from Lamps Plus, complete the elegant look, drawing your eye around the room and casting a soft, golden glow (even when they're turned off).

    Let me digress for a brief moment with this PSA: Lighting is everything! Your lighting is a ceiling sculpture, a work of art, and you are doing no one any favors by selecting boring, basic, flush-mount boob lights, or snazzy, tiny marbley-colored pendants. Go big with your lighting! It's totally worth it! Do you see these charming, brass pendants? They take your breath away! They demand respect! They are perfect! Thank you! 

    Here's a look at what the kitchen had to offer (nothing!) before we got to it, and how it looks now (all the BIG heart GIFs, etc...):

    Curbly House kitchen before renovation

     

    Curbly House kitchen, over butcher block island, white cabinets with gold hardware
    That butcher block countertop is the centerpiece of the room (Lumber Liquidators: American Walnut Williamsburg countertop)

    Kitchen, before

    Kitchen, after - stainless steel appliances, gold accents, subway tile with black grout

    Kitchen, wide. Gold pendants

    Gold kitchen faucet detail with stainless steel sink

    Gold pendant detail

    Butcher block countertop on island with white cabinets

     

    Products

    The Exterior Entries

    Glass insert door - Zabitat

    I will grant you that heading is a little awkward (I couldn't think of another way to title it), but you know what's not awkward? That absolutely stunning new front door we put in (on) this house! And the best part? It's not really a new door at all; it's the same old door with a new glass insert from Zabitat.

    Take a look at what an incredible difference this insert makes:

    Curbly House door - before - yellow

     

    Curbly House door - after - Zabitat door insert

     

    Zabitat door insert, Jameston
    The Jameston door glass insert from Zabitat

    Door detail - vintage hardware

    Entryway nook detail

    Above: it's the little details that give a home true character. Things like original door handles, and this charming little entryway nook.

    The cool thing about this glass insert is that it's a totally DIY-able project. Anyone who can handle a jigsaw (and Bruno says, that's anyone) can do this in about two hours. You simply cut out the middle part of your old door, set the new insert in place, and fasten all the screws. The carefully-designed trim pieces give you lots of leeway to make your cuts, so it's pretty hard to screw up.

    We liked the front door insert so much, we decided to try one on the new back door as well:

    Back door - Curbly House - built in blinds

    Back entryway detail - bench with hooks

     This one has built-in blinds (enclosed within the door glass, so they never get dirty). The rear-door glass insert allows lots more light into the dining room, which we love. We added a Brisa retractable screen here too, so in the summer, the dining room will get lots of cross-ventilation and feel open and airy.

    Brisa retractable screen door


    Outside

    Curbly House front yard, before
    The Curbly House: Before

    Well ... the people who lived here before did not like grass. And I get it, grass can be kind of a pain to take care of, but this yard was a f'real jungle (front and back):

    Curbly House back yard, before

    We envisioned a family with kids living in this house, so we knew the yard would need at least some usable play space. Also, we added a storage shed for bikes, lawn mowers (and snow blowers), as well as a big two-car parking pad and brand new sidewalk. 

    Before this backyard transformation, the only way in and out of the house was up the long front steps. In the winter, that would've been a real hassle for someone carrying groceries. Now, there's a convenient place to park off the back alley, and access to the rear door is easy (and flat).

    2017 Curbly House front yard, after renovation, sod, repainting
    We repainted the exterior of the house (we matched the color at our local Sherwin-Williams store).
    Trim and shutters are SW 6258 Tricorn Black.

     Back yard with parking pad and shed, new sod

    Front windows with board and batten shutters

    Those shutters were a quick DIY project that Bruno pulled together. Just a few exterior trim boards from the hardware store, measured and cut to length to make board and battens. Don't they look sharp? 

     

    Boy's Room

    Curbly House boy's room

    The narrative for the next three rooms (the children's bedrooms) is going to sound like Groundhog Day, because that's how I feel about their design. While designing these rooms, I discovered that it's tricky business to create beautiful spaces for children that exist only in your mind. I suppose that's true of all design, but for me, these rooms had to straddle "adorable/stylish/childlike" without being too specific. So, I followed a brand-driven template for the rooms that worked pretty well. Each child's room is a pie-chart divided evenly between Target, Rugs USA (or Amazon), and Land of Nod. All three companies hit children's decor out of the park. So, I came up with a system, and repeated it. Do I fear they're formulaic? A little bit, but I also LOVE everything I chose and believe they're primed for little touches of extra character the new owners will add. 

    Boy's room with stenciled gold stars, zebra heads, blue and white, calm

    My favorite part of the little's boys room (we called it this, but obviously, it's ready for any child) is the starry accent wall. I love the symbolism of a starred wall - you can reach for them, wish on them, and more. I love the way the wall creates a focal point of the room, but remains neutral and pretty chill. 

    The rest of the design feels soothing, with grays and blues, and hints of gold. You can read more about the thought that went into this room here (the post is complete with a stenciling tutorial, if that's your cup of tea). 

    Boy's room styling detail

    Boy's closet system, organized
    This closet system from Modular Closets will be a nice bonus for whoever lives in this room (or, more likely, his parents).

    White ceiling pendant

    Boys bedding, detail

    Products

     

    Girl's Room

    Girl's room - bed - Curbly House 2017

    I wanted this room to feel joyful (and ultra-flexible). I centered the design around a bright, yellow rug, and lots of tassels and llamas. The pops of colors are vibrant and wowee(!), but the room is balanced with lots of light neutrals that make it feel like it's a part of the same house. I love this! I love it so much because the only thing its missing is a child with a big personality to elevate the whole look. 

    Here's what it looked like before:

    Girl's room, before

    And now:

    2017 Curbly House bedroom - girl's room

    Girl's room, yellow rug, pink and white accents

    Girl's room closet system from Modular Closets
    Another great closet system from Modular Closets

    Girls' room bedding detail.

    girl's room  styling tips

    girl's room bookshelf

    Products

     

     

    Nursery

    Nursery - Curbly House 2017 - wide shot

    This sweet room is the smallest in the house, but the space is perfect for a wee one. The room is located steps from the master bedroom, and set apart from the other two children's bedrooms. It's sweet and simple, easily adapted, but also lovingly put together. While there's nothing over-the-top about the room, it was a real throwback for me. It reminded me so much of the way we put our daughter, Ayla's nursery together. We wanted her room to feel open and minimal, because she was new, and we didn't want to send her a strong message from the start (rather, we wanted the room to grow into, and mirror, her).

    So, I hit repeat with this room. I wanted it to feel beautiful and basic. I want it to be filled with love, and I think the space is ripe for that kind of transformation. I am in love with the accent wall (the wallpaper is removable), and the light fixture (its twin is a gold version that's located a floor below in the office). The room is functional and exactly what you need for a tiny child. 

    When we bought the house, the room looked like this:

    Curbly Houe nursery room, before makeover

    As ridiculously retro as those track lights were, we had to let them go:

    Nursery makeover with removable wallpaper

    White feathers ceiling fixture

    Crib with mobile and tree wallpaper

    White ceiling pendant, flush mounted

    Quirky mobile for nursery

    Products

     

    Bathroom

    2017 Curbly House bathroom, wide

    I'll be honest: I wish we could've done a lot more with the upstairs bathroom (the downstairs will be revealed in a later post). I wish we could've doubled the size, rebuilt all the plumbing, put in a double-vanity ... the list goes on and on. But every home renovation (especially a flip) requires prioritizing, staying on budget, and making tough decisions. In this case, drastically improving the bathroom would've required some serious structural changes to the house (and losing a bedroom), as well as tons of plumbing and HVAC costs. It just wasn't possible given the scope of what we wanted to do, and the timeframe we were working on.

    So, with the apologies out of the way, let me say that I really love what we were able to do with this room! We added bead board wainscoting, a new marble tile floor, and Bruno and Jon worked way harder than anyone wants to admit to get an actual vanity in there (as opposed to the tiny wall-mounted sink it had before).

    Throw in a new faucet, a dual-flush toilet, a flowy curtain, and a really pretty light fixture, and the bathroom feels like a completely new space. As you can see, it's a big improvement over what we started with:

    Curbly House bathroom, before

    Curbly House bathroom, after, wide shot, black and white color palette

     

    Small bathroom with shallow vanity and black and white color scheme

     

    Space saving bathroom design. Wainscoting on wallsHexagon marble floor tile for bathroom

    Bathroom shelf styling ideas

    Chrome bathroom vanity light

    Products

    Office

    For a not-very-huge house, the Curbly House actually packs in a lot of rooms! One of those is this first-floor 'bonus' room, which the previous owners appear to have used as an eating space, but we're treating like an office or family work space. It's a place to go through mail, check your e-mail, do homework, write blog posts (wait, that's our family), etc.

    There wasn't much to do here except paint, add some well-designed furniture (that desk & chair were a Craiglist steal at $145), and top everything off with a really nice, eye-catching light fixture. Check it out: 

    Curbly House office wide shot

     

    Gold leaf ceiling fixture

    Gold ceiling light detail

    MCM desk and chair in office, styling ideas

     

    Products

    So, here we are at the very end of the post. We've been working toward this moment for nearly ten weeks, and somehow it feels anticlimactic to just end it with an ordinary paragraph. But that's what blog posts do ... they end. And so do house renovation projects, like the 2017 Curbly House.

    Although today we mark the completion of this project, it's also an opportunity to celebrate, and look ahead to what's coming next. Doing a large-scale home renovation was equal parts challenging and rewarding, we're already dreaming of doing another one. So as soon as we're able to, we'll let you in on what our plans are for the next Curbly House. 

    Finally, I can't wrap up this series without acknowledging all the hard work of the people who made this possible: Jon Peterson and Bruno (for being crazy enough to push this idea in the first place and for being two of the hardest-working people I know); M.E. Russell, for doing anything and everything she was called on to do, and for doing it with joy; Chantal Nason, for pitching in with hard work and great ideas; and Chris Gardner, for holding down the Curbly fort. And of course, thanks to our families, for putting up with long stressful weeks of late work nights and twists and turns.  

     

    And don't forget: this house is still active on the market, so if you know someone who's looking for a new home in St. Paul, MN, please let them know this is the house they should buy!

     

    This project was completed in cooperation with several brand partners, who donated products for us to use in the home remodel. We're grateful for their support: Hayneedle, Sherwin-Williams, Purdy, LampsPlus, Zabitat, and Lumber Liquidators. This post may contain affiliate links (learn more). 

     


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    Dark, dramatic bathroom makeover using Sherwin-Williams Naval paint
    Sponsored by Sherwin-Williams

    We're back to share the tiny makeover we did in the tiny bathroom at the 2017 Curbly House. But the scope and the room are the only small things about the project - because we used a bold color that made a big difference. Read on to see our new, blue 'loo. 

     

    For the last year or so, I've had a growing crush on dark powder rooms. Maybe it's because they're always small, so a dark dramatic color feels like a surprise. Or maybe it's because it's a very intentional design choice (nobody accidentally paints a bathroom dark blue), and so it feels special.

    No matter the case, small, dark, dramatic rooms (bathrooms, specifically) make me feel like I'm in a 1920s Gatsby-era environment and that makes me feel fancy (even if I'm in the bathroom). Dark bathrooms are the caterpillar's kimono, and I love them. Have a look!

    A collection of dark bathrooms.
    Clockwise: Emily de Stefano, DecorPad, Most Lovely ThingsDesire to Inspire

    In the case of the Curbly House, this is the only room in the house with a bold color. Everything else is painted Sherwin-Williams Simple White SW 7021 (which is my favorite white). This one was easy to overlook because the room's purpose is mostly functional (hello, first floor bathroom!), not aesthetic.

    I began my quest for the perfect deep, rich navy blue by perusing the Sherwin-Williams website. I was immediately drawn to their  Pottery Barn palette because it's so classic and rich. I love the neutrals in this line, and I love the way the darker colors complement them.

    Sherwin-Williams Pottery Barn Palette
    Sherwin-Williams' Pottery Barn Palette

    From the beginning, Naval SW 6244 stood out. It's a rich, deep, stunning shade blue. Here are a couple of inspiration photos of this color in action:

    Sherwin-Williams Naval Walls
    Photo: Earnest Home Co.

     

    Sherwin-Williams Naval Wall Color
    Photo: Design Sponge

     

    And, here's a look at our own journey with Naval:

    In fairness to the bathroom, this is a tragically pathetic 'before' shot. Bruno didn't even bother to remove the plastic bag and window cleaner before snapping the photo.
    Editor's note (Bruno): in fairness to me, I had a bunch of much better 'before shot' on a hard drive that crashed and burned last week, so this pathetic phone snap is all I had left!

     

    Half bath makeover in a dark color

    round wood mirror and white trim  Gold vanity light - three lights

    Using a dark color in a small space

    Gold vanity light with dark blue walls Small bathroom sink with round mirror

     

    Tips on painting with a dark color in small rooms:

    1. Dark colors recede. Contrary to what you may think, painting a room with a dark color will actually make it appear larger, not smaller. 

    2. Use two coats to make sure you achieve full coverage. Dark paint is slightly less forgiving than its lighter-toned friends. You will need a minimum of two coats to ensure proper, complete coverage. Be sure to paint with plenty of light (natural or artificial - you'll want to be able to see what you're doing).

    3. When using dark colors on a small space with low ceilings, paint the ceiling the same color as the walls. We didn't have to do this, but if your ceiling are on the low end, keeping the whole room cohesive will actually help make it look larger.

    4. And lastly, painting in a small room like this is tricky, because you don't have much room to do the work. To give himself more room, Bruno removed the door from its hinges so that he wasn't having to work around it.

    Product List

    What do you think about using a bold, dark color in a small space? Let us know what you think in the comments!

     

    This post is sponsored by Sherwin-Williams, but all opinions are mine alone. Brand partnerships keep Curbly running and pay for all the free content we create on the site. Thanks for supporting the brands that support Curbly.


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    Lamps Plus Holiday Giveaway!


    It's the most wonderful time of the year. Thanksgiving is one week away and Christmas is coming! We're making the impending holiday season a little bit brighter with a great giveaway from Lamps Plus. As many of you know, at Curbly HQ we love this company and have used their lighting and furniture in nearly all of our favorite room makeovers (and the Curby House). Here's a little visual recap to refresh your memory:


    Curbly Houses + Studio
    Clockwise from Top Left: Curbly House Bedroom, Curbly House 2017 Kitchen,
    The Original Curbly House Livingroom Makeover, and Curbly HQ 

     

    We're delighted to tell you about this giveaway because it will bring a little extra holiday cheer to you (and your friends)!

    Here's how it works:
     

    Lamps Plus Holiday Giveaway!

     

    My gift guide picks:
    1. Lula White and Brass Gourd Table Lamp
    2. Raye Ink Blue 22" Square Decorative Pillow
    3. Capiz Teak 13" Wide Small Decorative Bowl
    4. Hunk Of Swiss Marble Cheeseboard and Cheese Knife Set 
    5. Tricube Metal Geometric Square Bookends

     

    • Lamps Plus is giving away all five of the items we selected for our holiday gift guide (our picks are pictured above).
    • To win, visit Lamps Plus on Facebook or Instagram (we'll be showcasing a our pics on Instagram Stories at 11am EST today!)
    • Find the image featuring Curbly's holiday gift guide. Then leave a comment and tag a friend (or several friends) with the items you'd like to won. The more friends you tag, the greater your chances are of winning. Just be sure to tag each friend in separate comments. 
    • Winners will be notified by November 21st. How much fun to win something like this? So fun! Because you'll make a friend's day!
    • There are 4 other blogs participating, and they've rounded up some beautiful gift choices. Check them out on Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest.
    • Read the complete rules here.  

      This promotion is no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Instagram. By entering, each entrant releases and agrees to hold Instagram harmless from any and all claims and liability arising out of the entrants participation in this sweepstakes.