Home Design: Updating with Wallpaper

The 2016 summer months have been filled with home renovations following our relocation to Pensacola, FL. We bought a house built in 1938 that has been updated periodically which is filled with plenty of charm and potential. There were endless days of painting, scrubbing and power-tooling (drilling, sanding and the like) that made our arms/neck/back ache for a week; however, when a room is complete you remember why you’ve been putting in that elbow grease.
Not the first room to undergo a makeover, but definitely one of the truest labors of love in the house is the half bath. I loved the bead board that was existing, although it did need a lot of attention. Since wall area minus the beach board is such a small space-and I knew something had to be done about that overwhelming salmon color-I had the brilliant idea to take my first stab ever at wallpapering. When all was said and done, I am pleased with the results but it will probably be my first and last experience wallpapering! (At least I chose my favorite paper from RiflePaperCo!!)

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I do not wish to discourage the creatively adventurous nature in anyone, but wallpapering was much harder than I imagined. Even after watching as many youtube videos I could find about easy wallpapering, my best advice to someone so determined is to stick with an accent wall or piece of furniture (like a bookcase).
My final piece of advice is to pick a paper you love! I think I would have given up if I had picked one of the cheaper options I tried to talk myself into. Originally I thought this paper was too expensive for a beginner like me but even though the application is not perfect, I love it!

Process shots from wallpapering:

 

Details from the final walls and the cutest sink you’ve ever seen:

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Repurposing with Style

Even though Earth Day was almost a week ago, we are still celebrating it throughout Spring. So we are sharing some of our favorite repurposing opportunities that make great gifts and/or are easy to DIY.

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Our favorite finds on etsy are these can ornaments. It would be a great gift (I know so many coke addicts that would appreciate this) plus there are so many design opportunities!

09-altoids-tins-cork-07 mld106684_0311_tincans_297_vertAn idea that we do ourselves that would make cute gifts as well are these repurposed tins. Whether they are from mints, tea, canned goods etc. you can use them for all types of storage and add magnetics for the fridge! We also put small plants in the tea tins that are a good size for window sills.

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Leg warmers from old sweaters we have proven to be a success. Adding buttons  lace or edging is a nice touch too.

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Last but not least, these vase bottles look like an excellent way to reuse those wine bottles. They could even be candle holders. There are several tutorials floating around on how to cut them, but since we haven’t tried it yet we won’t recommend any process!