getting your home holiday ready with BLACK+DECKER

Thank you to BLACK+DECKER for sponsoring this discussion and inspiring me to finish this project!

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Let’s talk today about something that all of our homes, no matter the size, style or location, have in common–the unfinished project. You know what I’m referring to-the room with missing trim, the windows that need to be painted, the dresser sitting in the garage half-finished. Whether you have just a few of these projects to tackle (lucky you!) or many (that would be me), I’m partnering with BLACK+DECKER to help you finish those long-put-off projects. And there are prizes! Big ones, and LOTS of them. So, today, I’m sharing my own unfinished-turned-finished home project, and I invite you all to do finish YOURS, and then upload them for a chance to win!

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For my Big Finish, I wanted to, once and for all, tackle the back wall in our living room. Below is a picture of how it looked about a year ago. I’d been slowly adding, editing, and changing things around (as I tend to do), so it really hasn’t looked like this since, well, since this picture was taken. I finally (finally!) decided to finish it once and for all.

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Among the updates, I changed out the artwork on the window wall with a mirror from Target, added a gorgeous gray lamp (also from Target), and switched out the shelf for the Kallax bookshelf from Ikea. Little touches, like changing the colored frame mats to white, and adding some artwork), add the finishing details!

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Now it’s your turn! BLACK+DECKER has launched a movement to get all the unfinished home projects moving again. Join them for the opportunity to win $10,000 cash and products. Plus, they might put you and your finished project on a billboard right in the middle of Times Square. So while your family may never notice that you finished hanging the crown molding, millions of others will!

For this campaign, there are weekly prizes, valued at approximately $439.91 per prize, and one Grand Prize of $10,000. To enter, click here and upload a photo of yourself and your completed project! After entering, come back here and leave the project link in the comments–I’d love to see Your Big Finish!

Please note, the contest ends December 28th, 2014.

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easy painted canvas {a tutorial}

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I have a thing for painting canvases; and when I tire of one, I just pull it down and paint over it. That’s what happened with this pretty blue piece. I love the colors (obviously), but I also love the abstract, whatever-goes nature of it.

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All you need for this DIY is a canvas (mine is 16×24, I think), some craft paint, and a foam brush. Start off by placing dime-sized drops of paint onto your canvas-it may be hard to see, but there are 15 globs of paint here, all in the same color family (only use colors that will work well together when mixed).

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Now take your foam brush and drag it through the paint vertically, making sure your canvas is evenly covered.

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Now here’s where it gets interesting. Take your brush and make large V-shapes all over your canvas, giving it a bit of texture and pattern. It’s hard to explain, but hopefully you get the idea from the image below. It’s hard to go wrong with this step, you just want to move the paint around until you get a design you’re happy with.

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You’ll probably find that you’ll want more of a certain color, so feel free to add more when you see fit. I added more navy and kelly green, because I felt the turquoise/aqua shades were a bit over powering. Once you’re happy with your piece, let your canvas dry. Lastly, I added some white in places to add contrast and give the eye a place to rest (don’t add the white until it’s dry, or else the white will mix with the other colors).

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And that’s it!

 

 

 

 

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I love the look of these blues/greens combined, and I especially love how easy and fast this was to put together.

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picture rail wall {updated!}

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A few years ago, we decided to put up a long picture rail on our large family room wall.  Just last weekend, I decided to update it! I switched out all of the burlap ribbon with black grosgrain ribbon, switched out some photos/art, and added a couple small accents.

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I think the contrast from the black ribbon/white frames adds a nice contrast, and I really like the visual of adding multiple items to a single hook.

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I’ll have a tutorial for the canvas art next week–it’s one of my favorite parts of this “new” wall!

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