Colorful House Tour


house-makeoverI can’t even believe I’m writing this post. We’ve loved this house so much over the past 8 years. When we moved in it was the best that we could afford. We had just moved from Canada to Raleigh and had a 3 month-old. And I was not working at the time. I’m not sure if I actually saw the potential in the house or if I was still in that completely sleep deprived new mom state.

This home had zero charm and character. I recently found some of the realtors pictures from when we bought the house (I’ll post those in another post soon) and it was pretty terrible. Typical builder everything. Not one thing was upgraded.

I’ve certainly learned that you don’t need a historical home with big chunky moldings and exposed brick to have a cute and charming house. Any home can look like this with a small budget and a little bit of DIY’ing.

But I’ve loved the challenge of working on an extreme budget and learning how to do things along the way.

My little business The Salvage Sign has begun to really take off and I have completely run out of work space.

So we have decided to move.

I will be so sad to leave this house. The only house my boys have known. And all of our wonderful neighbors. But I think it’s time.

I will try to update sources and paint colors soon. But I have a lot of boxes to pack before I do that. Hope you enjoy the little tour of our coloful home.

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Wood Plank Wall Hallway {Part 1}

wood-plank-wallTo see a detailed tutorial of how to make your own wood plank wall visit Part 2 of this Post.
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We have no front hall closet or mudroom, just this small wall behind our door. So I had to work with what I had.

A wood plank wall was a perfect solution to add a bit of character to our suburban home as well as holding a whole bunch of wall hooks to keep our coats off the ground. Continue reading

Coral Coffee Table Using Milk Paint

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Check out my $40 Craig’s List table. I have been looking for a small round coffee table like this for almost a year. But boy was this table worth the wait!

The table was in great shape, but had some scratches on the top. So of course I had to paint it. You can follow my Painted Furniture board on Pinterest HERE.

I just ordered some of Sweet Pickins new milk paint and thought the Salmon (#8 below) would push me out of my normal colour range. The salmon actually scared me a little. Normally I’m a blue kind of person.

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Source: Sweet Pickins Furniture

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Painting with Vaseline, What!

It’s official we are not going to purchase nice furniture till the boys have moved out of the house.  Seriously,  what is the point!


When our eldest son began to toddle around we decided to put our coffee table away in our attic.  The Fewer sharp corners for him to collide with, the better.

Well I was sick of living without a table so I went up to the attic this weekend and pulled it back out again.  But boy has my style changed in that 4 years.  I had picked this table up at Value Village (oh how I miss my Canadian thrift stores) for $4 years ago.  It was still in good condition, but just kind of boring.


I decided to paint it a bold aqua blue but thought I would beat the boys to the distressing part and just do it myself.  I had heard about using Vaseline as an easy way to distress furniture.

Island Blue (EB8-1) by Eddie Bauer Home Valspar
Instead of buying a litre of this colour , which would have been $15, I bought a sample pot for only $2.97.  Those little pots are more than enough paint to do a small project like this.


I decided just to use the brown paint that was already on the table as the base.   I just cleaned the table up with some soap and water.  I then rubbed on  a thin layer of vaseline on the spots that I wanted the brown to show through.  I then painted 2 coats of the blue over top.


I think I may have put on too much vaseline since the blue paint barely covered the areas where the Vaseline was.  I think it’s better to go lighter with the Vaseline.

I let the paint dry for 48 hours.  Actually it sat in my garage for over 2 weeks before I got around to finishing it.  Just let it dry.

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Now to think like a 3 year old and destroy it distress it.  I used my mouse sander to take off the blue paint.  Just think about the spots that the kids will destroy first; edges, sides, top, and corners.  With the Vaseline it really doesn’t take much effort.  Super easy.  It would be just as easy to sand it by hand.


Once you have the look you are going for spray 2 or 3 coats of Minwax Polycrylic Clear Gloss Protective Finish.  I use this on everything, even my kitchen cabinets.  It gives a clear top coat and protects from further kid damage! 


I love the new pop of blue!

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