Skin Care Routine

After sharing my current hair routine I thought I’d come back and share the skin care products that I have been using lately.  This cold winter has been wreaking havoc on my skin! Usually I am a normal/combination skin kinda girl but once the weather gets colder my skin becomes so dry.  It’s always this time when I reevaluate my skin care products.  What works for me during the warmer climate is certainly not what’s going to work now.  My goal with my skin care right now is focusing on keeping hydrated but also working on evening my skin tone. My skin is far from perfect but I have definitely seen an improvement! Some products have remained in my routine from the last time I posted about my skin care but I have switched up a few products.

First let’s start out with my tried and true:

Skin Care Routine @ Made2StyleClarisonic Mia
I use my Clarisonic about once to twice a week.  Too much use can irritate my skin so I stick to using it when I know I need a good deep cleaning. 

Skin Care Routine @ Made2Style Neutrogena Face Wash
I’m still using my Neutrogena cleanser. I love how simple and gentle it is yet it completely cleans off all my makeup.

Skin Care Routine @ Made2StyleSkin Ceuticals
Sometimes I will use this Skin Ceuticals cleanser when I feel like my pores need some deep cleaning. The Salicylic Acid works well to help prevent any breakouts.

Skin Care Routine @ Made2StyleBiore Pore Strips
These stripes have always worked so well for me so whenever I feel it’s necessary, I’ll lay this right on any trouble spots.

Skin Care Routine @ Made2StyleMario Badescu Facial Spray
This facial spray has been a life saver with my dry face! I spritz it all over right before applying my moisturizer, both day and night. I’m not the biggest fan of the rose smell but it doesn’t linger so I deal. It is so refreshing and I love that my skin isn’t so dry before putting on my moisturizer.

Skin Care Routine @ Made2StyleNia 24 
I read a ton of reviews on this product right here and so many people said that they saw immediate results. I had to give it a try and while it was a bit pricey I’m so glad I did.  I didn’t see immediate results but I definitely have seen a change in my skin as I have been using it.  I’ve noticed that my dark spots have lightened and my overall skin tone has begun to even out. I only use this product in the morning underneath my makeup.

Skin Care Routine @ Made2Style Cerve
For night I chose the CeraVe PM lotion.  I didn’t want anything too heavy on my skin while I sleep. I feel like I just need a lightweight product to allow my skin to really breath and this does just that. I always shower at night and once I am out I spray my facial spray all over apply this to my face and neck.

Skin Care Routine @ Made2Style Glycolic Acid Pads
These have been new to my routine.  I’ve been using these pads for about 2 weeks now. If you’ve ever heard of a glycolic peel these pads are pretty much the at-home version of that.  My best friend got me into these and I really love them.  I use it 3x times a week. Each pad has exfoliating benefits to it so it really scrubs and gets rid of dead skin as well as minimizing pores and fine lines and works at reducing sun damaged skin.  I use this after I’ve cleaned my face, leave it on for about 20 minutes and then rinse off. After 3 weeks of use there is no need to rinse off and as long as you build your skins tolerance you can up the % in your next jar. It does have a little tingle when it’s on your face but that just makes me feel like it’s working!

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Whenever my skin is in need of a little more moisture I will squeeze a few drop of this into my moisturizer and mix it before applying to my face.  I know what you must be thinking, oil on your face? Trust me guys, this stuff is lightweight and doesn’t clog pores or cause any breakouts. It simply adds a soft glow and your thirsty skin will absorb it right up! 

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Let’s talk body now! I love this St. Ives body wash! It smells like the beach and doesn’t leave any type of residue on my skin. I’ve used other body washes that leave my skin itchy and crying for lotion afterward but this stuff is so moisturizing! 

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I love me a good body scrub. Anything that is going to get rid of dead skin while leaving me feeling so soft I am down for! This particular scrub is from Beauty Counter. If you haven’t heard of them you need to educate yourself! Beauty Counter creates products that are toxin-free and only have the safest ingredients! It’s pretty scary to think about all the chemicals that go inside the products we use! Lucky for me one of my really good friends is a consultant so I can order straight from her and lucky for you so can you! Just click here to read more about their amazing products and to order some of your own!

Skin Care Routine @ Made2StyleHydrate Body Lotion
I’m loving this body lotion! It has a great citrus smell and is so lightweight! It goes on so easily, and is quickly absorbed which is key for me.  I don’t know about you but I hate when I put a body lotion on and then try to put on my clothes and everything sticks to me because the lotion is too creamy. This leaves my skin feeling soft and definitely moisturized! 

Skin Care Routine @ Made2StyleTan Physics
Last but not least let’s talk sunless tanning, a must have if you ask me during the winter months! I’ve been using Tan Physics for about two years now and I really love it.  It doesn’t leave me orange rather a nice bronze and it also doesn’t have a strong smell like most sunless tanners do. The other great thing about this product is that it seriously makes my skin so incredibly soft! I even apply it on my face and have had absolutely no issues with it.  It lasts roughly about a week and spreads perfectly without any blotchiness!

So there you have it! Every lotion, moisturizer, oil and what have you that I slap on this face and body! Now tell me, what are your go to skin care products? Have you ever tried any of these and had success/failure? Anyone else feel like they are constantly working toward an even skin tone? 

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Hair Care Routine

So is anyone else completely sick of winter? I’ve been walking around like a white girl from the valley on my “I Can’t” rants! I’m so ready for it to be Spring but in the meantime I will do what I can to deal with the cold.  A few things I always find myself really focused on this time of year are my hair and skin care routine.  Today I thought I would share my hair care.  When the weather is warmer I find that I don’t apply as much heat to my hair as I do in the winter.  I guess I don’t mind air drying my hair when the air isn’t 5 below! I recently chopped off what was a substantial amount of hair off my head. 3 inches to be exact. Now I know most of you are rolling your eyes at me because what’s 3 inches but to me that’s a whole lotta hair! I have always had long hair and I love my long hair but every once in awhile I need a good chop. I personally love my hair.  I am always trying new ways to style it and have fun with it. As far as coloring it goes you will pretty much find me in the hair salon every 3 weeks as about 70% of my hair grows back gray. bummer. With all the color that goes into my hair it’s really important that I take care of it or else it will really dry out and will become quite brittle. I’ve always managed to keep it healthy and so I thought I would share some things that I do.  Keep in mind these aren’t how things should be done or products you have to use, rather just what I find works for me! 

 I only wash my hair 2-3 times a week.
Now some people get grossed out to hear that a person doesn’t wash their hair everyday but doing so is really not good for it.  By washing it everyday you are stripping the folicles of their natural oils.  Now, with that said I understand their are women out their that have fine hair and it gets very greasy very quickly and for you I would recommend using a dry shampoo to absorb the extra oils. I have pretty thick hair so I can go a lot longer before my hair reaches that “greasy” stage.

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I take Biotin everyday to help with hair growth. It also helps with keeping my nails strong and with my skin.  I know there are all kinds of supplements out there for hair growth but I can never tell if they are legit or not so I stick with what I know!  

My current shampoo:
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I am always trying out new shampoos and looking for something that will keep my hair soft and manageable.  This right here does just that.  My hair literally feels like silk even as I’m washing it out in the shower. As much as I like it I’m not married to it and almost at the end so I’ll have to see what will come next. The Organix line is another favorite of mine as well as Wen.  The one thing I love about Wen is that even though there are no suds (sulfate free) it leaves my hair feeling so clean and so soft.  Most shampoos that leave me with the clean feeling fail in the soft department.
As far as the act of shampooing, I always do 2 shampoos. You know how it goes: lather, rinse, repeat. I also make sure to use the flat part of my fingers rather than my finger tips/nails when scrubbing my scalp. 

Conditioner

51ESouAv4JL._SL300_This right here is my holy grail.  I have been using this stuff for years. I’ve tried to give other conditioners a shot but I always come back to it.  Not only does it smell like something I want to eat but my hair is ridiculously smooth, silky, and shiny every time! After I apply it, I clip my hair up and leave it in for about 5 minutes. When I rinse it off I usually turn the cold water up a tiny bit to cool the temperature of the water.  I try not to wash my hair with very hot water and whenever I remember I try to end with a cool rinse.  This helps to close up the cuticle of the hair and results in a bit of extra shine ;) 

Wide Tooth Comb

tbp6365493_v0_lI keep one in the shower at all times!  After I apply my conditioner I use the comb, and starting from the bottom work my way up.  It helps to evenly distribute the conditioner and even better it detangles my hair and helps a great great deal with the amount of hair I pull out! If I don’t use this comb I literally think I could make a wig with the amount of hair that falls out! 

Microfiber Towel
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These are fantastic! There are about a million reasons why I love my hair towel. 1. It’s so thin and keeps my hair wrapped nice and tight. 2. It absorbs so much moisture from my hair which makes blow drying go quicker. 3. Because it’s not terry cloth but a smoother fabric it doesn’t frizz out my hair at all. 4. It comes in really cute prints ( mine is pink with white hearts). I mean really I could go on and on.  I always felt that when wrapping my hair in a towel it was so heavy and when I took it down I would always rub the towel in my hair which is a big no-no! I have no reason to do that with this towel. It. is. perfection.

The Wet Brush
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This brush is a game changer.  It doesn’t matter how unmanageable your hair is this will make it’s way through it like butta! If there is one thing I hate it’s combing my hair out of the shower.  Wet hair is so susceptible to breaking if you aren’t gentle and this brush makes it so easy to smooth it out.  I even use this as I’m blow drying! Don’t forget that when you are combing your hair (wet or dry) to start at the bottom and work your way up.  This is help to eliminate breakage. 

Split End Remedy
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Before I blow dry my hair I squirt a pump of this into my hands and work it through my hair concentrating on the ends.  I’ve been using it for about a month now and my ends are still looking as fresh as they did when I cut my hair! 

Blow Dryer
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I pretty much alternate between these two blow dryers. One is the T3 Featherweight Luxe 2 (in white) and the other is the BabyBliss Pro. Both of these dryers use technology that quickly dries your hair without all the added damage. The T3 is all about healthy drying…not sure if that’s a real thing though.  Either way I love them both.  

Hair Mask

urlI do a hair mask once or twice every 2 weeks. My go to is the coconut oil mask. It has yet to fail me. It leaves my hair so soft and crazy shiny! To see how I use it you can check out my post by clicking HERE.

So that’s pretty much it.  Unless I’m doing a specific style in my hair I tend to not put much product in it.  Now you tell me, what are your favorite hair care products? Do you have any techniques that you have found that work? I’d love to hear!!
Hair Care Routine @Made2Style

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Kitchen Refresh

Happy Monday! It’s snowing here in the northeast once again…shocker! I guess I can’t complain since it is giving me the opportunity to finally get this post up. About 2 months ago we decided to give the kitchen a little refresh.  The top half of the walls were yellow and the bottom half had good old 1970’s wood paneling. The cabinets are dark wood and with a dark kitchen table and chairs this kitchen needed some brightening up! We decided to paint the wood paneling white and get rid of the yellow walls. 

Here are some pictures of what it looked like.

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Kitchen Refresh @ Made2StyleWhen thinking about what color was going to replace the yellow I knew I wanted to do some type of mocha.  Not brown, but a cream color with a hint of cocoa if that makes sense.  After checking different samples I fell in love with Mocha Cream by Benjamin Moore. 

2221 Now before we even started the painting process we decided we wanted to add a beefier, better looking piece of trim to the top of the paneling.  The trim that was there was your simple basic kind.

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After purchasing the chair rail molding and recruiting our friend to do the work we had some wood paneling that I could work with!

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Kitchen Refresh @ Made2StyleKitchen Refresh @ Made2StyleThe next step was priming the paneling.  Since it is so dark and we are going white the only thing to do is use the tried and true Zinsser Oil-Based Primer. Here is the paneling after one coat. The radiator got some paint too!

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The paneling then got its fresh coat of white and the walls got their two coats of Mocha Cream. Let’s take a look at the before once more.Kitchen Refresh @ Made2StyleAnd now the after…Kitchen Refresh @ Made2StyleKitchen Refresh @ Made2Style
Kitchen Refresh @ Made2StyleKitchen Refresh @ Made2StyleI’m so happy we sold the black island that was in the corner and replaced it with this smaller and much simpler one.Kitchen Refresh @ Made2StyleWe also moved where we keep the recyclables so the garbage area isn’t so cluttered.Kitchen Refresh @ Made2StyleEven the cats’ area got a little makeover.Kitchen Refresh @ Made2StyleKitchen Refresh @ Made2StyleKitchen Refresh @ Made2StyleWe love the way it turned out! We quickly realized that we want to put up some crown molding in there to really complete the look. I also have been on the hunt for new chairs for what seems like forever now! It’s insane how expensive kitchen chairs can be.  Once Spring rolls around and yard sales start popping up I’m hoping to get my hands on a set. 

Don’t you just love how paint can transform a space!

xo

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Top 10 Instagrams

Inspiration can be found everywhere nowadays.  Magazines, TV Shows, Pinterest and more recently, Instagram. More and more I have been noticing how many times I screen shot an image from Instagram and upload it to one of my boards on Pinterest. While I love reading blogs and seeing the entire process of something through the text there is something to be said about beautiful images.  Photography has always been a love of mine and having a place to share my day to day images is so much fun as well. Along with posting my own I love perusing my feed and getting inspired, or laughing my ass off to some funny meme! I thought I would share my top 10 favorite Instagrams with you guys. Let me tell you, this was actually quite hard because I have a ton of favorites but these accounts are ones that I personally look forward to seeing on my feed!

Humans of New York
Brandon is the man behind the lens of Humans of New York. This account shows us a glimpse into the lives of strangers in New York. I always enjoy reading the short stories that accompany the picture.
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 The Fat Jewish
Umm, yeah. This guy cracks me up to no end. If you are someone who gets easily offended then you won’t want to follow him ha! 
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Feel Good Foodie
What I love about this account is that unlike other healthy food accounts, they not only post photos but they list the entire recipe below it!

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 Lyzabeth Lopez 
This chick is such an inspiration! Her body is sick and her workout videos give you amazing ideas for yourself at the gym! If your tired of the same old gym routine then I would definitely check her out! 
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Dress Your Face
Tamanna Roashan is not of this world! She’s the amazing woman behind the brand Dress Your Face.  An international celebrity hair and makeup artist, she blows my mind with every post.  Her Bollywood bridal look and cut crease eye is so perfect.  She has completely inspired me to continue to better my craft.
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Salon Couture
The ladies behind this NY based hair salon have got some serious talent! I love seeing all the beautiful dimensions of color and crazy skillful techniques while scrolling through my feed! I want to change my hair color everyday just following this account! If you’re looking to change your do I suggest following them for some great inspiration! 
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Sloteazzy
I follow a ton of nail art accounts but something about this girl has me so inspired.  She completely steps out of the box with her creations.  And her videos are so helpful and makes me think I could actually do it! 

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WhoWhatWear

This account is full of great outfit posts.  Not only does it inspire my wardrobe but it’s introduced me to some of my favorite fashion bloggers! 

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 Coastal Interiors
UGH! I love the images from this account. It makes me want to move to some remote island and decorate my ocean view home. The design is so airy and simplistic.
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The Interior Queen
So much beauty in one account! Having a serious love for interior design makes me want to quit my day job and follow this passion every time I see an image on my feed from the queen! There is so much texture and ideas in these photos. 
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Do you follow any of these accounts? What are some of your favorites? I’d love to follow along! 
You can follow me HERE

Gold Leaf Canvas & Gallery Wall

Thanks so much for all the great feedback on the vanity! Getting ready for work in the morning has certainly become so much easier and definitely a bit more glamorous ;)
After putting the vanity together I had a ton of empty wall space above it that desperately needed to be filled.  I had a bunch of prints that I loved and wanted to frame but I also wanted to try my hand at some original art work. Now I am no artist but I do enjoy a blank canvas and a paint brush. I wanted my canvas to have some texture but wasn’t sure what to use so I asked the art teacher at my school and she was awesome enough to give me some modeling paste.

Gold Leaf Canvas ArtThis stuff is like plaster! It’s so thick and did exactly what I was hoping it would! I simply  took a small paint brush and with no rhyme or reason just spread it all over the canvas.  I concentrated on laying it on thick.  I wanted there to be a decent amount of texture when it dried.
Gold Leaf Canvas ArtGold Leaf Canvas ArtAfter letting it dry (about 2 days) I whipped out my paints and got to it.  For this project the colors I wanted to work with were black, white, pink, and gold (all acrylic.)  I worked in layers when painting.  First with black, then pink, next white, and finally gold.  You can really get a good idea of the texture once I laid the black paint down.
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The next step was adding some gold leaf. Make sure your paint is dry before you do the next step. Using my gold leaf adhesive pen I drew in where I wanted there to be gold leaf. 
Gold Leaf Canvas Art I let the adhesive dry enough to be tacky and then laid the sheet of gold leaf on top. Then using a paint brush, I dabbed it down to adhere the gold leaf and swept away any excess.
Gold Leaf Canvas ArtI continued this in all the spots I wanted there to be some gold leaf. When I was finished I repeated the same steps on another canvas.  I kept the process the same but used more of some colors and less of others just to keep things similar but not matchy matchy. I also placed some gold leaf on the edges of the canvases to give it a finished look.

Gold Leaf Canvas Art The next step was putting up my little gallery wall.  I used this method to decide where everything would go. Recycled cereal boxes can come in real handy!

DSC_0340The majority of the frames were pretty light so I ended up just using command strips to hang them and nails for the ones that needed a little more reinforcement. Here’s it all finished!
DSC_0343DSC_0356DSC_0347Oh right, don’t mind the robe wearing crazy cat lady in the mirror! I still need to add a little something to the left of the canvases but for now the space finally feels complete!
Do you think you’ll try your hand at some original artwork?

DIY Makeup Vanity

Hope all you east coasters were able to stay warm during the so called “blizzard.” I enjoyed the extra days off building snowmen, making snow angels and even going sledding. Hopefully this is the last of winter and the flowers can start growing now. Ok fine, wishful thinking!

Today I am here to share a project I have been DYING to make! This one is strictly for the ladies! I’ve wanted a makeup vanity since forever! When I lived in my apartment there just wasn’t space for it and it wasn’t until we redid the guest room that I noticed the perfect spot to have one. Ladies, you are going to love this! The furniture itself is all from Ikea. The rest of the items needed can be purchased at your local hardware store. 

To create the storage part of my vanity I purchased two Ikea Alex 5 drawer units and one table top in high gloss white (47×23). After recruiting some help to put the drawers together, I had this. 

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Because of where the bed comes out to I couldn’t center it which is why it is pushed all the way against the wall. You can imagine how much that urks me but I have some ideas on filling that space to the right. Now the next part is the fun part. It requires a little bit of electrical work but I promise you can totally do it. Here is what you’ll need:
Ikea Stave Mirror
2 Ikea Musik Wall Lamps
2 Extension Cords
3 Packs of Crystal Clear Round Light Bulbs
Wireless Remote Light Switch or Power Strip
Wire Cutters (not shown)

Wire Caps (not shown)
Electrical Tape (not shown)

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Since the lights are meant to be hardwired we need to convert them to be plug ins. The first thing you need to do is remove the socket part of the extension cord.
With your wire cutters you’re just going to snip it right off.

DIY Makeup Vanity @ Made2Style

DIY Makeup Vanity @ Made2Style

Next, using the wire cutters or a wire stripping tool you need to remove some of the plastic coating and expose the wires inside. If you’re using your wire cutter be sure not to cut the wire, just the plastic coating.

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DIY Makeup Vanity @ Made2StyleOn the back of the wall lamp you will notice three wires, black, white, and yellow. You will be using only the black and white wires. You can undo the yellow wire (that’s the ground wire) and toss it.

DIY Makeup Vanity @ Made2StyleOn your extension cord you will notice that one side (wire) is smooth and one side is rigid.

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DIY Makeup Vanity @ Made2StyleTaking the white wire, you’re going to wrap it around the wire with the rigid side. Once it’s all wrapped, cap it with the wire cap.

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DIY Makeup Vanity @ Made2StyleNext, take the black wire and wrap it around the wire with the smooth side. After this your lights should work once you plug them in! 

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DIY Makeup Vanity @ Made2StyleOnce you’ve removed the yellow wire you can use some pliers to try to remove the piece of metal that is on the back.  Since you want your wall lamp to sit flush against your wall you’ll want it as flat as possible.

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DIY Makeup Vanity @ Made2Style

Repeat these steps for the second light.
Using electrical tape to hold everything down and making your marks you can now screw in your pluggable lights! Just hang the mirror and then place your lights on either side. I plugged the cords into a power strip and just hit the red button when I want to turn the lights on. To say I am obsessed is an understatement. I’m so happy to finally have a place to organize all my hair and makeup products and tools.The drawer units allow for so much storage it’s crazy!  I’m not even close to being done organizing it all but I don’t mind spending all my time here! 

DIY Makeup Vanity @ Made2Style

DIY Makeup Vanity @ Made2Style

DIY Makeup Vanity @ Made2Style

Makeup Vanity

Do you love it as much as I do! The best part is how affordable it is. The mirror and lights will cost you less than $80 which is great considering similar mirrors and lights like this one go for $400! If you decide to make one, which you 100% should, I’d love to see it! 

I’m currently working on a little gallery wall to go above the vanity as well. Stay tune for that!
xoxo 

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Guest Room Makeover

One by one we have been crossing off projects from our list. The first one to share is our guest room.  This room left very little to the imagination.  Green walls and dark brown curtains. Not exactly something that screamed please come in and take a load off in here.  I knew this would be the room that my old bedroom furniture would be going into so we needed to do a little fixing up. The plan was to paint the room and add all new trim (crown, base, and casings.) Here’s the room before we got started.

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This happened to also be the room where we kept Luna when I first moved in to ease her into the new environment, hence the litter box.  We cleared everything out and pretty much sold the furniture that was in there since we didn’t have a use for them.  After chiseling off each of the outlet covers (OMG! There must have been about 5 layers of paint on them!), patching holes in the walls, and fixing up a tape line in the ceiling, we got to work.

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The color I chose was Sherwin Williams Canvas Tan. I had it color matched by Benjamin Moore. I didn’t choose to prime because I didn’t want to do more work than needed. In other words, I was lazy. I did all the cutting while Frank rolled. Since we were going to be adding crown molding I didn’t go crazy making the line straight on top which was so nice!
After the room was all painted we were ready to have the trim installed. Luckily, we have a friend who is skilled in doing this. The problem with friends is we work on their time frame. So as you can imagine the room sat and sat and sat a little more. But the big day did finally come. All the trim that was around the doors and windows came down and the new trim went up!

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And the rest of the room…don’t mind the patches, we noticed a few small holes we wanted to patch.

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The next step was bringing in the furniture.

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I’d love to say that since this photo has been taken the wreaths in the window have been taken down but I would be lying if I did.  The truth is it’s been way too cold to go out and take anything down so while Christmas is gone inside I can’t say the same for outside!DSC_0475Ah, much better. There is still more to be done like blinds for the windows and something above the bed. But my absolute most favorite part is the space to the left of the closet. That will be getting a little something special.  Something I have been wanting forever. I am putting in a vanity! A place to do my hair and makeup and if all goes well a place to set up my camera and start making some more beauty videos for you guys! I also have plans for the closet in the room as well but for now I’m enjoying walking by a room that finally looks like a bedroom!