New Product Review: Winnie’s Picks

Everyone pretty much knows about me and photos. I love to take them, I love to have them, I love to decorate with them. In fact, I’m currently anxiously awaiting our yearly family photo shoot pics to come back from our photographer! SO excited to see them!

So when Gaetan from Winnie’s Picks contacted me about reviewing their premium paint by numbers (for adults!) products, well, color me interested. (See what I did there?) I used to LOVE paint by numbers when I was a kiddo, so I figured this would be super fun!

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But Gaetan took the fun a step further when he told me I could SEND him a picture of my own and he would turn it into a custom paint by numbers canvas! WHAT?! How cool is that?!

So, I did. I sent him a pic. Here’s the one:

I mean, I think they’re kinda cute! Might be fun to paint, right?!

When my shipment from Winnie’s arrived, I was super excited to open it!

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3 Small Kitchen Upgrades That Make a Big Difference

When we moved to our current home, I decided I wanted to paint our cabinets. Oh yes, it made the list of house things “to do”. I loved the countertops and the layout, and the appliances are still pretty new, but I wanted those cabinets changed!

Once I started researching the work needed to paint cabinets, I second-guessed myself! So, while I’m leaving THAT for last, I figured up a few other things I can do to update the look!

What about you? Ready to start a kitchen remodel? Stop right there! Before you go knocking down walls and busting up your existing cabinetry, take a second to really look at that space. There’s a lot you can do to improve the look of your kitchen, all while spending less. Here are three simple kitchen upgrades that are not only easy to do, but easy on your wallet, too.

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Pretty-Up the Kitchen With Paint

Is your kitchen painted in hue that is more retro than right now? Dated kitchens can greatly benefit from a fresh coat of paint. Lighter shades of blue can create a clean and crisp look that works well on cabinets, walls and even the ceiling. Yellow can instantly brighten up a room and is said to make people feel happy. As for neutrals, gray is the best choice as it is a great color to build on, and it also works well as a countertop or cabinet color. And if you’re looking to really energize the room, choose white. The color white gives the room a fresh and clean feeling and will instantly wake you up the moment you step into it. Plus, it’s easy to play with other colors in the kitchen when you choose white as a base.

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As much fun as it is to pick a paint color, when painting your kitchen you must also consider the right paint finish. The kitchen is a high-grime, high-traffic area of the house that will require a total scrub-down every now and then, which means you need to choose a finish that can handle a little water, soap and of course, elbow grease. Satin finishes are a solid choice and can resist mildew, dirt stains and scrubbing. Semi-gloss reflects a lot of light and is very durable, which makes it the best option for backsplash.

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The Right Paint Color for Every Room – According to Color Theory!

One of the things on my “do these things before the twins arrive” list was to finally PAINT. 

When we moved into our home in 2013, it had all been painted a lovely neutral beige, with all the trims and moldings a nice complimentary white. No worries, we said. We’ll paint as we decorate!

Well…yeah. The outside of the house had been painted, the nursery inside the house had been painted, and that was it. Because you know what happened after that?

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The twins arrived. A month and a half EARLY.

I’m not joking when I say I had paint samples taped to walls in all the rooms of our house for MONTHS. They’re literally gone now because I started having to dust them – I’m totally for real!

And are the rest of the walls painted yet? Um…nope. I figured I needed a little kick in the behind. And this might just do it! Check it out – the perfect painting resource from the folks at Home Advisor!

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On the Road in October

And just like that, it’s NOVEMBER. Let me tell you, October has FLOWN by for me! Has it for you, too? WOW!

Next we have my FAVORITE holiday: Thanksgiving! Wohoo!

But before we get to all of that, let’s look back at the top 5 posts here on the blog for the month of October, shall we?

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On Painting a Console Table

One of my favorite things to look at on Pinterest (FIND ME THERE BY CLICKING HERE) or Hometalk (FIND ME THERE BY CLICKING HERE) is PAINTED FURNITURE. Actually, I even have an entire board on Hometalk devoted to refinished furniture! And when I come across a blog featuring some painted furniture, I always stop and look at that, too. I’m not sure why the fascination, but I give in every time!

So finally, I decided to paint something myself. I was a bit nervous, because I had heard that it was a bit of work, and if you didn’t get it just so, it would be ruined. 

What did I paint, you ask?

Do you remember our Master Bedroom Tour from July? (CLICK HERE TO SEE IT IF YOU MISSED IT!) Well, there was a console table involved…

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Yeah, that one! A friend of my mother-in-law was going to throw it out, right around the time we were moving from our apartment into our house, so my mother-in-law brought it with her on moving day, in case we had somewhere we could use it.

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Overall, it’s a pretty table! Sturdy and a good size and I like the little details, too!

But, as you can see, it just didn’t match…ANYTHING.

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