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Deciding what color to paint a room is often a task on its own. Can you remember how many times you've stood in front of a sea of color chips with a blank stare on your face not knowing which one to pick? I've certainly done it way too many times, especially when faced with the hard decision of choosing the 'perfect' white. That's why, as a contributor to My Colortopia blog, I chose to break down the myths about this terrific neutral and its many tonalities in a post for their Color 101 series. I invite you to take a peek and get the nitty-gritty on this popular color that will help you decide which one is the right one for your project. Besides white, the series also expands on other color families and gives you tips to help you make the right color choice. Enjoy!  

I have been sponsored by the Glidden® brand paint for PPG to write this post but the thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.



Spring is one of my favorite times of the year. I guess because it's a time for renewal and for getting our homes ready for the warmer seasons. While attempting to do some Spring cleaning I came across these old frames I had bought a few months back. So in order to spruce things up a bit I decided to take them out of seclusion and give them a fresh new look. With couple of paint testers and blue tape I created some cool looking artwork for my bedroom wall. You can see the whole process and how great they turned out here.

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Repurposing old pieces of furniture, garage sale finds or family heirlooms is always a fun DIY project to work on. I recently found and old, shabby desk I knew would work great as a bathroom vanity for a project I was working on. With a couple of coats of paint, a new glass top and fresh hardware, I was able to transform a beaten down desk into a brand new piece for this bathroom. You can see the whole process here.

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It's that time of year when we all have a list of small projects around the house to get it ready for holidays and our guests. One that I have been putting off for a while, but I knew I couldn't procrastinate any longer, was revamping this cute little vintage desk I found a few months back in one of our many trips upstate New York. Don't get me wrong, the desk was in pretty good shape but I felt a fresh coat of paint will liven it up and give it a new fresh look. As a contributor blogger to MyColortopia, I came across this amazing Glidden Trim & Door paint that I knew would work wonders for my project. Since it's an oil base paint, I knew it would give it the glossy, lacquer-like finish I was going for.

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Although painting is no science, there are a few basic steps you must follow to make you project go as smooth as possible. No matter your level of experience, the rules apply to all of us. There are plenty of how-to books and manuals that will help you make the best of your task at hand, but I recently came across a series of instructional videos by Glidden Paints that really breaks down the painting process into seven easy-to-follow online tutorials. These “Show Me How” videos by Lindsay Ballard provide quick, quality tips for easing the painting process. From prepping the walls to cleaning up, her tips are concise and very helpful. Here are a few of her videos:

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If you're a DIYer at heart and in search of a fun weekend project, I got one for you. I was recenlty in search of cloth-covered wire to rewire a couple of wall lamps I had bought when I suddenly hit the jackpot. I was jumping up and down of joy after coming across the Colorado-based Color Cord Company. Not only do they have the most extensive selection of cloth-covered wires offering 27 magnificent colors and patterns to choose from. But they also have ready-made kits and all the necessary accessories for you to get wildly creative with your lighting. There's only one problem: I'm having a hard time picking which color wire to buy. So what are you waiting for? Hurry and get started designing a fabulous pendant lamp for your home. Happy weekend!

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I think this weekend is calling for an easy DIY project, so I felt this fun and chic lamp by Riikka Kantinkoski at Weekday Carnival would do the trick. Riikka created this striking pendant without any welding involved. She basically used four thin and hollow metallic tubes, tied a twine through them, and started folding them freely to create this interesting geometric shape. Once she had the shape down, she tied the ends of the twine to keep the structure together and placed it on a Nud´s Base lamp. Isn't gorg? I saw it and fell in love with its simplicity and great lines. Great job, Riiika!

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Most times closet space doesn't come in abundance. I remember when we were searching for apartments, one of the first things we would look for was storage and closets. Unfortunately, here in New York City that is a commodity that's hard to find—I would say ninety percent of the places we saw had tiny ones or none at all. But guess what? That's part of living in the big city and we make do. I know people who in order to compensate for the lack of storage, buy metal racks to hang their clothes. So if you ever find yourself in that situation and would like put your skillful hands at work and make your own, I came across this pretty-easy-to-make and inexpensive coat rack in Weekday Carnival. The beauty of this rack is that you can customize it to a size that best works for you and paint to match your decor. All you need is a few copper pipes, six corner pieces and four T-connectors. Enssemble, polish, wipe, paint and voilá. You have a pretty industrial-chic rack that will look great either in your bedroom or foyer as a handy coat rack.

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