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Hi everyone! My name is Bre, and I blog over at Brepurposed where I share my love of design and DIY. What started out as a blog about flipping furniture has turned into so much more. I’m constantly discovering my style and have my hands full after a recent move into a new home. I’ll always hold a special place in my heart for furniture makeovers and couldn’t be happier that it led me down the path of making one of my dreams come true of being featured in Better Homes and Gardens magazine’s “I Did It!” section!

Pick up the October issue to see my dresser makeover, showcased above. I’m still pinching myself that it actually happened, so I thought it would be fun to share some of my other furniture projects. Here are a few of my favorite nightstand makeovers that I’ve done. Hope you enjoy!

Scandinavian Pink French Provincial Nightstand
Use two colors of paint to get a layered look. After you distress the piece, the layers of paint help give dimension and character. Add in a fun surprise by lining the inside of the drawer with fun patterned paper.

Two-Toned Geometric Chest of Drawers
Add a custom design to your nightstands using a stain and paint combo. With a little bit of painters tape, you can create a beautiful geometric pattern that pops. The possibilities are endless, and there’s really nothing better than the satisfaction of pulling off the tape and seeing that clean, crisp line, am I right?

Distressed Nightstand with Burlap
Add beautiful contrast to a nightstand by staining the top and painting the rest. It helps bring out the wood undertones that peek through the paint and gives furniture a rustic look. Wrapping a piece of burlap over part of the drawer front and adding a fun new knob is the perfect way to bring the look together.

Painted Table with Fabric-Covered Drawer
Add a pop of color or pattern to a painted piece of furniture by covering the drawer front with fabric. It’s a great way to create a custom piece that fits your style!

Antibes Green Side Table

Don’t be afraid to make a statement and go bold. Painted furniture is one of the best ways to bring a pop of color into a room, and a nightstand is the perfect piece to try it on. It’s not as large as a dresser and won’t feel overwhelming. Keep the rest of your decor somewhat neutral to really let it shine.

One of the best parts about painting furniture is finding the perfect piece that someone else thought was trash. Next time you’re driving and see an old table on the side of the road, I challenge you to pull over and pick it up. Grab your paintbrush and let your creative juices flow! Everyone deserves a second chance, right? Even smelly, old furniture ;)

I’d love for you to come visit me at my blog and check out some of my other DIYs and furniture makeovers!


You’re wearing your favorite pajamas, you’ve made yourself a cup of chamomile tea, and you’re cuddled on the couch ready to binge-watch a few episodes of Stranger Things on Netflix. Before you decide to settle in for the night, it’s important that you take the proper steps to get “unready” to feel like your cleanest self at bedtime.

Hair Up

First thing’s first — pull your hair back. There’s nothing worse than little strands of hair sticking to your wet face when you’re trying to clean up at night. Use a clip or elastic to throw it into a bun or ponytail, or pull it back with a headband.

Via The Small Things Blog

Remove Makeup

I’m sure you’re sick of being told to take off your makeup at night, but words can’t express how important this step is. Makeup doesn’t come off by solely washing your face, and leftover residue can lead to breakouts and fine lines. Makeup can be removed by using a traditional makeup remover or makeup wipes, but I take a different approach with Ponds Cold Cream Cleanser ($5, target.com). I simply rub the cream all over my face and my eyelids (this product is awesome at getting tricky mascara and eyeliner off!) and wipe clean with a tissue.

Via Target

Cleanse Face

Begin by rinsing your face with lukewarm water — the warmness opens up pores and loosens dirt. Be sure that the water isn’t too hot, though; hot water will be drying to the skin. Use a dime-sized amount of your favorite face wash — I use Simple Foaming Cleanser ($6, amazon.com) – and lather your face for 30 seconds. Then, rinse your face to remove any remaining cleanser.

Via Michelle Phan

Exfoliate

Exfoliating 1-2 times a week rids your body of tired and dead skin cells that need to go. Although a little grit is good, be gentle to your face when exfoliating. Use your fingertips to softly massage your exfoliator of choice onto your face, using circling motions. The St. Ives Apricot Scrub ($3.50, target.com) is my go-to because it is made with all natural ingredients and smells delightful. As for body, I’ve tried making my own coffee ground scrub and it does wonders. The caffeine makes your skin feel tighter and brighter, and you gotta love that java smell left behind!

Via Gimme Some Oven

Dry Off

Drying your face after cleansing may seem like a simple task, but there’s more to it than meets the eye. First of all, it’s important that you pat your face dry with a clean towel rather than rubbing. Rubbing can irritate and stretch the skin, quickening the formation of wrinkles. Also, don’t miss the edges of the nose and ears — soap residue tends to build up in these places.

Via Michelle Phan

Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize

To moisturize your skin, it is essential to start with the right moisturizer. Now, I can’t tell you what moisturizer to use because they work differently for everyone. But here’s a tip: pay attention to the ingredients on the bottle of the moisturizer. If the first listed ingredient is water, then the moisturizer is water-based. If the first listed ingredient is oil, then the moisturizer is oil-based. All in all, a water-based moisturizer is lighter and most likely works best for faces and under makeup, while oil-based moisturizers (heavy body creams and butters fall under this category) are best used on the rest of the body.

For your face, begin with a little less than a quarter-sized amount of moisturizer. Rub it between your palms a few times to ensure even distribution and start rubbing on your cheeks, working your way up to your forehead and chin, finishing off with your nose. Don’t forget to lather your neck as well, which can get just as dry as your face.

Via GlamWand

Apply Eye Cream

When applying your eye cream at night, use your ring finger (the weakest finger) to dab or gently massage your eye cream to your eyelids and undereyes. Be careful not to tug at the skin around your eyes — the skin is especially sensitive and prone to fine lines. Here’s a tip: don’t apply the cream too close to your eyes. As your body warms, so will the cream. The last thing you want is eye cream running into your eye when you are sleeping!

Via The Dumbbelle

Brush Your Teeth

Last but not least, it’s time to brush those chompers! While this may seem routine already, there are a few important details to note. Primarily, go for about two and a half minutes. This leaves 30 seconds for the outer surface on the bottom, 30 seconds for the inner surface on the bottom, 30 seconds for the outer surface on the top, 30 seconds for the inner surface on the top and time for the chewing surfaces. Don’t forget about your, tongue, either! Your tongue is a trap for food remnants and bacteria — if that’s not enough of a reason to clean for your tongue, I don’t know what is. As for scrubbing, going hard may seem like you’re doing a better job at cleaning your teeth, but doing so is actually really damaging to the enamel. Take a softer approach, brushing at an angle in a circular motion.

Via Pixabay


All that’s old is new again, or so the saying goes. And just like we saw the resurgence of brass hardware and light fixtures, we’re also seeing certain colors making a strong style statement again.

HUNTER GREEN

Hunter green was hugely popular in the 90s (I may or may not have worn a hunter green bridesmaid dress in a dear friend’s wedding) and has since fallen out of popularity. But I’m willing to bet that these stylish kitchens might change your mind. Think English country cottage with a twist, or rural French bistro reinterpreted.

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Pair either of these looks with loads of natural warm woods, brass fixtures, and clean modern countertops in quartz or marble to offer a high contrast to the dark cabinetry.

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But if your style runs a little more bohemian, take note of Justina Blakeney’s jungle-inspired color scheme. Even though the aesthetic isn’t as formal as the other inspiration shots, the elements are all the same: warm metallics (copper, in this case), natural woods, and crisp contrasting white.justina-blakeney_jungalow-kitchen-lr-25

GREY MATTERS

Grey has been on the scene for awhile now, but let’s get past the yellow-and-grey color scheme that’s been making the rounds for awhile. I’m expecially loving the way it juxtaposes against rich, warm woods. It’s not the first color combination you’d think of, but it works.

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In this deep charcoal bedroom, pops of orange pick up the color of the warm woodwork in the eaves overhead. Notice in both photos how much the white balances out the darkness of the grey (I’m sensing a theme here!).

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Charcoal walls with natural linen makes for an easy and calming living room. Load on the natural elements: a rustic pendant overhead with a hide rug underfoot.

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Not a fan of neutrals? Charcoal is the perfect backdrop for pops of color. These African juju hats explode in a flurry of saturated color in an otherwise masculine and monochromatic space.

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NEUTRAL NAVY

Navy is huge right now, and for good reason. It pairs well with practically any other color and acts as a neutral. It can be soothing, preppy, boho, or crisp depending on your overall style.

Emily Henderson’s assistant Ginny revealed her brand new dining room and it’s a beautiful eclectic mix of styles. The navy allows the rest of the room to shine: warm woodwork, a vintage light fixture that feels spot-on for the architecture of the home, a crisp white modern Saarinen tulip table, and chalky white crown molding.

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Navy doesn’t have to be so serious all the time, though. Punch it up with a floral-inspired wallpaper like in this powder bath below.

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Or go for the ultimate moody master bedroom with rich peacock-hued walls and coordinating bedding, grounded by a vintage rug.

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But if that sounds all a little too dark, try a velvet upholstered club chair to get the look without major commitment.la-dolce-vita-blue-velvet-chair

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ROUGE RED

Red is making a big resurgence. It hasn’t been super popular in the past decade, but I’m thinking we’re going to see a lot more of it in a whole new way.

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I saw tons of saturated red rooms when I was at High Point Market in April, like this vignette in the Bernhardt showroom, and there’s no color more eyepopping and statement-making than this.

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It feels so fresh with all the metallic accents, but kept from going overboard thanks to the linen upholstered bed.pencil-shavings-studio-high-point-16

I also loved how rich this dramatic chair was in a sumptuous red velvet at the Ambella Home showroom.pencil-shavings-studio-high-point-30

They featured crimson in several corners of the showroom.

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Of course, red is nothing new. Case in point is this lovely Parisian cafe scene, complete with swivel velvet chairs.

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HOW NOW, BROWN?

Finally, one last shot to inspire a whole new appreciation for the color brown. It’s oft-maligned, but brown can be approachable, friendly, and clean when paired with crisp white. This farmhouse entryway has loads of personality thanks to the horizontal stripes and pops of color.

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Fall decor is everywhere you turn this time of year. Some tried-and-true decor, while traditional and seasonal, can slip past the eye unnoticed in the been-there-done-that way. Not in your home though! Instead, you’ll break from the usual gourds, pumpkins, acorns, and pinecones and DIY your way to some unexpected and chic fall garlands. Around your front door, over your mantel, or even up your banister, these decorative fall garlands will catch eyes and inspire style for you and your guests.

 1. Copper and Burlap

This unexpected combo comes from the mind of Melissa, a blogger friend of One Krieger Chick, Ariean. When she pulled apart the pieces of an outdated artificial wreath, she realized she could use more than just the wreath’s frame. Setting aside all but the faux leaves for this project, Melissa also brought out leaf-shaped burlap and copper paint for this simple and stylish copper and burlap garland. Secured to twine with mini clothespins, these leaves are the perfect combination of fall and chic.

Image Via: One Krieger Chick

2. DIY Book Page Garland

Rather than spend $40 on the book-page garland she found at the market, Duchess of York blogger Brittany decided she could make her own on the cheap. And by cheap, we mean free. She already had all the supplies at home, and chances are good you do, too! If you don’t have old books to disassemble, just pop down to a flea market or used books store and pick a couple up for a dollar or two. Once you’ve done that, check out the steps for Brittany’s DIY book page garland.

Image Via: Duchess of York

3. Crepe Paper Leaf Garland

Another Brittany in the blogosphere has her own take on fall garlands. She created this ombre fall garland out of crepe paper over at her blog The House that Lars Built. Be inspired by her beautiful photos, follow the step-by-step tutorial, or watch the how-to video. The options are endless!

Image Via: The House that Lars Built

4. Tribal Leaf Garland

You need only four supplies for this cute and crafty garland. String, leaves, glue, and a paint marker. Heather and her husband made this variegated leaf garland after an inspiring family road trip. The Twin Dragonfly Design blogger gathered up some leaves from their trip and painted them with funky tribal designs. Evenly spaced and glued to the twine, this is a decoration that will grab guests’ attention.

Image Via: Twin Dragonfly Designs

5. Glittery Paper Feather Garland

These glitter-dipped feathers are made from paper. Hard to believe, I know, but this garland is so simple to make. Lia Griffith used this paper and glitter feather garland on her Christmas tree, but it is lovely enough, not only for the holiday season, but for fall as well! She provides a simple step-by-step guide and downloadable feather templates.

Image Via: Lia Griffith

6.DIY Eucalyptus Garland

Amy thinks the best way to bring the fall feeling into your home is to incorporate greens and flowers into your decor. The surprising, beautiful hint of green she incorporated is a branch of Eucalyptus, turned garland. After cutting the branch into tinier sections, Amy attaches each small branch section to the string with bits of wire, overlapping each branch for a continuous look. Check out her detailed process at her blog Homey Oh My!

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7. Washi Tape Leaf Garland

Crafting this Washi Tape garland was a walk in the park for crafter and blogger Angie. The farmhouse-flair wife and mother chronicles how to decorate, cut, seal, hole-punch, and hang this stylish garland over at Crafts Unleashed. She used tape to imbue a rustic theme, but feel free to make the design match any decorative themes in your home.

Image Via: Crafts Unleashed

Fall decor can be trendy and chic, and these bloggers show us how to do it. Give one (or more!) of these projects a shot this weekend, and let me know how they turn out. What will you decorate? Your mantel, the front door? I’ve got a spiral staircase just asking to be decorated.

Until next time,

~Bri

 


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Trend: 12 Neat Laundry Room DIYs for Small Spaces

It seems you guys really enjoyed my clever decorating ideas for small spaces post I put together a few weeks back, so I thought I’d share some more small space ideas with you! I live in a 950 square foot home and I know how tough it can be to create a functional home with barely any space to work with. Today I’m talking all about small laundry spaces! Check out the 12 Neat Laundry Room DIYs for Small Spaces below.

If your laundry room is in a space that’s pretty visible to the rest of the home, then make it pretty! This lovely little laundry room is colorful and nice to look at. Check it out on the A Beautiful Mess Blog.

If your laundry room is in a space that's pretty visible to the rest of the home, then make it pretty! This lovely little laundry room is colorful and nice to look at. Check it out on the A Beautiful Mess Blog. If your laundry room is in a space that's pretty visible to the rest of the home, then make it pretty! This lovely little laundry room is colorful and nice to look at. Check it out on the A Beautiful Mess Blog.

Talk about utilizing the space you have. This small laundry space is wonderful. Check it out on Young House Love.

Talk about utilizing the space you have. This small laundry space is wonderful. Check it out on Young House Love.

This laundry room makeover makes me so happy! This blogger made her own pedestal to create more storage under the washer and dryer. I must do this in my laundry room! Found on Tremendously Thrifty.

This laundry room makeover makes me so happy! This blogger made her own pedestal to create more storage under the washer and dryer. I must do this in my laundry room! Found on Tremendously Thrifty. This laundry room makeover makes me so happy! This blogger made her own pedestal to create more storage under the washer and dryer. I must do this in my laundry room! Found on Tremendously Thrifty.

This DIY is meant to extend a windowsill, but I think it’s the perfect DIY for a fold away folding table. Check out how easy it is to make on Martha Stewart.

This DIY is meant to extend a windowsill, but I think it's the perfect DIY for a fold away folding table. Check out how easy it is to make on Martha Stewart.

Maybe you don’t have room for both a laundry space and office supply storage? Don’t stress. A “laundry room” doesn’t only have to be for the laundry stuff. Organize office supplies with baskets and shelving. Found on Organized By Helen.

Maybe you don't have room for both a laundry space and office supply storage? Don't stress. A

If the idea of building cabinets makes you nervous, maybe try using wood crates instead? They are already built for you and all you need to do is install them on the wall. Found on the Home Depot Blog.

If the idea of building cabinets makes you nervous, maybe try using wood crates instead? They are already built for you and all you need to do is install them on the wall. Found on the Home Depot Blog.

Hang labeled laundry bags on the wall so your family can, hopefully, help with sorting the clothes. Found on The Pin Junkie.

Hang labeled laundry bags on the wall so your family can, hopefully, help with sorting the clothes. Found on The Pin Junkie.

I love pretty much everything about this laundry room makeover. My favorite part is the space saver idea to have a spot to hang clothes right above the machines. Found on Emerson Grey Designs.

I love pretty much everything about this laundry room makeover. My favorite part is the space saver idea to have a spot to hang clothes right above the machines. Found on Emerson Grey Designs. I love pretty much everything about this laundry room makeover. My favorite part is the space saver idea to have a spot to hang clothes right above the machines. Found on Emerson Grey Designs.

This is one of my favorite laundry room DIYs. We have no where to hang clothes to dry in our home, so this is perfect. It’s folds up into the wall when you don’t need it. Found on Centsational Girl.

This is one of my favorite laundry room DIYs. We have no where to hang clothes to dry in our home, so this is perfect. It's folds up into the wall when you don't need it. Found on Centsational Girl.

If you do have some cabinet space and need a spot to hang clothes, this DIY retractable clothesline is so cool. Check out how she did it on Just About Home.

If you do have some cabinet space and need a spot to hang clothes, this DIY retractable clothesline is so cool. Check out how she did it on Just About Home.

If you have a small home AND cats, then you probably keep the cat food and litter box in your laundry room. That can take up a lot of valuable space, SO stack up that food and litter box on a shelf. Found on Southern Sprout.

If you have a small home AND cats, then you probably keep the cat food and litter box in your laundry room. That can take up a lot of valuable space, SO stack up that food and litter box on a shelf. Found on Southern Sprout.

I love how this clever person really worked with the small space that she had. Tiny shelves hold the items she needs easy access to while doing laundry. Found on Waffling Blog.

I love that this clever person really used the small space that she had. Tiny shelves hold the items she needs easy access to while doing laundry. Found on Waffling Blog.

We want to see what you’re crafting! You can share a link to what you’ve made in the comments below, or tag me on Instagram with a photo (my user name is @thepapermama).

– Chelsey, The Paper Mama


Perhaps your landlord says you can’t paint over those boring beige walls, or you don’t want the hassle of having to repaint your room again when you change your mind about that “perfect” color. Thankfully, there are solutions to add interest to your walls without picking up a paint brush.

1. Textiles

If you’re craving a boho-chic vibe, add texture through textiles like tapestries and other woven wonders. A rope wall hanging added above the bed gives the perfect touch to this elegant and worldly room.

Via One Kings Lane

2.  Wallpaper

The fact that wallpaper is back in vogue makes me extremely happy. Just look at how this large-scale floral wallpaper completely transforms the room! The juxtaposition of industrial design and femininity is strikingly beautiful.

Via Murals Wallpaper

3. Washi Tape

Washi tape is amazing because it can be removed SO easily without damaging your walls. Plus, these days you can find washi tape in just about any color or pattern you could ever want.

I love this look of scattered washi tape pieces in bright colors. It reminds me of confetti, and the look doesn’t require strict measurements or complicated calculations.

Via IDA Interior Lifestyle

Anything with black and white stripes immediately catches my eye: so simple, sleek, and mod! This striped wall adds the perfect amount of pattern to a small bathroom. Can you believe these chic stripes are simply made with black washi tape?

Via Unusually Lovely

4. Gallery Walls

There’s no better way to add infinite interest to your walls than to fill them with gorgeous art. Stick to one color palette, but vary shapes and textures when choosing artworks.

Via Emily Henderson

5. Mirrors

Mirrors have the power to reflect the interest of one wall onto another. That means twice the decorating power with half the work, which is pretty amazing.

Although the tile on this wall is gorgeous as is, I love the way the mirror adds a dark accent from across the room.

Via Sarah Sherman Samuel

With a little creativity, you can transform the look of your room without a drop of paint. Make your home look unique with solutions that add interest to your walls in unexpected ways.


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