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The number one question I’ve been asked is what my favorite white paint colors are. Whites can run the gamut of colors. There are warm whites, cool whites, and true bright whites. There are no hard and fast rules on what is a right white; it truly boils down to what looks best in your space.

No matter what line you go with you are bound to find some great options to fit your budget. I’m a Benjamin Moore fan, but you can find some great options at Sherwin Williams, Farrow & Ball, Lowes, Home Depot, etc. (I’m still in mourning over the loss of Martha Stewart’s paint line at Home Depot (RIP!) and I used her Heavy Cream color a lot. It worked so beautifully in pretty much any interior.) I highly recommend grabbing a fan deck of whichever line you prefer to keep on hand. I have a few different fan decks of Benjamin Moore’s; it’s easy to pop it open and survey all the different color options. Most of the time I like to choose one that has a little ivory to it, but it always depends on how much natural light the room gets.

A FEW TIPS:

  • ALWAYS paint a few swatches on each and every wall in the room you’re going to paint. You can never go by just a paper swatch as the paint will react differently to the surface it’s being painted on in addition to the light the room receives throughout the day.
  • Choose at least 3 samples to test out, but ideally closer to 5. One will almost always be immediately ruled out.
  • Look at your paint samples in different lights: morning, afternoon, evening, and with your overhead lights on.

Ok, on to my favorites!

Favorite cool white: Benjamin Moore Decorator’s White. A cool white can be a little bit sterile unless you get a ton of natural sunlight which will warm it up. We used this in our entire lake house and because of all our windows and high ceilings, it feels airy and loftlike. Great for kitchen cabinetry, bathrooms, trim, etc.

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Benjamin Moore decorator's white - favorite white paint colors - shiplap - www.pencilshavingsstudio.com

Favorite warm white: Benjamin Moore China White. This one is almost always a win-win. It’s creamy but can skew pretty bright in a well-lit room. We used it in our master bedroom and a few other corners of our house.

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Blue and aqua pop beautifully against it and warm metallics are also a great match.pencil shavings studio bedroom minted-6

Favorite grey white: Benjamin Moore Pale Oak. I LOVE the undertones to this white. It is oh-so chic.

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Favorite mix-well-with-other-colors white: Benjamin Moore Steam. We used this on our kitchen cabinetry and family room. It’s part of the Affinity collection which means that you can pick any color from the 144 options and know that they’ll coordinate together.

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I’m not the only one w/ strong opinions on favorite whites:

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A bedroom is never truly complete until the headboard is in place. Often the focal point of the room, retailers ask big bucks for this single piece of furniture. But don’t bother turning your pockets inside out for this statement piece just yet. Here at BHG we like to save a dollar where we can, too. Check out this awesome list of DIY headboards and headboard alternatives that will give your bedroom the finished look you’ve been searching for — without the big dollar signs!

1. Wordy Wall

This DIY book headboard is perfect for all the literary fans out there. Design Every Day creator Kassandra made this wordy focal piece with plywood, nails, tape, and old thrift store books. She completes the look with a vintage hanging lamp.

 

Photo via: Design Every Day

2. Fab Refurb

Serena Appiah understands how to pay a little and get a lot. She painted and reupholstered this vintage DIY headboard over on her site, Thrift Diving. This beautiful headboard, Serena suggests, could also be used as a dining room bench backrest.

Photo via: Thrift Diving

3. Double Drapery

This bed canopy is soft, romantic, flowy, and — added bonus — it involves no sewing. Teryn Yancey, of Vintage Romance Style, created this dramatic DIY bed canopy out of curtain rods, chandelier swags, ribbon, and two tablecloths. Held together with hot glue, this faux headboard is sure to draw attention.

Photo via: Vintage Romance Style

4. Headboard or Footboard?

Moroccan-theme headboards can fall into the hundreds (sometimes thousands) of dollars. Don’t shell out the dough until you’ve searched for Moroccan…doormats? That’s what Kara Paslay did! She spent under $100 and made her very own, very trendy DIY West Elm Morocco headboard look-alike.

Photo via: Kara Paslay Designs

5. Upholstered Upcycle

Speaking of unique repurposing, who knew that an old door could make a perfect headboard? Rachael Ranney shows us how to make this upcycled upholstered headboard from a door in her video-and-photo tutorial on Buildipedia’s blog. Story here? Salvage old furniture and your room could look this good, too.

Photo via: Buildipedia

6. Nightlight, Better Built

DIY this fun marquee-inspired headboard with help from Emma Chapman’s step-by-step guide on A Beautiful Mess. She and her sister created the headboard for a guestroom, but a piece like this could also look great in a kids’ room and double as a nightlight.

Photo via: A Beautiful Mess

7. Hunted Happiness

The Hunted Interior’s Kristin Jackson created this DIY headboard from scratch with her husband. Together they formed and built the backboard, filled with foamed and batted the front, upholstered (and problem solved) the unique shape, and perfected the project with nailhead trim. See how they made this top-notch piece in Kristin’s step-by-step tutorial.

Photo via: Hunted Interior

8. Foam Faux Tile = Fauxm Headboard

Feel like there’s not enough time to make these neat projects? Courtney can show you how to create a stylish DIY headboard in just 20 minutes. Check out this fun project over at her blog, Sweet C’s, and see what you can make with just a little paint and a few foam tiles.

Photo via: Sweet C’s Designs

9. Maybe a Mountainscape?

Who needs any kind of headboard when this beautiful landscape is behind their pillows? Artist Pam Lostracco shows us on her blog how she painted her bedroom wall into a beautiful mountain mural rather than adding a headboard. The effect is stunning.

Photo via: Pam Lostracco

These DIY’s are not only lovely, they’ll save you a pretty penny too! If you’re looking to update the look of your bedroom soon, I hope you’ve found some inspiration here from these brilliant blogger ideas. In the meantime, keep DIYing, and let me know how your projects go!

Until then,

~Bri


Hey there, everyone!  I’m Katie from Addicted 2 DIY, and I’m so excited to be featured in June’s “I Did It” section of Better Homes and Gardens magazine! My featured project was this simple planter made from a recycled tire, and it’s a great weekend project that can add a little character to your outdoor space. I love how even a quick project can have a big impact, and I’ve compiled some of my favorite DIY projects that can be completed in a weekend or less. Whether you’re just dipping your toes into the DIY pool or you’ve already jumped right in, there’s something in this list for everyone!

1.  Bust boredom for the kids

DIY 4-in-1 Activity Table with Free Plans

This 4-in-1 activity table packs a punch with a flip-top design that will keep the kids occupied for hours.

2.  Display family photos or your favorite plants

Rustic Multi-Purpose Ladder DisplayThis rustic ladder display can hold photos, succulents, craft supplies, or whatever you like. The best part is that this quick and easy DIY project can be completed in as little as an hour.

3.  Hide Fido’s food in plain sight

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Keep everything in one place and dog food out of sight with this DIY dog food station. The tote inside holds up to 30 pounds of dog food!

 4.  Bring order to the chaos of bikes and scooters

DIY bike and scooter rack

The never-ending tangle (and tripping hazard) of bikes and scooters on the garage floor gets old quick, but this simple DIY bike rack keeps everything — even the helmets! – neat and in one place.

5.  Get a leg up with a simple step stool

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Add some style and function with this DIY step stool. It’s sturdy enough for adults and kids, plus this entire project is made from one single board!


Confession time.

I love glitter. Metallic, sparkly things draw me in like a moth to a flame. Which, incidentally, is glowy and shiny, too. Having taken a peek into the average backyard, I’ve noticed not enough glitz twinkles around the everyday garden or porch. To create more attention-grabbing detail to your yard, I’ve gathered a list of fun DIY sparkly projects you never knew you needed. Glam up your yard with these shimmery pieces.

1. Hanging Ombre Metallic Pots

Stephanie Shore Fisher gets me. She runs her blog Glitter and Goat Cheese (her two favorite things), and posts neat projects and finds that are often quite shiny. Example A: these pretty, framed DIY ombre hanging planters. She suggests mixing metals and trying a nickle chain, too.

Photo via: Glitter and Goat Cheese

2. Fab Lawn FlaBLINGo

Dream a Little Bigger blogger Allison Murray gifted this DIY bedazzled lawn flamingo to her sister. She shows you in just a few steps what you need to do to create this awesome statement piece that will bling up your yard, flowerbed, or garden. Try a variety of colored gems to create a rainbow flock of flaBLINGos.

Photo via: Dream a Little Bigger

3. Metallic Garden Tower

Create a DIY metallic trellis with brass or copper pipes. Allison shows us with detailed photos how to build this shiny garden trellis over at her blog, 33 Shades of Green. She even reveals the progress of her morning glories and suggests a few other plants to try growing on a trellis.

Photo via: 33 Shades of Green

4. Sparkling Sip ‘n Snack Table

TV personality, designer, and author Mark Montano fashioned this work of art on his personal blog Make Your Mark! His DIY glitter striped table is a sparkle lovers dream. Try creating this table for your deck or patio with his super helpful tutorial, and enjoy an afternoon snack over gold and under sun.

Photo via: Make Your Mark!

5. Don’t Lose Your Marbles

Blogger, crafter, and DIYer Jamie shared this simple tutorial of her family’s marble-filled fence project on her blog C.R.A.F.T., Creating Really Awesome Free Things. Added bonus: if you ask nicely, she’ll tell you how they created the removable fence panel.

Photo via: C.R.A.F.T.’s

6. #GlitterGoals

I didn’t know I needed this until I saw it. Get inspired with images of this DIY glitter croquet set. All you need is some spray paint, glitter, decoupage adhesive, and that old croquet set hiding in the back of the garage. Highlight mallets and balls with the original colors of the game, or choose your own favorites to get some sparkle rolling across your backyard.

Photo via: Mintage Home
7. Lovely Gold Leaf
Mismatch terra-cotta pots laying around? Make them look uniform and beautiful with Kristin Jackson’s quick explanation on how to gold-leaf a pot. In the guide on her blog, The Hunted Interior, Kristin says to be sure to place the leafing helter-skelter to look timeworn and to play along with any damage the elements might bring. Photo via: Hunted Interior

8. Glitzy Gardener

Look glamorous while working in the garden this summer with these DIY-ified glitter yard tools. Anjelika Temple of Brit+Co created this great tutorial on how to beautify around-the-house tools. Don’t be afraid to glitterize more — anything with a handle!

Photo via: Brit+Co

If these projects haven’t inspired you to put a little pizzazz into your outdoor living, I don’t know what will. I’m excited to see you glittery, glitzy projects come to life. Let me know how they go and if this sparkle sparks your creativity in another way!

Until then,

~Bri


Hosting a gathering and don’t know where to begin? Avoid falling into a shopping frenzy. Stock up on dinnerware, serveware and accessories from Better Homes and Gardens collection at Walmart ahead of time, so they can be re-used and re-purposed throughout the season.

This month the BHGLiveBetter Blogger Network was challenged with creating inviting entertaining spaces. Read on as they share easy to replicate tips perfectly suited to inform and inspire the execution of your next celebration.

1. Camille Simmons of Planning Pretty shares her secret to styling a brunch table. All it takes is lots of light, a pop of color and a touch of gold—plus one stylish set of Color Dipped Dinnerware that can used in a casual setting or dressed up for a more elegant affair.

2. Add a touch of spring to your home and create comfort for your guests with decorative pillows. Amy Clark of Mom Advice shows you how to style these pillows for both indoor and outdoor use.

3. Anna Moseley of Ask Anna sets an outdoor dining area on a budget with bright and affordable items that will make your table spread fun and inviting. Don’t skimp out on the serveware—consider dressing your table with a Melamine Bamboo Bowl that can be used time and time again.

 

4. Elegance can easily be achieved with a few eye-catching pieces such as the new Matte Swirl Dinnerware Set Chris Nease of Celebrations at Home chose to use for her black and white tabletop presentation.

5. Rustic meets whimsical thanks to Debbie Westbrooks of Refresh Restyle. Grab a set of Melamine Bowls and summer’s most refreshing fruit, and you’ve got yourself a backyard party.

6. Involve your kids in outdoor gardening activities by turning a planter from Better Homes and Gardens at Walmart into an enchanting fairy garden. Emily Allison of Decorchick shows just how it’s done.

7. Hop on over to I Don’t Know How She Does It to see how Gloribell Lebron’s seasonal centerpiece informed the design of her tablescape. Consider filling a Glass Lantern (or two) with natural elements for added texture.

8. Gearing up for Father’s Day? Kimberly Sneed of A Night Owl Blog fills a galvanized caddy with backyard BBQ essentials including a stylish and functional Oven Mit for a low cost gift idea for Dad.

9. Small space, small budget – no problem! Monica Benavidez of Monica Wants It shares helpful tips on how to entertain with grand style on a budget. See how she layers classic white dinnerware such as the new Hobnail Collection from Better Homes and Gardens at Walmart with a brightly patterned appetizer plate. Amp up the style by accessorizing with fresh blooms and candles.

10. Tight on space? Ditch the over-sized serving platters. Randi Dukes of Dukes and Duchesses finds multiple uses for her Melamine Dinnerware and even turns a regular plate into a temporary cake stand.

11. It’s a vintage affair over at Fox Hollow Cottage. Shannon Fox opted to use Galvanized Serverware to blend in with the antique metal pieces dispersed throughout her outdoor patio.

12. Looking to spruce up your entryway? Stacy Risenmay of Not Just a Housewife creates an inviting entrance for guests by placing sophisticated Bombay Planters full of seasonal annuals on either side of her front door.

13. Drink Dispensers are not just for beverages. Taryn Whiteaker of Design Dining & Diapers proves just how versatile a vessel can be by planting cascading greenery inside a Galvanized Drink Dispenser. Her eclectic grouping of wood, metals and crates provides a balanced and welcoming look for her front patio.

14. Entertain with drink canisters to keep costs down and your beverage offerings simple. Kim Demmon of Today’s Creative Life stacked two Galvanized Square Chalkboard Drink Dispensers on top of one another to create a serve yourself drink station for guests.

15. Turn your outdoor space into a welcoming dinner atmosphere for guests with a simple table top accessory. Jamielyn Nye of I Heart Naptime introduces a floating glass hurricane Candle Holder for an elegant look.

 For all of these products and more, visit Walmart.com/BetterHomesandGardens


I don’t know if there’s anything better than sitting around a bonfire eating toasty marshmallows and listening to crackling wood. My unlucky soul, however, lives in an apartment and can’t enjoy such pleasures unless someone else is throwing a party. I’ll keep dreaming though. Here are just a few inspiring fire pits I can’t keep off my third-floor-living mind.

1) Do you have a unique landscape feature that goes unused? Convert it into a fire pit! Lucy couldn’t keep the fish in her koi pond because of predators. Instead of constantly restocking, she let the water-feature dry out. Now it makes a beautiful addition to her patio.

Image via: Lucy’s Lampshade

2) This DIY brick fire pit saved blogger Jim a pretty penny, costing only $1.35. Most of the materials were leftovers scrapped from project sites. Check out Jim’s step-by-step guide on how to create this unique inground fire pit.

Image via: The Perfect Garden Hose

3) This tabletop fire pit is so neat. Karen shows us the detailed steps for making this portable fire pit on her blog, The Art of Doing Stuff. She goes as far as creating the glass enclosure and teaching us a cool trick with a spaghetti noodle.

Image via: The Art of Doing Stuff

4) If you aren’t afraid to get your hands dirty, this project is for you. From Man Made, a postmodern male’s hands-on creativity blog, Chris shows readers how to create a concrete fire pit from scratch. Those who take on this project will really enjoy Chris’s detailed explanations and images.

Image via: Man Made

5) Morgan Satterfield of the Brick House needed to replace a failed attempt at a DIY cinder block fire pit. Testing out a new skill she picked up from friends, Morgan explains a basic welding project to create this sleek, square fire pit.

Image via: The Brick House

6) This artistic DIY mosaic fire pit is perfect for the bold-color lover. Kristy O, of 3 Peppers, provides detailed steps of laying the pavers, creating the pit, and choosing the mosaic tiles for her Florida backyard project.

Image via: 3 Peppers

7) Giving old items new purpose is an art form. Sarah, creator of House and Fig, has that art mastered. She shows us in just seven steps how to turn a washing machine drum into a DIY fire pit. Talk about an upcycle.

 

Image via: House and Fig

8) Making a fire pit multipurpose isn’t something you’ll hear too often. Robin and Mike from All Things Heart and Home had a stellar idea to use their fire pit for not one, not two, but three purposes! Check out the how-to on this fire pit/tabletop/game board.

 

Image via: All Things Heart and Homes

Greet the heat and get started on building these DIY fire pits so you can enjoy their flames all summer long and well into the fall. Have a marshmallow or two for me!

Until next time,

~Bri


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