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I get asked about paint colors in our house. Did you know there is one handy tab on the blog with all of that information? https://thesteenstyle.com/my-paint-colors/

DIY Tufted Headboard18I update it with pictures as I finish a room so you can see what the color is and what it looks like in my house. Even if you like my color – make sure you paint a swatch on a wall before you paint a whole room! It will save you a lot of time if you make sure your lighting works with the color you want. Trust me – I’ve been there!


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After some teasing on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, I am FINALLY finished with my oversize floor mirror. This bad boy weighs in at super heavy and measures 7 feet tall by 3 feet wide. I love how it ended up but did make a few errors along the way. I’ve explained them below and hope this helps you if you attempt this project!

Floor Mirror1This was my inspiration. I saw it on Pinterest and instantly loved the size and gilded frame. I have been looking for a floor mirror that is a decent size with a cheap price but with those expectations, was coming up short on options. When I saw this, I put together my plan and went to town!

Floor MirrorI started with an 8′ x 4′ piece of MDF from Home Depot that I had cut down to 7′ x 3′ before I left the store. I painted the back of the wood first (probably the first time I’ve painted the back/inside of any project!) and then painted the border of the front since the mirror would attach to the middle of the wood.

Floor Mirror3My dad helped me use my box cutter to cut the trim pieces I also purchased at Home Depot to make the large outside frame. The trim I used was flat on the back and round on the top. This was SO much easier than the crown molding we installed in the dining room. Having it completely flat on the back and even on both sides made this process go quickly and smoothly.

Floor Mirror4Luckily the trim pieces were so long, we only had to make the 45 degree cuts for the corners. We are both visual people so to anyone watching us cut this, we must have looked like loons. “Okay, so we cut it this way (insert angled hand motion) so now we’ll cut it this way to match up (insert opposite angled hand motion).”

Floor Mirror5We used my mom’s air compressed nail gun so the pieces of trim were attached to the MDF in no time! When you attempt this on your own (and you will because it is that easy), don’t worry about a small gap on the corners – those are very easy to fill in with wood putty or caulk.

Floor Mirror6Once we finished the outside frame, we used mirror adhesive and attached the mirror I had cut at my local glass shop. I don’t have pictures of this step because it took my dad, Conner and me to get the mirror glued, attached and as straight as possible. One tip – before we started to attach the mirror, we measured it out and marked where the mirror should line up on the wood. This was a huge help!

We moved the project to our dining table so more of it was supported and the wood didn’t bow on the ends. To make sure the mirror was securely attached, we weighed down the top with random objects we found in the dining and living room. Our table looked like this for four days – what a sight!

Floor Mirror7Once I felt more than safe that the mirror was attached and the glue was dry, we used the same trim to make the inside frame that sits on top of the mirror. Conner helped me cut the pieces and attach them to the mirror with more mirror adhesive. This sat for two days before I moved on to the next step.

Floor Mirror8I used wood putty to fill in the nail holes and also seal the gaps where the two pieces of trim don’t match perfectly in the corners.

Floor Mirror9Wood putty is very easy to work with if you haven’t used it before. I am lazy so I just use my fingers, not a putty knife, to layer in the putty and smooth it. Make sure you use a wood putty or caulk that is sandable/paintable – it will make your life much easier!

Floor Mirror10Once the putty was dry, it was time to silver leaf! This was so time-consuming and such a hassle but the end result was well worth it. It would have been much easier to just paint the trim but I wanted the metallic, reflective surface that silver leaf gives. It would have also been MUCH easier to do this before the trim was attached but I wasn’t thinking about that when I started this whole project.

Floor Mirror11Start by brushing on the metal leaf adhesive. This small bottle is in the same aisle as the metal leaf sheets I found at Hobby Lobby. This adhesive is super strong and stays tacky for a very long time, several days in fact! They aren’t lying when they say to wait at least 45 minutes before applying the silver leaf sheets. If the glue is too wet, the process gets very sloppy.

Floor Mirror12These are the metal leaf sheets I used. They come in a pack of 25. I thought that would be enough but I had to get another package and used several sheets of the new one.

I started by applying the whole sheet to the trim. That was a mistake – it got everywhere! I ended up tearing off small pieces from the large sheet and applying them to the trim. This process for a piece of furniture (like this tutorial here) would be so much easier because you could use a whole sheet instead of breaking them up. I would love to do this for a side table in our guest room and may end up doing it now that I’ve had this trial run on silver leafing.

Floor Mirror13I used my fingers to attach the sheets and then ran a foam brush over the area to really attach it. This will get messy and little pieces of silver will go flying so make sure you do this in an area or on a surface you don’t mind getting dirty.

Floor Mirror14Notice the painters tape in the picture above? This is why! SO messy with my first attempt. The glue and silver were everywhere. Way to NOT think through this process, Laura. I don’t blame myself though. No, I blame the red carpet coverage of the Oscars. That’s a legitimate reason to be distracted, right?

Floor Mirror15After 6 hours, spread out over several days, I was finally finished with the silver leaf. What a time investment, right? Once I pulled all of the tape off, I used Goo Gone to erase the glue that was on the mirror, a piece of sand paper to smooth out the silver leaf on the MDF and then applied one quick coat of paint to the border. So pretty!

Floor Mirror16I absolutely love how much light this mirror reflects. This sits to the left of our door to the bathroom and across from the one window in our room. It was so bright in here all weekend – love!

The floor lamp was a purchase from Target last year and the garden stool was one I got on clearance from Garden Ridge and spray painted navy. It is a perfect resting spot for my phone, clothes and will eventually see a glass (or two) of wine!

Floor Mirror17The silver leaf is so reflective and gives off a nice shine. While it was a pain in the rear to do this while the trim was attached, it was totally worth it!  The final white coat I used is the same as our living room fireplace – Moon Rise by Behr.

Floor Mirror18In an attempt to keep it real, here is what this area looked like before I took the pictures and I’m sure what it will look like most of the time: shoes kicked off, shirt draped on the stool and one or both dogs in the way. Typical!

The total size of this mirror is 7′ x 3′. The mirror I had cut at my local glass shop was supposed to just be 6″ shorter than the MDF on all sides but I’m not sure where my math went wrong. The larger border at the top and bottom bothered me at first but now I don’t mind it so I will now claim I meant to do that. 🙂

Total cost for this project? $152! It might sound like a lot to you but it is so much cheaper than the $500-700 I kept seeing when shopping for a mirror this size. The time was the biggest factor in this project but well worth it for the end result! SO happy to finally see what my whole outfit looks like before I walk out the door.

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Another project is finished in the dining room and that means I’m one step closer to a finished dining room…finally!

Curio Cabinet makeoverWhen my grandma moved, she sold a bunch of furniture. This curio cabinet was one of the pieces she got rid of and I loved it for our dining room!

Curio Cabinet makeover2My grandpa gave this to my grandma for her birthday way back when so it has some meaning to the family. There was already enough dark wood in this room though so I used paint, new knobs and scrapbooking paper to update this piece of furniture to fit our house.

Curio Cabinet makeover3I used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint for the first time ever and even though I feel like a DIY failure, my review for this paint is this – “Eh.” I’m not in love, over the moon with it as everyone else. It worked well and didn’t have an odor like most paints so there was a plus but it was just like most other paints I’ve used. Not really worth the expense of the paint!

Curio Cabinet makeover4I used three coats of paint to freshen the cabinet up and I love how much lighter it is now. I didn’t prime it or sand it, like most furniture I paint, and the paint still went on smoothly.

Curio Cabinet makeover5The cabinet isn’t that deep so even though I really wanted to use this to keep extra plates, it now houses our china and crystal glasses from our wedding. It works out well!

Curio Cabinet makeover7The knobs are from Hobby Lobby and at the bottom of the two sections, I used navy and white scrapbooking paper to give some color and pattern to this piece. It feels so much more modern now.

Curio Cabinet makeover8Here is another look at the before and after. The added molding to the walls and the lighter color also help make this spot look much better. There are two lights inside the cabinet so at night it makes the dining room look so pretty and gives a nice glow to the room – love!

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We finally have one room completely, for real, not changing except for the decorations, finished in the house! It is the entryway, so it isn’t the largest or most exciting room, but it is finished and I love it!

Entryway UpdateThe dark picture on the left is what the entryway looked like on the day we got the keys to the house. That tile…I forgot how terrible it was! The ceiling was the same color as the walls and the moldings were ‘white.’

The much lighter and much happier picture on the right is what the room looks like today. The new wood floors and molding around the opening to the dining room definitely help but that light fixture brings it all up to date as well – isn’t it great?

Crate and Barrel Light FixtureThe Finley Small White Pendant is from Crate & Barrel and was a family affair to get it in our house. Conner’s parents gave it to me for Christmas and my dad installed it this past weekend – they both saved me a ton of money on buying this and having it installed! Even after the new paint on the ceiling, moldings and walls, this light fixture really made the entryway more modern and flow with the rest of the house much better.

Entryway After2The mirror on top of the painted buffet was a nice way to judge how low the pendant should hang. There was a ton of extra wire that we had to cut to make the light hang just right so we measured several times and hoped for the best once we hung the pendant. It worked out and is the perfect height for the room.

Entryway UpdateEach time we update a room, I’m always surprised by how little can make such a big impact. While the new wood floors are a definite plus, paint and a new light fixture were the biggest visual updates to this small area!

Now the floors in the dining room? They were a huge update and I will show you that before and after in the next couple of weeks.

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If you recognize the lyrics from that song, then you win the prize! Sorry I haven’t posted in a whole, this is what I’ve been up to…

20120620-195000.jpgJealous? Paint can, ladder, paint brush and my hallway ceiling, walls and trim…once I finish this room we can get back to our regularly scheduled programming. Now if only I could find my motivation to finish!

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You all were so helpful last time I needed a decision (the kitchen table) that I thought I would pick your brain again. This time, it is a wall cabinet in our hallway. It holds our extra glassware and is above a nook that used to contain a desk. There are doors on this cabinet but when I took them off to paint the hallway (and also the wood cabinetry), I started to like the open feeling so now I’m stuck. (Sorry there isn’t a picture of the real before. I’m not sure where those pictures are!)

In this nook now is a kegerator (Conner’s baby so he can have a freshly poured beer whenever he wants) and will hopefully have wine storage on either side of it someday soon. I want this area to be a wet bar/entertaining spot/butler’s pantry since we have glassware storage here and its a drinking station.

There are actually two sets of doors that go here. One for the top shelf (they are thin, small, full wooden doors) and a large set for the other three shelves (they are wooden frames with a pattern glass inside). They don’t match and the glass pattern definitely dates itself back to the 1980’s but if I decided to keep the doors, could always just use regular glass and make the top doors match. Have I lost you yet? Okay, look below to see what I’m thinking.

Love, love, love the patterned wallpaper as the back of these open shelves!! Such a statement and a great way to introduce color/pattern/texture in a different way. Since all we have is clear glass in these cabinets, I want to paint the inside no matter what to help the glasses stand out more but if we left them open it would be fun to do something like this!

This is an example of what I could do if I decided to put the doors back on (and also a space I would love to have in this house or a future one). These glass doors are much prettier than what I have but you can see the dark paint color coming through it and it makes a nice statement without being face to face with everything that is on the shelves.

Normally open shelving makes me nervous but for a small area like this with only one type of object on it, I feel like it could be a fun way to experiment with something new. I also like the thought of lightning up this hallway since it is a long one that connects several rooms so it makes me go back to keeping the doors off and using a bright and fun wallpaper in the back. In a perfect world, I could rip out the soffit and redo the whole thing with glass shelves and a wallpaper back but of course, we aren’t in a perfect world and I’m trying to make a change on the cheap.

So, what say you? Keep in mind, the hallways will be a light tan and the woodwork (crown molding, baseboards and cabinets) will all be white. If the doors stay, they will go white as well. If they stay off, you will see the white shelves with painted/wallpaper backs. Let me hear it, people! What’s your vote?

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Sorry for the delay in updates but I have been too busy painting! It is hard to find time to balance working, working on the house and then posting about it. If only I could win that $450 million lottery…wouldn’t that be nice? Back to reality – the dining room is soooo close to being finished and I am so happy with how it is all looking!

The crown molding in the dining room is finished and it looks awesome!! I’m so proud of my dad and me. We can both cross this DIY project off of our bucket list…and never do it again. Hah! It was a great learning experience though and we really do work well together so it went pretty smoothly. (not to toot my own horn but growing up, when my dad did projects around the house, I was usually asked to be his helper…toot! Toot!) The corners are not easy so beware of this project. NOT easy at all. I will have a full recap and post on that very soon for you!

Here are the supplies I’ve been working with ever since my last update. I finished the last coat of grey on the walls and have moved on to the baseboards, casings and crown molding. Kilz, Valspar Glossy White, a cut-in tool, painter’s tape and a brush have been my BFF all week-long. Using the cut-in tool is actually a lot easier and moves way faster than I originally thought so that is a huge plus! There have only been two tiny little ‘oopsies’ that were easily cleaned up with a towel and q-tip.

It is so crazy to me how ‘white’ we thought the original molding was. Hello yellow-dingy-beige! Wow, what a difference one coat of primer makes, as shown on the right of the picture. I am very close to finishing all of the wood trim and will be back (hopefully Friday!) to update you with a finished, painted dining room. I think I can…I think I can…I think I can…

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