25 Days of Paint Projects Day 9: Painted Herringbone Ceiling

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You guys know there are few things I love more than a nice home up-do with a fresh coat of paint. So this month we’ll be checking out 25 paint projects, along with the colors they used so you can motivate yourself to tackle some painting if it’s on your to-do list this summer!

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I’ve never seen this done before, but absolutely love the way Amy from Always Never Done painted her stairway ceiling in a herringbone print.  She gives you the step-by-step on how she did it, and the finished product is so amazing!  Head over here to check it out.

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20 Items You Need To Buy At Aldi (And What You Should Skip At Your Aldi Store Too)

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Do you have an Aldi in your area? If so, there are so many items that you can easily save on, but definitely some things you should never (ever?) purchase while you’re there. Watch the video to get an idea, then read through the list and share your comments too.

 

Here are the 20 items you need to buy at Aldi . . .

1. Produce included in their sale ad each week. Most of Aldi’s produce prices are very reasonable, but the items included in their sale ad are where you’ll see the best deals. Make sure to check to the quality of the produce before purchasing (it’s definitely hit or miss at some stores), but I’ve been pleased with most of the produce I’ve found at our local Aldi!

2. Bananas ($.44/lb – will vary by area)

2. Spices and seasonings ($.99)

3. Flour and sugar ($1,99), including whole wheat flour ($2.79), brown sugar ($1.29), and powdered sugar ($1.29)

4. Imitation vanilla ($1.99)

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5. Minced garlic (1.99)

6. Semi Sweet Morsels ($1.59)

7. Yeast 3 pack ($.79)

8. Honey ($4.99)

9. Maraschino Cherries ($1.59)

10. Pancake Syrup ($1.59)

11. Milk ($2.29 – will vary by area)

12. Eggs ($1.49 – will vary by store)

14. Cheese (string cheese, shredded cheese – unless your local grocery store has  a great sale)

15. Flour Tortillas ($1.19)

16. Fruit Gel Bowls ($1.79)

17. Chips ($1.69) & Salsa ($1.89)

18. Hazelnut Spread (aka Nutella – tastes just like the real thing, $1.99)

19. Snack Items – pretzels ($1.29), bagged chips ($1.49), Chocolate Cream Cookies (basically Oreos, $1.69)

20. Gluten Free & Organic Foods. Aldi has been adding a ton of gluten free and organic foods to their stores recently, and their prices seem very reasonable on these. If you shop for those items, it’s definitely worth swinging by to check them out!

 

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So, curious what I don’t think you should buy at Aldi? Here are my top five items . . .

1. Diapers. Pampers were $24.79 for size 3 at my store or 23¢ per diaper. You can easily shop at Amazon where the same size Pampers are 16¢ per diaper when you clip the $3 off coupon in the middle of the page and choose to subscribe and save (see even better prices right now on diapers at Amazon over HERE)

2. K Cups. The Barrisimo Brand K Cups were $4.79 for a 12 pack at my store, which makes them $.39 each. Amazon sells these regularly for $.33 per K Cup, and you may find an even better deal if you wait for a sale at your local grocery store.

3. Pringles. Pringles were $1.45 at my store – you can usually find these on sale for around $1 if you wait for a sale.

4. Coca Cola 12 packs. These were $4.45 for the 12 pack, and I’ve frequently seen them on sale at CVS, Walgreens and Rite Aid for less than $3 per pack, or get the generic store brand at Kroger, Publix or your local grocer to save even more!

5. Meat. Although I’ve heard so many folks questioning the safety of Aldi meat, I really believe it is just fine. However, we don’t buy meat at Aldi because I consistently find better prices at my local grocery store, as well as local specialty stores like Fresh Thyme, Sprouts, and Earth Fare.

For me even the Aldi sales aren’t good enough to make me switch over, so I’ll keep purchasing meat at other stores. (Make sure you know what a good price is – get my free stock up price list HERE so you never pay too much!)

 

 

Okie dokie ~ what would you add to the list? My rule of thumb is to never purchase name brands at Aldi because they consistently seem very high to me, but I’d love to hear your thoughts on that one. Leave a comment to share your thoughts and what I’ve missed – I love hearing from you!

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Birdseye Steamfresh® Flavor Full and Steamfresh® Protein Blends + Meijer Gift Card Giveaway

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Have you heard about the new Birds Eye® Steamfresh® Flavor Full & Birds Eye® Steamfresh® Protein BlendsI picked some up this week at Meijer, and my husband can’t wait to try them out when we’re grilling this week.

They come in several different varieties – a few of the ones I noticed while shopping were: 

  • Barbecue Sweet Corn
  • Ranch Broccoli
  • Teriyaki Broccoli
  • Buffalo Cauliflower
  • Southwest Style Protein Blend
  • California Style Protein Blend
  • Italian Style Protein Blend

I chose the Barbecue Sweet Corn and Southwest Style Blend varieties, and am planning to serve the Barbecue Sweet Corn with our favorite grilled chicken recipe, and might even try the Southwest Blend in an appetizer or soup this week. (I’ll let you know how it goes!)

These look like a great way to add a little zing to a weeknight quick meal at home, and I love that they easily cook in the bag for busy meals in a hurry. We always keep Birds Eye® Steamfresh® Frozen Veggies on hand (my kids love Birds Eye® Steamfresh®  Broccoli and Sweet Corn varieties), so I’m excited to try these out.

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The fantastic folks at Meijer and Birds Eye® Steamfresh® have teamed up to offer a $25 Meijer gift card for one lucky PPP reader, so take a minute to enter to win! Here’s how:

  1. Leave a comment on this post sharing how you could use Steamfresh Sides as a side dish for a meal this week in your home. (Facebook fans – please leave your comment on the blog post itself so that I have your email if you win!)
  2. “Like” the Birds Eye® Steamfresh® on Facebook, and leave a comment below letting me know you joined!

 

If you have a Meijer nearby, swing by this week and pick up a bag or two and let me know what you think. And, don’t forget to leave your comment to enter to win ~ I’ll pick one lucky winner to win the $25 Meijer Gift Card this Monday, 5/17/15 at 10 PM. Good luck!

 


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Sams, Costco And Amazon Price Comparison (We Were Surprised!)

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It’s been awhile since we’ve compared the savings at Costco, Sam’s and Amazon, but with new May coupons out at Amazon and Costco, it’s time to see how they stack up! We were definitely surprised by the results this month, but note that especially at Amazon their very quick sales can really save you a bundle, however you often have to purchase quickly or you won’t get those deals and they don’t last long!

As always, when shopping these stores please go in with a budget in place (in case you haven’t heard that enough from us!) It is oh-so-easy to overspend at these stores, and easily go way over your budget, so shop wisely as you go to make sure you’re really getting the best deals.

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Be sure to see what 15 items are worth checking out at Costco and at Sam’s Club as well before you shop.  If you’ve found other deals that you’ve just loved at Costco or Sam’s Club, leave a comment to let us know what you think.

Costco – Starbucks House Blend K-Cups (54 ct) – $28.89 or $.53 per kcup
Amazon- Starbucks House Blend K-Cups (54 ct) – $41.95 or $.81 per kcup
Sam’s – Starbuck’s House Blend K – Cups (54 ct) – $33.98 or 04 $.62 per k cup
Costco- Starbucks Cafe Vernona (54 ct) – $29.99 or $.55 per kcup
Amazon- Starbucks Cafe Verona (24 ct) – $17.97 or $.74 per kcup

If you’re not partial to Starbucks, an even better deal is San Francisco Bay at Amazon – $.34 per KCup when you choose to subscribe and save – even less when you subscribe and save to five or more items in one month

WINNER = Costco

Costco- Viva Paper Towels (15 Jumbo Rolls – 115 sheets per roll) – $13.99 or $.92 per Jumbo Roll or $.008 per sheet
Amazon – Viva Paper Towels (24 Regular Rolls – $.66 sheets per roll) – $23.49 or $.98 per roll or $.014 per sheet
Sam’s – Viva Paper Towel (16 Family Rolls – 113 sheets per roll) – $20.98 or $1.13 per Family Rolls or $.011 per sheet

WINNER = Costco

Costco- Scott’s Toilet Paper (36 rolls – 1,000 sheets per roll) – $18.99 or $.52 per roll or $.0052 per sheet
Amazon- Scotts Toilet Paper ( 27 rolls -1,000 sheets per roll)- $15.80 or $.59 per roll or $.0059 per sheet
Sams-  Scott’s Toilet paper (36 rolls- 1,000 sheets per roll)- $23.28 or $.64 per roll or $.006 per sheet

WINNER = Costco

Costco – Cottonelle Ultra Toilet Paper (36 roll- 225 sheets per roll)- $14.69 or $.41 per roll or $.0016 per sheet
Amazon- Cottonelle Toilet Paper (32 count- 166 sheets per roll) – $11.57 or $.36 per roll or $.002 per sheet
Sam’s-  Cottonelle Toilet Paper (45 rolls- 250 sheets per roll) – $23.98 or $.53 per roll or $.002 per sheet

WINNER = Costco

Costco – Huggies Diapers (Size 1- 192 ct) – $31.49 or $.16 per diaper
Amazon-  Huggies Diapers (Size 1 – 276ct) – $15.13  or $.11 per diaper when you clip $3 off coupon and choose to subscribe and save
Sam’s- Huggies Diapers (Size 1- 204 ct) – $39.98 or $.19 per diaper

Costco Huggies Wipes (1160 ct) – $19.99 or $.017 per wipe
Amazon – Huggies Wipes (648 ct) – $8.17 or $.012 per wipe
Sam’s – Huggies Wipes (864 ct) – $19.99 or $.023 per wipe

WINNER = Amazon for Diapers and Wipes

Sam’s – Lysol Wipes ( 600 ct) – $19.98 or $.033 per wipe
Costc0 – Lysol Wipes (480 ct) – $12.98 or $.027 per wipe
Amazon- Lysol Wipes (240 ct) – $6.78 or $.031 per wipe

WINNER = Costco (Barely)

Costco- Arm & Hammer Laundry Detergent (250 oz) – $11.79 or $.047 per oz
Amazon- Arm & Hammer Laundry Detergent (150 oz) – $7.88 or $.52 per oz

WINNER = Costco

Costco – Dawn Soap (90 oz) – $6.99 or $.07 per oz
Sams- Dawn Dish Soap (90 oz) – $8.78 or $.09 per oz
Amazon- Dawn Dish Soap (25 oz) – $3.89 or $.12 per oz

WINNER = Costco

Costco- Oxi Clean 13.42 lb 290 loads – $12.99 or $.04 per load
Sam’s – Oxi Clean 11.7 lb 252 loads – $15.98  or $.06 per load
Amazon- Oxi Clean 5 lb 108 loads – $8.18 or or $.07 per load

WINNER = Costco

Costco- Cascade 90 ct – $12.79 or $.14 per tab
Amazon- Cascade 60 ct – $9.72 or $.14 per tab when you subscribe to five or more items in one month

 

If you don’t prefer Cascade, you can get Finish Tabs for $.11 per tab when you clip the $2.15 off coupon in the middle of the page and choose to subscribe and save

WINNER = Costco & Amazon Tie

Sam’s- Glad Trash Bags (140 ct) – $16.47 or $.11 per bag
Costco – Glade Trash Bags (140 ct) – $16.49 or $.11 per bag

WINNER = Tie

Sam’s – Milk Bone Treats (14 lb) – $11.18 or $.79 per lb
Costco- Milk Bone Treats (8 lb) – $6.49 or $.81 per lb

WINNER = Sam’s

Costco – Cheerios ( 40 oz) – $3.55 or $.09 per oz
Sam’s – Cheerios (41 oz) – $5.55 or $.14 per oz

WINNER = Costco

Costco – Organic Coconut Oil (54 oz) – $16.99 or $.31 per oz
Sam’s – Organic Coconut Oil (54 oz) – $15.14 or $.28 per oz
Amazon- Organic Coconut Oil (32 oz)- $13.58 or $.42 per oz

WINNER = Sam’s

Costco – Dyson Vacuum – $289.99
Amazon- Dyson Vacuum – $339

WINNER = Costco

 

 

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Stamp Out Hunger Pantry Cleanout

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Here’s a quick peek at my Stamp Out Hunger Pantry Cleanout! Don’t forget Stamp Out Hunger is tomorrow – just leave your non perishable donation items at your mailbox and your local mail carrier will pick them up.

 

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After

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Donations

 

I’d love to hear if you’re able to donate a few items as well – leave a comment to share!

 

 

 

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*HOT* Kohl’s Friends & Family Event: Save On Curtains, Outdoor Furniture, Toys & More!

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I made a quick run to Kohl’s yesterday (watch for details in today’s Friday Fluff Up coming shortly), and goodness they’ve got some fantastic prices going on online and in stores! Take a peek at these great deals . . .

 

Croft & Barrow Polos – Women’s $9.99, Men’s $12.99

  • Use code YES2ME at checkout
  • Pay as little as $7.99 + earn $10 in Kohl’s cash when you spend $50 or more

(Deal idea: buy 5 Men’s shirts, use the code YES2ME at checkout, pay $51.96, get $10 in Kohl’s cash, makes them $6.99 each after coupon code and Kohl’s cash!)

 

 

Sonoma Window Panels $23.99 (these looked fantastic in the store – I was so impressed with the quality!)

  • Use code YES2ME at checkout
  • Pay as little as $19.19 + earn $10 in Kohl’s cash when you spend $50 or more

(Deal idea: buy 3 Panels, use the code YES2ME at checkout, pay $57.56, get $10 in Kohl’s cash, makes them $15.85 each after coupon code and Kohl’s cash!)

 

 

By the way – I loved the ones in blue and am probably going to pick up a few for our patio!

Sonoma Stacking Chairs (in stores these are $39.99 each, online they only sell them in groups of 4 and their is a shipping surcharge of $30, so your best bet is probably to purchase these in store)

  • Use code YES2ME at checkout
  • Pay as little as $127 + earn $10 in Kohl’s cash when you spend $50 or more

(Deal idea: buy 4 chairs, use the code YES2ME at checkout, pay $127.56, get $20 in Kohl’s cash, makes them $26.99 each after coupon code and Kohl’s cash!)

Sonoma Anti Gravity Chairs $64.99

  • Use code YES2ME at checkout
  • Pay as little as $51.99 + Get $10 in Kohl’s Cash – makes it $41

(Deal idea: buy 3 Panels, use the code YES2ME at checkout, pay $57.56, get $10 in Kohl’s cash, makes them $15.85 each after coupon code and Kohl’s cash!)

 

Sonoma Outdoor Pillows & Seat Cusihons $11.99 

  • Use code YES2ME at checkout
  • Pay as little as $9.59 + earn $10 in Kohl’s cash when you spend $50 or more

(Deal idea: buy 6 pillows or cushions, use the code YES2ME at checkout, pay $57.56, get $10 in Kohl’s cash, makes them $7.92 each after coupon code and Kohl’s cash!)

Sonoma Garden Stool $39.99 (I loved these in the store and am planning on getting one myself!)

  • Use code YES2ME at checkout
  • Pay as little as $31.99 + earn $10 in Kohl’s cash when you spend $50 or more

(Note – I couldn’t find these online but they had several available at my store – I liked that these were metal instead of ceramic and I think they’ll hold up well despite my kids using them)

Step 2 Picnic Table $54.99 

  • Use code YES2ME at checkout
  • Pay as little as $43.99 + earn $10 in Kohl’s cash when you spend $50 or more

 

 

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The ugly green eyed monster – and why I’ll never measure up.

Just last week I was thumbing through Facebook and felt a wee bit more than a twinge of the green-eyed-monster of jealousy rising up inside of me.

 

Okay, okay, I wasn’t thumbing through Facebook really, but it sounds a little more glamorous than scrolling down Facebook like I do every single day ~ don’t ya’ think? 

 

I was jealous of another blogger’s downright gorgeous home. 

 

It was perfect.

 

Amazingly decorated.

 

Seriously, folks, it could have been in a magazine. 

 

I scrolled on down a little further and saw an acquaintance I hardly know, skinny-as-a-rail and just jaw-droppingly beautiful with her oh-so-cute and just about perfect husband sharing their anniversary.

 

They looked so happy.

 

Obviously they had it all together.

 

And I’m betting she hasn’t counted a calorie in her entire. life. 

 

Yup. I hate her.

 

truth. sorry. ahem.

 

Ridiculously, I kept on scrolling.

 

Why look at that. There’s another friend sharing their child’s most amazing accomplishment.

 

And oodles of other mommas cheering them on, because really, their child is phenomenal. clearly.

 

All while my little family just kind of sits around looking plain and ordinary.

 

Then I bounced off Facebook to really get to work and started looking at a few other blogs. 

 

You know, the ones who are all doing it right.

 

The ones who have perfect web sites, perfect content, perfect pictures  . . . and a jillion comments on every. single. post.

 

they really are oh so put together. I’m so not cut out for this.

 

 

Oh-so-often I feel like I just never measure up.

 

I allow myself to be jealous of another blogger’s home.

 

I let myself get jealous of a skinny perfect person that I hardly even know.

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I compare my kids to other people’s kids. (For the record, I have some pretty cute kids even if they are just ordinary. Jeesh.) 

 

And when it comes to blogging? Well, it’s just a stroke of luck that this little website stays on every daySeriously.

 

So I started really thinking about it. Who really looks like the person I want to be?

 

 

Initially, I thought if I could just be more like her, I would totally be there.

 

But then I realized, while she has a beautiful family, amazing business, and, well, keeping it real here folks, she’s skinny, :) she’s not all that in to fluffing her home. (Which is totally fine, but I kinda like a fluffed up home.)

 

So I moved on.

 

Then I thought well maybe if I could just be like this. Amazing home, perfectly-yet-kind-of-quirkily decorated, and of course skinny – but, well, I’m betting she doesn’t really enjoy clipping coupons. (I could be wrong – that’s just a hunch?)

 

Then I thought of another friend who I adore who runs an amazing business, has a beautiful home, and a precious family . . . but struggles some with other issues too.

 

I moved on. This one.  This is it. Perfect home, crazy huge business, gajillion followers on Facebook, Instagram, well, everywhere. Even a perfect husband.

 

and she can cook.

 

But really? As I thought it through, she’s not quite my “measure-up-to goal” either.

 

Honestly?

 

I want the body of Barbie (a little less curvy though, please), the business of Martha Stewart, the mommy-amazing-sweetness of Michelle Duggar (with a few less children though, I think? Maybe June Cleaver would work . . . ), and a home smack on the cover of Southern Living.

 

Oh, and can I cook like Paula Deen? (right, but with Barbie’s figure, got that? hmph.)

 

Ahem.

 

The truth? My twisted standard of measurement is some kind of not-really-perfect-at-all-but-I-think-it-might-be-perfect.

 

And I’m just me.

 

Way down here.

 

I’ll never measure up.

 

Years ago, I read an illustration in Max Lucado’s book In The Grip of Grace (such a wonderful book, by the way . . .) describing what my heart struggles in a way with each day . . .

 

 

“Suppose God reduced the Bible to one command: “Thou must jump so high in the air that you touch the moon.” No need to love your neighbor or pray or follow Jesus; just touch the moon by virtue of a jump, and you’ll be saved.

We’d never make it. There may be a few who jump three or four feet, even fewer who jump five or six; but compared to the distance we have to go, no one gets very far. Though you may jump six inches higher than I do, it’s scarcely reason to boast.”

 

 

My goal is set too high.

 

The standard I’ve set for myself is perfection.

 

Only grace can fill in.

 

God’s grace is okay with me the way I am.

 

It’s okay with a slightly pudgy-hippy girl.

 

It’s okay with my Facebook reach.

 

It’s okay with my kids.

 

It’s okay with the number of people who visit PPP daily.

 

It’s okay with the way I handle being a Godly wife to my poor husband.

 

Bless.

 

him. :) 

 

His grace is sufficient for me. 

 

Just as I am.

 

Ladies (sorry gents, I know y’all hopped off eons ago . . . ), you too are good enough. 

 

You are beautiful enough.

 

You are wise enough.

 

You are capable enough.

 

You.

 

Yes,

 

you.

 

You are enough.

 

Don’t let your picture of perfection be anything other than the one God created you to be.

 

I promise. I’ll stop too.

 

And you’re so not the only one who feels this way.

 

But his grace (thankheavens.) covers us today.

 

promise.

 

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But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 2 Corinthians 12:9

 

 

 

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VIDEO: Stamp Out Hunger This Saturday + Easy Kroger Deals!

 

Here are a few fantastic (easy!) deals that I don’t want you to miss this week! Be sure to see what items to grab at Walgreens & CVS as well before heading out, and don’t forget to gather up a few items to donate to Stamp Out Hunger this Saturday.

 

(Wouldn’t it be cool if PPP’ers able to donate one million items? Wow!)

 

I was in such a hurry to get home from Kroger and get my kids on the bus that I definitely didn’t shop the entire store for deals, so you’ll want to be sure to print all the coupons that match up with this week’s sales ad (and let me know what other bargains you find when you’re there!) See all the deals at Kroger HERE before heading out to shop, and happy penny pinching!

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Stamp Out Hunger Is May 9th (Time To Clean Your Pantry!)

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Here’s a great way to help those in your community! Take a few minutes this week to clean out your pantry and gather up items for Stamp Out Hunger! The USPS Stamp Out Hunger Is May 9th, so if you’re not sure where to give in your community, you can just leave your donations in your mailbox and your mail carrier will deliver them to a local pantry for you. (I love that!)

If you’re new to Stamp Out Hunger, it’s a program where for one day (May 9, 2015), you can leave food at your in your mailbox, and your mail man will deliver it to a local food pantry for you. (Isn’t that fantastic?) I’m going to donate most of ours to our church’s food pantry (because that’s where we normally give), but if you’re unsure of where to your community this is a great way to get involved and donate locally to help those in your area.

 

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If you take any pictures of your great deals to donate, I’d LOVE for you to email them to me so I can share! Send me an email at contact@passionate penny pincher.com (leave out spaces) . . . I can’t wait to see how you’re giving. :)

 

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25 Days of Paint Projects Day 1: Sherwin Williams Sea Salt

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You guys know there are few things I love more than a nice home up-do with a fresh coat of paint. So this month we’ll be checking out 25 paint projects, along with the colors they used so you can motivate yourself to tackle some painting if it’s on your to-do list this summer!

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Take a peek at today’s makeover. Using the same color I have in our new home (Sherwin Williams Sea Salt – I love it!), see how Julia from Hooked on Houses updated her family room keeping the same furniture but changing the paint. I love this one (and highly recommend this color too!)

 

Looking for more paint changes? Here are a few I’ve tackled over the last few years . . .

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