The Best Way to Touch up Paint

Why is it that some of the simplest chores are often the ones that are the biggest hassle?  

If it’s a hassle, you end up putting it off or not doing it at all, am I right?

I have to admit that touching up paint was one of those chores.

Before I began repainting our home, the only way to touch up the paint in our house was to haul out a huge 5-gallon drum of paint left by the builder, summon my husband for help opening the can, use a long “egg beater-type” attachment to a drill so I could completely mix the separated paint and then finally touch up a spot or two. 

When I painted over the builder paint, I was left with gallon and quart cans that didn’t require my husband’s help but there was still the hassle of cleaning the brush, the storage space dilemma and often discovering that the paint inside the can was dried up or unusable. 

Fast forward to a couple of weeks ago when I received 3 cans of the “My Paint Saint.”

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Marble Counters: What Everyone Needs to Know {Part 1}

About a year ago, we began what would become a long process of renovating our kitchen.

The actual renovation from the first day of demolition to the day the kitchen became functional and put back together was about 6 weeks — a little longer than projected and definitely came with it’s share of stresses.

I’m not going to go through all of the details of the ups and downs of kitchen renovation in this post, but I do want to tell you the story of our marble counters in hopes that it will be helpful to those of you thinking about installing marble — or any natural stone counter top — in your home. (If you want to read my advice about how to survive a kitchen remodel go here.)


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DIY American Flag Pillow

It’s time to start getting our porches and patios all ready for Independence Day celebrations. If you’re like me, you’ve seen so many of the cute little American flag pillows at pricey retailers. I’m always tempted by them but I just can’t justify the cost.

Last year I decided to make my own and, somehow, I never managed to post about it.

diy American flag pillow

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Simple Front Door Decor

This year I am all about easy. I’m also all about not adding to my storage/attic clutter or busting my budget.

That’s why I’m pretty excited that I decided to fill my little front door bucket with faux boxwood as a base layer and then just add and subtract for the seasons.

As you may recall, this is what it looked like this spring:

pretty spring floral arrangement

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Summer Decorating Inspiration

We all refer to the “lazy days of summer” but I often find they can be just as busy as the rest of the year. 

True, we are busy doing more “relaxing” activities like going to the movies, swimming in the pool, and enjoying the outdoors but we are busy nonetheless.

This is the time of year, however, when I try to keep all my busy activities away from the computer.  It’s a time to be with my kids and focus on fun, active stuff.

But, friends, I couldn’t help myself this past week.  If you stopped by here, you know I was part of a fantastic tour of blog homes — the bHome Summer Open House tour.  It showcased 31 blogger homes, and y’all — they were AMAZING! And, I’m not just saying that.

I am so very truly honored to have taken part in the tour with this talented group, and I am also proud to be a blog featured on the bHome App with them as well. If you have not yet downloaded the app on your iPhone (Android is coming very, very soon!) I hope you’ll give it a try. If you love everything home and garden, you will love this app! Plus, you could win a $200 gift card to Painted Fox Treasures – details are at the end of this post.

If you missed this week’s Summer Open House tour I’ve got a few highlights to get you motivated to click for more:

This bright space is from Laura at Top This Top That.  Her home is so pretty, warm and welcoming — just like Laura!

summer decor from Top This Top That

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