The Home Girls and Sweet{Jolie} Giveaway!

Happy Memorial Day Weekend!!! What better way to start your summer off right than with an exciting announcement!! Starting next week, I will be hosting my very first GIVEAWAY!!!

Along with three other talented bloggers, I’ve teamed up with up with Nicole at Sweet{Jolie} to give you a chance to walk away with some amazing products I absolutely know you’ll love!

The fun starts this Monday, May 26th, but first let me introduce you to the team:

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I’ll go ahead and start the roll call!

My Knotted Life

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Hi! I’m Tanisha. My husband and I recently got married and purchased our first home. But I’m quickly finding out that newlywed life can get a bit tangled along the way! From crafting and DIY projects, to home decor and delicious recipes, I explore how with a little creativity you can add magical touches to your everyday life.

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Meet the B’s

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Hi! I’m Nicole from Meet the B’s. My husband and I are newlyweds and first time homeowners! I’ve always been a bit obsessed with crafting and decor, and now that we have our own home, I’ve got a big blank canvas to work with! Follow along as we make our home our own!

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Making It In The Mountains

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Hi, I’m Kristi!  I’m a wife and mother and a teacher.  We just bought a brand new house, which is beautiful, but has zero personality.  I write about all things DIY as we journey through making this house our own.

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Brepurposed

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Hi guys, I’m Bre! After getting married last July I needed a new creative outlet and Brepurposed was born. As a 20 something lover of vintage and shabby chic furniture, my eyes were bigger than my wallet. So I decided to start making my own. Follow along with me as I repurpose old furniture and turn the old into the new!

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Pretty awesome group of girls, huh?! Here’s a peek at what we’ve got planned for our week-long series. These posts are sure to get your creative juices flowing!

Monday May 26- Friday May 30

Monday– Tanisha @ My Knotted Life (Hey! That’s me!!) will introduce the owner of Sweet {Jolie} and Sweet {Jolie} Vintage. I’ll give you an inside look on her family, passion for design, and what inspired her to start Sweet {Jolie}!

Tuesday– Nicole @ Meet the B’s will feature some of Sweet {Jolie}’s favorite jewelry items and fashion accessories! She’ll also give you some more details on the history of Sweet {Jolie}!

Wednesday– Kristi @ Making It In The Mountains will take you on a tour of the main floor of the owner’s amazing vintage styled home! Prepare to be wowed! This woman is amazing!

Thursday– Bre @ Brepurposed will round out the home tour focusing in on the bedrooms and baths. She’ll also give you all the scoop on the owner’s newest business adventure Sweet {Jolie} Vintage!!! The giveaway ends Thursday at Midnight.

Friday- The lucky winner will be announced! It could be you 🙂

 

So what’s next? Well first, make sure you grab a yummy hot dog off the grill and something cold to drink, then hop back here on Memorial Day Monday to enter for a chance to win!! Here’s a quick look at some of the amazing products that could be offered!

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 Sweet {Jolie} Facebook :: Sweet {Jolie} Vintage Facebook

Be sure to follow us through social media so you don’t miss a thing!!

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Front Door Face Lift

First impressions are extremely important, not only when meeting new people but also with your home.  And at home, that impression starts at the front door. Unfortunately, our front door was drab and dreary which is not the tone we wanted to set. Time for a makeover 🙂

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Before, the door was a burgundy/purple color and didn’t do anything for the curb appeal so we decided to spruce it up… and all we needed was a little paint. And now…

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Ahh! There’s nothing more classic than a bright red front door. It’s bold but timeless– the perfect combination.

Originally, old blue paint was bleeding through and brass hardware was still hanging around from the 90s. This door was screaming “PLEASE, SOMEONE SHOW ME SOME LOVE!”

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We’d always wanted a red front door, but choosing the right shade was more of an endeavor than we’d imagined it’d be. There were soooo many options! Don’t get me wrong, I am totally comfortable working with a color wheel and easily spot the difference between grey owl and grey dove. But red is one of those colors where I struggle!

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After testing a few shades of red, we decided to go with Behr Marquee’s Awning Red. This paint was awesome!!! Typically, red is a really tough color to use and full coverage takes some work to accomplish. Well, I was able to cover the door in just 3 coats and didn’t even use the full quart of paint!

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We also knew that we wanted to change the hardware. The brass just wasn’t doing it for us and we needed a new color to contrast against the red.

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Since we are huge believers in using what we have, there was no need to run to Home Depot for a new lock and handle. We simply caught up with and old and dear friend of mine…spray paint!! Rust-oleum Universal is my absolute go to. Their Hammered Black Paint and Primer in One is an easy one step application which gives a unique hammered texture when applied.

I removed the hardware, found a sunny spot on our lawn, and got to work!

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Ta da!! Welcome to 2014, Mr. Door Handle! Once they dried, I simply re-installed and the transformation was complete. Here’s another look at the final result:

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Cost of this project:

1 Quart of Paint= $14.00

1 Can Spray Paint= $4.00

Total= $18.00

Not bad for a project that cost less than $20, huh? Now when I wonder what impression my neighbors have when they pass our house, the word that comes to mind is “inviting”! What word would you use?

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Updated House Tour!!!


I cannot believe that this past weekend marked 8 months in our home!! It’s crazy how quickly time is flying. Although we still have a lot left to do (almost the entire 2nd level, basement, add wainscoting to dining room, paint foyer and living room, etc) I wanted to recap the projects that we’ve tackled thus far through an updated house tour!

Entryway

When you first enter our home, you are welcomed into our foyer. I love the two-story entry!

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Dining Room

The dining room has become one of my favorite transformations. Click here to see how far this room has actually come. I am still on the lookout for the perfect server to go the back wall.

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Living Room

Our living room sits in the front of the house and gets the most amazing sunlight! Lots of fun projects coming this summer in this room!

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Family Room

If you ask Mr. H what his favorite room makeover has been so far, he’d say the family room. Remember him tearing down the old built-in in the corner?  I am also sooo glad there’s no more stucco on the walls! Click here to see more on this transformation.

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Kitchen

We were so fortunate that the kitchen was in great shape when we moved in! Just a few decorative touches and the space feels like a continuation of the family room.

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Powder Room

Now THIS is where my hands got really dirty! From tearing out old fixtures to patching walls, I pulled out the stops in this room. Click here to read more on one of my favorite weekend makeovers.

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Laundry Room

I actually really enjoy doing laundry in our new laundry room! It’s so bright and cheery 🙂 Thanks, mom, for helping me organize the space! Click here to read more.

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Master Bedroom

I painted the vaulted ceilings!! I know that this may not sound like much of an accomplishment, but 5’2″ me is proud! I am loving the way this room is coming together. It’s been such a wonderful place to retreat to at the end of a long day. Not shown is our en suite master bathroom which is home to the most relaxing soaking tub you could imagine. More touches in this room coming soon!

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Guest Bathroom     

Haven’t done much here yet– simply accessorized with some old favorites from our former apartment. Is is so nice to give guests a space of their own. Click here to see progress on our guest bedroom which is currently being made over!

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Back Yard

Serene, private, oasis = three words I’d use to describe our backyard. We love entertaining out here. Whether we’re roasting s’mores in our fire pit, reading in my natural garden canopy, watching the frogs and turtles in our pond, or keeping an eye out for a family of deer, you can guarantee that when the sun is shining that this is where you’ll find us.

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Oh that last picture? Yea, that was the  bear that visited us last fall.  Next outdoor project is a fence!!!

 

Ahh..having all of these photos in one place makes me realize how much we’ve accomplished! (Go us!) I can’t wait to get started on the rest of the house. Thanks for following me this far 🙂

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