How to plank a piano & a chalk paint piano makeover | simplykierste.com

How To Paint a Piano & Add Shiplap…A Piano Makeover!

So, I planked my piano.  YES, I did! I have been wanting to paint my piano for a very long time.  Years, in fact.  I don't know why I've hesitated, because normally I paint anything and everything I can get my hands on. I think a lot of it is due to the fact that the last couple of years we have been moving around a lot--three states in a two and a half years--and now that our new house will be finished in a few months, our temporary living situation will cease. Hallelujah! I haven't been able to really do any projects or decorating for years, and I'm more than ready to start digging into my mile-long list so they'll be ready when we move in.

Project #1?  The piano.  It's one of the few things we kept out of storage. We might be sleeping on futons, and we don't have a real kitchen table, but we have a piano! As a pianist, it was never really a question if it was coming with us or not, and now that my kids are playing too, we found the space. It's actually the piano I learned to play on, and it has a lot of sentimental value.  It just needed major makeover--mostly because it just wasn't my style, and the wood was an orange-y color that didn't go with anything. So I decided to go all in--not just paint, but a update it with whole new look that would match our new farmhouse-style home. When I think farmhouse, I think of planked wood.  I'm kind of obsessed.  But really, how much more perfect can you get?  So, yes, I planked my piano. And I LOVE it.

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Painted Flag Window | simplykierste.com

Easy painted flag window

I've been in withdrawals over the last year. Since we moved to New York, all of our things have been in storage while we build our house, including my collection of old windows.  I haven't ad a chance to go looking for more, so when a friend very kindly gave me a few of hers, I knew exactly what I wanted to do with one of them.  Making  a painted flag window has been on my list forever, and I want to use it not only for holiday decor, but on a regular basis in my home.  Not sure where yet...but somewhere!  It was super easy to do, and I LOVE it!

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Kitchen Stools Makeover with Glidden…AFTER!

This post is sponsored by the Glidden brand paint for PPG, but all opinions are 100% mine.

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I am in love.

Kitchen Stools Makeover with Glidden | simplykierste.com

 I'm so happy I went with the red! (Glidden's Red Delicious...Read more about my decision.) That pop of color makes such a huge difference in my kitchen, and I can't stop staring at it.  I love how it completely changes the look of the room, and the whole space (it's connected to the dining and family rooms).  Being in a rental can be frustrating when you can't paint walls, but freshening, brightening, and adding pops of color with paint isn't off limits!

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Kitchen Stools Makeover with Glidden: BEFORE

This post is sponsored by  the Glidden brand paint for PPG, but all opinions are 100% mine.

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We moved to New York from Texas just a little over two months ago, and since we were planning to build a home, we moved into a rental duplex and put pretty much everything we owned into storage.  Even though we aren't going to be here too long, I kept out a few things to decorate with, and to make it feel like home. Sometimes it's hard living in a rental, when you can't make any changes, or paint any walls, and even if you could, spending money on something temporary isn't what you want to do.  I feel that way about my kitchen. It isn't bad...just really white.  Everything.  The cabinets, floor, and appliances are all very white.  Now, don't get me wrong, I love the clean, crisp feeling of white, but with no contrast, it's just too stark.

 The good thing is, there's a way to brighten up any space with paint, even if it's not on the walls! Painting a piece of furniture adds a pop of color and even a focal point to any room.  I have decided to makeover the stools (also white) in my kitchen, and give them a pop of color.   Once we move, I'll still be able to use them in our new home, so it won't be waste of time or money to re-do them.

 Kitchen Stools Makeover with Glidden | simplykierste.com

Project decided...now what color? What a dilemma!  Thankfully, there are some really awesome resources out there to help me (and you!) choose the perfect color.  Glidden has Color Palette pages that make the color selection process so much easier!

http://www.glidden.com/Color/Paint-Colors

Then there's Color 101 at My Colortopia. There's a whole team that's there to help you figure out exactly what you want, and what will look best in your home.  I LOVE that.  You know you want gray, but what color gray? There are just too many to choose from, and it can seem overwhelming when you're trying to decide.  Or maybe you aren't sure which color, and you're looking for inspiration?  Either way, they can help.

For me, I was torn between two different colors. I'm a red girl, through and through, and always have been.  Have you ever taken the Color Code Personality Test? Yep, I'm a red.  I have loved red for as long as I can remember, and have always used it in my home. My kitchen has some red accents in it already, and it's a great color that immediately adds a punch.  But...I love gray too, and thought maybe a color, but not too much color might be better.  I went back and forth. And back and forth.  And back and forth. I used both the Color Palette and Color 101 to help me come up with my favorite shades of both red and gray, and they were incredibly helpful as I pinpointed which ones I would use...if I could decide.

Finally, I went with my gut.  That's always best.

What color?

RED!!  I went with Glidden Red Delicious, and I think it's going to be perfect.

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 Kitchen Stools Makeover with Glidden | simplykierste.com

Can't wait to show you the final product, and my Kitchen Stools Makeover!

Washtub Planter | simplykierste.com

Washtub Planter

Spring has definitely sprung and the abundance of beautiful flowers in the garden is proof! Appropriately enough, our theme this month is flowers and we've got 10 amazing flower theme ideas. I wanted to share with you one of my favorite projects for flowers that I did about four years ago, and still use every year. I LOVE it!

I love this old washtub. I love it in the fall especially, full of pumpkins, and stacked with cornstalks on my front porch. But I loved it so much, that I wanted to be able to use it year round, and decided a washtub planter was the perfect thing!

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Play Kitchen Table...From Drab to Fab | simplykierste.com

Drab to fab play kitchen table!

A couple of years ago I was looking for a cute little play kitchen table in our playroom, and realized that I had just the thing...an old end table that we weren't using anymore was just sitting gathering dust, and needed to be put to good use.  So, I sprayed it white, and called it good.  Fast forward those couple of years, and this poor table had been through the wringer.  It desperately needed a fresh coat of paint, and a little pep put back into it. I'm also finally starting to decorate the playroom, so this would be one of the first projects to get me up and running.  I LOVE how it turned out!
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laminate dresser makeover | simplykierste.com

{before & after laminate dresser makeover…drab to fab!}

We have been in dire need of dressers since we moved to Texas last year.  When we built our previous home, we had walk-in closets in every room with built-in drawers and shelves that completely eliminated the need for dressers.  Well--that wasn't the case in this house, and I've been trying to track down dressers for each room since we moved in.  A few weeks ago, someone gave me this dresser, and even though it wasn't my my style at all, I knew I could give it a dresser makeover and it would be just the thing for my girls' room.  Plus...it was free, and who can argue with that? I can make anything work if it's free!  ☺It happened to be a laminate surface, which is absolutely possible to paint and use--you just need to do it the right way!

Look at the before and after...

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fireplace makeover | airstone | simplykierste.com

{fireplace makeover using airstone: before & after}

When we bought our house the end of last summer, I knew right away that I wanted to re-do our fireplace.  I did not like the small tiles--they just weren't my style at all.. However, it's awfully hard to justify spending money to change something in a brand new house, and I wasn't sure when we would be able to do it.  So...when I was given the opportunity to try a new product called AirStone, I JUMPED at the chance to try it.  I can't wait to show you the results...they are so amazing, and I LOVE LOVE how it turned out!!

Fireplace makeover | airstone | simplykierste.com

 

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DIY shutters clipboard

DIY Shutters Clipboard

We have lived in this house for a little more than 6 months, and I FINALLY put something up on my girls' wall!  When we found out we were expecting this baby, it put all of my decorating on hold, as we tried to decide where kids would go, and if rooms or bedrooms would be switched around.  I didn't want to do anything to any room, until I knew it was staying put!  Just this past week we made final decisions, and I was able to start with some darling shutters that I refinished, and turned into a clipboard for my girls' bedroom wall.  It turned out to be the perfect thing for that wall, and they are so excited to be able to clip up their favorite pictures and artwork.

       DIY shutters clipboard

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clothespins 1 copy

{simple decorated clothespins}

Decorated clothespins aren't anything new--I've been making them for a long time, and actually first posted about them several years ago. However,  my obsession with them hasn't changed much at all, and I love how they can transform an ordinary clothespin into the perfect accessory for magnet boards, clipboards, and more.

I've used several different methods to cover them, including fabric, paper, paint and stamps.  I'm going to share a method I tried this week--the easiest yet!  It literally takes less than 1 minute to cover a clothespin!  LOVE that!  I'm all about things that are simple, don't take a lot of time, but make a huge difference.

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