What a Difference

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What a Difference

This post is sponsored by Ace Hardware. All thoughts and opinions are my own and do not necessarily reflect those of Ace Hardware.

We just finished painting all the trim in the living room. Wow. What a difference. It feels totally new in there, and way more high-end. Our goal has been reached! High contrast, but not too trendy, and not too overwhelming. We partnered up with Ace for the next few months to show you how paint can really transform a space or in your home through examples in our home. Follow me on my journey as I show you different paints that can help you create your dream home. Our goal is to edit the details for big impact.

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It took two coats of Tomcat by Valspar in satin finish to get really great coverage on our baseboards and window trim. Transform a space in your home using Valspar brand paint. We used a premium trim paintbrush from Ace (their brand), and it worked perfectly. Not a single bristle has escaped, which is such a bonus.

We used a trim paint brush in premium from Ace (their brand), and it worked perfectly. Not a single bristle has escaped, which is such a bonus. We were scared the black would fave but the color guarantee made us more confident about all the sunshine that comes in these windows.



We don’t use tape on the windows because we find it way easier to use a razor blade to clean up the paint after.

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It’s hard to believe a single brush, some painter’s tape and a few fresh coats of paint could make such a difference. We are doing a full Ace paint makeover in different areas of our East Nashville cottage over the next few months, with paint, so we decided to refresh this room’s white base after we commit to some curtains and maybe even a new rug. The blinds we removed to to prepare for the painting are never going back up. I couldn’t be happier about that decision.



We can’t wait to share the final look once we pick out some white paint, a rug, and curtains. We want to bring our wool shag back so much, but it’s just not toddler friendly. Have you tried a shag with a toddler? It’s an adventure every night, often with hidden banana and avocado under the long pile. They are so much maintenance to trim and brush to keep looking crisp and clean. We love the idea of a jute, but then the thought of food getting stuck in the weave makes me cringe again. It’s such a hard decision to make because rugs are not cheap or easy to roll up and store away properly if you want to “use later”.

Stop by your neighborhood Ace for Buy One Get One Free on Valspar Optimus. Make sure you check out the color inspiration cards to find great color coordinating options. Gallons only. Limit 1 free gallon total. Offer valid at participating Ace stores 6/29/2016-7/4/2016. Free gallon must be of equal or lesser value.

Follow along with our transformation of our cottage here, and here and on our instagram account @makingahouseahome.

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  1. Jessica says:

    Oh wow, that looks great! Pinning and saving for later.

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