Color Matching the Perfect Shade of Yellow + $100. giftcard giveaway.

It’s no secret that I love yellow.
But not all yellow.
Sometimes yellow can be too pastel-y.  Sometimes yellow can be too zing-y.
My fave yellow has hint of mustard to it.
Too much mustard and it looks muddy, too little and it looks like a babies room.
It’s nearly impossible to describe the perfect shade of color to someone but when you see it, you know it.


The knob on this hook is fantastic yellow.
So good that I toted it in to my local ACE Hardware and said, “Gimmie a can of this yellow.”
And that they did.

With their state of the art color matching technology they can match any shade within minutes.
And while you wait…


This is why I love ACE.
It just has that corner hardware shop feel where the people who work there REALLY know about construction and REALLY want to help you (or a furry friend in this case).

Back to the paint…
My plan was to give this bookshelf a facelift that I recently scored.


I loved the lines but the it the peach-toned wood was pretty drab.  I started by painting everything an Amy Howard Gray.
I then taped off the gray and pained the cubbies my color-matched yellow.
I’ve proclaimed my eternal love for Amy Howard’s One-Step paint that requires no sanding or priming in this post.


Chalk-based paints have a flat finish to them.  Instead of sealing with the Finishing Wax I decided to give it a glossy finish by foam rolling it with a coat of gloss Verathane.



Worked like a charm.


Drab no more.


I’d say that’s a match.



ACE Hardware wants to help you color match some paint to your favorite item with a $100. giftcard giveaway!  And of course we’re giving you lots of ways to enter!

*I am part of the ACE Hardware Blogger panel. This is a sponsored post written by myself. I was compensated for the paint to use in this post.*

Personalizing your table with Painters Markers (2)

Today I’m back with the second half of my post on Painter’s Paint Markers.  See our first post here.
I’ve been experimenting with place settings for our holiday table.

For this setting I went for rustic chic look.


 I experimented with drawing directly on a ceramic bowl.

PicMonkey Collage

The design partially came off when I ran it through the dish washer and I was able to remove it all with the help of a Magic Eraser.  Great if you don’t want the design to be permanent on your ceramic dishes but you may want to test the marker in an inconspicuous place first.  Just make sure to draw where food won’t be in contact with the paint.



Throw the formal place setting out the window and opt for a more casual, but equally as chic setting.

For this next setting I went for a natural look.


The two boards are actually cheese boards put together to mimic the look of a wooden place mat.  It’s layered with a circular natural fiber place mat then topped with a regular round plate.  I found the burlap doily for $1.00 and drew some embellishments on it with a Painter Paint Marker.

Natural collage

I used a clear glass bowl which is great when you want to see through the dish to what is underneath it.



With a simple piece of Kraft colored card stock I wrote the word, “Enjoy” then wrapped it around the utensils and used it as a napkin ring.

Of course we can’t leave out the kiddos!  I used some simple Kraft paper as a table protector.


This is one of my main go-to’s whenever I have kiddos over to my house and I’m going to be serving them food.   Using a Painter’s Paint Marker I drew a place mat directly on to the Kraft paper.  Kids love it when you embellish their place setting with pictures, their name…


…and even a menu.


Kids are messy eaters + their attention span is short.  Crayons are great way to make meal time fun and give their busy hands something to do between bites.


When the meal is over you just wrap it all up and throw it away.  Easiest and fastest clean up ever.

Don’t forget …  Painters is having a monthly contest between October – December where you can make your own creations using Painters. They are giving each monthly winner a prize valued at $500! The Style by Aisle with Painters Contest will have five different themes (August-December) which are based on store “aisles.” You can submit your homemade creations to the Painters site.  You can also download a coupon for Painters products on their site.

Coat hooks as desk top storage?

Yesterday I posted the reveal on makeover #2 for the school science table (see makeover #1 here). I wanted to rewind and show you a happy accident-organizational tid-bit.  When we originally put this room together we set this wall up with plenty of hooks for backpacks, coats, etc. for my tweenage man.  Then when we brought the table in, the lower set of hooks were in the way.


My plan was to take the Pottery Barn hooks out but as I got to staging the table I found they made a great way to organize books and the like.


Who woulda thunk it…coat hooks for desk organization!?


It’s even perfect for my super size twine ball that I use for everything under the sun.



See full desk reveal here.

Brooke and I talk about all things “twine” on Studio 5.