Boys bunk room makeover with ACE.

This is a Sponsored Post by ACE Hardware.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Every year the decorating Gods come out with a color of the year.
This year it’s Marsala…which, by the way, I thought was some sort of fancy cocktail drink…little did I know it was actually a color.
It’s lovely and all but it’s trendy. Next year Marsala is going to be “so 2015″ and totally out. That’s just what trends do.
Which is why I say skip the trends and go with colors you love, not just the colors that have been deemed to be the color to use if you want to be hip.

As you may know I am a part of the Ace Hardware blogger panel. This month we get to feature the Clark+Kensington paint line, as a part of Ace’s 31 Days of Color event. Our assignment was to use a shade of their paint to give an accessory, wall or entire room a re-fresh. I decided to challenge myself to give my boy’s bunk room a little more personality and life.


(Photo by Allison Bills).

Last year, we went vertical in there in order to make more room for them and their stuff.  The room has been pretty monochromatic with its use of white, black and gray.  I love me a simple color scheme but the two men who bunk here are larger than life and needed their room to reflect that.  What better color to introduce life and energy than yellow?!  And hey, let’s just say I know my way around the yellow block.  It was pretty much the primary accent color in our Arizona home.

Decoratin with yellow by 4men1lady

For this project Clark+Kensington Etruscan Gold was my chosen color. Etruscan Gold is today’s 31 Days of Color “Color of the Day.”


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A little yellow goes a long way.  Fortunately, Ace sells color sample pints for only $4.99.  You’d be amazed how far you can stretch a 14.5 ounce can.  Now I have to be honest, I had actually never heard of Clark+Kensington until I familiarized myself with Ace’s paint selection. To my surprise the paint was very thick, I mean uber thick, and it applied very smoothly. All of this means good coverage and fewer coats of paint.

The first project I tackled was adding some Etruscan Gold to some baskets I found at Home Goods.  Every kids room could do with ample toy storage and these baskets fit the bill.  But, the plain-Jane baskets needed more personality than their original state.

Painted baskets

I simply taped a line where I want to section off the color and used a paint brush to add the paint.  Because the paint is quite thick, one coat did the trick.  Here’s a tip for assuring good coverage in all the nooks and crannies of the basket weave…use a circular swirling motion when applying the paint.

Next project, adding color to some framed objects.  I spotted these wooden feather darts on Dot & Bo and knew they would look great framed.  I found the frame at Home Goods, took it apart and painted the mdf backer board with my Etruscan Gold to really make the darts pop.


As you can tell from the first picture, my paint brush left some heavy brush marks. I didn’t want to invest in a little roller just to paint a few frames but I became worried after I saw the brush marks that I may have ruined it right out of the gate. Fortunately, the paint self-leveled and I was left with a smooth surface. After the paint dried I used a hot glue gun to adhere the darts to the painted backer board.

I did a similar process with these vintage arrows I found on Etsy. I shared the tutorial in a previous post.


  I didn’t want to paint the back yellow again so instead I used some yellow Frog tape, which I picked up at Ace, to incorporate a touch of my yellow theme.


The last project I did was simply painting some old frames with my Etruscan Gold…

Painted Frames

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Voila! A gallery wall of desert themed items we’ve collected over time.  You can take us out of the desert but you can’t take the desert out of our hearts.



 Now this room is no longer mundane monochromatic…





To learn more about Clark + Kensington’s paint line at ACE click here. You can also learn more about Ace’s 31 Days of Color – running throughout the entire month of March – by clicking here. Ace will reveal a new Color of the Day there every day (you can even enter for a free sample of that day’s color!), and if you visit you can enter for a chance to win a $10,000 paint makeover or daily $50 gift cards.

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Reupholstering a sofa.

For over 10 years we’ve had this sofa.
It’s been a good sofa.
It was the first grown up purchase we made for our first Arizona home.
It’s the first place I sat and held my babies when all three came home from the hospital over a 7 year span.
This sofa has a lot of miles and a lot of memories.


Not our first AZ home but you can see more of it here.

Back in August (2014) I shared with you all that it was time for a new look in the living room.  We were done with our cream microfiber sofa hidden under the white custom slipcovers,
We settled on a leather sofa and were ready to pull the trigger.
When the leather sofa arrived it was a beauty but it threw the whole feng shui of the room off.
Out it went.

I continued to shop and shop but I just couldn’t find anything that I loved. I found myself gravitating back to the same sofa, but new.
Even though we bought the sofa over 10 years ago, it’s such a classic that many retailers like West ElmRoom and Board, and Mitchell Gold sell a version of it.
I figured, “why mess with a good thing?” and decided to have it reupholstered.
That way I could get the exact fabric I wanted and continue to use the custom slipcover we had made for it years ago if so desired.


Reupholstering a piece isn’t cheap. In fact many times you’ll pay as much, if not more, to have a piece reupholstered than just buying it new.
Not only do you have to pay for the labor but you also have to buy the fabric. You can find good, inexpesive fabric online if you’re willing to go through that process. Upholstery fabric is tricky.
Just because you see something online doesn’t mean it looks like that. You have to order samples, wait for shipping and do it all over again (in my case) to be certain of what you’re getting.

Calico Corners was having sale on fabric and upholstery at the time I was shopping so I meandered in there. (Not being paid to plug or mention them). That place is like fabric heaven. I could have spent 5 days in there feasting my eyes on all the lovely fabric. Unfortunately, you’ll pay a pretty penny for even the least expensive stuff. BUT, it is a one-stop shop. I found exactly what I wanted and booked their in-house upholsterer. 2  1/2 months later (yes it really did take that long because they only have one upholsterer who was backed up with projects) I had my sofa.


We paid about $1100. for fabric and re-upholstery…about the cost of a new sofa (+/-) but I got exactly what I wanted.


I chose a gray velvet.
It’s soft and neutral enough to work with what we have but dark enough that my three men can play WWF mania (which they have for 5 days straight) on and I don’t have to worry about it looking completely dirty.


I love how it turned out and am ready to change up the look for the rest of the room.
I’m looking for a mid century-ish coffee table (this one from Lulu & Georgia is too narrow so will be moved to another room) and the white ottoman will soon be for sale.
(Light from School House Electric).


In the meantime, we’re selling this chaise lounge for $175.


It currently retails at Ikea for $350.  Plus, Ikea sells slipcovers for it if you want to change up the look.
We are a pet-free home (unless you count fish as a pet…but don’t worry, we don’t let our fish sit on the furniture).
Contact me if interested smhinckley (at) yahoo (dot) com.

Hallway re-fresh.

This is a Sponsored Post by Medallion Rug.  All opinions are my own.

Happy 2015! I can’t believe we’re already a week in! Wasn’t Christmas just yesterday?
I always love the time between Christmas and Jan 1st. We usually go to grandma’s in Vegas and just hang out.
It’s the time where I relax, take inventory of life, dream big and make new agreements with myself.
Then we come back home and I start tearing the house up and plan new projects.

This hallway space has been bugging for the past 6 months:


Only thing is…it doesn’t look like that. It currently looks like this:


And right before I took this picture it looked even worse.
The entire hallway was dotted with picture hooks all over the wall.

The idea of a hallway picture gallery was a good idea in theory but not good in reality with a house of 4 rambunctious men.  The hallway is narrow.  It’s also a jet way for 3 little men who run as fast as they can, arms fully extended like wings of an airplane.  In addition to that, if a door gets slammed pictures fall off the wall and broken glass is everywhere.  As you can see more than half the pictures have fallen off the wall.

The hallway needs some sort of art and I think I have something in mind that should work.

Let’s talk about this rug runner:


I’m am loving jute rugs right now.
They just look good.
From a practical standpoint…meh.
They’re not exactly the most cushy thing underfoot.
They also shed. A lot.
In fact, when I first got it, it completely clogged up my vacuum and I had to take the entire thing apart.
It sheds less now but there is still a considerable amount fibers all over the place that I’m constantly cleaning up.

I’ve been working with Medallion Rug again to find an area rug that will not only be beautiful but much more practical.  You may remember I have a Persian Rug from them that is in my kitchen which I love…


Medallion Rug has thousands of area rugs, new and vintage, to select from but they also have out of this world customer service.
Most people need a rug to fit a space that isn’t standard measurements.
I told them the type of rug I was looking for by way of style, color and size and within a few days they’ve put together a personalized gallery with my specifications.
It couldn’t be easier.  Here are a handful of my favorites…

Option 1

Option 2

Which is your favorite?
Stay tuned for the reveal.

To see more of rugs from Medallion Rug visit their site.