Backyard Update – Lots of Paint!

Those who follow me on Instagram may have seen some snapshots of my progress with this project this week (@apluscphotography). I have been busy painting all of our finds for the backyard in shades of white and cream so things will look more cohesive and like my dream shabby chic garden. I went through a few different types of paint before I found the ones that I liked the most. I ended up settling on two from Rustoleum (I found both at The Home Depot). I have been painting early every morning while our baby is sleeping, and again while he naps in the afternoon.
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For our bridge, I wanted a slightly textured look, so I used the Multicolored Textured paint in the cream color. For the rest of the items, I found that I liked the Ultra Cover Paint + Primer in Heirloom White the best. The add-on handle really helped cut down on my arthritis pain from when I broke my fingers and wrist (relying on a bicycle as your method of transportation in Los Angeles is dangerous business).

I tried some other paints first and the whites were too cold and didn’t provide enough coverage. I absolutely love the warm, creamy tone of the Heirloom White. I am hoping to finish up painting today so my husband can start trenching the irrigation lines tomorrow morning! 🙂

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Easy DIY Project: Faux Vintage Light Switch Covers

I miss the old-fashioned light switches in our old house (seen in our house tour here).  They were so cute and charming.  Our new house is not “new” but it is not old enough to have details like that house had.  I decided to make my own faux vintage style light switch covers.

I started with the basic white plastic covers, and painted them with some gold paint and a sponge paint brush.  I just used one coat.  After that paint dried, I used a second type of gold rub on paint to add some variation.  Very easy, and I am quite happy with the results!

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