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Year wrap up: Post of 2015

I know that everybody is knee deep in Christmas time fun but I thought that I would wrap up 2015 and you can maybe pop in and see some of these post while you are vegging out on the couch next week. I hope that you have a lovely Christmas weekend with your families. I want you to know how much I appreciate you stopping in every week to read what I have going on and have to share. I really do enjoy this little blog and you all have made it so much more enjoyable. I basically just looked back at this year and pulled out some of my favorite posts that I was really excited to share with you. They may not be the most pinned post of the year or commented but they were the ones that I really loved sharing with you. I would encourage you if you’re new here or just started rereading recently to go back and see some of my past year end top post. There are many that have been very popular over the years and you may have missed some of them. best of 2015

Horseshoe Holders/JoAnneHair/WalMartBed/Concrete Planter/Self Watering Planter/BottleCapBirdBath/Grilled Steak Tacos/3 ingredient crusty bread/Old Fence into a Tray/BarnDoorTVCabinet/Reclaimed wood on island DIY

I will pop in next week and maybe share a recipe or two other than that I’m going to enjoy these homework-free lazy days of Christmas break! As always I’ll see you on social media and I wish you a very Happy New Year!

Past Top Post

Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

Most Commented Post of 2013

Happy New Year’s Eve!! A fun wrap up for you today…..

Commenting on a blog post is rare these days….most folks like to pin/tweet/or share the post if they like it….which is all fine and good with me. But I have noticed that if a post is actually commented on…a bunch…it must have made a bigger impact. So, I thought it would be fun to round up the most commented post of 2013…per month. A fun little look back on some post that you may have missed:)

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Facebook Etiquette for Kids (January)

DIY Photo Backdrops with Giftwrap (February)

Office/Craft Space Reveal (March)

Spring Spruce Up Front Porch Décor (April)

How to Write with Sparklers (May)

House tour of Complete Remodeled home (June)

10 tips for Garage Organization (July)

Update an old ceiling light (August)

Painting a Hardwood floor (September)

Refinished old bed (October)

This & That :fall break/beachhouse (Nov) and DIY Wood Wreath

My real Holiday house tour (Dec)

Wowzer….I was kind of busy this year:) Heading into my 4th year of blogging and I feel so fortunate to have been able to share all this with you. I love popping in a few times a week to share a new idea, recipe or project….or sometimes just a chat. Looking so forward to sharing with you lots more in 2014:)

xo

Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

DIY Pearl Hardware (DIY drawer pull) plus a Fall Giveaway!!

Hey all! Happy Friday! A few things to chat about today…

I showed you the table that I redid last week….the hardware needed to be replaced but I couldn’t find anything that was delicate enough. I really wanted to use these pearls…so I had to figure out how to attach them. Obviously I don’t think this ‘”hardware” would work in a kitchen or bathroom…but for a small table like this it works perfect. It took me about 4 minutes to do this….with just a few supplies. It is a great way to add a bit of sparkle to a special accent piece. Here is what you will need…

 

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Supplies:

* floral wire

* beads or pearls of your choice

* jewelry clasp (just will need the straight part)

* scissors

How to:

1. Cut a piece of floral wire the length of the handle. I measured my by threading the wire through the holes and seeing about where the handle would hang.

2. Through the back of the drawer…thread the wire towards the front. Place beads on wire and pull through the other hole to the back.

3. Even out wire on the back.

4. Wrap the wire through the “clasp” and tightly around so that it is snug against the back of the drawer.

5. Do the same for the opposite side. Be sure to even out the pearls on the front so that the lay correctly.

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That’s it…a one of a kind stylish drawer pull!

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The possibilities are endless…am I right?!?! So go and find yourself a sweet little table to make new again:)

I will be taking a few days off for our fall break. We are off to Williamsburg and North Carolina. I will be popping in on Instagram and Facebook…especially on Wednesday the 23rd. Lowes has asked me to jet up to NYC for a fun “deck the halls” event on Wednesday night. I am beyond excited about this opportunity!! HGTV is involved too…so hopefully I can snap a few pics of some of your favorite stars from there;) I will do the best I can…while trying to keep my composure…which really is never easy…moving on…

Be sure to check out the project gallery on the top tab if you want to poke around at some recent projects:)

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Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

How to paint prefinished hardwood floors: REVEAL

Hi all! Made it to Friday! I hope you have enjoyed this series about painting hardwood flooring. We have lived with these floors for a couple of weeks now…and everyday we love them more. I have on order a rug to use in the coffee bar area…but I wanted to show you the big reveal this week…since it is floor week and all….:)

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You have been through the prepping, the painting…and now the big reveal! Here are my fabulous newly painted hardwood floors…and a breakdown on what my cost where…

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To refresh your memory….The color of the floor is Ben Moore Halo (colormatched at Porter Paint Breakthrough product). I talked in depth about how I created this floor on the previous 2 post so be sure you look back and see them if you are just catching this series.

Can you even get over this before and after???….holy cow….

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This area by our backdoor was really worn out. It is so fresh and clean now….it feels like a new kitchen…

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The hallway fills with light bouncing everywhere….I have a new area rug coming soon for the coffee bar space.

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So….what did this project cost me? Well, it took 18 hours—start to finish…includes prep, paint, clean, drying time, all of it. My materials came in right at $106 (2 new brushes and paint, contractor paper). That’s right….$106 for a brand new floor. BABAM!!! Almost as good as my stair project….

We are so incredibly thrilled with this floor. We took a worn out prefinished hardwood floor and made it new again. This paint is nothing short of amazing. We have lived on it…tried to nick it…nothing…it is a mirror finish. Gorgeous!!how to paint prefinished hardwood floors reveal @cleverlyinspired (4)

 

I would encourage you to watch the YouTube…and take a look at the previous post to learn more about this project. If you have an questions…please come over and chat on FaceBook, Twitter or email me:)

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Here are the other 2 post about this project…..

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What do you think?? If you like…. I hope you share on your favorite social channels;)

Just for the fun of it…..here is the real kitchen before and after….

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Update to this post Oct. 14, 2013

We are still in love with these floors….however there are a few things you need to consider….I would recommend doing 3 coats. We have seen some wear in high “dog” traffic areas. I will most likely be doing a third coat this winter at some point. Another consideration…the color we chose is very light…so it shows a bunch. We don’t mind that really…and the steamer works great for clean up …but if you have more messes on an everyday basis…you may want to consider a color that is a bit darker. Good luck!

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Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

Top Hits Revisited: DIY Refinishing Stairs

Back in the day….3 years ago or so…I had read an article online. This girl Sarah….had refinished her stairs…all by herself. I read the “article” about 5 times. Not realizing that I was reading a blog post…that would change everything. I had been a DIYer my whole life….but I wasn’t documenting it. Sarah introduced me to this amazing new world that is “blogging”. I set out to refinish my own stairs after I saw how amazing hers had turned out. If I haven’t told you thank you Sarah….thank you:)

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It was a project I completed for under $100…in one weekends time…and I still love them to this day. It was the most satisfying project I had taken on. It is the project I get the most questions on….the YouTube informational tutorial has been viewed over 157,000 times….and one of the top hits on the blog.

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We ended up putting sisal treads on the stairs so that our pup would have an easier time with using them. They too have held up great! I do not have one chip in the paint…(we decided to paint the treads instead of stain because after sanding them there was still paint and caulk spots that would have shown through). We used high gloss latex paint (Behr color Molasses). The white risers have been touched up once….not bad for all the wear and tear these stairs are put through daily. (The white is Porter Paint color White Umber). Light French Grey by Behr is on the walls….Reflecting Pool on the ceiling.

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The question I tend to get a lot is how to figure out what kind of wood is under your carpeted stairs. The easiest “test” is to see if your stair has a “rolled” edge. If the edge of your stairs are rolled….the wood is most likely a common pine tread (which is what my stairs are). If your stairs look like the corners are more square…the wood is most likely plywood. A plywood stair is not worth finishing in my opinion. You could “finish” them…with the intent of replacing in the future with a real wood stair….but if you go to sell your house…the buyer will consider a plywood stair as subfloor material….and unfinished. Just food for thought….

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If you have any questions….please comment and let me know….I would love to help you out!

Here are some other post related to the stairs

 

I will be revisiting old post that have been the most popular…to give you updates and to show new readers some of the past:) Do you have any favorites you would like me to update?

Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.
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