Thursday, April 3, 2014

Our Lil' Ol' House in This Old House!

Why hello, and welcome to my little slice of the internet world! If you have made your way over here from This Old House magazine, I want to wish you a nice hearty Welcome! and invite you to kick of your shoes and stick around for a while. If you are not here from TOH, you should go and check out the May issue!

Our DIY built-ins were featured in their magazine (a full page!) and it is pretty much the coolest thing ever. But if you are new to my blog, feel free to browse through my archives from the past three years or check out some of these most popular posts:







If you're observant, you may have noticed that I don't post on this blog regularly much and that is because I've been busy sharing my DIYs, home tours, and organizational endeavors over on my YouTube channel, also called My So-Called Home. Please feel free to click on the YouTube logo below and hop over there to catch me in 3D and see what I've been up to lately! Again thank you so much for stopping by...take care!

I'm also on Pinterest and 
Instagram (@mysocalledhome)!

Monday, January 20, 2014

Kitchen Switch Plate Upgrade + GIVEAWAY!

Helloo-o-oo...Anybody there? Yes indeed it has been a while but I'm back today to share a fun DIY that I tackled recently in our kitchen and the best part of all is...there's a Giveaway for you!

The lovely company InvisiPlate contacted me after reading my post about whether or not to paint my outlet covers after I painted our kitchen from white to gray. In the end I wound up leaving my outlet covers white and while they stood out, I just figured it was something I would have to deal with.

But then InvisiPlate contacted me and said they would like to send me some switch plates to try out, to which I gladly accepted! The great thing about these switch plates is they come already primed and ready to paint. If I were to try and paint my regular glossy switch plates the paint would not stick and would easily and quickly start to peel. InvisiPlates also come in different textures to match textured walls. My walls are smooth but if your home has textured walls, these are a great solution.

So when they sent them to me I decided I didn't really want the look of painted I decoupaged them! Since the plates were free, all this project cost was about 4 sheets of scrapbooking paper that totaled less than $3.

And let me tell you: I am in love!

Covering the plates was actually super simple and the paper stuck like a charm and seem to be held on tight for the long haul, thanks to them being already primed.

I chose a simply tanny-gray scrapbook paper with a quatrefoil design and I am loving the simple neutral design and subtle pattern that is now dotted throughout our space.

The outlets and switches don't stand out nearly as much now and the new patterned plates just make me smile every time I walk in the room!

For a detailed tutorial of how I covered the switch plates, head on over to my YouTube channel!

And now for the GIVEAWAY:
*A $40 gift card towards InvisiPlate products to match any room in your home*
(Most rooms cost only about $30 so that should be plenty!)
  • To Enter, you must be a subscriber of this blog and leave a comment letting me know where you would use the switch plates.
  • You can also enter on my YouTube channel and must be a Subscriber there as well. Give the video a "thumbs up" and leave me a comment!
  • Please only one entry per person
  • Giveaway ends Saturday January 25th and will be announced that same day!

Best of luck!

*These switch plates were given to me free of cost from InvisiPlate. All opinions are my own.

Monday, December 9, 2013

Christmas House Tour 2013

Thanks to a surprise little snowstorm we got last night, I was finally able to snap a few shots of our home's exterior all dolled up for Christmas and complete the house tour for this year. Enjoy:

Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night!

>>Click here to see last year's tour.
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