DIY Striped Floral Basket + GIVEAWAY!

Happy Tuesday everyone! Hope you guys had a nice extended weekend and got to spend some time with family and loved ones.

I used some of my extra time over the weekend to work on some smaller craft projects for our temporary bedrooms at my brother’s house. Most of my projects these days seem to be focused around organization since we don’t have much room to spread our wings.

opi paint palette projectI found a really cool cork box for 50% off from Hobby Lobby and some adorable paper flowers to match my color scheme. The paint I chose is from the 2015 OPI Color Palette by Clark+Kensington: the Adventurista palette, available exclusively at The Paint Studio from Ace Hardware.

adventurista OPI paint colors ace hardware

The three colors I chose for the basket (from front to back): Hello Hawaii Ya, Just Lanai-ing Around, and Do They Take Lei Away.

opi paint palette ace hardwareTo get started I taped off the basket using painter’s tape.

opi paint DIY basketThen I just used a small artist’s paint brush and filled in my gaps.

striped painted basketAfter I let it dry I used a hot glue gun to adhere the paper flowers to the front of the basket.

striped floral DIY basketAnd here’s the final look!

floral striped painted basketA perfect place to keep those odds and ends,
with a little bit of flair of course.

opi painted striped basket

floral painted basket

DIY floral striped painted basketThere’s three different color palettes available from OPI and Clark+Kensington: The Adventurista, The Natural and The Creative Genius (total of 20 new colors). This is your opportunity to bring OPI’s fashion-forward colors to life for home décor!

And now for the fun part…

Today one lucky winner will receive a
$100 gift card to Ace Hardware.

ace hardware gift cardJust leave a comment below telling me which color from the
2015 OPI Color Palette you’d like to try!

CLICK HERE FOR COLORS.
Winner will be chosen one week from today!


If you want to see more projects from the Ace Hardware team,
check them out HERE!

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 I am a member of the Ace Bloggers Panel and Ace Hardware has provided me with materials for this project. I was also compensated for my time and this blog post. All opinions are my own and do not necessarily reflect those of Ace Hardware.

diy floral striped basket

Spring Maintenance Tips + Ace Hardware Gift Card GIVEAWAY!

Happy Monday everyone! It was a busy weekend, mostly filled with Spring cleaning and little tasks around the outside of the house now that the weather is starting to turn. Since we’re gearing up for the warmer weather, I thought today I would share some Spring maintenance reminders… plus give you guys the chance to win a $100 gift card from Ace Hardware to help with YOUR Spring maintenance checklist!

1. Check seals around your windows and doors.
Now that the little critters are starting to make an appearance outdoors, it’s time to protect that they don’t come indoors! Check your caulk around the windows and add any weather stripping to your front door as needed.

2. Clean your gutters.
Especially if you live near a lot of trees, check your gutters for debris. Look for any signs of bending or damage as well.

3. Change your furnace filter.
Especially with the pending allergy season, change your furnace filters on your HVAC. Plus dirty filters restrict airflow and increase energy demand. I change mine every season, too. Helps cut down on the dust

filtrete filters

4. Inspect your roof.
I know a bunch of you got tons of snow this past winter. The build up of leaves and debris combined with heavy ice or snow can really cause a lot of damage to your gutters, which could potentially cause water leaks inside your home. Clean them out before the next big storm so the water can drain freely.

5. Power wash the house, deck & patio.
Now that you’ll be spending more time outdoors, it’s time to get the exterior in tip top shape. I always give a good cleaning to our siding and deck/patio with our AR Blue Clean 1600 PSI Electric Pressure Washer that I purchased from Ace Hardware. I also tackled my garage floor… the salt and dirt build up from the winter was disgusting!

power washer review

6. Check smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
I always replace the batteries in my smoke and carbon monoxide detectors twice a year, usually in Spring and Fall. Also, if you replace one battery, go ahead and change all of them out throughout your home even if they’re not beeping. Better to be safe than sorry.

7. Prepare your lawn.
Besides planting new bushes, flowers, and trees for Spring, it’s also smart to tackle other projects around the yard. Make sure fertilizing and seeding is on the top of your list if needed! Also cut back and trim all vegetation and overgrown bushes. We also like to spray Roundup Poison Ivy Plus Tough Brush Killer from Ace Hardware to clean up the backyard.

roundup poison ivy killer8. Check your foundation.
Every season we check our foundation for cracks. It’s much cheaper to fix a small crack than to let something snowball. I suggest having a professional help with the repairs. To permanently patch the crack we used carbon fiber mesh. It only cost $300 to fix 3 large cracks and then they all passed our house inspection when we sold it. The carbon fiber mesh will not stretch or bend over time thus making it perfect for reinforcing concrete walls.

9. Check interior caulking.
I always check the caulk around my countertops, tub, shower, and pipes around this time of year. With the change of the seasons you might notice it more. Check out my tip for how to caulk like a pro, too!

how to caulk a backsplash

10. General home spring cleaning.
Yeah yeah, the part that we all REALLY hate. Spring really is the best time though to open those windows, let in some fresh air, and get to work scrubbing the house from top to bottom! I even made a cute little checklist that you can hang on the fridge and mark things off as you go. Get the full printable HERE.

spring cleaning list

So, what else is on YOUR spring maintenance to do list?
Maybe I can make it easier to tackle your list?

Well today one lucky winner will receive a $100 gift card to Ace Hardware.

Just leave a comment below telling me which Spring Maintenance project
you’d like to tackle with the help of Ace Hardware!

small country house

Winner will be chosen one week from today.
GOOD LUCK!


If you want to see more projects from the Ace Hardware team,
check them out HERE!

AceBloggers2015 Lockup

 I am a member of the Ace Bloggers Panel and Ace Hardware has provided me with materials for this project. I was also compensated for my time and this blog post. All opinions are my own and do not necessarily reflect those of Ace Hardware.