How to Paint Vinyl or Laminate Floors

How to Paint Vinyl or Laminate Floors

I spent yesterday and today updating my master bath. We’d never finished the floating bathroom shelf after they started to sag. 🙁

When I do a do it yourself project that doesn’t turn out the way I’d hoped I usually leave it undone until I can find a solution. So after a whole year I finally reinforced the shelf and added a second shelf which I’ll share pictures of soon.

If you follow me on Instagram (<—— which you should so go ahead and get that out of the way) you will have already seen some sneak peaks.

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So after fixing and styling the shelves I thought I’d be content with the update but noooooo!

Having such great looking shelves only made the floor and baseboards look worse. We intend to get hardwood in the master bath in a dark maple but in the meantime I needed to do something to update this hideous floor.

I woke up this morning wondering if I could paint it so I googled it to see if anyone else had done it. I found a few people who had so I took the plunge.

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I had everything I needed on hand.

I used:

How to Paint Vinyl or Laminate Floors

What I Did:

  1. The first thing I did was sand the floor which took about 10 minutes.

  2. The next step was to clean the floor using the TSP and water. I cleaned once and rinsed 3 times.

  3. After thoroughly cleaning the floor I would have taped of the base boards but I am repainting those too so I didn’t worry about getting paint on them.

  4. Using the foam craft paint brushes I painted the entire perimeter of the room to about a 2 inch depth.

    In other words, your perimeter paint only has to be about 2 inches wide since you’ll fill in the rest of the floor paint with the roller.

  5. Next I poured some paint on the floor and started rolling in out with the large roller.

  6. After everything was covered I let it dry for 2 hours and applied a second coat.

I already had this cute rug I knew would look great in here. It has my wall paint color in it and I just love the pops of pink and red. It remind me of the colors in my garden so I knew they’d work well in here.

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It took about an hour to apply both coats of paint and four hours of drying time. My floors were usable by mid afternoon. I plan to apply a coat of polyurethane once I’m done painting the base boards.

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I am so happy with the way the floors turned out and it also gives me an idea of how great the dark wood will look in here once it’s installed.

How to Build a Raised Vegetable Box

How to Build a Raised Garden Bed

A lot of people want to grow a flower or vegetable garden this year but may be thinking it’s too hard.

For me, gardening projects shouldn’t be complicated and hard to do.

In fact, I taught myself to garden and am going to share a really easy tutorial on how to make a raised garden box. This is not going to be laborious. In fact it’ll take less than an hours time and be remembered as on of the those fun garden projects.

How to Build a Raised Vegetable Box

The first thing you want to do before you even begin constructing your raised garden box is get some seeds planted.

You can buy germinated plants but I like using seeds simply because it’s cheaper per plant and gives me a higher yield.

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I start my seeds indoors four weeks before I plan to plant them outside. I keep them near a sunny window and rotate them every few days so that they’ll grow upright and not slanted in the direction of the window and sunlight.

To build my raised vegetable garden box I use a 12 foot long piece of pressure treated pine and have it cut down to four 4 foot long pieces.

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Using scrap wood, I insert braces in each corner. This project is as simple as creating a square using the four pieces of wood and hammering everything together with deck nails.

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If you look at each corner, you’ll see where I nailed a square scrap piece of wood for extra support.

After getting the raised vegetable box in the ground I fill it with soil and get everything planted. This is the ideal time to use a little Miracle-Gro Shake’n Feed All Purpose Plant Food.

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At first your garden will look like nothing much.

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After just a few weeks of sunlight and watering you’ll begin to see your vegetable garden box come to life.

WEEK 5

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I hope you enjoyed this fun and easy garden project.

For more gardening ideas “follow” the A Proverbs Wife Gardening Board on Pinterest.

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You’ll be able to access their expansive library of articles and videos full to help them keep a healthy and beautiful garden.

 

Backyard Renovation Sneak Peek

Germaine and I are still knee deep in home improvement projects but we are falling in love with what we’ve done to the back and front yard so far.

If you remember my post from a few weeks ago, we completed some major overhauling to the yard including building a concrete patio, raised vegetable boxes and landscaping.

Today I’m going to give you a backyard renovation sneak peek showing how everything looks now that the sod has been watered and some of the plants are maturing.

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The plant above is right below our deck in a flower bed created to provide something visually pleasing to look at when looking down from our 12 foot high deck.

In that same flower bed I planted two rose bushes, one of which is finally producing leaves.

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The grill patio is one of our favorite parts of the backyard now.

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We grilled out Memorial Day weekend and enjoyed using it even without the grill gazebo we plan to buy soon.

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Not to far from our grill area is our vegetable garden which has grown even more from when I took the picture below. We plan to install a total of four vegetable boxes this year.

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Some of the smaller projects have been touch up painting. I repainted the bird feeder Germaine Jr. made me a few years ago.

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I love the way it looks hanging in the tree above my shade garden.

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We are going to build a small patio in this area and set up a three piece bistro set for Germaine and I in the back half of the shade garden.

From this picture you get a feel for how things are situated.

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The grill patio is on the fare right, the shade garden in the center of the photo, the patio will be built behind the shade garden where there’s currently pine needles and right behind the patio area is where the four vegetable boxes will be.

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The whole back half of the yard starting at the vegetable box needs to be sodded but it’s gotten to hot to do anymore now so we’ll wait until the weather is milder in the fall.

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The sun here is so intense it would decrease the chances of the grass surviving unless I watered it twice a day which I don’t plan on doing all summer.

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Which is why I love the centipede grass we chose. Once it’s established it does not need much watering but to get it established in this South Carolina heat you must keep it wet.

Finally, my Hostas are the joy of my garden. Hostas are so easy to grow and easy to divide. Plants that can be divided mean less money out of pocket if you are trying to establish a garden on a budget. Plants are not cheap so I’ve been dividing them for a few years now and they are starting to fill in the space.

The goal is to have them fill this area until there’s no longer a need for pine needles.

We are learning a lot about our yard, our likes and dislikes and our own abilities to do more on our own than we expected. We have several more projects in the works including building an under-deck patio, installing under deck roofing, and  building outdoor table for the deck.

Shh!..Germaine doesn’t know about the table yet. I try not to overwhelm him all at once with my ideas.

If you are considering some DIY projects, I really hope this post inspired you to give them a shot.

A Proverbs Wife Homemaking + DIY Projects

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My husband and I have been busy working on DIY projects around the house and wanted to share some we’ve recently completed. We are in the process of completely updating our home (on a budget and completely debt free). I hate debt and have no intention of accumulating any during this renovation.

One of the things I’ve wanted for months has been these way cute light fixtures from Ikea but would have to drive four hours there and back to get them.

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I mentioned my love of them to my husband for months and he wouldn’t bite. He couldn’t see the sense in driving two hour to Charlotte to get my light fixtures.

But lo and behold, I found the second one plus the one hanging in my bedroom in the picture below at Lowes. Now there are two of these beauties hanging in my master bedroom.

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Another area of my bedroom that I focused on was storage. My husband and I were using baskets and on 5 drawer dresser for some of our clothes. I wanted a larger dresser but at a frugal price. I’d been scouring Craigslist and cam across this Stanley furniture dresser with two larger mirrors on Craigslist for $30!

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I’d love to paint the dresser in a Chartreuse using the technique Melissa from Number2Pencil used but my husband is not sold on painting or removing the drawers  a perfectly fine dresser.

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If you look at her dresser, it looks very similar to mine. Melissa’s was the inspiration for me waiting months to finally find one I liked on Craigslist.

Another things I did around the house was try my hand at spray painting instead hand painting. So many DIY’ers have been talking about the amount of time they save using spray paint and how spray paint leaves a smoother finish so I decided to give it a try.

I took a few old items that were in desperate need of some TLC.

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I didn’t follow the instructions but tried to be cheap and skip the primer step. Well, the finish was not very pretty. You may not be able to tell, but some of the original color still shows through the paint.

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Overall, I was happy with the quick trial and error session with spray paint.

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The next thing I tried, was painting glass. I changed the dollar store vase in the picture below from clear to white by filling it with paint, emptying it and allowing it to dry.

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As you know, our den flooded around 2011 and it’s been an eye sore ever since. We finally began working on it in December and had just  finished painting the walls and all of the trim.

I was so pleased with the outcome and next up was purchasing and installing the hardwood.

We planned to buy it in April but just recently found a leak behind the walls I’d just painted so my newly painted den turned into to semi demolition project.

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 We had to pull off the existing sheet rock and seal the concrete wall with hydraulic cement. It was fairly simple but not the sheet rock and insulation must be replaced =$$$ 🙁

In the meantime, I decided to turn me focus back to my master bedroom and created some decorative  pillows and an upholstered headboard.

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Master Bedroom DIY Headboard

The headboard was a really inexpensive project so I duplicated it in my children’s bedroom using different fabrics. I hope you are inspired to tackle some do-it-yourself projects this month.

If you’d like to take pictures and share your projects with APW readers, simply contact me.

DIY Yard Renovation Ideas & Cost

We started this Spring with a big family cookout.

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My daughter, her family, my Mother & Father in law, sister in laws, nephews, my grandson, my mom, my husband and children were all here.

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The house was packed there was lots if food, love and laughter.

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This was the first cookout of the year before Germaine and I started working on some major outdoor projects to make our yard more hospitality friendly.

This is going to be a quasi long post with a barrage of photos do grab a cup of coffee and sit tight. I want to walk you through the process not do much for your benefit but for mine. I need a way to remember this year because so far the last eight or do weeks has been a blur.

I have been working on a three month sponsored project, training my blog team and still blogging and being active on social media.

On top of that I do have a life outside of the Internet. I have been consistent at working out 4-5 days a week, fellowshipping with another family once a week and becoming more active in serving at my church. Germaine and I were asked to be the guest services team leaders at church. Germaine was already an usher but I hadn’t quite found a place to serve. Now I help coordinate volunteers to serve in different areas of the church.

We have been working consistently to remain faithful to our commitments and also complete our personal goals.

DIY Yard Renovation Ideas & Cost

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The biggest personal goals for the last 90 or so days has been this yard. We have waited 11 years to do this because we wanted to pay off all of our consumer debts before spending money on our yard. Now that we just have a mortgage (and a small hospital bill — long story for another post) we felt it was the right time to budget for this project.

The first thing we did was get our seeds planted. I bought a seed started kit from Walmart for around $6 and several $0.20 packs of vegetable seeds.

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After writing out our goals for the yard we knew the seeds had to be started weeks in advance of any of the landscape project to ensure we had seedlings to put in the raised garden.

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Once those were planted and growing we could start on the outdoor projects.

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The first thing we tackled was getting 10 tons of dirt delivered to prepare the back yard for sod and level out the front lawn. 10 tons cost us $14o including delivery.

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It took 72 hours for Germaine, the kids and I to move 10 tons of dirt to the backyard.

By day 2 I wanted to quit. I was hurting everywhere and was just tired of bringing dirt back and forth.

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Germaine used his lunch break and after work time to get the job done.

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By day three we had most of the dirt in the backyard and just had to spread the rest around in the front yard and move on to the next project.

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The next thing we wanted to do was build a concrete paver patio for our grill. We had been buying a few concrete pavers every few weeks leading up to the Spring so by the time we started actually working on the yard we had the 77 we needed for the project.

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(Ornamental Lilies – Clearance $2.50 each)

After getting the dirt to the backyard we began laying the pavers in place and leveling them. If you look at the image below on the right you’ll see some of our progress.

It took 2 days to get the patio laid but an additional 2 days to sweep concrete into to cracks and let it set.

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By now I was feeling re-energized and loved how to patio turned out. It isn’t perfect, but I love it because we made it ourselves and didn’t incur any debt to get it done.

Each paver cost between $0.99 and $1.49 each. We used 77 or 72 pavers to make a 12×8 patio for our grill.

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After the patio was in place we needed to order sod. We weren’t sure how much we needed so we ordered a pallet at a time.

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We also ordered it this way because with just the two of us laying we knew we couldn’t lay more than a pallet a day.

We used the first pallet to surround the paver patio and most of the yard closest to the back of the house. After getting the sod around the patio, I was completely in love with my new backyard.

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By this time we had been working on the yard for about 4 weeks and it was time to tackle one of our biggest problems projects.

As you may know, we were remodeling the lower level of our home during the winter but stopped because of a leak in the den. Apparently the concrete had tiny cracks in it and we had to tear out the sheet rock and re-cement the walls.

We also decided to install a gutter on the house and take out the huge foundation bushes in the front after seeing tiny roots behind the wall inside the house where the leak was. Ugh!!

Removing the bushes was some of the hardest work I’ve ever done in my life. I dug a ditch in the military but pulling up this massive bushes was HARD!! Halfway through the project I thought about just cutting them down instead of salvaging them for another part of the house.

To get them moved we trimmed all of the leaves off. You can see how bare they were in the pictures below.

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Then we dug a trench around each and cut through the massive root until we got the bush loose. We were able to dig up and replant one bushes per day over a span of 9 or 10 days! These bushes were strong and we were advised several times to tie it to our truck to pull them out. Now that they are where I envisioned them and are growing new leaves…I love them! I also love how much light is now shining into the lower level of the house.

By week 6 we were sick of working in the yard plus it was raining and the temperature dropped into to fifties. Whenever the son came out, I planted new flowers in my flower bed.

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I’ve always been scared to grow roses because I think they are high maintenance and expensive, but when I saw some on clearance at Aldi for $1.99 I snatched up two to use as my experiment plants.

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My neighbor has several beautiful rose species and I love looking at them. I am going to see how these do in the garden. The weather was cold and rainy for about 10 days so I decided to work indoors on the first of two 4×4 raised vegetable gardens.

I bought a 16 ft long piece of pressure treated lumber for around $12 and got it cut into 4 ft long pieces. I had some left over wood at home to use for corner supports. The picture below is my den which is a work in progress. The wall an insulation where the leak was which you can’t see needs to be replaced and then we can install the hardwood floors.

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After assembling the 4×4 box, Germaine put it in the ground once the weather warmed up. Once it was in the ground, I planted the seedlings.

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(2 – 20 lb. bags of soil for the vegetable box $2.99 at Walmart)

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The weather was warming up again and because of it we got a much needed break. Now we were ready to dive back in.

We wanted to get started on the front yard again. After the bushes were pulled out we built the area up with dirt but it looked bare.

We will not plant any more bushes in this area because of what happened with the last bushes. We are going to plant foundational perennials that are green and some flowering.

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This week I shopped for some flowering grass to plant. I bought 14 of them for around 44 each and was able to get them all in the ground within an hour. The next plant to go in the area will be lantana and peonies to add some year after year color.

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Just as I was about to go inside I saw this lurking at my back door. It was the door I used to come outside so I had to wait until it slithered away to run inside.

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After seeing that snake I was too scared to plant anymore flower this week so I decided to repaint my bird feeder with the FREE paint.

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I bought Herb Cornucopia which is a pretty apple green.

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After one coat the feeder looked better but before hanging it back outside, I’ll add another coat to make the color really pop.

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I can’t believe I’ve been so busy offline yet still had time for my blog. It’s all God!!

I have a great team of ladies including my daughter helping me behind the scenes and

I am so thankful for them and for everything that God is doing in my life. I could not manage this all without them.

I hope this post inspires you to do something new in your life, home, relationship, business or blog.

DIY Clipboard Craft Tutorial

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This DIY Clipboard Craft Tutorial has been on my project to-do list since last year. I use my clipboard several times a week and wanted to dress it up.

This was my first try and I did everything free-hand without measuring so you’ll see that the my contact paper measurements are not exact but the finished result serves its purpose.

Now when my clipboard is hanging on the wall above my desk it looks pretty instead of boring. All you need for this project is a clipboard and contact paper which can be bought at the Dollar Tree for $1.00.

First: Unroll a piece of contact paper larger than the size of your clipboard.

Now: Lay your clipboard on top of your contact paper. Your paper should be design side down so that you can use the grid lines on the back as a guide. Your clipboard should be back side down so that the clip is facing up toward you.

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Next: Trace around the edge of your clipboard and then cut out your shape.

Now: You’ll need to eyeball or measure the size of your clip. That’s how you’ll cut out the rectangle notch to fit around the clip.

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Finally: Peel off the sticky backing on your contact paper and adhere it to your clipboard.

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As you can see, my measurements weren’t exact but that doesn’t matter to me. If you want yours to look more precise, be sure to measure your clipboard first.

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DIY Sparkly Hair Bow

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While out shopping I stumbled across some clearanced Christmas bows which I knew would make great DIY Sparkly Hair Bow tutorial.

I normally only see these in red so when I saw these bronze-y brown bows I instantly thought about recreating the sparkly bows I saw in Forever21.

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After buying the bows for $0.10 it didn’t cost me anything more for this project and I ended up with ten new hair bows using 2 inch French barrette hair clips.

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I originally planned to hot glue the bows to the clip but as soon as I saw the twisty ties on the backs of these bows I skipped the glue.

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DIY SPARKLY HAIR BOW