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Paint and Finishing Techniques

Paint and finishing techniques for the do-it-yourselfer. Learn how to do finishes like our popular grey wash wood finish, painting furniture with latex paint, easy french paint finish and white wash pickling. Plus how to stencil a wall, paint stair risers and more!

How to Whitewash Stain (Plus FAQ & Staining with Minwax Pickling)

In this post: Learn how to whitewash stain your projects and furniture. Plus all the faqs and tips you need to know to whitewash your own projects with Minwax White Wash Pickling stain! Whitewash stain, or pickling, is a type of finish that you can use to brighten the look of your wood ... READ the POST

Grey Wash Wood Finish – How to Get the Grey Distressed Look on Your Own Furniture

Easy DIY grey wash finish. Get the look of old barn boards or refinish your furniture using this grey wash finish tutorial. The look of aged barn wood. Grey. Rustic. Perfectly imperfect. Restoration Hardware's got it. Pottery Barn's got it. But what if you don't want to pay the high price tag ... READ the POST

How To Stencil A Wall

In this post: How to stencil an accent wall the easy way for non-permanent style. I am a huge fan of high impact feature walls in decorating. Wallpaper is one way to get that impressive effect - but stenciling can be just as effective for much less money, not to mention that stenciling is ... READ the POST

How NOT to Paint Kitchen Cabinets

In this post: How not to paint kitchen cabinets. Unless you want your cabinets to resemble a piece of furniture found in a dilapidated shed after 50 years! When it comes to painting kitchen cabinets, a Google search will get you any number of tutorials. Everyone from DIY bloggers, to HGTV and ... READ the POST

how not to paint kitchen cabinets

When it comes to painting kitchen cabinets, a Google search will get you any number of tutorials. Everyone from DIY bloggers, to HGTV and the DIY Network seems to have a tutorial on painting kitchen cabinets.

In case you're short on time, the gist of all of them is to remove your cupboards, clean them really well, sand them, prime and paint a couple of coats.

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My aha moment!

I found my style and was able to bring our small space together for our family of 8! My aha moment was when you talked about undertones! That was the moment when I could bring everything together.

Danae C.

Falling in love with our home again

My ah-ha moment was when I realized I was going about things all the wrong way. I loved the house but it didn't feel like home. BUT now because of your course...I am falling in love with our home all over again.

Cheryl P.

Thank you for your direction and inspiration!

You have been very helpful in just identifying my style and what I like! Thank you for your direction and inspiration!

Dawn G.

Decorating is not as complicated as it once seemed!

I love your easy process to determine my style. I've also learned that my style has changed over the years and seasons of my life and that decorating properly/successfully is NOT as complicated as it once seemed!!!

Sheryl R.

Lightbulb moment!

Your explanation of paint colors was the light bulb moment for me! I am enjoying your teaching.  Thanks!

Pat J.

Filled me with the confidence I need

Oh Shannon, thank you, thank you thank you!!  I wish I could download you and take you with me, but your Decor Staples Checklist has definitely given me the guidance and filled me with the confidence I need!

Zee V.

Love this idea!

Orbs are such a great decor item to add to a space. Staining the hoops really gives them a vintage feel. Thanks for the inspiration.


I love your instructions!

LMAO!! I love your How Not to Paint Cabinet instructions! It made me laugh with good humor! Kudos for sharing your lessons learned!!

Tom H.

Done with Haphazard Decor!

I'm so done with Haphazard Decor! (Yes, I think I just made that "style" up). Thank you for your style quiz!


So Accurate!

I thought the quiz was so accurate, I want my friends to do it. I feel I like such a mix of things and the quiz described them all so well!

Lisa G.

A trusted friend

Before I felt overwhelmed by my clutter. Now, I feel like I have a trusted friend alongside me to pull me out of my paralysis with a fresh mindset!


"Home is the most important place on earth."

xo, Shannon