Remodelaholic http://www.remodelaholic.com Let us help you remodel your house from builder grade to BEAUTIFUL! DIY projects that reduce, reuse, recycle, repurpose, and remodel on a budget! Fri, 25 Jul 2014 12:00:39 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.1 Transform IKEA cubbies into a Pottery Barn console http://www.remodelaholic.com/2014/07/transform-ikea-cubbies-pottery-barn-console/ http://www.remodelaholic.com/2014/07/transform-ikea-cubbies-pottery-barn-console/#respond Fri, 25 Jul 2014 12:00:39 +0000 http://www.remodelaholic.com/?p=58680  Hey all,  Corey here from Sawdust 2 Stitches and I am back with an mind blowing idea….  you ready ?  I  am going to show you how to completely  TRANSFORM  a  very boxy, cheap, modular shelving unit, into a gorgeous, Pottery Barn-esque apothecary console.  Let me preface  by saying this,  I do love Ikea.  I […]

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 Hey all,  Corey here from Sawdust 2 Stitches and I am back with an mind blowing idea….  you ready ?  I  am going to show you how to completely  TRANSFORM  a  very boxy, cheap, modular shelving unit, into a gorgeous, Pottery Barn-esque apothecary console.

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 Let me preface  by saying this,  I do love Ikea.  I have nothing against it.  Truth be told I  have quite a few items from there including this :

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     We purchased this “Media Shelf”  shortly  after we got married from the “scratch and dent” area of Ikea  for $45.00, and I was  super EXCITED about it… for a while.Then one very romantic Valentine’s Day,  Andrew bought  me a miter saw.  That is when my life changed, and subsequently so did all my furniture.

This was a very simple makeover that  did not require a lot of  know how.  It already  had a sturdy structure, all  I did was give it a little facelift.

This is how I turned an Ikea shelf into a Pottery Barn-esque apothecary console.

Tutorial: IKEA Cubbies into Apothecary Console

 Materials Used:

  •  Old Ikea shelf or something similar
  • 1×2′s
  • 1×4′s
  • 2×4′s
  • 2×8′s
  • Lattice Strips
  • Liquid Nails
  • Stain
  • Foam Brushes
  • Drawer Pulls
  • Magnetic Catches

 Tools Suggested :

  • Nail Gun
  • Compressor
  • Table Saw
  • Miter  Saw
  • Sander

 

The Console

I started  by beefing up the base.  I wanted it to sit higher off the floor, and also give it some variation in  widths. ( It was all soooo repetitive and boxy.) I used 2×4′s.

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Once the 2×4′s were secured to the base with screws,  I flipped it right side up.   Using 1×4′s  I created a base that  would cover the 2×4′s and the base of the console.

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  I simply  tacked the 1×4′s straight to the 2×4′s!  Voila,  instant height.

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Same story for the top.  I wanted  to beef it up. Only this time I didn’t want it as thick as the base,  so I used 1×4′s instead of 2×4′s.  Again,  I  just  tacked it in place,  giving the top  some extra  visual weight.

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For the top  I  used 2×8′s and cut them so that there would be a little bit of hangover on the top.   Gives it a nice finished top, and looks so much more expensive than the cheapy laminate!

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Once the top of the console was in place I  trimmed  out the top of the shelf. ( Basically  repeating the same steps  from the base.  Only this time I was covering the 1×4′s.)

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I knew I was  working against gravity at this point,  so I  glued, and nailed the top trim pieces in place.

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Once the  base and top  were completed I moved on to the sides. Starting with the corners.

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I ended up doing miter corners,  using my  table saw.  ( You can always  just  use a 1×3″ and 1×2″ and and have them butt into each other.)

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Again,   I glued them in place and tacked them in place with a nail gun.

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Once the corners were completed, I had to tackle the far sides…

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I used a 1×2 to frame in the rest of the side,  leaving a large open ugly laminate area.

I  decided to use lattice,  because is has a much  smaller profile and would  create  depth.  That,  and I just love the look of it, and it’s cheap!

Using a sander I scuffed up the laminate,  because I was planning out using glue to help  hold the lattice in place, and everything sticks better to non-glossy  surfaces.

I simply measured, cut, glued, nailed, and then repeated on both sides of the console.

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Just  keep  going until it looks a little something like this.

At this point you can easily  call it good enough and move on to painting and/or staining.   But not me.  I had to go all “Corey” on it.  I decided to hide any evidences of laminate. Including the  the shelf fronts.

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media center remodelaholics  strips Once  I had completely covered all traces of laminate,  I moved on the “drawer” front.

Drawer Fronts:

I am going to warn you, these are not all  functioning sliding drawers.  I was planning on hiding a lot of random stuff like…

Hide it  remodelaholics.com   For items like printers,  computers, and routers,   the idea of a drawer wouldn’t work, and  because of the look I was trying to create  hinges were not an option either.  So, I will show you a  short cut that  I used.

I started by  making the drawer fronts.  I wanted variation, so some are planked , and others are solid wood.  Here is an example of a planked front:

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1.)  I cut a piece of paneling  that was the dimensions of the  cubby  opening.  I also cut 1×4′s the same width.

2.)  Using liquid nails I adhered the planks on to the piece of paneling.

3.) After it   had completely dried I sanded  it.

4.) It’s now ready for stain and hardware.

Once  I had made all my drawer fronts,  using  1×2′s I cut two strips of wood  that were the same  width of  EACH cubby. (These will be used  to install the drawers front. )

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The strips of wood that I cut out of 1×2′s  are  used  to  keep the drawer front in place.   The “drawer” panel will rest against the wood slats and the magnetic  catch will hold it in place.  This system works PERFECTLY  for appliances like  printers, comps, routers, etc!

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I  personally  did make a few drawers to hold the kids toys and diapers.  (I won’t be going into that today) But if you have your heart set on it,  it is totally  doable.

If the idea of making drawers sounds overwhelming,  maybe you should consider making some simple crates ?  Possibly  using decorative baskets ? Ikea  also makes a whole line of baskets meant to fit their shelves.  The possibilities are endless!

Finish Work:

Now that you have completed the wood working process,  fill-in any holes with wood  filler,  then follow up by sanding and give everything a nice smooth finish.

Once filled and sanded,  I  stained , and applied  polyurethane to it.

I used:

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The icing on the cake is the pulls/handles/knobs.  I  actually  found these “label” pulls on ebay!? They were dang cheap and work perfectly  for this project.  They were originally BRIGHT  brass,   I muted them a bit  but dusting them lightly  with and  “Oil Rubbed Bronze” spray paint.

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That’s all there is to it folks!  Stuff as much crap as you want in  those cubbies,  because no one ever has to to see   that you have half your house hidden in the media center.

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Just look at how much stuff this thing can hide!  It is functional,  beautiful, and  in the same  price range as an Ikea shelf!  Not too shabby folks!

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If you  loved this Ikea makeover you might like this Copper Ikea Shelf   makeover  too!
Thanks for stopping by, and take luck!

Corey

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IKEA’s basic furniture makes a great base for a DIY project! Check out these other projects that have started from humble basic furniture beginnings:

Little Girls Upholstered Bed

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Built-in Closet Hackbuilt-in wardrobe closet, Remodelaholic

Bunk Bed into Cottage Playhousesherwin williams national painting week remodelaholic.com (37 of 40)

Copper Pipe Geometric Pendant Lightgeometric icosahedron copper pipe pendant light, The Gathered Home on Remodelaholic

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11 Awesome Before & Afters

We all can agree (I hope!) that the most satisfying part of a great DIY job is looking at the before and after pictures. Even if a project takes a long time to get to the after, or if you’ve been living a long time with the before — the finished product is OH so satisfying. So we want to show off some of our favorite before and afters that were linked up at last week’s party – and if you missed these great before and afters, go check them out, too!

AND — we’re going to be making a few changes to the link party, starting next week. Beginning in August, we’re extending the link party to be a whole MONTH long! Because while a weekend party is awesome and we love having each of you come with us, we also know that weekends are prime DIYing or relaxing times and not always the times that you want to be spending online partying with us. So, we’ll just be having one party that will go for the whole month! (and you can come link up new projects at any time throughout the month — and we’ll be pinning and featuring our favorites throughout the whole month, too, in addition to a favorites round-up)

So, scroll on down and link up your home projects and DIYs below! If you are featured here or on social media, feel free to grab a button.  Be sure that you follow us on Facebook, Google+, and Twitter so you can see if you are featured! We also pin some of our favorites on our Reader Features board every week, so we’d love to have you follow us there, too!

Featured in this week’s slideshow (navigate the slideshow by using the Next button above, or by clicking the project title below):

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REMODELAHOLICS ANONYMOUS Weekend Party

Remember, you can link up to 3 home posts/projects of any kind to be featured, but we are also looking for projects following a weekly theme to include in an upcoming weekend Top Ten post. This week’s theme is: UNDER $50. Projects that don’t break the bank are kind of our thing, so show us yours!

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Yes, you read that right — a new Remodelaholic newsletter! We understand that DIYing is a tough job, and it doesn’t always leave time for a whole lot of browsing blogs and social media. So, we are thrilled to bring our DIY projects and tutorials straight to your email inbox. We have two options for you:

#1: A new and improved DAILY email so you can easily see what’s new on the blog each morning.

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If you’ve already been receiving our daily email updates, then we’ve transferred you to our new, sleeker daily email list — we’d love to know what you think! (You might need to check your spam folder and add hello(at)remodelaholic.com to your address book to ensure that you receive our new emails. Or, if you use Gmail, just watch the Promotions tab, and when you see our next email, drag it over to the Primary tab so that you’ll never miss an email!)

If you subscribe to our RSS feed in a reader, no need to change a thing! And thanks!

#2: The brand new semi-monthly Best of Remodelaholic newsletter

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This newsletter email will be delivered every 2-3 weeks and shares our favorite recent tutorials and inspiration. Plus, we plan on having a few sneak peeks and maybe even some exclusives for our newsletter subscribers, so you really should sign up!

See the full version of the newsletter (pictured above) HERE
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Just fill out the form below, and then click the link in your confirmation email, and you’ll be on your way to having us in your inbox!

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Americana: A Red, White, and Blue Mud Room Mood Board http://www.remodelaholic.com/2014/07/americana-red-white-blue-mud-room-mood-board/ http://www.remodelaholic.com/2014/07/americana-red-white-blue-mud-room-mood-board/#respond Wed, 23 Jul 2014 12:00:00 +0000 http://www.remodelaholic.com/?p=58722 Hello again! I’m Dawn from DesigningDawn.com back this month with another mood-board for your decoration inspiration. As always, if you’ve missed any of my previous inspiration posts here on Remodelaholic, you can always check those out here. This month, I was inspired by our national holiday to come up with a red, white, and blue […]

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Hello again! I’m Dawn from DesigningDawn.com back this month with another mood-board for your decoration inspiration. As always, if you’ve missed any of my previous inspiration posts here on Remodelaholic, you can always check those out here. This month, I was inspired by our national holiday to come up with a red, white, and blue themed room that works all year round.

So I realize the 4th of July is over, but in honor of this month, I thought a somewhat patriotic room would be fun. Especially if it had the added challenge of not being too themey. Something that looks great all year, but with a distinctly American feel to it.

It seems like a lot of what I see as far as July decor, falls well within the ‘country craft’ style. I’m channeling Jerry Springer as I add “not that there’s anything wrong with that”, but country craft just isn’t my usual style. So I gave myself the added challenge of designing this room with a more modern feel to it.

I started with some inspiration rooms that I thought had the right color scheme, with a fun twist:

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Found on smallplacestyle.blogspot.com.au

 

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Found on bhg.com

 

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Found on bhg.com

 

Designed by Emily Henderson

Designed by Emily Henderson

 

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Found on etsy.com

 

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Found on thistlewoodfarms.com

 

And finally, here’s what I cam up with for my own mood board, and I thought that a mud room would be a fun place to add this look and feel.

Americana MoodBoard by Designing Dawn for Remodelaholic.com

Click here to see all the sources for this mood board.

Keeping some rustic elements mixed in with the bright red, white, and blue color scheme helps it feel more lived in, and I like mixing patterns and textures to give the room some interest and depth. I really wanted a vintage, Americana feeling, without an overwhelming U.S.A. theme, so I stuck with some artwork that can be both graphical- with bold colors and vivid imagery, as well as representational- since the subject matter in several pieces is fairly patriotic.

I also added in accessories that I think have a classic Americana vibe, without going overboard. Things like a rustic barn light, a galvanized metal drink bucket, and a vintage Kit-Cat clock.

I think, overall, it is exactly the right mix of patriotism and style!

Thanks again to Cassity & the Remodelaholic team for having me here again today and every month. If you like what you see, be sure to visit me over on my blog, DesigningDawn, or follow along on Facebook, Pinterest, or Twitter. Have a great day, friends!

-Dawn

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Try more classic year-round Americana decor with our picks for red:

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white(wash):

how to whitewash wood for a plank wall, Maison de Pax on Remodelaholic

and blue!

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Guess What?!

WE’RE CELEBRATING

“BACK TO SCHOOL”

WITH A HUGE GIVEAWAY!

Summer is just flying by and those kiddos will be heading back to school before you know it. We know that back to school shopping can be stressful and expensive. Especially if you have more than one child. So…

We want to help YOU out with your back to school shopping!

Yep, that’s right! We wanted to say THANK YOU to our fabulous Pinterest followers so we collaborated with some of our VERY FAVORITE peeps on Pinterest and we’re going to help one family with ALL their back to school needs!

 

One LUCKY Family Will WIN Our….

 

Back to School Giveaway! Come enter to win $500 in prizes!!
 

THIS INCLUDES

School Supplies for an Older

AND Younger Child!

Back to School Giveaway! Come enter to win $500 in prizes!!

 

FOR AN OLDER CHILD:

JanSport Classic Backpack- you pick the color!

Insulated Lunch Tote

Camelbak Water Bottle

Crayola Third through Fifth Grade Supply Pack

Crayola Sixth through Eighth Grade Supply Pack

Middle School / High School Student Planner

My School Years Picture Frame

 

AND

Back to School Giveaway! Come enter to win $500 in prizes!!

FOR A YOUNGER CHILD:

Skip Hop Zoo Little Kid Backpack- choose your own animal

Skip Hop Zoo Straw Bottle- choose your own animal

Skip Hop Zoo Insulated Lunch Bag- choose your own animal

Crayola Kindergarten Supply Pack

Crayola First and Second Grade Supply Pack

Elementary School Student Planner

School Years Memory Book

 

PLUS $200 in Amazon Gift Cards for Back to School Clothes Shopping!

Back to School Giveaway! Come enter to win $500 in prizes!!

 

**That’s $500 in Prizes**

CAN YOU EVEN BELIEVE IT?!

Let us help you get ALL your back to school shopping done! YOU could be the family excitedly awaiting allllll of the fun goodies above to be SHIPPED to YOU!

But before you enter, you should definitely…

CHECK OUT OUR FAVORITE PEEPS ON PINTEREST!

These girls will seriously fill your feed with all sorts of fun and creative eye candy! Just click on the name of each site to check ‘em out…


  • The Dating Divas- Each Monday, the Divas offer a fabulous date idea already completely planned out for your upcoming weekend. Throughout the rest of the week, they offer FREE flirty tips, tricks, tutorials, & darling printables to keep the romance alive and the sparks flying’.
  • The 36th Avenue - The 36th Avenue is your number one destination for easy DIY projects, free printables, adorable handmade gifts and holiday ideas, delicious recipes and everything EXTRAORDINARY!
  • Somewhat Simple - Somewhat Simple is THE PLACE for creative inspiration. Get inspired by thousands of simple projects, recipes, crafts, and more!
  • Kara’s Party Ideas - Kara Allen is the party designer, author, dessert stylist & creator behind THE place for ALL things PARTY- KarasPartyIdeas.com. Kara’s Party Ideas holds millions of party ideas you can search, party recipes, a party supply shop, a fab party book, fun worldwide party workshops, an app & more!
  • Mod Podge Rocks - Mod Podge Rocks is a collection of tutorials and how-tos featuring the world’s greatest decoupage medium. Come visit Amy for tons of inspiration.
  • One Good Thing by Jillee - One Good Thing by Jillee is dedicated to sharing one good thing a day that makes life a little more simple, affordable, wholesome, and joyful! Millions of people look to “Jillee” each month for tips on living a more frugal and healthy life. Learn how to enrich your life while conserving time, money, and resources.
  • Kids Activities Blog - Kids Activities Blog is overflowing with fun crafts, art projects, games and activities for kids- most with contents from your kitchen junk drawer!
  • Living Well, Spending Less - Living Well, Spending Less is all about the adventure of finding the Good Life on a budget… because a life well lived is not so much about what we have as who we are.
  • Remodelaholic - If your goal is to make your house a home, then come to Remodelaholic.com. They will teach you the best ways to update your house and design and decorate your home on a budget. Go from builder grade to beautiful with their help.
  • Lil’ LunaLil’ Luna is the one-stop to find all things creative! Come on over to find inexpensive & unique crafts, DIY projects, recipes, gift ideas, and more for any occasion.
  • Craftaholics Anonymous- At Craftaholics Anonymous Linda shares all sorts of fun and creative tips & tricks, crafts, tutorials, holiday ideas, and DIY home decor.

 

JUST THINK OF THE AMAZING THINGS ALL OF THESE BLOGGERS PIN EVERY DAY!

 

What are you WAITING for?

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GIVEAWAY DETAILS:

This giveaway will run for 1 week and end on July 30, 2014 at 11:59PM MST 
Must be a resident of the U.S. to enter.
Winner will be chosen randomly and will be notified via email within 48 hours of the giveaway closing

There is just ONE step to enter the giveaway…

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Good Luck!

 

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Picking Roofing with GAF http://www.remodelaholic.com/2014/07/picking-roofing/ http://www.remodelaholic.com/2014/07/picking-roofing/#respond Tue, 22 Jul 2014 16:00:00 +0000 http://www.remodelaholic.com/?p=56757 I talked to you a few weeks ago about how Justin and I were wanting to build a house sometime this year, and SURPRISE.. we bought a fixer upper instead.  We’ve got a whole lot to do, you can see some of what we are doing on Instagram! Trying to figure out all the finishes can […]

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I talked to you a few weeks ago about how Justin and I were wanting to build a house sometime this year, and SURPRISE.. we bought a fixer upper instead.  We’ve got a whole lot to do, you can see some of what we are doing on Instagram!

Trying to figure out all the finishes can be overwhelming!!   Since I like to play around with the interior of my home so much I want to make sure that the exterior is set to begin with!  So, I thought I would partner with GAF Roofing today to talk about roofing choices.  And I’ve had a lot of fun surfing through the great roofing options.  There are beautiful options available and I thought I would show you four of those options today!

If you are in the market for new roofing, be sure to head over to this fun style guide on GAF roofing’s website.  It is interesting to see how a lifestyle could be interpreted into a roofing product.  For example, if you are into sports and a rugged style, try this  Grand Canyon(R) and Grand Sequoia(R) shingle style…

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I LOVE this idea for helping someone determine their style!

 I really think that if you pick the right style of roofing to compliment your home’s style that it will make a huge difference in the overall appearance of your home.

For example my first home, where we lived and learned to love remodeling, was a basic Cape Cod style home and SO much of the roof was visible.  Unfortunately for us, the roofing color was very outdated and we couldn’t afford to replace it, so we just had to deal with the look.  If we could have chosen something more neutral, and stylish I think that the roof would have actually made our house more appealing overall.  So don’t underestimate the importance of the look of your shingle!

Okay, so let’s look at some shingle styles:

First Timberline(R) American Harvest(TM):

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This shingle is great for homes with larger more visible roofs because it offers a lot of subtle color blends to break up a vast space.   The colors are designed to complement your home’s exterior color scheme, and will give you that modern architectural style you want!   Its custom color palette, features contrasting colors that are designed to enhance your home’s exterior and give it unexpected depth and beauty. Bonus, this roofing has received the Women’s Choice Award and the Good Housekeeping Seal, and Timberline (R) Shingle Family is the #1-selling shingle in all of North America.

Sienna (R):

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This shingle is SO neat!  I love how well it works for a Victorian style home (or an adorable cottage!)   These are the Sienna(R) Shingles, and I love how their unique diamond shape is such a fun alternative to standard architectural shingles.  They come in some great color options to complement virtually any exterior color scheme.  These Sienna(R) Shingles offer the beauty of a luxury designer shingle…but an incredibly affordable price – just pennies-a-day more than standard architectural shingles!!

Woodland(R):

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Close up photo of GAF's Woodland Castlewood Gray shingle swatch

These have the stylish look of hand-cut shingles!  Woodland(R) Shingles combine rustic charm with 21st-century style that will make your home look spectacular.   I love the dimension that the dark shadowing gives to the overall look of the roof.

 

Finally, when I was looking through the style guides on the GAF website I found this and it really does feel like home to me!

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So,  my personal favorite shingle style: Camelot (R)

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I love the added dimension the stacked shingle gives!  This color especially, the Camelot(R) Williamsburg Slate – Swoon!  It is so awesome!  It looks just like what it is named for, Slate!   But without the high cost, since budget is such an important concern for us!

What shingles are your favorite?

This post contains a paid endorsement of GAF, but the opinions expressed are my own.

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