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How to Remove Wallpaper

How to Remove Wallpaper

We kicked off a makeover of our guest bedroom and the first task on the to-do list was to remove the existing wallpaper. How to remove wallpaper is not difficult, it’s just tedious and requires some patience. We tried a couple of different methods and this is what worked best for us.

How to Remove Wallpaper

What you need:

  • Wallpaper Steamer
  • Scoring Tool
  • Plastic Putty Knife (we didn’t need to use with our removal method)
  • Wall Texture Spray (if required)
  • Old Towels
  • Trash Bin Nearby
  • Lots of time 😉

First, score the wallpaper using the scoring tool. This perforates the wallpaper allowing the steam to penetrate the paper and reach the wallpaper adhesive easily.

We scoured the wallpaper using a circular movement.

The next step is to steam the wallpaper. The wallpaper steamer heats up the adhesive and allows the wallpaper to be peeled off. First, allow the steamer to heat up, which can take 15-20 minutes. Using the largest steam plate, hold the plate on the wallpaper for a minute or so and move to the next section.

We found that it was easier and quicker to remove the patterned part of the paper first, and then steam off the backing.… Read more

2020 Project Recap & 2021 Project Outlook

2020 Project Recap & 2021 Project Outlook

Happy almost New Year! Baby Shiloh was the highlight of the year for us but we managed to complete and/or start a few projects around the Daly Digs. Here’s a recap of the home projects we accomplished in 2020 and a preview of what’s to come in 2021.

2020 Project Recap

  • Back Patio Gravel Extension – To tide us over until we get a pool, we added a gravel entertaining space off of our back patio. It was a quick, inexpensive weekend project and one we get a lot of use out of.

  • Nursery – We turned an untouched, drab upstairs bedroom into a cute nursery for our little gal. We installed the custom vertical wall paneling and whimsical wallpaper and completely transformed the room.



green girls nursery with wallpaper

  • Nursery Bathroom – While we were at it in the nursery, we decided to do a quick, budget-friendly makeover of the nursery en suite bathroom. Although we came in a little over-budget, I wouldn’t change a thing and I’m so glad we finished it before baby Shiloh arrived.



nursery bathroom

  • Porch Ceiling – Our front porch has been a work in progress.
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Holiday Gift Ideas & My Christmas Wish List

Holiday Gift Ideas & My Christmas Wish List

If you’re still in need of some last-minute gift ideas, here are 11 things I think would make great gifts. I’m also sharing my Christmas wish list so you can see what I’m wishing for and maybe you’ll find a good gift idea there too!

Holiday Gift Ideas 2020

1. Sourdough Kit  Sourdough has taken the world by storm this year! I have yet to jump on the bandwagon personally, but maybe if I had this kit and this 2. Sourdough Book,  I would!

3. Slippers You can’t ever go wrong with slippers and I love this suede version.

4. Apple HomePod Mini We recently invested in the HomePod and a few mini versions to put around our house. We struggle with acoustics because of the openness of our home but these babies have helped tremendously! I love that you can play music in the entire house or if you want to play something different in another room, you can do that too.

5. Cheese Knives Because who doesn’t love cheese?

6. Butter Bell This little gadget will forever be on my gift guide because it’s unique and so useful.… Read more

Guest Bedroom Makeover Introduction and My Design Process

Guest Bedroom Makeover Introduction and My Design Process

I shared on Instagram my plans for a makeover of our guest bedroom. We decorated and furnished the room as part of the One Room Challenge back in 2017. Since then, my style has evolved. At the time I was having a boho moment and we piecemealed what we had to furnish the room. Now it’s time for a little refresh! I want the room to feel less playful and more grown-up. I’m going for a collected farmhouse vibe with some drama in the paint. I’m considering a dark or bold color.  A guest room is a great space to have some fun in. I am also considering a simple wall treatment, perhaps a chair or picture rail and/or crown molding.

My Design Process

It’s very early in the design process and I have only nailed down a couple of pieces for the room so I’m going to talk a little about my design process. This is the gist of how I approach designing a new space for myself or for a client.

Step 1: Ask yourself how you want the space to feel.

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Black and Green Edgy Farmhouse Christmas Tree

Black and Green Edgy Farmhouse Christmas Tree

It’s that time of year! I’m excited to be participating in the My Home Style Christmas Tree Blog Hop again this year hosted by my friend Stephanie. If you’re hopping over from Tag & Tibby, welcome! A total of 30 bloggers shared a variety of Christmas tree looks! Each blogger and their Christmas tree blog post is linked at the end so please hop around. This year I brought in some drama and added black accents to create an edgy farmhouse Christmas tree. Let’s get into it! 

Black & Green Edgy Farmhouse Christmas Tree

We have a 12′ mixed needle Christmas tree from the At Home store. This tree really calls for some large bulb ornaments so I used my existing white glitter ones and added smaller ornaments in black, white and green.

Black velvet ribbon adds a little drama and edge to the tree but I balanced it with white ornaments, white snowflake ribbon and some wood-toned ornaments.

I like to change up my shelf styling on the built-in to match the tree so I used existing bottle-brush trees I had from last year with a few new purchases sprinkled in.… Read more

Thanksgiving Tabletop Inspiration with DIY Dyed Table Runner

Thanksgiving Tabletop Inspiration with DIY Dyed Table Runner

Did you know you can use Rit dye to dye something any color you can imagine? For my Thanksgiving tablescape, I decided to dye this mesh table runner I have a deep mustard color for my fall themed table.

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DIY Dyed Table Runner

The Rit website gives you formulas and instructions for a plethora of colors. I chose “blooming marigold” which called for golden yellow and tan Rit dye.

After my experiment, I was left with a gorgeous, rich ochre-colored table runner perfect for a fall-themed table.

Thanksgiving Tabletop Inspiration

For my Thanksgiving tablescape, I shopped my house and didn’t purchase anything besides some grocery store flowers.

For my tablescape, I started with the table runner and spread it down the center of the table keeping some folds and ripples in it for movement and interest. Vintage brass candlesticks hold tapers for an ambiance that only candlelight can provide. A large DIY floral arrangement in the middle using supermarket flowers and some dried eucalyptus I had on hand.… Read more

Kitchen Remodel with Green Semihandmade Cabinets: Client Project

Kitchen Remodel with Green Semihandmade Cabinets: Client Project

I’m excited to finally share this project! I started working with my lovely client almost exactly one year after photographing her finished kitchen. She and her hubby purchased a very eclectic sprawling home in downtown St. Pete. They started renovating right away and the kitchen was at the top of their list.  The previous kitchen felt small for the size of the home. Walls were removed to open it up and windows were relocated to allow for additional wall cabinetry. My client mentioned early on that she wanted to go with IKEA cabinets and Semihandamde fronts (same thing we did in our kitchen) and that she was considering green for the cabinetry. A kitchen with custom green Semihandmade cabinets?!? I was all in from the get-go!

For more behind-the-scenes on this project, check out my “client work” highlight folder on Instagram.

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The Before:

The home had very eclectic previous owners. The kitchen was small and boxy and did no justice for the home.… Read more

The Reveal: A Green Girls’ Nursery for Baby Shiloh

The Reveal: A Green Girls’ Nursery for Baby Shiloh

It’s finally here! I’m sharing all the details of the green girls’ nursery we created for little Shiloh. We transformed a drab bedroom into a cute oasis for our little babe. From the custom DIY wall paneling and trim to the wallpaper, this room was a labor of love.

Be sure to check out the other posts about the nursery:

The Nursery Design Plan and the Before 

Nursery Update: Wall Treatment Progress

Also, have you seen the nursery en suite bathroom reveal? At the last minute we decided to update the nursery bathroom in conjunction with the nursery and I’m so happy we did.

As always, before we get started, let’s take a look at where we started in this room.

Shop our Nursery:

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The Nursery: Before

Aside from installing new floors, we hadn’t done much in this room since purchasing our home 4 years ago. It served as a catchall/work out room.… Read more

Porch Makeover Part 1: Farmhouse Porch with Brick Steps

Porch Makeover Part 1: Farmhouse Porch with Brick Steps

We finished this project a while ago but I realized I never blogged it! The porch ceiling project is wrapping up so I thought I’d break up the posts. Today I’m going to share all about our farmhouse porch with brick steps including the staining process.

FYI, there is a highlight folder dedicated to the “porch makeover” project on my Instagram profile with videos detailing the project from the start.

Farmhouse Porch Deck Staining Saga

The first thing we did as part of our porch makeover was staining the deck. The porch deck boards are installed in a cool herringbone-like pattern, a detail we really love. But the boards were never sealed so the porch was looking a little drab and may of the boards needed to be replaced due to age and weathering.

The first thing we did was pressure was the porch and replaced worn boards. If your deck is in bad shape you may also want to opt for a deck cleaner. After the boards dried completely, we taped off the siding of the house and began the staining process using a roller.… Read more

Our Birth Story

Our Birth Story

I’m 7 weeks postpartum and finally feel like I’m ready to share the story of how our little girl came into the world. When I was pregnant and would speak to others about my birth preferences, the one thing I was repeatedly told was to remain flexible and understand that things don’t always go to plan. Boy were they right.

The last photo before I went into labor. I was 41 weeks and 2 days.

A Little Backstory.

When I was pregnant I spent a lot of time preparing for the birth of our daughter. I wanted to have a birth with the least amount of intervention possible, assuming she and I were both healthy and thriving. I read many books, medical trials, discussion boards, and evidence-based websites and articles. We hired a doula and trained for Hypnobirthing. We could have never anticipated a global pandemic that would prevent our doula from being in the hospital room during labor. Nonetheless, we felt well-prepared, educated, and armed with the knowledge to make informed decisions. Aside from a healthy baby and mamma, my most important birth preferences were to avoid a c-section, avoid an induction, avoid an epidural and I really wanted to have a happy birth memory.… Read more