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I pride myself on making amazing style and design accessible for everyone, regardless of location, budget, or ability! My design philosophy is rooted in authenticity + attainability - If I can do it, you can too! My work has been featured in countless publications, but I take the most pride in homeowners that have been personally inspired by my DIY ideas and have tried something in their own homes!

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If you missed all the amazing projects in the first two weeks of CWTS, be sure to check them out below! 


This is so exciting, isn’t it? We’re almost into the final round of our first ever Creating with the Stars contest which is crazy! We know that the contestants are putting in hours and hours of work on their projects each week so that they are the best they possibly can be, and we just have to say that the caliber of their projects is blog star-level!

This week was Sponsored by The Home Depot, and isn’t it amazing what a huge impact a little paint can have?  Ah-mazing! Here’s a little reminder of the epic prizes our Round 3 winner will receive…
$500 Gift Card to Home Depot (Contestant & Blog Star!!)
$100 worth of Martha Stewart supplies from Plaid Crafts
$125 Gift Card to Lucent Lampworks
Project featured by HomeTalk

The votes were neck and neck again this week, with only a few votes separating the top two spots. Only three contestants move on to the finals, so the pressure is really on! Ok, enough of our chatting, let’s get those results!

1. Amanda {Love and Renovations} and Beckie {Infarrantly Creative}

Painted Wall Mural and Dresser
This is Amanda’s second week in a row in the top spot…for good reason! You just can’t ignore that yellow dresser (Monica has a similar painted dresser in her dining room!) and set against that black wall, it’s just stunning! Congrats again, Amanda!
2.  Melissa {5 foot 12 Creations} & Sherry {Young House Love}Painted Chalkboard with Map and Games

3. Sarah {Sarah M. Dorsey Designs} & Brooke {All Things Thrifty}Painted Desk and Accent Wall using Custom Stencils


 Ack, this is just so hard to do (does it ever get easier?!!), but we have to say goodbye to these three amazingly talented women.

4. Sarah {While They Snooze} & Sarah {Thrifty Decor Chick}

Painted Map Coffee Table

5.  Nancy {Owen’s Olivia} & Kari {Ucreate}
Painted Couch featuring a Custom Horse Stencil
6. Janel {Nellie Bellie} & Brittany {Pretty Handy Girl}Aztec Wonder Painted Rug

Seriously, we could cry about having to let Nancy, Sarah and Janel go! You guys are welcome back here anytime. And, now we know who to call when we need something awesome painted!
Here’s the voting break down… the first and second place projects were separated by under 50 votes!! Insane!
Ok, it’s the finals now, people- the last chance these bloggers have to show what they’re made of!
The prizes are stinkin’ awesome this round (and the Blog star gets them too!)
The Grand Prize Winners (Contestant and Blog Star) will each receive:
$500 from Homes.Com
$500 Gift Card to HomeGoods
Project featured by HomeTalk
Next week the challenge is Home Decor– so anything (even a room makeover) is fair game!
Tomorrow we’ll be sharing the tutorial for that amazing mural and yellow dresser! We’ll be so sad when this contest is over and we don’t have these incredible tutorials on our blog anymore!

The comments +

  1. Erin says:

    Aw, loved that rug! Congrats to the final contestants!

  2. I am very surprised that you didn’t disqualify the Chalkboard Wall. Based on my understanding of the rules, and that this competition was to be anonymous, a contestant that does not follow those rules should not be allowed to move forward. I understand that she did not list her name. However she stated that she has 2 kids, she put her kids’ initials on the wall, and she colored in all the states they’ve lived. That seems very much like telling everyone who knows you which project is yours. Each week I voted solely based on my favorite projects and never had any clue which one my friend had done. Except this week, I knew for certain that she had not done the Chalkboard Wall. If I so easily spotted that it wasn’t hers, that means the reverse and all of the friends and family of Chalkboard Wall knew which project to vote for. I am disappointed that you were not more strict with the rules and will not be following this competition or your blog in the future.

  3. Congrats ladies on fantastic projects!!! Good luck!

  4. I came to comment and saw that Heather said exactly what I was going to say. One of the best parts of this competition was the anonymous postings, so that people were being voted for on their talents alone, not because they had the most friends voting. I never knew which entry was my friend’s because she followed the rules and stayed anonymous. I was extremely disappointed to see that the Chalkboard Wall shared so much personal information in a contest where it was strictly stated that personal information would not be shared.

  5. Thanks for following along with CWTS so far. We’re sorry you’re upset about the rules. We love this competition, and feel like we’re doing our best to host it and run it fairly. We have been editing posts, changing things to keep things anonymous and feel that it has been as fair as it can be. Please understand that we’re not a big company running this for TV or something, so we’re trying to extend a little grace and understanding to these rookie bloggers, while still being fair.

    Just so you know a little behind the scenes info, the blogger didn’t color the states they’ve lived in, it was actually the ones they’ve visited or want to visit. We felt like it could be anyone’s post. Also, the one post with the Home Depot Montana, was actually a stock image we got from Home Depot because the blogger lived over 75 miles from HD. Gotta be tricky sometimes.

    We know it’s not 100% perfect, but we think it’s been great and the contestants are really enjoying themselves.

    Monica and Jess

  6. Congrats to the winners! Boy, this contest was a crazy ride! Looking forward to seeing everyone’s Before + Afters!

    • Ooo, I just remembered there’s always next year to kick some butt! 🙂 Don’t think I can wait a whole year though! This is a yearly contest, right?

    • That painted couch was amazing. I was totally stumped on some chairs and now I’m in the process of painting them. Thanks for the idea!!!

    • Thanks Rand and Tracy! My only caution to you is this couch above is not functional. Whether that was due to the poor condition of the fabric on the couch or just the mixture of paint and medium, I don’t know. I would recommend trying a test piece first before jumping in. The couch was a bit crunchy and scratchy, but my couch was in such awful condition too. I’ve read others who have painted furniture and loves theirs, so I guess it just all depends on your preference. Since there were no rules concerning paint, it didn’t matter if the couch was not functional or not, but it makes for a killer staging piece! Best of luck and I hope you read this before you start!

  7. Lyssa says:

    I think anyone who reads the contestants’ blogs would be able to pick out their projects based on the projects they blog about and their particular style or they way they write. It’s not fool proof no matter what you do.

  8. Everyone’s projects were AWESOME! I’m excited and honored to be included! 🙂

  9. Congratulations Amanda & Beckie!! All the projects were amazing, again! Can’t wait for the next round!
    Debbie 🙂

  10. Bonnie says:

    From the stat nerd over here, 3D pie charts are really misleading because the slices int he back take up less visual area than those in the front, even if they represent a larger percentage.

  11. Sarah McK says:

    The playroom wall was my favorite and I has no idea who made any of them. I came to vote day 1 and the playroom wall wasn’t even on the ballot. I’m sad for them bc if it was added layer and still in number two then it probably would have won! :/ they were ALL amazing, though. Such talent!

  12. Catherine says:

    Oh my, a couple of my favorites were in the bottom this week. Such a bummer! Thanks so much for the inspiration, gals!

  13. T.D. says:

    I love this competition. All the projects are absolutely fabulous!

    I wrote a post on my favorites from Rounds 2 & 3 here:

    Hope I can make it into the competition next year.

  14. […] on her site.   Painted desk and accent wall using custom stencils   Just today, East Coast Creative announced Sarah was in the top three again with this project so check back in the next few days for […]

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