How to Paint Trim


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First coat on the trim. You can see the difference from the bright white vs. the cream.

I’ve officially been working out of my home office for a few months. Three days before the officially move in earlier this summer, I decided it was the perfect time to start painting. I finally bit the bullet and painted all the trim, baseboards, and doors in the room. After the first, and very scary, swipe of paint, I couldn’t help but smile. I also couldn’t help but say out loud, “Why did it take this long to do this?”

Painting the trim was one of the easiest painting project’s I’ve tackled in this house, and that’s saying something. I’ve painted a lot of rooms in our home so far. But after seeing the contrast between the cream paint on the closet doors next to the newly painted white trim, I know that I will continue to update the trim throughout the entire house. Not all at once, but I know it’s a task I can handle moving forward.

After lots of Pinterest DIY research, Facebook polls, I simply walked into Sherwin Williams and asked what they recommend for updating trim. Thankfully our builders used the same Sherwin Williams store and they knew what I was working with – wood trim that was sprayed with latex paint (Vanilla Cream to be exact).


Working my way around the room, I simply taped off the carpet and used the taping knife as a guide.

They recommended that I lightly sand, wipe down with a damp cloth, then two coats of their Trim and Door paint in semi-gloss or satin, depending on preference. So, that’s exactly what I did. Over three days I tackled the door and window trim, baseboards, closet doors, and finally decided to paint the back of the door leading into the room. I left the front of the door cream, because I know once I take the leap and paint the front of the door, I’ll have to move into the hallway. Right now my moto is, “One room at a time.”

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I didn’t bother taping off any of the walls (despite what it looks like in the photo below, you can see I didn’t bother taping any other side of the door or windows) because I went on to paint over the taupe walls with bright white paint. I left the back wall untouched because I installed a removeable wallpaper mural from Walls Need Love and didn’t want to waste another gallon of paint just to cover it up.


First coat on the door, I was definitely nervous to tackle the doors.

For the closet doors and the back of the door leading into the space, I followed the same process. I lightly sanded the doors, wiped them down, and then used the brush for the edges of the panels. I painted each section with a foam roller and then went over it, with long brush strokes to even out the paint. The paint is leveling, so even when it didn’t look like it when the paint was wet, it dried smooth.


Slightly blurry but that’s because I’m jumping for joy. No more cream trim!

Check out the before and after shots below, the complete office reveal will be up within the few weeks – I can’t wait to share!

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Featured Image by Cassandra Monroe Photography for The Brunette One


My Style: Midi Dress



gifted Romwe Dress // Steven Madden Sandals // Old Navy Tote Bag

 This, my internet friends, is hands down my favorite dress of the summer. It’s light weight, comfortable, and stylish. September has slowly crept up on us and I’m going to get as much wear out of this midi dress as possible until tight season arrives, and if the temperature drops, just add a light jean jacket or utility jacket!

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Fashion / Sponsored

#50Styles50States with Old Navy


I’m so excited to be partnering with Old Navy & on their 50 Styles, 50 States campaign! They’ve asked a blogger in each state to share their unique state style, and I’m representing Iowa!

Iowans have a keen sense of personal style. We focus on creating effortless looks that balance both form and function. Des Moines is a hub for art, food, and culture that easily influences the fashion choices we make. We often look for versatility in our wardrobe that can easily transition from days spent in the office to catching the latest show at the Civic Center, wandering around the Farmer’s Market, catching the latest restaurant opening in Western Gateway Park, or a concert in the East Village.

The-Brunette-One_Old-Navy_4With an office renovation in the works, my day-to-day working environment is always changing. I often find myself traveling to my favorite coffee spots around Des Moines to get a change of scenery from my home office. You can often find me catching up on emails and tackling my to-do list at an East Village favorite, the Scenic Route Bakery. I love that I can meet coworkers for meetings between site visits (I work in office furniture and design at Pigott, Inc.) or spend time sipping coffee after hours catching up with fellow creatives.

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I try my best to get ready everyday, as I never know what will unfold. Finding a wardrobe that is effortless, comfortable, and versatile is key. I prefer to wear my Old Navy mid-rise super skinny ankle jeans in a dark wash paired with a patterned tank for my daily uniform. I always keep a neutral sweater in my bag just in case the AC is turned on high. Heels aren’t practical during the day for me, but that doesn’t mean I skimp on shoe style. A punch of color can pull an entire look together, and that’s exactly what these ballet flats do. It’s a balance of form and function around here!


Summer is on the brink of ending and I’m trying to soak up as much outdoor time as possible in Des Moines. This means spending Saturday mornings at the farmer’s market. Picking up my fresh veggies and flowers for the week ahead, and splurging on my favorite sweet rolls from Mast Family Farm at the farmer’s market. Public art installations are something that you can always find around Des Moines, so it wouldn’t be a stop at the Farmer’s Market and RoCA (one of the best spots for cocktails and appetizers before seeing a show at the Civic Center), to snap a photo of the mural wall. Yes – this is the wall featured on Chris’ season of The Bachelor!

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Old Navy provides affordable, on-trend, and versatile pieces that I can mix and match with my current wardrobe. I swear by the ‘3-Outfit’ rule. If you can style 1 piece at least three ways, you know you’ll get your cost per wear out of the piece. Swapping out a pair of skinnies for shorts and swapping flats for espadrilles, I’m soaking up every last drop of sunshine summer has to offer, the moods of Mother Nature can change in an instant, so it’s always best to be prepared!

Speaking of Mother Nature, while she is on our side, make sure to check out all Des Moines, Iowa has to offer with this list of ‘Where to Eat and What to Do in Des Moines’:

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So now it’s your turn. Upload your favorite Old Navy outfit and tag @OldNavy #OldNavyStyle #50Styles50States and let everyone see your outfit inspired by your favorite hometown haunts! To see how others in your state styled their favorite outfits, check out the #50Styles50States round up on People!

Look 1: Open Front Cardigan / Trapeze Tank / Skinny Ankle Jeans / Pink Flats / Faux Leather Tote / Necklace (only sold in Old Navy stores)

Look 2: Trapeze Tank / Faux Leather Tote / Espadrilles (purchased in store, no longer online)

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Photography by Cassandra Monroe Photography by Cassandra Monroe

This post is sponsored by Collectively and Old Navy. All opinions are my own.