Lindsay Ballard authors the popular DIY home decor blog Makely School for Girls. She strives to help her readers easily create vibrant spaces that combine individual family needs with an eclectic flair.


How to Use Paint Chips to Make Color Choices Easier

by Lindsay Ballard on August 26th, 2014

Believe it or not, all of those little rectangle paint chips on a paint store’s wall serve more purpose than to just to make your paint color choices…

Categories: Color, How to Paint


Designing a Color Palette Inspired by Caribbean Colors

by Lindsay Ballard on July 29th, 2014

My husband and I recently returned from a dream trip to the Southern Caribbean, complete with the absence of the Internet, cell phones and our children….

Categories: Color, Inspiration


Using Graphic Paint Patterns As Contemporary Art

by Lindsay Ballard on June 17th, 2014

One of the things that I hear a lot from my blog readers is that they are scared to hang artwork after they give their walls a fresh coat of paint. The…

Categories: Color, Examples, Inspiration


Want to Update Glass? Spray Paint to the Rescue!

by Lindsay Ballard on April 30th, 2014

There’s a little joke in my family that I will paint anything that stands still. The sad thing is that it’s a pretty true statement. There is really no…

Categories: Before & Afters, Color, Examples, Painting Tips


Yes, You Can Paint Light Fixtures!

by Lindsay Ballard on April 11th, 2014

As a lover of interesting light fixtures, I’m a big believer that the right fixture can really change the feel of a room. I have purchased unique…

Categories: Before & Afters, Inspiration, Painting Tips


Protect Yourself with a Painting Mask when Spray Painting

by Lindsay Ballard on February 19th, 2014

I am a huge proponent of wearing a painting mask when you are using spray paints. It’s so quick, easy and cheap to transform your surroundings with a…

Categories: Getting Started, Painting Tips


Ready to Do Some Painting? Prep Work Will Make the Job Easier!

by Lindsay Ballard on December 19th, 2013

Whether you are getting ready to paint a room yourself, or you have hired professionals, the proper painting prep makes the job go much smoother.  Here…

Categories: Getting Started, Planning Your Project


How to Choose Paint for Bathroom Walls

by Lindsay Ballard on November 25th, 2013

As a paint-obsessed DIY blogger, I get a lot of questions about the types of paint that should be used for particular projects.  Most paint enthusiasts…

Categories: Bathrooms, Painting Tips


Interior Paints Inspired by Scenes from Fall

by Lindsay Ballard on November 15th, 2013

Choosing a palette of fresh interior paints for a room or project can be a daunting task.  Many designers recommend looking to the current season to be…

Categories: Color, Inspiration


How to Paint Furniture

by Lindsay Ballard on October 8th, 2013

As a big fan of all things paint, I get a lot a lot of questions from my blog readers and friends on how to paint furniture. There are a number of…

Categories: How to Paint, Painting Tips, Planning Your Project

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