Behind the Scenes at Better Homes and Gardens

coffee-table-living-room

A few months ago I received an e-mail from Better Homes and Gardens asking if I wanted to join their new Live Better Network. I of course was like "heck yes!" (because BHG is amazing), and they were like, "great, are you available to fly to Iowa in August to tour the BHG headquarters?" And then I was bummed, because a flight to Iowa was totally not … [Read more...]



Nursery Sign Semi Success

stenciled monogram

So the saga of the nursery sign for my nephew continues.  Two weeks ago I posted about my first attempt at a name sign for baby Chandler, and I ended up with a sign that was wasn't bad, but also wasn't my favorite. And then there was the fact that I couldn't bring myself to give it to my SIL because it was over eight feet long and completely … [Read more...]



How to Paint a Rusty Metal Shed

painted metal shed

When we bought our house it had zero storage. No garage, no basement, an attic that isn't really usable, and no extra closets. We needed a place to store lawn equipment, paint, and general homeowner stuff, so Adam's parents offered us an old metal shed that was on their property. We put it on the back part of our lot, filled it with stuff, and … [Read more...]



Modern Southwestern Guest Room Bedding

bison pillow

For years now the guest room has been black, white, purple, and yellow. It's the first room I decorated when we bought our house, and while it was fun to do I stopped liking it a few years ago. When we ripped out the carpet and swapped all the beds this summer, I decided to redo the bedroom. Because that's what I do...start projects before other … [Read more...]



Nursery Sign Semi Fail

huge name sign

I mentioned in a previous post that my sister-in-law recently had a baby, little Chandler. Less than two years ago his older sister was born, and I made her this name sign out of an old section of fence and lots and lots of buttons. (tutorial here) I can't very well make Mallory a sign and not Chandler, so I did a little brainstorming … [Read more...]



Stenciled Farmhouse Table + Country Living Magazine

Stenciled Farm Table

Are any of y'all familiar with a little magazine called Country Living? Yeah, I thought so...in this crowd that's like asking a toddler if he's heard of something called "blocks". So a few months ago I received an e-mail from Country Living asking if I'd be interested in working with them and Minwax on a project for the magazine. Now most of the … [Read more...]



Stenciling a Concrete Floor (and another giveaway!)

Moroccan Tiles Floor Stencil

My friend Abby has lived in a tiny old farmhouse for a while, and recently her and her husband renovated and expanded it to be their forever home. Their new house is fantastic...it's roomy and open without being huge. Plus it's on 13 acres...so it's basically my dream house.  I should really do a house tour of the whole thing, actually. One day, b … [Read more...]



How to Stencil Curtains (and a giveaway)

stenciling fabric

If you love stencils then I have some great news. Every Friday for the next month I'll have a have a new stencil project and tutorial for y'all...and three of them include giveaways. Who doesn't love free stuff? So today is the first tutorial - how to stencil curtains. You will need... Paint (fabric paint would be best, I just used … [Read more...]



The Ninety Percent Problem

hallway 90

Around here we have a problem. And I'm guessing - if you're a DIYer - you are likely to have this problem too. We call it the "ninety percent problem", which is basically this.... You start a project. You are dedicated to getting it done. You work really hard at it for a day/week/month - as long as it takes to get it ALMOST finished. You get it to … [Read more...]



Life Lately

graduation

A couple of years ago I wrote monthly "Ramblings" posts where I talked about things not related to DIY. I would just write about what happened that month...mostly it ended up revolving around my kids. You know, the kind of post readers either really look forward to or dreaded and skip over. Anyway, the last ramblings post I wrote was in October, … [Read more...]



9 Painting Tips & Tricks – what you need to know before starting your next project

9 paint tips and tricks

Some women have a lot of shoes, others prefer to spend their hard-earned money on nice purses. Some collect kitchen gadgets, books, hours at crossfit, or cats. Me? I collect paint. My entryway closet holds all my painting supplies and is currently home to nearly eighty cans of paint, stain, sealer, and spray paint. I know, ridiculous...you don't … [Read more...]



The Perfect Neutral

Sculptor Clay

A few times a month I get e-mails from readers wanting to know which paint colors I've used in my home. I can't help but cringe when I get those e-mails because I have the worst, least helpful answer EVER.... that I mixed them myself. The green in my living room, bathroom, and laundry room was the result of too many green paint samples getting … [Read more...]



The Garden, the Yard, and the Fawn

fawn

This post brought to you by Miracle-Gro. All opinions are 100% mine. This spring I was pretty convinced that our lawn was done for. We installed it last year and it did well during the summer, but then I didn't water it one bit this winter and it showed no signs of life. This spring I watered and fertilized but I never got more than a few a … [Read more...]



Shopping for Southwestern

Pendelton Blankets

First, a confession. I have exactly zero projects to blog about. Lots of things are in the works, but nothing is at that glorious, complete, bloggable stage yet. And while I'm obviously pretty good at just not updating the blog for weeks on end, I thought that during this dry spell I'll take you shopping with me. Online shopping that is, since … [Read more...]



Bed Swapping, Hopping, and General Chaos and Destruction

moving

It all started when we went on a cruise last October. Adam and I have always slept on a queen mattress, I've never felt like we needed anything else. I've always thought a bigger mattresses was a waste of space, or for couples that don't like each other as much as Adam and I do. We often fall asleep cuddled up, and more room would just be out t … [Read more...]



40 Bags in 40 Days – The Results

messy closet

The 40 bags in 40 days challenge ended a couple of weeks ago...how did everyone do? I did pretty well. My house still isn't an organized haven, and I wasn't the ruthless, hard-hearted, clutter destroying machine that I had hoped to be...but I still got my 40 bags. More than 40 actually. When I first read about this challenge 40 bags sounded like a … [Read more...]



The Paper Flooring Experiment, Part IV – Misfit Questions & Other Resources

paper bag floor removal

Can I be honest for a second? I'm so glad this is the last part of my paper flooring series (as I'm sure you are too). I'm ready to move onto some fun creative projects, and I'm itching to finish up some of the rooms in our house that have in been in progress for forever. I don't even want to DIY things, I just want to go shopping and be done … [Read more...]



$5 Built-In Magazine Rack

$5 built-in magazine rack

 I have another bathroom "mini project" for you today, this on is easy, cheap, and useful... the trifecta of DIY goodness. It may actually cross over to superfecta status, which also includes being attractive. This isn't the most beautiful thing I've made, but it at least qualifies as non-ugly. That's a win in my book. The only supplies you … [Read more...]



Industrial Bathroom Hardware

DIY industrial toilet paper holder

It's been awhile since we've visited my master bathroom. It's pretty much complete besides a few finishing touches that I've been putting off. Well, some finishing touches AND the linen closet, which is still pink from when we bought our house. But that is for another post, today we are talking industrial bathroom hardware. Believe it or not, … [Read more...]



A Different Kind of Before and After

learning about plants

This post brought to you by Miracle-Gro. All opinions are 100% mine. I love spring. I love the sunshine and warmth, rain showers and wildflowers, and rivers that are warm enough to tube. I love that my kids have started waking up every morning, running to the window and proclaiming "Mom! It's a beautiful day outside!" I love going to the nursery … [Read more...]