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...]



The Paper Flooring Experiment, Part III – Sealer Options

Experimenting with sealer

Today's post contains more information than you ever wanted to know about different sealers. Seriously...feel free to skim. Although this particular part of the paper bag floor experiment is the one I have the most interest in, since my floor is having some sealer problems, not to mention that and most of the questions I get about paper flooring ha … [Read more...]



Rustic Glam Foyer Light

rustic glam light

A couple of weeks ago Adam and I made this light fixture for our front porch... We actually made two that day, the second was left plain (no frosted glass or metal) and was for the entryway. I wanted the two fixtures to be the same, but different. Like fraternal light fixture twins. I was hoping that my second born light would be a little less … [Read more...]



The Paper Flooring Experiment, Part II – Stain Options

stain chart

 Welcome to round two of my most well researched project ever! The first part of this experiment covered paper options for flooring (read that post HERE if you missed it), this one is all about stain. Oil based vs. water based, different colors, etc. Everyone has a different opinion on oil based and water based products, I personally like … [Read more...]



The Paper Flooring Experiment, Part I – Paper Options

builders vs kraft paper

Well, today I'm kicking off my first series! I wasn't originally planning on making it a series - I was going to post the whole experiment in one big post, but quickly realized it would be the most ridiculous, long-winded, information-packed post ever. So big that it would be hard to actually find the information you are looking for. So I'm going … [Read more...]



DIY Mixed Material Light Fixture

DIY porch light

This post brought to you by Elmer’s ProBond Advanced. All opinions are 100% mine. Happy second day of Spring! That might not mean a lot to me here in South Texas (where it's basically sunny all the time), but for all you northerners...this is big stuff. I lived in Northern New York for nearly six years, and that day that you can dash from your hous … [Read more...]



My Paper Bag Floor – One Year Later

Paper bag floor a year after installation

Well here it is, the post everyone has been waiting for me to write. I installed a floor made of brown paper and polyurethane in my boy's room last year (read that post HERE), and since then I have gotten a ton of questions about it. The original tutorial post currently has 645 comments, most of them questions that I have done my best to answer and … [Read more...]



How to Make Book Slings

fabric book storage

 If this sounds oddly familiar to you, it's because I've already done (and blogged about) this project. I made my first set of book slings a few years ago while pregnant with boy #2, but I'm going to throw it out there again since 98% of my current readers probably haven't seen that post. Plus these slings have been really great... I mean, we're r … [Read more...]



40 Bags in 40 Days

40 bags in 40 days

First of all, I want to say THANK YOU for all the awesome comments on my last post about house size...I love it when a blog post turns into a conversation. I'm really enjoying reading all your responses, getting different perspectives on house size, and just generally getting to know y'all better. That comments section is a wealth of knowledge and … [Read more...]



Reader Question – How do you feel about the size of your home?

ranch house with large front porch

A couple of weeks ago I received this comment from a reader... "We are closing on our house this Friday, it is 1523 sq ft. When I told friends and family, a lot of them think it is a little small. I would love to see a blog post on your thoughts on house size". I think that is an excellent topic for a post, so lets dive right in. The average … [Read more...]



How to extend an outlet to be flush with a new wall

outlet over a plank wall

Two years ago when Adam and I planked our kitchen we had no idea what to do around the outlets and switches. We ended up just cutting the planks around the current outlets and leaving them like that. It never really bothered me...but I never liked it either. The great thing about being a serial DIYer (or a DIY blog reader!) is that you are always l … [Read more...]



Planks and trim in the soon-to-be cowboy room

toddler room progress

Last January (as in over a year ago) I posted my plans for remodeling the boys incredibly boring nursery and turning it into a cowboy themed room for them. Adam and I got started right away by ripping out the carpet, paper bagging the floor, and planking about a quarter of the wall...then we got distracted with some shiny new project and forgot all … [Read more...]



The Most Embarrassing Post I’ve Ever Written

(horrible) star bedroom

Three years ago today I started Domestic Imperfection. For the first two blogiversaries I put together giveaways as a thank you to my readers for all the support. This year I didn't plan anything though, mostly because it's a whole lot of work and only one or two people win things. So instead I'm going to do something better...I'm going to … [Read more...]



DIY Ironing Board Holder

DIY wall mount ironing board hanger

For years now I've kept our ironing board in the tiny hall closet, wedged between the door and the shelves.  As soon as you would open the door the ironing board would hurl itself at you, eager to be needed. Fortunately for me and unfortunately for the ironing board I usually just caught it, got what I needed, and stuffed it back in. Now that the … [Read more...]



That one time I won a washer and dryer (and then had to re-remodel the laundry room)

Samsung WF405ATPAWR

Y'all. I won a washer and dryer. Won them. Me. I'm still in disbelief. I actually received them back in November and am just now posting about it (thanks to the second part of the title). Even though it's been a few months I still ogle and caress them each time I start a huge load of crusty boy laundry. It started back in August when I saw this p … [Read more...]



Crazy Easy DIY Art

Crazy easy art

I'm finally getting around to posting about some of the DIY art that adorns my new industrial bathroom shelves. Sorry to leave y'all hanging! We had a family wedding this weekend (yay for awesome new sister-in-laws!) and I've been up to my eyeballs in trim for weeks. I'm just caulking and painting so it's not even blog post worthy, but it is … [Read more...]



Simple Industrial Pipe Shelving, Bathroom Edition

industrial and modern shelving

I finally have a new project to show you! So remember that master bathroom remodel that Adam and I have slowly been working on? Well, we checked another project off the list. Meet my new shelves... I love the way they turned out...they add a ton of personality to the bathroom. I like that they feel light (since it's glass) but are also … [Read more...]



Why You Should Always Listen to Pottery Barn (a bench story)

farmhouse table and metal chairs

In my last post I told you about how I bought the galvanized metal chairs I have been lusting after for years. Today we're talking about the other side of the table...the farmhouse benches. These are the complete opposite of my metal chairs... their homemade, cheap, and NOT sturdy. And even though I spent ridiculous amounts of time stalking my … [Read more...]



That one time I actually spent money

Lyle Side Chair

Happy 2014! It's my first post of the year....and I don't have some awesome, creative, one of  a kind project for you. I have seven projects that are about 80% finished, but I just can't seem to get them to the "ready to photograph" stage. I also have about 14 hundred ideas floating around in my head and I just want to drop everything I'm working on … [Read more...]



The Top Ten Posts of 2013

organized pantry

Before we jump into the top posts of 2013 I just wanted to say thank you for all the sweet comments and e-mails I got after posting my Christmas house tour.  I haven't had time/energy to respond because the flu hit our house on Christmas Eve. I am just starting to feel somewhat normal, the kids are still deep in the flu trenches, and by the grace … [Read more...]