Crafts of Christmas Past

Well, December is here and Christmas prep is in full swing...sorta. As usual I’m a little behind, but this year I am totally okay with that. I have my tree up (but not decorated) and I may go crazy on the mantel...I’ve never had a fireplace or a mantel before this year and it’s begging for the full Christmas treatment. So while I don’t foresee … [Read more...]



Four Boys and a Man on a Mission

I figured that after a month of silence it was about time for an update on the baby and life in general, so here we go. Let’s start at the beginning...the day Abram was born. I’m one of those women that is chronically overdue with babies and I expected nothing less with this one... I don’t think I even packed my hospital bag until after my … [Read more...]



Industrial Pipe Kitchen Shelving

From the time we started designing our house I knew I wanted some open shelving in the kitchen. Not all open shelving (because it would look cluttered), but just enough for our everyday dishes. We put open shelving in our last kitchen and really loved it, I liked having the dishes out in the open, and since we used them everyday dust was never an … [Read more...]



Baby #4 is here, and it’s a…

BOY! Everyone, meet Abram. Born 10/26/16 7 lbs 12 oz 20.5 inches He is the sweetest, most snuggly little thing you will ever meet. I was planning to write a whole post about him and the birth, but the second I started typing three-quarters of my kids started crying, so I will be back at a later time to share more details. We are … [Read more...]



Planning and Installing a Closet System

*This post is sponsored by EasyClosets...and by that I mean that I received the closet system for free in exchange for blog posts about the closet and my experience. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.* When we bought our last house, the master closet had a single rod and shelf around the whole thing. From day one we planned to rip out that … [Read more...]



The Search for a Vintage Farmhouse Sink

From the time I started sketching up our new house on graph paper nearly two years ago, I knew I wanted a vintage farmhouse sink for the kitchen. Not a modern apron front farmhouse sink that are popular today, but an antique one from the 20’s or 30’s. Those weren’t my only demands though, no...I also wanted it to have a single basin, high back, and … [Read more...]



Kitchen Progress – Dark green cabinets, a rustic wood countertop, and lighting

Last time I did an overall kitchen update we had just installed the cabinets and it looked like this.... Well now we have not only moved in, but I’ve painted the cabinets, we poured our concrete countertops, added a wood island top, bought appliances, and installed our island lighting. First thing first, the cabinet color. I wrote … [Read more...]



The Boy’s Room – Then, Now, and Future Plans

So today let’s talk about the boy's room.   The room is 12 x 15 and will be shared by my older two boys. If you regularly read the blog than you’ve seen pictures of it while under construction...but here they are again (mostly to remind me that we’ve already come a long way and aren't just beginning...because it’s true, but I … [Read more...]



DIY Basics – How to Recover a Dining Room Chair

*Thank you to HomeRight for sponsoring this post, all thoughts and opinions are 100% my own. After writing this blog for nearly six years I tend to assume that my readers are all DIY masters. A lot of you are, but new people happen upon this blog everyday, many of which have never DIYed a single thing. So If you are new to DIY then a great place … [Read more...]



A Corrugated Metal Ceiling

I know I keep talking about the hailstorm that hit earlier this year, but that dang hailstorm seems to have led to a lot of other things...like rustic beams instead of fake ones, a quick sale of our old house, and now a practically free metal ceiling in our living room. Since day one Adam and I have planned to put a metal ceiling on the living … [Read more...]



Gold Stenciled Table

It’s been a while since I’ve posted a furniture makeover on the blog, even though redoing furniture is one of my favorite things. We’ve been so busy building our house for the last year that I’ve barely posted about anything else or done any projects just because I enjoy them. So this table...I actually finished it about six months ago, but with … [Read more...]



How We Sold Our House in One Day

This post started off as a simple “tips to sell your house quickly” post...but then it just couldn’t stop writing and it kinda turned into a brain dump on everything. So keep reading if you want to hear about how we sold our house in a day (for over the asking price!), how much profit we made, the final house tour, and other various thoughts on the … [Read more...]



DIY Concrete Countertops, Part III – Sealing

If I’ve learned anything about DIY in the last 5.5 years of writing this blog, it’s that it’s all about the sealer. You could do the most awesome job ever on a project, and if you don’t seal it correctly it’s all for naught. I knew I needed an amazing sealer for my concrete countertops, for three reasons.... Concrete is a porous … [Read more...]



Introducing “Oakmoss”

As many of you know, I’ve been struggling to choose a color for our kitchen cabinets. Adam started building the cabinets about eight months ago and asked me to choose a color, and the only thing I was sure of is that I wanted some sort of green. So I started looking at light, airy, neutral greens, and landed on “Grassland" from Sherwin … [Read more...]



DIY Concrete Countertops, Part II – The Pour

*Thank you to Z Counterform for sponsoring this post. Alright, here it is...part II of my concrete countertop series! I know a lot of you have been patiently waiting for this post and I’m excited to share all the details. (Read part 1 here if you haven’t already.) Before we get started on the tutorial, let me just tell you that neither … [Read more...]



DIY Concrete Countertops, Part I- Setting the Forms

Well, we did it...we actually poured our own concrete countertops! Adam and I spent hours and hours (and hours) researching this before we did it. We read tutorials and watched YouTube videos and generally felt prepared and confident...but honestly, the process still didn’t go quite like we thought it would. Turns out no amount of research or … [Read more...]



House Regrets, Second Chances, and Glorious Glorious Beams

I have a story for y’all. It’s a story about regret, catastrophe, and despair. A story about second chances, a story about hope, and redemption. It’s a story about beams. Glorious Glorious beams. So a couple of months ago our area was hit by a series of massive hailstorms. The kind of hailstorms that hit hard and fast at 3am, bringing … [Read more...]



Quick and Easy Office Makeover

So last month for my Better Homes and Gardens post we gave my brother and his wife’s living room a makeover... This month I am still between houses and have zero rooms that are ready for decor or organization...running water and locks on the doors trumps decor, every time. So I batted my eyelashes at Eric and Kelsey and asked them if they … [Read more...]



My Painted Kitchen Cabinets – Five Years Later

Since we have been on the subject of kitchen cabinets lately, I thought perhaps y’all would appreciate an update on the ones I painted five years ago. Truth be told they aren’t holding up that well, so if I can keep someone from making the same mistakes I did that would be great. So five years ago Adam and I took this dated, boring, builder … [Read more...]



Installed Cabinets

Happy Fourth of July everyone! I was scrolling through Facebook today and looking at all the festive pictures and memes, and interspersed between and the red white and blue was this gem... It made me laugh out loud...so I had to share, of course. Anyway, in the last post I left you with a trailer full of cabinets... and an empty … [Read more...]