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...]



How to Make a Lego Table

I've been so concentrated on building the new house that I haven't done a project in a good long while. I finally have one for you today though! Last month Levi (my middle son) turned four. Four. I remember blogging his birth story like it was yesterday, and now he's my four-year-old middle son. Crazy. Anyway, I made him a Lego table … [Read more...]



Round Inlay Table…err, Wall Medallion

Three years ago I stenciled a dining room table for my in-laws using the Indian Inlay kit from Cutting Edge Stencils. It turned out gorgeous, but admittedly took me forever to do since the stencils comes in a bunch or small pieces (which also makes it super versatile). I remember a few of you asking if you could use this on a round … [Read more...]



Tomato Cage Tables

Sometimes I get the itch to try a project just for the heck of it. Even if I think it will fail, or look horrid, or be a total time-suck...I just want to give it a shot. These tables are one of those projects. I've been wanting to bring some gold into the house somehow, and I figured guest room bedside tables would be a great way to do that. The … [Read more...]



Upcycled Giant Chalkboard

A couple of years ago I made a chalkboard for my kitchen/dining room area. I use it every single day for my household to-do list. It's probably one of the things in my house I use most (that's not an appliance, computer, or sink). Recently the boys have taken an interest in it, and each day they drag their little step stool over to the … [Read more...]



Make Your Own Birdbath

This project is an easy one, though it still started off as a DIY fail. So the first part of this post will be the perfect sparkling tutorial on how to make your own birdbath...then I'll let you know what NOT to do. I made my birdbath out of a terracotta pot, saucer, and an old brass lamp...but you can really use anything. Go crazy. The motto … [Read more...]



15 Ways to Give Your Furniture New Life

1. Paint it a fun color The simplest and most dramatic way to give your furniture some personality is to paint it a bold color. I know, it's scary...at first. But the chances are that you will love it, and your fierce new furniture will become your favorite things in your house. And if it doesn't...then you can just paint it again. That's the … [Read more...]

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White To Green – A Dresser Before & After

I'm slowly chipping away at my boy's room renovation. I've paper bagged the floors and were about halfway done with planking the walls. My next victim was this dresser/changing table. It's really feminine, plus it's slowly turning from a nice crisp white to more of a muted yellow. Wait though, that's not the actual before picture. Get ready for … [Read more...]



Kids Step Stool (with Yardstick Steps)

I do projects around here when there is a need. Or a want, wants are project-worthy too. In this particular case I needed Elijah (who's in full potty training mode) to be able to turn on the bathroom light by himself. Enter - the need for a step stool. Or the want, cause I don't want to stop what I'm doing every twenty minutes to turn the lights on … [Read more...]



$5 File Cabinet Makeover

One of my "loose goals" for 2013 was to buy a real file cabinet and finally take control of paperwork in our house. Why is it that it is sooo easy for paperwork to get out of hand? My command center has helped a bit, though only in my kitchen and only with recent paperwork. The rest of it is still a mess.  My current "file cabinet" is too small and … [Read more...]



Yardstick Framed Kid Art

Happy Friday! I had fully intended to post three easy projects this week, but then Friday was here and I hadn't blogged about anything. Ahh, life. It happens. So I'm in the process of decorating my new kitchen shelving and have been doing lots of small projects for them.  This particular project started when I was cleaning out my craft … [Read more...]



Kitchen Command Center

So this whole command center project started one day when I was at World Market...I saw this one and thought "man I could really use a command center in the kitchen". I kinda sorta liked this one, so I looked at the price tag...it was nearly $80 bucks! It's just some plywood, chalkboard paint, trim and a basket. I bet I could make it for $15... … [Read more...]



Crazy Easy Placemat Pillows (and Napkin Pillows and Dropcloth Pillows)

So pillows. We all love them and use them. We like them for comfort, we like them for decoration, we like them to add  color to our neutral couches. The more the merrier really...except for one little problem. Throw pillows are freakin expensive. Not like Rolex and Mercedes expensive, but even cheap pillows are $20-$30 a pop. I've seen plenty a … [Read more...]



Upcycled Porch Entry Table

 It took me forever to come up with a title for this post. The one it ended up with isn't that great, but its better than "Antique Dumpster Vanity Mirror Holder Thingy Turned Faux Outdoor Entry Table", or a variety of other things I things I came up with. So a few days ago I showed you this broken old vanity top that was found near a … [Read more...]



{Another} Chalkboard For The Kitchen

I love that when people in my life see old junk lying next to a dumpster, they think of me. I love it even more than those people put that junk in their car and bring it to me. My aunt is one of these people, she found this antique broken vanity top/mirror/thingy and thought I could do something with it. She was right! As soon as I saw it I knew … [Read more...]



The Wobbly Old Shelf (And A Chalk Paint Review)

 A friend of mine lives in an old farmhouse. One day she went into the attic of said farmhouse and discovered this really old shelf. She asked me if I wanted to redo it and I asked her what she had in mind. She said "I don't know...just do something." Do something...I can run with that. First thing I did was remove the little corner doo-dads. … [Read more...]



End Table? Dog House? Both!

Remember when I gave this old 70's table a makeover? Well, that table has an ugly step sister that I never told you about.... I decided that I didn't want to put this one in my house, so it has just been hanging around in the furniture pile on my front porch. So when my (one day) sister-in-law said she needed a large end table, I jumped on … [Read more...]



Penny Countertop

Last September we finished our butcher block countertops, but we didn't do our bar area. I mentioned in that post that I was open to suggestions and got the great idea to cover it in pennies and epoxy.  Well,  EIGHT months later it is finally finished! This is one of those projects that if I was to do it again it would be super easy. I now know … [Read more...]



Tale of the Crappy $5 Table

 This isn't one of those blog posts where I show a picture of a fugly piece of furniture and then a the beautiful after picture and say "ta-da, look what I did!" That's not my style, so this is a straight up illustrated story. It all began one day when I found a beat up end table at a estate sale for five bucks. I've been on the lookout for some … [Read more...]