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...]



Pecan Farmhouse Dining Table

Pecan farmhouse dining table

Surprise! We built another dining room table. That kind of came out of left field, I know...after all, we just built our current pine farmhouse table last year.  Allow me to explain... Adam is a wood snob. Now Adam isn't snobby about much. He will gladly drive old crappy cars, sport goodwill t-shirts, go waaay to long between haircuts because I … [Read more...]



The Official Domestic Imperfection House Tour! (And A Link Party)

Remodel your home on a budget

Welcome to my house tour...it's been a long time coming, right!? Currently my empty house tour tab is one of my most clicked things on my site, yet there has never been anything in it. To think of all the poor DIYers and curious souls I disappoint every single day. No more! So welcome to my always in progress, blurry pictured, somewhat messy house t … [Read more...]



Decked Out Kitchen Reveal!

two-tomes kitchen cabinets

(Update: I hadn't really intended for this to be my kitchen reveal post, I really just wanted to show y'all how I "decked out" my new floating shelves. Anyway, it has become fairly popular as a kitchen reveal post so I went ahead and added the prices for everything we  have done so far in the kitchen to the end of the post.) Well, my internet is … [Read more...]



Sometimes I Give Terrible Advice – A Plate Wall Update

Plate hangers can be expensive, especially if you would like to do a big feature wall. These DIY plate hangers are a great solution!

I mess up a lot of DIY projects. In fact, I mess up nearly every single one, though usually I am able to fix my mistakes before I blog about it and give y'all terrible advice. That was not the case with my plate wall though (original post HERE). After hanging the plate wall I waited a couple of weeks to blog about it to make sure all was well. … [Read more...]



The Mystery Table

Kitchen command center/mail sorter

A few days ago I showed y'all my new command center and asked for guesses as to what color I painted the small console table that sits below it. Well, 98% of you (let's not check that math, mmmkay?) thought I chose green. Two of you said orange, and one lonely intuitive soul guessed correctly (Yay Molly!). What color is it now? … [Read more...]



Kitchen Command Center

Kitchen command center - map magnet board & mail sorter baskets

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...]



Dining Room Windows – Done!

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I'm slowly working my way around the dining room, finishing one section and then moving to the right and finishing the next. It feels pretty good, since I usually don't finish something before I move on. I call it 'new project enthusiasm'...my husband calls it something very different. So far I've finished the chalkboard, the pantry door, the plate … [Read more...]



Make Your Own Plate Hangers & My Dining Room Plate Wall

Domestic Imperfection - Plate Wall

I've been wanting something fun for the big blank wall in my dining room. Something colorful, something cheap. I wanted a plate wall. I excitedly told Adam my idea...and he seemed confused. Adam : "A plate wall? Like dinner plates, on the wall? Me: "Yes." Adam : "You mean like grandmas have in their house?" Me: "Ummmm....well, y … [Read more...]



DIY Screen Door For The Pantry

DIY screen door

Way back in February, when I organized my pantry, I mentioned that I was looking for an old screen door to replace our current pantry door. I looked for an old screen door for a while, then a new one...but then realized that finding one in the size I needed was a pipe dream. Our pantry door is so narrow (24 inches) that screen doors in that size p … [Read more...]



Painted Plank Walls, Finally

Kitchen Progress - Domestic Imperfection

Who knew that painting the plank walls would turn out to be the major project of the month? Seriously, painting the walls was more labor intensive than actually putting up the planks. Okay I may just be saying that because installing the planks was completely done by my husband, but still...painting these suckers took forever. And if you're w … [Read more...]



How to Make A Plank Wall

plank walls before painting

I'm so excited to be writing this post...it means we're working on our kitchen again! The last significant kitchen post I did was nearly a year ago.... which means that most of y'all didn't even know that we are remodeling our kitchen. So allow me to do  a super quick review of what we have done so far. First, we have the before … [Read more...]



Slipcover Fail

LyleSideChairF9

 My newly built farmhouse table has been begging me for some new slipcovers. The greenish ones were never my favorite and they don't fit well at all - the backs are too tight and the bottoms are too loose. Most of the time they look like this.... I bought the chairs on Craigslist, I want to say it was $80 for five of them. One turned out to be b … [Read more...]



DIY Farmhouse Table and Bench

DIY Farmhouse Table and Bench

Look what now resides happily in my dining room... Yeah, I'm pretty much in love with it. Here is how the dining room has looked for a while now.  Okay, that's not totally true - it's rarely that clean and usually includes a particularly messy high chair. I bought that table for $50 about seven years ago. It even came with chairs, but we ha … [Read more...]



A Chalkboard For The Kitchen

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For awhile now I've wanted a message board for the kitchen. Mostly because the Husband gets up before me to go to work, and he is always saying that he doesn't know what to eat for breakfast. So I needed a place to list all his breakfast options for him. I know that sounds silly and kinda weird, but its the truth! My mom was cleaning out her … [Read more...]



DIY Bay Window Curtain Rod & Back Tab Curtains

Bay Window Rods & Back Tab Curtains

Although this project was really simple it did take me nearly a month to complete, from picking out fabric and brainstorming about how to make the curtain rod to only really being able to work during nap time. I love the way it turned out though! Here is the before picture. Well, its not a true before picture... The first step was to figure … [Read more...]