Top 10 Places to Shop for Fabric Online

We are finally getting to the stage of building where I’m thinking less about the guts of the house and more about the pretty things. Hardware on cabinets, rugs, curtains, and fabrics are where my mind wanders to these days. For the past few weeks I’ve been spending most of my "stuck on the couch breastfeeding” time scrolling through fabrics … [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...]



How to Paint a Rusty 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...]



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

  1.Skip the tape Painters tape is great for a lot of things, but when it comes to painting a room painters tape is basically the worst. It takes forever to tape a room and you have to use a lot of it. If you have textured walls and ceilings (like I do), then forget about it...paint is going to leak under it anyway. If you have a … [Read more...]

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How to extend an outlet to be flush with a new 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 … [Read more...]



Crazy Easy Folded Pillows

I've posted a few insanely easy projects over the years, but the one I have for you today takes the cake. I like to call it the "one minute pillow" because you can literally make it in under a minute (unless you have to take pictures of it for a blog post, then it takes significantly longer). There's no sewing, no gluing, no buying pillow forms, … [Read more...]



How to Refinish Outdated Tile (yes, I painted my shower)

(Update - Click here to see how my painted shower is holding up after a year of use!) Who here has really outdated tile in their bathroom but doesn't want to rip it out and replace it? (I'm looking at you, mom!) Did you know that you can paint it? I wavered about doing something with the tile in our master bathroom for a long time. It's not … [Read more...]



The Easiest Way to Tile a Backsplash

I have a sneaking suspicion that many of you have a tiling project you want to take on but don't, because you're unsure of yourself. I don't blame you, there are a lot of steps...planning it out, mixing the thinset (mortar), applying the thinset, applying the tile, waiting for it to dry, grouting, sealing.... I have good news for you. You can tile … [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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The Wood Flooring Countertop, Part II

Alright everyone, this is part two of my bathroom countertop adventure. (If you haven't read the first part you can do that HERE.) When I left y'all we had successfully made a counter out of maple wood flooring, which happens to be particularly hard to stain. Here was my first attempt... It looked terrible and Adam vetoed it right away. And … [Read more...]



How To Caulk Like A Pro

My caulk lines have never been particularly good...unless you compare them to my husbands caulk lines, then mine look amazing. I've always hated doing a project (like baseboards, for example) and having them look perfect up until the caulking part when everything gets all crooked and sad. THEN I ran across this tip, this one simple trick, and it … [Read more...]



The “Dirty Cowboy” Treatment

Ahh, the Dirty Cowboy...a great way to give your furniture some personality. That's right... furniture. Is that not what you were expecting? What kind of blog do you think I'm running over here? So I didn't entirely make this technique up, it is really just dry brushing... or antiquing, or distressing with stain, or a variety of  other names. I've … [Read more...]



How To Make an Envelope Closure Pillow

I'm not great at sewing. In fact, I pretty much stick to sewing square things like pillows, curtains, book slings, tablecloths, and handkerchiefs. Okay, not handkerchiefs (do people actually use those anymore?), but you get the picture.  Luckily sewing an envelope closure pillow is super simple and a great place to start if you're new to … [Read more...]