The Top Ten Posts of 2015

.Happy New Year everyone! 2016, isn't that crazy? It's like we're living in the future or something. When someone talks about an event that happened in the 90's I'm like "okay, so like 10 years ago." But no...I'm about a decade off. I swear it feels like yesterday that I was rocking my slap brackets, blue eyeliner, and knockoff JNCO jeans (thanks … [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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My Paper Bag Floor – One Year Later

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...]



The Top Ten Posts of 2013

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...]



Bright & Rustic Button Sign

Last year I made something that I never blogged about. Saying I 'made something' is a really bad description though, what I mean is that I made something that is pretty stinking awesome and one of my favorite projects ever. And then I gave it away before taking pictures of it. Like a giant dork. So what is it? It's a huge button monogram for my … [Read more...]



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...]



My Butcher Block Countertops, Two Years Later

A few weeks ago I got an e-mail from a reader asking me to write a post about how our butcher block countertops are holding up. I have to admit, I'm a little embarrassed I didn't think of this myself....of course I should write a follow-up post. My main concern when we choose them was how they would hold up over time and I'm sure many of you are … [Read more...]



How to Raise Your Cabinets & Add a Shelf

Let's talk about that space above your cabinets for a second...that useless space that does nothing but collect dust and cause design dilemmas.  Do you decorate it? Leave it? I have always left it, I love to decorate but I'm not a fan of having stuff just for the sake of having stuff. When Adam and I started our kitchen remodel two years ago I had … [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...]



Front Porch Reveal and a History of Clutter

Oh, our porch. Those of y'all that have been following for a while know what a blessing and a curse it is. We love our porch...it's HUGE, shady, and pretty much amazing. It is also our dumping grounds...it's where most activities happen (like projects) and it is normally looks like a disaster. AND it is right out there in the open and the first … [Read more...]



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

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 … [Read more...]



Create a Self Watering Garden

This post brought to you by Miracle-Gro. All opinions are 100% mine. How many of you are thinking about starting a garden this year? Intimidated? I'm with you. I started my first garden last year with my "backyard salad beds" post, and I'm embarrassed to tell you that it was a total and complete failure. The thing about gardens is that you have … [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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How to turn a Dresser into a Bathroom Vanity

Dressers are super versatile,  you can transform them into a host of things. I've seen them made into media centers, changing tables, buffets, benches, bookshelves, toy storage, and last but not least, bathroom vanities.  When we decided to start renovating our bathroom last month I knew I wanted a dresser as my new vanity. I liked the idea of the … [Read more...]



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...]



25 DIY Shower Curtain Tutorials

Pleated accent shower curtain from Addicted 2 Decorating … [Read more...]

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Shutter Wall

Today I have a project for y'all that is not actually mine. That is,  it's not in my house, it wasn't my idea, and I didn't have to do most the work. I didn't even take a single picture. So it was pretty much the easiest project ever, haha. Sometimes it's nice to take a break from your own projects and blog about something that you didn't slave … [Read more...]



Paper Bag Floors – A Tutorial

Those of you that are looking for an affordable, attractive, totally doable flooring solution have come to the right place! You may remember in January I posted my plans for remodeling the boy's room. I mentioned in that post that I wanted to do paper flooring, mostly because it was cheap and I thought it looked great. But mostly because it was … [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...]