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...]



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...]



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...]



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

Every night for the last two weeks I've told myself that I would write about this table, and every night one of three things happened instead - Judah cried all night. He just turned four months, but I swear that boy is teething. I instead spent hours online researching stuff for the new house. The last few nights have been all about … [Read more...]



Nightstand makeover in six easy steps!

Step one - buy a set nightstands off of Craigslist for $30. Use them for about two years without ever getting around to giving them the intended makeover. Step two - One day, when you're 41.5 weeks pregnant with your third child, decide you are tired of just sitting around waiting to have a baby. Drag nightstands out to front porch for … [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...]



Nursery Sign Semi Fail

I mentioned in a previous post that my sister-in-law recently had a baby, little Chandler. Less than two years ago his older sister was born, and I made her this name sign out of an old section of fence and lots and lots of buttons. (tutorial here) I can't very well make Mallory a sign and not Chandler, so I did a little brainstorming … [Read more...]



Stenciled Farmhouse Table + Country Living Magazine

Are any of y'all familiar with a little magazine called Country Living? Yeah, I thought so...in this crowd that's like asking a toddler if he's heard of something called "blocks". So a few months ago I received an e-mail from Country Living asking if I'd be interested in working with them and Minwax on a project for the magazine. Now most of the … [Read more...]



Stenciling a Concrete Floor

My friend Abby has lived in a tiny old farmhouse for a while, and recently her and her husband renovated and expanded it to be their forever home. Their new house is fantastic...it's roomy and open without being huge. Plus it's on 13 acres...so it's basically my dream house.  I should really do a house tour of the whole thing, actually. One day, … [Read more...]



How to Stencil Curtains

If you love stencils then I have some great news. Every Friday for the next month I'll have a have a new stencil project and tutorial for y'all...and three of them include giveaways. Who doesn't love free stuff? So today is the first tutorial - how to stencil curtains. You will need... Paint (fabric paint would be best, I just used latex) … [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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The Perfect Neutral

A few times a month I get e-mails from readers wanting to know which paint colors I've used in my home. I can't help but cringe when I get those e-mails because I have the worst, least helpful answer EVER.... that I mixed them myself. The green in my living room, bathroom, and laundry room was the result of too many green paint samples getting … [Read more...]



How to Make Dirty Grout Look New

Way back when, sometime during our kitchen remodel, I talked about replacing our kitchen floor. I've never liked the tile... its a subtle pinky/flesh color, it's shiny, it NEVER looks clean, and I just generally think it's ugly. It's the cheapest builders grade tile you can buy and the grout looks terrible. Some horrible person must break in at … [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...]



A Painted Front Door

So....front doors. It's one of the first things people notice about your house, one of the first thing that tells visitors anything about the people who live inside.  Our door didn't tell people much...it didn't tell them that I like color, nor did it tell them that Adam is a wood snob. The only thing our front door really told people is that we … [Read more...]



Birthing a Stenciled Bathroom

I'm back with a bathroom update! I didn't forget about it, I've been sloooooowly working on it this whole time. Last time I updated y'all on the bathroom it was APRIL (holy cow) and I showed you the finished dresser turned vanity. Well, here is what it looks like today! Yup, I stenciled it. We obviously did other stuff too, but this post is … [Read more...]



Poured Paint Pots

Today I have a super easy project for y'all....so easy, in fact, that you should round-up your kids and have them help you. They will love it. Not that I let mine help... I waited till they were napping to do this, haha. I'm not crazy after all.  Also, I am giving away a $250 Home Depot gift card! If any of you are at Home Depot half as much as I … [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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Farmhouse Kitchen on a Budget – The Reveal

(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...]