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...]

DIY Concrete Countertops, Part III – Sealing

If I’ve learned anything about DIY in the last 5.5 years of writing this blog, it’s that it’s all about the sealer. You could do the most awesome job ever on a project, and if you don’t seal it correctly it’s all for naught. I knew I needed an amazing sealer for my concrete countertops, for three reasons.... Concrete is a porous … [Read more...]

DIY Concrete Countertops, Part II – The Pour

*Thank you to Z Counterform for sponsoring this post. Alright, here it is...part II of my concrete countertop series! I know a lot of you have been patiently waiting for this post and I’m excited to share all the details. (Read part 1 here if you haven’t already.) Before we get started on the tutorial, let me just tell you that neither … [Read more...]

DIY Concrete Countertops, Part I- Setting the Forms

Well, we did it...we actually poured our own concrete countertops! Adam and I spent hours and hours (and hours) researching this before we did it. We read tutorials and watched YouTube videos and generally felt prepared and confident...but honestly, the process still didn’t go quite like we thought it would. Turns out no amount of research or … [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...]

Ron Swanson Serving Trays

I'm crossing my fingers that most of y'all know who Ron Swanson is. If you do, then I have a project you will love. If not, well.... then I have a TV show recommendation that you should binge watch on Netflix. The December challenge for my BHG sponsored post was "meaningful gift ideas", so I grabbed two of these bamboo trays as my jumping … [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...]

Mason Jar Pendant Light

  You know those projects that should be really easy...the ones that should take you less than an hour but end up being a complete time suck and turn out NOTHING like you had planned? Yeah, me neither. Never happens. Except like every fourth project or so. I've been planning to hang pendants in the guest room instead of doing … [Read more...]

DIY Gold Sunburst Mirror

Ever since I started remodeling the guest room I've known exactly what I wanted to put above the bed....a wooden pallet sign with a song verse on it. More specifically, the beautiful and terrifying chorus from Oceans by Hillsong ... Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders Let me walk upon the waters Wherever You would call me Take me … [Read more...]

DIY Faux Stone Wall (aka the best thing ever)

I'm not even going to mess around with a proper intro paragraph in this post, let's just get to the good stuff. Behold... Before - After - I love it SO MUCH. Now that pictures are out of the way, let's get to the story. Since deciding to re-do the guest room I knew I wanted something interesting on the wall behind the … [Read more...]

Forcing Fall

According to the calendar summer is over and fall is upon us. Although Texas has cooled down a bit (thank goodness), it's still summer here. It's hot, everyone is in shorts and flip-flops, and I haven't seen a single colorful leaf or consumed anything pumpkin flavored. We even went to the beach this weekend. And while enjoy living in a state with … [Read more...]

Sewing a Euro Sham Pillow with Flanges

 Today I have a simple tutorial to share... A couple of weeks ago I showed you the new bedding for my southwestern guest room, and today I'm going to show you how to make the euro sham pillows. (Those are the big orange ones in the back BTW, I know different people call them different things.) Euro shams are generally large square pillows, … [Read more...]

Nursery Sign Semi Success

So the saga of the nursery sign for my nephew continues.  Two weeks ago I posted about my first attempt at a name sign for baby Chandler, and I ended up with a sign that was wasn't bad, but also wasn't my favorite. And then there was the fact that I couldn't bring myself to give it to my SIL because it was over eight feet long and completely … [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...]

Stenciled Farmhouse Table + Country Living Magazine

Are any of y'all familiar with a little magazine called Country Living? Yeah, I thought 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's roomy and open without being huge. Plus it's on 13 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...]

Industrial Bathroom Hardware

It's been awhile since we've visited my master bathroom. It's pretty much complete besides a few finishing touches that I've been putting off. Well, some finishing touches AND the linen closet, which is still pink from when we bought our house. But that is for another post, today we are talking industrial bathroom hardware. Believe it or not, … [Read more...]