The Ninety Percent Problem

hallway 90

Around here we have a problem. And I'm guessing - if you're a DIYer - you are likely to have this problem too. We call it the "ninety percent problem", which is basically this.... You start a project. You are dedicated to getting it done. You work really hard at it for a day/week/month - as long as it takes to get it ALMOST finished. You get it to … [Read more...]



Life Lately

graduation

A couple of years ago I wrote monthly "Ramblings" posts where I talked about things not related to DIY. I would just write about what happened that month...mostly it ended up revolving around my kids. You know, the kind of post readers either really look forward to or dreaded and skip over. Anyway, the last ramblings post I wrote was in October, … [Read more...]



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

9 paint tips and tricks

Some women have a lot of shoes, others prefer to spend their hard-earned money on nice purses. Some collect kitchen gadgets, books, hours at crossfit, or cats. Me? I collect paint. My entryway closet holds all my painting supplies and is currently home to nearly eighty cans of paint, stain, sealer, and spray paint. I know, ridiculous...you don't … [Read more...]



The Perfect Neutral

Sculptor Clay

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...]



The Garden, the Yard, and the Fawn

fawn

This post brought to you by Miracle-Gro. All opinions are 100% mine. This spring I was pretty convinced that our lawn was done for. We installed it last year and it did well during the summer, but then I didn't water it one bit this winter and it showed no signs of life. This spring I watered and fertilized but I never got more than a few a … [Read more...]



Shopping for Southwestern

Pendelton Blankets

First, a confession. I have exactly zero projects to blog about. Lots of things are in the works, but nothing is at that glorious, complete, bloggable stage yet. And while I'm obviously pretty good at just not updating the blog for weeks on end, I thought that during this dry spell I'll take you shopping with me. Online shopping that is, since … [Read more...]



Bed Swapping, Hopping, and General Chaos and Destruction

moving

It all started when we went on a cruise last October. Adam and I have always slept on a queen mattress, I've never felt like we needed anything else. I've always thought a bigger mattresses was a waste of space, or for couples that don't like each other as much as Adam and I do. We often fall asleep cuddled up, and more room would just be out t … [Read more...]



40 Bags in 40 Days – The Results

messy closet

The 40 bags in 40 days challenge ended a couple of weeks ago...how did everyone do? I did pretty well. My house still isn't an organized haven, and I wasn't the ruthless, hard-hearted, clutter destroying machine that I had hoped to be...but I still got my 40 bags. More than 40 actually. When I first read about this challenge 40 bags sounded like a … [Read more...]



The Paper Flooring Experiment, Part IV – Misfit Questions & Other Resources

paper bag floor removal

Can I be honest for a second? I'm so glad this is the last part of my paper flooring series (as I'm sure you are too). I'm ready to move onto some fun creative projects, and I'm itching to finish up some of the rooms in our house that have in been in progress for forever. I don't even want to DIY things, I just want to go shopping and be done … [Read more...]



$5 Built-In Magazine Rack

$5 built-in magazine rack

 I have another bathroom "mini project" for you today, this on is easy, cheap, and useful... the trifecta of DIY goodness. It may actually cross over to superfecta status, which also includes being attractive. This isn't the most beautiful thing I've made, but it at least qualifies as non-ugly. That's a win in my book. The only supplies you … [Read more...]



Industrial Bathroom Hardware

DIY industrial toilet paper holder

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...]



A Different Kind of Before and After

learning about plants

This post brought to you by Miracle-Gro. All opinions are 100% mine. I love spring. I love the sunshine and warmth, rain showers and wildflowers, and rivers that are warm enough to tube. I love that my kids have started waking up every morning, running to the window and proclaiming "Mom! It's a beautiful day outside!" I love going to the nursery … [Read more...]



The Paper Flooring Experiment, Part III – Sealer Options

Experimenting with sealer

Today's post contains more information than you ever wanted to know about different sealers. Seriously...feel free to skim. Although this particular part of the paper bag floor experiment is the one I have the most interest in, since my floor is having some sealer problems, not to mention that and most of the questions I get about paper flooring ha … [Read more...]



Rustic Glam Foyer Light

rustic glam light

A couple of weeks ago Adam and I made this light fixture for our front porch... We actually made two that day, the second was left plain (no frosted glass or metal) and was for the entryway. I wanted the two fixtures to be the same, but different. Like fraternal light fixture twins. I was hoping that my second born light would be a little less … [Read more...]



The Paper Flooring Experiment, Part II – Stain Options

stain chart

 Welcome to round two of my most well researched project ever! The first part of this experiment covered paper options for flooring (read that post HERE if you missed it), this one is all about stain. Oil based vs. water based, different colors, etc. Everyone has a different opinion on oil based and water based products, I personally like … [Read more...]



The Paper Flooring Experiment, Part I – Paper Options

builders vs kraft paper

Well, today I'm kicking off my first series! I wasn't originally planning on making it a series - I was going to post the whole experiment in one big post, but quickly realized it would be the most ridiculous, long-winded, information-packed post ever. So big that it would be hard to actually find the information you are looking for. So I'm going … [Read more...]



DIY Mixed Material Light Fixture

DIY porch light

This post brought to you by Elmer’s ProBond Advanced. All opinions are 100% mine.. Happy second day of Spring! That might not mean a lot to me here in South Texas (where it's basically sunny all the time), but for all you northerners...this is big stuff. I lived in Northern New York for nearly six years, and that day that you can dash from your hou … [Read more...]



My Paper Bag Floor – One Year Later

Paper bag floor a year after installation

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...]



How to Make Book Slings

fabric book storage

 If this sounds oddly familiar to you, it's because I've already done (and blogged about) this project. I made my first set of book slings a few years ago while pregnant with boy #2, but I'm going to throw it out there again since 98% of my current readers probably haven't seen that post. Plus these slings have been really great... I mean, we're r … [Read more...]



40 Bags in 40 Days

40 bags in 40 days

First of all, I want to say THANK YOU for all the awesome comments on my last post about house size...I love it when a blog post turns into a conversation. I'm really enjoying reading all your responses, getting different perspectives on house size, and just generally getting to know y'all better. That comments section is a wealth of knowledge and … [Read more...]