October Ramblings

a year of pictures

Well, October finally happened...we've been waiting and planning for October for a while. So what is this big event? Adam quit his job. His completely steady, stress free, well-paying job. And at the moment, he doesn't have another one lined up. Here's the story (the longish version). Adam is an adventure guy. His favorite pastimes include … [Read more...]



How to Make Dirty Grout Look New

How to paint and seal grout

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...]



Pac-Man Family – Easy Costume Idea (for next year)

easy pac man family costume

Pac-Man and our family have a long history together. To be more specific, Ms. Pac-Man and Adam have a deep and meaningful relationship that developed long before our own (and that's saying something, cause I nabbed him young). It's an ongoing love affair. When Adam and I stared dating in high school I had heard of and played Pac-Man, but really, … [Read more...]



How to Refinish Outdated Tile (yes, I painted my shower)

How to refinish tile

Who here has really outdated tile in their bathroom but doesn't want to rip it out and replace it?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 terrible and I don't hate it...but by the same token I don't love it either. I didn't … [Read more...]



Reader Projects

tone on tone stenciled table

Do you know what my favorite part of blogging is? It's y'all. You guys. My readers. I love that I can write about my life and projects and you guys just keep coming back for more. The absolute best e-mails I get are from readers showing me a project they competed after being inspired by something on my website. It makes my day, every single … [Read more...]



Bright & Rustic Button Sign

Rustic baby name sign made of buttons...love this!

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...]



Carving Pumpkins with a Drill

Carve a pumpkin with a drill

I haven't carved pumpkins in a really long time. Why? Well, because this is how pumpkin carving seems to go... First you cut open the pumpkin and clean out all the guts. Lets face it...no one really likes this task. It's kinda nasty. Then you carve it up, put it out on your front porch, throw a candle in, and enjoy knowing it's out there for a few … [Read more...]



A Painted Front Door

painted and distressed 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...]



Summer Ramblings

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I completely failed to write a single ramblings post this summer, so I'm just going to catch up in one big summer overview post.  And for the purposes of this blog post, September is totally still summer. June There are five kids in Adams family and his sister, Meredith, is the youngest and only girl. This year she graduated high school and was … [Read more...]



The Rock Box

rock box instead of sand box

 Once upon a time there was a man who built a playset for his children. Upon completion of the playset he and his wife promised the children that they would turn the base of the playset into a sandbox. Many months passed, but the promise was never fulfilled. The boy was very sad. Then one day the boy's mother noticed a slight nip in the air. … [Read more...]



Pecan Farmhouse Dining Table

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...]



Meal Planning Made Simple (How eMeals Saved My Sanity)

not cooking

I may have mentioned a few times before that I don't really enjoy cooking...and by "may have mentioned" I of course mean "mentioned repeatedly". Despite that (actually, because of that) I want to take a break from DIY for a second and talk about food. 4-6 pm is the hardest part of my day. It's "the witching hour" for the kids, they are either … [Read more...]



My Butcher Block Countertops, Two Years Later

Review of butcher blocks counters after two years of use

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

How to raise your cabinets and 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...]



Laundry Room Updates & a $500 Home Depot Giveaway

Laundry room remodel for $200...you have to see the before!

I do an insane amount of laundry. I have two potty training sons, so I could pretty much wash everything in the house on a daily basis. I wish I was kidding. The very fist project we did in our house (besides painting over all the pink) was to make our laundry room functional and enjoyable to be in. I using the term "enjoyable" loosely...cause, … [Read more...]



The Easiest Way to Tile a Backsplash

Tiling the easy way

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...]



Bathroom Remodel: Hanging the Mirror & Light

galvanized light from Lowes

Hey everyone! I just got back from spending some time in Atlanta at Haven, a blog conference for DIY bloggers. It was awesome... I met so many amazing people, learned a ton, and got to spend a few days away from my kids for the first time ever.  Other people cooked my food and cleaned up my messes....I loved it. Now I'm home and cleaning up my own m … [Read more...]



Birthing a Stenciled Bathroom (and a Giveaway)

Bathroom Remodel Progress - Domestic Imperfection

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...]



Front Porch Reveal and a History of Clutter

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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...]



Three Tables

Three tables

 Today I have a random post for you about three random tables. Just stick with me, it will make more sense soon. Let me introduce you to the tables... This table might look familiar, it's been around for a while. I bought it at a garage sale about five years ago, and since then it has been an end table in the living room, a nightstand in out … [Read more...]