IKEA Hack: Expedit into Long Storage Unit

Check out my latest IKEA hack--in my Farmhouse Loft. I'm always pretty proud of my latest builds and this one is no different.  Though technically I didn't really build much.  But I took one tall bookcase and an IKEA Expedit and turned it into this: I love it!  It turned out exactly as I pictured it in my head...don't you love it when that happens?  It was one of those things where no one thought it would work and I kept saying, "Don't … [Read more...]

DIY Painted Bangles

Mother's Day is coming up quick!  It can be really hard to know what to get your Mom when it might feel like she already has everything she wants.  But really, can a girl have too much jewelry?  An easy Mother's Day gift idea is to buy some wooden bangles and paint them to customize them in her favorite colors! I love how cute and custom this gift idea is.  Or you could do this as a craft for a girl's birthday party or something.  Want … [Read more...]

Painting the Mantel

The mantel is 99% done!  But I'm going to show it to you anyway because the only thing it's missing is the very very top which won't make a huge difference in looks once it's on.  We haven't done that yet because a) I'm 34 weeks pregnant now and so, so tired all the time and b) in order to make the top I have to slide a 2x8 piece of 3/4" MDF through my table saw which I just can't do alone and c) my husband has been, as usual, extremely busy. … [Read more...]

Easy Painted Spring Decor

It's the day after Valentine's and you'd better believe that I have already taken down my Valentine's decor and put up my spring decor.  This part of the year in Utah is so depressing.  We get this yucky inversion in the air so everything is just smoggy and gross and you don't see the sun for weeks.  Waaahhh! So I have started putting up spring decor and it's really cheering up my house.  Brighter and softer pastels like green, aqua, and coral … [Read more...]

Tips for Painting Stair Balusters

I feel like every DIY post I write is a project I did about eight months ago.  This one is no exception!  Finally being pregnant and basically a couch potato, I don't have the energy for projects so I guess I might as well get y'all caught up on everything I did last year.  Last year I did more projects than I could even blog and I learned SO much, so many things to tell you about! One of the most obnoxious projects we did was to paint the … [Read more...]

How to Plank a Wall and Not Break Your Back Doing It

I have another survivor's story here.  This is a good one, you'll be riveted. So I have been wanting to plank my kid's bathroom walls for a long time.  The towel bar in there fell off like the first week we moved in and wouldn't stay up no matter what.  (Cheap builder grade stuff!)  So my kids would just throw their towels on the floor which I of course hated.  I thought if I planked the wall halfway up and capped it off with a thicker MDF … [Read more...]

2016 Metallic Ombre Numbers

Aah!  Only one more day left of this year!  I can't believe I've already lived in this house for a year and now we have another kid on the way...so many things have changed in the last year.  2015 was a pretty good year for us.  It definitely had its ups and downs but I feel so blessed in so many ways.  I don't have any 'word' for 2016 yet, but I'll have to sit down and make some good resolutions.  Do you have a word yet? Tomorrow night is … [Read more...]

Best Projects from 2015

2015 was a big year for us--we moved into our first home and didn't waste any time getting started on projects!  I have to say, I'm a big fan of home ownership so far, even though it has its drawbacks of having to pay for all your repairs and such.  But I love the ability to change whatever I want and knowing that the improvements we make will hopefully be an investment as well. So here are my best projects from 2015! The first big project I … [Read more...]