20 Handmade Christmas Gifts to Start Now

Handmade Christmas gift ideas

I know Christmas is RIGHT around the corner and you all are super excited to see all the Christmas ornaments at Hobby Lobby right?? Seeing as it's July...maybe not so much.  But I always like to post some handmade Christmas gifts at this time because Christmas is so overwhelming with the number of things you have to do that handmade gifts tend to not happen.  If you put them off until December, chances are it will become next year's gift am I … [Read more...]

20 Barstool Makeovers

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I think the best way to get new-to-you home decor AND furniture is to buy or inherit old stuff and refinish or repurpose it.  My entire house is chalk-full of refinished furniture and I have to say, when people come to my house they are always blown away by the amount of refinished furniture that is in my house.  Seriously, almost everything.  That's the life of a DIY blogger though. My sister-in-law was telling me the other day how proud she … [Read more...]

Adding a Bar to a Kitchen Island

externding a kitchen island

I did something kinda cool last week.  I added a bar to a kitchen island. I was cleaning up the kitchen and I decided to rearrange the furniture to change things up.  That's how it is with us decor-obsessed, we are always changing things around.  I have a square kitchen/dining area and since my island is from IKEA and moveable, I change it from facing the window to facing the family room.  Usually when it faces the family room, I move the … [Read more...]

5 Tips for Painting Furniture

helpful tips for painting furniture

I've been refinishing furniture for about three years now.  I've painted dozens of pieces, but each time I learn something new.  There are so many types of paint, so many different little techniques, so many tips and tricks.  But what it usually boils down to are these things: How to Paint Furniture: Prep the surface Paint the piece, using a good quality brush and brushing in the same direction.  Wait for each coat to dry thoroughly … [Read more...]

Floor to Ceiling Board and Batten Tutorial

full height board and batten

For my recent bedroom makeover, one of the biggest differences was the floor to ceiling board and batten.  There are probably 1.5 million Board and Batten tutorials out there.  But before I attempted it for the first time, I probably read 1.4 million of those tutorials.  Everyone's method is basically the same, but all slightly different.  And everyone had little tips to share.  So from my experience, I will share all my knowledge I … [Read more...]

15 DIY Father’s Day Gifts

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What are you giving the fathers in your life for Father's Day? Is your father a more 'manly' guy or is he a more 'I'd like to be pampered but I wouldn't ever actually ask for that' type of guy? Is he a grandpa? Is he a first-time father? Any way you do it, fathers deserve something special and heartfelt on Father's Day, so here are 15 DIY Father's Day Gifts! From start to finish, there is a whole array of presents you could make, some even … [Read more...]

Master Bedroom Makeover

farmhouse bedroom

I finally did a master bedroom makeover.  Technically it was kind of decorated before...meaning I had a few extra pillows on my bed and some old art on the wall.  I placed a few trinkets here and there.  But just look at this disaster of a room.  If I could just close off the other half, then it might look okay.  But the other side of the room houses exercise equipment and pretty much all clutter that ever existed.  This is embarrassing to show … [Read more...]

Easy Patio Makeover

Patio Makeover

Compensation was provided by Rust-Oleum® via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Rust-Oleum®. I have kind of an embarrassing back patio.  It's filled with various kids play toys and vehicles, scrap wood, miscellaneous chairs, and other random crap.  Oh yes, and the cement is covered in ancient renderings of chalk drawings by my children.  This year, the patio … [Read more...]