Built in Indoor Playhouse

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I am lucky that one of my good friends built a house up the street from us.  And that she does hair for a living.  So we decided to make a little trade--I would help her with DIY projects and she would do my hair for free.  Win win!  Our first DIY project turned out so stinkin' adorable that I had to share it--it's a built in Indoor Playhouse! Isn't that amazing?!  First of all, I take zero credit for the amazing paint job.  That tree and … [Read more...]

Lava Soap Review

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I love painting and staining.  Well, let me rephrase that--if someone were to clean up after me, I would love painting and staining.  It's possibly the messiest crafting you can do.  And paint and stain sometimes can be near to impossible to clean up after.  So when the makers of Lava Soap (also the makers of WD-40) told me they wanted me to try Lava Soap, I was curious.  Curious that there could possibly be something as simple as a bar of soap … [Read more...]

DIY Doorway Trim

door way trim

I recently gave my entry a makeover.  I added some beautiful board and batten which you can find a tutorial for here.  (It's a little different in the tutorial, but it's not hard to figure out how to adjust it.)  But at the end of the board and batten is a large doorway that leads to the master suite.  We wanted this to be trimmed out, so I planned it in with the board and batten project. Here's the before--you can see how boring it … [Read more...]

DIY Rustic Winter Wedding

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My sister got married at the end of December last year.  She had a pretty short engagement--only two months.  And as the go-to crafty person in my family (and with my parents living in Boston) she kind of hired me as her wedding planner.  And since she was so ambivalent about what she wanted, I took charge.  We planned a beautiful rustic winter wedding after her and her fiance's laid-back semi-granola style.  They both enjoy the outdoors and are … [Read more...]

Heart String Art

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I didn't even mean to call it 'heart string art' but there it is.  That's what it is.  Ha! I was challenged by Valspar and Porch.com to use the Pantone color of the year Marsala in a Valentine's Day project along with one other mystery item, which turned out to be a chevron stencil.  As it happens, I also was planning a project in which I would make a heart to go along with my rustic 'love letters' that I repurposed from my sisters wedding … [Read more...]

Organized Kitchen Drawers

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You guys...my kitchen.  IS. the best.  I don't want to make y'all feel bad but seriously I have never been so gloriously happy in a kitchen.  And it got a little more awesome this week when I added custom drawer organizers from Build.com.  And now I have the best and most organized kitchen drawers ever. I could sit here and talk about it but why don't I show you? Look how terrible they used to be...and how beautifully organized they are … [Read more...]

DIY Mudroom Bench Part 2

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So it's time to talk about the top part of my DIY Mudroom Bench.  This part was actually pretty easy and painting was the longest part (isn't it always?)  But once you get past the first part of the actual bench, this part will seem easy. All the supplies you will need were listed in my DIY Mudroom Bench Part 1 post. So first I laid a piece of 3.5x48" MDF across the bottom and then trimmed it to be the same length as the bench.  I … [Read more...]

DIY Mudroom Bench

cool mudroom bench area

I just completed my best DIY yet--a DIY mudroom bench!  It may not seem that awesome to you DIY gurus, but each project like this gives me the confidence and skills to take on something even bigger.  And I completed this 100% by myself, no help from any other person.  I took the time and care to try and make it look as professional as possible. I think it turned out awesome and I love, love, love it!  I love the way it turned out but I … [Read more...]