DIY Soundbar Mount

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So it's a pretty common thing for men to love technology.  However, I need to admit that I'm also a fan.  But in my family, my husband is THE tech guy.  Like in all my family, which is extensive.  Anytime anyone needs to buy a new computer or TV or something, they ask him first.  And my husband loves his toys, so for his dental school graduation gift, I bought him his dream TV (at least the one that was reasonable to buy.)  And I have to say, it … [Read more...]

Painted Fold Down Desk

drop down desk

School starts in nearly just two weeks.  I can't believe it!  I'm also excited, but the other day I realized that this means I'm going to have to be organized again.  Organization is something I am capable of, but it is not my strong suit.  Especially when it comes to helping my son get all his homework done and turned in.  He's only going to be in first grade, but there's so many little different things they have to do in school--spelling, … [Read more...]

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...]