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 Install Island Pendants

I know, I'm finally getting around to writing this tutorial when it was done months ago. Well sometimes that is just how life is.  And doing the actual project is the first step in blogging--and it's easy to just leave it at that and not complete the rest of the steps, editing photos and composing a post.  I know, my life is SO hard. You know how you hate your island pendants?  Well, maybe you don't but most likely you are living with ones … [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...]

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...]

Adventures in Decorating a 12 Ft Christmas Tree

New house, new high 18 foot ceilings...new 12 ft Christmas tree! My first Christmas I was married I was so excited to get my own Christmas tree and make my home super festive.  I have always been crazy about Christmas decorations inside the home because I think it makes a HUGE difference in the feel.  I love the magic feeling of twinkling lights... Anyway, I bought a fake 7 foot tree that was one of those ones you had to put each … [Read more...]

13 Stunning Christmas Porch Decor Ideas

One of the things I was most excited for with my new house was my large front porch! I was really looking forward to decking it out with holiday decor for both fall and Christmas.  And guess what?  I learned that in my particular area and the direction that my house faces are not so conducive to an awesome front porch display.  Wah-wah-wahhhh!  In the fall, since my house is north facing, all the mums I bought that were gorgeous quickly died from … [Read more...]

How to Install a Pull-out Garbage

I've been meaning to post this for awhile, it's a project we actually did in February.  There's so many projects I've done that I haven't posted because I am so behind.  So I'm resolved to get caught up, starting with this pull-out garbage tutorial.  Yes, I'm going to share with you how to install a pull-out garbage. When we were designing our house, I really wanted a pull-out garbage in the kitchen.  I've always hated how the garbage, a … [Read more...]

Easy Thanksgiving Centerpiece

Last December, I helped plan and execute my sister's wedding.  It was so cute, very rustic and wintery but whimsical.  I built 22 wooden boxes for the centerpieces and every since I've been trying to give them away.  Well last week, they came in very handy when we had an unexpected funeral to help with and I was asked to take care of the centerpieces for the luncheon.  And now I'm so glad I didn't give them all away!  This centerpiece idea is my … [Read more...]