• Decor,  Renovations

    What’s the best paint brush for refinishing furniture?

    Not all paint brushes are the same. Some are specifically designed to work best with certain types of paint or stain. Some are designed to leave a smooth finish while others are designed for maximum coverage on rough surfaces. Therefore, people often ask me: What’s the best paint brush for refinishing furniture? Well, I’m about to tell you just that! I recently refinished my daughter’s dresser so I’ll walk you through how I refinished it and what brushes and rollers I chose to use along the way. Thanks to Purdy for sponsoring this post. I received compensation but all opinions stated here are my own. I’ve loved and owned Purdy products for a…

  • Applying COTY Solid Stain
    Decor

    Searching for the Perfect Sage Green? Try Gentle Olive, the Minwax 2022 Color of the Year!

    My go-to colors for my home are white, sage green and blush pink. They’re soft, clean, bright and airy. They’re organic, natural and calming. Therefore, when Minwax told me that their 2022 Color of the Year was going to be Gentle Olive, I’m pretty sure I said “AHHH! That’s amazing! That’s all over my home already!” It’s a gorgeous, nature-inspired sage green. Last year I created some wall decor and a console table in my living room using this color. I also created some modern bookends using this beautiful sage green color. As part of Minwax’s Color of the Year announcement, I created a giant piece of wall art featuring…

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  • fluted planters and plant riser
    Decor

    Easy to Make DIY Plant Risers and Dowel Planters

    I’m not great at keeping plants alive but I love having some greenery in my home! Therefore, I’ve opted for a few plants that are easy to take care of and a lot of faux plants. I love the current dowel trend so I decided to combine my love for plants and dowels by making some plant risers and dowel planters. This is a super simple project that has a lot of room for customization depending on your style preferences. Let’s dive into how to make plant risers and dowel planters! Thanks to Minwax for sponsoring this post. I received compensation and free product from Minwax but all opinions stated here are…

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  • Applying Oil to Outdoor Furniture with a White Bristle Brush
    Decor,  Renovations

    How to Apply Oil to Outdoor Furniture

    Let’s face it – sun, rain and snow can be hard on outdoor furniture! About 2 years ago I designed and built a bench with planters in it. At that time I applied Australian Timber Oil to the cedar boards. It’s been sitting outside for two years now and it’s in need of a fresh coat of oil. This is a really quick and easy fall fix-up project if you know how to apply oil to outdoor furniture – so let’s jump into the tutorial! Thanks to Purdy for sponsoring this post. I received compensation and free product but all opinions stated here are my own.This post contains affiliate links which means…

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  • Decor

    How to Paint a Perfect Circle Feature Wall – Plus Lots More Painting Tips!

    Painting might initially seem pretty simple but once you get going on it, you might realize that the paint isn’t covering well, you are getting paint all over the trim or your fun geometric designs don’t have crisp, clean edges. Don’t worry, I’m here with all sorts of painting tips for you! I’ll be sharing with you everything from how to choose the right paint brush to how to clean and store your brushes so they last for years. Also, I’ll be walking you through how to paint a perfect circle feature wall (because color blocking always add a ton of fun and dimension to a room!). Thanks to Purdy for sponsoring…

  • Decor

    How to Make a Modern DIY Wall Shelf

    I’m always looking for new wall decor. It seems like there are endless blank walls to decorate or to just redecorate for fun, right?? Making my own wall decor allows me to fully customize it to the space, making it the ideal measurements and color. This time I decided to take on a modern DIY wall shelf. It’s a fun, quick project that will add a modern customized look to your home. Thanks to Minwax for sponsoring this post. I received compensation and free product from Minwax but all opinions stated here are my own. This post contains affiliate links which means I may get a small commission off any purchases made…

  • Decor

    How to Make Modern Wall Art with Wood Dowels

    Looking for beautiful modern wall art but don’t want to pay a fortune? I have a perfect idea for you! For about $30, I made a series of three pieces of modern wall art. I used square wood dowels and two different colors of wood stain to create contrast and a modern look. You could keep this modern wall art with wood dowels for your own home or give it as a perfect gift for a friend! It’s simple. It’s inexpensive. It’s modern and beautiful. Let’s talk about how to make it! Thanks to Minwax for sponsoring this post. I received compensation and free product from Minwax but all opinions stated here…

  • Decor,  Renovations

    Why is my Stain Blotchy? 5 Easy Solutions to Fix Blotchy Stain

    You plan. You build. You sand and sand and sand. Then you stain…and it comes out looking blotchy! Ah! You might be wondering “Why is my stain blotchy? What did I do wrong?!” Don’t worry, I have some easy solutions for you: staining tips that will help you avoid blotchy stain every time from here on out. First, what causes blotchy stain? Blotchy stain often occurs because wood unevenly absorbs stain, causing some areas to be darker than others. Blotchy stain is more likely to happen on soft woods such as pine. Stain rarely turns out blotchy on hard wood like oak. Solution 1: Choose a type of wood that…

  • Finished R2-D2 Ikea Hack Dresser and BB8 Lego
    Decor,  Renovations

    Ikea Hack: How to Make an R2-D2 Dresser

    My son LOVES Star Wars. When I painted his sister’s dresser, he pleaded with me to paint his too. I knew this would be a great opportunity to do something fun. Therefore, the Ikea Hack R2-D2 Dresser was born! Follow me HERE on Instagram to see all my home DIY project reveals! Not into Instagram? Sign up for my emails here instead! Below I’ll share with you the steps you need to take to make this happen. It is time consuming because it’s artistic. You spend hours drawing out all the details and painting them perfectly. Honestly, I loved the process. I worked on it mostly after my son went…

  • Coastal entryway with bench with Minwax Color of the Year Vintage Blue on it
    Decor,  Renovations

    How to Make a Coastal Style Wood Bench with the Minwax 2021 Color of the Year: Vintage Blue!

    I’m so excited to share with you the Minwax 2021 Color of the Year! It’s gorgeous. It’s soft. It’s natural. It’s absolutely perfect for your home. The Minwax 2021 Color of the Year is…Vintage Blue! As the name states, it has blue in it but it also has greens and a soft gray undertone. It’s perfect for so many home styles including coastal, modern, farmhouse and more. The natural, organic look of it adds comfort and happiness to a room! Minwax asked if I wanted to show you how their 2021 Color of the Year stain looks on one of my projects and of course I said yes! This post is…