• Renovations

    Thrifting, Gallery Walls and Pony Wall Shelving Round 2!

    It’s week 4 of the One Room Challenge! If you’ve been following along you know that I’m a guest participant in the Better Homes & Gardens One Room Challenge. I’m transforming my living room in 8 weeks. That means we are halfway there! This week I have three updates for you: Thrifting, a gallery wall and pony wall shelving round 2. Thrifting Every time I take on a room makeover, I make a list of everything that I need for the room. Then I decide which items I could DIY, either by making them from scratch or upcycling items from thrift stores or online marketplaces. For my living room makeover…

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    Making a Pony Wall Cool Again. And Doing 500 Other Things. ORC Week 3!

    It’s week 3 and I’m starting to see the room coming together! Making a Pony Wall Cool Pony walls, or half walls, are so 80’s….or 60’s….or…..? I’m pretty sure no one said they are amazingly on trend for 2020. Nevertheless, I was on a mission to make my pony wall cool and I got a large piece of it finished this week. It took a lot of measuring, a lot of staining and more time than you might think but I got it done. It matches the trim exactly as I intended. You can see below my stain color test just to make sure that it would all match. Boho…

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    Measure 56 Times, Cut Once. One Room Challenge Week 2

    That’s the saying, right? “Measure 56 times, cut once.” Well, that’s what I did when I started working on my pony wall shelving. What’s a pony wall, you ask? It’s a half wall. Google tells me that it’s called a pony wall because if a pony was behind it, the pony could put it’s head over it. Hah. Makes complete sense, right? The Plan If you missed my mood board and layout plans, head over to my week 1 post here to catch up! This week I’ve been focusing mostly on this shelving that will go above my pony wall. My husband says it’s 80’s but if Chip & Joanna…

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    One Room Challenge Week 1: Living Room Makeover Starts Today!

    The One Room Challenge has started! My living room is ready. Well, who am I kidding? It’s been ready for a makeover for about 8 months now, ever since we moved into this house. The current items featured in my living room include the following: A giant cardboard box. A sectional awkwardly in two sections. Crackers ground into the carpet. Toys. Toys. Did I mention toys?! Please enjoy these lovely “Before” pictures. The one good part of this picture: That giant amazing egg chair that has stolen my heart and thankfully, hasn’t had any red wine spilled on it…yet. Here’s a giant blank wall….with a TV….and a lot of toys…and…

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    How to Refinish Metal Lockers

    Nearly everyone is looking for ways to have more storage in their home. Storage solutions are especially great when they keep clutter out of sight. Storage solutions are even better when they are unique and add to the overall look and feel of a room, rather than detract from it. Therefore, let me share with you an idea: refinished metal lockers! They are a unique storage solution for a mudroom, entryway, laundry room, bedroom or any other room in your home. They keep clutter out of sight and bonus: they can be very inexpensive! In this tutorial I’ll show you how I refinished old rusty metal lockers. I then placed…

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    The 3 Essential Tools for Painting High Ceilings

    The thought of painting the vaulted ceiling in my home was painful. I let that painful thought sit in my mind for a good 3 months. Then I finally got over it and got to work! Here’s the deal: It doesn’t have to be painful. With the right tools, it’s actually quite simple. Other than the obvious painting items such as paintbrushes, paint, etc., you will need 3 specific tools. An 18-inch roller frame and 18-inch roller. These items will change your world! Seriously. Buy them. Right now. I use them all the time, even in rooms without vaulted ceilings. They make painting projects go about 5 times faster. 2.…

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  • Final Vents

    A Simple Way to Update Old Door Knobs & Vents

    Unfortunately for us, our lovely 70s home had 15 nasty brass (aka shiny gold and really ugly) doorknobs in it. It also had about 15 nasty, rusty vents (how do vents get rusty?! I have no idea!). They all looked terrible and I really didn’t feel like spending a ridiculous amount of money buying brand new replacement knobs and vents. Fortunately, Rust-Oleum Spray Paint is one of my favorite products ever. Seriously. It’s amazing. Check out the step-by-step tutorial below for an easy and cheap way to update all the nasty door knobs and vents in your home ­čÖé First, the nasty vents (and check out the nasty carpet –…

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    How to Update Ugly 70’s Spindles

    You know when you walk into a house and this is what you see? 70’s SPINDLES!!! This was one of those things that I told my husband that we definitely needed to update because I just really dislike them. Turns out other remodeling projects took priority when we moved in and these drove me crazy for a few years (haha, yes, YEARS) until one day I randomly walked upstairs and my husband was ripping them out!! Hooray!! I think it was right in the middle of our huge kitchen renovation so I was surprised that we were taking on a new project but I couldn’t have been happier to see…

  • FLOORING 101

    How to Choose the Perfect Flooring

    I love flooring. It can make a room look amazing – and also make a room look downright terrible. 5 quick tips for choosing the right flooring for you and your room. 1.┬áDurability:┬áDo you have children? How clumsy are you? What is the likelihood that someone is going to drop a glass bowl on your tile floor in your kitchen and crack a tile? For me, that likelihood it high. When I cook, I’m all over the place and likely drinking wine and dancing to music – in other words, it’s very likely I’ll drop something. Also, I have a 2-year old son who will pound on floors with hammers…

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