• Decor,  Renovations

    5 Amazing Staining Tips! Including how to prevent blotchy stain, how to choose the right stain opacity, and more!

    I love staining wood. (I love painting wood too but something about the wood grain showing through stain makes me so happy!) Staining wood isn’t difficult but it’s important to follow the instructions and also have a few staining tips in your back pocket to help prevent some common mistakes. Therefore, I wanted to share with you 5 Amazing Staining Tips! I recently built a mini nightstand for my 3-year-old daughter. It sits next to her toddler bed and I must admit: Something about mini things is just so cute! I love it! Next I’ll walk you through how I made this nightstand while sharing 5 amazing staining tips along…

  • Renovations

    How to Stain Outdoor Furniture: Plus a Black and White Modern Outdoor Bench!

    The older I get the more I love amazing outdoor spaces. Something about the sunshine, warmth, good food, and laughter of kids playing in the backyard. Lately I’ve been building more planters and furniture to go on my back deck. Most recently I completed a modern outdoor bench that I wanted to share with you today. I’ll also be sharing with you how to stain outdoor furniture. It is a really simple process as long as you have the right stain and applicator, and follow the simple instructions. Thanks to Cabot for sponsoring this post. I received compensation but all opinions stated here are my own. I’ve loved and used Cabot premium woodcare…

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  • Refinished Deck
    Renovations

    What stain should I use on my deck? And more deck staining tips here!

    Staining a deck can seem like a BIG job with a lot of unanswered questions such as: What stain should I use on my deck? How do I prep my deck for stain? What type of stain is best for decks? What deck stain is most durable? And more! When we bought our house 3 years ago, the deck was badly peeling. I decided that this summer was the time to refinish it. I just finished prepping and staining my deck so I thought I’d share with you all my advice and tips on staining a deck. Thanks to Cabot for sponsoring this post. I received compensation but all opinions stated here…

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  • Renovations

    5 Tips for Painting Walls Quickly and Perfectly!

    Most of us have painted walls before and let’s face it: It can get tedious and seem never-ending! Fortunately, I have five tips for you on how to paint walls quickly and perfectly. 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 very long time! Tools & Materials Purdy Revolution 9″ Roller Frame  Purdy White Dove Roller Cover (3/8″ or 1/2″ nap) Purdy Power Lock Professional Grade Extension Pole Purdy Clearcut Cub Brush Purdy NEST 9″ Paint Tray with Liner Purdy Premium Folding Multi-Tool Sherwin-Williams Captivate Interior Latex Paint in Snowbound (satin finish) Paint Drop Cloth…

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  • How to clean a paint brush
    Cleaning,  Decor,  Renovations

    How to Clean a Paint Brush and Roller Cover

    Did you know that paint brushes can stay good for decades? Even if you use them all the time! With proper cleaning and care, high quality paint brushes can stay good for a lifetime. I’d love to share with you how to clean a paint brush and roller cover so that they last a long time for you! 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 very long time! To introduce this cleaning tutorial, I’ll be sharing with you a recent furniture refinishing project and I’ll show how I cleaned the brush and roller cover…

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  • easy inexpensive DIY planter
    Decor,  Renovations

    Easy Inexpensive DIY Planter: With a Bold Color Stain!

    Summer is here and what better way to enjoy it than to sit outside on a lovely summer evening? I love decorating and enjoying outdoor spaces. The more planters and flowers, the better. Therefore, an easy inexpensive DIY planter is exactly my type of project! I must admit that I’m not great at keeping flowers alive but that doesn’t stop me from building planters for them. What I have for you today is a quick, easy, and inexpensive DIY planter. It has a fun bold pop of color on it too! Thanks to Cabot for sponsoring this post. I received compensation but all opinions stated here are my own. I’ve loved and used…

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  • 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…

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  • Easy Linen Closet Organization Project
    Cleaning,  Renovations

    Linen Closet Organization Makeover in just ONE DAY!

    Anyone else have the messiest linen closet? It’s where we keep our linens, plus all our medicine and stocked-up toilet paper. It was DISASTROUS! The good news: I tidied it up in just one day with a few simple steps. Get ready for some linen closet organization! Here’s how I did it so that you can do the same (unless you like an avalanche of towels on your head when you open your linen closet! Eeek!). Thanks to Minwax for sponsoring this post. I received compensation from Minwax but all opinions stated here are my own. Time to Complete Linen Closet Organization One Day! Seriously. You can do it too. Tools &…

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    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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  • Decor

    4 DIY Planter Box Ideas that Make Any Outdoor Space Beautiful

    Welcome to the Summer Outdoor Spaces Blog Hop! I’m so happy to be part of it and I’m excited to show you my DIY planters. This blog hop is hosted by AnnMarie & Anne from Simply2Moms. If you’re visiting from Shannon at My Little White Barn. or if you just happened to stop by, I’m so glad you’re here.  Do you have an outdoor space that needs a little extra love and care? Do you want to create a space to enjoy without spending a lot of money? DIY planter boxes are a great way to do it! Some planters can be made quite inexpensively and they immediately brighten up…