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    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…

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    Easy Woodworking Projects: Modern Console Table and Wall Decor

    Are you a beginner woodworker? Are you looking for easy woodworking projects that are simple yet make a big statement in your home? I have two DIY projects that will be perfect for you! They are super simple to make and with some finishing work sponsored by Minwax, they look amazing! They add a unique mid-century modern look to my family room. 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 from my links. It’s no extra cost to you. DIY…

  • Renovations

    Whitewashing Made Easy: Upcycling an Old Coffee Table

    Everywhere I look I see people whitewashing something. Furniture, fireplaces, mantles and more are being whitewashed to create a naturally rustic and airy look. Most people do a tricky dance of trying to mix the right paint with the right amount of water to achieve the perfect whitewash. Minwax makes whitewashing super easy! They have a color wash product that doesn’t need to be mixed with water, dries very quickly and creates a beautiful aged look on bare or stained wood. I used this Design Series Color Wash product on a very outdated coffee table that I’ve had sitting in my garage for the last 5 years. I transformed it…

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    One Room Challenge Final Reveal: Light & Bright Living Room!

    It’s reveal time! After 8 weeks of crazy work and crazy excitement, I’m thrilled to be sharing with you the final reveal of my living room. For the past 8 weeks, I have been a guest participants in the One Room Challenge hosted by Better Homes & Gardens and The One Room Challenge. I loved being part of this and I hope you enjoyed following along on the transformation. I took a living room that was uncomfortable, average and not at all functional and turned it into a functional, relaxing and beautiful space. I used a combination of DIY projects and purchased items to fill the room. I’ll walk you…

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    Thrifting Saved my One Room Challenge

    It’s week 6 of the One Room Challenge. We are quickly coming up on the final week (week 8)! Can I finish in time?! I sure hope so! If you haven’t heard yet, I’m a guest participant in the Better Homes & Gardens One Room Challenge. That means I’m working on transforming my living room in 8 weeks. If you had asked me a few days ago if I would finish in time, I would have been seriously doubtful. However, I finally found the exact item I was searching for on Facebook Marketplace! Why was it so hard to find and what was I looking for? Well, I’ll tell you.…

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    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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  • Renovations

    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…

  • Renovations

    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 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…