• 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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    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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  • 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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  • 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…