You may remember last October, we painted our kitchen and kitchen cabinets. We gave it a whole new look with some paint, tin back splash and new appliances. Here's the before photo in case you missed it:Read More
In the last post I showed you our exterior makeover. What may not be immediately obvious in the photos above is that we replaced our shutters too. I feel like it's one of those details that's not super noticeable, but that makes a big difference overall. It's all in the little custom design choices.
Honestly, I never even thought about making my own shutters until I saw someone do it on Instagram. Not only are these farmhouse shutters super easy to make, they are very inexpensive!! Way cheaper than buying new shutters! That my friends is a DIY win!Read More
This is what our house looked like last October as we were walking through for the final inspection. I honestly can't say there was too much I actually liked about the house at that point. But I could see it certainly had potential. We've transformed about half of the inside so far, and this summer we've been taking the projects outside!!
Last I left you on the exterior progress, I showed my finished garage doors and a few tiny paint swatches. I admit the garage doors looked a little less than amazing with all that gold paint. I actually have no idea what the old color is. In some lights the body of the house looked light yellow, but the trim was a nasty gold, flesh tone, peach... I don't even know. What I did know, was that it had to go.Read More
A reader question came in a few weeks ago, and I thought it was such a good one it deserved a whole blog post. She explained that she is a new homeowner and doesn't really have tools yet. "What tools do you recommend that you use for pretty much everything you do?".
I love tools, the first gift I remember my husband giving me when we were dating was a tool set. I ask for tools for Christmas, and getting a new tool makes me so happy. However, just like anything else, there are tools that are very useful and some that are just taking up space.
Some tools are also very project specific (ie: a tile saw) others are more general, and will be used over and over again. This is meant to be a general list of tools to have in home DIY projects.Read More
Our house came with some fabulous French doors. They had been added by a previous owner, then removed to sell the house. But I had a vision for those beauties - I wanted to add a couple of black interior doors – something a little fancy a little more like a statement piece. They are super functional to have in the office too – a little sound barrier in our crazy house ;)Read More
I’ve realized one of my favorite things in home design and DIY is not only when something looks pretty, but when it functions well. When those two components meet, it’s what truly makes a house feel like a custom built home that really works hard for your family. I remember realizing that in the last house during our DIY kitchen renovation. I also realized that making a space work for you doesn’t have to be hard or expensive – you just need a little creativity. So when we moved into the new house with a whole new kitchen layout – I knew there were some spots that needed some re-work.
One of them was this “desk” area.Read More
I've seen painted floors online and thought they were so creative. Why not - if you already hate the floor, and you want to replace it someday anyway. Why not paint it?? That's the story with this floor.
Oak parquet runs through the entry way and powder room of the front of our home and I despise it. It glows orange, and there is just no way to hide that much floor. Someday we'd like to replace it with real hardwoods, but we aren't ready for that project yet, so in the meantime I came up with a more creative solution.
I thought I'd try to paint it, and stencil it - I figured I could pretty easily make it look like Moroccan tile which is very popular in design these days.Read More