Doll Barn {Building}

Thursday / 3 comments

I'm SO excited to show you today's project!  One of my favorite things to do as a little girl was visit my Grandma's house.  My Grandma is super creative and would spend hours with me making doll houses out of cardboard, fabric and her glue gun.  So making a doll barn made me totally nostalgic and excited to spend time with my little girl playing with dolls.  My daughter is four and loves to play with dolls but she really loves playing with the doll horses so I thought it would be fun to build her a house that her horses and dolls could live together.









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Cubby Base {Building}

Tuesday / 3 comments
Happy December!!  Have you done your holiday decorating?  Do you want to hear a shameful true blogger confession?  I haven't done any decorating.  In fact my porch still has Thanksgiving pumpkins on display! My husband and I have been too busy working on some fun gift projects! Starting with this new plan today.  A little cubby base from Ana White.  Perfect height for my daughter to play with her present.  Which is also another plan that I will show you on Thursday.
Any ideas of what it could be?


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First Aid Cabinet {Organizing}

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Hi friends!  Today I have a simple organizing project.  Our guest half bath is right off the garage so we store the first aid supplies in there.  When we moved in I just shoved all the stuff in the cupboard and then let the kids dig through it when they needed a bandaid.  It was a huge mess.

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Organizing the Kid's Bathroom {Apartment Guide}

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Ana White DIY Desk {Dinosaur Boys Bedroom}

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Hi friends!  I hope you are having a wonderful week.  I am so excited to show you the new desk I built for my son's bedroom using some new Ana White plans.  The awesome thing about this desk is that it is just a few 2x4s and some 2x6s and cost less than $20 in lumber!!


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Ana White-The Handbuilt Home

Monday / 1 comment
I'm so excited!  Today is the day that Ana White's new book The Handbuilt Home comes out!

The Handbuilt Home: 34 Simple Stylish and Budget-Friendly Woodworking Projects for Every Room


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DIY Magnetic Chalkboard Calendar {Building}

Wednesday / 3 comments
This is the first year I've had all my kids in school!  My youngest just started preschool a few days a week so I'm determined to become a more organized person.  Starting with our family schedules and calendar.  I've always struggled with the keeping a family calendar.  When I have a paper calendar I am afraid to write stuff down because I don't want the paper messed up if plans change.  This is especially true for things like workouts or menus that are constantly skipped...or changed before dinner.  I tried a dry erase calendar but many times the carefully written schedule "accidentally" gets erased by a preschooler so they can do more important things like color.

So I decided to build my own calendar that met all my picky expectations.  I am loving it because it's a chalkboard and I love chalkboards. Plus the calendar is magnetic and the spaces are a big 4"x4" giving lots of room to fit in all the activities of a busy family.

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Hanging Decorations above Beds

Friday / Leave a Comment
I found some soccer art for my tween son's bedroom.   I bought it on Etsy and it has a rustic look but is printed on metallic paper.  He is obsessed with skateboarding and soccer so I thought it would be perfect.  When I hung it up I realized that now I have something hanging above all the beds in the house.


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Show Your Colors {My Colortopia}

Tuesday / Leave a Comment


I love looking at before and after pictures of room makeovers.  Totally helps me decide what I like for my own home!  So I was excited when I heard that My Colortopia was adding a Show Your Colors gallery section of before and afters to their website.  My Colortopia already has a great quiz to help you find the perfect paint colors for your home.  You can even upload your favorite picture to see what colors you might like.  Now you can look at a whole gallery of before and after photos or upload your photos to inspire others!

My favorite before and after lately was my brother's bedroom. Amazing what a difference adding some paint to the walls can make when you have a small room and a small budget!  The great thing about the Show Your Colors gallery is that it will give you paint suggestions off of the photos that you like!



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Halloween Candle Tray {Scrapbooking Attitude}

Sunday / 5 comments
Halloween is one of my favorite holidays.  I think because it's my Grandma's favorite holiday and she goes ALL out.  When I was growing up she would have the most elaborate Halloween parties every year with amazing decorations.  At the end of the party my Great Grandma would hand out GIANT popcorn balls that she handmade.  Delicious.  So I'm totally blaming my Grandma that I could only wait until the beginning of September to start pulling out the Halloween decor!  This year I have a new addition to my decor.  A Halloween candle tray made with a new product called Scrapbooking Attitude.


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Decorating with Antique Door Knobs

Wednesday / 5 comments
Remember E's bedroom that I've been slowly working on for forever?  It will probably be all finished the week we have to move again!


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Ana White: The Handbuilt Home

Tuesday / 5 comments
I'm so excited today! For two reasons.

One: My boys all went back to school today! Love having them home all summer but sheesh they were so bored the last week or two. I think we were all sick of summer (or maybe just me the Mom? LOL).

Two: My friend Ana White wrote a totally awesome book called The Handbuilt Home! The book has 34 furniture plans.


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DIY Nickel Tray

Friday / 4 comments
Hi friends!  Are your kids back at school?  Mine start Monday so I've been crazy busy running all over town trying to get all their supplies.  As well as replace all the pants and shoes that are too small!  I'm excited to have a few hours a day to get things in my house more organized.  Because after summer it's a MESS!!

I started out in my messy bedroom with some storage for my nightstand.  I totally have a container addiction.  Bins, buckets, baskets and trays.  I'm always optimistic that having more containers will magically make me more organized!  So today I'm sharing my love of trays with you and have a tutorial on how to make a tray out of nickels!


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Chore Charts

Tuesday / 1 comment
Are you excited for your kids to get back to school?  I love fall because I am a schedule/routine person and love the routine school brings.  Preparing for our school schedules I've been working on getting my kids back into the routine of chores.  I want my kids to develop good cleaning habits and avoid the frustration when they don't know exactly how to clean a room.  So I made a free how to printable on how to clean a few different rooms in the house!


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Princess Mirror with DecoArt Glass Paint

Monday / 10 comments
Have you found anything great at yard sales this summer?  My daughter is obsessed with all things princess and dress up and I found the perfect mirror for her dress up corner.  It was only $5!  I even have a little tutorial to show you how I made the cute little crown with some of DecoArt's new glass paint!
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Sew a Corner Ruffle Duvet

Sunday / 2 comments
Happy Monday friends!  I hope you had an awesome weekend.  Today I'm going to show you how I sewed the cute corner ruffle duvet in my brother's master bedroom.   It went together pretty quick and took WAY less time than E's ruffly duvet.


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DIY Queen Headboard {Building}

Friday / 8 comments
I've been showing you all the projects in my older brother's house but I did some fun projects in my little brother's house too!  Did you know I have FIVE brothers and SIX brother in laws? Please pause for a moment and send me cyber sympathy for the amount of teasing I've had to endure.

The biggest project at my little brother's house was his master bedroom.  My brother and his wife just graduated college and are going to be school teachers.  Bless them!  They wanted a grown up bedroom so we set to work.  I started by building the headboard using the Reclaimed Wood Headboard plans from Ana White.  And when I say me I actually mean my husband and his brother in law did most of the building.  I am still a VERY slow builder and they have years of experience building houses and all sorts of other things.  In a morning we built the board and batten wall, the mantel headboard, 2 laundry dressers and this headboard.

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How to Paint Bar Stools {Kitchen makeover}

Wednesday / 2 comments
Today is the last day in my brother's mini house makeover!  I'm going to show you his kitchen and dining room.  The biggest project in the kitchen was painting his bar stools.


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Living Room Gallery Wall

Monday / 1 comment
Hey friends!  Today I'm going to show you how I hung up my brother's gallery wall.  I LOVE family pictures and think they are such a great way to bring life to a room.


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Ana White Simple Bench {Building}

Thursday / 4 comments
I gave you all a little sneak peek of the Ana White Simple Bench in the Board and Batten post.  It really is a SIMPLE bench.  You could even build the whole bench with a few simple tools.


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Board and Batten Entryway

Tuesday / 14 comments
I'm SO excited to show you how we turned my brother's boring entryway into a lovely, more user friendly space.  We also added some interest and detail with a board and batten wall treatment.



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Girls Map Bedroom

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Remember that fabric map I made a few months ago?  It ended up in my tween nieces bedroom!



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Chore Chart Printable {Infarrantly Creative}

Thursday / 2 comments
I'm over at Infarrantly Creative today sharing my new Chore System with a free printable!  Come check it out!

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Girls Shared Bedroom {Amy Butler Love}

Wednesday / 2 comments
I'm excited to show you my nieces shared bedroom update.  Sometimes when reading blogs or looking at pinterest I get totally overwhelmed and want to do NOTHING since what I see just seems impossible.  So with my brother's house I'm trying to focus on all the little changes that didn't take a ton of time or money but really improved the rooms!  Here is how the girls room turned out!


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Katie Nightstand with Shelves {Building-Ana White}

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Hi friends!  I'm so excited to show you how I built the nightstands to go with my brother's new headboard.  They wanted something with lots of storage since the nightstands are going to double as bookshelves.  Ana was so great (as always) and wrote up some awesome plans.  It still amazes me how talented Ana is!


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Mantel Molding Headboard

Monday / 13 comments
The master bedroom at my brother's house was one of the rooms I was most excited to give a facelift to. 






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Laundry room makeover with Ana White Brook laundry dressers

Friday / 8 comments
One of the rooms that really needed help was my brother's laundry room.  With five kids they have A LOT of laundry but the room didn't have a spot for clean laundry and they weren't using the space they had as well as they could.  BEFORE-This brings a whole new meaning to airing your families dirty laundry.


The first thing we did was build two of the Ana White Brook Laundry dressers.  The same ones I have in my laundry room.  Now they have a clean basket for each person in their family and one for towels/sheets.  The dirty laundry will go in the hamper that has 3 separate sections for sorting next to the laundry dressers.


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Spray Painting a Metal Railing {Krylon Rust Protector}

Wednesday / 3 comments
One of my focuses at my brother's house was to fix/repair all those little projects that we all have and bug us every time we walk by them.. The first of those was the front porch railing that had lots of rust.


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Shared Boy Nursery

Tuesday / 8 comments
I spent the last few weeks visiting my family and helping my brother and his wife spruce up their house a little.   I showed up when my sister in law was 38 weeks pregnant with their 5th child and she was really sweet and patient as I ripped her entire house apart!

My brother and I worked super hard to get everything done before the new baby came and we were hanging the last few things up hours before the little guy got home from the hospital!  One of the first rooms we worked on was the nursery.

The starting point for the nursery was this quilt that I bought on Etsy from The Tabbie and The Pea .  The fabric is Michael Miller's backyard baby .


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Numbered Onesie

Thursday / Leave a Comment
Today I have a little tutorial on how to make a numbered onesie.  A is my brother's 5th child so I thought it would be fun to make him a little #5 onesie.  The numbered onesie is always a big hit at baby showers and I usually give it with a monogrammed baby blanket.


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Monogrammed Baby Blanket

Monday / 5 comments
Hi friends!  I feel like it's been forever since I posted.  I went on vacation to see my family and help out with my brand new nephew.  I had grand plans of juggling everything and blogging while I was gone but I just couldn't manage to put the cute new baby down long enough to type anything!  I do have TONS of fun projects that I did while I was gone that I'm excited to show you.  First up I'm showing you how to make a monogrammed baby blanket.  It's my favorite baby gift to give at baby shower.

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Jumbo Wall Number Art

Wednesday / 3 comments
I've been working on making my living room more fun and family friendly since we spend so much time in there.  I thought a giant number 6 would be a great addition since there six people including my husband and I in my family.  When I first told my Mom about this project she got super excited and thought I was announcing that I was pregnant with twins or something!  I do have older brothers that are twins and my Dad is a twin and my Mom is a super optimistic person so I see how she could come to that conclusion.  So funny.

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5 Awesome Lamp Updates

Sunday / Leave a Comment
One of the easiest ways to update a room is to update the accessories.  So today I have 5 great lamp updates to show you!  Most only require a little bit of paint!



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How to Paint Wicker {Porch Makeover}

Thursday / 1 comment
I've been wanting a wicker chair for my porch and love the texture wicker adds to a space but don't love the price tag on a new wicker chair.  Strolling through my local thrift store I found this wicker chair for $15!  It was dirty and the wicker on the legs was coming unraveled but I knew I could save it!

I started by giving it a good scrub down on a nice sunny day.  A vacuum and an old toothbrush can help get into the crevices.  Then I let the sun dry it out completely.


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Fabric Wall Map

Monday / 36 comments

I'm SO excited to share a fun project that I did with some of my blogging BFFs.  One of the best things about blogging is connecting with people who think the same way you do and always have a fun creative project on the brain!  This past month Jenna from SAS Interiors, Kim from Sand and Sisal, Monica and Jess from East Coast Creative  and Allison from House of Hepworths and I have been chatting it up on the phone, sending emails and sharing SO many great ideas.

We decided it would be fun to have a little challenge and see what each of us could come up with from the same list of DIY ingredients.  Beckie from Infarrantly Creative compiled a list of stuff that we had to incorporate into our projects.  Ready to see what I did?

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Blogging 2 Better Summer Challenge

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5 Awesome Ways to Entertain your Kids this Summer

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I'm SO excited for summer.  My kids have 5 days of school left and each day gets a little harder to get them on the bus on time and to remember to get homework turned in.  I've started gathering up fun activities to do with my kids this summer and thought I'd share 5 of them with you!

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Ana White Chaise Lounges

Wednesday / 5 comments
You ready to see my summer office?  It's this nice cozy spot in my backyard.  Notice I didn't say quiet.  My backyard in the summer is anything but quiet.  It's barely controlled chaos of a bazillion kids.  But at least now I can supervise the water wars and games of tag from my new Ana White lounge chairs!


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Ruffled 4th of July wreath made using a pool noodle and felt

Monday / 11 comments
I love ruffly felt wreaths.  Remember the ones I made for St. Patrick's day and Easter?    When I saw this adorable 4th of July wreath from the Capital B I wanted to make one for my house too! The best thing is that the wreath only cost me $6!



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5 Awesome Ways to Repurpose Maps

Sunday / 2 comments
I love to use maps around my house as decor. It's such a great way to remember favorite places you've lived or fun places you have been on vacation.  I've used a map to decorate a dresser for my son's bedroom and made some state and country love art representing places our family has lived.  So today I'm going to show you 5 awesome ways that you can repurpose maps around your house!


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Ruffled Bed Skirt {Girls Aqua and Grey Bedroom}

Thursday / 5 comments
I'm back to sewing ruffles again.  I know I swore I would never ruffle again after how long the ruffled curtains took but I really wanted a ruffly bedskirt to match the curtains.  So I bought two twin flat sheet from Walmart for $5 each and set to work.


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Bed makeover-Annie Sloan chalk paint in Pure White {Furniture Rescue}

Tuesday / 10 comments
I'm so excited to show you E's new bed.  I got it at a garage sale for $10!!  Love a great deal.


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Hello Sign for Front Porch {Building Tutorial}

Thursday / 7 comments
I'm so excited to show you all the sign I built for my front porch!  When I showed you the easy cedar planters I built I told you about how my porch has a window on one side of the door and then just a big empty spot on the other side.  I got a lot of great ideas from all of you and in the end decided to build a sign because it was a quick and cheap fix.  Plus when we move next year I can take it with me.  I'm going to show you how to build one too!  You could put whatever letters or sayings you want on it but I chose "Hello".  Because welcome was too long and "Go Away" seemed rude.


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DIY Mini Crate {Building Tutorial}

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I have a thing for containers.  Anyone else with me?  Just something so full of potential and future promise that I'm going to finally get organized! I've been working on my son's dinosaur bedroom and needed a spot for his special somethings when it was time for bed.  So I built a mini crate for his bionicles and one for his various treasures!  They were super easy and inexpensive and I am going to show you how to make one too!


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DIY Penny Tray {Dinosaur Boys Bedroom}

Tuesday / 14 comments
I've seen some really cool floors and countertops around the internet made out of pennies!  It looked like such a fun project that I thought I'd give it a try on something MUCH smaller than a counter or floor.  So I introduce you to my new penny tray.


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Spray Painting Metal Table {Porch spruce up}

Friday / 8 comments
I've been hard at work on my front porch. It's looked a little sad and forgotten since we moved in and not very welcoming. I made some little planters for by the front door. I also wanted to spruce up our little seating area. So much more welcoming now.


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DIY Square Cedar Planters {Building}

Tuesday / 8 comments
It's been nice and sunny this week so I've been spending a ton of time working outside trying to spruce up my porch.  I know my neighbors are thinking "Oh the crazy spray paint lady is at it again!"   In between spray painting sessions I built some square planters for my front porch using Ana White plans.


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