From Bumper Pad to Pillow

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  I've got something really cute to share with you. See this sweet-as-can-be pillow?   I made it out of the bumper pad that was in Brennan's crib! {Cute story}: We transitioned him to a big boy bed a couple of weeks ago (he's two and a half). His crib was still up in his room because really, I think we just didn't want to let go!  Well, the other night I put him down in his big boy bed and said my good nights.  When I went to check on him after he was asleep, he was not … [Read more...]

This Small Mirror Makes a Big Impact

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How do you like my new mirror? Too bold? I like that it makes a big impact. If I'd have seen this at Home Goods, this would have gone straight into my cart! It's actually a smaller mirror mounted onto plywood! The title of this post should have been, "From Epic Fail to Awesome".  This project started with a plan to use the mirror below that was removed from the boys' bathroom last summer, to create a beautiful new mirror for my living room.     I was going to attach it to a … [Read more...]

Cabinet Makeover with a Secret Identity

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  If you read my Top 10 Project Wish List for 2013, you might remember number ten on my list was to replace this table:   There is nothing wrong with it.  I just wanted to replace it with a piece that would provide some storage, something my very open-concept house is sadly lacking.   I am happy to anounce that Wish List Project #Ten can officially be crossed off the list! I found this cabinet at a thrift store a couple of weeks ago.  I paid a bit more for it … [Read more...]

How to Transfer Letters Old School Style

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I love to create signs and add graphics to my furniture pieces.  Today I'm sharing with you how I do it. There are a lot of ways to add words/graphics to a project with all the awesome cutting machines and fancy stencils circulating out there.  When I want to add a little something extra to my pieces, I have to use what I have on hand which sadly, does not include awesome cutting machines or fancy stencils.  So,  I transfer them old school style. Transferring to Lighter Surfaces: Step … [Read more...]

Accidental Kitchen Organization

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Really, organizing almost my entire kitchen was not the plan when I installed my new spice cabinet.  But one thing led to another and to another. You get the idea. I promised I would show you what I did with the rest of the spices plus all the awesome organization that followed. So here it is! I built and installed this really cool spice cabinet which I shared with you last time. (Can a spice cabinet be cool? Why not.) All of my spices unfortunately did not fit so the rest ended up … [Read more...]

Finally, a Solution to My Messy Spice Cabinet!

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What started out as a plan to get my spices in order steamrolled into an entire day of kitchen organization. You see, my husband and I have our own spice cabinets. Sound crazy? Well, yes it is.  When we combined households we just kept them separate for some unknown reason. Something needed to seriously change! I couldn't take digging through these cabinets any longer: Hers:   His:   Trying to find what I needed between these two messy cupboards was so … [Read more...]

The Cutest $5 Table

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I found this little table at an estate sale this summer for five bucks.  I wasn't sure what I wanted to do with it so it sat in my garage. I recently purchased a cabinet that I was thinking of painting a teal color.  The paint I'm interested in using is Annie Sloan chalk paint (ASCP) in Provence. If you don't know about the wonders of chalk paint yet (not to be confused with chalkboard paint), it is awesome because it adheres to just about any surface with NO sanding or priming … [Read more...]

Garage Sale Chair Makeover

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  This is the story of four neglected, filthy, rickety dining room chairs.  I don't know what possessed me to buy them except they were super cheap. Do you do that? Do you buy things sometimes just because they're a super good price? I read somewhere that if you wouldn't be willing to pay $100 for something, you shouldn't buy it because it means you don't love it enough. In other words, only purchase things that you love enough that you would pay good money for them (not that those … [Read more...]

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