Don’t replace your ceiling fan – Paint it!

How to save money on light fixtures. Don't get rid of your old one, just paint it to update it #diy

Save your money and paint the darn thing! Paint your ceiling fan! We moved in 5 years ago and I've wanted to change out my ceiling fans for new ones ever since we looked at it.  Every time I go to Lowes or Home Depot, I look at the fans.  I look the next time and the next.... Then I'd go home and think, I should paint mine.  Then I'd think of taking it down, taking it apart and painting it.  Then I'd cringe. Then I'd be at Lowes, I'd look at the ceiling fans again ... and, look at the price and think about taking the old one down and putting the new one up.  Then I think about painting them again. See, it's been a vicious cycle. Try being in my brain ... It's totally ADHD {no … [Read more...]

How to Arm Knit

Learn to arm knit and make yourself something pretty! Perfect gift for her #diy

What a flipping awesome concept!  Arm knit your scarf!!  YOU can do it... Especially if I can do it! I went to Simply Maggie's Youtube channel and watched this video on how to arm knit. I got my yarn from Joann and went to town! I suggest you buy 2 skeins of yarn so you have it just in case you need more if you're making a cowl or something like a longer scarf.  I had bought one, yeah 1 skein of yarn, and had to go back.  I was like, 'now what?' as I had the unfinished cowl wrapped around my wrists ... Like how am I going to drive to Joann to get more yarn?  I gently took it off and thought that I'd be able to simply pick it up and start going again where I left off. NOT. I tried … [Read more...]

Paint your ceiling – The 5th Wall

This is a must see transformation! The 5th Wall is awesome! #painting #diy

Have you ever heard of your ceiling referred to as the '5th Wall'? Me neither until my amazingly talented interior design genius friend, Karen T., assisted me with a project ... from her HOUSE in New Mexico!!  Yeah, she helped me over the phone by looking at pictures and looking at the same paint deck as me.  It was truly amaze balls at how flipping awesome she is!! Okay, well, she convinced me to paint my ceiling, the '5th wall',  periwinkle.  Because, as I've always said, "life is too short for white walls" ... including the ceiling apparently Yup, you are reading this correctly.  I have wanted to paint and makeover my front room for 5 years now but never had because I didn't have a … [Read more...]

How to get the Chippy Paint Look

How to get the chippy paint look #diy

You're going to die when you see how EASY this chippy paint look technique is. Like ... die.... You need Paint, Vaseline {I used Aquafor cause that's what I had on hand}, and a cloth I started by sanding this knife holder just enough to rough it up. I also added this little die cut wood accessory I bought from Michaels many moons ago.  So happy to finally use it!  I simply glued it on to the front of the knife holder. And spray painted it originally with black, but then I had some help ... We added some moss green and red ... then I may have painted it a bit after he went to bed ... I painted over the spray paint using blue that matches my kitchen island I redid {it's all about the … [Read more...]

DIY – How to Etch your Glass in Minutes!

#diy Create privacy without sacrificing natural light in your home. How to etch your glass windows.

Not gonna lie!  Minutes!  Create some privacy in your home by doing it yourself etching. We have been in the house for over 5 years now and I've stared at these side windows flanking the front door SOOOOOOO many times a day.  Like, every time I walk by.  I see them when I walk down the stairs, when I walk to the stairs, when I walk to the front room, to the office .... They are in the very front of the house. Anyone walking or driving by can see IN our house.  I can see everything on the outside {which is fine because I'm nosey}.  I especially love it when the door to door salesmen come ringing the doorbell and they 'peak' in the window to see if anyone is inside.  Drives.me.nuts. Oh, … [Read more...]

Decorate with Spray Paint

DIY Spray Paint can change a Goodwill find in less than a minute

I recently took the plunge and redecorated our front room with purple and green walls! I kind of love this room for so many reasons!  Not just the color, but the couch I bought at Goodwill for $15, the art I've made that just goes, the $8 dresser from Goodwill. This lamp pictured below is also a Goodwill find!Wanting to add some extra light, I decided to use a lamp I have had for forever but never used.  The color was a bit off and perhaps a bit too dark. You can see just how easy it is to spray paint something and give it a new life in under ONE MINUTE!!!! This video of me spray painting this lamp shows the before and how quickly it changes. It is just so perfect bringing in … [Read more...]

How to Start Hot Water Heater Pilot Light

How to start hot water heater pilot light. You can do it yourself! #diy

No need to call a plumber or a handyman. You can start your own darn hot water heater pilot light and you know what? It's EASY! How do you know that this might be a problem?  You don't have any hot water in your house ... anywhere.  You look to see if your hot water heater has exploded and it hasn't.  You go back and turn on another hot water faucet thinking maybe it was that one faucet that is broken.  Nope, no hot water.  You return to the water heater and read the directions on how to get the pilot light on.  (Ahem, not that I did that or anything....) I'm here to show you that you will not blow up. You can do this. YOU can Fix it yourself! … [Read more...]

Queen of Caulk

Caulking Tips

Holy Caulk ... ing!!! We recently had our roof replaced with a beautiful asphalt shingle.  We HAD the cedar wood shake covering our roof (hullo, fire hazard), but no more.  We HAD the original 20 year old skylights from when the home was built.  I decided to have the skylights replaces while the roof was being redone.  Smart, right? The old ones were weathered and hazy and needed to be changed out.  I went to my nearby home improvement store and bought 2 new skylights with the flashing kits.  It was a bit of a challenge as our skylights are not standard and we had to have them ordered specific to the size.  I'll tell you that it is hard to measure accurately from the inside and even the … [Read more...]

Be Bold With Color

Be Bold with Color

I am a bit out of my comfort zone here.  Most of you know me to be very colorful and bright with my sewing projects and products.  When it comes to wall color of my home, color is a challenge for me.  I am about to be very bold with color.  I'm pretty neutral generally when it comes to paint colors in my home. Not this time! This room has been white for over 5 years!  5 YEARS!  Why?  Because I haven't been able to decide what color to paint it.  It's the front room.  The first room you see when you walk into the house.  It has been a catch all room, never truly having an identity or purpose. See this amazing piece artwork?  It's one of the biggest inspirations to the 'change' Here's a … [Read more...]

DIY Pillow Case Tutorial

DIY Pillow Case Tutorial

I’m going to share a fun and quick DIY Pillow Case Tutorial using my favorite tool, the Circular Rotary Cutting tool.  This puppy is so handy to have if you cut a lot of circles!!  It cuts perfect circles and can handle multiple layers easily!  No more sitting there with your scissors trying to cut the perfect circle shape!! We’re going to make a creative applique of colorful flowers and will utilize the free motion stitch on the sewing machine!! Ready? You'll need: Circular Rotary Cutting Tool Rotary Cutting Tool Long ruler Various fabric scraps for circles and leaves Sewing machine Free Motion machine foot Colorful thread (or white) Fabric rectangles for main pillow case (38" … [Read more...]