Updating your home DIY style

Keyless door entry locks are wonderful for so many reasons! I've never known anyone that did not like them!

This is a compensated post for Build.com I have done a lot of updating in our home we bought over 5 years ago; not because things were breaking, but simply to make it our own.  I am a home improvement DIY addict. To make it happen without breaking the bank, I often shop for the best deals or buy second hand.  I love to have the tangible feeling of something I'm buying.  But, in some instances I will have the tangible experience in the store and then purchase it online if I see a better deal.  This is what I did when I bought my front door lock and a couple of bathroom faucets. I ordered them online from Build.com.  I had the experience of seeing them and touching them at a store, and got … [Read more...]

How do you decorate your home for the holidays

How do decorate your home for the holidays

I LOVE decorating for the holidays! I love using the ornaments and decorations that my boys have made in the past and current year.  We also make a Christmas Craft at home as well that we bring out every year, too.  Who knows what it'll be this year, guess I better get a move on, hey! We're starting to really enjoy decorating the tree TOGETHER!  For those of you who have small children, I know you what I mean.  The boys are now 7 and 9, so they are a bit more responsible and 'careful' of the ornaments {mostly}.  Every year seems to get easier and easier to trim the tree and not have a heart attack! There are some very sentimental ornaments that I treasure like this one of M eating mud … [Read more...]

DIY ‘Frozen’ Inspired Pillowcase

DIY Frozen inspired pillow

I have given in to the Frozen hoop-la.  My children are boys, but they have watched Frozen {and enjoyed it}. You should see them when I sing the theme song to them.  They run for the hills!! {ahem ... Let it Go, Let it Go ...} Given that I have boys, I have dodged the bullet on all the character meetings at Disney, the Frozen gowns at Halloween, and the dolls, etc etc etc. BUT I am secretly slipping Frozen inspired projects and 'Frozen' Family PJ's right under their sweet little nose without them even blinking an eye. My most recent is a pillow ... they actually LIKE it ... probably because it's blue and grey and shiny. The best part is that it's painted and sewn!  Two of my favorite … [Read more...]

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...]