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Welcome to our home. My husband and I share a passion for DIY, home projects and interior design. Well, maybe I'm the one with more of the interior design passion, but I digress. I am lucky to have a very handy husband that finishes things on his "honey do" list. I hear friends complain that their husbands aren't handy, won't do things, never finish things, etc. I am very happy that my husband does not fall into those categories! We purchased a foreclosure in July of 2015. Although Fannie Mae did a lot of work on the house before selling it, the choices they made simply weren't our taste. We knew with some hard work, we could turn this house into our home.


On this blog, I will share with you our projects and before and after pics. I am always inspired by things I see on Pinterest and hope to provide Some inspiration to others.



Thanks for stopping by! Feel free to share your projects and feedback as well, I'd love to hear from you! If you are on Instagram,…
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Instagram Engagement Tips

Hello there and thank you for stopping by. Since Instagram engagement seems to be a challenge for many of us, I thought I'd compile a list of a few things you can do to try and boost your engagement. I am by NO MEANS an expert, but there are a few things I've learned along the way so I thought I'd share them with you. My focus for this post is in the home decor space, but many of these tips will apply across all types of accounts.

1. Follow Loops / Follow Trains
These have become very popular, especially in the home decor community. They can be a great way to connect with other decor accounts, if done correctly. I currently host a follow loop called Decor Circle (#decorcircle). Here are a few things to keep in mind when participating in these groups.
Do not use words like follow, loop, train, etc when commenting on these posts. IG sees these words and flags your posts, which will reduce engagement.Comment (with at least 4 words), like and save (bookmark) each post in the l…

DIY Tufted Headboard

I am so excited to finally share our DIY Tufted Headboard with you. I’ve had many requests for this blog post, and I do apologize it took me so long to get this posted. I wanted to make it as detailed as possible, which required the help of my hubby because, let’s be honest… he did most of the work. :)

Without further ado, here are the headboard instructions.
Supplies:
1” X 3” pine boards (size may vary depending on the size headboard)
4’ X 8’ Sheet of ½” plywood
Sheet of pegboard (for marking holes)
Wood glue, wood screws and clamps
Threaded bolt inserts
¾” - 1” buttons
¼” X 2 ½” machine bolts with wingnuts and washers
6’ X 9’ Medium duty canvas drop cloth (or fabric of your choice) -
Foam mattress topper (we used memory foam we had on hand, however, other foam can be used just ensure it is at least 3 inches thick)
Decorative metal tack strips (we used 2 packs)
Spray adhesive
Polyester batting
Build:
To begin, we built the beams for the headboard frame from 1x3 pine boards glued together…

Spring Decor Finds

Hi Friends,
If you're like me, you wish it was Spring already, right? Since we can't change the weather, I thought I'd pull together some of my favorite spring finds, so maybe we can at least make it feel like Spring inside! Let me know what you think!

First of all, this may not count as "spring" but we are going to be re-doing our laundry room very soon, and I'm hoping to find a spot for this sign, I am in love! 




How cute are these vases? Can you believe the set is under $6? These would be so cute for spring, or even Valentine's day decor.



This wreath would be cute hanging on the front door, or even a kitchen window. The possibilities are endless.

I love to change out my throw pillows for the different seasons. There are just so many ways to brighten up a space with pillows. 

I have been on quite the basket kick lately. I just love how they add texture to any space. You can use them to store blankets, firewood, umbrellas by the front door, or even put faux flo…

DIY Hood Range

I'm excited to share this project with you! When we bought this house, we had a standard range hood over our stove, and I absolutely hated it. I knew that custom hood ranges can be very expensive, so I immediately went to pinterest in search of some DIY ideas. I found several posts that were very informative, but this one from Home Talk was the closest to what we were looking to do. We determined that the easiest (and least expensive) way to update it, was to "cover" the existing hood, rather than replace it. The home talk link above is a great step by step resource for instructions on how to do this. We purchased our supplies from Home Depot and went to work. 


This is the original hood range with upper cabinets. It looked fine, but I wanted something more substantial. 
 Hubby removing the existing cabinets to make room for the new range cover. 
This is the empty space where our new hood cover will go. 
Support beams where added and the vent tube was reconnected. Notice how …

Bookcase Makeover

I'm so excited to share this one with you guys!! I had this old bookcase/filing cabinet that I almost got rid of, can you believe it? After I decided that I could transform this thing into something beautiful, I told my husband to get his tools ready, because I have dreamed up something special. I knew with a little bit of molding (okay, a lot of molding) and some paint, we could turn this into a show stopper. I don't want to keep you in suspense anymore, so here is the before and after: 



This project really was just a matter of attaching a lot of different moldings to the book case, adding feet, changing the hardware, painting it with Annie Sloan chalk paint and finishing it off with a glaze. 

Here are some pictures of the different molding we used:


 We added a small crown molding and a strip of dental molding to the top.
We then framed out trim on the sides.
We used a bigger version of the frame molding for the drawer fronts because they were so large.
 This is a before picture of…

Side table makeover with chalk paint

My guest bedroom is not yet complete, but I wanted to go ahead and share this little project with you. These Queen Ann side table/nightstands were so easy to transform, and cheap too (I found them on craigslist). 

Here they are loaded into my trunk!
I brought them home, and immediately got to work. I did not like the "shell" embellishment, so I removed that and replaced it with a wood decal I found at hobby lobby. 


here is a picture with the embellishment removed.
I wiped the tables down with soap and water, and then painted them with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in "old white".

I could have left them like this, but I wanted more of an aged look, so I distressed them using sand paper. You just sand along the edges until some of the paint comes off and you get the look you want. If you mess this up, you can always go over it with more paint, so don't be afraid to try it. 

Once I got the look I wanted, I went over the table with a coat of Annie Sloan clear wax. Lastly, I sp…

DIY Mud Bench

This project has actually been done for quite a while, but life got in the way of me sharing it with you. I will start by saying that the majority of this work (minus the vision, painting and baskets) was all done by my amazing husband. Our home was built in the 90's and therefore lacked the modern amenity of a mud bench in the laundry area. We had a blank wall between our laundry room and guest bath that was the perfect home for one. 

This is by no means a "how to" post, but I did want to share the construction progress of how we got to the finished product. I am obsessed with molding, and am so glad we were able to incorporate quite a bit of it into this project. I think those little details are what take it to the next level.