Desk Makeover using Make Your Own Chalk Finish Paint

February 7, 2014

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OK, so let me start off by saying, THIS. IS. MY. FAVORITE. FURNITURE. TRANSFORMATION. yet And the kicker is, I have a lot of furniture purging planned for the Spring and this desk was on the to-go list.  Can you believe I was going to sell this beauty?! Here's the before and after + a few closeup shots.  I'll share the details of the transformation on the other side... Pretty crazy that it's the same piece, right?!  And I am in love with the color. So this month's Lowe's challenge for the Creative Team was to create / transform something using make your own chalk finish paint.  … [Read more...]

Adding Color + Openness in the Kitchen

January 9, 2014

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Like I said the other day, I am slow going so far this year, so bear with me on projects.  I'm not sure what's wrong with me - I really need to get my butt into action.  For the first time this year, I FINALLY got my DIY groove on in the last 2 days, got my paints out, and started my first project of the year.  Give me a big YAHOO! For my Lowe's challenge this month, the focus is on creating creative storage solutions.  Great topic, but organizing + storage really isn't my forte.  I'm good at designing rooms and coming up with outside-the-box ideas, but organizing isn't really my strong … [Read more...]

Central Command Center Revamped (again)

January 7, 2014

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The year has been a little slow going for me.  With the 2 week christmas break for the kids + a couple involved (but uber-exciting) client projects + computer issues (my laptop keyboard stopping working due to a virus - UGH), I'm a bit behind.  BUT, I've got something good for you...  My Revamped (again) Central Command Center.  I Did It again. This is the 3rd time I revamped our family central command center (the previous posts can be found here and here).  Our hub of the home.  The 30" wall that keeps our family on track so we know where we are going when. So why did I change it … [Read more...]

DIY: Personalized Word Christmas Ornament

December 18, 2013

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This post brought to you by Apartments.com. All opinions are 100% mine. One week to go and Christmas will be here. Can you believe it? As you know, my home has been decorated for quite a few weeks, but I have still been working on new holiday projects here and there to add to this years decor.   Once the house is 'set', I still enjoy adding new and unique touches for the season. Since adding in a second tree this year, which is more of a pretty tree versus the sentimental traditional tree we decorate as a family, I've had fun with the gold + brown theme.  Along with the ball … [Read more...]

Silhouette BLACK FRIDAY Deal + Christmas Sign Creation

November 28, 2013

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Happy Thanksgiving Day! BLACK FRIDAY hasn't even arrived, yet I have an unbelievable announcement.  We all know tomorrow is the mega day for sales, but I couldn't wait one more second to share this news.  Silhouette, the company all crafters love and adore, is having a HUGE SALE to ring in the holiday season. Silhouette has never before offered these types of deals + discounts.  We're talking 40%+ off, so if you've ever dreamed about a digital cutting machine to create the perfect projects for scrapbooking, cards, home decor, clothes and more, THIS IS THE TIME TO ACT! Let's get … [Read more...]

Favorite Tool: Kreg Holiday Gift Guide

November 27, 2013

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Calling all DIYers, Wood Lovers, & Furniture-making Wannabes! The Kreg Tool Holiday Gift Guide is out and it's something you WON'T WANT TO MISS... Looking back upon the year, I really have come out of my 'building' shell.  I still have A LOT to learn, but my inventory of real tools for woodworking has grown immensely and I am definitely getting more comfortable with using various tools that used to have me running in the opposite direction.  Hands down, my favorite tool this year has been the Kreg Jig.  Even though it's the mini, entry level version that I got at haven, I love what … [Read more...]

Christmas in a Minute: Vintage-Inspired JOYful Sign

November 25, 2013

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Happy Monday!  What a busy week upon us with Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, and the official start to the holiday season.  As the crazy Christmas sprint begins, I've teamed up with some Blogger friends in hopes to make the holidays not so stressful.  Myself, along with 7 other bloggers, are sharing Christmas in a Minute: Fast + Easy Holiday Projects. My project...  A fun + easy vintage-inspired JOYful sign.  Scraps of wood and a little bit of paint makes this a simple and very inexpensive creation.  It would be great for the mantel, outside patio, or as a gift. Here's the … [Read more...]

DIY: Gold Wood Block Candle Holder

November 22, 2013

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This post brought to you by Apartments.com. All opinions are 100% mine. I love being inspired by things I see around me. I love it even more when I'm inspired by something and then knock it off for only a few dollars. The Nake Berkus collection at Target is a favorite of mine.  All the pieces are rich, dynamic, and bold.  One item, in particular, that caught my eye when recently browsing the latest additions was the gold tapered candle holder.  Pretty fab, but maybe not for $20.  Did I really need it?  Not so much.  But I kept thinking about it and thinking about it. Then an idea … [Read more...]

Pallet Christmas Countdown

November 21, 2013

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Christmas is a comin'! In less than 10 days, we'll be counting down the 25 days till the arrival of Christmas.  To make the countdown a bit more fun and bearable, since for every child (and maybe a few adults) thinks the 25 days leading to the special day are SO LONG, I created a Countdown Calendar in the shape of a tree using my favorite material, pallets and a few other leftover scraps of wood.  Check it out... Isn't it so colorful?  The ornaments truly make it come alive. When Lowe's challenged the Creative Team to come up with something for the Holidays, I was so excited to … [Read more...]

Easiest + Fastest + Cheapest Tree Skirt EVER

November 18, 2013

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Monday Morning Confession: I already started decorating for Christmas.  It might seem early for some, but I have a few surprises up my sleeve that I wanted to prep early for this year.  While many of my daily favorites get tucked away for the next 6 weeks, the holiday decor is once again making it's debut for another year.  As some 'old' traditional elements remain, there are many new projects and vignettes that I'll be sharing over the coming weeks.  One in particular is my new tree skirt.  Definitely the easiest + fastest + cheapest tree skirt you ever did see... For the last few … [Read more...]