DIY – Artwork Turned Bulletin Board

Often times we have great pieces around the house, it just takes a bit creativity, imagination, and some TLC to morph it into a new piece.  A perfect example is a once art piece that I stumbled upon at Hilary’s house while Erica and I were recently there to help her with her dining room and kitchen accessorizing.

Before – the colors just didn’t work with the space anymore and Hilary was thinking of getting rid of the piece altogether.  She then told me she wanted a bulletin board for her kitchen and the wheels starting turning in my head.  Why not turn the once art work piece into a bulletin board?


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Leaving the frame color the same, using the beautiful coral hue that is in the dining room,  adding a couple cork pieces, and would you look at that?  It looks like a brand new piece.

(DISCLAIMER – these AFTER photos were taken at night – the lighting is awful and the colors are much prettier in real life.)

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Total cost – $9 dollars, some good quality time with left over dining room paint, and a steady hand while free hand painting.

Stop and think – what pieces might be laying around the house that just need a little update or perhaps a new purpose?  You might just be amazed and able to save some money reinventing a tired piece.


Wine Cellar

About six months ago, my husband decided he really wanted to create a wine cellar in our basement. That space stays really cool no matter what time of year, so we wouldn’t need any tempurature control. We have a random small storage room that’s too tight to hold much, so it ended up being the perfect little area for his project.

He did a ton of research to determine the look and feel he wanted – a little rust, a little tin, and some mountable racks. I LOVE the way it’s coming together.

He found the tin on Craigslist. It’s from the wall of an old barn. He decided to layer them on the wall and then mount the racks directly to it. The racks are from Hayneedle. He bought two at first just to test them out, but he’s adding one more in the middle of these.

The next steps are to add the last rack, make sure all the tin is securely attached to the wall, and then make a light fixture. I’ll keep you posted on progress!


Duct Tape DIY’s

So I came across decorative duct tape at Target the other day, and I just kept thinking that I needed to buy one. Why? I have no idea. It just seems like something everyone should have, right? This rediculous need to buy some navy and white chevron duct tape made me do a little searching for ideas on what in the world to do with this stuff.

Of course Pinterest was FULL of ideas. If you found yourself buying one of these handy little gems for no apparent reason at one time as I did, then here are some ideas that can put that puppy to use:

1. Decorate a wall light switch plate. No need to have boring white light switch plates anymore. Cover the ones in your kids’ rooms for some added fun to their decoration.

2. Personalize phone chargers. If chargers in your house are constantly swiped by other family members, you can “mark” each person’s with different colors of duct tape.

3. Spruce up girly accessories. Plastic bangles, head bands, and wallets can get a new life with this sticky invention.

4. Cover a boring picture frame. Simple picture frames can be jazzed-up with chevron stripes, bright colors, or animal prints without having to use any paint.

5. Customize notebook covers. Choose one pattern or go with a variety to make notebook covers stand out and reflect your personal style.

No more using boring grey duct tape! With all these new varieties, there are so many other creative ways to use this multi-purpose innovation. The possibilities are just about endless.

Kelly Wearstler-inspired DIY Art

So remember when I told you that I was going to have my little man do an abstract painting for me – inspired by Kelly Wearstler? Well, we got some free time a couple weekends ago, and he got to work! Of course, he decided it was necessary to strip down to his undies to do it. Who am I to judge an artist on his process?

First, we covered an old painting I had with acryllic white paint. It took about four coats to get it done, but he was more than happy to help out. Then I just took plain, black acryllic paint and let him have at it. He loved making what he called the “twirly whirlies like the wind and zig zags.”

He was very proud of himself when it was all done. I have to say I am too. I’m in love with it.

I also got my iKea rug in that I told you about a few weeks ago! I’m so excited! It’s perfect for that space.

Now I just need to get my desk decorated, the painting on the wall, and the office is pretty much done. I’ll show the final, final late this month when I have the time to take really good photos of everything.


Wood Wall Planking Time

Growing up we had this awful amazing faux wood paneling on our living room walls.  You know what I am talking about right?  The faux wood kind with vertical lines.  So when I say “wood planked walls” I am not meaning the faux wood particle board type.

The wood paneling I am totally having a moment with right now is the horizontal, larger planked wood walls, preferably painted either bright fresh white or dark charcoal gray like so:

I am really loving this idea in a hallway or mudroom.

And if you have to do the traditional wood stain, a feature wall like this is pretty cool using old rustic pallet boards…

Check out these links below from three amazing blogs if you want to tackle this DIY yourself – I am saving these under the “dream home / to do” file.  I am channeling my inner childhood memories with the wood paneling but in an updated chic way.

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DIY Door Letter

So we just got back from vacation in Colorado. My little man learned to ski for the first time, and we all experienced the beautiful mountains. I haven’t skied since I was a teen, and I enjoyed it so much more than I thought. My idea of a vacation is generally laying on a beach reading a book, but this Colorado vacation ended up being so much fun!

Back to reality though. I’m so ready to get back to our routine. After holiday craziness and then a leap right into vacation, I’m happy to be back at work (does anyone else ever feel that way?).

Jill and I have both had a hard time keeping up with the blog the past couple months. However, we’re hoping to get back on track with the start of the new year. Maybe that means our lives will slow down a bit (not likely). Anyways, my neighbor’s adorable daughter is redoing her room. And I was able to go over and snap a few “before” shots so that I can show you those along with the “afters” once they’re done.

While I was there, something caught my eye. And I thought it was such a cute DIY project, that I had to share – before they’re done redecorating. Her name is Demi, and she created this “D” to hang on her bedroom door. Love it!

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Here’s how you do it:

Materials- cardboard, scissors, decorated paper, modge podge, sharpie

Step 1: draw letter of your choice on cardboard

Step 2: cut out letter

Step 3: cover the letter in modge podge then put decorated paper on the letter (you can add glitter too if so then cover decorated paper in modge podge then apply glitter)

Step 4: let dry

When dry hang on wall or door. My neighbor used Command Velcro Strips and they worked great. Have fun!

Homemade Holiday Gift: Russian Tea

I can’t even believe that we’re only a couple days away from Christmas! This entire year has just flown by. And our January is already filling up, so there’s definitely no resting in our house after the holidays are over!

Are you done with all your shopping? I still have a few small things to get, and really no time to do it. But I’m sure I’ll figure something out! One thing I did get done are these homemade gifts for my co-workers. Each year, I like to make some sort of goody for my colleagues – they mean so much to me. One year I did peppermint bark. But this year and last, I made my mother-in-law’s Russian Tea. And I think it’s the winner.

It’s like pure comfort in a hot mug.

Homemade Gift - Russian Tea

Homemade Gift – Russian Tea


Homemade Gift - Russian Tea

Homemade Gift – Russian Tea

Here’s the recipe.

3/4 cup instant tea

2 cups Tang

1 & 1/2 cups sugar

3 oz lemonade mix

1 & 1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp crushed cloves

Mix all ingredients together and store in an airtight container. When ready to drink, stir three tsps of mix into a mug of hot water. Enjoy!

DIY Thankful Board

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving break.  We were extremely blessed to have Aunt Angela in town from Chicago.  The boys are absolutely smitten over Angela – Liam did not leave her side for a moment her entire visit!

Our Thanksgiving tradition includes an enormous homemade meal down at my parents house with all the fixing and family time.  Newsflash- I am not the best cook around so aside from the brussels sprout salad (average at best) I decided late Wednesday night to tackle a DIY Thankful Board to bring to our Thanksgiving Family Feast.

A quick pop in stop to Hobby Lobby on my way home from work Wednesday, equipped with a 40% off coupon and numerous 50% off sales around the store, $40 dollars later and I had my supplies.DIY Thankful Board - SuppliesSupplies:

  • Open frame – I choose a distressed frame that goes with my parents dining room decor
  • Scissors
  • Burlap rope / twine
  • Hammer
  • Small nails
  • Permanent markers
  • Cardboard / Fabric labels to write thankful notes
  • Date stamp – not necessary – you can simply write the date
  • Small wooden clips

I called in the mister to help with the burlap twine.  He decided to double the twine by twisting it together for extra strength and to ensure the labels would not droop in the middle.    You can make as many rows as you would like.  For this frame three rows worked perfectly and in this case three is symbolic as my parents have three kids.  DIY Thankful BoardI then assembled the labels, markers, wooden clips and stamp in bowls for easy use.  IMG_6879Prior to dinner starting every one passed the bowls around and began to write down what they were thankful for this year.IMG_6883IMG_6884IMG_6889IMG_6891On one side reads the “thankful for” list and the other side is the persons name and date.  The thought is to keep each of the labels from year to year – making the DIY Thankful Board a tradition to continue.IMG_6965Isn’t it sweet how the mister lists my DIY projects?!  No sarcasm involved at all I’m sure!IMG_6970Add the “thankful notes” to the board with the wooden clips in random order and you are finished…IMG_6980



And my brother Brent is the one who wrote they were thankful for “this board”.  Isn’t he just the sweetest?!  Our family doesn’t lack for sense of humor and sarcasm at all!

I can’t wait to use this DIY Thankful Board year after year and look back at all the notes years down the road.


Custom Photo Gift on Wood

Each year I struggle to find the perfect gift for my parents.  The hope is to find a thoughtful, unique present that captures my gratitude for all that they have done for me and their continued love and support.  I thought I would share the present that I created with the help of the mister who created the custom frame and my adorable nieces and nephews.

Pre-Jonah arriving my parents had nine grandchildren.  In fitting fashion – nine letters creates, “WE LOVE YOU”.  How perfect right?!  So, assemble the minions (sorry been watching Despicable Me on repeat – it’s Dax’s favorite movie!)  Each grand child was given the duty to hold a single letter to make up the phrase “WE LOVE YOU”.

I grabbed large wooden letters from Hobby Lobby – lightly spray painted them a pretty metallic gold and set up dates to take individual photos of the kiddos.

Best yet, at the time, the mister and I only had Liam and Dax (Jonah as cooking in the oven) so they held the letters “W” and “E”.  The middle brother has four little ones so they held the letters “L, O, V, E” and my oldest brother has three kiddos so they rounded out the word “YOU”. IMG_6808IMG_6813IMG_6802IMG_6804If you look closely my oldest was holding the letter “W” and he is the one NOT smiling.  Four different tries at getting a smiling photo and well, that was as good as it got.  Temper tantrum and all.

With a little work in photoshop the individual photos got morphed together.  Since I couldn’t decide whether to print off the photo in color or black and white I did a bit of research and took the photo to wood, thus creating the ability to use both versions and a tad more uniqueness.

A simple DIY project later with the help of this video the image was transferred to wood and the mister assembled a custom frame.  A fun project that turned out pretty cute.

Oh, just so you know, if you decide to try this and you have an image that spells out a phrase be sure to reverse the image in photoshop before printing off – the transfer to wood reverses the image.


DIY Advent Calendar

First, let me start today by shouting happy, happy, happy birthday to this little man.

He’s not so little anymore! Our perfect Kingston is a whopping 5 years old today. He brings more personality, happiness, and everything wonderful to our household each and every day than I could have imagined. We celebrated him yesterday with loads of family and friends, and we’ll continue the festivities tonight!

Now back to decorating! So I know we haven’t even hit Thanksgiving yet, and I shouldn’t be talking about Christmas. However, this idea requires a little bit of pre-planning. Thus, I’m sharing it now. My husband and I have never owned an advent calendar. But I think it’s really fun for kiddos to have a countdown to Christmas, so I think this is the year I’m getting on it.

Last year, I saw this DIY version from Our Vintage Home Love. It’s adorable. While I won’t be cutting, staining, and mounting my own wood, I’m thinking of doing a version of this with burlap. If I do it, I’ll have to get going in the next week or so. Add it to the list!!

Advent Calendar - Our Vintage Home Love

Advent Calendar – Our Vintage Home Love

I’ll keep you posted on if I can get this accomplished. But even if I can’t, maybe it’ll spark some DIY advent calendar ideas for your home!


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