ORC week 3, here we go! If you have no idea what ORC I’m talking about (LOTR nerd alert), I’m participating in the One Room Challenge as a guest participant and working on our den over six weeks. I’m sharing weekly progress reports here and also linking up on the ORC blog, along with so … More DIY Modern Wall Paneling – ORC Week 3
Our master bath renovation has been started and abandoned more than a few times. So it still looks like trash. It’s the stereotypical embarrassing nook that gets pushed to the very bottom of the to-do list every time an unexpected project, or just a more enjoyable one, comes up. We are hoping to do a … More Modern Peel and Stick Bathroom Floors
So, you’ve never officially met my laundry room, but it’s been here all along, lurking behind that yellow door in our kitchen. It’s not very grand, but after our last laundry room located in a scary basement, it’s ultra convenient and non-scary. Basically the “room,” like many homes, is a small passage between the kitchen … More DIY Plywood Laundry Room Counter
Guess what I did this past week??? Master bedroom wallpaper! It was of the few things I was sure I wanted in our house BEFORE WE MOVED IN LIKE 5 YEARS AGO. Sometimes when you wait too long to actually implement the design decisions you’ve made, you don’t love it as much as when you … More BLACK GRASSCLOTH ACCENT WALL (and wallpaper primer talk)
I’m gonna keep this short because making sure a certain fluffy husky stays out of trouble is my demanding and stressful full-time job right now. But I made these diminutive round paintings and had to share the weirdness! I found these tiny but beefy 4″ wood frames at an antique store last year, filled with … More Tiny Paintings
We decided to give our aggravating hardwood floor install another go and we’re SO glad we did!!! We upgraded up our flooring product (unintentionally – an ordering mistake on our part whoops) and the (unintentional) payout was HUGE. Last time around we used Bellawood’s solid 3/4 x 3 1/4″ Natural Maple, so beautiful but a nightmare to install, … More Maple Hardwood Floors
I’m sharing a super simple way to beef up plain or ugly pendant electrical cords today! I have and love this old wicker IKEA lamp, but the plain white cord was an eyesore and I finally, years later, had enough and decided to just something about it. The best solution seemed to be a 100 … More Macrame Pendant Lamp Cord DIY
I’ve wanted a screen door on our bedroom/backyard door since we moved in. It’s been one of those little projects that we just never get to. I’m not a screen door fan. They totally scream Southern/country to me and I would usually steer way clear of them. But in this instance it seemed like the … More Modern Screen Door
Guys, I know I’ve left you hanging for like years on this one, but we finally purchased, liked, and installed a ceiling fan in our master bedroom! Living the life over here. What the heck took so long you might ask? Well, a few things. First off, I purchased another fan (Hampton Bay Trusseau) and … More Modern Ceiling Fan
I wallpapered our dressing room this week. I am so happy with the results but IT WAS THE WORST JOB EVER. Surprisingly, I can’t remember another home project, besides shoveling rocks, that I disliked so much. What I thought would take 2 hours, took ten. My back hurts. My brain hurts. Wallpaper hangers are now third … More Wallpaper!
When it comes to this house, sometimes I feel like a super successful do-it-yourselfer and other times a complete failure. The flooring, the literal foundation for every room, falls into the failure category. But we are working on rectifying the situation, only 3.75 years into living here! Approximately half the house has had most of its wood … More Flooring Updates and DIY Feelings
Hey! We made it back from Palm Springs and came home with so much inspiration and motivation. We’ll see how long it lasts, but this weekend was packed with organizing/selling/donating/hardwood flooring. I have so many photos to share from PS that I’ll be back soon with (lots are on IG), but in the meantime I wanted to … More DIY Weaving + Fiber Artists to Follow
Easing back into projects after the holidays with this super simple upgrade to a surprisingly utilitarian piece: a Cosco step stool/chair in our kitchen. There are vintage versions of these chairs, but this model is a newer one that we got when kids were too big for high chairs but too small for regular chairs. They … More Cosco Step Stool Chair Reupholster
I’ve been putting in time in the family room, trying to get to a place where things just make more sense, but I’ve been stalled on this built-in cabinet. I’ll admit that it’s useful, displaying pottery hoards/Salton Sea relics in an uncluttered way up top and housing board games below. On the flip side, it competes with the fireplace … More Painting Built-Ins
I’m not sure that this is a true “restoration” because I never saw what this fireplace’s original deal was. I can only speculate that it was a sweet 60’s mesh curtain instead of the fancy brass door affair our house came with. Again, only speculation so I’ll use the term loosely. I have dreamed of the day … More Mid Century Fireplace Screen Restoration
Highlight of my summer right here everybody! One super simple paint job and the backyard is now my kind of crazy. You can get a good idea of how blah this retaining wall used to look like in this post. And now, excusing the millions of fence spider webs, get a load of it! *Update: See the whole backyard here … More Painted Mosaic Cinderblock Wall!
We finally got around to putting up the ceiling fan in my son’s room, just in time for that heat wave thing. I spray painted this one just like I did its twin. (And then I painted this black fan too…) I’ve gotten a few questions about that process so here’s a few answers:Would I recommend doing … More Spray Painting Ceiling Fans, Again
Backyard projects continue with some patio furniture fixing and it’s super fun/nauseating. Most mornings this week have been spent getting high off of spray paint fumes while my kids are at school. I live a pretty clean life otherwise so when my husband commented that I could have just started drinking with the amount of damage … More Tulip Table Refurbish
What? You aren’t painting your walls everyday? Odd, cause it seems I am. Which is probably fine with me, because when I think about dream jobs I often end up at maintenance painter for some wacky estate…or even better, Disneyland. Painting everyday. Making things fresh daily. Am I shooting for the moon with this one? By that … More Everyday Painting Tips
I’ve wanted grasscloth wallpaper for so long and I regret that I waited until now to hang it. The installation was much easier than I anticipated. It’s possible that my expectations were way off. By the time I was done I expected to: be crying, have my entire room ceilings to floors covered in wallpaper adhesive, … More Hanging Grasscloth Wallpaper Yourself – DO IT!