DIY Gallery Wall Shelves That Even a Beginner Carpenter Could Make

Displaying family photos brings such warmth and personality to a home. I love the idea of having a gallery wall, but I also like to change and rearrange things quite often. Just ask my husband. Gallery shelves let you change out photographs or artwork without having all those nail holes in the wall. They are perfect for filling a large blank space, such as over a couch. Theses ledges would also look gorgeous in a

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Board, Batten and Beauty on a Budget: Cottage Charm Hallway Reveal

It’s been a month-and-a-half in the making, but after wiping the sweat and sawdust off my brow, I can say that the board and batten hallway makeover is finally complete. I’ve wrestled with the wallpaper, showed the nail gun who’s boss…lady, and told the Kreg Jig, “I don’t need no stinking YouTube tutorials”. I might be exaggerating a little, but there is a certain amount of empowerment you get when you try out a new

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How to Age Terracotta Pots with a Mixture of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and Wax

I love finding new uses for things I already have. I’ve been experimenting with different ways to use chalk paint and wax other than just painting furniture. I’ll share all of my results in a later post, but today I’ll show you how to age terracotta pots with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and Wax by mixing the two together to make a colored glaze. I was inspired by this tutorial from At The Picket Fence.

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Feeling the Love from the Heavens Above {and meeting famous folks}

If you follow me on Facebook, then you may have already heard about my streak of good luck over the past few weeks. God has truly been good! It all started the day after I shared my Easter decor and the story about my half-sister, Tifani, that passed away with cancer four years ago.  I told my husband that maybe my good luck is Tifani’s way of sending her love from the Heavens above. First, I found

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How to Make a Bunny Boxwood Wreath: Easter Decor

I’m sure my neighbor thought I was crazy when I texted her at 8:30 the other night asking if I could have a couple of wire hangers. Most neighbors ask for a cup of sugar, but the crazy craft lady next door asks for clothes hangers. When the creative mood strikes, you just have to go with it. Today, I’m sharing how I made the bunny boxwood wreath from my Easter decor vignette out of

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My Easter Decor, a Turquoise Chalkboard Frame & Why I’m So Blue

I really tried to wait before showing you the pictures of my Easter decor. I really did. I had all intentions of showing you one sneak peek DIY project at a time. But the tutorial on how to age flower pots will have to wait… …and so will the instructions on the bunny boxwood wreath. You see, I have the patience of a toddler in a grocery store (sans the temper tantrums). Unlike a toddler,

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Linen Closet Organization: small home/ BIG IDEAS

There was a fleeting moment that I felt like straightening up our linen closet while I was taking the before pictures. It’s kind of like when you clean the house before the cleaning lady gets there. I thought, “I can’t possibly show everyone how guilty I am of closet-neglect for the past three years”. But after reading some of the sweet comments from my last hall closet organization post, I’ve realized that a lot of

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Pottery Barn Knock Off Sign With a Twist of Lime

The board and batten hallway project is coming right along! I have to take a three day break from it all since I’ll be working (my real job that brings home the bacon) this weekend. So far, I can check off the list the new knobs, lighting and grass cloth wallpaper. How did that go? Let’s just say, I’m definitely not qualified to give any sort of tutorial on hanging wallpaper. Thank goodness the hardest

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Board and Batten Hallway Design Board

In the summer of 2010, I overcame my fear of power tools put up board and batten in our living room. It was life changing. Ok, so life changing is an exaggeration, but it was room changing. I love looking back at my old posts on HGTV’s Rate My Space and seeing how our home has evolved since 2007. Over the past few years, our home has gone from being dark, masculine and traditional to

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