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My Favorite Tutorials from 2012!!

2012 favorite projects

I love looking back at the end of the year and seeing all of the projects I made throughout the year. It's fun to see the finished projects and remember how much fun it was to create them! Here are a few of my favorite projects from 2012: Valentine Glitter Mason Jar Votives Chevron Sparkle Wreath … [Read more...]

6 Tips to make a DIY Cottage Fireplace and $ 100 Lowes Gift Card Giveaway

6 cottage fireplace tips

The little 1905 cottage I am working on it coming along. The drywall is all done and we are painting this week. For the last couple of Saturdays we have been working on the fireplace. I wanted a really classic cottage-y look with a planked wall. And I am so happy with the way it's turning out. Here are 6 tips I have learned as we have created this Cottage Fireplace. Plus, Lowe's is giving … [Read more...]

Make a DIY Accessory Display (Hannah’s Room Update)

Tatertots & Jello - DIY Accessory Display

Here's a little DIY project we made for Hannah's room. There was a space on her wall by the little desk area we created. I thought it might be the perfect place for her to hang little purses or scarves. And we added some colorful knobs to make it pretty. We used some left over molding from the little house I am working on, so it really only cost the price of the knobs we used. I bought the … [Read more...]

$8 Chandelier Redo (Hannah’s Room Update)

Tatertots and Jello - Easy Chandelier Redo

I love chandeliers. I would put them in every room in my home if I could - ha! When we redid Hannah's room 4 years ago we took out a really plain white ceiling fan and put in a really inexpensive chandelier I had bought from Target. We installed it in the ceiling and put a pretty ceiling medallion at the top. So when we started this room update, I knew I wanted to do a little update on the … [Read more...]

Make a “Tween” Command Center (Hannah’s Room Update)

DIY Tween Command Station

So -- I really wanted to do the reveal on Hannah's room today. But it snowed on Wednesday and Thursday and I had such a hard time getting good pictures of the room. I really need to take a photography class. Plus, Hannah has been home with the stomach flu (poor girl). The room turned out so cute. And for a last minute project I am really happy with it. We pretty much took what we already had, … [Read more...]

Upholster an Existing Headboard (tutorial)!!

upholstered headboard

Here's an easy way to change the look of a room. When I was redoing my guest room, I had a headboard in that room that I had bought about 10 years ago and I still loved the curved shape of the headboard. So I decided to try to upholster that headboard. And it turns out that it was easy to do. I ordered some fabric from Spoonflower.com - I love that place! It is a little more expensive … [Read more...]

Make a Duvet Cover from a Fabric Shower Curtain!

Duvet out of a shower curtain

Have you ever had a project in your mind and then you just can't find what you are looking for? That's what I ran into with my guest room redo. For the bedding I knew I wanted a grey duvet cover that had some ruffles but not too many - so it wouldn't be too "girly". And I wanted it to be a plain color so I could make some graphic pillows to go with the bedding. I looked and looked and couldn't … [Read more...]

DIY Subway Tile Table Redo!!

subway tile table makeover tutorial

I've been working on my outdoor space this year. Last month I made some DIY Subway Tile Planters and a privacy screen out of old doors that were sitting in my garage. I had an outdoor table in my yard that was very weathered and worn. And since I am working on my tiling skills (I bought a tile saw last month too), I wanted to update that table with a subway tile top! And actually, this … [Read more...]

Spruce up Your Outdoor Space with a DIY Recirculating Fountain! (tutorial)

recirculating fountain header

I love my home, but I have always thought the front yard was pretty dull. We basically have all grass in the front yard, and a little planter area right next to the walkway. We have lived here for 10 years and in that time have never done anything with the little planter area. It has always had a pine tree and some scraggly bushes. So I thought "this is the year!!" and decided to add a little … [Read more...]

How to Paint a Rug — Seven Tips for a Perfectly Painted Rug!

7 tips on how to paint a rug cropped

One of my favorite Home DIY projects to make over the past year has been painting rugs. It's so fun to come up with a pattern or design and then create it. I love taking a pattern from a pillow or even trying to recreate the same pattern from a very expensive rug. This week I took a pillow from my daughter's Nautical Teen Room and decided to use that Greek Key pattern on a painted rug. It … [Read more...]