Upcycling old furniture, refinishing cabinetry and doors, creating sensory play for my kids, and so much more! I discovered a love for DIY and share much of it with you here.
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Now that we have a home, there are certain things that I just need. I need to have a wreath on the front door for every occasion. Does that make me weird? My husband seems to think so. I’ve gotta tell you – I don’t care! Wreaths are cool. I made this rustic burlap and berries St. Patrick’s Day wreath. It’s not specific to St. Patty’s Day, though, so if you’re as forgetful as I am then it’s fine if you leave it up for a few months.
You will need a grapevine wreath (find it here). I love the rustic, slightly undone look of these wreaths, with the branches barely held together. It feels a little wild – kind of reminds me of myself. 😉
Use burlap ribbon (you can buy it here) to create your own bow. I am inexperienced in bow-making and used this easy burlap bow tutorial from Mommy Suite. She used a thinner burlap ribbon (2.5″) in her tutorial. With a large wreath, I chose a wider burlap ribbon (4″) to create a more substantial bow. It was a little challenging and I used a lot of hot glue. Be sure to have plenty of hot glue sticks nearby!
I love how the bow turned out. Any guesses on how I attached it to the wreath? That’s right – more hot glue! I might have gone overboard with the glue, but this thing is not going anywhere. Next, I slid the stems of the green berries (click here to buy) through the wreath and twisted the ends to keep them in place.
Voila! My guests are now greeted with a rustic burlap and berries wreath. I’m in love. I wonder how long this wreath will stay up before I remember to replace it with a new one…
Are you a wreath addict?
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When we purchased our first home last year, there were features we were super excited about (hello, attached two-car garage!) and others we were itching to replace (I’m looking at you, stained, smelly carpet!). The bedroom carpet was stained and reeked of wet dog. I imagine the prior owners let their dog out via the exterior door in the bedroom without putting rugs down to protect the carpet. I couldn’t wait to install new bedroom flooring! With the help of my in-laws, we were able to install new bedroom flooring in 24 hours for $200!
We purchased TrafficMASTER Lakeshore Pecan laminate flooring. Make sure you account for closet space when you calculate your square footage (confession: I didn’t!). Purchase an extra box to allow for any planks with damaged corners. Don’t forget to purchase carpet underlayment to put down beneath the laminate planks!
Removing the trim was relatively easy. Look out for trim nails so that you don’t poke yourself! You may want to make notes on the back of your trim boards to make it easier to match up after.
Ripping up the carpet went smoothly. I hid out in the other room with our kids to prevent them from breathing in any toxic dusts. My husband and in-laws rolled up the carpet pieces, then we used a Shop-Vac to vacuum carpet and padding fibers that remained.
We discovered some moldy areas on the subfloor. My theory must have been correct – the prior owners didn’t protect the entryway carpet from wet shoes or paws. I cleaned these areas with bleach water, then sealed them with Kilz primer and allowed it to dry overnight.
The next morning, we started measuring, cutting and assembling the laminate planks. The first row is the most challenging as you want to lay it straight. Once you get the first row started, things move along pretty quickly. The planks snap and click together. My husband measured the ends of the rows, and my father-in-law used a miter saw to cut the planks to size.
Less than 24 hours after we started, we were finished! Our new laminate floor is easy to clean, odor-free, and beautiful. This was our first time working with flooring and my in-laws’ help was invaluable! It would have taken us much longer to figure out for the first time on our own.
Three months have passed since we installed our new bedroom flooring. It has held up well and I still love the look. However, we have decided that we will not use this particular flooring throughout our home. It is quite slippery in some spots and, even with the thick padding that I chose, sounds a little hollow when we walk on it. We love it for our bedroom, though, and it was the perfect, budget-friendly solution to replace the nasty old carpet!
When we lived on campus, decorating never interested me. The apartments felt institutional and temporary. Now that we have a home of our own, my inner DIY nut has blossomed. I like to add different home decor touches for each season and holiday throughout the year. With Valentine’s Day approaching, I created an easy DIY project that is perfect for the mantle, living room shadow boxes or to arrange as a centerpiece. These DIY gold milk bottle vases are a fun addition to your existing home decor.
My local craft store has an array of glass bottles that I love to browse. I selected four glass milk bottles. This gold spray paint promised the shiny look that I craved. In the sticker section, I discovered the perfect font for my bottles. At this point, I was undecided between bottles that spelled, “xoxo,” or, “love.” I chose to spell out, “love,” on my bottles. What the world needs now, is love, sweet love.
The weather rewarded me with an unseasonably warm day. I arranged the milk bottles on a piece of cardboard in my garage and sprayed them gold. I applied two coats for complete coverage.
Once they set, I brought them inside to dry completely overnight. If you live in a climate where it will be above 50 degrees overnight, you may leave them outside to dry.
Gently peel the stickers off the bottles. I’m an impatient person – gently peeling off the stickers was easily the most difficult step for me! Find the perfect home for your bottles and arrange them in order. Stick your favorite blooms in each vase and ta-da! A subtle Valentine’s Day piece that easily blends with your existing home decor.
Love is in the air!
I’m linking up today with Blog With Friends for our Love is in the Air theme:
Chocolate Cherry Muffins – Spatulas on Parade
Things I Hate (But Do Anyway) – Cluttered Genius
Stories of Falling in Love with a Second Language – Think in English
Strawberry Hot Fudge Pie – Baking in a Tornado
Handmade Treats – My Heartfelt Sentiments
Two Become One: A mixed media art collage – The Lieber Family
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The living room is the most peaceful place in my home. It’s the one room that is kept free of toys and clutter. I turn on the fireplace each morning, curl up in the recliner, sip my coffee and look out at the snow. Wisconsin winters are long and cold, but made better with warm lights, cozy pillows and indoor plants. I added warmth to my cozy winter living room decor with a rustic winter bouquet and personalized throw pillows.
I browsed over 100 pillows available on Shutterfly and selected two designs that fit our rustic decor. I was able to personalize them for our family. One- and two-sided designs are available. The Rustic Family Name Pillow and Woodgrain Monogram Pillow are comfortable additions to our lounge space. Aren’t they welcoming?
When we were house hunting, a fireplace was on our list of “wants.” We decided on a home that met all of our needs, but missed a few “wants.” My fabulous mother-in-law found an electric fireplace at a rummage sale. I refinished it to match our rustic end tables and it now serves as the focal point of our living room.
Decorating the fireplace mantle is one of my favorite seasonal endeavors. After we took down our holiday decor, there was empty space to fill. I found the perfect rustic milk jug at my local craft store. There are many winter arrangement options, but I settled on something one might see in a snowy Wisconsin landscape. Bonus: when my kids eventually knock this over, artificial plants are heartier!
Red winter berries are a nice pop of color. Drape garland across the mantle, add a few pinecones and you’ll have extra warmth.
I used a scissors to separate the branches and cut them to appropriate length for the milk jug. Do the same with the grasses. Frosted grasses provide height and interest to the space.
I look forward to spring, but this cozy winter living room decor will keep me warm for the season. I’d love to hear your ideas – what would you include in a winter floral arrangement? Which pillow would you choose?
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When we purchased our first home earlier this year, there were some color choices that made me do a double-take. A dark orange bedroom. An ombre, sponged blue bedroom. A dark red kitchen and basement bathroom. I wanted to cover my eyes and make it stop!
For a small home, the dark colors felt too heavy. The dark red basement bathroom was cavernous. I was in need of a bathroom sanctuary! Here’s how we turned our dark red cave of a bathroom into a bright, airy sanctuary with a splash of color.
Why does it take longer to prep a paint project than it does to paint? It’s my least favorite part! After removing the switch plates, towel racks, and fixtures, I used blue painter’s tape to protect edges. Then I applied two coats of primer. Goodbye, red bathroom! It was already leagues brighter than before.
After two coats of primer, I applied two coats of gray paint. We used this warm shade of gray throughout much of our home. One coat may have been enough, but I applied a second coat for complete coverage. It’s like a breath of fresh air, isn’t it?
I let the paint dry overnight, then removed the painter’s tape. I hung up the towel racks, fixtures and switch plates. Then the real fun began: selecting decor! Clocks are such cool pieces of art. I selected a giant white clock for above the hand towels. Metal owls fit well with my rustic, industrial style. A quote on a wood sign spoke to my soul: “Be your own kind of beautiful.”
A neutral bathroom needs pops of color. Turquoise towels provided a fun, maybe even quirky flair. The white shower curtain kept things bright while the ruffles provided a sense of whimsy. Of course, a bathroom isn’t a sanctuary without Charmin Mega Roll.
Toilet paper is a critical component of any bathroom. Charmin Mega Roll lasts four times longer, so you’ll change the roll less frequently. (Can I get an AMEN?!) Charmin Ultra Soft Mega Roll is cushiony, soft and 75% more absorbent*. Charmin Ultra Strong Mega Roll cleans better* with fewer sheets*, and is four times stronger when wet than the leading bargain brand. Whether you’re a Charmin Ultra Soft or a Charmin Ultra Strong user, Mega Roll is the way to go! Pun intended. 😉
My new bathroom sanctuary is whimsical, quirky, bright, colorful, and stocked with Charmin Mega Roll. It’ll be the perfect retreat for my guests – and me! – this holiday. For those longer retreats to your bathroom sanctuary, check out the Charmin Enjoy the Go Bathroom Games App!
What’s in your ideal bathroom sanctuary?
*than the leading bargain brand
This content is sponsored by Charmin. The thoughts and opinions below are entirely my own.
Buying a home is an interesting process. You view dozens, maybe even hundreds, of homes searching for the one that will fit most of your family’s needs. That’s the interesting part – no single home will fulfill everything on your wish list. A kitchen is perfect in one house, but the bedrooms are much too small. Another home has the perfect yard, but not the attached garage you covet. Our home meets our needs perfectly and I have been updating it to match our wish list. Thanks to warm fall weather, the DIY projects have continued as I am preparing for Thanksgiving. Here is my list:
- Finish painting trim. The previous owners were fairly rough on their home and the trim is showing significant wear. In addition to giving it new life, painting it white makes our rooms look larger by brightening the space! Our trim requires one thick coat of primer to mask the yellow tint of the wood, and two thick coats of white paint.
- Refinish interior doors. I’m on a mission to change the wood in our home from honey oak to an espresso finish. I was surprised at how simple it is to make this change. After removing the hardware, I sand the doors. Three coats of stain, one coat of poly, and they look completely different!
- Install new hardware. We’re getting rid of the brass and putting in satin nickel hardware. The satin nickel gives me the updated look I want while replacing the rusty old brass. New hinges and lever door handles give our home a fresh appearance.
- Stock the bathrooms with Charmin Mega Roll. With all the DIY projects I’m finishing up before Thanksgiving, it doesn’t leave me with much time to devote to other preparations. Thankfully, Charmin Mega Roll is equal to 4 Charmin Regular Rolls, so stocking the bathroom with it saves me time and I know my guests won’t run out! Charmin Ultra Strong Mega Roll’s design is inspired by washcloth-like cleaning and strength. Charmin Ultra Soft Mega Roll provides a soft, cushiony clean that is 75% more absorbent than the leading bargain brand. Whether you’re an Ultra Strong or an Ultra Soft fan, make it a mega roll and you’ll save yourself time this Thanksgiving!
Curious just how much toilet paper is in a Charmin Mega Roll? My kids were, too!
I think that ambience plays a big role in the holidays. It’s exciting to look around our house and see the changes we made and the decor we chose. Our house is becoming the home of our dreams! How are you making your house a home this year? Which toilet paper will you stock up on – Charmin Ultra Strong Mega Roll or Charmin Ultra Soft Mega Roll?