DIY Projects

What Should We Do In Our Former Playroom?

posted by Andrea | 08/7/2017 | 42 comments

Now that we’ve finished renovating all our kids’ bedrooms, we are left with a completely empty “playroom”. Dave and I are both lacking inspiration… but we’d love to do something fun (and frugal) in this space.

I know there are so many ideas we just aren’t thinking of, so I’d love it if you helped us out a bit and shared YOUR ideas!

Why We DON’T Budget for House Projects

posted by Andrea | 07/21/2017 | 27 comments

Over the last 6.5 years, Dave and I have spent a considerable amount of money fixing up, renovating, remodeling, and decorating our home… and since I share the renovations on my blog, I’m regularly asked how we budget and plan for all our home projects.

I’m guessing many of you would be shocked to know that Dave and I actually DON’T budget for house projects… that’s what I’m talking about today!

A Super Simple Way to Dye Fabric

posted by Andrea | 07/17/2017 | 13 comments

Last week, I shared Nora’s bedroom makeover — along with her super cute loft bed with “secret” play area underneath.

Today, I’m sharing how I dyed the curtains for her secret play area — and if you’ve ever been intimidated by using fabric dye (like I was), I hope this post will lay it all out step-by-step to show you how simple it really can be. Just think of all the things you could refresh with a little fabric dye!

A Nice Change of Pace

posted by Andrea | 06/5/2017 | 10 comments

Although I love schedules, I thrive off regular routines, and I really enjoy finishing up a big project, there is just something to be said for tossing the to-do list every once in awhile! Don’t you think?

Today I’m sharing how our long Memorial Day weekend turned into just the right “change of pace” we needed to take a break from construction and focus on other things.

Chicken Wire and Chippy Paint

posted by Andrea | 06/21/2016 | 19 comments

I’m often asked about my “decorating style”… and the truth is, I’m not exactly sure what my style really is — or even if I have an actual “style”. I just know what I like when I see it.

That said, today, I’m sharing 2 of MY favorite ways to add a little farmhouse feel to my home… chicken wire and chippy paint!

Simple Tips to Extend the Life of Your Paint Brushes

posted by Andrea | 04/14/2016 | 12 comments

The cost of paint and painting supplies has gone up a lot over the past 10 years — I was shocked to see how expensive my favorite paint brushes were the last time I was at the hardware store.

So, since we’re ramping up for another spring and summer of house projects in the Dekker home, I thought it was a good time to share a few simple ways I try to extend the life of my paint brushes.

How We Simplify and De-Stress Home Renovations

posted by Andrea | 08/12/2015 | 10 comments

As many of you know, Dave and I have been faithfully working on renovating our 125 year old farmhouse for the past 4.5 years. It’s a labor of love — but we don’t always love doing it!

Today, I’m sharing some of our tips to de-stress and simplify home renovations!

Our New Outhouse Garden Shed

posted by Andrea | 07/22/2014 | 19 comments

After months of searching Craigslist, we finally broke down and built our own outhouse garden shed.

I’m SO happy with how it turned out — and there’s actually a really cool story behind the wood we used for the shed!

DIY Laundry Detergent That Actually Works

posted by Andrea | 06/23/2014 | 106 comments

Over the past 3+ years, I’ve shared a number of DIY cleaning products here on the blog; however, I’ve never shared a recipe for DIY laundry detergent because I couldn’t find a recipe I actually liked.

That all changed a couple months ago — so today, I’m sharing my new favorite DIY laundry detergent. It works fabulously, it’s really easy to make, it’s quite frugal, and it makes a huge batch!

What We’ve Been Up To: House + Yard Projects 2014

posted by Andrea | 05/26/2014 | 8 comments

Dave and I usually wait until school is over to start our house/yard projects for the year — but this year, even with a new baby, we were BOTH itching to get started.

Since it’s a long holiday weekend (and I have a feeling many of you are joining Dave and I in some sort of home or yard project) I figured it would be a good time to share an update on all our latest projects.

I Finished My Rag Quilts

posted by Andrea | 02/19/2014 | 17 comments

Since I made the baby quilt for our nursery before Nora was born, I knew I wanted to tackle another “quilt-type” sewing project for this baby — so when I saw the cute “Rag Quilts” on Pinterest, I decided they would be my project.

I’m happy to share that my quilts turned out really well and they were actually VERY simple to make. Come check them out!

DIY Baby Mobile – yes, I did a craft!

posted by Andrea | 01/28/2014 | 20 comments

We never had any type of mobile hanging over Nora’s crib, but I knew that was one thing I wanted to add to our nursery the second time around. However, after spending a bunch of time looking at mobiles, I never found anything I liked — so I made my own!

The whole project took me less than 45 minutes and my total out-of-pocket cost was less than $3.00!!!

Our Filing Cabinet Downsize, Upgrade, and Makeover

posted by Andrea | 12/9/2013 | 23 comments

Over the past few years, I’ve been on a mission to use and store less paper.

So I’m supper happy to announce that we recently switched from a MASSIVE 4 drawer, big, bulky filing cabinet to a much smaller, shallower, 2-drawer filing cabinet… with room to spare!

Nora’s New DIY Play Kitchen!

posted by Andrea | 11/19/2013 | 63 comments

It’s official — Nora’s new play kitchen is finished! I’m super happy with how the finished product turned out — so much cuter than I ever thought, and so much like a real kitchen.

I had so much fun working on this project and I’m super excited to share the before / after photos with you today!

Super Fast Wood Furniture Restoration

posted by Andrea | 10/24/2013 | 22 comments

Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about painting — specifically painting and distressing furniture to give it a whole new look.

However, I realize painting and distressing isn’t for everyone… so today, I’m sharing one of the all-time most simple ways I’ve come across to breathe a little new life into old, grungy wood furniture!

Everything In Its Place: New Garage Organization with Monkey Bars

posted by Andrea | 09/10/2013 | 26 comments

Last week, I shared how we were able to fully transform our garage from drab to fab in about a week… and I don’t think I need to convince anyone how much we love our new space.

Today, I’m sharing the final pictures of ALL our stuff organized with the new Monkey Bars system. Let’s just say that even I was impressed with how much stuff we could fit in such a small space!

Our Garage Makeover – From Drab to Fab With Monkey Bars!

posted by Andrea | 09/4/2013 | 34 comments

When we first moved into our house 3 years ago, we shoved everything that didn’t have a designated home into the garage. It seemed like a good idea at the time, but then we realized we wanted our garage back.

So thanks to some DIY efforts and the amazing Monkey Bars garage storage system, we now have a super functional, super organized, and super good-looking garage!

A Family Heirloom Repurposed for Daily Use

posted by Andrea | 07/19/2013 | 60 comments

A few months after Nora was born, I was given the highchair my great-grandma used as a baby. I didn’t want to use it as Nora’s actual highchair, but I had a few ideas for what I could do with the chair, so I hung onto it.

Then, a couple weeks ago, I brought the chair up from the basement and decided it was time to transform it into a useable, functional piece of furniture for our home — what a transformation it was!