DIY Projects

Our New Outhouse Garden Shed

posted by Andrea | 07/22/2014 | 18 comments
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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 | 70 comments
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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 | 58 comments
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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!

New Life to Old Frames – My $4 Makeover

posted by Andrea | 04/29/2013 | 34 comments
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I’m over-the-moon-excited to share today’s post with you — not necessarily because it’s such an amazing project or earth-shattering before and after pictures. No, I’m excited to share this with you because it’s a project I’ve wanted to cross off my list since early November!

Hooray for one more thing FINALLY crossed off my to-do list!

DIY Growth Chart

posted by Andrea | 11/21/2012 | 8 comments
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Way back before we had kids (and way back before Pinterest) I had an idea of creating something that would hang on a wall in our house and would be used to measure our kids’ heights at every birthday.

So since Nora’s 1st birthday is TOMORROW, I figured it’s about time to share the DIY growth chart I made!

Why Our Kitchen Renovation is Taking SO Long!

posted by Andrea | 09/12/2012 | 20 comments
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We started our kitchen renovation exactly 3 months ago… and we’re STILL not finished. Our goal was to be completely finished by Labor Day, but that obviously is not the case.

So why on earth are things taking so long?

Quick and Easy Chicken Wire Frame

posted by Andrea | 02/9/2012 | 4 comments
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A few years ago, I was trying to come up with a creative way to all the Christmas cards we had received… AND I was looking for a decorative piece to go above our piano. I wanted something that was inexpensive and I wanted it ASAP.

I found a huge frame on the 90% off rack of a local craft store and in about 15 minutes, I turned it into a fantastic {and functional} piece for our home!

DIY No Sew Napkins

posted by Andrea | 02/2/2012 | 4 comments
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A few months ago, I mentioned that we almost always use cloth napkins at our house. And after reading the comments, it sounds like many of you also use cloth napkins. However, I did receive a few emails and comments that suggested cloth napkins were too expensive.

If you are looking for REALLY cheap {possibly even free} cloth napkins, you might want to check out this simple tutorial for No-Sew Cloth Napkins — I’m pretty sure anyone could make these :)

Tips to QUICKLY Give Furniture a Distressed Look

posted by Andrea | 11/12/2011 | 16 comments
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I know a lot of people are intimidated by painting anything… let alone furniture. But I want to assure you that you can do this!

I didn’t know the first thing about painting or distressing furniture when I got started… and now my house is filled with fantastic looking furniture at a fraction of the price!

DIY Baby Quilt – It Turned Out SO Cute!

posted by Andrea | 10/24/2011 | 12 comments
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Our nursery is so close to being finished, but I’m NOT going to give you the full tour just yet… However, I WILL show you the super cute baby quilt that I made out of mostly scrap fabric {for a total of $8.00}!

I didn’t use a pattern and I didn’t really have any instructions to follow, but it’s honestly so straight-forward that I know anyone with basic sewing skills and a sewing machine could do this!

DIY Shaker Peg Towel Hooks

posted by Andrea | 10/6/2011 | 5 comments
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A couple weeks ago, I showed you my super simple curtain makeover in our master bathroom — and I recieved more comments, emails, and questions about the Shaker Peg towel hooks underneath the windowsill than I did about the curtains!

So back by popular demand, here is the mini tutorial on how to make your own Shaker Peg towel hooks.

A Simple Curtain Tutorial

posted by Andrea | 09/20/2011 | 7 comments
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I made these simple {almost no-sew} curtains for our master bathroom last week — and I was simply thrilled with the results. Plus, they only took about an hour of time and cost less than $2.00!!

See how I used a little burlap, twine, and a few wooden buttons to create these adorable curtains for our home!