DIY Projects

DIY No Sew Napkins

posted by Andrea | 02/2/2012 | 4 comments

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 | 38 comments

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

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

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

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!

Time-Saving Wallpaper Removal Tip

posted by Andrea | 05/12/2011 | 9 comments

source: Over the past 5 years, I’ve had my fair share of experience removing wallpaper. So it’s probably safe to say I’ve tried just about every removal method out there…and am on the verge of being a “wallpaper removing expert”! In our first house, we {and when I say “we”, I really me “I”} removed wallpaper from the kitchen, dinning room, bathroom, laundry room, bedrooms, and even the garage! Thankfully in our new house, most of the rooms just had […]

Simple Chair Makeover — For FREE!

posted by Andrea | 01/18/2011 | 9 comments

You all know I’m obsessed with Craigslist…right? I’ve gotten so many great deals over the past few years…like this Ikea sofa and this amazing red hutch. Well last year, I scored this FREE Lazy-Boy recliner on Craigslist {I’m sure you can see why it was free}. My original intent was simply to practice reupholstering a smaller piece of furniture — something I’ve always wanted to learn. Plus I had a bunch of heavy canvas fabric sitting around {in the form of a love seat slipcover!} […]

Painted Desk — Before and After

posted by Andrea | 11/7/2010 | 32 comments

I got this desk for free! I know, it doesn’t look like anything too special just yet — but it was EXACTLY what I was looking for, and I can already picture where this desk will fit in our new farmhouse… Plus, I never turn down free wooden furniture! Obviously, the previous owner didn’t know much about painting — or that it was preferable to remove the hardware {and the drawers} before diving in with two different colors of paint […]

Simple Fall Decor

posted by Andrea | 09/24/2010 | 4 comments

I’m a big fan of decorating with disposable items; mainly so I don’t have to store them all year round. Since fall is my favorite season {I live in Michigan — it’s gorgeous!} it would be so easy for me to accumulate gobs of fun decor items, but I don’t. I only allow myself one (yes ONE) small tub. Honest! If you really think about it, I should have no trouble decorating with items from nature such as fruits, gourds, […]

DIY Paper Wreath

posted by Andrea | 08/26/2010 | 2 comments

Yesterday I posted about different ways to turn paper clutter into creative gift wrap. Today, I have another super creative idea for your paper clutter — courtesy of Ashley at Give Me the Simple Life. This DIY Paper Wreath! Ashley has an amzaing blog that features all sorts of “simple living” ideas, crafts, projects, etc…so I’m a huge fan! However, when I saw her paper wreath project, I just knew I had to feature it. Not only is this project super […]

Saturday Stumbles: Design Inspiration

posted by Andrea | 08/13/2010 | 5 comments

This week was one crazy week! On top of doing everything I normally do each week {which is already a lot}, I decided that it was time to redecorate our living room and our office. It’s been 4 years now and I keep pushing it off in hopes that we might move out of our suburban ranch into an adorable  farmhouse in the country. Unfortunately, I don’t think that’s going to happen for a few more years, and I’m fine with that. […]

Shabby Sewing Cabinet Makeover

posted by Andrea | 07/30/2010 | 18 comments

Since I am the only one of my cousins who has any sewing abillities, I got all my Grandma’s sewing things when she passed away. This little sewing accessory cabinet was one of those treasures. I usually don’t like to hang onto family heirlooms unless I can put them to use somewhere in my home. I knew that I could use this piece as a night stand, but didn’t care for the dark wood stain…so I painted it! I say it a […]