DIY Projects

How To Make Bunk Bed Quilts from a Full Size Comforter

posted by Andrea | 09/27/2019 | 10 comments

Two years ago, we moved Nora out of a full-size bed and into bunk beds (that she will eventually share with Clara). Since we loved her current comforter so much, I turned it into 2 bunk bed size comforters instead!

The whole project took me around 15 minutes, it didn’t cost me a dime, and it turned out so cute! I’m sharing this simple “how-to” in today’s post!

An Update On Our Crazy Method To Prevent Weeds In Our Garden

posted by Andrea | 09/13/2019 | 26 comments

Earlier this spring, I shared our “new-to-us” crazy plan to keep weeds out of our vegetable garden…

I said I would come back with an update to share how it worked for us… and that’s my big news today! 🙂

How We Hung A Shower Curtain with Sloped Ceilings

posted by Andrea | 09/6/2019 | 20 comments

Our old farmhouse has crazy sloped ceilings in every room upstairs — including the bathroom. We have sloped ceilings in the kids’ bathtub/shower area and although it wasn’t too much extra hassle, we did have to think through things a bit before we decided on the best way to hang the curtain in their shower.

Today I’m sharing our simple solution!

A 3rd Shower or A More Spacious Laundry Room… Help Me Decide!

posted by Andrea | 05/3/2019 | 130 comments

Almost exactly 1 year ago, I came to you all with a question about what we should do with our current laundry room and “kitchen bathroom” (a.k.a. the fairly awkward full-bath off our kitchen). You offered so many fantastic ideas that we actually ended up changing our plans and going with some of your ideas instead!

We finished our half-bath renovation last fall, but we still need to tackle the new laundry room this spring/summer… which is why I need your help again!

How to Instantly Update a Sweatshirt (no sewing required)

posted by Andrea | 03/28/2018 | 26 comments

Last week I purged my closet, picked up a few new finds from a local thrift store, and updated several items already in my closet — a few of which were super quick “sweatshirt updates”.

As I was cutting up my sweatshirts, I realized I had to share this on the blog — there is absolutely NO sewing required, and with a few quick snips, you can give almost any sweatshirt a brand new look!

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 | 21 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 | 13 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 | 110 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!