DIY Projects

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!

New Life to Old Frames – My $4 Makeover

posted by Andrea | 04/29/2013 | 40 comments

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 | 12 comments

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

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 | 6 comments

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

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 | 39 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 | 13 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 […]