diy

book page wreath, 2.0

book page wreath, 2.0

Insomnia is a funny thing at this stage of pregnancy….on the one hand, it’s good practice going without sleep for when Baby Girl gets here, but on the other hand, I just want to stick a fork in my eye to have something else to focus on besides the fact that it’s been a while…

diy: make your own linen/burlap picture frame mats

diy: make your own linen/burlap picture frame mats

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend!  We got so much accomplished in the nursery, I was sorry to see the long weekend come to an end.  Now it’s just a waiting game….waiting for curtains and crib bedding to come back from the seamstress and for art to arrive so I can get…

diy: mini pumpkin candle holders

diy: mini pumpkin candle holders

The best DIY’s are those that take little time and effort to whip up and the mini pumpkin taper candle holders I made for yesterday’s Fall table setting are no exception.  These are so easy and add such a whimsical Fall touch to your table or mantle.  All I used were mini pumpkins, my drill…

diy: reindeer moss wreath

diy: reindeer moss wreath

With the exception of Christmas, I’ve never really been one to hang a wreath on my front door, but I wanted something bright and Autumn-inspired to greet guests when they came for my baby shower last weekend.  My first thought was a preserved boxwood wreath, but they are a tad bit pricier than I wanted…

diy: cupcake flags

diy: cupcake flags

The simplest DIY’s always end up being the best and these simple cardstock flags are one of my favorite ways to spice up homemade cupcakes!  I’ve used them for baby showers (here and here), birthday parties, and even as a birthday gift for friends (here). These took me less than five minutes to make, but…

whitewashing vs. dry brushing

whitewashing vs. dry brushing

I get a TON of emails with questions about whitewashing furniture – mostly wanting to know the difference between whitewashing and dry brushing and how to choose which technique for a piece.  I’ve posted a step-by-step tutorial on how to whitewash furniture, but thought I’d give a breakdown on the difference between the two and…

diy: ombre, hand stamped favor tags

diy: ombre, hand stamped favor tags

When my printer bit the dust days before a baby shower I was co-hosting back in February, I had to improvise real fast in order to get the gift tags for guest favors done.  They turned out to be a hit, and since I’m decorating for a friend’s shower this weekend and am once again…

how to create a “zinc” finish

how to create a “zinc” finish

There is this little alcove between the tub and shower wall in our master bathroom in which we want to put custom built-ins, but since we are getting ready to finish our second floor, I thought hanging a full-length mirror would be a much better use of funds for a temporary fix.  We don’t have…

diy: safe, nontoxic, eco friendly way to strip furniture

diy: safe, nontoxic, eco friendly way to strip furniture

I get a lot of emails about refinishing furniture and pieces that I have worked on it the past and the best advice I can give anyone is to pay the most attention to the prep work!  Prepping a piece (aka stripping the finish, or sanding and scuffing it to make it paint-ready) is the…

diy: gilded picture frame

diy: gilded picture frame

I hope you all had a wonderful Turkey Day!  For those of you uninterested in the chaos that is Black Friday, how about a little DIY? Old picture frames and spray paint go together like peas and carrots, but I’ve got a twist for you today!  I love gilded picture frames, so I thought I’d…

a few helpful tips before your next diy

a few helpful tips before your next diy

Lately I’ve gotten quite a few emails about some of the DIY posts I’ve blogged about, so I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to highlight some of my favorite products for helping with your next project! Krylon spray paint is my go-to brand – the coverage is excellent, the color selection is crazy…

before + after: whitewashed brick fireplace

before + after: whitewashed brick fireplace

When my clients asked me to help bring their 1972 ranch home up-to-date, the first thing that had to go was the bright orange/red brick fireplace.  Their family room gets so much natural light, yet the floor-to-ceiling brick seemed to glow.  Instead of painting the brick completely, I decided to whitewash it, instead, to tone…