35 uses for IKEA’s VARIERA plastic bag dispenser

As you probably know, IKEA is one of my favorite stores. They have so many great products and many of their products are perfect for altering or "hacking". IKEA's VARIERA plastic bag holder is no exception. This versatile product can be used in literally dozens of different ways. Here's the basic VARIERA plastic bag holder from IKEA. It's purpose is to hold plastic grocery bags. This item is great as-is, hung in a kitchen, mud room, or laundry room. BUT! There are also so many other really cool uses for the VARIERA plastic bag holder. This item gets pretty darn creative when you … [Read more...]

Huge Nutcrackers for your porch

Happy Holidays my friends! As you've probably figured out already, I love nutcrackers, especially brightly painted ones! I found some pretty ugly huge plaster nutcrackers at Home Depot on sale for black friday and just had to pounce on them. Of course, I couldn't display them as-is; I had to paint them first. Check out this post for a step-by-step of the process. Here's the original nutcrackers I bought. I actually bought one at first, but then I ran back to Home Depot and picked up a 2nd one. They were only $19.98! Seriously. They are HEAVY and are plaster. These guys aren't … [Read more...]

updated MARQUEE STAR – from ugly to dazzling!

I have another holiday project to share with you today! I found a big marquee star at Target a few months back in the clearance section, and as you can see, I updated it from boring blah gold to shiny and shimmery teal! It's just perfect for the holidays. … [Read more...]

New Piano! FINALLY! + how to cover a piano bench with fabric

Well, we finally did it. We finally got ourselves a new piano. Well, new to us! When we moved from Texas to Colorado last year we couldn't take our beloved piano with us. I know, we have the serious sads over it. Apparently it is very bad to take an antique piano that has lived its entire life (built in 1904!) in a humid climate like Texas to the dry climate like Colorado. It's definitely an antique, and was passed down to me from my grandparents. When we moved we gave the piano to my sister which is actually quite fitting because she named her little daughter after said grandma. … [Read more...]

Make your own drawer dividers/organizers

I can't believe I forgot to show you this awesome project in our last house. I was going through old photos and came across these and had such a doh! moment when I realized I never shared this. So, for those trying to keep up with every place we've ever lived, this was our 2nd house in Austin (our country house), before we moved here to Colorado. And to confuse you even more, this was post-renovation on our kitchen in that house. And just to make things even more interesting, Ben's company just went through a merger and his company was the one getting bought out, so now things are … [Read more...]

How to hang heavy unlevel artwork easily

In 2011 I made a piece of art that, to this day, is still my favorite art in the house. You guys loved the art so much that I started making and selling them out of my garage. It was quite an undertaking! I made probably 40 of them but it was very time consuming so I shut down shop eventually. Ah, the good ol' days. Well, I'm not here to announce a shop re-opening or anything like that, but I am here to announce that I finally hung the original piece in my new house! Hallelujah for getting art on my walls almost a year after moving in. I hemmed and hawed for months … [Read more...]

When you can’t replace carpet, at least shampoo it

Yes, we are talking about carpet today! SUPER EXCITING TOPIC! ha When we moved in, we replaced all the really gross carpet in the basement. We chose not to replace the carpet in the rest of the house because a) it's really expensive, and b) we want to rip most of it out eventually and extend the hardwood floors. It seemed like a waste of money to put in all new carpet only to rip it out in the future. Unfortunately, the carpet throughout the house is pretty old and dingy looking. Check out these gross spots. Some where here when we moved in, others my children have … [Read more...]