My sliding door handle broke. Here’s how I replaced it.

Helloooo my friends! How are you? I am doing great! Well, except for the fact that my entire body hurts. I started Crossfit this week and have gone twice. I now can no longer move my legs or arms. I am so sore! It's a good kind of sore though. It's the type of sore you get when you can tell that you are getting toned and in shape. Now I need to just keep on going and turn this into a habit. So, my sliding door handle broke. It was shut and locked, and the lock literally broke off in my hand. Uh oh. Now what? How on earth do you get a locked door open when the lock breaks off? … [Read more...]

Stunning fireplace makeover with paint!

I finally did it. I finally took the plunge and painted the fireplace! I've been putting it off for a year and a half because, well, it's just so permanent. What if I hated it? Once you paint brick, it is really hard to un-paint it. It's a scary plunge! But I finally just dove in head first and did it. I mean, how can I hate the brick any more than I already do? Peach brick is really not my thing, and I just couldn't stare at that huge peach wall for one more day. Check out the before and after pics, and get all the deets about painting brick... Here's where we started: We have a … [Read more...]

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...]