Upgrading basic window cranks to nesting cranks

Holla! Happy August everyone! School starts in like 13 days. I can't even believe it. How has summer flown by so fast? I swear it will be Christmas before we know it. Time needs to take a chill pill and slow down! Sorry for the absence Monday and Wednesday this week. I've been trying so hard for several months now to get back on a schedule and post 3x a week. Until this week I was killing it. I came down with something though and felt so terrible, hence the absence. Sorry! So, as you might know if you've read my blog for awhile, I pretty much loathe the windows in my house. They are … [Read more...]

The piano bench gets new hinges and a make-under

Hi friends! I hope you are having a fabulous summer. We've been so busy this summer, and I just realized school starts in less than 4 weeks. I'm kinda sad about it. It's so fun having my kids around all day, and also not having to follow a strict schedule. Last year we bought a piano. It has pretty much become the staple item in our house. We all play, and all of my son's drumline friends play, so it gets used daily as a minimum. I also added a new layer of fabric to the bench: Most of you liked the new fabric, but a few of you commented that it was gross that I didn't … [Read more...]

How to FROST GLASS with contact paper

Today I'm sharing a simple tutorial that will change your life. Seriously. It's that good. Would you like more privacy in your home without sacrificing the light streaming in? Just frost your glass! It's so easy, inexpensive, and is totally removable. Yup, unlike sprays and other frosted glass techniques, this one allows you to undo your frost if you ever change your mind. Mind blown, I know. I started out with a 10-panel glass door painted white. Last year I painted it black. I LOVE black doors! As much as I love this 10-panel glass door, especially now that it's black, we need … [Read more...]

An unexpected Master Bathroom renovation, phase 1

Welp, I guess I'm doing a renovation in our master bathroom! Just last week Ben and I were talking about our list of needed renovations in this house and prioritized them all. The master bath desperately needs a cosmetic update, but we decided to put it towards the bottom of the list. We'd rather get all the floors refinished and install a new pretty kitchen. Of course, as soon as you make a statement like, "the bathroom should be added to the very bottom of the list", the universe throws a curve ball at you and basically says, "Oh ya?! Hold my beer." Here is our bathroom just after we … [Read more...]

How to fix broken trampoline net poles

We have a trampoline for the kids in our backyard. After two solid years of use, the original net poles that came with the enclosure were broken and bent. It became a hazard when poles would snap in half while kids were playing, and when one pole fell completely out of the net leaving a gaping hole for kids to fall through we knew it was time to come up with a plan of action to fix them. One time we had a tree fall on one of our trampolines (like 10 years ago) and broke the net and poles. This time the poles broke and bent for a few reasons, including heavy snowfall, hurricane strength … [Read more...]

How to fix a broken window crank (casement operator)

I've just been chugging along in this house the past {almost} two years, fixing little things here and there that are broken or need updating. Our son's window has been broken since we moved in. I assumed we would need to replace the whole window, but I stumbled across a repair kit at Home Depot last week and had a lightbulb moment. It may seem obvious to you that you can fix these window cranks when they break, but until we moved to Colorado from Texas two years ago, I literally never once in my life had seen a window crank on a window. All the windows I've ever had just slide open, … [Read more...]

How to fix a sliding shower door guide

When you own a home it's really fun and exciting to take on huge projects and renovations, but most of home ownership means fixing small annoying things that break and taking care of general upkeep. (A boring yet necessary evil.) Take our guest bath for example: See those shower doors? Well, they swing back and forth the wrong direction and fall off their tracks. Not cool. (Well, aside from them being gold and hideous, but that's a bigger fish to fry, so for now I am doing basic upkeep.) The reason for the swinging? The little plastic guide at the base of the doors that keep the … [Read more...]