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...]

Mounting a TV on brick above a fireplace

Hey everyone! Merry belated Christmas! I hope you had a great holiday. We spent lots of time baking, spending time with friends, prepping for Christmas, snowboarding, and getting stuff done around the house. Speaking of getting stuff done around the house... We finally mounted our TV in the living room. It was quite the hot mess last time you saw it: This is a screen grab from my House Tour video because believe it or not I didn't have a single photo of the tv propped up on a desk in front of our fireplace. I'm guessing it was subconscious avoidance on my part because I never want to … [Read more...]

Replacing the dishwasher

We have officially been living in Colorado for 4 months now! We have made so many friends here and have integrated so well within the community that I feel like we've lived here for years. Also, we've officially been on the mountain snow boarding 8 times so far. We couldn't be happier living in the beautiful state of Colorado. I could be happier about my dishwasher situation though... I'll be honest, I'm not in love with this kitchen. I left an amazing custom kitchen in Texas that I just finished and now am back to a basic kitchen with several broken cabinets and some seriously … [Read more...]

How to easily replace door hinges

After only a few weeks of living in the new house, I had HAD IT with the door that goes from the laundry room into the garage. We use this door like 20 thousand times a day, and the door had self-closing hinges. These door hinges are seriously the most annoying door hinges in the history of ever. Okay, okay, I'm being a little dramatic, but seriously, I hate them. Every time I'd quickly run into the garage to grab something, the door would slam itself shut behind me. Seriously drove me batty. We tried propping the door open for a week or so but it was still so irritating. Also, … [Read more...]

How to change the plug on your dryer to accommodate a 3- or 4-prong outlet

Have you ever moved to a new house, gone to plug in your dryer, and CRAP! the plug doesn't fit? Most houses come with either a 3-prong or 4-prong outlet for your dryer. If you purchased a new dryer chances are the dryer didn't come with a power cord at all, and when you move houses you have a 50/50 chance that the current plug will work with whatever outlet your house comes with. So what are you supposed to do? Call an electrician for a pretty penny just to hook up a new power cord for you? It is one of the easiest DIYs out there. There is no reason you need to waste your hard earned … [Read more...]