Building your own custom IKEA kitchen || the planning & ordering process

Hi everyone! I'm very excited about today's post. I'm finally diving head-first into our IKEA KITCHEN! In this multi-part series I will go over all sorts of stuff like planning your new kitchen, the ordering process, assembling, installing, creating custom areas, building a custom bar, adding after-market inserts, finishing the trim, appliances, etc. Today I'm going to focus on the planning and ordering aspect of building your own custom IKEA kitchen. We chose to do a custom IKEA kitchen using their white Sektion cabinets and white Grimslov door fronts. Here's a Grimslov kitchen … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

IKEA hacks galore! A roundup of all HOH IKEA hack projects

After publishing my most recent Ikea hack I realized I have quite a few IKEA hacks here on the ol' blog. Check out some of the amazing things you can do with cheap IKEA products, some elbow grease, and lots of creativity! *This HOH roundup includes hacks only. If I included every post with an IKEA product in it I may as well repost my entire blog! ha! … [Read more...]

Canned Goods Storage

We are in the process of upgrading our dated and not-so-functional pantry. The old, rusted wire shelving has been replaced with wooden shelves in a more user-friendly layout. Instead of wrapping the shelving around the entire pantry we opted to leave the back wall open and create a narrow canned goods shelving system instead. Not only does the shelf hold a ton of cans, it also makes it extremely easy to find exactly what I'm looking for. Another great feature is that it has a very narrow profile - sticking out from the wall only 3.5"! This leaves the entire room feeling bigger and more … [Read more...]

replacing switches and outlets – a small update with a big impact

I am excited to be a part of the True Value Blog Squad again this year! You guys know I'm nutso about DIY, so partnering with True Value Hardware is a no-brainer for this hardware store junkie. I am one of the bloggers selected by True Value to work on the DIY Blog Squad. I have been compensated for my time commitment to the program as well as my writing about my experience. I have also been compensated for the materials needed for my DIY project. However, my opinions are entirely my own and I have not been paid to publish positive comments. I have been busy DIYing my son's bedroom … [Read more...]