How to cut Faux Wood Blinds for a custom fit

I am so super excited about today's post! Do you want faux wood blinds but they seem like way too much work? You have to custom order them, or at best, go to the hardware store with your measurements in hand, purchase them, have the store cut them for you, and then take them home and hope and pray your measurements were correct. Not anymore! Yup, I'm here to show you how to purchase the blinds from the hardware store, take them home, and then measure and custom fit them yourself. {Oh no she didn't.} Oh yes I did! Step one is obviously to purchase the blinds. I hung brand new faux … [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...]

How to create cheap sophisticated window treatments

I've been trying to spruce up my office lately to make it feel more cozy. I don't have a ton of extra cash for all new furniture, so I've made do with what I have. While I don't have a ton of extra cash, I do have a little to put towards some very inexpensive window treatments. Did you know you can make your own curtain rods for only a few bucks? If you add in the brackets too you are still less than $8 for the entire getup! My office is basically a bedroom on our main floor (the other bedrooms are all upstairs). This room has one large window and one small window. Yes, these … [Read more...]

My office is painted! blog post + video

My office is finally painted. Painting wall after wall in my house is really not fun at all, but making a time lapse of it all is fun! So lucky you, here's another time lapse video for your entertainment. I've also encluded a regular ol' blog post with photos below. Have fun watching and reading! The previous owners painted the room green. Honestly, it wasn't a terrible green. I just didn't like it very much. Like how messy my office is? Yes, it's terrible. The office is right off the family room on the main floor so it tends to become the dumping grounds for any and all crap. … [Read more...]

How to paint a door – a time lapse DIY tutorial

I feel like I've written about painting doors a thousand different times so I thought it would be way more fun to give you a time lapse play-by-play instead. I hope you enjoy watching it as much as I enjoyed making it! Thanks for reading! Have a wonderful weekend! … [Read more...]

Our first DIY project – laminate flooring in Ben’s basement office

In addition to moving in, buying new furniture, and unpacking, we got CRAZY and decided to completely overhaul Ben's office before he moved anything into it. Here is the BEFORE picture: So this room is in the basement, and has no windows. The dark brown wall color was just not working at all. It felt like a cave. Also, the carpet was old and gross, so it had to go as well. I started by painting the entire room, walls and ceiling, with Sherwin William's Stucco in a satin finish. Aren't my painting clothes so sexy? Ah, so much better! Look how much brighter the room … [Read more...]

How to install shelves in a closet

Last week I showed you the shelves I installed in our guest room slash my new office closet. I finally wrote the tutorial to show you how to do it. It's pretty simple but there are lots of steps. First off, you need to figure out how many shelves you want and what size they need to be. I settled on 4 new shelves, plus the original one already in the closet. I chose to leave the original shelf and the clothes rod hardware in the closet, just in case we ever want to convert it back to a clothing closet. I wanted two additional shelves that were the same depth as the … [Read more...]