Get rid of that ugly cord hanging from your attic stairs

(I was one of the bloggers selected by True Value to work on the DIY Squad. I have been compensated for my time commitment to the program as well as 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'm back today to share an easy update to an annoying problem. Do you have attic stairs that have a standard pull cord dangling down? They are just not attractive! Here's a great and easy tutorial to update those attic stairs and get rid of the … [Read more...]

Fresh paint in the master bathroom

I painted our master bathroom a year ago, and realized today that I never posted about it here. I wrote a post about it for True Value's blog (original post here) but never ended up mentioning it here on my blog. I gave our master bathroom a paint makeover. The small bathroom was previously painted a shade of salmon, an orangy redish color: Paint is such a personal decision, and there are no wrong paint colors! The rule is, if you love it, and you love living in the space, then the color is perfect for YOU. I'll admit though, I am not keen on this salmon color, so it had to go! … [Read more...]

How to make a Magnetic Frame to display artwork

(I was one of the bloggers selected by True Value to work on the DIY Squad. I have been compensated for my time commitment to the program as well as 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.) My daughter LOVES to draw and is very crafty. We have artwork all over our fridge and taped to the walls. I made her a magnetic frame for her to display all her artwork, photos, notes, and cards. It looks a lot classier on a magnetic frame instead … [Read more...]

How to lay a paver walkway

(I was one of the bloggers selected by True Value to work on the DIY Squad. I have been compensated for my time commitment to the program as well as 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 just completed a project in our backyard that I've wanted to do since we moved in over a year ago. To get from the deck to the water hose requires walking through dirt and mud. We've wanted some type of pathway or stepping stones to keep our … [Read more...]

5 simple steps to prep your yard for Fall

Summer was a blast but now Fall is swiftly approaching. Don't forget to prepare the outside of your home and yard for the coming months by following these 5 tips: 1. Clean out your gutters Heading into Fall is a great time to break out the ladder and clean out your rain gutters. They tend to fill with leaves quickly so you should be cleaning them out a few times a year. 2. Put away all toys and furniture cushions If your house is anything like mine you probably have tons of toys strewn about outside. As soon as the weather turns warmer we bring out the soccer goals, sports … [Read more...]

Build a tire swing!

I'm here today to show you how to make a fun and easy project that your kids (and you!) will enjoy all summer long... a tire swing! We've had this old tire laying around the yard so instead of tossing it we decided it would be fun to turn it into a tire swing. I've never made a tire swing before and the task seemed daunting. Believe it or not I whipped this tire swing up in less than an hour! I started with this very helpful tire swing guide: Once I had a plan in place I headed to True Value to pick up all my supplies. Here are most of the supplies I purchased, but I did … [Read more...]

Spring Cleaning: cleaning out the rain gutters

(I was one of the bloggers selected by True Value to work on the DIY Squad. I have been compensated for my time commitment to the program as well as 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.) One big job I've wanted to tackle since moving in is cleaning out the rain gutters. For some reason, presumably leaves and debris, they overflow when it rains yet hardly any water actually exits the downspout. I finally got up the energy and … [Read more...]