Easy Kitchen Island Lighting Update

Slowly but surely, this house is starting to feel like ours.  Last weekend we finished the dining area lighting update.  With the old builder grade chandelier gone, we felt the need to do a little update to the island lighting as well. The original lights were fine, I’m not going to pretend that they were awful. (I’ve had awful. Our first house had a freaking circus kitchen when we moved in, complete with...

DIY Orb Chandelier (part 2)

Last week, I left you with my painted, but unfinished orb light.  This weekend gave me a chance to get down to business and finish my project.  I’m so excited to share the final product with you! Part one recap Just a refresher, this is where last week left off. My rusty Hobnob market find got a beautiful satin nickel finish with Rust-Oleum Universal spray paint and primer. I also spray painted the...

Hobnob market, DIY orb chandelier (part one) and Rust-Oleum review

When I think of fall, I think of damp and windy weather and a hot coffee in my hand.  Mums, pumpkins, boots and fall festivals are also on the list.  One of my favorite places to go a couple of times each year is the Hobnob Market in central Illinois.  I especially love the fall market!  The vendors are so creative and rustic treasures are everywhere. The Market I was so...

The EASIEST DIY chalkboard tutorial

How many DIY chalkboard tutorials have you seen on Pinterest?  About a million, right?  Well, I’m sharing the EASIEST DIY chalkboard tutorial!  I liked this project because I got to use paint and power tools, but it was just enough of each to make it feel like a real DIY project. This giant chalkboard was made for a VIC (very important client), my mother-in-law 🙂 There was a small empty space between...

How to store kids’ toys without sacrificing style

Raising kids and trying to maintain a sense of style in your home is difficult, but it can be done! Obviously, the first priority is to keep the environment safe for little ones.  At the same time, you don’t have to have an entire house that looks like “the play room”.  I want to share a few tips on adding stylish toy storage solutions to your home. Storage, storage, storage This is what I think about with...

Faux barnwood pallet mount for canvas print

Some of the most popular decor styles out there right now involve highlighting worn items.  I have to admit, I’m a fan.  My personal style is a combination of rustic, repurposed and cozy farmhouse with a touch of modern.  I love the lived in, cottage look that is so “in”.  What is arguably the most popular element to all these styles? Barnwood.  Anything labeled “barnwood” or “pallet” seems to be a hit these...

Easy media box cover to improve the look of your mantel

The ugly media box I know I’m not the only one out there who has a difficult time decorating around the media box on my mantel.  If you have a cable box, this project might be a little less convenient for you.  A cable box uses a frequent signal, so you would have to move the cover while watching TV.  I, however, am stuck in the 1990s, so we just have a DVD/VCR combo...

Super easy over-the-bed guest room decor

I’m going to walk you through how I made a super cheap and easy over-the-bed decor using a tree branch.  Let me start out by saying, there are three components to the perfect DIY project: Easy, inexpensive and quick. Am I right? Yes, I am. 😉 I needed something to put over the guest bed.  We’ve made a lot of costly purchases since moving and I’m not ready to spring for a...

Valspar chalk paint review

Today, I finally did it!  Trying chalk paint has been on my “to do” list for a long time, but the price tag of the Annie Sloan chalk paint and wax has always been a turn off for me.  I was at Lowes the other day and saw that they carried a Valspar version of the famous chalky finish paint.  It was about $25 for the paint (which goes a very long way) and $15 for...

Industrial farmhouse dresser

Hi guys! Happy Friday to everyone out there! 🙂  As the week winds down, I wanted to do something a little fun, so I thought I would do a small feature of one of my favorite pieces! I’m going to tell you the story behind my industrial farmhouse dresser.  This is probably my most complimented piece of furniture, and it’s also my cheapest (free!). This piece is my spirit animal....