***I would like to preface this post by saying that I am not a contractor, and this is not meant to be a "how to" for anyone wishing to take down load bearing walls in their home. This is what we did, with (a lot of) help from an experienced builder who knows his shit. Please do not go taking down walls in your home without first consulting a professional. Our kitchen was dark. Darker than my … [Read more...] about Wall Openings: Not So Scary After All
When I saw this bedroom makeover reveal by Mandi (my DIY/design idol) on Vintage Revivals I damn near shit myself. It is so, SO GOOD. Too good. I could not stop drooling over this room --- or more specifically, that black ship-lap wall. Let's wheel it back a bit. Can I let you in on a little secret? I am generally not a fan of ship-lap, which I've come to discover is absolute blasphemy … [Read more...] about Fake it ‘Til You Make it: Black Ship-Lap Wall Using Plywood
I had a glorious nine days off last week that I'd been looking forward to for a month. Leaving work on my last day before vacation was just like Anyway, I had big plans for my vaycay, people. BIG plans. Since the main level floors had been refinished I could finally start working on the dining room and living room, and I was gunning for this old table, big time. We were given this … [Read more...] about Build a $75 Dining Room Table: Free Plans!
You can only look at yourself in your $10 fun-house Walmart mirror so many times before you start to question whether you actually look like a gremlin or if it's "just the light". I've been wanting a giant floor mirror (one that doesn't make me look like I'm about to throw down with the three Billy Goats Gruff) for awhile now, so when I found a HUGE one at Winners marked down for $79.99 with high … [Read more...] about Wood Shim Floor Mirror
I'm not a fancy person. I like to think I'm relatively easy-going and low maintenance as far as that goes. Matt and I live rather modestly and try not to spend our semi-hard earned cash on too many indulgences or luxuries. However. When it comes to our home, I know what I like. And what I like, is not these floors. Matt is going to kill me dead for sharing these pictures --- … [Read more...] about How I Refinished Our Hardwood Floors
I have had this shiny black table sitting around forever. Not only is it tacky as hell, it is pretty much the exact same as the IKEA Lack table (complete with cardboard stuffing) except I got it at Walmart. I follow Buzzfeed's "Nifty" page on Facebook and saw this really cool succulent planter tutorial on there. Seeing as I already had the table on hand, I decided to try it out myself, with … [Read more...] about IKEA ‘Lack’ Table Turned Succulent Planter