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DIY Fabric Bookshelves

We have hundreds of books at our house. I have thousands of books in my classroom. We have enough books to entertain a kid from birth to their early teens.…

Dresser update with Miss Mustard Seed in Luckett's Green and French Enamel

Game Cabinet Refresh with Milk Paint

I’ve only used Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint a couple of times, but I am in love!  I am having so much fun exploring different techniques and the finishes they…

DIY Drop Cloth Slipcover

 Okay, so I admit it.  This isn’t a true slipcover.  It’s more of a hybrid between a slipcover and a new upholstery job.  When I did this project, I had…

Start off the year on the right foot with an inspirational classroom decoration with book pages.

Welcome to a New School Year!

Well, it’s official.  Another “first day of school” is in the record books.  We survived, quite successfully, if I do say so myself. Setting a positive and welcoming tone as…

Mid-Century Modern Coral Nightstands

These nightstands forced me to step out of my comfort zone, but I’m sure happy that I did!  I picked these up at a flea market, and although I’m not…

Grain Sack Inspired Telephone Chair

I recently found this grain sack at an estate sale.  (I don’t know if I’ve mentioned how much I love estate sales.  I love them.  My 2 year old daughter…

cheap kitchen remodel

Kitchen Refresh on a $500 Budget

Faux wood cabinet doors, peeling yellow and brown kitchen-motif wallpaper, gold specked countertops, what color is that, gold? green? old? tile backsplash, faux wood paneling:  the design of this kitchen had…

Transform an old media cabinet into a hidden desk and command center

TV Armoire to a Hidden Office Desk

I’ve talked a bit about our house in previous posts, but I’ll recap by reminding you that we don’t really have much room to spare.  My husband and I decided…

Vintage Children’s Book Paper Garland

I think it’s about time to decorate our nursery.  My first daughter is now 2-1/2 and my second daughter is 6 months.  It’s not to say that it’s completely not…

Tag Baby Blanket Tutorial

I should preface this post by admitting that I have only sewed three things in my life:  Christmas stockings, pillows, and a couch slipcover.  I’m still new at this sewing…

New Life to a Bathroom Cabinet

I found this cabinet at a garage sale last summer for $5.  I had just ripped down an ugly wicker shelf from above the toilet in one of the bathrooms…

Cottage Refresh (In Progress) Update

We’ve been working pretty hard this past year to make changes to our small cottage lake house in order to pull it out of the 1970s.  We really tried to…

Lake House Boat Oar Address

We’re in the midst of refreshing our small cottage lake house in southern Wisconsin.  The outside has undergone big visual changes for a very little amount of money.  (It’s amazing…

stacked flower pot tutorial

Stacked Flower Pot Herb Garden

Although I’m fortunate to have a massive back yard, I’m always looking for ways to save precious yard and garden space.  I’ve planted herbs in a large pot in years past,…

DIY Crate Storage Bench

I wholeheartedly believe we can never grow too old for “story time”.  Of course, you could never actually call it that in a 6th grade classroom, but the philosophy behind…

Framed Magnetic Chalkboard Wall

It’s ironic – I was ecstatic when the chalkboard in my classroom was replaced with a whiteboard several years ago.  I despise the feeling of chalk dust on my fingers.…

DIY Play Kitchen

My daughter’s 2nd birthday was approaching, and I’d been scoping out different play kitchen sets.  I had one that was on clearance in my cart, and something told me to…

DIY Storage Bench with IKEA Shelf

I’m on a mission to turn our small, dark basement into an inviting kid-friendly playroom.  Oh, how I wish I had a before picture of this basement when we first…

 

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