A few simple DIYs

I have some exciting news to share.  I have just started writing articles over at ehow and my first few projects are up!  I'm so excited for this opportunity and can't wait to share many more simple DIY projects with you through this outlet.  Here are two projects I recently completed for them.

First up is this easy DIY faux succulent pen planter.  Do you remember those daisy pen planter things that used to be popular?  You still see them from time to time on a teacher's desk or in a doctor's office.  Well that is what inspired this project.  I wanted to do an updated version of that with some faux succulents.  I think they look fairly real and I love the fact that they can be used as pens too!  You find the DIY here.

Next up, I wanted to create an inspiration board for my office.  Somewhere I could pin inspiring images and keep things organized.  So, this DIY fabric memo board seemed like a good solution.  You can find the tutorial here.

I also just wanted to say thank you to all of you who take the time to read this blog.  I know without you this opportunity wouldn't have been possible!


Dresser Before & After

Hope you all had a great weekend!  We spent all day Saturday doing yard work and I feel like we finally made some progress.  I'm not the best with plants so I'm keeping my fingers crossed that everything will stay alive!

I've shared this dresser once before.  It started out pretty beat up.  I found it on Craigslist when we first got married and thought it would be perfect for our guest room at our first home.  It served it's purpose for a few years and then when our daughter was born, we no longer had room for it and it ended up collecting dust in the garage until we moved.  

Here's the first "before", what it looked like when I first bought it.

Then, I gave it a little makeover to fit our guest room at the time.  Please avert your eyes from the dreaded double knob.  I've since learned that it is a big no no.  

After being stored in the garage for a few years and moved to our new house, it needed a fresh paint coat of paint.  Plus my style has changed so much and I wanted something to better suit that as well.  I knew it would be used in my daughter's new room so I painted it to coordinate with her new hutch.  You can find that transformation here.  

So, like the hutch, it got a few fresh coats of Behr Marquee Graceful Gray.

I switched out the double knobs for these pulls I found on Etsy.  I wanted something that would fit well with the style of the dresser and these fit perfectly without me having to drill new holes.

My daughter's room is finally starting to feel finished.  We added a new rug last week and I feel like that was the missing piece hat has pulled it all together.  In case you've missed some of the projects I've done in there so far, here's a recap.


Blogger Stylin' Home Tours Spring Edition

Today I'll be sharing a little bit of my home, updated for spring, as a part of the Blogger Stylin' Home Tours spring edition.  A huge thank you to Lindsay for putting this tour together.  If you haven't been following along, be sure to start here and work your way through the tours.  I know you'll be inspired!  If you are coming over from House Seven, welcome, I'm so glad you have taken the time to stop by.  

Let's get started!

I'm always so drawn to lucite/acrylic and was so surprised to find this tray at Hobby Lobby.  They have really had some great home decor items lately.    

I'm still loving the green x benches I found at Target a few months ago.  The green and floral pattern screams spring to me!

I also added a framed green leaf print I found at Goodwill and a small little gold hummingbird (?) I picked up at a yardsale.

My mom recently gave us this black sofa table and it's a perfect fit.

My DIY Ballard inspired clamshell is still going strong.  

I spruced up our entry with some simple DIY abstract art that I created for the Home Depot style challenge.

I also added some new pillows to my office.  I love their great texture and the white makes everything feel a little brighter.  And the best part is I found them at Goodwill for $3.99 each.  They were brand new Nate Berkus pillows from Target!

Our playroom feels ready for spring with the recent addition of a few floral pillows

and this DIY birdcage light.

Our guest room is pretty much a blank slate, but I added some floral pillows to make it feel a little more pulled together.  The fabric was a remnant that I found at Goodwill.  Most of the time the fabric section there is a bust, full of ratty sheets and 80's comforters, but sometimes I come across something good so I always skim through it.

And lastly our bedroom feels spring ready with the small addition of some fresh flowers.  Sometimes that's all it takes to brighten up a room.

Hope you enjoyed the tour!  Be sure to check out tomorrow's tours starting with Inspired by Charm.  He always has something good up his sleeve!


Fun Floral Fabrics

Just popping in today to share a few of my favorite floral fabrics.  Florals are definitely popular these days, although I've always had a love for them.  I think they are so feminine and sweet and I love that about them.  Here's a few of my favorites from around the web.

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Also, have you been keeping up with the Blogger Stylin' Home Tours Spring Edition?  Some super talented bloggers are giving us a peek into their homes all freshened up for spring.  If you want to catch up on them, start here and work your way through them.  They'll be going on all week and I'm up tomorrow!  So come back and see how we've changed up a few things for spring!


DIY Succulent Mirror

This is one of my favorite projects from the Home Depot Style Challenge.  I really wanted to incorporate succulents, because I love them, and they are just so pretty!  We needed a focal point above our outdoor fireplace and I thought some sort of hanging succulent planter would be perfect.  I wanted it to be a little different than the typical ones that you see, so I turned it into a mirror.  

Start with two frames.  You can choose whatever sizes you like.  The smaller frame I used was an 8 x 10 and the larger one was a 16 x 20.  I purchased them premade from a craft store because I didn't have the equipment to do all the corner cuts, and of course purchasing them was easier.  

Next, you are going to build two frames to create the sides of the planter.  You want them to be basically the same size as your frames.  I chose to use cedar wood for this.  After your frames are in place, attach chicken wire using a staple gun.  

  I used gorilla glue to attach my mirror to the back of the smaller frame.  Then you will need to attach the the frames to the other frames with the chicken wire attached to it.  I just screwed them on from the front.  

I filled it with a little moss to help hold the dirt in.  I think I would maybe skip this step next time or use less moss because it made it difficult to plant the succulents.

Then fill the back with dirt and attach a piece of plywood to hold it all in place.  Flip your planter over and plant the succulents.  You'll just poke them through the holes in the chicken wire.  Then, you'll want to leave the planter flat for a while so the succulents can take root.  I left mine flat for about a month.

It's a bit confusing to explain, but if you have any questions feel free to ask.  

Now I'm just keeping my fingers crossed that I can keep them alive.  So far so good!  Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!


DIY outdoor checkers table

Thank you all so much for your sweet words on my Home Depot Patio Challenge Reveal!  It really was such a fun project and we are really enjoying having a cozy spot to hang out now that the weather is warmer.  I'm going to be sharing a few of the simple DIYs I incorporated into the space, starting with this DIY checkerboard table.  This is a very simple project that anyone can make.  I started with this wood disc and this plant stand from Home Depot.

I stained the wood disc with some leftover stain I had in the garage.  Then I attached it to the base with these.

To create the checkerboard pattern, I used 1" painters tape and some black paint.  I started by taping off a criss cross pattern and then I cut out the overlapping squares to create the checkerboard pattern.

After the paint dried, I taped off the edges to make a border.

Then I finished it off with a few coats of polyurethane to make it more durable.  

For the checkers, I used some washers from the hardware department.  (half of them got a dose of gold spray paint)


Playroom Phase 1 & a Rug Review

*Rugs USA provided me with a rug to review.  All opinions are 100% mine.

Our playroom is the first room you see when you walk in our front door.  I have a long term general plan for the space, but it involves a stencil and I think I'm just procrastinating.  For now though, I need to have it look somewhat pulled together.  So, I've done a "phase 1" makeover using things I already had to keep it looking nice until I can get to the end result that I'm really looking for.  

Every room needs a great rug.  This room has wood floors, so a rug was especially important.  The Velvet Trellis Light Grey Rug in a 7'7 x 10 ended up being a great fit.  I like to use rugs with a neutral geometric pattern when I can, because it creates interest without committing you to a color.  And geometrics are great because they go with pretty much any other pattern.

It is a thinner rug, so I think it would work best on hard surface floors and with a rug pad.  But then again I think rug pads are a good idea all the time.

You may have noticed I switched out the light too.  I have made a few birdcage lights before (here and here) and I just couldn't resist making one for this room.  They are so easy to make (you can find the DIY here), they are inexpensive, and little ones love them.  

I also felt like the space above the TV looked really empty before and the large scale of this light really helps fill up the space visually.  

I added a little more color with some floral fabric I found at Hobby Lobby.  I just recovered some existing pillows to freshen them up a bit.  

After I posted about the gallery wall prints I found at Hobby Lobby, a few of you mentioned you found them on Amazon.  I was so glad to hear that since I know a lot of people don't have a Hobby Lobby close by.  

And lastly, our last home is being featured over at Southern Hospitality today!  I feel so honored and would love for you to head over and check it out!  Hope you all have a wonderful weekend and a Happy Easter!