I love interior decorating, but I have to admit that lately, my mind wanders towards outdoor projects more than indoor projects. Of course, the reason is because if everything goes as planned, I'll soon have my very own back yard for the first time in almost eight years. Oh, I dream about that … [Read More...]
Sharon at Lilikoi Joy had a climbing rose that has simply outgrown it's little trellis, so she built a larger, sturdier trellis that is both functional and decorative. Not only does it look great and provide a place for her roses to climb, but it also adds more privacy to their back … [Read More...]
Yesterday, I just happened upon the HGTV website, and I saw all of these mentions about a 2013 HGTV Smart Home. I was like "whaaaaat?" How long have they been doing this? I knew about the annual Dream Home, and the annual Green Home (which I completely missed this year!!), but I don't think … [Read More...]
Jasmin from My Little House Design found this tufted ottoman hiding in the corner of a thrift shop, and snatched it for $25. At first she contemplated reupholstering it, but since the fabric was only faded and otherwise in good shape, she decided to paint the fabric on the ottoman instead of … [Read More...]
I periodically get emails from people asking me, "Kristi, how do you keep your tools organized in such a tiny home?"
Those questions make me laugh. The answer? I don't.
In fact, over the last couple of months, our extra bedroom, where I generally store those tools, has gone from bad, to … [Read More...]
Amy at The Blissful Bee found that working out of the home is sometimes challenging, especially if your work space doesn't feel like an office and you feel like you never leave the house. (I can certainly relate!!) So she decided to make her home office a defined space to give herself a separate … [Read More...]
Over the last few days, I've had to turn my attention away from working on my living room, and towards packing up and clearing out the condo.
The fact is that this place has just gotten so packed full of stuff that it has made everyday life incredibly stressful, and actually makes my projects … [Read More...]
Liz Marie, from Liz Marie Blog, is the proud owner of an amazing vintage wood desk chair that looks like it probably cost several hundred dollars from a store like Pottery Barn, with its beautiful rich wood and wonderful typography burlap fabric.
But of course, this desk chair wasn't a costly … [Read More...]
Since I live in a condo, and have no place to use a paint sprayer, I'm always stuck painting cabinets with a paint brush. I really don't mind it (except that it takes a lot longer than a sprayer), and over the years, I've actually learned how to get a near-sprayed-on, almost-brush-stroke-free finish … [Read More...]
Carolyn from Barefoot Butterfly Studio has quite the creative mind! Inspired by glass totems that she has seen online, she decided to make a glass birdbath for her yard using 20 pieces of thrift store glassware. The result is spectacular! Can you imagine it shimmering in the … [Read More...]
Happy Monday, all! I made some progress on my cabinets, but didn't get as much done as I had hoped. (Story of my life!) :-D
I forgot how long it takes to do all of that caulking, priming, sanding, and painting!! And I accidentally mixed too much paint conditioner into my paint, which … [Read More...]
This has been a very productive week for me! The bottom portion of my built-in bookcase wall in my living room is almost finished. I got the lower portion trimmed, sanded, caulked, and primed yesterday. Hopefully today, I can paint (yes, I decided to go ahead and paint), and then I hope to move … [Read More...]
Good morning, all! Things are moving right along with my living room bookcase wall. I got two more coats of stain applied to the countertop, finished sanding the lower cabinets, and installed the trim along the bottom. Oh, and I also finished up the flooring tiles! But I wanted to wait … [Read More...]
I still haven't polyurethaned the countertop (not sure whether to do that before or after I build the bookshelves), and I haven't decided whether or not I want one more coat of stain on it, but for the time being, I'm calling the countertop finished!
In yesterday's post, I left you with the … [Read More...]
I managed to get my countertop sanded and get the excess wood cut off of the countertop yesterday. Know how I did it?
I dragged that sucker outside! All 12 feet of it! All by myself!
You know the saying. Where there's a will, there's a way. :-D
Actually, that's not the whole … [Read More...]
I decided to make the wood countertop for my built-in bookcase wall before doing any of the painting because I just knew that I'd end up scratching the paint if I did that first. Plus, I think I'll just wait until the upper bookshelves are finished, and then paint the whole thing at the same time. … [Read More...]
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It's a $600 VISA GIFT CARD "PINSTAGRAM" GIVEAWAY...and it couldn't be easier to enter! What's a "Pinstagram" … [Read More...]
Okay, ya'll. I'm finally making some pretty good headway on my built-in bookcase wall. Now of course, this isn't completely DIY, since I'm using stock cabinets. (No need to make cabinets from scratch when Home Depot has pretty inexpensive ones.) But the key here is that I'm using upper … [Read More...]
I have butterflies in my stomach as I type this, because we finally have a tentative date for when we'll be in our new house and put this condo on the market!!!
That wonderful, magical date is July 1st. That's only seventy days away!!!
Oh my goodness, I have so much to do. I definitely need to … [Read More...]
Tragedy struck very close to home last night. You may have heard of the fertilizer plant that exploded in a small Texas town called West.
It's just a short drive up the highway from us. It's so close, in fact, that it's not unusual for Wacoans to make the short drive just to purchase … [Read More...]
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