Why I DIY (And Love Every Minute Of It)

The last two days have been a bit stressful around the Linauer household.  Our 12-year-old flame point Siamese cat Powder (the white-ish cat who always photo bombs my pictures) became very sick on Monday evening.  After an emergency after-hours call to the vet to describe symptoms, she said to keep her comfortable during the night (a long, … [Read more...]

My New Attitude About Trends

chevron -- marble floor in bathroom, via Houzz

Decorating and design trends are a funny thing, especially in this blog world that I'm a part of.  We see something that seems new and cutting edge, then it takes hold and spreads like wildfire across every DIY and decorating blog you come across.  Not only is it on every blog, but it's also in every shelter magazine, and every home decor store.  … [Read more...]

Eleven Ways To Update and Makeover An Outdated Or Damaged Dining Table

dining table makeover - after - pretty handy girl

When I shared my cerused dining table makeover yesterday, I had several people comment and say that their own dining table needed a bit of an update as well. Since I know that probably not everyone wants a cerused dining table, I thought I'd bring you some other ideas (as well as helpful links) to get your creative juices flowing. No need to live … [Read more...]

The Post Where I Reveal The True Depth Of My Crazy (that might lead to something kind of fun!)


I've had this idea, which I think would be kind of a fun little addition to my blog, for quite some time.  So today, I want to see what you think.  But in explaining how this idea all came about, I'll also be revealing the true depth of my craziness.  I hope you'll still like me at the end of this post.  :) Remember the other day when I wrote … [Read more...]

Why I Don’t Use Chalk Paint

I'm continually asked why I don't use Chalk Paint, so I thought I'd just put all the info in a post.  That way, when I'm asked, I can just give people this link.  :) First, let me clarify that Chalk Paint is not the same thing as chalkboard paint.  (Although Chalk Paint can be used for making chalk boards, so the distinction gets a little … [Read more...]