Friday, February 27, 2015

DIY: Reupholstering A Footstool


This is one of the quickest projects I've done in a while! This cute little footstool needed some updating, so I decided to paint the legs and upholster the cushion to bring it up-to-date.


Tuesday, February 24, 2015

DIY: Painting the Exterior of Our House


This post is from our previous house, but I thought I'd share it anyway. Since we are always on a budget, we decided to paint the exterior of our house, ourselves. That is, with my parents' help of course!

Monday, February 23, 2015

How to Paint a Brick and Stucco Fireplace


One of the coolest features of our house is the double-sided fireplace. It's in the middle of our living area and divides the space into two parts. The kitchen and family room are on one side, and the dinning room and sitting room are on the other.


Thursday, February 19, 2015

Antique Rocking Chair Makeover



A friend of mine, from church is having a baby and her shower is this weekend. I thought it would be nice to refurbish a rocking chair and give it to her. I had this antique rocking chair when my daughter was born and I never got around to refinishing it. It was chocolate-brown with an old striped cushion.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Kitchen Remodel Part 1: Painting Kitchen Cabinets


When my husband and I first bought our house, we were determined to update the kitchen as soon as possible. It was the biggest eyesore in the house. Our house was built in the 70s and the kitchen was original (we think!) to that time. It had green countertops, and light honey-colored cabinets....and almond-colored appliances (which we are currently still using). Our budget was enough that we could replace all the cabinets, so we decided on the more cost efficent way of updating - painting the cabinets.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Dinning Room Makeover


Our new house has a really great space for a formal dinning room. Exposed brick on one wall, a stained glass window on the other...you get the idea. I wanted the dinning room to be bold and romantic.


Reclaimed Barn Wood Gate


Some dear friends of mine, asked me to built them a custom gate for their front courtyard after seeing one that I had recently built for our house. I was so excited to get started! First, we went down to Porter Barn Wood, which if you live in the Phoenix-area, it's one of the best/coolest places to buy reclaimed wood for DIY projects. They pretty much go all over the country (mostly in the mid-west I think) and tare down old barns and bring the wood back to Phoenix for people like me to drool over and buy. Love them!

Mid-Century Modern Chair Makeover



I think I have a slight obsession with chairs. I have so many random chairs in my house, the way I think about it, you can never have too many places for people to sit, right? Better too many, than not enough!

Built-In Book Shelves


My husband and I bought our house last May, and since we moved in, I have not been able to figure out how to use this extra room in our living space. We have a double sided fireplace that divides the two main spaces. On one side, we have our family room (with TV) and kitchen and the other side is our dinning room and this extra room which I've been calling the sitting room. After living in the space for a few months, we decided to use the sitting room for entertaining. We spend time in there with a glass of wine (or scotch depending on your preference) with friends after dinner. If it's cold out, we light a fire. But I wanted to take advantage of the space and build a large bookshelf with space for a desk so we can use the space daily too.