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Treasure in the Attic: Mary Poppins Prints

I already shared about the little gallery wall I created for over the crib in the nursery using Ikea frames and a couple things from Target. You can read more about that here, and find links to some of the free printables I created. On another wall, I really wanted to hang a few of these awesome […]

Wonderful Walls + Free “Hello Sunshine” Nursery Printable

I finally got around to adding artwork to the walls in the nursery. I have to say, I wasn’t sure that would happen before Beanie arrives, but three cheers for a few final pushes, right? Over the crib, I wanted to create a little gallery of some of my favorite prints. Some, I had been […]

Creating a Cozy Sleep Space with Curtains

If there’s one thing I know about babies (it’s frightening how much I don’t know…really), it’s that they need to sleep. A lot. They also need to eat, and have their diapers changed. And when those things don’t happen, they tend to cry about it. So, creating a cozy place to do that is one […]

Guest Room Welcome Kit + FREE WIFI INFO PRINTABLE

I’ve talked about making our home welcoming for guests a few times. I know I specifically mentioned it in a post about our bathroom awhile back. You can read that here, if you’d like a refresher. With the basement guestroom, I’ve been focused on little ways to continue that idea. I want our home to […]

Skirting the Issue…er Crib

One of the little DIY projects I’ve been wanting to tackle is the crib skirt, or rather a version of a crib skit. Because our crib has a drawer underneath, we couldn’t use a standard crib skirt with the draped fabric that just tucks under the crib as you lower the mattress. We needed something […]

DIwYatt: Outlet Upgrades

I think we mentioned in the post about the new doors for the basement guest room that there are a few house upgrades we’re making in every room in the house, slowly but surely, as we make our way through each room. One of those upgrades is switching out the damaged hollow core doors with […]

DIwYatt: Building Nursery Book Ledges

A couple weekends ago, I put together the book ledge shelves for Beanie’s nursery. Since then, we’ve been working on getting them painted and hung on the wall. Melissa is pretty excited about this project being checked off the list. We considered just buying pre-made ledges, since this idea is certainly not original to us, […]

Treats and Tricks: The Guestroom Window Update

One more post about guest room updates before the big bed reveal..this time to talk about the window treatments we went with for this room. For starters, we put the window blinds back up. We were fortunate enough that all the windows in our house came with these nice, faux wood white blinds when we […]

DIY (Nearly Free) Upholstered Headboard Using an Old Hollow-Core Door

For the basement guestroom, I was really hoping for a nice upholstered headboard to add some texture, color, and “fancy” to the room. But, I wasn’t willing to spend big bucks on one. We are using two twin beds down there, pushed together to make one big king bed (or pulled apart for any non-couple […]

Does Everybody Know What Time It Is? … Trim Time!

(In case you didn’t get it, you’re supposed to say the title above in the voice from Tool Time on Home Improvement.) I just have to say, again, how much white woodwork makes a difference. As a refresher, here’s the room before we painted the windows and trim (thanks for the help, mom!) And after […]

Herby Goodness

You may have noticed in my Wednesday post about our houseplants that I failed to mention a couple of other pots we have growing in the kitchen window sill. (It’s okay if you didn’t notice, I’m going to tell you about them anyway. ) For Mother’s Day, Wyatt got me a couple of nice little […]

Crispy Baked Asparagus Fries

You guys, guess what? I cooked! As in, I followed/created a new recipe…something other than sauteing zucchini or boiling potatoes. I know, I used to cook all the time, but then the pregnancy sickness hit and I sort of just defaulted to eating whatever Wyatt made for us to eat. I’m ashamed to say that […]

Houseplant Hang-ups

I don’t know about you guys, but I tend to struggle a little with houseplants. It’s not that I don’t take care of them, I just always overestimate how much care they need and sometime don’t put in the time to really manage them. But, I like having live greenery inside, especially during the winter, […]

Sweet Storage for Sweet Stuff – Beanie’s Dresser and Closet Remake

Now that we have the room all painted, we’re starting to move into the nursery, which is a pretty fun process. One of the first things we needed was a dresser. We’re planning to use a dresser for storage (The closet is small.) and as a changing table. (The room is small, too.) I actually […]

Beating the Birds (Third Time’s the Charm?)

This year, for the third year in a row, we’re working to keep the darn birds from stealing all our blueberries before they are ripe. So frustrating. Just look at all those little berries we have to protect. Last year, Wyatt really stepped up the bird barrier “house” but we used the same netting as […]

Garden Update: Spring Set Up 2015

A couple of weeks ago, Wyatt and I were debating whether to even fool with the garden this year. We’re both trying to keep an open mind about how much adjusting we’ll need when Beanie gets here. On one hand, I want to make room for us to spend time recovering, resting, and relaxing this […]

DIwYatt: Installing a Pre-Hung Door Frame

Sorry we’ve been a little silent this week. We’ve been busy with a lot of non-house project stuff this week so not a whole lot is going on. I figured I’d go back and recap a project I did last week, though, in case it would be helpful to anyone. We are continuing the project […]

When the Going Gets Tough, The Tough Get Gardening

Have I mentioned we’ve been busy lately? If not, well, let me just say that the 9 remaining weeks leading up to Beanie’s due date are destined to be busy for Wyatt and I. Between garages sales, cleaning, house projects, baby showers, possible relaxing weekends away, and just regular life stuff like church events and […]

DIwYatt: Pipe Clamps

When you need long clamps for a project, you head to your local home improvement store. When you get to the clamp section you might find yourself in sticker shock. The truth is, long clamps are kind of an expensive thing. Here is a 48 inch bar clamp from the Home Depot. Instead of spending […]

One Step Forward…More Tips for DIY Popcorn Ceiling Removal

Two steps backward…right? It’s been one of those weeks, and it’s only Wednesday. But, we do have some progress to report. We’ve been busy in the basement guest room… …and the nursery. Which is why the rest of our house is currently a mess of furniture and such. Oh, and we have a giant garage […]

Weekend Rewind: Putting Up Pegboard Edition

This weekend, we officially tackled the garage. We had a pretty big task ahead of us, so I’m not at all surprised we didn’t get it finished, which is fine. Plus, it rained a lot of the time, which made things go a little slower. Here’s a couple photos to show you what we were […]

Another Kitchen Project = DONE!

Well guys, we’re officially done to one project left in the giant, never-ending kitchen renovation project. Last night, Wyatt finished up the touch up paint on the new cabinet trim while I had a call for work and let me tell you, it looks fantastic, if we do say so ourselves, which we do. The […]

Trimming Out the Nook

When we left off talking about the nook shelving, things were already starting to look a lot better, but we were also anxious to add the trim at the top and really complete the whole area. There’s clearly something missing in these photos. Those dark shadows at the top aren’t so great, huh? Not to […]

DIY Modern Plate Wall in the Kitchen

This post contains affiliate links, which means we will receive a small commission if you make a purchase after clicking on our direct link. Don’t worry, it doesn’t cost you anything extra.  One of the things I’ve been working on for the past few weeks is the plate wall in the kitchen. I’ve known since […]

We Finally Have A Finished Nook: Mounting the Custom Shelves

When we planned the nook, we wanted to continue the open shelving concept from the other side of the kitchen. This meant we could either buy an outside corner shelf and a shelf between two cabinets or build it ourselves. Unfortunately, while buying is easier, it’s also more expensive. For the shelves between the two […]

DIwYatt: Installing a Can Light

We’re slowly checking off the list of remaining kitchen projects and one of those was reusing the can light we removed from the soffit above the sink in the entryway to the garage. There had been a regular flush mount lighting fixture in that location. Although for awhile, it has looked like this, a dark […]

Beginning Beanie’s Nursery – Mood Board and Plans

I tend to be a little scatterbrained when it comes to decorating and projects around our house. Being pregnant and semi-overwhelmed about all we want to accomplish between now and then doesn’t help. So, even though I’ve been pulling ideas and thoughts together on what Beanie’s nursery should look and feel like since WAY before […]

Magnetic Magic – Installing IKEA GRUNDTAL Knife Rack

This may go down as the fastest project we ever procrastinated. Remember all the way back to when we went to Ikea and bought some stuff for our kitchen, including the GRUNDTAL magnetic racks? Well, we started working on hanging them a really long time ago, like the following weekend after we bought them. But […]

Pretty Pops of Color – A DIY Pom Pom Tree

First of all, who else is super excited for spring? It’s been raining the last couple of days here and I’m still getting over a bad cold (being sick while pregnant is not fun!) but the warmer air and sunshine has me feeling energized and excited. When I was browsing Pinterest one night when I […]

DIwYatt: Building Custom Shelving Between Cabinets

The kitchen is moving along nicely. We are getting so close we can both finally see the finish line. Last weekend, I tackled the last building project we have to do. If you remember, we needed to build two different shapes of shelves for the nook project, outside corner shelves and shelves between two cabinets. […]