Behind the Scenes at Better Homes and Gardens

A few months ago I received an e-mail from Better Homes and Gardens asking if I wanted to join their new Live Better Network. I of course was like “heck yes!” (because BHG is amazing), and they were like, “great, are you available to fly to Iowa in August to tour the BHG headquarters?” And then I was bummed, because a flight to Iowa was totally not in the budget. Then they were like “oh no…the cost is on us”…and suddenly I felt like a rock star ....more

Nursery Sign Semi Success

So the saga of the nursery sign for my nephew continues. ...more

How to Paint a Rusty Metal Shed

When we bought our house it had zero storage. No garage, no basement, an attic that isn’t really usable, and no extra closets. We needed a place to store lawn equipment, paint, and general homeowner stuff, so Adam’s parents offered us an old metal shed that was on their property ....more

Modern Southwestern Guest Room Bedding

For years now the guest room has been black, white, purple, and yellow. It’s the first room I decorated when we bought our house, and while it was fun to do I stopped liking it a few years ago. When we ripped out the carpet and swapped all the beds this summer, I decided to redo the bedroom ....more

Nursery Sign Semi Fail

I mentioned in a previous post that my sister-in-law recently had a baby, little Chandler. Less than two years ago his older sister was born, and I made her this name sign out of an old section of fence and lots and lots of buttons. (tutorial here) I can’t very well make Mallory a sign and not Chandler, so I did a little brainstorming on how I could make one without spending days gluing buttons ....more

Stenciled Farmhouse Table + Country Living Magazine

Are any of y’all familiar with a little magazine called Country Living? Yeah, I thought so…in this crowd that’s like asking a toddler if he’s heard of something called “blocks”. So a few months ago I received an e-mail from Country Living asking if I’d be interested in working with them and Minwax on a project for the magazine ....more

Stenciling a Concrete Floor (and another giveaway!)

My friend Abby has lived in a tiny old farmhouse for a while, and recently her and her husband renovated and expanded it to be their forever home. Their...more

How to Stencil Curtains (and a giveaway)

If you love stencils then I have some great news. Every Friday for the next month I’ll have a have a new stencil project and tutorial for y’all…and three of them include giveaways. Who doesn’t love free stuff? ...more

The Ninety Percent Problem

Around here we have a problem. And I’m guessing – if you’re a DIYer – you are likely to have this problem too. We call it the “ninety percent problem”, which is basically this… ....more

Life Lately

A couple years ago I wrote monthly “Ramblings” posts where I talked about things not related to DIY. I would just write about what happened that month…mostly it ended up revolving around my kids. You know, the kind of post readers either really look forward to or dreaded and skip over ....more