Console Table {Craigslist Project}

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So where’d we leave off? Oh yeah…right in the middle of the project. The concern was that I knew I wanted something to serve as a bottom shelve, but I worried about having too many different woods all over. A large cut of wood just didn’t seem right to me, so I came up with another option. I picked up some inexpensive pieces of pine because they had knots in them. My thought process is … [Read more...]

Workbench Turned Console {DIY Table}

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This is going to have to be a couple of posts. I just have too many pictures. It started with me wanting to get rid of our armoire. It was bulky; we’d had it for 9 years; I was over it. That’s a good enough reason, right? (I’ve probably taken 481 pictures of the armoire, and this is the only one I could find. Annoyed.) So, we sold the three matching wood pieces on Craigslist, and the hunt began … [Read more...]

The Must List: Beneath My Heart

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You know what they say about all good things… Today’s post wraps up “The Must List” series, and I couldn’t be happier that Traci is posting today. To say she’s a social butterfly is an understatement. I literally want to shadow her throughout a room and watch how she floats around effortlessly from person to person. It’s a skill, really. She’s such a fantastic person that it was an easy decision … [Read more...]

The Must List: Remodelaholic

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When it comes to today’s topic, there was one person I knew would be able to help you out! Cassity and her husband have done some amazing (understatement) things to their home, and I’ve been following every detail! She definitely knows how to dive in head first with spectacular projects, so the girl knows what she’s talking about when it comes to “must have” tools. You might want to pay attention … [Read more...]

The Must List: Thrifty Decor Chick

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I’m over the moon on this one, folks. One of my favorite people evah is here! If I told you all  the “behind the scenes” stuff about Sarah and me, I have a feeling you’d question how we even make it in blogland. We are equally immature and have a tendency to be complete morons. Of course, telling you that probably isn’t a good segue for her “must have” tool installment. However, this girl knows … [Read more...]

The Must List: Tatertots and Jello

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O.M.G. If I could give an award for the nicest blogger in blogland, it would clearly be Jen. Have you ever known someone so nice that you can’t even imagine them with an angry face? Orrr am I the only weirdo who does that? Either way, that’s Jen. So nice, I can’t see her with an angry face. :) I can’t say enough great things about Jen. From her work ethic (think Energizer Bunny) to her … [Read more...]

The Must List: Perfectly Imperfect

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I call her “Southern Shaunna” (she doesn’t know that, by the way) ‘cause she has THEE most endearing accent you’ll ever hear. However, she is so much more than that. She is my furniture painting idol (ask me how many times I’ve watched her videos—it’s not natural), and she could very well be one of the nicest people I’ve ever met. What a treat to have her here! Hey folks! I'm Shaunna, and I … [Read more...]

Billy Bookcases DIY

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Built-in Billy bookcases are certainly not a new concept, but I never felt like the directions were close enough to what I needed. Enter my friend Kate. She gave some more details about the project, and I knew I was sold. While I loved the 15” depth of Ikea’s newer bookcase, I knew I wanted them to go all the way to the ceiling. The extenders are only available on the 11” depth, so the decision … [Read more...]

Mercury Lamp Score

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I went shopping at Hobby Lobby the other day and made a beeline for the clearance section. I spied something with my little eye. Hmmm…that shouldn’t be clearanced out right now. (That’s me thinking to myself.) Then I noticed the writing on the tag. $120 for a lamp at Hobby Lobby? Huh? And then I saw this tag underneath it. I quickly looked around for the hidden camera. Someone must have been … [Read more...]

A Lesson in Live Writer

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The #1 reason I dragged my feet about switching over to Wordpress is because I had played around with their set up, and I hated writing a post in it. It was NOT user friendly, and it wouldn’t let me do what I wanted to do easily. Enter: Windows Live Writer. LW is an extremely user-friendly free program that you can install on your computer in order to post to your blog. While you may have … [Read more...]

Painted Headboard

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I’ve shared quite a few painting projects here, but I tried a new paint on this one. I thought I’d walk you through the “ugly” steps of painting. You don’t have to have a paint booth, and you certainly don’t have to have a fancy spray gun (although, they are nice to have). The love of my life has become difficult to find and is essentially not being made anymore. Because of that, I thought it … [Read more...]

How to Coexist with Dogs

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How’s that for a title, eh? When we first got Maximus, I asked my students who have dogs how their moms (‘cause let’s be honest here) keep their houses from smelling like dog. The universal answer? “Yeah, our house just smells like dog.” Nooooooooo! As much as I did NOT want to take on the responsibility of this 140-pound slobber ball, I knew it would be mine. More importantly, I knew I … [Read more...]

Best of 2011

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My friend Rhoda is having her annual “best of” party, and who am I to miss a good party? I went through the ol’ archives and came up with my favorites—not an easy feat, mind you. Here we go! Coastal Bathroom DIY Bookshelves Painted China Cabinet A New Table Refinished Bench and Desk Craft Room Sewing Table DIY Tile Tray Sweater Wreath Son’s Tween … [Read more...]

Advent Calendar Tree {SaS Day}

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I’ve been using the same advent calendar for a few years now, and this year I wanted to do something a little different. Simple and inexpensive—but different. You know what that means, don’t ya? Dollar store. I bought these little buckets in the wedding section (3 in a bag) for a total of $9.00. While I still love the activity advent, I decided to mix it up with some candy. No harm … [Read more...]

Thanksgiving Table

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I had a wonderful Thanksgiving filled with family and food. And then? An abscessed tooth. I’ve been writhing in pain for the past couple of days, and I am now scheduled for a root canal tomorrow. Told you I wanted dentures! Since I’m hopped up on some Vicodin right now, I thought I’d better get something out to you.  As of 10:43am on Thanksgiving morning, I had nothing planned for our table. … [Read more...]