Month: August 2016

How to Paint IKEA Laminate Furniture

This post is sponsored by D. Lawless Hardware for the August Fab Flippin’ Contest, but my opinions are always my own! I’ve done what I wasn’t sure was possible…I painted IKEA laminate…with SUCCESS!!!  I think I’m still pinching myself over this one.  I’ve wondered for a while if I could in fact paint some of my favorite IKEA purchases to give them a more custom look.  I was skeptical because of the infamous slick surfaces, but after reading several articles online (here’s looking at you, Bob Vila!), I decided to go for it.  It’s definitely do-able, but be sure to read my complete guide below! This transformed IKEA dresser is my entry into the August edition of The Fab Furniture Flippin’ Contest.  This month, the theme was “Class it Up” and the contest was sponsored by D. Lawless Hardware.  When I found out the sponsor, I got so incredibly excited.  D. Lawless Hardware is a family-owned company that I’ve had the pleasure of working with quite a few times in the past.  They offer a …

Cutest Little Push Pins Around!

Last week, we transformed our ugly, brown cork boards into art personalized with fabric.  In case you missed it, you can catch up here.  Addy and I decided that her board needed just a little something extra, so we set out to make the cutest little push pins around! I broke out my stash of “pretties”…I had a selection that included decorative scrapbooking brads, old buttons, and pieces that were meant for jewelry-making that I’ve picked up in the clearance section at Hobby Lobby.  You can see some of the items in the picture below. Addy was so excited to get to help with this project.  She’s a helper, that’s for sure.  She spends most of her days by her momma’s side.  I’m going to miss our conversations during the day now that she is starting kindergarten and I’m back to teaching full-time.

An Evening at IKEA West Chester

I was recently invited to attend a Blogger Event at IKEA West Chester.  Ironically, the brand new IKEA catalog had arrived in my mailbox that very same day.  Needless to say, I could not make that commute up I-75 fast enough to get to the event! I’ve loved IKEA for as long as I can remember, but after this event I found even more reasons to love them.  The focus of the new IKEA catalog is on real people and giving them the freedom (with design, with cooking) to do what makes them happy.  I love that, and I found myself noticing so many similarities in these core values of IKEA, and what I strive to accomplish on this site. During the event, I got to experience many new (and definitely new to me) aspects of the IKEA West Chester store.  I wish I could share every single detail of the night, but I picked out some favorites to focus on today.  

How to Transform an Ugly, Brown Cork Board with Fabric

Both of my kids had those boring, brown cork boards that they wanted to display in their rooms. I loved that they wanted to cover them with pictures (both that they had drawn and also of photos of themselves and family members).  I did not love that the brown-ness clashed with everything in their rooms. I set out to find fabric that would work, and selected a pin dot pattern in aqua and white for Addy, and a really neat map print for Brady.  I knew these prints would work perfectly with the decor we’ve been working on for their rooms. (Side note- I picked each of these fabrics up at Hobby Lobby.  Is it just me, or do they have the best fabric selection?!!?  I feel like they have a fraction of what the other stores carry in store, but their prints are all awesome!  I had the hardest time deciding on these designs! As always, make sure to use a 40% off coupon when shopping there!)

What I Did With Recycled Puzzle Pieces

Lately, I’ve felt some conflicting feelings from the two separate sides of my personality.  You see, I’m an organized-neat freak/ repurposing-hoarder.   Say that ten times fast. The majority of my personality likes simplicity, order, organization, and the “less is more” mentality.  But, there is this sneaky dark side that I sometimes hear murmuring…”But what if you need this scrap wood?”…”foam padding is expensive…you should save the scraps”…”these random items could come in really handy for an xyz project…”.  The next thing I know, my basement looks like a fire hazard and our guest bedroom is fit for no guest at all. To this end, I’ve tried to become very mindful of what I save for repurposing projects.  That extra foam padding…heck yes I saved it (and it saved me probably $50 in supplies on this mudroom bench cushion!).  Some other project leftovers I’ve been letting go.  And, I haven’t been saving every single piece of everything that could come in handy some day. For example, this ABC puzzle set.  This little wood puzzle has …

Low Calorie Fruity Drinks

We’ve spent a lot of time on our boat this summer, which means I’ve experimented with making different adult beverages.  As much as I’ve tried, I’m just not a beer drinker.  Nope, can’t stand it.    What’s even worse than that, if I were to pick my favorite alcoholic beverage on the planet, it would be something fruity, and complicated, and probably with more calories than a full meal.  You know, a mudslide or a pina colada or a lava flow. Since we don’t exactly have access to a blender while on the boat, and since I do try to limit my calorie intake to a degree, I’ve searched high and low for the perfect drink.  I’ve in love with this recipe because it’s low calorie and it tastes amazing!  It’s also simple to make, even when we are on the boat!

Home Decor Using Travel Keepsakes, Part 2

Last time, I talked about how we used keepsakes from recent travels to create simple decor around the house.  In case you missed it, you can get caught up here.  I can’t stand clutter, so finding ways to incorporate “souvenirs” into our home decor without making it feel like we have too much stuff can be challenging. Today I’m going to share my FAVORITE way to incorporate these memories, but not necessarily the stuff.  The memories are what really matter anyways, right?! Do I really need two buckets of seashells?  Nope.  A shot glass listing the places we’ve been.  Nope (well, in another lifetime…maybe 😉  ).  But a picture that captures the joy on my daughter’s face when she is buried in sand up to her neck.  Absolutely.  How about the pride when Brady reaches down and picks up his first sand crab during our traditional crab hunt?  You betcha.  And those landscapes…sunsets, mountains, images of the beautiful places we have been in this precious lifetime?  For sure.