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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.

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 …

Organization for Boys: Cars Container

Some days it feels like toys have overtaken our entire house, and I’m always looking for simple ways to store and organize toys.  Since I’m sure I’m not alone in this situation, I thought I’d share an easy and cute new storage container I created! Recently I used up the last remnants of several Bath and Body Works candles (anyone remember Caribbean Escape?!  BEST scent ever, and sadly they don’t make it any more.)  I was determined to use those cute glass jars for something else. After a couple of Pinterest searches, I found a method of cleaning out the little bit of wax still remaining in the jars.  In case you need to do the same thing, here’s what I did.  I didn’t take any pictures of this process, but it was very simple.  I poured boiling water into the candle and let it completely cool.  Once it cools completely, the remaining wax will float up to the top and harden.  I was able to just pop it out.  Then, I pulled the metal …

More Updates: Creating a Kid Friendly Bathroom

A few weeks ago, I posted about the updates we had done to the kids’ bathroom upstairs.  We painted the walls, added new hardware, and ripped down the old, plain mirror.  The room was off to a great start, but my very favorite parts are the ones I get to show off today. One important thing to note about my sweet hubby…he likes to act.  IMMEDIATELY.  I know it’s a good quality, and one I should be thankful for.  But sometimes I need time to think things through.  Well…I mentioned wanting to change up the mirror in here, which ended in him going upstairs and ripping the huge mirror off the wall “just to see what would happen”.  By the time I walked upstairs, this was the scene…

Mix and Match: Playroom Seating Solutions

This is a sponsored post, but my thoughts and opinions are always my own! Another month, another Fab Furniture Flippin’ Contest entry to reveal.  This month, we were challenged to Mix and Match in this contest sponsored by Fairfield World.  Fairfield World is an online retailer of batting, interfacing, foam…everything fillers and pillows!  They have a great selection of brands and products available. I knew this would be the perfect opportunity to create some fun, simple seating in our playroom. I wanted to create a floor pouf for each of my kiddos, and then decided to throw in some oversized pillows for floor lounging as well. I ordered two bags of this bean bag filler from Fairfield World, and selected two different prints for the poufs.  The best part is that I was able to make each of these poufs with only 1 yard of fabric!  I feel like this is quite the accomplishment!

DIY Artwork Hanging Clips

What a busy season it has been!  So many things happening behind the scenes that I hope I can share with you all very soon.  In the meantime, I have a fun DIY project for hanging artwork that could be adapted for any space. We have a couple of pretty great little artists living in our household, and one of my favorite ways to decorate is with their pictures and sweet notes.  We installed an IKEA wire in the playroom shortly after moving in.  However…my lovelies (who are really, truly darn good kids most of the time) decided to try to zipline on the wire.  Yes.  Zipline.  Our Addy has always been little, but that “zipline” couldn’t even hold her weight.  Imagine the scene:  the wire pulled completely out of the wall, along with plaster.  It was a complete mess. We patched that disaster, and then eventually did a switch-a-roo and the former playroom became my new office (swapping the orange paint for a more calm gray).  I wanted a new way to display the kids’ …

Our Latest Project: Kid Bathroom Updates

I decided it was time to tackle another area in the house…the kids’ bathroom.  Here’s a picture of what it looked like when we moved in (literally…I didn’t have a picture, so I found this one in our original listing info!  I love going back to look at the way things looked when we bought this place…we’ve definitely put lots of our own touches on it.)  Like many other spaces here, everything was functional and nice, but this does not scream KID BATHROOM to me.  It almost whispers boring old person bathroom if you listen closely… I painted the vanity in here a couple of summers ago, as a trial run before I attempted our kitchen cabinets.  I used Behr paint in Honied White, and it was enough to help for a while. Last weekend, I painted the walls (Comfort Gray by Sherwin Williams) and replaced the hardware on the vanity.  I picked these from D. Lawless Hardware and I REALLY love them.  They have a very chunky, solid look and almost a square shape …

Kids Butterfly Valentine Using Bubbles from the Target Dollar Spot!

I had a really fun Valentine craft planned that involved sewing little paper pouches and filling them with candy.  Sadly, I won’t be showing you that craft just yet.  You see, my sewing machine is currently NOT my friend.  I’m working on winning her back over, and will be sure to share that  project just as soon as I’m able. In the meantime, I took a trip to Target with my two lovely littles.  They both made a beeline to the Valentine’s Day display with the boxes filled with all their favorite characters. Brady immediately selected Spiderman cards; Addy took FOREVER.  Like really, I’m pretty sure this decision was in her mind comparable to an adult selecting a new car.  She went from Minions (okay)…to puppies (perfect)….to Spongebob (absolutely not)…to Frozen (typical)…to finally her selection. Ready for this?  The Good Dinosaur.  YES.  She’s her own self, and I love that about her.  It was a somewhat shocking choice, but at the same time, it was totally Addy.  I think she was mostly excited about the …