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I had one of those moments recently. You know what I'm talking about. I looked at my kids and found myself in shock at how fast they've grown. We don't have much time left with them before they're grown up and gone!

Bake up some easy treats, pull out the board games and spend some quality time with your kids! Find these awesome ideas at DIY beautify

Exciting Announcement and DIY Solution to an Unsightly Problem

When Tasha from Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body put out a call for contributors late last year, I crossed my fingers and filled out the application.

Imagine my excitement when Tasha notified me that I was selected to be one of her 2015 contributors. Tasha is not only a lawyer, but a fabulous DIY-junkie just like me (see her $700 kitchen remodel).

I'm so excited to share my very first post at DTLB today. It's an easy DIY solution to disguising an ugly electrical box....one of the first things you saw when you entered our laundry room.

I not only disguised it, I created some vibrant, graphic artwork that looks right at home in the space. Here's a little peek at what it looks like now.

Here's an easy DIY solution to cover up an unsightly electrical box. DIY beautify


To get the tutorial for my amazing solution to disguising this eyesore, join me over at Designer Trapped right now!

Many of you have enjoyed seeing how Mr DIY and I infused Farmhouse Charm into our builder-grade laundry room for under $200. If you missed any of the action and want more, you can read all about our Farmhouse Modern Laundry Room Makeover by clicking on the following links.





Whew. That's a lot of projects! I'm taking a little break over the weekend and will see you back here on Tuesday with a fun idea for Family Game Night.


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How to add a Driftwood Finish to Furniture (One Room Challenge: Spring Week 4)

Taking on a room makeover in just 6 weeks for the One Room Challenge hasn't been easy, and it's forced me to get moving on this room and finally tackle some long-awaited projects, like this driftwood painted nightstand!


Before I go any further, I just want to give a shout out to the other ORC participants....you all are working so hard and it's fun following your progress! Thank you to all who have been supporting and encouraging me as I work on this Guest Room Makeover! I was ahead of the game from the starting line because I had recently painted the room I'm transforming into a Restful Guest Retreat. I used my favorite gray color (Sherwin Williams 'Mindful Gray'), so I had a great base to work with.

I jumped right in and painted my old honey oak bed that I am using in the space, giving both the headboard and footboard a brand new, French Country makeover. And I've selected sumptuous, beautiful bedding, pillows and curtains for the room as well. If you missed last week, you need to see what I used for unexpected window coverings (hint: it's not curtains!).

This week, I took on more furniture makeovers...I know I left you hanging last week by throwing out the word 'driftwood' and probably some of you were expecting a project featuring actual driftwood. 

I may use some real driftwood in this Guest Room, but I want to show you today how I gave a couple of pieces of discarded furniture a driftwood finish using paint.

Arizona and Cupcakes

Hi friends. It's been a restful week for us as Mr DIY and I spent it in Arizona. The sun shone every single day and I definitely got a healthy dose of Vitamin D. As someone who suffers from Seasonal Affective Disorder, being in the sunshine was so restorative!

We lazed by the pool most of the week, biked along the streets of Old Town Scottsdale and generally took it easy. If you follow me on Instagram, you've seen some hilights. If you haven't, here are a few pictures...



Bright, hot sunshine speaks summer to me. There are some foods that just say 'summer' to me too...things like corn on the cob, watermelon and cupcakes!

Little DIY asked me to make Watermelon Cupcakes recently, after she saw a watermelon cake on an episode of The Profit (she's 10...but it's one of her favorite shows!). So I did a little searching and put a couple recipes together to create my own version. It was a huge hit and these Watermelon Cupcakes are a little taste of summer that can be enjoyed all year!


I'm sharing this tasty recipe today over at McCall Manor; I hope you'll join me over there.


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Bedding and Curtains for a Guest Room Makeover (One Room Challenge: Week 3)

One thing that I've realized the past couple weeks...when you're under a deadline, time really seems to fly - faster than ever! I've already made a lot of progress in my Guest Retreat Makeover for the One Room Challenge. And today is the halfway point - eek!

How to Plant Faux Succulents (Guest Post: 3 Little Greenwoods)

An awesome tutorial for planting faux succulents by 3 Little Greenwoods for DIY beautify


Good morning friends! I have a treat for you today. Since I am basking in the Arizona sun this week with Mr DIY, I've asked my friend Ashley from 3 Little Greenwoods if she would share a project with you today! 

Ashley was one of the very first 'bloggy' friends I made. She is super sweet...and super talented! No one else can pull together a kids birthday party better than Ashley! Her site is full of fun and colorful inspiration for your home and I hope you'll check out her blog. Take it away Ashley.

Farmhouse Modern Laundry Room Reveal



I know some of you have been anxiously waiting to see the final reveal of my Farmhouse Modern laundry room makeover, and I'm happy to tell you that this is it!

One of my dreams is to live in a big rambling farmhouse, with a wraparound porch and acres of land.

Since I'm on a budget, and the house of my dreams isn't in the cards...yet...I have to make do with what I have. What I have is a typical suburban home, with a lot of builder-grade (boring) features and not a lot of charm. We are slowly working to add a little of that farmhouse charm to our home. The Inspiration Board above was the look I was going for with our laundry room makeover.

I'll let you be the judge of whether or not we achieved our goal.

Painting an Oak Bed (One Room Challenge: Spring 2015 Week 2)



Wow, I'm so happy this project is done! Welcome, I'm delighted you're choosing to spend a few minutes of your day with me! Grab a diet Coke or another cup of coffee and let's take a look at this bed transformation.

Today is Week 2 in the One Room Challenge at Calling it Home blog. If you're not familiar with this challenge, several bloggers are taking just 6 weeks to transform a room in their homes.  Last week I shared my Restful Guest Retreat Inspiration Board.  My goal is to create a space that is calm, restful and cozy for my guests to relax in. That means bright colors will be very minimally used; it's all about soothing neutrals.

Mr DIY and I bought this gorgeous Victorian Mansion bed as newlyweds (23 years ago).

Hello Spring Sign Tutorial

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As I was getting started on my spring cleaning this week, I got side-tracked by some craft supplies.

If you know me well, this is nothing unusual...I run from cleaning like a gazelle from a hungry lion! And while I should be going to the gym...that's about all the exercise I've been getting! Crafting is so much more fun!

I can't remember where this mat came from...but I pictured a project. A Spring sign.

Stenciled Burlap Sign plus a Free Printable

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Today I want to share my latest project in my Farmhouse Modern laundry room makeover....and how you can get a free printable download of this sign!

I needed to have something cute and fun to display on my new shelves in my laundry room....