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Spray Shelter Giveaway!

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How many times have you gone to paint something, big or small, and the forecast said 10% chance of rain? Do you chance it? Do you hope it doesn't really sprinkle? Or what about when it is windy? Painting something and then having the wind pick up is the worst! You get pieces of grass, leaves, or dirt all over the wet paint. And then there is the chance of the over-spray getting on your house, car, or the driveway. I have had all those things happen in the past, but not any more! I have had several things I needed to paint but every day for the past week and a half it has said 10% or 20% chance of rain. Since I don't have a workshop or even a decent garage to paint in, I needed some type … {READ MORE}

To Paint or Not To Paint…. Wood Floors

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Let's chat about painted floors. Painted wood floors to be exact. I don't have to be a mind reader to know that some of you are very against it. Heck, I am against it in a lot of cases. But if you have floors that are not in good shape, if you know you will be replacing them down the road, why not have fun and paint them? That is what I did and I have loved it!   I have really loved partnering with ScotchBlue™ and being able to share projects with you that are all about PATTERN!  When we moved into this house eight years ago I refinished the wood floors in the front room and hall. I can't remember the whole reason we didn't opt to do that in the office space but I think it is … {READ MORE}

My New Happy Place

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I have regrets. I wish I could go back in time when I uttered the now infamous words "I think I'm going to redo the whole upstairs at the same time." Even in a perfect world with a steady flow of money, no real life issues that get in the way like a wedding, surgery, getting a new puppy, school starting, and so on, it was a big undertaking for one person. But I am happy to say that at least with three of the four rooms, I am nearing that glorious light at the end of the tunnel. Speaking of light, I love my family room and its large windows! It has always been one of the sunniest posts in the house.     I got all the shelves put up so I was able to spread the books out … {READ MORE}

Office Sneak Peek, Fingerprint Art, & The Early Days

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We were still in college when we got married. We lived in a tiny (as in 384 square feet) studio apartment for a little while and then through some friends we found a really old, but charming, apartment complex that was a lot roomier and even had a small fenced in backyard. We lived there until we had to prepare to move to Vegas for Shane's architecture program. While we lived there, Shane was getting some pre-requisite classes done at the U of U. He had several art classes. One of the teachers fingerprinted the students and had them enlarge the print to about 20" by 30". He then had to trace it onto a new sheet of paper and fill it in with black ink. He was working full time since we had … {READ MORE}

“Invisible” Bookends

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When I was younger, my mom and dad installed some bookcases in my dad's office. A wall and a half of all shelves. Guess who got to transfer the books to their new home and alphabetize them? Yep, me. Fast forward to us finally adding some bookshelves to our house. Visions of alphabetizing hundreds of books for hours on end danced in my head. Do I categorize them by title? By author? By category and then by author? Do I separate the children's chapter books from the adult and young adult books? I decided to forgo the traditional organization and go for sorting them by color! I posed the question on Facebook and Instagram of whether or not it would make you guys twitchy and I was shocked … {READ MORE}

Crate Planter Tutorial

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When I went to SNAP blog conference this year I got to preview the new colored stains from Minwax. They are bright and fun and I snagged some to bring home. I had to wait until they were available in stores though before I could share and projects I used them on. If you love color even a teeny tiny bit, you are going to love them!     I had built a crate planter and I wanted it to make a statement, not just blend in. I don't have all the colors that are available but these are the ones I grabbed and had to choose from.     After testing them on some scrap wood, I chose the Navy Blue but I was really torn between the blue, coral, and … {READ MORE}

Checkered Ceiling In Kitchen {Tutorial}

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If you have been around a bit then you have probably seen my black and white checkered ceiling in the dining area. I finally got around to doing it in the kitchen area as well. It took a long time because of the extra steps I had to take with re-texturing the ceiling so we ate take out a lot while the kitchen was covered in tarps, paint cans, and dust. I promised my kids the first thing we would do when we got it all cleaned up was make cookies or something fun. Whether you space is full of color, only neutrals, modern, or traditional, one thing every space needs is pattern! I have been sharing projects this summer in partnership with ScotchBlue™ that incorporate pattern. I shared my … {READ MORE}

Personalizing Your Space

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It's back to school time! I recently updated our command center with new job charts, added an updated version of our family motto, and the homework cubbies are starting to filling up. Since I am done painting my office, I needed to hang up new hooks so the kids had a place to hang their backpacks. I was so tired of tripping over them, taking them off the kitchen table, and even finding them in the backyard. The theme for my Better Homes and Gardens (BHG at Walmart) post this month was "Personalizing Your Space". I had a million ideas but since I was already fixing up this room, I decided to focus on this wall in my office.   I LOVE framing my kids' art. First of all, it is … {READ MORE}

Updated Family Command Center

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Man. These past couple of months have kind of kicked my trash. I am sure you can tell from my lack of posts. There were a million things that contributed but some of the big ones were Shane's sister got married and we hosted the wedding dinner in our yard (which meant lots of yard word to prepare), we traveled to Idaho for the reception, I had surgery (yuck), the kids started school and we had to adjust to a new schedule, and I am still limping along with the upstair renovation. But in between all the craziness, I have been working on my house. I am moving back into my office today and I am so in love with it I want to cry. And today I am sharing our updated command … {READ MORE}


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