• DIY,  Home & Decor

    DIY Wine Bottle Tiki Torches

    Hey there friend!  I have a treat for you today.  Anything that involves wine, recycling, & a DIY project is gonna be right up my alley.  I’m sure you’ve seen these tiki torches done so many ways all across the web, but I’m going to show you the quickest, easiest, cheapest version of a DIY wine bottle tiki torch any wine lover could ever ask for. You can make these in just 5 easy steps – and in less than 5 minutes, not including the time needed for step 1. Step 1: Buy the wine, drink the wine & save the cork for another project on another day. Step 2…

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    My Grandmother’s Mahogany Veneer Dresser Makeover

    Several years ago my grandmother gave me her old high boy.  She was running out of space but didn’t want to get rid of it & knew that I would keep it & take care of it. She’s had this with a full bedroom set for at least 50 years – AND she bought it 2nd hand back in the 1960’s! It’s a mahogany veneer dresser that needed a makeover to fit in with my style.  I wanted to give a little face lift for a while, but didn’t want Grandmother upset with any changes I might make. Finally, when we moved into our current home & I gave our…

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    Roundup Of All Natural Homemade Cleaning Products

    In the spirit of spring, I’m doing a roundup of all the natural homemade cleaning products you’ll ever need. I’m not a conspiracy theorist but I do believe that the toxins in a lot of the products we use in & around our homes cause some serious/chronic health issues.  And I do think that a lot of problems people experience are environmental both inside & outside; things like respiratory issues & allergens. My own youngest son had skin issues when he was a baby.  I had to buy specific soaps, lotions & detergents until I decided to try my hand at making these things myself.  At the time I didn’t…

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    DIY Customized Grill Tool Holder

    When we decided to makeover our backyard, there were several projects that I knew I wanted to do.  This is not one of those projects.  Along the way we had so many delays and so many “a-ha” moments that led to completely fun & practical projects like this grill tool holder. I have to say that this was absolutely NOT my original idea.  We looked at so many grill tool holders at high & low price points and even considered trying to clean up & modify the 1 that comes attached to the actual grill (which turned out to be too much trouble, especially since we planned to build a…

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    One Room Challenge Week 5 ~ DIY Outdoor Projects

    When we decided to makeover our backyard in week 1 of the One Room Challenge, the plans included several DIY outdoor projects.  Here’s a recap of a what we wanted to accomplish: Create a garden with seating Build a mobile bar table Outdoor projector screen Build a mobile enclosure for the fire pit (not started) Bonus: Grill tool holder (not in original plan) Reclaimed DIY Bench There were 2 existing benches from the previous deck.  We wanted to use 1 in the garden and 1 on the patio but  it turns out that 1 was not salvageable as a bench.  So those 2 benches became 1 bench, 1 small backless…

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    DIY Abstract Art & The Truth About Printables

    This has been small project week for me.  Even though we are working on the backyard for the One Room Challenge, the weather has been a huge factor.  So I shifted gears & decided to work on some unfinished art projects. Since moving a year & a half ago, we have been slowly (and randomly) decorating our home.  Most of the major things are taken care of – until I decide I don’t like where a door/light switch/cabinet/anything else is located – and with the exception of the kid’s media room, all the major furniture pieces are accounted for. It’s all the little things that are all the difference in making…

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    One Room Challenge ~ Week 2 ~ DIY Elevated Garden Beds

    In week 1 of the One Room Challenge, I mentioned that our backyard makeover needed to be done in stages in a specific order.  Last week, we completed the 1st part of our DIY elevated garden beds. We started out with the garden so that we can start planting & hopefully have some veggies to harvest & flowers to enjoy by the time we get the rest of the project done. I just started gardening last year when my DH was compelled (by lots of begging) to build a raised planter box.  I am definitely a gardening newbie but I have the best mentor, Grandmother.  She’s 90 & she’s lucky enough to…

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    DIY Marble Tile Tabletop

    When I decided to remix our master bedroom for the ORC, I wanted to use an antique vanity that I got at a community garage sale.  The table had no top and I really wanted to top it with a marble slab.  Time & cost didn’t let me do that so instead I decided to create my own tabletop.  I wanted to share with you how to tile a tabletop, my way. This is for square or rectangular tables that will not require any special tools or cutting. Supplies: Tile of choice.  For my 16″ x 33″ table top, I used 1 12″x 24″ white marble tile, 1 sheet of white…

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    One Room Challenge Week 4 | The Ceiling Fan & Lighting Design

    Week 4 of the One Room Challenge was really hard for me for 1 reason alone… incorporating the ceiling fan into my lighting design.  Specifically the light kit on our ceiling fan.  There is technically nothing wrong with our ceiling fan, it’s a standard fan with a glass bowl fixture.  The fan itself is not the problem, I would just prefer a drum shade in our master bedroom to fit in more with the lighting design and the overall look & feel.  They are more modern, flexible enough to fit practically any decor style, and can be customized to the hilt with fabric, paint, cutouts – imagination is the only…

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    Refinished Dining Table and Chairs

    Last year, I refinished 2 of 6 rush cane chairs I got from a resale shop.  I was using them in my breakfast room mixed with 4 chairs of a different style.  I loved the finished chairs but keeping them clean was a beast.  And that led me to refinishing the remaining 4 chairs and my newly refinished dining table. We bought our solid wood dining table from my sister/buyer and loved the size, shape, & functionality of it.  I loved that it was 2 toned with an inlay pattern on top and black turned legs.  It was perfect for our mostly traditional home at the time. The original dining table in…