May 17th y’all… our third wedding anniversary! I know I’m not the only newlywed that feels like it’s been forever and a blink of an eye allll at the same time. All I know is that I can’t wait to see where the next year takes us.
In the meantime I’ll keep working on the blog! Which means weekly blog posts and hours of work fixing up this little house of ours. Let me know what y’all would like to see around here!
Your favorite 5 posts from May 2017:
( or at least the 5 you clicked on most! )
It’s been several months since we broke out the fabric and created new slipcovers for the chairs in out kitchen! I love the fabric we chose and the slipcovers turned out beautifully but they left one question… what were we going to do with the bench that completes our little seating arrangement? I looked at several complementary fabrics and then decided that using the same fabric would unite the bench and chairs together… so I started on my quick and easy DIY tufted bench cushion makeover!
Out of all the projects I’ve done for our little kitchen makeover I think this tufted cushion was the easiest. Thank goodness… I needed an easy project!
Like many of you I live in a rental house and while I am blessed to have a landlord that allows us a bit of freedom (ahem have you seen our kitchen makeover?) we definitely still have to make the best of our situation. We have small rooms and awkward spaces that we can’t exactly change… so we pull up our big girl panties and get to work on our very best small space solutions.
Of course, even though living in small spaces comes fairly naturally to me (we lived in a one bedroom, one bathroom apartment affectionately nicknamed the craphole for far too long) we have more space now then we ever have before. So it wasn’t until I received an email from one of my readers that a lightbulb went off in my head to share my best small space tips!
This morning I broke out my smartphone to show off a few kitchen reveal photos to a friend… I’m pretty darn proud of the entire makeover. The best part? He glanced at the photos and said “Oh! You replaced the countertops after all!” Nope! The best part of this entire kitchen reveal is that the countertops are painted… faux finishing at it’s best, baby!
Or that it’s done.
I’m pretty stinking happy that it’s actually done!
Maybe you’ve been surfing Pinterest for the past few hours… looking at all the beautiful rooms and wondering when you’ll have the money to decorate the way the pros do. They have gorgeous furniture and all you have is the chair you found on Craigslist last month and your childhood dresser. Of course, buckets of money definitely help when you’re decorating a room but let’s be honest they’re not necessary. You can use accessories to make a room come together in a way that is cohesive and beautiful.
We are working on the hubby’s office at the moment and let’s be honest… it’s kind of the left-over room. It has all the bits and pieces that didn’t quite fit in any other room all shoved together: our gorgeous pie safe that doesn’t fit in the kitchen, the secretary I love but is a weird shape, two file cabinets my MIL gave the hubs back in his bachelor days, the hand-me down desk his Grandfather gave him before we got married and the bookshelf I had in my closet as a little girl.
After six long weeks of painting walls and cabinets, finding new furniture, hanging art and laying tile rooms all over the blogerverse are finally finished! The One Room Challenge is a quick, crazy ride but it’s kind of a miracle. So many people coming together to work on spaces in their own home. People from all over the country, all over the world really… strangers with nothing else in common but a love of design. They take a blank slate (or even a gigantic mess) and turn it into not one but dozens of amazing room transformations.
There’s actually over 250 rooms that have been made over (in just six weeks!) I mean that’s crazy! Which is why instead of sharing all of my favorite projects from last weeks Welcome Home Wednesday Link Party I’m sharing my favorite amazing room transformations from the Link Party and the ORC!
My Favorite Posts:
Of all the kitchen makeover posts I have been sharing I was most excited for this one. The new kitchen faucet I ordered from Home Depot came a few nights ago and I couldn’t wait… we busted it out of the box straight away so we could put this thing in! Which means now I can list “knows how to install a kitchen faucet” as one of my skills.
The office is finally coming together… all because of two very specific reasons. Our brand new tall, white bookshelves! As with most offices we have files to store, books that need shelves, office supplies like pens and pencils to find homes for… and that’s just the functional pieces. We also also college degrees to display, family photos to put out and sentimental pieces (like the hubby’s stained glass peacock sculpture) to display. Which means we needed a quick course in how to style a bookshelf for both form and function.
It’s almost Mother’s Day y’all! Which means it’s time for Mother’s Day presents… handmade cards and gorgeous bouquets. Whether we’re doing fun crafts with the kids for Grandma or making a nice gift for our own Mama’s I’ve rounded up a few handmade gift ideas for mother’s day! Hopefully one of them will be the perfect gift for your Mama.
The best part? There’s even more ideas at last weeks Welcome Home Wednesday Linky Party! I find my very favorite projects and share them here with y’all every Saturday but think about it. These are only my favorite 13 mother’s day projects… there’s recipes, home decor projects, outfit ideas, the whole nine yards.
With all of our home makeover’s this year the hubby’s home office is the last one on the list… we’re so close! I shared a mood board for this space in a fun accessory post last week but of all the pieces I’m piecing (get it? bwah ha ha ha) together for this room I do need to pick up a few pieces too make the room work.
A comfy chair for the sitting area, a gorgeous cow canvas to pull more white into the space (plus I really just want it) and a pair of bookshelves. This room needs some major storage y’all… but finding bookshelves online can be challenging. Here’s a few of the bookcases I’ve looked at and my tips for finding bookshelves for your space… shopping online.
In the midst of our entire kitchen makeover I had a million big projects to finish but at the end of the day it came down to one tiny little project. Putting a bit of beautiful hand lettering on the chalkboard my hubby gave me for my birthday last year! Unfortunately I’m not the best with a piece of chalk… some ladies can free hand beautiful letters and intricate designs but my chalk looks like it was welded by a five year old. Which is why I learned one easy tip for perfect chalkboard letters!
It’s so easy, so simple, you’ll wonder why you’ve never tried it before… and the best part? I’ve included a free print file for you to try your hand at replicating the exact chalk design I used! Still not sure? I’ve included a printable for those of you who just want to print this baby out!