UPDATE! the painting progression…

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So its only been four months since we moved into our new home, even though it feels like a year. Working ourselves a little too hard every weekend… we had/have a goal to get every room painted (we’ll see), crown molding and … Continue reading

Painting the Nursery: DIY Striped Wall Before & After

Not much to explain with this post, but I thought I’d show you what I’ve been up to since my last “nesting update” … we relocated the guest room furniture and decor in the now nursery to another room. Then, … Continue reading

DIY Burlap Wreath

This is our first fall in our new home and with more space I’m finding a lack of holiday decorations to fill it…working to correct this problem, I found burlap on sale and came up with this quick, inexpensive way to transform … Continue reading

AMAZING shower/bath soap scum remover

7We all have many “pins” in our Pinterest accounts. However, instead of adding new ones to the “I can do this” board, I decided to try my saved DIY’s and see if they are actually  Pinterest “pass or fails”. Here is one that passes with flying colors!!!

I saved a soap scum removal idea a couple months ago, and this weekend was shocked to find it was the best cleaner I have ever used. EVER! And I’ve tried everything from: Clorox, bleach, Tilex, Clorox, you name it! This cleaning recipe calls for only 2 ingredients, and you won’t find yourself breaking your arm scrubbing for endless periods of time. Please try it, I swear you won’t ever use another tile cleaner/soap scum removal ever again 🙂

What you need:

  • 1/2  cup Dawn detergent (already had)
  • 1/2 cup white vinegar (heat this in the microwave until boiling) (already had)
  • (1) spray bottle (already had)
  • dirty shower or tub

HOW:

  1. Heat 1/2 cup white vinegar in microwave until boiling. Remove from microwave to cool for about 30 sec. (or at least long enough so as not to melt your spray bottle)
  2. Pour the white vinegar into spray bottle
  3. Pour 1/2 cup Dawn detergent into spray bottle
  4. Shake Well. It will turn into a sort of foam inside your spray bottle. Not to worry. This is good.
  5. Spray glass walls on inside of shower and on tile, or bottom of tub.
  6. Leave to soak for at least 3 hours.
  7. Wipe down with sponge and water. (I did this while I showered!)

FYI: Our shower is small so I only needed 1/2 cup of white vinegar and Dawn. If you have a bigger shower or tub, or are wanting to clean more than one bathroom, double your formula! Also, your bathroom will smell a little weird for a couple hours after you have wiped glass and/or tile clean, but it is nothing you can’t get rid of with a nice candle.

BEFORE PICS:

Letting the sprayed formula soak in for a couple hours:

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AFTER PICTURES:

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Try it and Thank me later!!

Fall is Here! Time to Spruce Up the Backyard with DIY Painted Pots, Colorful Flowers

This weekend in Little Rock, the weather was gorgeous. After a hard, long rain on Friday, we woke up Saturday to fall temperatures, sunshine and a cool breeze. It was heaven. I started my weekend with Mrs. Aubri Duran – … Continue reading

DIY Chalkboard Frame

You many have seen pictures of a chalkboard frame at the recent surprise maternity party I helped throw for Mrs. Irvin, and due to many requests…here is how I made it. Supplies: -old frame (already had) – 1/8″ 2×4 temp … Continue reading

How to make your own envelope liners

Have you been seeing super cute envelope liners on Pinterest with these gorgeous invitations and you are probably thinking that costs a fortune?! Well I can’t really speak for the invitations because those could have really cost a fortune! But I’m going to show you how to make custom envelope liners for not a lot of money.

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Custom envelope liners I made.

There are a few other envelope DIY envelope liner tutorials out there but I have two major tips that I’ve learned through trial and error. I’ve learned to use spray glue (little more work up front but much better coverage) and use your favorite wrapping paper! Lindsay always thinks I’m crazy every Christmas for using expense Container Store wrapping paper instead of the dollar store but I just love how nice and thick it feels plus it’s gorgeous… yes, I’m a paper nerd! But if you’ve ever been interested in have envelope liners for your personal stationary or Christmas cards you can do it and save a lot of money instead of buying the pre-made ones like on Etsy.

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Materials:

Paper Source’s envelope liner template kit

Paper Source envelopes

Your favorite wrapping paper*

x-acto knife

Cutting board

3M Super 77 spray glue

scrap paper or newspaper

Optional Materials:

ruler or straight edge

dusk mask

* The roll I bought above was $5 wrapping paper from Michael’s. Any medium to good quality wrapping paper should work. Just don’t get the super cheap kind that could rip easily when you are cutting.

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Step 1: Cut your envelope liner out carefully with an x-acto knife. You can also trace it with a pencil and cut it out with scissors. Be sure you are cutting on the side you will be gluing, this will help hide any small mistakes. If you use an x-acto knife please be careful!

Step 2: Gather all your materials for spray gluing. I do this in my garage and as you can see it’s not glamorous! I use 3M spray glue, a face mask and paper to spray glue on.

Step 3: Spray glue just the top half of the envelope liners and about an inch below the fold. Don’t spray glue the whole thing, you’ll never get it in the envelope. Let the glue sit for about a minute before placing it in the envelopes.

Step 4: Place spray glued envelope liner inside envelope. This will be tricky at first so get a few testers going first. I try to place my hand down in with it then let it stick to the envelope.

Note: I’ve used the roll tape double side glue before and it is easier upfront but when you open up your envelope it tends to fall apart and not stick as well. 

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I think the extra effort is well worth the end result. Everyone will be so impressed and excited with the mail you’ve sent them!

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A Facelift…

Q: Easiest & Affordable way to change the look of your home?

A: Paint

Here are a few amazing room transformations and furniture makeovers with paint.  FYI, these are not images of my home, as it will be a work in progress for the next couple years.

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Sherwin Williams has a sale about 2 or 3 times a year with their paint being 40% off, and about 3 weeks before we were to move into our new home, I went ahead and bought about 27 cans during their awesome sale! Something people don’t know, is that you can buy their “paint in the can” without having color added. Then, at a later date when you have decided on your colors…. bring the paint back & they will add color (free of course, since its already been paid for at an earlier date.) Also, if you estimated more paint than necessary, you can return it (with receipt), unless of course you have added the color to it. (I believe there is a 60 day return policy, so just figure it out sooner than later.)

Another paint estimated tidbit: Apparently, when you have popcorn removed from ceilings, its likely to need double the amount of ceiling paint you actually think is necessary, because the ceiling will just drink it up.

About a week ago, I mentioned reader, that there would be pictures of my updated laundry room…but guess what? I’m not finished. Between working full time, and driving about 2 and a half hours a day for this job…I am usually exhausted when I finally get home at 6:30 in the evening. My husband and I have been trying to push through our “paint reno”  after work everyday, but the process has been slow going.

Today I just have some progress pictures…but next week I promise, I will have images of our finished “completed for now” master closet & laundry room.

Goal for this week: Finish painting ALL closets & complete laundry room

Ongoing Project: Painting Living Area, Question Room, Kitchen, & all bedrooms

How to Make Popcorn in a Brown Paper Sack (Hint: It’s SUPER Easy!)

I’ve got to say thank you to Mrs. Stephanie Hott for teaching me how to do make popcorn in a brown paper sack. You may remember a while back I posted about my new popcorn maker and how much I … Continue reading

Duran Home Makeover :: part 1

Among a million other things going on in our lives the past few months buying house is one of the big ones! We LOVE our house and thought it was the cutest thing we’ve ever seen. We love the front porch, back porch, the layout, the neighborhood, the big yard and the potential to really make it our own. But by no means is it perfect… it does not have my dream Pinterest kitchen or my dream bathroom or even the right shade of gray on the walls but we will make it ours in time.

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Sorry about the rainy pic. It’s been raining like crazy in Little Rock lately. Yay for green grass!

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I’ve been working hard at these flower beds!

We’ve got several home improvement projects lined up for the next couple of months. First up, take off the popcorn ceilings and replacing the carpet. It might not sound like that big of a project but check out Matt below in our stairwell trying to get to the popcorn ceiling… yikes!

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I love how just last week Susanna wrote about how she got her popcorn ceilings removed BEFORE they moved in. I couldn’t agree more! If you can get it done before you move in, do it. We just didn’t have that kind of time because we were moving from a different state and needed somewhere to live (with all our stuff) when we got here.

This weekend we got a LOT of head way on our to-do list. Check out the photos below!

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If you’d like to see Matt scrape off the popcorn ceilings live check out my Instagram post. Don’t worry we didn’t try anything fancy, we tried to stay focused! However, at the beginning of the day I was not excited about the work ahead but by the end of the day I felt very accomplished.

While we are proud of our progress from this weekend we’ve still got a ways to go! Living in a renovation space is not my favorite thing (EVERYTHING gets dusty) but seeing the progress is encouraging! I will keep y’all updated on the status every few weeks.

Stay tuned!