How to Become a DIYer Overnight

DIY means a lot of different things to different people. Some want to create small crafts while others want to renovate an entire house. At the heart of being a DIYer is the desire to do something yourself. This can mean making something instead of buying it, or getting your hands dirty instead of calling […]

4 Easy Paint Techniques

Do you have a piece of furniture that you are thinking of tossing? Have you considered painting it? It’s amazing how you can transform something with paint and a little know-how. I have painted chairs, beds, chests, clocks, candlesticks, trays, baskets—you name it. Paint completely changes the look. Read on for a few techniques you can […]

Creating a Functional and Inspiring Garage

Of all the places we’ve lived in Chicago, this is our first home that has a garage we can call our own. It was a huge selling point for us, as we’d finally have the space to stash our bicycles, power tools, and (also for the first time) gardening supplies! But as we began renovating the […]

What’s in My DIY Tool Bag?

I come from a handy family and have been a DIYer for as long as I can remember. I rearranged my room and sewed my own clothes as early as age 10. As I got older, I was the only girl in my dorm who would ever consider removing the standard dorm room overhead light and […]

Try This: DIY Your Own Window Trim

Our bedroom renovation has been coming along nicely, bit by bit, piece by piece. Dare I say … it might actually turn into a room we love to be in? Since I last shared our new windows with you, we’ve DIY-ed trim, a deep window sill, and checked ‘Our New View’ off the list! It’s come a long […]

A Family Valentine’s Day Celebration

Valentine’s Day is a special day for couples, but I try to make it fun for our entire family. I like to think of it as a day to make those I love feel special. I do think sometimes people who aren’t in relationships can feel left out, so it’s a great time to do something […]

How to Give Your Home a Fresh Look After the Holidays

The presents were opened, the Christmas tree is long gone, and the fruit cake is a hard rock. As you survey the room, you realize it looks … well … empty. So now what? I love the holidays, but I also love putting everything put away and starting with a fresh slate. But just because the […]

Color Washing 101: Bring New Life to Wood

So you want to add some color to a piece of wood or furniture, but you still want the grain to show? How about using a color wash? A color wash is a thinned-down, translucent version of paint. First, it’s important to make sure the piece will take paint properly. A chalk-based paint will stick […]

The DIY Guide to Cleaning Your Vintage Rug

You can’t miss the vintage rug trend circulating in all your favorite blogs and magazines, and for good reason. With updated furniture and decor, these antique collectibles make a stunning backdrop to any style; from their unique patterns to vibrant colors, they’re truly a statement piece (and no longer just your grandma’s rug!). Most of […]