Monday, October 16, 2017

How to Install Easy Subway Wall Tile

How to cover bathroom or kitchen walls with modern gray subway tile An easy make-over using peel and stick Smart Tiles

*This post is sponsored by The Home Depot. I have been compensated for my time and provided with product in exchange. All opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links. 

If you've seen any of my recent Instagram Stories, you'll know that we are neck deep in a total, down to the studs remodel of our master bathroom. It's going to be SO good guys! I'm really close to sharing the first part with you. I promise I will have the first reveal up soon! 

In the meantime, we only have one other bathroom in the house, which means my husband and I are going to be sharing the hall bath with my kids for the next couple of months. I decided to give the space a  much needed, quick update. The biggest goal was to cover the walls and make clean-up easier (anyone with little boys knows what I'm talking about).

Friday, September 29, 2017

Tricks to Make Sanding Suck Less plus GIVEAWAY!

Learn simple tips and tricks to make sanding easier and more enjoyable and enter to win a Diablo Tools SandNet prize pack contest tutorial

Let's be honest, sanding sucks. I bet most people would say sanding is the worst part of any DIY project. After my billions of hours spent sanding I've figured out a few tips and tricks to make it not such a horrible experience. I put together a quick YouTube video and make sure you watch all the way to the end for a special giveaway!

Thursday, September 21, 2017

How to Add a Fancy Modern Cornice Above Your Door

diy replace fancy header cornice trim moulding molding door casing

*This post is sponsored by The Home Depot. I have been compensated for my time and provided with product in exchange. All opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links. 

Judging by Facebook and Instagram, you guys seem to love my new black doors as much as I do. Thank you! If you missed the reveal earlier this week, make sure to check it out. The black paint is dramatic and definitely eye catching, but I think the upgraded casing and cornice are even prettier in person. It was much easier to get this look than you might think! Today I'm sharing how you make your door trim a whole lot fancier. 

Monday, September 18, 2017

Replacing My Interior Doors and Painting Them Black

new black interior doors raise panel DIY

*This post is sponsored by DAP Products and Kwikset. I have been compensated for my time and provided with product in exchange. All opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links. 

Oh man! Last Friday officially marked 2 years since we bought our new house. It took a couple of months to finish remodeling the kitchen so we didn't move in right away, but still, time has flown by! When we first walked through the house, I had big plans in my head. I had plans to replace the obvious stuff like the dated appliances and chipping countertops, but I also wanted to upgrade things other people may not have noticed. My husband thought it was ridiculous to replace "perfectly fine" doors just because I didn't like the pattern. I mean, how much difference can the shape of a door make? A big one my friends  

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

How to Get Shiny and Smooth OSB for Furniture - Video Tutorial

Learn how to turn OSB into perfectly smooth and shiny drawer fronts using a coat of epoxy resin Easy high gloss finish tutorial

A couple weeks ago I shared my Modern 8 Drawer Dresser with you guys and I've gotten such a good response! You guys rock! I've had several people ask for more information about the finish I used and how I got the OSB drawer faces so smooth. To show you how simple it was, I made a video tutorial. 

Friday, September 1, 2017

5 Easy Ways to Fix Scratched Furniture- Video Tutorial

5 easy tips and tricks how to fix scratched or damaged furniture video

*This post is sponsored by RPM Wood Finishes Group and contains affiliate links. All opinions are uninfluenced and my own.


It's going to happen. Maybe you'll bump against the door frame while moving into your new house, or your house guest will insist on dropping his keys on your wood coffee table. Somehow your beloved furniture is going to end up scratched. I had a mini breakdown after we moved into our current house and I discovered almost every single piece of furniture that I had built with my blood, sweat and tears was damaged. Luckily there are ways to fix furniture scratches and scuffs.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

5 Tools to Bring Camping

5 essential tools to bring camping to make life easier simple tips

*This post is sponsored by The Home Depot. I have been compensated for my time and provided with product in exchange. All opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links. 


Labor day is this weekend friends, and that means for many of you it's the last chance to go make friends with the Great Outdoors before fall hits. One of the benefits of living in Arizona is that we get to enjoy camping from about April to October. I bet you didn't know almost half of Arizona is actually covered in mountains and pine trees (yes, seriously). The majority of the Arizona population lives in Phoenix or Tucson, smack dab in the desert, so that's the image most of us get when we think of AZ. Surprisingly, although I live in a Phoenix suburb, I'm only about 1-2 hours from mountain lakes and cool breezes. 

Both my husband and I love to go camping. In fact, we actually met on camping trip with mutual friends. We also both love tools! On our last trip to the mountains, we brought several tools to make life away from home a little easier. I put together a list of 5 extremely helpful tools you definitely need to bring with you when you camp. 

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Customizable Garage Storage Wall

Learn how to build a custom adjustable garage storage wall
 *This post is sponsored by Simpson Strong-Tie ® . All opinions are my own and are uninfluenced. 

I might make pretty things, but until recently the space where I made those things sure wasn't pretty. My garage was downright embarrassing and in need of some MAJOR storage! In one afternoon, with some sturdy hardware, I created a totally customizable garage storage wall. No more boxes on the floor!




how to build a custom adjustable garage storage wall before after tutorial

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

How to Build a Modern 8 Drawer Dresser


How to build a simple modern DIY dresser with 8 spacious drawers

*This post is sponsored by Kreg Tool and contains affiliate links. All opinions are my own and are uninfluenced. 

Trying new things is good for you! I'm always urging you guys to try something new, like learning to weld or upping your staining game, so I suppose I should take my own advice. When my friends from BuildSomething.com asked me to create a new project I tried something new and I totally think it payed off! What do you think? 

Friday, July 28, 2017

DIY Leather Fringe Boho Chandelier

How to make a leather fringe boho style chandelier with step by step tutorial

Kids spaces are so hard for me!!! Is it just me or do you struggle to walk the line between style and function? My boys have a small den right off the living room we call their "game room". The only games really are a few board games in a cupboard, but it sounds so much less formal than "den". 

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

30 DIY Modern Lighting Ideas

Get inspired with a roundup of 30 DIY friendly Modern Lighting ideas

You guys know I love me some modern decor, and I try to DIY just about everything. I'm currently working on a light fixture for my boys' game room to compliment their new storage futon. Its packed with boho goodness and I can't wait to share with you guys next week! 

Friday, June 30, 2017

How to Build a Futon Base with Storage Drawers

How to give your futon a major upgrade by building a custom wood base with storage drawers

*This post is sponsored by The Home Depot. I have been compensated for my time and provided with product in exchange. All opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links.


We've got a nightly routine. After dinner and homework it's Netflix time. My husband and I claim the living room and kick the kids to their game room/den. Although my French Doors and DIY Transom window majorly improved the outside view of the game room, the inside has been pretty much ignored. It contains some hand-me-down furniture, a tube TV, and an inexpensive futon couch. 

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

The Best Router for a Beginner Woodworker

 The best and easiest router for a beginner woodworker or DIYer

*This post is sponsored by The Home Depot. I have been compensated for my time and provided with product in exchange. All opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links. 

Have you noticed how almost every tools is battery powered these days? I'm kinda old school and typically reach for corded models. However, when I first spotted the Ryobi 18-Volt Cordless Router at The Home Depot ProSpective kick-off event earlier this year, I knew I had to get my hands on one!

Have you been thinking about buying a router? I love my old routers but admittedly. I'm always fighting the cords or struggling to keep the cords out of my way. I've been using the Ryobi Cordless router for a couple months now, and I've decided it's absolutely the best router for a beginner woodworker or DIYer - here's why.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Glass-Topped Wood Outdoor Table

How to build a DIY wood dining table with a glass top

*This post is sponsored by Simpson Strong-Tie ® . All opinions are my own and are uninfluenced. 

Summer doesn't officially start for another week, but in our home, we've already been living the "summer life" for a while. We've been taking advantage of the mild evenings and eating on the patio as much as we can. Our last outdoor dining situation was looking pretty sad, so I finally built us a patio table that fits my design style much better. 

Friday, June 9, 2017

How to Make a Wood and Metal Hanging Garden

How to build an industrial wood and metal hanging garden for flowers or herbs and learn how to mount it to a concrete block wall

*This post is sponsored by The Home Depot. I have been compensated for my time and provided with product in exchange. All opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links. 

Most of us in the southwest have a common view when we walk into the backyard - a massive concrete block wall. Although they are great for privacy and durability, they can look a little prison-yard-ish. My in-laws can grow just abut about anything, so I wanted to build them a cute, hanging garden to decorate their great wall of china, block fence. Drilling into concrete provides a new challenge, but is definitely do-able with the right tools. With the miles and miles of cinder block in Arizona, it's a skill I'm glad I learned. 

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

How to Make a Long Wood and Glass Succulent Planter

How to make a long succulent centerpiece from inexpensive glass vases.

Its wedding season and I'm currently completely consumed with two different weddings this month. What about you? Do you have any weddings on the horizon?


Friday, May 26, 2017

Handy Father's Day Gift Guide

Cool and useful Handy Fathers Day gift ideas grouped by price

*This post is sponsored by The Home Depot. I have been compensated for my time and provided with product in exchange. All opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links. 

Holy cow, where has May gone?! Has this year blown by for the rest of you? I just realized that next week is June and it's time to think about Father's Day. I put together a list of  my favorite tools and gadgets that any DIYer would love. There's some pretty sweet stuff on the market these days! I broke down the list by price so you can find Dad a cool gift, no matter what your budget is.  

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

If you love tools, you love The Home Depot


*This post is sponsored by The Home Depot. I have been compensated for my time and provided with product in exchange. All opinions are my own. 

I have so much cool stuff to tell you guys!!! If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram (which you should), you got a little taste of some of the recent awesomeness. I'm able to keep providing ideas and share new project with you guys largely thanks to sponsorship from brands that I love and use. You guys are important to me. I don't want to steer you wrong. I have never and will never endorse a company or product that I don't personally use and stand behind. Basically, if I wouldn't recommend something to my best friend, you won't see it on this blog.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

How to Make a Leather Tassel Pillow

Easy step by step instructions so you can make your own boho leather tassel pillow

I'm totally in love with the current bohemian trend, especially in home decor. My house is more on the traditional/mid-century side, but I've been dying to work a little boho in. Last weekend I got my crafter on and made a fun leather tassel throw pillow.

Monday, April 17, 2017

How to Build a Modern Built-In Storage Bench

How to build a modern built-in bench with hidden toy storage.

*This post is sponsored by PureBond®  and contains affiliate links. All opinions are my own and are uninfluenced. 

You know that one friend of yours who has everything together? The one who always looks flawless and everything she touches is perfection. That's my friend Alex from AVE Styles. Her style is the perfect mix of modern and traditional with a healthy does of boho mixed in.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

How to Make a Movable Faux Fireplace: part three- Overmantle

How to build a renter friendly over-mantle that can accommodate a large TV mount. Part three of a movable faux fireplace tutorial.

Welcome back friends! Thanks so much for all the positive feedback on the renter friendly, faux fireplace I helped my buddy Kinda build. You guys know how to make a girl feel special. Make sure to check out Part One: Hearth and Part Two: Fireplace to get caught up to this point in the build. Today I'll show you how I tackled the over-mantle, or decorative part above the fireplace. 

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

How to Make a Movable Faux Fireplace: part two- Fireplace

How to make a renter friendly faux fireplace with overmantle that you can pick up and move.

Are you guys ready for the good stuff?! Yesterday I showed you how to build the hearth, or base of a movable faux fireplace. Today, I'm sharing the star of the show- the fireplace itself! Since this fireplace/over-mantle set up doesn't need a chimney or flue, you can place it on pretty much any wall you'd like. 

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

How to Make a Movable Faux Fireplace: part one - Hearth

How to make a renter friendly faux fireplace with overmantle that you can pick up and move.

I am so excited to finally share my newest project with you guys! My friend Kindra and I have been slowly working away between naps and homework for months, but her gorgeous new fireplace, hearth, and over-mantle are finally done! You've probably seen electric fireplaces before, but you've never seen a set-up like this! 

It may not look like it, but this faux fireplace is renter friendly! You can separate the three pieces and take the whole thing with you when you move. All that will be left behind are a few screw holes, which can be easily filled. The overmantle can easily support a 55" TV. Honestly, you would have no idea the whole fireplace wasn't "built in" unless I told you so. 

Friday, April 7, 2017

How to Make a Simple Frame For a Canvas

simple wood art canvas wood frame tutorial diy

Most of you guys know I live in the Phoenix area. I actually live in the quaint suburb called Gilbert. Downtown Gilbert is full of cute little shops and yummy restaurants; a totally fun place to hang out. Last week, I had the chance to cruise on over to downtown and had one of the best girl's night out ever! Some of my blogging buddies and I were invited to The Art House, where we got to play around and create our own piece of art.

Friday, March 3, 2017

How to Build a Modern Dresser Bookshelf Combo

How to build a space saving modern dresser bookshelf combo with free building plans

Remember my boys' shoe storage nightstand? A.K.A. The most useful piece of furniture I've ever built. 

Friday, February 24, 2017

Marble Tilt Table Game Tutorial

easy diy handmade game gift marble tilt table game

I've got a new building project almost anyone can do! I took an off-the-shelf shadow box and turned it into a fun, marble tilt table game. I'm sharing all the details over at The Kim Six Fix . It would make a great idea for a handmade Father's Day or Mother's Day gift.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

How to Make a Stacked Plywood Table Lamp

How to build a modern stacked plywood rhombus shaped table lamp

Wow! How is it February already!? Have you ever had a hard time getting back into the groove after taking some time off? I really enjoyed my break during the holidays and being totally honest with you, I was having the hardest time getting my work ethic back (which is very unlike me). I was raised to believe if you aren't working, you're being lazy and being lazy is worse than Nickleback. 

The slump wasn't for lack of inspiration! I always have 100 ideas spinning in my head at any given moment and spent the first few weeks on the year pinning "to-do" items and sketching plans. I finally kicked my butt in gear and tackled a project I've been dying to try - a stacked plywood lamp. I love making lamps! I know electricity sounds scary, but they really are pretty easy. I made a video tutorial for my Ombre Concrete Lamp and we still use our Tapered X Lamps everyday on our nightstands in our bedroom. 

Friday, January 13, 2017

How to Make Knock-Off Table Top Planters

How to build a pair of modern, designer knock-off table top planters

If you are like me, you drool over the West Elm catalog every season. If you're really like me, you're way too big of a cheapskate to spend $49 each for a table top planter.