DIY Window Seat With Storage


Why oh why we ever think we are going to get big projects done in the summertime is beyond me! I had the best of intentions of tackling my office makeover this summer. So far, I have a desk. ;-) We're giving ourselves a break though, knowing all of you totally understand and relate. We also know that many of you are newer friends to us here at the fence so we thought it would be fun to put together a new series. Welcome to the Flashback Friday series! … [Read more...]

Bathroom Mini Makeover

basket with magazines on back of toilet

Once upon a time I decided to give our downstairs bathroom a mini makeover. I painted and put up a new shower curtain and switched out the mirror and drove to all of my favorite second hand shops in search of vintage prints for a gallery wall. Then, when it was all done, I tried to take pictures of it. I stood on the toilet and in the shower and contorted myself into all kinds of positions before finally realizing that it was virtually impossible to photograph such a small space. The end. … [Read more...]

Budget Friendly Bathroom Makeover Reveal!

budget friendly bathroom makeover

 My son is what some might call "change resistant". A few years ago I decided it was time to make some small changes in his bedroom since he had pretty much all of the same decor (vintage golf themed) from when he was a baby. He came home from school, walked into his room and saw that the little round rug was gone (actually just rolled up and stored under his bed) and immediately burst into tears! I should have remembered that moment when I tackled my budget friendly makeover on the upstairs … [Read more...]

French Country Bathroom Makeover

French Country Bathroom Makeover

So, is it French Country or Country French? Do you know? Is there a difference? I mean, I don't want to be going around saying the wrong thing! It would be like all those years I was singing along to certain Aerosmith songs and didn't know (or understand) the lyrics until one day it was pointed out to me that I had been singing them wrong. How embarrassing! And eye-opening! ;-) … [Read more...]

How to build a window seat with storage

How to build a window seat with storage

One of my favorite features of my recent kitchen remodel,  is my window seat.  I was sad that it wasn't part of the Better Homes and Gardens feature, and I've had several people ask to see the "rest of the kitchen", which is where the window seat sits. There's something special and romantic about a window seat.  And, even better a window seat with lots of storage! For several years now I had envisioned a window seat in the bay window area of my kitchen.  We have a beautiful 2 acre … [Read more...]

American Girl Doll Sized Dollhouse

American Girl Dollhouse At the Picket Fence1

I should have been cleaning the bathrooms. Or meal planning. Or painting the rest of that room that is half done. Or trying to find out what exactly the mysterious odor is that lingers in my car....pretty sure the kids are to blame for that one. But, instead of doing all of those important and wonderfully productive jobs, I spent the better part of last week turning a bookcase into an American Girl Dollhouse. You see, I felt badly for my daughter's Kit doll. She needed a home. She and her … [Read more...]

Powder Room Reveal

 I am so relieved to have this room done! I mentioned awhile back that I had no idea when I started this remodel, that the smallest room in the house would be the most challenging.  I shared my intentions to makeover my powder room about eight weeks ago. But here’s a little reminder of how it’s evolved over the years.  This is a photo heavy post..I hope that’s okay! grin! I will share in my next post all of the details on how I brought this room together.  So for now…enjoy my powder room … [Read more...]

The evolution of a powder room…

SourceIt’s amazing how a room (is a bathroom considered a room?)  can evolve over the course of living in a home.  There’s always the room you inherit, which may be a blank slate, or in our case was NOT a blank slate.  Nor our taste. at all.Then, there’s the room you quickly fix up because you’ve just moved and you had to paint EVERY room in your entire house in one week including a magenta room, a navy blue room, a chartreuse green room, a hunter green room and a Sponge Bob bathroom. yes. I do … [Read more...]

Kitchen Island Makeover Tutorial

Kitchen Island Makeover as seen in BHG from At The Picket Fence

Update: Here is my completed kitchen remodeled as featured in Better Homes and Gardens! My island is still holding up great and I love it! photo courtesy of BHG As just a little recap. I am in the middle of a major DIY Kitchen Remodel.  It has been a multi-step process over several months and it is….almost….done…. The most recent project that I competed just this past weekend was the transformation of my kitchen island.  Here is a little before and after. (mouse over for … [Read more...]

My kitchen island transformation…Part One


also known as “She’s got legs, she knows how to use them!…” or aka Step 3, 252 in my kitchen remodel…Ahhhh…my dear friends.  You have so generously and graciously put up with me and my almost but not quite reveals of my never ending, will it ever be over kitchen remodel.  When I started this ginormous project in April I truly never realized how long it would take.  See there’s this thing called “life” and it keeps getting in the way.  I am also almost doing this completely on my own, (I love my … [Read more...]